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Texas Daily Ag Market News Summary 05/17/17

Posted 93 days ago ago by Texas Department of Agriculture

Feeder cattle auction reported lower prices; Futures higher.

Fed cattle cash trade active; Formula trades higher; Futures higher; Beef prices lower.

Cotton prices lower.

Grains and soybeans higher.

Milk futures lower.

Crude oil higher; Natural gas lower.

Stock markets lower.                  

                      

 

Texas feeder cattle auctions reported prices $4 to $7 lower. May Feeder cattle futures were $1.02 higher, to close at $141.97 per hundredweight (cwt). The Texas fed cattle cash was active today, closing at $134.87 per cwt. June Fed cattle futures were 55 cents higher, closing at $122.45 per cwt. Wholesale boxed beef values were lower, with Choice grade losing $1.71 to close at $248.17 per cwt and Select grade losing $2.46 to close at $221.93 per cwt. Estimated cattle harvest for the week totaled 344,000 down 1,000 from last week’s total and up 9,000 from a year ago. Year-to-date harvest is up 2.7%.

 

Cotton prices were lower with cash prices losing 0.50 cents to close at 78.00 cents per pound and July futures losing 1.15 cents to close at 80.17 cents per pound.

 

Corn prices were higher with cash prices gaining a nickel to close at $3.72 per bushel and July futures gaining 4 cents to close at $3.72 per bushel. Grain Sorghum cash prices were 7 cents higher, to close at $5.48 per cwt.

 

Wheat prices were higher with cash prices gaining 4 cents to close at $3.59 per bushel and July futures gaining 2 cents to close at $4.27 per bushel.

 

Milk prices were lower with May Class III milk futures losing a penny to close at $15.61 per cwt.

 

Stock markets were lower today, erasing post-election gains in the ICE Dollar index and the DOW Jones Industrial Average plummeting over 300 points behind an increasingly turbulent political climate in Washington. June Crude oil futures were 41 cents higher, closing at $49.07 per barrel. Crude oil prices closed higher today after data released showed declining U.S. crude oil inventories for the first time since February.

 

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From Agri-Pulse:

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2017 - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week makes his first appearance before lawmakers since taking office, and he’s expected to defend his department’s reorganization plan that includes eliminating the undersecretary for rural development.

 

 Perdue, who testifies Wednesday before the House Agriculture Committee, also is likely to be asked what he can do to help cotton growers and dairy producers. The two sectors lost a bid to get assistance included in the fiscal 2017 budget agreement enacted at the end of April.

 

Perdue’s reorganization plan would create a new position of undersecretary of trade, and House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway said he looks forward to that office “playing an active role in gaining additional market access for our products, while working to ensure that our trading partners honor the commitments they have made.”

 

Conaway promised that the committee would “take a very close look at each of the proposed changes, and this will be one of many important topics we cover when the Secretary appears before the committee next week.”

 

Also this week, the Senate could take up the nomination of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be ambassador to China. The agriculture sector is counting on Branstad to help advocate on the behalf of U.S. farm exports. The administration announced an agreement last week to allow imports of cooked Chinese chicken in return for China’s agreement to import U.S. beef.

 

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved Branstad’s nomination last week on a voice vote.

 

Meanwhile, the White House is expected to soon name a slate of nominees to key positions at USDA. As Agri-Pulse first reported early Friday, the CEO of the American Soybean Association, Steve Censky, is expected to be named deputy secretary, the person who normally manages day-to-day operations in the department.

 

Iowa Agriculture Commissioner Bill Northey, a former president of the National Corn Growers Association, will be named the first-ever undersecretary for the newly configured mission area of Farm Production and Conservation, sources say. Indiana Agriculture Director Ted McKinney would be the first undersecretary of trade.

 

Sam Clovis, who advised the Trump campaign on agriculture policy and is now a senior advisor to Perdue, is likely to be named undersecretary for research, education and economics.

 

Clovis is a former economics professor at Morningside College, but his possible nomination is getting some criticism from progressives. His doctorate from the University of Alabama was in public administration.

 

Ricardo Salvador, director of the food and environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, issued a statement over the weekend saying Clovis lacked the scientific background for the research position. “If the president goes forward with this nomination, it’ll be yet another example of blatant dismissal of the value of scientific expertise among his administration appointees,” Salvador said.

 

All of the USDA positions will require Senate confirmation.

 

Perdue’s reorganization plan won bipartisan praise for establishing the new trade position, which was required by the 2014 farm bill. The undersecretary of trade will control the Foreign Agricultural Service and head a committee that will work with other USDA agencies that have trade responsibilities, including the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

 

A second part of the plan, to eliminate the undersecretary of rural development, has raised concerns among lawmakers, who fear that would downgrade the department’s rural development agencies. Perdue argues that the plan, which appeared to catch many lawmakers by surprise, would actually elevate the importance of those agencies, since they would report directly to the secretary.

 

A third portion of the plan creates the new Farm Production and Conservation mission area that would include the Natural Resources Conservation Service along with the Farm Service Agency and the Risk Management Agency.

 

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, did not comment on the plan.

 

Here’s a list of agriculture- or rural-related events scheduled for this week in Washington and elsewhere:

 

Monday, May 15

 

4 p.m. - USDA releases weekly Crop Progress report.

 

Tuesday, May 16

 

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service holds a day-long public meeting to consider questions surrounding publication of farm operator demographic data obtained through the 2017 Census of Agriculture.  Room 6309, USDA South Building.

 

3:15 p.m. - Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing, “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure,” 406 Dirksen.

 

Wednesday, May 17

 

10 a.m. - House Agriculture Committee hearing with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, 1300 Longworth.

 

10 a.m. - Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, “Improving America’s Transportation Infrastructure: The Road Forward,” 406 Dirksen.

 

2 p.m. - House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on wildfire management in national forests, 1324 Longworth.

 

Thursday, May 18

 

8:30 a.m. - USDA releases Weekly Export Sales report.

 

9 a.m. - Soil Health Institute releases national soil health action plan, National Press Club.

 

10 a.m. - Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on nomination of David Bernhardt to be deputy Interior Secretary, 366 Dirksen.

 

2:30 p.m. Panel discussion on rural broadband infrastructure with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, and representatives from Association of Equipment Manufacturers member companies. Russell 485.