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We have a
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Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
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price for canola was $9.24 per bushel- based
on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon
yesterday. 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.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, August 12,
Cattle Industry Huge Supplier and Potentially Huge
Competitor of U.S
State University Extension Livestock Market
Economist Dr. Derrell Peel
probably knows more about the Mexican cattle
market than almost anyone else in America. He says
there have been many changes over the years in the
relationship of the supply chain and the markets.
Among those changes has been the fact that Mexico
is now the Number 4 supplier of beef to the U.S.
"That has a multitude of impacts in
Mexico, obviously. It was concurrent with the
development of the cattle-feeding industry. It was
concurrent with the development of relatively
large-scale packing facilities in many cases. And
those things depended on the development of roads
and transportation infrastructure, processing
facilities and, really, the biggest change in the
beef industry per se that supported all of this
was the conversion of this industry from
carcass-based industry just a few short years ago
predominantly, now a heavily boxed-beef industry.
It happened in the U.S. many years ago. When you
go from a carcass-based industry to a boxed-beef
industry you open up a whole new set of potential
value because now you can direct different parts
of the animal to those markets where it has the
highest value. And that's what happened in Mexico.
And one of the results of that is they are
shipping a significant amount of beef to the
Peel says the Mexicans now have a
broad feeding industry of their own that is
similar to that in the U.S., but with significant
"They don't necessarily feed
cattle the same way in terms of the carcass
quality because they have different preferences;
it's a different market. And, so, quality is in
the eye of the beholder and so it's not
necessarily the exact same kind of meat. I
distinguish between what I call Mexican-fed beef
versus U.S. beef. They're different
products. They do substitute for
each other. They do compete in the marketplace to
some extent, but they really are different
products and so it's a different market and
something uniquely Mexican."
can listen to my interview with Derrell Peel or
read more of this story by clicking here.
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Meat Exports Continue to Improve; Japan Repeats as
meat exports continue to improve and there is no
one who is happier or more proud of that fact than
Phil Seng, CEO of the U.S. Meat
Export Federation. I had a long
conversation with him at the Cattle Industry
Summer Conference in Denver. You can listen to the
full interview by clicking here.
said he is most proud of the improvement in the
Japanese market. It was our largest customer in
2003 and is now set to repeat that distinction in
"I think we're really pleased with
the performance we've had as far as the U.S.
industry in Japan this year. I think even the
packers and the exporters are surprised at how
well it's gone. Our numbers are up dramatically in
Seng says one of the big reasons
U.S. exports are up is confidence in the nation's
economy bolstered by its government.
actual demand there I would have to credit to the
prime minister and his stimulus package. He's
passed a stimulus package that's probably
comparable to the package that was passed in the
United States when we had our financial crisis.
And, of course, pumping a lot of money into that
economy has made a huge difference. And, so, it's
given the Japanese, in my opinion, a lot of
confidence. They have a lot of confidence in the
future going forward. And, obviously, when you
feel you're going to be better off tomorrow than
you are today, it makes a big difference as far as
your purchasing patterns."
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Farming: The Key to Alleviating Hunger and Poverty
following article is an opinion piece distributed
decades of failed attempts to eradicate hunger,
development agencies, international research
institutions, non-profit organizations, and the
funding and donor communities now see family
farmers as key to alleviating global poverty and
hunger. Recent estimates show that currently, 1.2
billion people in the world live in extreme
poverty, and at least 870 million go to bed hungry
every night. As the world gears up for the
International Year of Family Farming in 2014, Food
Tank: The Food Think Tank and the U.N. Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) are highlighting
effective ways to provide family farmers the tools
they need to really nourish the
FAO's High Level Panel of Experts on
Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) reports that
approximately 96 percent of all the agricultural
holdings in Africa measure less than ten hectares.
FAO Agricultural Census data shows that around 80
percent of agricultural holdings in sub-Saharan
Africa and 88 percent of those in developing
countries in Asia measure less than 2
Family farmers play a
crucial role in resolving world hunger, but
they're also those most likely to fall victim to
hunger and poverty. An estimated 800 million
people living below the global poverty line work
in the agricultural sector. In China and India
alone there are respectively 189 million and 112
million smallholder farmers with plots measuring
less than two hectares.
can read more of this story by clicking here.
