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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 futuresclick 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.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler- 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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   Thursday, January 7, 2016
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
BuchananFeatured Story:
OkFB President Tom Buchanan Announces Candidacy for National AFBF Vice-President

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan is aiming to take his leadership nationally to the nation's largest agricultural organization. I talked with Buchanan Wednesday morning and we talked about his intentions to run for national vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The 2016 AFBF Annual Meeting will take place January 10-13 in Orlando, Florida. If elected, he said this will help put the focus on the needs and concerns of Oklahoma.  

At this year's convention, AFBF President Bob Stallman will be retiring after 16 years in the top leadership position. Four candidates have announced their intention to run for his position. The candidates include four state Farm Bureau presidents, including Barry Bushue of Oregon, Kevin Rogers of Arizona, Zippy Duvall of Georgia and Don Vilwock of Indiana. Buchanan said it appears the two front runners are Duvall and Vilwock because of the strong membership and agricultural industry in those two states, plus both individuals are also directly involved in production agriculture. Overall, Buchanan said any one of these four individuals will be great representatives of American Farm Bureau.

During the annual AFBF convention, delegates will be addressing a variety of policy resolutions. Buchanan said taxation is always a big issue on the national level that all ag groups and all states can get behind. Another key topic is federal government overreach courtesy of agencies like Environmental Protection Agency and US Fish and Wildlife. He believes Farm Bureau and allies have made headway over the "Waters of the United States" rule and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Buchanan said these regulations are dramatically changing private property use in this country.

"That's a real priority and a real focus of American Farm Bureau to correct that problem and put that decision making back at the state level and back at that private property owner level," Buchanan said. 

Click or tap here to listen to our full interview with Tom- we caught him between fields checking cattle in southwest Oklahoma on Wednesday.

I will be covering the AFBF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Be listening and watching for coverage on the Radio Oklahoma Network and

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The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines have been released by the two cabinet level agencies responsible for updating them every five years- the Health and Human Services agency and the US Department of Agriculture. After a tremendous outcry from agriculture that came about after the Advisory Committee on the Guidelines attempted to interject sustainability issues into the recommendations that carry a tremendous amount of clout in formulating what federal feeding and nutrition programs will look like. The Advisory Committee had suggested a major deemphasis on red meat in the diet- but it appears that lean meats remain in these latest recommendations.

The guidelines have been built this time around what the Feds are calling Healthy Eating Patterns.

From the Executive Summary- "A healthy eating pattern includes:

"A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups-dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
"Fruits, especially whole fruits
"Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
"Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
"A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products."

Click here for our Top Ag Story of the morning which includes links to the Executive Summary and to the entire on line report.

Before the report- House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway released a brief statement that seemed to show he was miffed that no preview was provided to Congress- he had to click and click and click like the rest of us to get access online at 6 AM central this morning.

Later this morning- the HHS and USDA will hold a media teleconference on the Guidelines- HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell will be on the call- but neither USDA Secretary Vilsack or Deputy Secretary Krysta Hardin are taking time to be on the call- USDA will be represented by Under Secretary Kevin Concannon and a couple of other lower level officials .

BeeStudyEPA Releases the First of Four Risk Assessments for Insecticides Potentially Harmful to Bees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a preliminary pollinator risk assessment for the neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, which shows a threat to some pollinators. EPA's assessment, prepared in collaboration with California's Department of Pesticide Regulation, indicates that imidacloprid potentially poses risk to hives when the pesticide comes in contact with certain crops that attract pollinators.

"Delivering on the President's National Pollinator Strategy means EPA is committed not only to protecting bees and reversing bee loss, but for the first time assessing the health of the colony for the neonicotinoid pesticides," said Jim Jones Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Using science as our guide, this preliminary assessment reflects our collaboration with the State of California and Canada to assess the results of the most recent testing required by EPA."

The preliminary risk assessment identified a residue level for imidacloprid of 25 ppb, which sets a threshold above which effects on pollinator hives are likely to be seen, and at that level and below which effects are unlikely. These effects include decreases in pollinators as well as less honey produced.

The 60-day public comment period will begin upon publication in the Federal Register. After the comment period ends, EPA may revise the pollinator assessment based on comments received and, if necessary, take action to reduce risks from the insecticide.  Click or tap here to read more.


The advances in recent years for beef cattle genomics has been nothing short of phenomenal. That's according to Ryan Ruppert, U.S. Sales Director for GeneSeek Igenity. With several researchers, GeneSeek has created a new product called GGP-F250. Ruppert said this technology can look at broken genes and genes that cause embryonic deaths. These are new advances for the cattle industry.

Ruppert remembers a bull from 35 years ago that had tremendous production potential, but had a poor heifer pregnancy rate. As an animal breeder, he said those are antagonist traits and in this case there was one lethal gene. This new chip is able to target things, like a lethal gene. He said that line of cattle are now some of the most productive and most fertile. In moving forward, he said we can identify things like high growth cattle, while keeping other important traits such as fertility.

