Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 5/9/2016 5:38 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 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 Friday 5/6/16.
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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   Monday, May 9, 2016
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
HSUSFeatured Story:
HSUS Finally Forms National Ag Advisory Board- Paul Muegge Named to Board- OCA and NCBA Offer Reaction
There was controversy when Class XVII of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program met with the relatively new Oklahoma Ag Advisory Board of the HSUS back in December of 2014- there was a lively discussion that day between the OALP Class members and the Oklahoma Council members.  One of the things that was revealed that day by former Tennessee State Lawmaker Eric Swafford- who was working for HSUS in establishing these state councils- was the desire of HSUS to form a national Ag Advisory Council.

That desire became reality this past week in Omaha, as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced the formation of The Humane Society of the United States National Agriculture Advisory Council. The National Advisory Council includes former Oklahoma State Senator Paul Muegge as a part of the initial board.

Details of the National Council were made available in a news release- available here.

After the word was released- both the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the National Cattlmen's Beef Association released statements in reaction to the new ag mouthpiece for HSUS- OCA released their statement and included the NCBA position in a released we have posted on our website here.

OCA Executive VP Michael Kelsey reacts strongly about what he believes this new Council will be about- "This new group no doubt will spew only negative images and messages in an effort to dupe people into their idea of food consumption which is a progressive suggestion of reducing, then refining then replacing (eliminating) meat in the diet according to their 'Three R's - HSUS's Humane Eating Guide'. It is interesting that they don't discuss the positive strides agriculture has made to responsibly and efficiently grow and raise food for an increasing human population. Instead, their efforts, if successful, will increase the price of food, reduce food choices for consumers and put farmers and ranchers out of business. Conversely, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers work very hard every day to wisely steward Oklahoma's wonderful natural resources in order to grow and raise food that is affordable and abundant all while maintaining a strong commitment to the future of natural resources and the next generation of family farmers and ranchers."

He adds that passing State Question 777 will be important to protect future generations of farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma against groups that want to prevent them from producing food for American and global consumers.

Kansas Cattle Producer and NCBA President Tracy Brunner adds "The Humane Society of the United States has made it clear that they do not want animals raised for food and they have invested significant resources in efforts to end animal agriculture. It's puzzling to most cattlemen and women that a handful of livestock producers have chosen to join them."

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BeetleSenator Lankford Calls on U.S. Fish and Wildlife to Remove American Burying Beetle from the Endangered Species List

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter Friday to the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Daniel Ashe, to call on the agency to delist the American Burying Beetle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The beetle was first listed as an endangered species in 1989 when declining populations were only found in Rhode Island and Oklahoma. Today, the beetles' populations continue to grow in Oklahoma and Nebraska. 

The comment period for the petition to remove the American Burying Beetle from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife ends May 16, 2016. 

Click here for a link to electronically comment on the rule and to read Sen. Lankford's full letter to the EPA.
ChuckNCFC's Chuck Conner Says Congress Needs to Back American Agriculture

From delays in preempting individual state GMO labeling laws, to attempts at eliminating the crop insurance program, American agriculture is under attack in several ways in the U.S. Congress. Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, says Congress needs to decide if it is going to be a proponent of the country's agriculture industry.

"Is the Congress of the United States going to be for the farmer and for this great food and agricultural system that we have built in America, or are they going to be against it?" he says. "If they're for it, then they're going to want to work diligently to have farm policy, have good trade policy and let those things move forward so that we can take advantage of this great and competitive industry.

"You know we've lost so many of our industries - agriculture is not one of those, thankfully. We're a growing sector, we're more efficient than ever, and they ought to promote that and not try and do things to hold back American agriculture."

When it comes to preempting Vermont's mandatory GMO labeling law that is set to go into effect July 1, 2016, Conner says most agricultural organizations are calling on Congress to prevent a patchwork of these state laws, which could wreak havoc on interstate commerce. 

"The Vermont law is the law of the land in Vermont, but it's having implications in all 50 states," he says. "We need our Congress to step in here and put forth reasonable legislation that preempts Vermont and establishes the standards that other states would use then going forward."

I talked with Conner during the NAFB Washington Watch last month. Click here to listen to the full interview, including Conner's outlook on the next farm bill.
SummitAnimal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit Explores Bridging the Communications Gap

"People don't seem to understand the food system and they are getting their information from everyone but farmers," said Yvette D'Entremont, blogger and science advocate also known as the "Sci Babe."

D'Entremont encouraged the attendees to bridge the gap by reminding consumers that farmers are also consumers, show photos when possible because "seeing is believing and connecting with people is essential," and lastly, incorporate humor in things you want people to read.

"Trust is the most important thing," said Jay Byrne, CEO of V-Fluence as he discussed how to get agriculture's story heard in the media. The key to being heard is to be clear and concise, avoiding negative language and convey to people that they have choices, Byrne said.

On a panel about engaging consumers, Phil Keiser, president and CEO of Culver's and Leah McGrath, RD, LDN, corporate dietitian at Ingles Markets joined Jenny Schweigert, executive director of the AgChat Foundation.

