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Texas Daily Ag Market News Summary 09/14/16

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Feeder cattle auctions reported mixed prices; Futures lower.

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

Cotton higher.

Grains and Soybeans higher.

Milk futures lower.

Crude oil lower; Natural gas lower.

Stock markets lower.



Texas feeder cattle auctions reported mixed prices, with instances of steady to $3 higher and $2 to $5 lower. September Feeder cattle futures were $0.70 lower, closing at $132.67 per hundredweight (cwt). The Texas fed cattle cash trade was inactive today. Whole sale boxed beef values were lower with choice grade losing $0.82 to close at $185.80 per cwt and select grade losing $0.98 to close at $180.32 per cwt. October Fed cattle futures were $1.13 higher, closing at $105.80 per cwt. Estimated slaughter for the week totaled 330,000 head, up 100,000 from last week’s total and down 6,000 from last year. Year-to-date harvest is down 1.8%.


Cotton prices were higher with cash prices gaining 0.75 cents to close at 66.37 cents per pound and October futures gaining 0.88 cents to close at 68.08 cents per pound.


Corn prices were higher with cash prices gaining $0.01 to close at $3.27 per bushel and September futures gaining $0.03 to close at $3.22 per bushel. Grain Sorghum cash prices were higher, gaining $0.02 to close at $4.80 per cwt.


Wheat prices were higher with cash and September futures both gaining $0.03 to close at $3.08 per bushel and $3.95 per bushel, respectively.


Milk prices were lower with September Class III Milk futures losing $0.02 to close at $16.45 per cwt.


Stock Markets were slightly lower today, as markets are beginning to calm down after last week’s volatility. Crude oil prices were lower, with October crude oil futures losing $1.32 to close at $43.58 per barrel.


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From Agri-Pulse:

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2016 - The Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday approved a bill aimed at helping the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) deal with its increasing expensive fire-fighting efforts and to improve forest management activities.


Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said his Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act is similar to a stand-alone measure that passed the House in July 2015. Both bills seek to address the rising cost of wildfire suppression.


The Senate bill was approved on a party-line 11-9 vote with Democrats objecting. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the committee's ranking member, said she was pleased that the bill begins to address the problem of fire-borrowing, by which the USFS is routinely forced to transfer funds from key projects like forest restoration and timber sales to help pay for firefighting. But she said a “comprehensive solution must also tackle the dramatic reduction in the Forest Service's resources for non-fire activities.”


Just about everyone agrees that something must be done to help USFS deal with forest fires. In 2015, the agency spent more than $1.7 billion fighting fires, according to the National Interagency Fire Center which says federal spending overall topped $2.1 billion. On the current course, by 2025, officials say two thirds of the Forest Service budget could be spent on firefighting, up from about one-sixth 20 years ago.

Roberts said his legislation amends the House bill to include “common sense policies” that reduce administrative burdens to USFS and provide greater efficiencies for collaborative forest management activities.

They include:

     •Promoting large-scale landscape forest management projects on National Forest System land;

      •Encouraging cross-boundary management of Federal, state, and private forested land;

      •Building off successful and bipartisan policies in the 2014 farm bill that provide the Forest Service with the necessary tools to promote collaborative and active forest management activities in response to catastrophic and emergency events; and

      •Streamlining efficiencies for environmental review, analysis, and compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. 


The bill, for example, would create “categorical exclusions” to the environmental review process for some forest management projects, aiming to get the projects done more quickly and at less cost. These provisions have drawn complaints from the White House and some Democrats who say they would undermine environmental protections.  


Roberts made it clear he was not endorsing the funding language in the bill, but said that it should be viewed as “placeholder language for future discussions” with the Budget Committee and other panels that have jurisdiction.

The American Farm Bureau Federation applauded the Agriculture Committee's action.


"Our nation's federal forests are facing serious threats from fires, insects and disease due to a lack of active forest management,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. “The poor health of our federal forests also threatens wildlife populations and neighboring non-federal lands, as well as the vitality of rural, forested communities across the country. A vibrant forest products industry helps diversify rural economies in ways that compliment ranching and agricultural operations.


Duvall said the Roberts' bill “would allow the government to respond more quickly and efficiently to wildland fire emergencies.” Additionally, he said it would simplify environmental process requirements related to forest management, reduce project planning times and reduce the cost of implementing forest management projects.