Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/11/2016 5:30 AM

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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 Wednesday, August 10.
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
    Thursday, August 11, 2016
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
ProtectionAs Wheat Planting Season Nears - Invest Time into Understanding the Plant Variety Protection Act

A vast majority of the wheat varieties grown today are protected by the Plant Variety Protection Act, which is often abbreviated as PVP or PVPA. This is a federal law that protects the varieties as intellectual property of the plant breeders, seed producers, and those who have funded variety development. Varieties are usually protected for 20 years for most crops. While this law was originally passed in 1970, enforcement has started to pick up in recent years causing a much needed refresher on what can and cannot be done with seed wheat.

OSU acquires PVP-protection for new wheat cultivars to protect everyone's (OSU, farmers, taxpayers, etc.) collective investment in variety development. Due to the time (10-15 years) and resources invested, developing a new wheat variety can be very costly. The PVP is simply protecting the investments of the farmers and OSU so new varieties can be developed.

Title V of the Federal Seed Act is a law that states that PVP-protected varieties can only be sold as a class of certified seed and by variety name. The PVP law also states that the seller must give notice that the seed lot is a PVP variety. It is against the law for growers to purchase wheat as "variety not stated (VNS)", "bin run", "pasture wheat", "brown bag", etc. if they know that it is a PVP-protected variety or advertised as such.

The PVP law protects Oklahoma farmers' investments in wheat variety development and it also allows farmers to save seed for replanting. Farmer-saved seed can be planted on the farmer's own or rented land. The PVP is in place to prevent buying, selling, transferring, giving away, or trading of the protected seed wheat for planting purposes without proper paperwork and explicit permission from the variety owner.

Click here for links to find out if a particular wheat variety is PVP-protected.

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BeefBuzzSticking to the Facts - Using Injectable Antibiotics After VFD

Chief Veterinarian for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Dr. Kathy Simmons, believes that all drugs used for health and production in animal agricultural should be used responsibly to ensure the quality and safety of the product for consumers. But she also believes that there is a discernable difference between certain antibiotics in use that do not play a role in the current challenge of affecting antibiotic resistance in human medicine being worked on in the industry now. She says the difference lies between antimicrobial and medically important antibiotics, referring specifically to a class called ionophores.

"I think as far as our concern for the impacts on use in human medicine and the availability of antibiotics that will combat some of these more resistant bacteria," Simmons said, "the ionophores are not players in that picture."

This class of drug she says offers a wide range of benefits to animal health that plays no part in the human resistance picture including rumen health and decreased methane production. She says the functions of these drugs are essential to maintaining healthy and good quality beef.

Being an injectable, Dr. Simmons says these drugs will not require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) order, come January 1, 2017. She explained injectable medicines, such as penicillinases and some of the oxytetracyclines, will still be available either over the counter or by prescription. She clarified that only antibiotics mixed in feeds or dissolved in water will fall under VFD regulations, pointing out these account for the largest percentage of use. 

Listen to Dr. Simmons go more in depth on the responsible use of antibiotics in animal agriculture during the latest Beef Buzz.
FartmSafetyKidsFarm Safety 4 Just Kids Disbands After a Thirty Year Run

The safety organization, Farm Safety for Just Kids, has closed its doors. After 30 years of advocating safety on the farm, the board of the organization has voted to disband the group. In a statement, the group said Farm Safety for Just Kids would donate $5,000 each to the National 4-H Council and the National FFA Organization, in "recognition of their important advocacy for youth safety in agriculture." 

The remainder of Farm Safety for Just Kids' assets will be donated to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Farm Safety for Just Kids will also give its library of educational materials and other intellectual property to the Progressive Agriculture Foundation to remain free of charge to the public. As agriculture has changed since the organization was founded in 1987, the Board of Farm Safety for Just Kids believes that the mission of making agriculture safer for youth will be better served by combining its resources with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. The statement says "Farm Safety for Just Kids has accomplished what Marilyn Adams set out to do nearly 30 years ago."

