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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 futuresclick 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 for Tuesday 3/1/16



Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with 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

   Wednesday, March 2, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

GMOLabelingFeatured Story:

Senate Ag Committee Approves Chairman's Mark Biotech Labeling Measure by 14 to 6 Vote


Senate Ag Committee Chairman Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas held a business meeting on Tuesday where the Chairman's Mark on Biotechnology Labeling Solutions was favorably reported with a bipartisan vote of 14-6.

The legislation, which creates a national solution for a state-by-state patchwork of biotechnology labeling laws, now heads to the full Senate for consideration. Chairman Roberts indicated on Tuesday that while ranking member Debbie Stabenow is still not yet satisfied with the language- he will continue to work toward a final solution that wins the vote of Senator Stabenow and eventually approval on the Senate floor.


Click here to read more about the proposal that Senator Roberts has moved through his Committee- and we also have in this web story the comments offered by Chairman Roberts at the start of yesterday's Business Meeting.




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GMOReactAg Groups Breathe a Collective Sigh of Relief that Senator Roberts Moves Labeling Bill Out of Committee



Several groups were quick to praise Senator

Pat Roberts for his decision to move forward with his voluntary GMO Labeling bill markup- despite the fact that he and top Democrat Debbie Stabenow have not yet finalized a deal on the measure. 


Zippy Duvall and the American Farm Bureau were quick to offer a thumbs up- "Farm Bureau believes in meaningful disclosure that serves to inform and educate consumers on the innovative technologies farmers and ranchers use to provide food for this nation and our customers around the world. We support Chairman Roberts' bill without hesitation, we appreciate the bipartisan support shown by the committee, and we look forward to swift passage by the Senate." 



Also out quickly with a statement was Chuck Connor, the President of the National Council of Farmer Coops- the former USDA Deputy Secretary called the measure a key step forward in solving the GMO Labeling mess "This bill injects common sense, uniformity and transparency to the debate over this issue. At the same time, the bill would also create a program to better communicate with the public about GMOs."


The group that represents many of the players in the Biotech arena- BIO, also applauded the markup.  In a statement that can be found on their website, "This legislation seeks to establish clear, uniform standards for the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This will help provide consumers with information about foods in the marketplace while keeping food costs low and protecting farmers' rights to use modern technologies."



One food writer that has researched the GMO issue and has decided that the groups who want a mandatory label on GMOs are doing so with the intention of getting the government to establish doubt by regulation about the safety of genetically modified crops and the products we can from them.  

Julie Kelly is a lady we talked to back at the first of the year- click here if you want to go back and hear our conversation with her- and she published a great piece in the Huffington Post yesterday on the whole GMO Labeling deal, even as the Senate Ag Committee was moving their proposal forward. 


STIRSQ777STIR Sues AG & State Election Board Over SQ777- Farm Bureau's Buchanan Responds


A coalition of Oklahomans filed suit on Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of State Question 777, the "Right to Farm and Ranch Amendment." Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Save the Illinois River, Representative Jason Dunnington, Ed Brocksmith, and John Leonard.


"State Question 777 amounts to a massive giveaway to corporate agriculture in a truly unprecedented way," says Save the Illinois River President Denise Deason-Toyne. "Oklahomans have a right to clean water, clean air, and food safety. This 'Right to Harm' amendment strips them of those rights in favor of an industry that cares only about its own bottom line." (More details from the STIR news release available here.)


The first supporter of State Question 777 to respond to the lawsuit publicly is the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.  In a statement from their President, Tom Buchanan, calls the idea of tying State Question 777 to the ability to freely pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink as irresponsible. 


"Right to Farm was created and passed by Oklahomans to protect Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. The amendment has nothing to do with water interests in Oklahoma; its sole purpose is to protect farming and ranching.

"Water and its quality are of utmost importance to our state's farmers and ranchers, as their livelihoods depend on it. Why would we support any measure that would jeopardize our state's water?

"The group's suggestions that State Question 777 will impede efforts to protect Oklahoma's water quality are completely false. In fact, current state statutes and administrative rules, including those that ensure water quality throughout our state, will remain firmly intact after the passage of SQ777."


