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Monday, February 23,
Cattle on Feed Up Slightly, Beef Storage Up
Strongly Over January
latest cattle on feed numbers held no surprises,
coming in near trade expectations. The latest
estimate was released Friday afternoon by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. Tom
Leffler of Leffler Commodities called the
report neutral to bearish with the on feed numbers
in line with expectations, placements came in at
89%, which was slightly negative and marketings
came in at 91%, which was near expectations.
Leffer said he didn't see anything that was a
shock to the market.
The U.S. had
10.626 million head of cattle on feed, as of
February first. That was slightly above a year ago
and 4.3% below the three year average. Leffler
said this was the second smallest February on feed
number of the past 12 years. In the three major
cattle feeding states of Texas, Kansas and
Nebraska, he said they all saw 2% increases in
their on feed numbers.
in feedlots during January totaled 1.79 million,
11% below 2014. Net placements were 1.71 million
head. Leffler said this was the fifth smallest
January placements of the past 20 years. Texas was
down 14%, Nebraska down 9% and Kansas was down 6%
versus a year ago.
placements of cattle and calves weighing less than
600 pounds were 405,000, down 13.8%, 600-699
pounds were at 340,000, down 21.8%, 700-799 pounds
was at 477,000, down 14.7%, and 800 pounds and
greater totaled 565,000, up 2.7% versus last
On Friday, USDA also released
the latest cold storage report. Leffler
said this looks to grab the attention of traders,
as the report showed that stocks of the
nation's beef supplies are growing as the amount
of beef in storage came in 490.937 million pounds,
which is up 10.5% from last month and 14.4% above
a year ago.
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Scott Touts Canola Benefits, Despite Tough Year in
is no doubt that 2014 was a disaster for the
state's canola farmers, but there is a bright
side. The crop is still offering benefits in 2015.
Jeff Scott, President of the
Great Plains Association and
U.S. Canola Association said some
of the best wheat pasture ground was planted on
failed canola acres, so there are still benefits
of the crop. He believes farmers need to take a
systems approach and not just evaluate canola on a
single crop year.
rotation, is a rotation," Scott said. "We've got
to look at over 2, 3, 4, 5 years, average those
returns, and I guarantee you will better off in
the long run with canola in your rotation, than
you will without."
canola acres peaked last year and after the tough
year, the state's acres planted to canola declined
for the 2015 crop.
"We have seen a
little bit of retracement, but I think our diehard
producers are still out here," Scott said. "They
have seen what this crop will do for their
operation and so they are here trying to learn
what they can do in the next 100 days to get
through this cropping season."
caught up with Scott at Canola College in Enid
Thursday. Click here to read or to listen
to the full interview.
Ag in the Classroom Honors Coyle Elementary
Ag in the Classroom has announced their 2015
Teacher of the Year is Connie Whitmore. Mrs.
Whitmore, a 26-year veteran educator, teaches
kindergarten at Coyle Elementary. Connie has been
involved with Ag in the Classroom for 10+ years.
She has provided education for her students and
other educators through her garden produce. Connie
has been a Woman in Agriculture Winner in Ag
Production and recognized by the Oklahoma
Vegetable Association for contributing to the
Oklahoma Vegetable Industry. Whitmore
is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
Mrs. Whitmore says, "My passion,
without hesitation is teaching. It doesn't seem to
matter if I am teaching in the classroom, on the
farm, or at the farmers market; I enjoy education
everyone about agriculture. Whether it's
explaining something growing in the garden to a
child who accompanied a parent to our farm,
instructing high school students working on the
farm for an FFA labor exchange, education adults
at the Farmers Market about the produce they were
purchasing or teachers pursuing information about
gardening, I truly enjoy teaching."
Connie's classroom agriculture is not treated as a
theme to be taught for a week or two, but
integrated into all subject areas regardless of
Whitmore will be
honored on Ag Day at the state capitol by Oklahoma
Farm Credit; Southwest Dairy Farmers; Oklahoma
Farm Bureau Women; Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture, Food, and Forestry; and her
legislators. She will attend the National Ag in
the Classroom conference in Louisville, Kentucky
and be On the Road with Ag in the Classroom this
MAX Working to Bring More Oklahomans
MAX works on behalf of the region's dairy
farmers in promoting milk and dairy products.
Dairy MAX works to get more milk into the hands of
the state's youth at schools, providing milk to
those who need it most, along with promoting the
latest in dairy products. I caught up with Dairy
MAX's Susan Allen about the
work being done by Dairy MAX.
Dairy MAX organization works a lot with schools in
providing healthier meals to students by focusing
on breakfast, because each meal is served with
milk. Allen said about half of the kids in this
country are not eating breakfast, so as students
become hungry that impacts their ability to learn.
