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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 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, 4/19/16.
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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   Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
LuskFeatured Story:
Jayson Lusk Explores the "Carbon Costs" of Eating Meat

Dr. Jayson Lusk, Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University, uses a personal blog to discuss contemporary food policy issues.
His most recent Blog Post examines the anti meat slant that the publication Scientific American has taken.  Dr. Lusk writes "Last week, Scientific American published a piece on how to get people to eat less meat. Apparently, the science is settled and we now only need to come up with the right "messages."

"There are an awful lot of apocalyptic pronouncements about the adverse effects of meat eating on the environment. In a widely viewed TED talk, Mark Bittman likens meat production to a nuclear explosion and says it is leading to a "holocaust of a different kind," pointing directly to impacts on climate change. As another example, Bill Maher, comedian and host of an HBO talk show, has written, "But when it comes to bad for the environment, nothing-literally-compares with eating meat. . . . If you care about the planet, it's actually better to eat a salad in a Hummer than a cheeseburger in a Prius."   I could, quite literally, provide dozens of these sorts of quotes from well known journals, writers, actors, etc, but I think you get the point. The overall message is pretty clear: we should become increasingly more vegetarian."

Dr. Lusk takes on one of the most common anti meat rants- climate change- and puts some numbers that could be called the "carbon costs" of eating meat.  Jayson walks us thru the numbers- and you can see what he comes up with by clicking here.

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The House Appropriations Committee narrowly passed an amendment Tuesday to prevent the USDA from implementing a newly written GIPSA (Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyard Administration) rule, which is designed to enhance the negotiating power that contract
poultry growers have when negotiating with poultry companies.

The full FY2017 Ag Appropriations package passed the Committee later by voice vote. 
Organizations such as American Farm Bureau, National Farmers Union and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are opposed to the amendment and are eager to see the GIPSA rule implemented.
Other industry associations like the National Chicken Council and the National Pork Producers Council support the amendment and the efforts of the House Appropriations Committee to stop the implementation of the GIPSA rule.
CattleTheftGovernor Mary Fallin Signs Cattle Theft Bill- Toughens Penalties for Cattle Rustling

The following statement was released Tuesday afternoon by Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association regarding the signing into law by Governor Mary Fallin HB 2504:

"Late this afternoon Governor Fallin signed into law HB 2504 which addresses penalties regarding cattle theft. We are very appreciative of the Governor signing this bill as she recognizes the importance of helping cattle producers protect their cattle. OCA would also like to thank Representative John Pfeiffer and Senator Ron Justice for carrying the bill. We would also like to thank the whole posse of senators and representatives who signed onto the bill as co-authors and voted for its passage. OCA leadership selected addressing cattle theft as a priority policy for 2016 therefore OCA will continue to work on solutions to address this important issue."

The final language of HB2504 is available here.

By the way- Michael Kelsey has a good explanation of the new law- he offers it via YouTube and you can take a look:

BeefBuzzRobb Says Beef is Helping to Improve Retail and Food Service Sectors

Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Market Information Center, says the retail beef business was a bright spot in a somewhat dismal Advance Monthly Retail Trade Report released April 13. The U.S. Department of Commerce report provides a broad economic view of retail and food service companies.

The report is used as a barometer of the overall economy, and although several sectors have struggled recently, the restaurant and foodservice sectors were up nearly 5 percent from last year and grocery store sales rose nearly 4 percent.

Robb says the beef industry is gaining ground when it comes to market share. According to USDA's recent beef prices, "choice beef was actually down year-over-year about $.09/lb but was up month-to-month compared to February."

"We start to put the puzzle together in terms of the volume, and it looks like some of the featuring and the consumer interest is pretty good in the beef complex, especially in the grocery store," Robb says.

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EPAEPA's Inspector General Pledges to Review Anti Farmer Campaign Paid for by EPA Grant

U.S. Sen.Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, released a statement Tuesday after receiving a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inspector general regarding the Agency's taxpayer funded, anti-farmer campaign.

"It is important that the EPA inspector general get to the bottom of how taxpayer money was used to criticize farmers and promote the agenda of environmental activists," Sen. Inhofe said. "In a hearing before the Environment and Public Works Committee this morning, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted that EPA has halted payments to the grant organization due to the concerns the inspector general will be investigating. That's an important step, but EPA needs to prevent similar mismanagement for occurring in the future."

"I am pleased the EPA inspector general agrees that an investigation into the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission's questionable use of millions in taxpayer funded grants for political purposes is warranted," Sen. Roberts said. "In the days since Sen. Inhofe and I called for an investigation, farmers and ranchers have contacted my office to thank us for standing up for them. We already know this campaign was malicious. Now we need to know what role the EPA had in it and whether they are properly monitoring the lawful use of federal funds."

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OSUOSU Names Plant Pathology and Food Safety Expert to Head National Research and Investigative Lab

Kitty Cardwell was appointed as the new director of the National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity at Oklahoma State University.

Cardwell comes to NIMFFAB after 15 years as a national program leader and grants administrator with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She succeeded Jacqueline Fletcher, the institute's founder, March 14.

Cardwell, an expert in plant pathology and food safety, spent three years working in her field of study as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua and Colombia. After the Peace Corps, she remained in South America eight more years overseeing a large-scale rice farming operation.

SQ777Right to Farm Getting Mentions on Facebook and Twitter- Pro and Con

We are starting to see some conversations popping up on Social Media over State Question 777, the Right to Farm Constitutional Amendment that will be voted on this November by Oklahomans.

It's probably who has asked to be my friends on Facebook- but I have seen mostly positive postings about 777 on that social media platform. Here's one that you will probably like- courtesy of Jessica Wilcox:

"You wouldn't catch Wayne Pacelle out here on a Saturday morning trying to save a calfs life. Don't believe the out of state propaganda. #YesOn777"  (comes with this picture)

Over on Twitter- things got interesting yesterday as @okiestotts posted a response to an article that was recently posted by the Daily Oklahoman on State Question 777- he points out that the claims by those who oppose 777 that the proposal will end any and all regulation of agriculture in the state.  @okiestotts pointed out that federal law and rules supersede anything that state lawmakers can do- and that State Question 777 has nothing to do with ending regulation of agriculture on issues of environmental impact, pesticide use and other areas that have federal oversight. You can read his explanation by clicking here.

Later there was a several tweet long argument over what SQ777 does- the account @VoteNoOn777 stated "In essence, #SQ777 would put an end to any regulation of agricultural methods"   which got a string of back and forth comments going- it so happened that @okiestotts got in the middle of that one as well.

If you are a Twitter user- you can follow the two campaigns- the Yes camp is led by @YesOn777 and the No camp is the user name I mentioned just above.

When Oklahomans start paying attention in a few months- it will really start to get hot and heavy- in the meantime, it looks kinda like a sniper campaign.

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