From: Hays, Ron
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Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update

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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.





Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture for Wednesday 2/17/16.



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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON

   Thursday, February 18, 2016




Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

RedFlagFeatured Story:

Red Flag Warning Everywhere for Today- Even Governor Fallin Weighs In


Close to record high temperatures, combined with strong southerly winds are adding up to extreme fire danger for virtually all of Oklahoma for today- only McCurtain County is currently not under the Red Flag Warning that has been issued for the state.

Governor Mary Fallin released a statement on Wednesday afternoon about the weather for today saying 

 "We know from past experience that everyone doing their part can have an effect. This is a short duration event with potentially dire consequences. But vigilant residents can reduce the potential impacts."

Here's the map from Jed Castles of News9 that shows much of the region is in for it:

"Simple, everyday activities like welding, charcoal grilling or campfires should be postponed until conditions improve," said Fallin. "Furthermore, residents should call their nearest fire department immediately if they see smoke or fire. Time is of the essence, because under extreme conditions any fire that starts will spread rapidly."

The three National Weather Service offices that cover Oklahoma all agree on the Red Flag warnings- the high temps, STRONG winds and humidity levels as low as 5% in the Panhandle and from 10% to 30% across the rest of the state adds up to real problems today.  





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FeralSwineAg Groups Split Over Wild Hogs as ODAFF Moves Forward with Feral Hog Rule- State Board of Ag to Vote in March  

With their public comment period and public hearing now behind them, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is one step closer to adopting their proposed rule on controlling wild hogs- or feral swine- in the state of Oklahoma.

At that public hearing yesterday afternoon, only four people asked to make public comments- two individuals and two representing organizations. The first organization that asked to speak was the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Marla Peek represented Farm Bureau- and called for the rule as written "be withdrawn and redrafted with the goal of true feral hog eradication." Farm Bureau contends that "continuation of trophy hunting is not a pathway to feral hog eradication. Licenses for swine sporting facilities should be allowed to expire."

The other organization that made a brief verbal presentation was the Oklahoma Pork Council. Their Executive Director, Roy Lee Lindsay, expressed general support for the proposed Rule- and acknowledged that the problem of wild hogs in the state is a huge issue- one that will not be dealt with fully by this rule- but he added that it is much better than the little that is being done now and can be an excellent start on the journey of ridding Oklahoma of its feral swine population.

Click here for our Top Ag Story this morning on the Feral Swine Rule process- it includes our conversation with State Secretary of Ag Jim Reese- and we also posted yesterday afternoon a story on the subject featuring comments from Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- click here for that report that indicates OCA is in general agreement with the Pork Council on moving this Rule forward as an opening salvo to reduce the wild hog population in the state.


RoadsBridgesFarm Bureau Urges Lawmakers Not to Raid Monies from Roads and Bridges Fund for Budget Deficit

Earlier this week, the state Senate Finance Committee passed a bill that would take $59.7 million from the state roads and bridges fund and apply it to the state budget deficit. Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan issued the following statement in response:

"Roads and bridges are absolutely vital to Oklahoma agriculture, as farmers and ranchers rely on safe, dependable infrastructure to transport commodities.

"For decades, our state took money from roads and bridges and used it for general funds. Our state's infrastructure suffered for years until the current funding system was put into place.

"We understand the budget crisis calls for across-the-board cuts, but our state's transportation is not the place. Roads and bridges are a core function of government. Once money is taken away, it's often difficult to get back.

"As the state's largest general agriculture organization, we urge our state senators to vote no on  SB1394."


FoodHealthAbout Beef- "It's a Food for Health" Says Dr. Shalene McNeill of NCBA

As the Executive Director for Nutrition Education at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Dr. Shalene McNeill is heavily involved in developing the story for consumers about beef and how today, it is okay to eat and enjoy beef. Dr. McNeill says "We know that beef is a food for health- and we want to make sure that the public knows that because we know how much consumers love the taste of beef and we want them to know how great it is for them, too."

