Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Washington Conference
MCA members visited with each of Mississippi's 6 members of Congress at last week's NCBA Legislative Conference.
On Wednesday, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow addressed the conference.

Southeastern Livestock Network    
While in Washington,leaders of the 10 Southeastern state cattlemen's association forming SLN met to discuss regional issues.
Noxubee Storm Relief
In Shuqualak Saturday, members of the Noxubee County Cattlemen's Association fed victims of the recent tornadoes in that area.
Samaritan's Purse volunteers were also on hand to assist with the cleanup effort.
School Nurse Association 

Beef nutrition information was available to those attending the Mississippi School Nurse Association Convention in Natchez.
This was the 20th anniversary of the organization.
And the winners are................
Mike and Georgia-Ann Ingram's ticket was drawn for the Dixie National steer given to MCA by Herrington Services. Mississippi State University's meats lab will process the beef for the Clay County couple.
Congratulations to the Ingrams and thanks to everyone who contributed to the project.

AgVentures at the Museum   
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700 elementary students attended AgVentures at the Agriculture & Forestry Museum in Jackson.
Sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, the two-day program introduced the children to many aspects of food production.
George County Field Day 
George/Jackson Cattlemen's President Greta Thornton and Extension Agent Angie Rogers worked the booth at last week's field day in George County. George County Co-op organized the event.

Beef Extension on Twitter    
Follow MSU Beef Extension on Twitter.

Petition Filed in Supreme Court 

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association, along with the Coalition for Responsible Regulation, filed a petition last Thursday in the United States Supreme Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) finding that greenhouse gases (GHG) endanger public health and welfare, its rule to limit GHG from passenger vehicles and its "timing" and "tailoring" rules that govern GHG permit applicability at stationary sources.
In December 2009, EPA issued a finding that GHGs are an "endangerment" to public health and the environment-providing EPA with a foundation from which to regulate GHGs under the Clean Air Act (CAA), from small and large sources throughout the economy, including farming and ranching operations. NCBA filed a petition with the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and EPA challenging the science behind EPA's finding. The D.C. court dismissed the challenge in June of last year. The court also denied challenges to EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases and subsequent emissions standards for cars and light-duty trucks.
"We have already seen many actions by this administration's EPA that proves they believe they are above the law. Forcing these greenhouse gas regulations upon Americans, including hard-working cattlemen and women is yet another example of this. We remain hopeful that bringing this issue to the highest court in the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court, will put a stop to the aggressive agenda-driven bullying by EPA," said NCBA Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald.
McDonald added that NCBA originally challenged EPA and the GHG regulations in court in order to take regulatory rulemaking power away from those sitting behind desks in a federal agency and place it back into the hands of the American people.
"The Clean Air Act is not an appropriate vehicle to regulate greenhouse gases and we are certain this manipulation of the Act goes against congressional intent. Once again, EPA continues to promulgate regulations which have a negative impact on producers' ability to provide safe and affordable food for our nation and the world," said McDonald. "Cattlemen have a vested interest in protecting the environment and caring for their land. However, these overreaching regulations must be curtailed. We hope the Supreme Court realizes this and puts a stop to EPA's 'above the law' actions."

Cattle Market
Dr. John Michael Riley  
April 19, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle sales were very light this week. In the Southern Plains (Texas Panhandle and SW Kansas) live cattle traded at $126/cwt. Similarly, in Nebraska, limited movement was reported at $126/cwt and $201-$202/cwt for live and dressed sales, respectively. Trade was too low in the Western Cornbelt to call any trends. The five-area fed price finished Friday at  $125.27/cwt versus $127.23/cwt last Friday.
In Oklahoma City, feeder steers and heifers were $3-$6/cwt lower and calves were $2-$4/cwt lower in OKC.  In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers and heifers were $3-$8/cwt lower, while cull cows and bulls were $2-$4/cwt lower.

Live cattle futures ended the week mixed with nearby contracts closing higher, while more distant months were lower. A weaker U.S. dollar added some support early in the week and most all commodities benefitted. Higher Choice boxed beef and a sharp premium for cash cattle (i.e., strong basis) helped bring the front month contracts up. More cold weather ended the week on a sour note leaving most sane folks indoors and away from their grills. More sor news came in after markets closed as the monthly USDA Cattle on feed report was on the bearish side. Placements were well above expectations, but marketings were higher helping to offset the inflow of cattle. More information can be found in the summary here.
Corn futures finished mostly steady. The lower dollar provided support early in the week. Rains continue to help soil moisture conditions, but they also keep planters from rolling. Planting progress will be a vital metric of corn prices for the next few weeks. Wet and cold weather this spring have not helped in establishing a good start to the season.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower this week but Select, once again, dropped at a steeper pace than Choice thus pushing the spread between the two higher. This is common at this time of year as grilling season continues to gain steam. Choice finished with a weekly average of $190.51/cwt, down $0.09, and Select finished at $18.04/cwt, down $1.40.


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