Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/30/2016 6:18 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 Tuesday, November 29th.
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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
InhofeFeatured Story:
Sen. Jim Inhofe Disappointed Over FWS Announcement of Petitions to Protect Lesser Prairie-Chicken 

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, Tuesday released a statement in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) announcement that a petition to list the lesser prairie-chicken species had substantial information to warrant a Species Status Assessment (SSA) which could lead to an eventual Endangered Species Act listing: 

"I am disappointed that the FWS is moving ahead to relist the lesser prairie-chicken," Inhofe said. "Just last year the Western District of Texas appropriately overturned the lesser prairie-chicken's previous listing, noting that the Service did not adequately consider the effectiveness of the states' conservation plans when it assessed the species' need for federal protection.   It is important that we let the multi-state conservation plan have time to work before bringing down the full force of the Endangered Species Act. The ESA should be a last resort; local, cooperative efforts, as seen in Oklahoma and her partner states, could set a precedent for a way to move forward on species conservation without the heavy hand of the federal government. I am confident that the Trump administration is aware that state conservation is sufficient to protect the lesser prairie-chicken and I will work with the new administration to ensure local efforts are given the chance to work."

On May 11, Sen. Inhofe released a statement praising the decision by the Obama administration to abandon its effort to list the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (LPC) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by dropping its appeal of a Texas federal court's ruling that vacated the listing.

On Sept. 2, 2015, Sen. Inhofe praised the action of Federal Judge Robert Junell of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas for overturning the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) from the Endangered Species Act.
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FallinTrumpGovernor Mary Fallin Named a Vice Chair for the Trump Transition

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has been named one of 13 Vice Chairs for the Trump Administration's Transition Team in a release yesterday afternoon from the President elect's offices in New York.

There continues to be talk about her being a part of the Donald  Trump Cabinet, with the position that has been mentioned more than once being the Secretary of the Interior. Being on the Transition Team does not rule out a cabinet position, as several that have been named as Trump choices for several key slots are a part of the transition team- including Senator Jeff Sessions, who Trump has named as his choice for Attorney General.

The Trump campaign released a full list of the Transition Team's key players- click here to check that out.
LankfordLankford: Requested GAO Reports Prove RFS Standard Is Unrealistic and Ineffective

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two reports requested by Senator James Lankford a year ago on the long term feasibility of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The first report shows the RFS program is unlikely to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and expanding the US renewable fuels sector. The second report shows that low expected production volumes make it unlikely that advanced biofuels can meet increasing targets.

On Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. ET, Lankford will chair a Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management hearing to examine both of these reports.

"The renewable fuel standard mandates are unrealistic and have caused higher fuel prices for consumers," said Lankford. "The RFS mandate is unattainable, so it has led to arbitrary EPA regulations, uncertainty, and great challenges for refiners and biofuel producers. The RFS is typical of many federal programs where expectations are not met, yet we continue down a path of federal mandates instead of simply recognizing that the directive will not work. We should repeal the RFS and allow ethanol producers to continue to provide their quality product to the market without the mandates, billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, and artificial RIN markets."

The report also shows that advanced biofuels-fuels that achieve the most greenhouse gas reductions-aren't being produced at the necessary levels, and they likely will not be by 2022. Also, less than 5 percent of the 3 billion gallon cellulosic advanced biofuel RFS target was produced in 2015, and additional investments for commercialization seem unlikely.

Click here to other highlights from the report.
USDAUSDA Designates 2 Oklahoma Counties as Secondary Natural Disaster Areas, Promising Assistance 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Bowie, Cass, Morris, Red River and Titus counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought.

"Our hearts go out to those Texas farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation's economy by sustaining the successes of America's farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We're also telling Texas producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood."

Farmers and ranchers in Choctaw and McCurtain counties in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because they are contiguous

Click here for a complete list of counties qualifying for natural disaster assistance.
OSUOklahoma State Receives Portion of $6.7 Million Grant to Research the Impacts of Agroecosystems

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced 18 grants totaling more than $6.7 million for research to discover how components of the agroecosystem from soil, water and sun to plants, animals and people, interact with and affect food production. Of that total amount, Oklahoma State Univeristy has been awarded $375,000. These awards are made through NIFA's Bioenergy and Natural Resources Program, Agroecosystem priority area of the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

"Population growth, along with environmental factors, including the growing threat of climate change, are putting increasing demand on the land, water and other resources that produce our food," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "These investments will help us understand how we can farm more effectively and sustainably to feed the growing global population."