McNeill was in Oklahoma this past week, updating the Oklahoma Beef Council on the latest efforts she and her staff have been involved in on behalf of the Beef Checkoff.

We had the chance to sit down with her while she was in OKC- and you can listen to part one of a three day Beef Buzz series with her by clicking here.


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CameronOCA Worries About Cuts to Ag Education at Cameron in Lawton

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association has sent a letter to the President of Cameron University, Dr. John McArthur, in regards to the Ag Education program of study at the southwest Oklahoma University. OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey tells RON that "We were recently notified of budget cut considerations at Cameron University.  Many options were identified with several including major cuts to the Agriculture Department."

On behalf of the OCA, Kelsey drafted a letter that you can read by clicking here.

Comments can be mailed or emailed to:

Dr. John McArthur, President
Cameron University
2800 West Gore Blvd.
220 Administration Bldg.
Lawton, OK  73505


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EthanolNew Report Touts Behavior Science That Can Make Ethanol a Natural Choice

During the National Ethanol Conference (NEC), Matthew Willcox, executive director of the Institute of Decision Making, discussed how insights from behavioral science can be used by fuel marketers to affect consumer choice at the pump regarding ethanol use.

Mr. Willcox also released a report entitled, "Marketing Ethanol: how insights from behavior science can make ethanol a natural choice," which was commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). In the report, Willcox makes several recommendations on how fuel marketers can develop strategic messages targeted at consumers that would assist them in promoting ethanol. Among the study's recommendations are the following:

Rather than pitching products on the basis of benefits, ethanol marketers should also consider how to mitigate the feelings of potential losses that may arise when moving from the status quo choice.

Click here and read more about how this report points to ways to pitch ethanol to consumers successfully.


ThisNThatThis N That- Jack Givens Remembered, Cattle on Feed and Scott Biggs to Speak on House Floor 

Funeral services were yesterday in Mangum for a member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame, former Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Jack Givens.

"Jack was a lifelong servant not only to Oklahoma Farm Bureau, but also to agriculture," said Monica Wilke, Oklahoma Farm Bureau executive director. "He will be greatly missed in the Farm Bureau family."

The Mangum farmer-rancher was a lifetime member of the Greer County Farm Bureau, where he served on the county board for numerous years. He also represented southwest Oklahoma on the OKFB board of directors before serving as president of the organization from 1997-1999.


Friday will bring us the regular monthly cattle on feed report- and Rich Nelson with Allendale offers us, via email, a look at what his company is thinking when it comes to what USDA may throw at us in this latest feedlot cattle count:

"January Placements are expected to be 1.4% higher than last year at 1.814 million head. After higher prices in January USDA's cattle feeding margins rebounded from a loss of $541 per head in December to now a $206 loss. Those numbers are made on a very conservative 1,250 finished steer. This would be fourteen months in a row of losses. Corn averaged $3.46 in Western Kansas in January ($3.60 in December, $3.92 in January 2015). January placements supply the June through September slaughter period.

"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 2.3% smaller than January 2015 at 1.588 million. This was the smallest January marketing in the current data-series history (back to 1996). There was one less weekday in January 2016 vs. the previous year. This artificially lowered the numbers by 4.8%.

"Total Cattle on Feed as of February 1 is 2.2% larger than last year. That is an increase over the January 1 total of -0.5%."

The report will be released at 2:00 PM on Friday afternoon.


Later today, State Representative Scott Biggs has asked for and has been granted time to take a moment of personal priviledge on the House Floor to address what he calls "the recent attacks of Drew Edmondson and HSUS." 

Representative Biggs shared a letter with us that was sent to him from former AG Edmondson- with a threat to Biggs and Representative Brian Renegar because of statements made in a news release regarding HB 2250.

Biggs indicates that his comments will following floor action on legislation today- but before the page presentation.

The House website shows that the floor session will be happening this morning between 9 and 10 am- click here for the A/V page of the House if you care to be listening. 





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