Dairy MAX also supports the "Fuel Up to Play 60"
program that encourages youth to eat breakfast
along with focusing on health and wellness.
Dairy MAX also works to fill the
nutrition gap. In Oklahoma, one in six Oklahomans
are hungry and one in four children are at risk
for hunger, so many Oklahomans don't have access
to milk most days of the year. Some food banks
have refrigeration and will accept donations of
milk, but few people donate milk, so demand often
exceeds the available supply of milk.
To fill that milk gap, Dairy MAX has
been working with the "Great American Milk Drive".
This allows consumers to make a donation of at
least $5 dollars. That donation is sent to a local
food bank, which provides those in need with a
coupon for a gallon of milk at the grocery store.
Allen said this is a local way to help Oklahomans
fill their glasses and cereal bowls with milk. To
date, 704 gallons of milk has been donated to the
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which equates to
about $3,000 worth of milk. Allen said though the
need for milk in Oklahoma is great.
MAX also gets behind the latest products and
innovations using dairy products. Coca-Cola
is the latest to launch a dairy product. To
read more or have the opportunity to listen to my
interview with Allen, click
Than 75 Agribusiness, Commodity, State Government
Leaders to Visit Cuba
U.S. Agriculture Coalition for
Cuba (USACC) announced Thursday it will
lead more than 75 leaders from across the U.S.
agriculture industry on a learning journey to
Cuba. The visit will take place March 1-4, 2015.
"As we continue our call for Congress
to end the embargo and normalize trade with Cuba,
this is an appropriate time to visit Cuba and
begin to strengthen business relationships," said
Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Chair of
USACC. "We have seen positive developments in
recent weeks, including the Freedom to Export to
Cuba Act that would end the embargo in an
appropriate and expeditious way. Our learning
journey will ensure that key commodity groups and
agribusiness leaders are well-positioned to
facilitate a strong bilateral trading relationship
when the embargo is lifted."
learning journey will include meetings with Cuban
business and government leaders, as well as
interaction with Cuban farmers and agricultural
cooperatives to expand understanding of the Cuban
agricultural economy. To read more about this
effort, click here.
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Ends West Coast Port Slowdown- Meat Industry
Pacific Maritime Association and the International
Longshore and Warehouse Union announced
Friday evening a tentative agreement on a new
five-year contract covering workers at all 29 West
Coast ports. The deal was reached with assistance
from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom
Perez and Federal Mediation and
Conciliation Service Deputy Director Scot
parties will not be releasing details of the
agreement at this time. The agreement is subject
to ratification by both parties.
more than nine months of negotiations, we are
pleased to have reached an agreement that is good
for workers and for the industry," said PMA
President James McKenna and ILWU
President Bob McEllrath in a
joint statement. "We are also pleased that our
ports can now resume full
US livestock and meat industry gave two thumbs up
to the announced deal, although officials noted it
would take a month or longer to clear the current
backlog of container ships waiting to be unloaded
at the 29 west coast ports.
Seng with the US Meat Export Federation
offered the following statement over the weekend
after the deal was announced Friday
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) was very
pleased to learn of the tentative agreement on a
new West Coast port labor contract that was
reached Friday evening. Since we began to see
increasing congestion in the West Coast ports
several months ago, the global customer base that
the U.S. meat industry has spent decades building
has been put at risk by shipping delays and by the
uncertainty surrounding these contract
negotiations. With nearly 80 percent or our
waterborne red meat exports utilizing West Coast
ports, this situation had become very damaging not
only for exporters, but also for farmers,
ranchers, processors and everyone in the supply
"We are hopeful
that the parties will ratify the new contract
agreement as soon as possible and clear the
backlog that currently exists in several major
ports, so that U.S. industries can once again
serve our international customers with the
confidence and reliability they
Dock workers still have to ratify the
deal- but union officials say that work will
continue as the process unfolds- click here
for a story from
Oregon that describes the lengthy process of
Notice by Oklahoma Pork
Council And the National Pork
election of pork producer delegate candidates for
the 2016 National Pork Producers (Pork Act)
Delegate Body will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday,
February 27, 2015 in conjunction with the Oklahoma
Pork Congress and Annual Meeting which will be
held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and
Hotel, 2501 Conference Dr., Norman, Okla. All
Oklahoma pork producers are invited to attend.
producer age 18 or older who is a resident of
Oklahoma and has paid all assessments due may be
considered as a delegate candidate and/or
participate in the election. All eligible
producers are encouraged to bring with them a
sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their
name and the checkoff deducted.
you are interested in being a candidate, please
prepare a short (1/2 page) biography telling about
yourself and send it to the Oklahoma Pork Council,
ATTN: Election Committee, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.,
Suite 380, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3206.
Nominations will also be accepted from the
more information, contact the Oklahoma Pork
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