"It is important to maintain a connection to agriculture. We can't do business without agriculture," said Keiser. Culver's supports The National FFA Organization and encourages their customers to support FFA members and the future of agriculture by giving all customers who donate one dollar to the FFA organization a free custard cone. "We understand the pride in the blue jacket," he said.

Click here to read more about the Stakeholders Summitt and OSU graduate student Jessica Miller's involvement in the conference.

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Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2016- the dates are December 8th, 9th and 10th.  Now is the ideal time 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.  

LincolnLocalLincoln to Local- Farm Bureau's LeeAnna McNally Offers Latest from Oklahoma State Capitol

Courtesy of the folks at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- LeeAnna McNally a recap of this past week's Capitol developments- including details on the feral hog bill, the H-2A bill and the state's budget shortfall.

Click on the PLAY Button in the video box here to check it out:

FarmMomKentucky Farmer Named 2016 National "Farm Mom of the Year" 

After nearly two weeks of online voting, America has determined the national winner in Monsanto's 2016 America's Farmers Mom of the Year contest. Kentucky farmer Mary Courtney, who started her farm with her husband, Shane, and now grows corn, soybeans, burley tobacco, mixed vegetables, green bell peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash and zucchini, specialty peppers and seedless watermelon, and raises cattle, garnered the most online votes to capture the national title. She is the first ever regional or national winner from the Bluegrass State.

Mary was one of five women who were recognized at the end of April as a regional finalist in the program. All of them, including Ann Stamp (Cranston, R.I.), Karen Kasper (Owatonna, Minn.), Katie Heger (Underwood, N.D.), Nikki Weathers (Yuma, Colo.) and Mary were selected by both the American Agri-Women and Monsanto for their dedication and commitment to their families, farms, communities and the agriculture industry.
America voted online at from April 22 through May 4 for one of the five regional finalists to be named the national winner. All five women will receive $5,000. Mary will receive an additional $5,000 for securing the most votes to be named the national "Farm Mom of the Year."

Read more about Mary and her family's operation.

BY THE WAY- You may remember that the first National Farm Mom of the Year as honored by Monsanto was in 2010- and it was Carol Cowan from the Watonga area- Jump back to the spring of 2010 when Carol was nominated as one of the regional Farm Moms of the Year and then eventually won the National competition that May- click here to read our story(and hear our interview) featuring comments with Carol in that first Farm Mom of the Year contest.

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BeefBuzzAngus Cattle Dominate the Market, But Is It the Right Breed for Your Operation?

With the popularity - and profitability - of branded beef programs like Certified Angus Beef, it can be tempting for producers to overlook other breeds of cattle. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Joe Paschal says that while Angus cattle have some advantage in the marketplace, it's important to consider your geographic location and your personal bottom line before going all black.

"If you look at what it cost to run a cow, about a third of it is forage cost, and about a third of it's feed cost and a third of it's everything else," he says. "So if you're having to feed your cows, that means they don't match the environment.'

Paschal says your calf crop is also a good indicator of compatibility between a breed of cattle and the environment.

"If you don't have top production - I'm not talking 100 percent calf crop - buy if you're not up there around 88 to 90 percent calf crop, and if you don't have really high weaning weights, there's some problems in terms of the match of your genetics with your location," he says. 

If producers are located in a suitable area, raising Angus or Angus-influenced cattle to meet the required CAB genetic and carcass traits could be a smart marketing move. 

"When Certified Angus Beef came on board and buyers started paying a little bit of a premium for those black-hided cattle, it seems like every breed kind of went black overnight," Paschal says. "And I can't blame them because that's another 25 or 30 bucks per head."

To find more information about the Certified Angus Beef program, go to

Listen to Paschal talk more about the pros and cons of America's dominant Angus breed during the latest edition of the Beef Buzz.

LandOklahoma FFA Chapters Place in Top Ten During National Land and Range Judging Contest

More than 500 4-H and FFA members from 34 states competed in the 65th annual National Land and Range Judging Contest last week. After two days of practice at designated sites in Oklahoma City, the official contest was held at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Okla.

National championship trophies were awarded at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to team and individual winners in each category of competition: land judging, range judging and homesite evaluation. Each category included FFA and 4-H awards.

The national team championship trophies in land judging were awarded to the Clay County, W.Va. FFA Chapter and the Fairfield, Ind. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies in land judging were awarded to Jaime Grijalva of the Roswell, N.M. FFA Chapter and Jason Sullins of the Wilson County, Tenn. 4-H Club.

The national team championship trophies in range judging were awarded to the Hamilton, Texas FFA Chapter and the Wessington Springs, S.D 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies in range judging were awarded to Evan Eilers of the Hamilton, Texas FFA Chapter and Jarrett Lardy of the Traill County, N.D. 4-H Club.

Four Oklahoma FFA chapters in the range judging contest placed in the top ten teams nationally. Oklahoma Union FFA had the fifth place team, while Sequoyah FFA placed seventh, Roland FFA placed eighth and Fox FFA placed ninth.

The national team championship trophies for homesite evaluation were awarded to the Klondike, Texas FFA Chapter and the Fairfield, Ind. 4-H Club. National individual championship trophies for homesite evaluation were awarded to Patrick Henderson of the Jefferson, W.Va. FFA Chapter and Dalton Howe of the South Dakota 4-H.

Find a link to complete contest results here.
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