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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 4/27/16.



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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 28, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 


SchulzFeatured Story:

Altus Farmer Mike Schulz Elected to be 2017 President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate


Republican senators on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to designate Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus, as the next President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. The President Pro Tem is the upper chamber's top leadership position. In addition to leading the Majority Caucus and setting its agenda, the Pro Tem oversees the operations of the Oklahoma Senate. 

Shortly after word came that Senator Schulz had been elected, I talked with the Senator at the 2016 Oklahoma State FFA Convention.

"It's an honor to be selected by my colleagues to lead the Republican caucus in the next legislative session. Under the leadership of Pro Tem Bingman, we've made significant progress in making Oklahoma a better place to live, to work and to raise a family," Schulz said. "Certainly, challenging times lie ahead, but we are a resilient state and there is a very talented group of men and women serving in the Senate who have the passion and creativity to find the solutions that will get our state moving in the right direction. I appreciate the trust my Republican colleagues have placed in me and look forward to serving them, and the people of the great state of Oklahoma as Senate Pro Tempore." 






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FFAStarsStars Shine Brightly at 2016 Oklahoma FFA Convention!

There was a STAR sighting on Wednesday afternoon at the 2016 Oklahoma FFA Convention- in fact, there were four Stars seen as the Wednesday Afternoon General Session featured the Stars Over Oklahoma Pageant as the top four SAE programs in four areas were honored- the Star in AgriScience, Star in Ag Placement, Star in Agribusiness and the Granddaddy of them all- the Star Farmer Award.

I have been lucky enough to have interviewed the Star candidates every year since the late 1980s- not honestly sure which year I started doing the Stars audio/visual presentation- and once again here in 2016- we spotlighted the four stars with a quick video about their FFA experience.

The 2016 FFA Star in AgriScience is Braden Kellogg of Oologah FFA- his career in FFA featured work in three different science project experiments- the favorite being a taste testing of Certified Angus Beef versus generic beef products.  Click here to watch his video and read more about his FFA experience.

The FFA Star in Ag Placement was won by Hayden Crow of Chattanooga FFA- a remarkable young man who faced early life adversity but found his way and FFA has been a part of his success.  You will enjoy his comments- watch them by clicking here.

The FFA Star in Agribusiness honor was bestowed upon Blake Kennedy of the Tecumseh FFA Chapter- Blake has a remarkable business that he has built up since he took it over in 2014- the Perfect Timing Pig Sale- which attracts more than a thousand folks from multiple states to buy and sell show pigs.  His story is a dandy- watch our video highlights of it by clicking here.

FINALLY- your  FFA Star Farmer for 2016 is Brock Boeckman of the Kingfisher FFA.  Wheat and Cattle are the heart of Oklahoma Agriculture- and Brock is right in the middle of those enterprises- click here to read more about his SAE- and you can click on the video right from this email to see his story- as we told it yesterday afternoon in the Cox Center.

These four Stars are the best of the best- and all are great examples of what the Oklahoma FFA can do for a young man or woman wanting to excel! 



AFBFAFBF's Dale Moore Says Work Continues to Get Preemption of State GMO Labels as Vermont Deadline Nears


There was no shortage of agricultural topics to discuss with American Farm Bureau's Dale Moore during the National Farm Broadcasters Washington Watch earlier this week. I caught up with Moore, who serves as executive director of public policy for AFBF.

GMO labeling is a current hot topic, as the Congress attempts to preempt a Vermont labeling law that goes into effect July1. Moore says a federal preemption would prevent a patchwork of state laws dictating similar but different rules and regulations for GMO foods.

"There needs to be a clear federal standard as to what is a GMO and what is not a GMO-derived product," he says. "This is not about safety; this is not about public health. This is about consumers wanting this information."

AFBF supports a voluntary labeling standard and believes it opens the doors to better engage and educate consumers.

"The science has proven over and over again that these products are safe," Moore says. "As soon as you put the mandate part in there, that starts to raise the flag that there's something in here that is wrong with the technology."

We also talked with the Kansas native about multiple other issues- TPP, Crop Insurance and the Title One Federal Farm Safety Net- you can hear our complete conversation by clicking here.



CapitolHillU.S. House Committees Hear From Agricultural Producers and Experts 


Agricultural organizations were busy advocating for farmers and ranchers on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr .testified on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Illinois Farm Bureau. He encouraged Congress to help farm and ranch families endure what observers agree will be a difficult year. He said Illinois farmers who produce row crops have been hit hard along with the rest of the farm economy.

"Over the last 18 months we have seen our working capital erode over 25 percent," Guebert said. "Our equity is fading into the sunset. Indexed to inflation, the economic return for Illinois farmers after accounting for family expenses is currently at its lowest level since 1972. All of this has proven to be a very steep learning curve for a new generation of younger and less experienced farmers who entered the business when times were better."

Read more about what Guebert told the U.S. House subcommittee.

Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA), provided testimony today before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research on the economic contributions of crop protection technology. In the hearing, "Focus on the Farm Economy: Factors Impacting the Cost of Production," Vroom explained that agricultural technology not only helps farmers increase yields but also positively impacts the economy well beyond the farm-gate, including through job creation. Recent actions taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, such as EPA's use of flawed epidemiological studies for risk assessments for organophosphates, threaten farmers' access to these vital crop protection tools and jeopardize economic benefits as well.

