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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.



We have a new market feature on a daily basis- each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS Futures- and Jim Apel reports on the next day's opening electronic futures trade- click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM. 



Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.


Canola Prices:  

Cash price for canola was $10.57 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon Friday. The full listing of cash canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked above.


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Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Ed Richards and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.


KCBT Recap: 

Previous Day's Wheat Market Recap- Two Pager from the Kansas City Board of Trade looks at all three U.S. Wheat Futures Exchanges with extra info on Hard Red Winter Wheat and the why of that day's market. 


Feeder Cattle Recap:  

The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.


Slaughter Cattle Recap: 

The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.


TCFA Feedlot Recap:  

Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.


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   Monday, February 18, 2013
Howdy Neighbors,

Here are your headlines for today's President's Day edition of our Farm and Ranch News Update:

--  Senate Sequestration Deal Unfair- Chuck Connors of NCFC (and Farm Bureau's Bob Stallman Weighs In with a Similar Attitude)

-- US-EU Trade Negotiations Praised by Farm Bureau & More

-- Wheat Commission's Mike Schulte- Wheat Poor in Northwest Oklahoma

--  Animal Disease Traceback Finally Getting Off the Ground

-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau to Honor Congressman Lucas, Five 
State Legislators at Annual Conference

-- No-Till Oklahoma Conference Begins Tomorrow in Norman

-- Conservation Districts Working with Clergy to Coordinate Statewide Prayers for Rain

Featured Story:
senatebudgetcutSenate Budget Cut Package Unfairly Targets Farmers, NCFC's Chuck Conner and AFBF's Bob Stallman Agree 


The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) expressed its strong opposition to the disproportionate cuts to farm programs contained in the Senate proposal to defer budget sequestration cuts. The Senate bill would cut $31 billion from the farm bill, all of which would come from the commodity title of the bill; it would include elimination of direct payments.

"No producer, no co-op across the country doubts the need for our federal government to get its spending more in line with revenue-agriculture has always stood ready to contribute its fair share to deficit reduction," said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. "Unfortunately, the Senate proposal fails to treat farmers equitably. The only parts of the budget taking cuts under this proposal are defense and agriculture. It should also be noted that this cut would be three times what agriculture would contribute to deficit reduction if the sequestration process is allowed to move forward on its own."

As for Bob Stallman- his Friday afternoon statement on the subject sounds like he and Connor are singing from the same hymnbook- "We recognize there are many steps on the road toward restoring fiscal responsibility to our federal government and that some will be painful. That pain, however, should be a shared experience and not take such a heavy toll from any one sector. Once again, agriculture is being asked to step up to the cutting table and hand over substantially more than its fair share."

For the NCFC complete statement from Chuck Connor- click here. AND, for the AFBF statement offered by their President Bob Stallman- please click here.  




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useutradenegotiationsUS-EU Trade Negotiations Draw Praise from Farm Bureau and Poultry Groups 


Various segments of the agriculture industry responded positively to last week's announcement by President Barack Obama that the United States and the European Union would soon launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.


"The beginning of comprehensive trade negotiations between the United States and the European Union holds the promise of expanded market access and an improved, science-based regulatory approach for agriculture and food," said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau.  "Farm Bureau is encouraged that some long-standing issues hindering trade between the U.S. and the EU, such as sanitary standards for beef, have lately been addressed."  (Click here for more from Bob Stallman.)


The National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association jointly expressed strong support for the new international trade initiative.

"U.S. Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk and the other officials at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) have not only worked long and diligently to reach this point, but USTR also listened-to and accepted recommendations that agriculture and unwarranted non-tariff barriers, especially non-science based sanitary and phytosanitary provisions, be an important part of the negotiations and that any final trade agreement successfully address these issues," the groups said.  (You can read more of their comments by clicking here.)  



wheatcommissionsmikeWheat Commission's Mike Schulte Says Crop Looking Poor in Northwest Oklahoma


Spotty precipitation over the last couple of weeks has helped the wheat crop in some areas, but Mike Schulte, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission says this year's crop has a lot of producers concerned.  

