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on RON Markets as heard on K101
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
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
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $9.25 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon last
Wednesday. 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
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
Wednesday, November 6,
Chinese and Russian Markets High on USMEF's List
United States Meat Export Federation is holding
its Strategic Planning Conference in Fort Worth
this week. The conference affords those in the red
meat industry an opportunity to get an
international view on issues of timely importance.
Issues topping the conference's agenda
this year include how trade policies affect market
access for U.S. exports, the top growth markets
for the coming year, the effect of global
standards on U.S. production practices, and the
trend of consumer preferences in export
I was able to speak with USMEF's
CEO Phil Seng about the
importance of this conference.
"We derive a
lot of our funding both from the government, but
also from the industry-beef checkoff, pork
checkoff, you take a look at corn, soybeans, they
all checkoff and contribute significantly to the
USMEF," Send said. "And this is the first attempt
for us to sit down with the wider industry and
discuss our strategies and what we see in the
markets and lay this out before them so we
collectively can work together to establish a plan
going forward. As we know, these markets are
constantly changing. There's access. Sometimes
there's not access. And, so, looking at the
current situation and trying to make a plan is
really what this is all about."
that 2013 has been a very good year for the beef
industry. It is up ten percent in the value of
product exported this year even with the closure
of the Russian market beginning last February.
"The highlight, I guess you would have to
say for the whole year, would be the opening of
the Japanese market where it opened more from 20
months to 30 months which made, instead of about
25 percent of our cattle eligible to about 95
percent of our cattle eligible for the Japanese
market. And Japan has performed very well in that
You can read more or listen to my
full interview with Phel Seng by clicking here.
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seek to educate OCA members on the latest
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Urges Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator
Juan M. Garcia announced that the
2013 FSA County Committee Elections began Nov. 4,
with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters.
The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA
offices is Dec. 2, 2013.
"The role and
input of our county committee members is more
vital than ever at a time when our country faces
important choices regarding the funding and
operation of our government," said Garcia. "New
county committee members provide input and make
important decisions on the local administration of
disaster and conservation programs. With better
participation in recent years, we have also seen
promising increases in the number of women and
minority candidates, helping to better represent
the richness of American
County committee members are
an important component of the operations of FSA
and provide a link between the agricultural
community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected
to county committees help deliver FSA programs at
the local level, applying their knowledge and
judgment to make decisions on commodity price
support programs; conservation programs; incentive
indemnity and disaster programs for some
commodities; emergency programs and eligibility.
FSA committees operate within official regulations
designed to carry out federal laws.
Click here to read
Trying to Find Best Soybean for Climate
researchers are studying which soybean varieties
react the best to a changing climate.
Soybeans are a $187 billion a year crop
worldwide. With that in mind, U.S. Department of
Agriculture researchers are studying how climate
change might affect soybean
Research Plant Physiologist, USDA Agricultural
Research Service says, "We're looking for
variation among soybeans in how they respond to
rising atmospheric carbon dioxide
Bunce says he wants to find
which soybean varieties farmers should grow to
take advantage of increased atmospheric carbon
You can read more about this
research by clicking here.
Masters of Beef Advocacy Program Proving its Value
to Beef Industry
Williams of the National Cattlemen's Beef
Association spent last week at the National FFA
Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, signing up FFA
members for the Masters in Beef Advocacy program.
Williams talked with me about the success of the
MBA program, how he believes the beef industry has
handled the Zilmax situation and how beef
sustainability is in the eye of the
Williams said he had a lot of
success signing up FFA members at the convention
and that Oklahoma played a key role in getting him
to attend this year's convention.
has been a leader in getting the FFA involved in
the Masters of Beef Advocacy program. They started
a pilot program two years ago to get FFA chapters
in Oklahoma to go through the program. That's
actually what prompted us to be here this week. We
see a lot of opportunity here to get FFA chapters
involved. There have been a lot of advisors here
who have been interested in having their classes
go through the program."
said, the MBA program has more than 4,500
graduates. One of the things graduates are asked
to do is to participate in periodic calls to
action addressing issues of importance to the beef
joins me for the latest Beef Buzz. Click here to listen in or to
read more of this story.
Biofuel Groups Ask to Intervene in Latest Legal
Challenge to Renewable Fuel
Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and
Growth Energy filed a motion in the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to
intervene in support of the Environmental
Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard
(RFS2) 2013 final rule, which is currently being
challenged by Monroe Energy, the American
Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel
and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). The filing
was made on Friday, Nov. 1.
RFA, BIO, and
Growth Energy represent the broadest spectrum of
biofuel producers, advanced biofuel technology
developers, and energy crop developers, all of
whom depend on stable implementation of the RFS.
The groups are asking the Court's permission to
intervene in this lawsuit on behalf of their
member companies, who have a direct and
substantial interest in this case that cannot be
adequately represented by any other party. With
this lawsuit, Monroe Energy, API and AFPM are
seeking a reduction of the 2013 volume obligations
for all renewable fuels. That would have a direct
impact on the interests of the biofuel trade
groups' member companies. "Moreover, a reduction
in the volumetric requirement for any one type of
renewable fuel under the RFS could affect the
demand for other types of renewable fuels," the
groups stated in the filing.
Click here to read more of this
PorkSquare is Virtual Town Square for Youth
Interested in Pork Careers
a conference literally packed with the
agricultural industry's future leaders, the Pork
Checkoff introduced PorkSquare - a website, driven
by the innovation and real-time nature of social
media, connecting young agriculture professionals
with internships and training.
time, the National Pork Board has bounced around
the concept of a youth careers website - one
focused specifically on the pork industry," said
Bryn Jensson, producer outreach
marketing manager for Pork Checkoff. "After hours
of brainstorming, ideation and discussing the
purpose and options, PorkSquare emerged as an
ideal way to combine the best of all our
Moving beyond the concept of simply
a job bank, PorkSquare is a virtual town square
where internship and scholarship seekers and
companies can connect.
more information, please click here.
Wednesday--and each Wednesday morning beginning at
10 o'clock the latest BigIron.com auction comes to
a close. This week's auction features 268
agricultural, construction and transportation
items. Click here to check out the full
lineup of items available to the highest bidder
today on Big Iron.
remember- our friend Mike Wolfe,
District Sales Manager for Big Iron, is just a
phone call away when it comes to helping you learn
more about either buying or selling on Big Iron-
his number is 580-320-2718.
plant disease guru Dr. Bob Hunger
is on the case when it comes to checking for early
disease problems in the newly planted 2014 winter
wheat crop- he writes us in an email yesterday
"Fall of 2013 has been quiet for wheat diseases
with no wheat samples coming into the Diagnostic
Lab. Otherwise, the only report of a wheat disease
in the state has been a report I received from
Brian Vincent who indicated that
Keith Castner (BASF) had observed
leaf rust in late October on early planted
'Duster' near El Reno, OK. This finding is not
surprising as leaf rust often is observed in
Oklahoma in the fall."
Click here to read more of Dr.
Ron Sholar of the Great Plains Canola
Association and his Board have arranged for the US
Canola Fall Board of Directors meeting to be in
Oklahoma City next Monday through Wednesday-
headquarters will be the Colcord Hotel in downtown
Sholar says that this national group coming to
Oklahoma is another acknowledgement that the
winter canola industry is reaching that level of
critical mass where it's here to stay- and that
it's likely to continue to see increased acres in
the next few years as wheat farmers look to this
fall planted- June harvested crop as the ideal
rotational crop with their hard red winter
plan on having coverage from that meeting early
next week for you.
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