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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 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 Wednesday 4/20/16.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
EPAFeatured Story:
145 U.S. House Members Demand Answers from EPA on Anti-Farmer Campaign

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE) were joined Wednesday by 142 Members on a bipartisan letter to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. The Members request answers on EPA Region 10's funding of website and advocacy campaign in Washington State that attempts to influence legislators for greater regulation of farmers and ranchers.

Earlier this month, the EPA admitted in news reports that it should not have funded a campaign in Washington State known as, due to that campaign's brazen lobbying of state legislators in contravention of federal law. The campaign, which was wholly funded by the EPA, used grant awards to fund a website, radio ads, and billboards depicting dead fish and polluted water, urging individuals to contact their state legislators and, "hold the agricultural industry to the same level of responsibility as other industries." A large, red button on the website labeled, "Take action! We've made it simple," allowed visitors to easily send an email to their state legislators advocating for 100-foot stream buffer zones and other policies. An EPA Inspector General's report from 2014 had warned that the EPA region responsible for awarding the grant had insufficient protections in place to ensure awardees were not using funds for advocacy, propaganda and/or lobbying efforts.

Read the Congressmen's statements and the full letter to the EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
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CattleOnFeedCattle On Feed Report Preview With LMIC's Jim Robb

A continued increase in feedlot placements is setting the scene for a large supply of beef later this year, says Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, as he discusses the USDA's Cattle on Feed Report set to be released at 2 p.m. CST on Friday, April 22.

Robb anticipates placements increasing around 10 percent from this time last year because of larger calf crops and lower feed grain costs. He says marketings should be up about 7 percent over last year, which is slightly overstated because of an extra slaughter day last month. The adjusted marketings are predicted to be up roughly 2-3 percent. All in all, the on feed inventory is expected to be 1-2 percent higher than March 2015.

"The big picture story is that we really have placed a lot of cattle in these recent months that will come out of feedlots in the second half of 2016, so we really are setting up the stage where the second half of 2016 will have more cattle year-over-year than we've seen in recent years," Robb says.

Robb presents his Cattle on Feed preview during the latest edition of the Beef Buzz- this Beef Buzz is available here.

BeansCornIs the Switch to Soybean Acres in the Midwest Underway? 

As farmers in the midwest plant corn and get ready to plant soybeans, the top Extension grain market economist for corn and soybeans, Dr. Darrel Good of the University of Illinois, is expecting a shift of up to a million corn acres away from the USDA Prospective Plantings Number of March 31st- with those acres adding to the eventual number of soybean acres planted in the US.

A lot of the reason has to do with price. Settlement prices on March 30th, the day before the release of the Prospective Plantings report, were $3.84 per bushel for the December 2016 corn futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and $9.23 per bushel for the November 2016 soybeans contract. On April 18th, the December corn contract settled at $3.90 per bushel, $.06 higher than on March 30th. The November 2016 soybeans contract settled at $9.67 per bushel on April 18th. Between March 30th and April 18th, soybean prices rose $.44 per bushel compared to $.06 per bushel for corn.

As of this morning, April 21st, November Soybeans are standing at $10.15, another 48 cents up since the start of this week. Corn prices have also risen this week, with the December Corn futures contract currently at $4.05- up twenty five cents per bushel compared to the start of the week.

Dr. Good expects at least some acres to shift to soybeans, but perhaps the bigger story of his early expectations this season has to do with greater weather risk for the crop- he sees a fading El Nino helping cut eventual yields for corn and soybeans this season, supporting stronger feed grain and oilseed prices.

Click here to read more- and to hear Dr. Good's comments, courtesy of farm broadcast colleague Todd Gleason, who works for the University of Illinois owned radio station, WILL.

PoultryExpert Panel Examines Broiler Farm Video Featured in Recent NY Times Article

The Center for Food Integrity's (CFI) Animal Care Review Panel has examined video footage released this week from West Virginia broiler farms. The National Chicken Council requested that CFI convene the panel, with Pilgrim's Pride supporting the independent third-party review of the video. It is contained in a report produced by the group Compassion in World Farming (CWF), which was featured in a Nicholas Kristof column that ran last weekend in The New York Times.

CFI created the Animal Care Review Panel program to engage recognized animal care specialists to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the poultry industry and the media.

The expert panel in this case was comprised of Dr. Patricia Hester, Purdue University; Dr. Sacit Bilgili, Auburn University; and Dr. Bruce Webster, University of Georgia. The three experts viewed the video and provided feedback independently and were given the opportunity to review each other's assessments before the report was finalized.

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CattleFaxCattleFax to Host Webinar Outlining 2016 Calf Market Expectations

Cow-calf margins will continue to be under pressure as the U.S. beef cowherd expands, but producers can mitigate a reduction in profitability by adjusting business plans for the supply increase. An upcoming free CattleFax webinar will address an outlook for the second half of 2016 for the cow-calf segment and entire beef sector.

The CattleFax Trends+ Cow-Calf Webinar will be at 5:30 p.m. MT, May 25, 2016. To participate in the webinar and access program details, producers and industry leaders simply need to register online at

One of the most aggressive U.S. beef cowherd expansions in the last four decades will increase beef supplies and pressure cow-calf profitability over the next several years. As profits narrow during that time, well-informed producers can maintain healthy margins by adjusting production, marketing and risk management plans with increasing supplies in mind.

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DuPontDuPont Pioneer Announces Intentions to Commercialize First CRISPR-Cas Product

DuPont Pioneer has announced waxy corn hybrids as its first commercial agricultural product developed through the application of CRISPR-Cas enabled advanced breeding technology. This next generation of elite waxy corn hybrids is expected to be available to U.S. growers within five years, pending field trails and regulatory reviews. 

"We're applying our 90 years of knowledge of corn biology to develop the next generation of high-quality waxy corn hybrids for the benefit of the entire value chain from growers to processors and end users," said Neal Gutterson, vice president, research and development for DuPont Pioneer. "Starting with an identity-preserved product as our initial CRISPR-Cas offering allows us to lay a solid foundation for success of future larger volume products from this plant breeding innovation."

Pioneer is the leading supplier of waxy corn hybrids globally. In the United States, about a half-million acres of waxy corn are grown each year; however, they traditionally yield less than non-waxy corn hybrids. Waxy corn produces a high amylopectin starch content, which is milled for a number of everyday consumer food and non-food uses including processed foods, adhesives and high-gloss paper. Waxy corn is typically grown on contract through a closed-loop production system commonly referred to as "identity-preserved".

Learn more about DuPont Pioneer's plans for CRISPR-Cas advanced breeding technology.
ExtensionValueNew Study Contends Federal Cooperative Extension Programs Helping Keep Farmers in Business
Federal cooperative extension programs were developed to help researchers in the agriculture industry and, in turn, individual farmers in the United States.

According to a new study, an estimated 137,000 farmers would have left the fields in the past 25 years if it weren't for these programs.

In his paper, "State Cooperative Extension Spending and Farmer Exits," Stephan Goetz of Penn State University examines the value of extension services in an era in which fewer farmers are needed to produce food in the U.S. than in previous generations.

Nearly 500,000 more farmers left than entered agriculture over the period studied(1985 to present), the researchers found. "We estimate that without extension, as many as 137,700 (or 28%) additional farmers would have disappeared on net. Overall, extension programs are a remarkably cost-effective way of keeping farmers in agriculture," they said.

Click here to read more from this study on the value of Extension Programs for farmers and ranchers.

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