"Recently, the crop protection businesses that support American agriculture have seen serious deviations from the regular order, transparency and scientific integrity of EPA's risk assessment based pesticide review process," Vroom stated in his testimony. "These departures have made it difficult to provide business predictability for producers and they potentially inhibit investment in more advanced products. We hope that today's hearing will help put EPA and agriculture back on a path to a more productive dialogue that leads to reasonable, timely regulatory decisions and solutions to shared concerns. A return to established regulatory process and sound science will help our industry support rural communities and improve farm incomes."

Read more about Vroom's recent testimony on agricultural technology.



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FarmersUnionNational Farmers Union and 160 Other Farm, Food and Rural Groups Sign Letter Opposing TPP


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has become a divisive issue in the nation's capital, and criticism intensified after 161 food, farm, faith and rural organizations sent a letter to Capitol Hill today, urging lawmakers to reject the trade pact.

"The main beneficiaries of the TPP are the companies that buy, process and ship raw agricultural commodities, not the farmers who face real risks from rising import competition. TPP imports will compete against U.S. farmers who are facing declining farm prices that are projected to stay low for years," the organizations wrote.

The White House has promoted the TPP as an export-boon for farmers to generate support for the agreement, but past trade agreements have not always delivered on export promises, the letter noted. For example, the United States' total combined exports of corn, soybeans and wheat have remained steady at about 100 million metric tons for the last 30 years despite a raft of free trade agreements since the mid-1990s.

"Trade deals do not just add new export markets - the flow of trade goes both ways - and the U.S. has committed to allowing significantly greater market access to imports under the TPP," the groups explained. Especially "alarming" to the organizations is the agreement's complete lack of enforceable provisions against currency manipulation, a substantial cause of America's debilitating $531 billion trade imbalance.



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BeefBuzzProduction Costs and Cost of Gain Will Play Key Role in Cattle Profitability - Derrell Peel Explains


In the latest edition of the Beef Buzz, OSU Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist Derrell Peel offers strategies for cow-calf producers and stocker operators as we move through the second quarter of 2016.

Peel says that although calf prices are currently pretty strong, they will continue to decline as beef herd numbers continue to build. Now is the time for cow-calf producers to pay close attention to margins. 

"They need to be aware of what the market prices are likely to do, but at the end of the day, they can't change them," he says. "So they really need to focus their attention on cost management and try to protect their margins."

When it comes to stocker cattle, Peel says producers need to understand the relationship between stocker cattle values and the cost of gain. While it was once more profitable to take cattle to 800 to 900+ lbs before marketing them, the low cost-of-gain means feedlots are now more interested in putting the weight on themselves. 

"If stocker producers pencil out the value of the last 200 lbs of gain on the big end relative to the first 200 lbs when they first start with these cattle, they may find an incentive to turn those cattle a little bit quicker and concentrate more of their effort on the light-weight end of things," Peel says.

Listen to Peel's complete strategy for cow-calf producers and stocker operators during this edition of the Beef Buzz.


FFAOfficersCale Jahn of Elgin FFA Will Lead the 2016-17 Oklahoma FFA State Officer Team

Cale Jahn, member of the Elgin FFA Chapter, will lead the more than 27,000 members of the Oklahoma FFA Association for 2016-17. Members elected the 19-year-old to his presidential position during the 90th Oklahoma FFA Convention on April 27. Jahn previously served as the 2015-16 Oklahoma FFA secretary and is the son of Jerry and Mary Jahn.

Seven additional FFA members will join Jahn on the 2016-17 Oklahoma FFA officer team:

Piper Merritt, Owasso FFA, secretary;

Adrienne Blakey, Stillwater FFA, reporter;
Cleo Giraldo, Eufaula FFA, northeast district vice president;

Ridge Hughbanks, Alva FFA, northwest district vice president;

Levi Baker, Dibble FFA, central district vice president;

Tanna Frizzell, Byng FFA, southeast district vice president

Garrett Saunders, Binger-Oney FFA, southwest district vice president.



OALPICYMI: Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Applications Due May 1


If you need one last reason to quickly pull together your application for the next class of the OALP- our top story this morning is it!!! 

The next leader of the Oklahoma State Senate is a graduate of Class V of the OALP- Mike Schulz is a cotton farmer from Altus- credits his position today to being involved in things like FFA as well as the OALP and Farm Bureau. 

OALP can be a piece of the puzzle in your leadership journey as well- BUT- you have to apply to get involved!!!!!!

"OALP is recognized as one of Oklahoma's top leadership programs for emerging agricultural leaders," said Edmond Bonjour, OALP director. "Our program is continuing to grow and produce well-educated leaders for the agricultural industry in our state. We just graduated OALP Class XVII and I'm now turning my sights toward Class XVIII and a new group of eager learners."

Applications are now available for Class XVIII at

The deadline for submitting an application and letters of reference is May 1
. The class size is limited to 30 participants ages 25 and up who are actively engaged in agriculture or a related agricultural business.

I am going to use my Chairmanship of the Advisory Council to tell you that if you will let Edmond know today or tomorrow about your intentions to get an application to him- you can work on it and get it in this coming Monday- May 2nd- since  

May first falls on a Sunday.  You can tell him it's the Ron deal.


Click here to learn more about OALP.


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