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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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   Monday, January 11, 2016
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Bob Stallman Says "See Ya" as He Winds Down His 16 Years as President of the American Farm Bureau

Farmers and ranchers need to adopt technology and they need to stand up for their rights. But most of all, they need to share their stories, American Farm Bureau Federation President
Bob Stallman told members at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show.

Stallman's address - his last after 16 years as the head of the nation's largest farm organization - echoed the challenges farmers and ranchers face when government oversteps the limits of the law. He reminded attendees that the organization's struggle to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's latest, flawed water policies was not yet over.

"You know, if we're going to let the federal government dictate where we can and cannot farm-or cut trees, or build homes, or otherwise use the land for any productive, economic activity, then this is not the Land of Liberty," Stallman told attendees. "It is not the country that our forefathers envisioned-nor is it a country that will be able to feed itself for very long."

The outgoing President was relaxed and backed away from most policy specifics in his final address to the membership- hitting only at the need to Ditch the Rule and work to stop the Obama Administration's WOTUS Clean Water Rule. 

Stallman pointed out to the audience that his last act as President of the organization would happen Tuesday afternoon when he announced who the delegates select as the next  President of the general farm organization.

Our Top Ag Story this morning features the Stallman address- we have the audio of the speech and the hard copy as well- click here to jump to our top story on the website this morning featuring a smiling Bob Stallman saying See Ya.

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VilsackUSDA's Vilsack Does Q&A in Orlando with Farm Bureau Members- And Covers Coast to Coast Ag Issues

For the second year in a row, the US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, appeared in a casual setting on the Trade Show floor of the American Farm Bureau Convention- and took almost a full hour of questions- and interacted with farmers and ranchers from California to Oklahoma and Texas and  Vermont- and several more stops across the US.

The Oklahoma question came from former Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling- who asked the Secretary a question about a possible Pecan Checkoff- which the Secretary promised he would find out more details on- and get back to him on- quickly dispatching one of his staffers over to where Spradling was sitting to get contact information to follow up. AFBF President Bob Stallman, hosting the Town Hall, laughed and called that "good customer service."

Things got more serious on a couple of issues- a Texas Cotton farmer asked the Secretary for a status update on if USDA was going to respond in a positive way to the Cotton industry request that cottonseed be declared an oilseed- which would allow cotton producers to participate in the federal farm program safety net- after cotton fiber was excluded from the programs in the 2014 to appease Brazil after the South American country had won a WTO case saying our cotton subsidy program had harmed their farmers.

The Secretary offered a three or four minute answer- which boiled down to "probably not" unless Congress gets involved and tweaks the 2014 Farm Law to provide legal authority to the Secretary to do so. 

The Secretary also had a dialogue with the Montana rancher, showing genuine worry about what the Federal government might do to folks like himself- pointing to the problems in Oregon where ranchers did a controlled burn that got onto federal land and ended up in jail as a result. 

You can watch a replay of the Town Hall and you can also listen to the News Conference with Mr. Vilsack where he went into detail on these issues and more- click here and jump to our story online at OklahomaFarmReport.Com.


PruittOklahoma AG Believes WOTUS May Remain Tied Up in Federal Court For the Balance of the Obama Presidency

The state of Oklahoma's Attorney General was the featured speaker at the 2016 Farm and Ranch Forum hosted by the American Farmers and Ranchers in Enid on Friday. Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt offered an update on his part of the national challenge that has been made against the Environmental Proection Agency over their Waters of the US Rule. He told the group he is hopeful that the litigation will prevent the Obama Administration from being able to fully implement WOTUS before the end of the President's second term in early 2017.

Pruitt was one of several AGs that filed lawsuits against EPA after the agency published the final rule on the Waters of the US in late August. 

Pruitt believes that the Sixth Circuit stay for the entire country will remain in place for a considerable amount of time. telling us after his presentation that "It will stay in effect while the case is pending and litigated." In October, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled that Oklahoma and the other states proved they were likely to succeed on the merits of their various lawsuits challenging the rule. Pruitt is confident the stay will remain in effect until the Obama Administration leaves office..

Pruitt also talked with us about the investigation into the group HSUS and Oklahoma's Right to Farm amendment- State Question 777. To read more- and to listen to our full interview with the AG, click or tap here.

ThorpePhysician and Rancher Commends 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Reaffirming Role of Lean Beef

Dr. Richard Thorpe is a physician and Texas cattle producer. He is very pleased with the outcome of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A year ago, he had concerns that there might not be a recommendation for lean meats in the dietary guidelines. He's very satisfied to see that lean meat was included in the new dietary guidelines.

"We really want to commend both Secretary Vilsack and Secretary Burwell for looking at the latest nutritional evidence," Thorpe said. "There was a lot of scientific research that was left out of that first draft, that was not available to the scientists on that committee and as a result of that beef was left out. But, they allowed the most recent and latest research to be placed in their consideration and with this it's been a total turnaround.   It has reaffirmed the role of lean beef in a healthy diet, so we're really excited."