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OKFBOklahoma Farm Bureau Gears Up For August Meetings to Discuss Issues Like Feral Hog Problem

The 2016 August area meetings are fast approaching for Oklahoma Farm Bureau, where discussions over several hot button issues relevant to the state's agriculture community will be taking place. John Collison, vice president of public policy and corporate communications, says this is a great time for Farm Bureau staff to meet and interact with members and legislators on a grassroots level. He says they will be spending this time really listening to what issues are important to the organization's members.

"Right to Farm is hot and heavy right now, but we've also got other issues," Collison said. "Water is always that issue I've talked about it in the past. Feral pigs are always that issue. Private property is always an issue."

One issue in particular being looked at closely by Collison, as he mentioned, is the feral hog problem in Oklahoma. He explained the issue has been ongoing for some time, recounting that a bill dealing with feral hogs was previously passed in the state legislature but vetoed by the governor. The Governor then told the Department of Wildlife to get into the conversation and work with the Department of Ag in writing rules on the hunting of this invasive species.

"The Department of Ag kind of let some of their power go and some of their ability to write those rules and it has now been turned over to the Department of Wildlife to write some rules... on public and private lands," Collison said. "So we're in negotiations with them."

Listen to Collison talk more about the importance of August Area Meetings. 

Be sure to catch John Collison as my guest during the weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
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OCAOklahoma Cattlemen's Association Supports Children's Hospital With the 32nd Annual Range Round Up

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) and Oklahoma Ford Dealers invite you to attend the 32nd Anniversary OCA Range Round-Up, Aug. 26 and 27.

The Range Round-Up takes place at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27. Tickets can be bought at the door or reserved early online at . Doors open at 5 p.m. to allow time for attendees to visit the trade show.

"OCA Range Round-Up set out on a mission back in 1985 to provide family entertainment, promote beef and raise money for charity," said Tim Drummond, OCA Range Round-Up Chairman. "The selected charity has varied over the years, but 2015 marked the 19th year in a row that the selected charity has been the Children's Hospital Foundation. In that time, the OCA has donated more than $420,000.00 and formed a strong connection to the charity and its work."

The event will still consist of twelve ranch teams consisting of 'real ranch' cowboys that compete in 5 different events that mirror many of the activities they do on the ranch. 

"The competition is fierce, but the cowboys don't take home much more than bumps and bragging rights when it's all said and done," said Drummond with a grin. "Knowing that we are raising money to for children's medical research is an incentive and makes competing worth the while."

Click here for more information about this year's OCA Range Round-Up, including a list of competing ranches.
TodayTODAY IN ENID: Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference to Focus on Effects Beyond the Ranch

The Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference TODAY will showcase how further processing, innovation, policy and marketing play significant roles in determining the ultimate value of beef and its effects on producers and the industry as a whole.

The conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center, located at 111 W. Purdue St. on the Garfield County Fairgrounds, situated on the north side of Enid.

Featured speakers include John Patrick Lopez, chief operations officer of Lopez Foods Inc. in Oklahoma City and Jessica Sampson, agricultural economist with the Livestock Marketing Information Center.

Jake Nelson, OSU value-added meat processing specialist with the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, will highlight newly developed beef cuts in an interactive meat-cutting demonstration. Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, will complement the cutting demonstration by providing insights about the impact these cuts have on consumer demand and the revenue these new developments are returning to the beef industry.
HeatStressTwo More Days of Heat Stress- Then Rain and Cooler Temps Headed In

We have been dealing with non stop heat stress for our livestock and ourselves since the start of August- but as mid August arrives- it brings gifts- a remarkable ten to fifteen degree drop in temperatures and excellent rain chances.

For today- stay on your game regarding making sure your livestock have fresh water, some shade and air movement- here's the Cattle Comfort Index Predictor for today-


Yesterday was actually worse- with Index readings of 110 to 119 seen all over the eastern half of the state- looking ahead- it gets a lot better as the Cattle Comfort Index sees much lower readings- a drop in many locations of 10 points- and upwards of 15 points down in Little Dixie, where it still stays above a hundred for at least one more day-

Rain this weekend and high temps in the low nineties next week- sounds pretty good!

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