"When you look at this year with regards to the moisture content and producers getting the crop out, they just really haven't had a chance anywhere," Schulte said. In a lot of cases and instances producers planted the crop on six-tenths of moisture and that's all they had had until the first of January.

"In the northwest part of the state we haven't seen a lot of emergence yet. We have seen some germination taking place now because of the moisture we received on the 1st of January and we're hoping with this snow the past week we will see some emergence. But, you know, this time of year for the wheat to be emerging that's just really, really late. And I think that producer's got to make that decision. I feel like there's going to be a lot of crop insurance collected up in the northwest part of the state. And that's really our strong area that always comes on for heavy production. So I think going into this crop it's going to have a significant impact on what we take in in the state this year." 


You can hear my interview with Mike Schulte by clicking here.



animaldiseasetracebackAnimal Disease Traceback Finally Getting Off the Ground


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is finally getting its Animal Disease Traceback plan in place which will allow the tracking of the interstate movement of livestock to help trace outbreaks of disease. Phil Seng of the US Meat Export Federation says this is very important for our meat export customers.

"It will help. Anything that we can do is going to help. I think we can always do more. Customers expect more. It's a work in progress and that's probably the best way to describe it."

In animals under 18 months of age is there anything that will help in dealing with overseas customers?

"There's really two things to look at. I think number one is: What is the system that we have? And I think where USMEF is most concerned that will ensure if we have any kind of an animal health issue in the United States that we would be able to maintain the flow of product. And, obviously, that has to be more comprehensive. So, when I say there's still work to do that's work to do because our trading partners will do basically what we would do and that would be to close our market. So, we think we have to be more comprehensive in that regard."


Phil joined me on the latest Beef Buzz.  Click here to go there.



oklahomafarmbureauOklahoma Farm Bureau to Honor Congressman Lucas, Five State Legislators at Annual Conference



Congressman Frank Lucas and five state legislators will be honored this evening at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's annual leadership conference at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.


Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, will receive the Golden Plow award.  It is presented annually to one member of the U.S. Senate and one member of the U.S. House of Representatives who have demonstrated strong support for Farm Bureau and agricultural issues.  (You can read more about Lucas's award by clicking here.)


The state legislators will receive Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Meritorious Service award.  The award is presented to legislators who have a strong voting record for Farm Bureau issues and show support for rural and agricultural issues.  

Receiving the award will be Sen. Anthony Sykes, Moore, and Representatives Lisa Billy, Purcell; Tom Newell, Seminole; Mike Jackson, Enid; and Joe Dorman, Rush Springs.  (Click here for more on this story.)


notilloklahomaNo-Till Oklahoma Conference Meets in Norman February 19th-20th


The 2013 No-till Oklahoma Conference is scheduled February 19th and 20th at the National Center for Employee Development in Norman. 


No-till continues to grow in popularity among producers who want to increase soil quality, conserve soil moisture, and decrease fuel and labor costs.   The program will include several nationally-known speakers including Dr. Ray Ward, Gail Fuller, Brian Arnall, and Dr. DeAnn Pressley.


Some of the topics covered in two day conference will include:

  • Fertilizers
  • Vertical tillage
  • Herbicide-resistant weeds
  • Cover crops

 The conference will last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  For more information and registration information, go to



oklahomaconservationOklahoma Conservation Districts, Churches Call for Interfaith Prayers for Rain


With the drought in the Oklahoma projected to continue through the spring and with the specter of a growing water crisis on the horizon, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD), the Oklahoma Conference of Churches and the Whole Creation Community, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, today jointly announced a call for all Oklahomans of faith to come together for a series of Interfaith Days of Prayer for Rain in the coming months and for all Oklahomans to have a meaningful conversation about our stewardship of the state's water resources.

The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, Episcopal bishop and professor of Native American ministries at Oklahoma City University's Saint Paul school of theology agreed.

"As this drought continues to deepen, we feel that it's critical that all Oklahomans come together to petition for relief from this crisis," he said. "In the Old Testament book of Zechariah, Chapter 10 verse 1 it says to 'Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime; it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms, He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone. (NIV) ' We feel that while we heed these words, we should also take this opportunity to show ourselves to be the best stewards possible of what we have already been given. While we pray for rain, we should conserve what we already have." 


For more, please click here.



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