File Initial Court Documents In COOL
United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA),
joined by National Farmers Union (NFU), the
American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the
Consumer Federation of America (CFA), filed today
with the District Court in Washington, D.C. a
motion to intervene in the lawsuit filed on July 8
by nine plaintiffs seeking an end to the U.S.
country of origin labeling (COOL) program. The
motion to intervene was accompanied by a number of
other documents from the four groups including a
memorandum on the motion for intervention, an
answer to the amended complaint and a response to
plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary
granted intervenor status by the court, USCA, NFU,
ASI and CFA will be presenting arguments in
defense of the Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) regulations
on COOL. A decision by the court on the motion for
intervenor status will hopefully be made in the
near future but there is no specific time limit
for such decisions.
on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary
injunction is scheduled for August 27. A response
to the motion for preliminary injunction by the
U.S. Department of Justice (representing the USDA)
is due to be filed today, August 9. Plaintiffs are
due to file their reply to the opposition papers
on the preliminary injunction motion by August
Click here for more of this
the Southern Plains Beef Symposium- Beef Faces
Years of Tough Competition from Cheaper Pork and
Meyer with Paragon Economics shared his
thoughts about the cattle marketplace, rebuilding
the cattle herd, four dollar corn, Zilmax woes and
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling with us after
he spoke at the 2013 Southern Plains Beef
Symposium in Ardmore over this past
Click here to jump to our website
where you can hear our conversation with this OSU
Ag Econ alum.
The Southern Plains Beef
Symposium is held the second Saturday in August in
Ardmore- and is called the preeminent one day
cattle industry program in the country.
Butts Says Five-Year Farm Bill Passage Biggest
Issue Facing NCBA
2013 farm bill is still stalled in the House of
Representatives and no action is currently being
taken as Representatives are home for the summer
recess. When Congress returns in
September, there are only ten working days on
their calendar to get a bill passed before the
current extension expires at the end of the month.
Kristina Butts, executive
director of legislative affairs with the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association says getting a
five-year farm bill done is by far the biggest
issue currently before the NCBA.
happy to report that we're the closest to getting
a farm bill that we've ever been in three years,
so that is positive news," Butts said. "It's been
a rocky ride-lots of ups and downs along the way,
but you guys in Oklahoma have a phenomenal
chairman in Chairman Lucas and he's really gone to
bat for agriculture and to make sure that we're
doing whatever it takes to get a five-year farm
"So, before we left D.C.
the last week of July, the Senate did name their
conferees. So, they did take the first step
forward in naming who's going to be part of these
negotiations as we move forward.
received information that the House does plan on
considering a nutrition-only bill when they get
back in September. The number that's been buzzing
around is about $40 billion in cuts. So, what we
keep pushing is that we're asking that staff
members, while Congressmen are back home, start
having those conversations to figure out where the
differences are. That way when the members of
Congress get back to town in September, they can
sit down, work out the big differences and we can
get that conference report passed by both bodies
before the end of September."
can listen to my full conversation with Kristina
Butts by clicking here.
N That- In the Field Video, Rainfall Past, Present
and Future and APP reminder
have this past Saturday's video conversation with
John Collison posted on our
website- click here to check it out- we
talk with John "In the Field" about the
legislative victories that Farm Bureau achieved in
2013 and the startup of their annual August area
meetings in every corner of the state. Besides on
the our website- you can also see the In the
Field interviews with both John Collison as
well as with Mike Shulte from the
week before on our Oklahoma Farm Report App-
available for our iPhone or Android phone.
had more clouds and scattered rainfall over the
weekend- Mangum in southwest
Oklahoma had 1.87 inches of rain over the weekend-
most of it in the last 12 hours- and there is more
rain falling at various spots in the state as we
write this AND- the entire week has chances of
rain in the forecast (and you just THOUGHT this is
August in Oklahoma)
Click here for three different
graphics to catch you up on weekend weather
conditions and what is ahead as far as rain is
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