NIFA's AFRI Foundational: Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment Program supports research on healthy agroecosystems and their underlying natural resources essential to the sustained long-term production of agricultural goods and services. Agroecosystems may include crop production systems, animal production systems, and pasture, range and forest lands that are actively managed to provide economic, societal and environmental benefits. Projects funded through this program area contribute to the knowledge needed for sustainable production of agroecosystems while retaining needed ecosystem services-such as drinking water, pollination and climate regulation. 

Click here to find a complete list of grant recipients.
Sponsor Spotlight
Midwest Farm Shows is our longest running sponsor of the daily email- and they say thanks to all of you who participated in their 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show.  
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2016- the dates are December 8th, 9th and 10th. It is not too late to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.  

AND- I still need ONE MORE HORSE for the Craig Cameron training Sessions- click here to email me with details of your horse and how to contact you.

FCADallas P. Tonsager Designated Chairman and CEO of Farm Credit Administration 

Dallas P. Tonsager has been designated by President Barack Obama as chairman and CEO of the Farm Credit Administration. The designation was effective Nov. 22.

Mr. Tonsager has served as a member of the FCA board and concurrently as chairman of the board of directors of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation (FCSIC) since his appointment to the position by President Obama in March 2015. His term on the FCA board will expire on May 21, 2020. He succeeds Kenneth A. Spearman, who has served as chairman and CEO since March 13, 2015. Mr. Spearman will remain a member of the FCA and FCSIC boards until a successor is appointed and confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Tonsager brings to his position on the FCA board extensive experience as an agriculture leader and producer, and a commitment to promoting and implementing innovative development strategies to benefit rural residents and their communities.

Mr. Tonsager served as under secretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2009 to 2013. In this position, he expanded broadband communication in rural America and implemented other key elements of the Recovery Act for rural America. He dramatically expanded USDA's water and wastewater programs, expanded funding for first- and second-generation biofuels, and funded hospitals and other public facilities in rural America.

Click here to read more about Tonsager's agricultural experience.
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BeefBuzzPrevention is a Producer's Best Tool for Managing Their Herd Health Program

When it comes to managing any cattle operation, herd health is one of, if not the top priority for producers. Especially with recent pressure coming from the consumer base, scrutinizing the use of antibiotics in modern production practices, says Dr. Tim Parks, manager of beef cattle technical services for MERCK Animal Health. 

"We got to stay ahead of it," Parks said. "We need to start thinking, 'what things can we do?' and prevention is one of those."

Dr. Parks says it is important to remember that when a calf is born, it is what we as producers or veterinarians do from a management standpoint that will determine the viability of that calf and its ability to reach its genetic endpoint. He says producers need to be asking themselves, "what are we going to do and when are we going to do it?"

Using the right vaccinations for instance, is only half the battle. While vaccinating is using the right frame of mind on employing preventative measures, he says producers need to also consider the right timing for vaccinations. He recommends administering inoculations during periods of low stress, which will allow cattle to fully absorb the treatment's benefit and perform their best. And with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) coming into effect in just a few weeks, Dr. Parks says now is the time to make sure you have a solid veterinarian-patient relationship.

"We need to be working with veterinarians. You need to be sure you have a good relationship. Use their information, use their knowledge," Parks said. "They concentrate in those areas that you live in and that you produce cattle in. So, really establish that veterinarian-patient relationship."

Listen to more of Dr. Parks' tips on staying ahead of the curve and managing your cattle's health during the latest Beef Buzz.
HamsPig Farmers Encouraged to Pay-It-Forward with National Pork Board Promotion #HamsAcrossAmerica

Yesterday was "Giving Tuesday," and the Pork Checkoff encouraged pig farmers to pay-it-forward with a new holiday campaign called #HamsAcrossAmerica. This first-annual event encourages farmers and others involved in the pork industry to show their appreciation for friends, family and neighbors through the gift of ham - in the form of gifts or donations of ham or ham-based products.

"For pig farmers, volunteering at community events and participating in local fundraisers, has always been a part of what makes us who we are," said Brad Greenway, 2016 America's Pig Farmer of the Year, from Mitchell, South Dakota. "Hams Across America allows farmers to not only live the We Care ethical principles, but also share their love of the product that they produce."

Pig farmers are encouraged to extend Giving Tuesday through Dec. 23 with Hams Across America by simply purchasing a gift of ham and paying-it-forward. Participants are also encouraged to share their pay-it-forward stories on social media using #RealPigFarming and #HamsAcrossAmerica.
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