You can read Buchanan's full statement in defense of State Question 777 by clicking here.


FeralSwineFeral Swine Rule Approved by State Ag Board- Final Approval in Legislature and by Governor to Go Into Effect


The State Board of Agriculture on Tuesday approved proposed regulations pertaining to Feral Swine. The measure was approved by a 5-0 vote of the board during the regular March board meeting in Oklahoma City. 

The purpose of these rules is to implement the provisions of the Feral Swine Control Act and to adopt aggressive measures for the eradication of all feral swine in the State of Oklahoma. 


According to ODAFF, the Department's goal is to render the State of Oklahoma free of feral swine.


The approved rules will now go to the state Legislature and Governor for review and approval. 

If approved by the Legislature and Governor, these rules will become effective in mid-September.


While the Oklahoma Pork Council, the Oklahoma Cattlemen and American Farmers and Ranchers are on board with the Department of Ag on this Rule, Oklahoma Farm Bureau is unhappy that the rule is not more aggressive in trying to rid feral swine from all 77 counties- and it remains to be seen if they will actively work to get the state legislature to reject the rule and force the agency to rework it.


You can jump back by clicking here to mid February and an earlier story we did on the public hearing on the proposed rule- which includes an interview we did with State Secretary of Ag Jim Reese.


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CattleTheftCattle Theft Bill on Agenda for House Vote Today at State Capitol- OCA Issues Call to Action


A coalition of four groups- AFR, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattlemen and the Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association- have drafted a letter explaining HB 2504 and asking for support from all House members- the letter will show up in the offices of the State House of Representatives on this morning. 

According to the letter-

"HB 2504 does two things:

"1. Increases the fine for theft to three times the value of the animal and machinery stolen but caps the maximum fine at $500,000.

"2. Each head of cattle stolen will constitute a separate offense (felony).


Oklahoma Cattlemen have this as a priority issue- and they have issued a "Call to Action" to their members- asking them to get ahold of members of the Oklahoma House last night or this morning and urge a YES vote.  The bill is up for consideration later today in the Oklahoma House.


The lead on this bill is state representative John Pfeiffer.


More Details are available here- including a link let you see the letter being distributed.


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MonsantoMonsanto Partners on Farm Safety


Monsanto Company and the American Red Cross

announced today a three-year partnership that adds rural safety content to the American Red Cross First Aid App. The collaboration will help ensure that individuals and families in both rural and urban communities have access to life-saving information and other safety resources.


"Spring planting will begin soon in regions across the United States, and may have already started in some locations," said Rod Denton, Global Environmental Safety & Health Lead at Monsanto. "It's extremely important to keep safety top-of-mind during this busy time of year for farmers and everyone involved in U.S. agriculture. The Red Cross First Aid App and its new farm-focused content will be a valuable safety resource for both our customers and employees."


Monanto is the exclusive sponsor of the App- and you can learn more about the App and Monsanto's involvement with the American Red Cross by clicking here.


ThisNThatThis N That- Commodity Classic, Big Iron Wednesday and More Peel



We are in New Orleans today for the start of the 2016 edition of Commodity Classic- starting with the Bayer Crop Science pre-event that they are calling AgVocate- you can go to our Twitter feed and see comments we posted yesterday evening from the opening keynote of this event- given by Dietician and Food Writer and former CNN reporter Carolyn O'Neill. She says the way to approach food is to include in your food selection "a little bit naughty and a whole lot nice."  We talked with her and will be featuring her in the near future and what she told ag trade media about dealing with food trends and consumers these days- pretty good stuff.




It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy closing out this week's auction items - all 590 items consigned.  Bidding will start at 10 AM central time.                


 Click Here for the complete rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.



If you'd like more information on buying and selling with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he can give you the full scoop.  





A quick note to point you to our latest Beef Buzz that continues our conversation this week with OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel- Derrell and I talk about one of the numbers in the most recent Cattle on Feed report that seemed just a little odd- a sharp reduction in the number of lightweight cattle placed into feedlots in January- 


Click here to learn more about that number and what Dr. Peel thinks it may be telling us- it's a part of a broader interview that we did with the OSU Cattle Market Watcher when we caught up with him at the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference in Ardmore last week.




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