While traits like weaning weight and carcass traits are highly heritable and easy to measure, other traits like fertility are harder to evaluate and quantify. Ruppert said being able to measure fertility is the number one benefit to cattle producers. By improving an Igenity score from a six to a seven, he said that's worth $300 over the lifetime of that cow. In improving a producer's entire herd by two points, that's worth $600 per head. He said that's working for commercial producers that are actively utilizing this technology. 

I featured Ruppert on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.

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The National Cotton Council appreciates Senator John Boozman's (R-AR) initiative in getting his Cotton Belt colleagues to sign onto a January 4 letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urging him to designate cottonseed as an 'other oilseed' as a means to bring some "much needed stability and support to cotton producers and the broader cotton industry."

NCC Chairman Sledge Taylor, a Mississippi cotton producer and ginner, said that just as the cotton industry appreciated the 100 Representatives who pressed the Secretary to use 2014 farm law authority for this designation, "we are very pleased with Senator Boozman and his colleagues for their efforts on this important request. As I've stated before, in order to provide timely relief from current financial pressures, the U.S. cotton industry needs this designation for cottonseed to be covered either under the law's Price Loss Coverage or Agriculture Risk Coverage programs for the purpose of farm safety net participation."

The NCC is urging its members to contact their Senators and ask them to join onto the letter to Secretary Vilsack(Senator Jim Inhofe is one of the lawmakers that has signed onto the letter).  Click or tap here to read more about this push for the cottonseed designation to be called an oilseed for farm program purposes.

Meanwhile- Agri-Pulse is reporting that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack is not so sure he has the legal authority to make this call.
Phillip Brasher writes "Vilsack told reporters on Wednesday that the prime issue with the proposal is "whether there's the legal authority to do what has been requested."

"He noted that Congress, when it authorized the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) insurance policy for cotton in the farm bill lawmakers "specifically took out cotton oil seeds from the program, which I think is a pretty significant piece of information as we look at what was intended at the time."

Click here for the Agri-Pulse story on problems the Secretary is seeing in making this change in the federal farm program safety net.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement proclaiming Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, Bob Stallman Appreciation Day. Stallman is retiring as President of the American Farm Bureau Federation after 16 years of service.

"Bob Stallman is well-deserving of recognition for his outstanding contributions to all corners of agriculture and his commitment to strengthen rural America for the hard-working families who call it home. For 16 years, Bob has led the American Farm Bureau Federation with a steady hand and champion's heart. Under his leadership, the Farm Bureau's advocacy efforts to connect the work being done in rural America to its impact on the lives of every American have evolved and grown. Stallman and the Farm Bureau have played an instrumental role in shaping, passing and implementing the 2014 Farm Bill, supported producers in the wake of historic drought conditions and other natural disasters, and expanded new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers through their support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements.

"Bob is the kind of leader who makes people in the business proud of what they do. He has inspired countless agricultural leaders, past and present, including myself. I am honored to call him a strong partner and a good friend.

"Bob leaves behind big shoes to fill, and USDA looks forward to working with the Farm Bureau as they select their next leader."

View the Bob Stallman Appreciation Day proclamation.

ThisNthatThis N That- Wheat Commission Meets in Enid, AFR Hosts Farm and Ranch Forum and Arctic Air Coming 

The January Oklahoma Wheat Commission board meeting will be held this afternoon- Thursday, January 7, 2016, 4:30 p.m. at the Enid Holiday Inn conference room, 4702 W. Owen K. Garriott Road, Enid, OK., 73703, Enid, Oklahoma in conjunction with the Enid AgriFest- that kicks off tomorrow morning.

The Commission has finalized their agenda for this afternoon- click here to take a look.


Tomorrow morning- the American Farmers and Ranchers will be hosting a Farm and Ranch Forum as the doors open for the Agrifest Farm Show at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid.

Featured on the morning program will be Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who will be followed by the Panel discussing State Question 777.  I will be moderating that panel discussion on the state constitutional amendment proposal that will be voted on this coming November by Oklahomans. 

On that panel- we will have Michael Kelsey of OCA, Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council and Glenn Coffee with Oklahoma Farmers Care.

For more on the Farm and Ranch Forum- click here.


Arctic air is arriving in Oklahoma by late Friday afternoon- and winter precipitation rolls in with- snow and a wintry mix are a part of the plan Friday overnight into early Saturday morning.

Once we get past this weekend- we see milder temps Tuesday through Friday of next week- according to Jed Castles with News9 in Oklahoma City- Here is his Thursday morning graphic:

Meanwhile- for a good play by play of the rain exiting Oklahoma this morning and the next storm rolling toward Oklahoma- take a read of Alan Crone's morning weather blog from the News on 6 website- always excellent weather reading!

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