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Texas Daily Ag Market News Summary 11/08/17

Posted 161 days ago ago by Texas Department of Agriculture

Feeder cattle auctions higher; Futures lower.

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

Cotton prices higher.

Grains and soybeans higher.

Milk futures higher.

Crude oil lower; Natural gas higher.

Stock markets higher.

                              

 

Texas feeder cattle auctions were higher, reporting prices steady to $8 higher. November Feeder cattle futures were $2.55 lower, closing at $157.32 per hundredweight (cwt). The Texas fed cattle cash trade was steady today, remaining at $124.00 per cwt. December Fed cattle futures were $1.70 cents lower, closing at $122.92 per cwt. Wholesale boxed beef values were higher, with Choice grade gaining 49 cents to close at $213.13 per cwt and Select grade gaining $1.13 to close at $198.89 per cwt. Estimated cattle harvest for the week totaled 351,000 up 2,000 from last week’s total and 7,000 from last year’s total. Year-to-date harvest is up 2.1%.

 

Cotton prices were higher with cash prices gaining 0.75 cents to close at 69.25 cents per pound and December cotton futures gaining 0.56 cents to close at 68.63 cents per pound.

 

Corn prices were steady with cash prices and December futures both remaining at $3.50 per bushel and $3.48 per bushel, respectively. Grain Sorghum cash prices were steady to remain at $5.55 per cwt.

 

Wheat prices were higher with cash prices gaining a penny to close at $3.67 per bushel and December futures gaining 4 cents to close at $4.28 per bushel.

 

Milk prices were higher with November Class III milk gaining 3 cents to close at $16.50 per cwt.

 

Stock markets closed higher today, reversing yesterday’s losses and pushing the three major U.S. indexes to fresh record highs once again. U.S. indexes hit new record highs as investors’ look towards strong profit growth along with a strong U.S. economy, that investors expect will be able support the Major U.S. Indexes moving forward. December Crude oil futures were 39 cents lower to close at $56.81 per barrel. Crude oil prices continued to slide after data released showed a sharp rise in U.S. stockpiles.

 

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From Agri-Pulse:

In a move welcomed by farm and biotech groups but met with wariness by food safety and organic advocates, USDA has decided to take another stab at biotech regulations, withdrawing a proposed rule that mostly pleased no one.

 

The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said it “will re-engage with stakeholders to determine the most effective, science-based approach for regulating the products of modern biotechnology while protecting plant health.”

 

“It’s critical that our regulatory requirements foster public confidence and empower American agriculture while also providing industry with an efficient and transparent review process that doesn’t restrict innovation,” USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue said.

 

In a Federal Register notice scheduled for publication Tuesday, APHIS noted the wide divergence of opinions it received on its Jan. 19 proposal to amend the “part 340” regulations.

 

“Some thought that our criteria for designating (genetically engineered) GE organisms as regulated organisms were too expansive, potentially resulting in our regulating a wider range of GE organisms than necessary and thereby increasing, rather than reducing, the regulatory burden for the biotechnology industry,” APHIS noted. “Other commenters, however, thought that certain exemptions and exclusions contained in the proposed rule would effectively narrow the scope of our regulatory authority over GE organisms and increase the risk of the unintended presence of GE crops in organic and other non-GE crops.”

 

Groups issuing statements in favor of the withdrawal included the Biotechnology Innovation OrganizationNational Association of Wheat GrowersNational Corn Growers Association (NAWG) and the American Seed Trade Association.

 

BIO said it was happy with the proposal’s “science-based exclusion of some classes of gene editing, and the recognition of the safety of familiar crop-trait combinations with which they have years of experience.” However, the proposal also had “significant flaws that would have rendered the proposedsystem difficult to implement and created greater uncertainty for developers.”

 

In particular, BIO said in its June comments that it objected to APHIS’s proposal to use the Plant Protection Act (PPA) to begin assessing genetically engineered plants for their potential to become a “noxious weed.” BIO argued that APHIS already has that authority and “does not clearly articulate why it needs a second, different risk assessment system to evaluate noxious weed risk.” The agency, it said, was proposing “a significant and complex expansion to the way in which it determines which organisms are subject to regulation under 7 CFR Part 340.”

CFR stands for Code of Federal Regulations.

 

NAWG CEO Chandler Goule said the association “looks forward to working with USDA regulators to create policies that will foster innovation and encourage the adoption of modern technologies that will enable wheat farmers to address climate, disease, and pest problems.”

 

And American Seed Trade Association President and CEO Andrew LaVigne said, “It’s important that the administration moves forward without delay in soliciting stakeholder feedback on policy around plant breeding innovation while actively engaging in the ongoing dialogue at the global level. Public and private sector plant-scientists around the world are investing in a great deal of research using newer methods like gene editing across a wide variety of crops -- with exciting potential for farmers, consumers and the environment. However, in order for these benefits to be fully realized, and widely adopted across breeding programs of all sizes and sectors, developers need clear, science-based, policy direction.”

 

Food & Water Watch Assistant Director Patty Lovera said she wasn’t surprised by the move to withdraw the proposal, adding that she’s not confident the Trump administration would propose regulations her group could embrace.

 

“The rules they were using were inadequate for the first generation of biotech,” she said. “There needs to be a whole new way of looking at biotech crops.”

 

Lovera suggested that APHIS take a close look at the issue of “genetic drift,” when pollen from a GE crop floats into the field of a neighbor who is growing organic or non-GE crops. “What are the odds that some of these crops are prone to genetic drift?” she asked. Organic and non-GE growers “feel all the risk falls on them,” she said.

 

Other issues that should be on APHIS’s radar screen include whether new GE crops may result in more chemical use or more herbicide resistance, she said.