The advisory committee wanted to include sustainability as one of the criteria for protein to receive consideration in the dietary guidelines. Thorpe said that's really not relevant and this wasn't the right platform to discuss sustainability. He said the committee was made of nutritional scientists that weren't equipped to address sustainability. NCBA and other groups laid down their cases and sustainability was removed for consideration.

In looking at the new dietary guidelines, one key phrase used is "healthy eating patterns". The recommendations include lean meat in those eating patterns.

Click here for the complete report entitled Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020.

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

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USMEFExportsMomentum Continued for U.S. Pork Exports in November; Beef Exports Also Rebound

U.S. pork exports continued to gain momentum in November while beef exports also showed signs of a rebound, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

November exports of U.S. pork were up 8 percent from a year ago to 181,678 metric tons (mt), the largest volume since May. Pork export value was $452.6 million, down 13 percent from a year ago but up slightly from October. As has been the case in recent months, pork muscle cut export volume was up significantly year-over-year (148,740 mt, up 19 percent) while variety meat exports declined 23 percent to 32,938 mt. (As USMEF has previously noted, year-over-year comparisons for pork variety meat may not be entirely accurate due to issues with 2014 data for Japan.*)

For the first 11 months of 2015, pork exports were down 3 percent from a year ago in volume to 1.94 million mt and 17 percent lower in value at $5.11 billion. January-November exports accounted for 24 percent of total production and 21 percent for muscle cuts only - down from 27 percent and 22 percent, respectively, in 2014. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $48.61, down 23 percent year-over-year.

November beef exports totaled 95,799 mt, down 1 percent from a year ago but the largest volume since June, while export value fell 17 percent to $519.7 million. For January through November, beef exports were down 11 percent from a year ago in both volume (973,028 mt) and value ($5.8 billion). January-November exports accounted for 13 percent of total production and 10 percent for muscle cuts only - each down one percentage point from a year ago. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $279.12, down 6 percent year-over-year.

To read more about beef and pork exports that have gained momentum, click or tap here.

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CattleTheftSecond Suspect Arrested In Missouri for Theft of Baby Calf in Oklahoma

A second suspect, Robbie Don Ellis, 24, of Claremore, Okla., was arrested on a felony warrant in Nevada, MO on Dec. 26, 2015 after stealing a baby calf from a Rogers County, Okla. rancher.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger John Cummings led the investigation and TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier assisted.

According to Cummings, the investigation began on Oct. 21, 2015 when a baby calf was consigned at the Vinita, Okla. livestock auction. The employees at the livestock auction said they became suspicious when a malnourished new-born calf was unloaded from inside the cab of a pickup driven by Ellis and the other suspect, Jenny Lynn Davis, 36, of Claremore, Okla.  Click or tap here to read more about the investigation.

AFBFThisNThatAFBF Honors Two Former Senators and Talking Farm Bureau Presidential Politics 

The American Farm Bureau Federation presented Distinguished Service Awards to former Senators Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia during the 97th AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on Sunday.

For more than three decades, Johanns served America's farmers and ranchers tirelessly as Nebraska governor, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and U.S. senator. Johanns' unfailing dedication to the interests of farmers and ranchers has protected and enhanced the cause of agriculture across the country.

Accepting the award, Johanns talked about working with AFBF president Bob Stallman numerous times during his public career on many issues. "In this years that I've known him, I never walked out of a meeting and asked myself 'I wonder where Bob really stands on that issue," he said.

Saxby Chambliss served the state of Georgia in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for 20 years. As chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, he was a key author on four farm bills, crafting market-oriented programs and securing a valid safety net for farmers and ranchers through updated commodity titles and federal crop insurance.

Chambliss thanked Farm Bureau members on both the state and national level for helping him advocate for agriculture in Congress. "Each and every one of you represent the best there is about agriculture," he said. "You are one of the very few things I miss about not being (in Congress)."


We are a little more than twenty four hours away from knowing who will be the next President of the American Farm Bureau. In talking to a variety of Farm Bureau members as well as members of the media- it really seems to boil down to a two man race for President- even though there are four candidates running. 

Most of the conversation I have heard centers on past Indiana State President Don Villwock and current Georgia Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. Bob Stallman is retiring and that means no incumbent and a wide open race.

One farm broadcaster friend who covers Indiana agriculture says that the Indiana folks fell really good about where their candidate stands right now- and the Georgia folks also seem to be really upbeat as well. 

Once the President's race is decided- the delegates will wrap up the annual business session by selecting their Vice President- and Oklahoma's Tom Buchanan is making  a run as one of four candidates for that position as well. It is also a wide open race and I would think that Tom's success will rest partially on who becomes the next President of AFBF.  

Anything is possible- but it would be my guess that the delegates may prefer to have a Veep in a different geographical area of the country compared to their President. 

That could prove to very beneficial to our Oklahoma Farm Bureau President if the Georgia President becomes the next AFBF President- that could make it difficult for the Florida President to be successful in his push to be the next Vice President of the organization. 

From what I can tell- frontrunners for the number two job includes the Florida and Oklahoma Presidents.

The delegate session starts first thing Tuesday morning- all resolutions work will be done and then the delegates will move to the elections. 

We'll be here in Orlando- and will be tweeting and posting as things unfold.

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