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Let's Check the Markets!  
Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, July 15th. 
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, July 18, 2016
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
NCBAFeatured Story:
NCBA President Tracy Brunner Offers His Thoughts on Summer Conference

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) hosted its summer business meeting in Denver, Colorado last week and overall, NCBA President Tracy Brunner says members and affiliates are feeling fairly upbeat about the industry right now.

Brunner says producers are encouraged by the moisture that has come to cattle growing areas of the country and says that despite some lower prices being felt in fed cattle and beef markets, the industry is still managing to compete aggressively with pork and poultry.

"There's guarded optimism, I guess I'd say, that price-wise we're going through a tough time now," Brunner said. "Hopefully as we go down the road we'll be in a better supply and demand situation. We think we're putting in a bottom right now and a little better times are ahead."

There's plenty to keep cattlemen busy right now according to Brunner who says producers are fighting two fronts right now. While cattlemen continue to rebuild their operations at home after the drought from a few years ago that forced increased liquidation of herds, attention is also being paid to Capitol Hill where issues such as Waters of the US (WOTUS) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) remain unresolved.

Click here to listen to Bruner talk more about the NCBA summer business meeting.

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FallinGovernor Mary Fallin Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Storms

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Friday for 35 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding that began July 13.

The counties included in the governor's declaration are: Adair, Beckham, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Haskell, Kay, Kingfisher, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McCurtain, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

Fallin's executive order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal aid should it be necessary.

Under the executive order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.

The governor also signed an executive order that temporarily suspends the requirements for size and weights permits of oversized vehicles that are transporting materials and supplies used for storm relief.

Click here for a link to Gov. Fallin's executive order,
BeefBuzzUSMEF President Phil Seng Excited About Opportunities in Asia, Especially Japan

It has been a good year for beef so far says Phil Seng, President/CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). According to him, several factors are playing into the market right now putting U.S. meat in a strategic position.

"Our major competitor internationally has always been Australia," Seng said. "Their factories are down, some only operating at 50 percent and some even lower than that."

This fact along with the U.S.'s strong presence in Japan, a country experiencing growing consumption, has Seng optimistic that the U.S. will finish very strong this year in key markets. Beyond 2016, he suggests there are still tremendous opportunities in Asia, especially in Japan.

"One of the bright spots in the Japanese market is the amount of tourism coming into Japan," Seng said. "This year they are going to eclipse 20 million people coming into Japan. Their goal for the Olympics in 2020, is to have 40 million tourists."

With a tourism business like this, Seng asserts that the hospitality industries are currently "on fire" and with the possibility of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) added to the mix, Seng says there is major potential growth for the Asian markets.

"Asia is a pretty exciting place to be right now," Seng said.

Ron\Beef Trade Panel at Summer Cattle Industry Meeting in Denver 

The General Session of the Summer Business Meetings of the Cattle Industry organizations that met last week in Denver featured a panel on trade issues - reviewing where the beef industry has been with international trade since the "Cow that Stole Christmas" in December of 2003. 

The panel looked at the benefits to the beef industry from NAFTA; the expected benefits to come from TPP, the Trans Pacific Partnership; and the possibilities of a trade deal with Europe and opening beef trade with China.

I moderated the panel and the three panelists included Thad Lively of the US Meat Export Federation, Bill Westman of the North American Meat Institute and Kent Bacus of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Click here to listen to the complete 45 minute panel presentation.

Sponsor Spotlight

Midwest Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of the daily email- and they say thanks to all of you who participated in their 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show.  

Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2016- the dates are December 8th, 9th and 10th.  Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.  

AFBFAmerican Farm Bureau Urges Congressional Support of Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education and post-high school job training and retraining are essential to the economic viability of rural communities. For that reason, the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging congressional support for H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.

The bill reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. In a letter sent to House lawmakers, AFBF encouraged reauthorization of the bill.

"A skilled workforce is needed in rural America, just as it is in urban and suburban communities," wrote AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

Duvall pointed out the bill would provide agriculture education programs the funding assistance needed to create a well-rounded practical approach to learning through classroom education. This would include topics such as plant and animal sciences, horticulture, forestry and agri-marketing, in addition to hands-on supervised agricultural career experiences, such as starting a business or working for an established company.

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 5587 earlier this month. AFBF urges the full House to promptly approve the legislation.
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TurkeyTurkey Track Ranch Selected as Honoree in 2016 NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award Program

The Turkey Track Ranch, owned by the Whittenburg and Cole families of Texas, was selected as one of six regional honorees of the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The award, announced during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting, recognizes the outstanding stewardship and conservation efforts practiced on the ranch. This year's regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be announced during the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in February 2017.

Established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association to recognize outstanding land stewards in the cattle industry, ESAP is generously sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Cattlemen's Foundation.

"Turkey Track has an outstanding record for their environmental stewardship practices, water management programs and excellent grass diversity," said Pete Bonds, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. "They face some pretty tough conditions, but because of their stewardship have been able to keep the land in good, productive condition."

This ranch in the Texas Panhandle has been owned by the same family for a century. Before their purchase, the land was the site of two historic battles of the Old West between the Native Americans and the westward bound settlers. Today, thanks to careful stewardship, the land remains virtually unchanged from those early years. It offers a place of remarkable beauty, history and ecological diversity, while supporting a profitable cow-calf herd and stocker operation. Increased water availability and improving grass species diversity, even after one of the worst droughts in the state's history, have enhanced the ranch's success.

Click here to read more about the Turkey Track Ranch.
ThisNThatThis N That- Hot and Humid, Superior's Week in the Rockies and GOP in Cleveland
Our two morning weather gurus- Jed Castles at News9 and Alan Crone with the News on 6 are in agreement- it's gonna be hot all week long.

Alan writes early this morning "The heat and humidity will remain the big weather as the mid-level ridge of high pressure has reformed across the southern plains including the state of Oklahoma.   This will effectively keep any major storm system away from the area for the next few days."  Click here for his complete weather blog.

Jed offers our nine day graphic that shows 90s this week- the prospect of the century mark for central and western Oklahoma this coming weekend and then maybe, just maybe a little bit of moisture and cooler early next week.



This past week- the folks at Superior Livestock were really busy selling 261,000 head of calves, stockers and feeders from across the US- it was their annual Week in the Rockies at Steamboat Springs- and USDA has now released details of this past week's sale- click here for the market news report from Superior- the ltos being sold ranged from immediate delivery all the way out to December of this year.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board Member Rodd Moesel is a delegate to the GOP convention in Cleveland this week- and we will be picking his brain as the week goes on to get an agricultural perspective of the week that spotlights the national Republican party. 

Several agricultural reporters we know and follow are also on the scene- Jerry Hagstrom and Phillip Brasher among others will be filing reports from Cleveland.


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