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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.  (including Canola prices in central and western Oklahoma)

Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler- 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, December 10, 2015
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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TulsaFarmShow2015 Tulsa Farm Show Begins Three Day Run at River Spirit Expo Square in Tulsa 

2015 brings to Oklahoma the 22nd Tulsa Farm Show, which has grown into the most successful farm and ranch show venue in the state of Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma's premier agricultural and ranching event kicks off this morning in the River Spirit Expo (Expo Square) and runs through this coming Saturday. Admission and parking is free- and has been free for all 22 years of the Tulsa Farm Show.

As Oklahoma's largest indoor farm show with over 400,000 square feet of exhibits, the TULSA Farm Show is a great end-of-year opportunity to view all the latest in agricultural and ranching equipment. Over 370 companies will be featuring a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more.

The Farm Show Manager for most of those years has been Ron Bormaster- and he talked with us as the finishing touches for the 2015 show were being applied- you can hear our conversation by clicking here. (in our story- we have the link to the interactive map that the Show folks have put together- it will help you find your favorite exhibitors quickly and easily.)

Many of our email sponsors are a part of the 2015 show- including the show itself- and we invite you to come and check out their exhibits- and all the other goods and services that will help you in a lot of different ways.

We will be hanging out at our Radio Oklahoma Ag Network booth today and tomorrow- Leslie Smith will be around on Saturday to say hello- and we look forward to networking with many of you at the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show.

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Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

OCAFeralHogsOklahoma Agricultural Groups Offering Feedback to ODAFF as the Agency Works on Feral Hog Rules

Feral hogs have become a top concern for Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers. The problem has the state's livestock organizations, general farm organizations and the state of Oklahoma all looking for answers. They are working together to develop a plan to deal with this invasive species of livestock. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey said feral hogs have become a huge problem for Oklahoma's cattle producers. He hasn't spoke with a OCA member that hasn't been impacted by the growing feral hog population.

OCA was involved with a meeting this week with other agricultural leaders and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture in reviewing their latest draft of proposed rules that may be published in early 2016. Kelsey said Oklahoma's agricultural groups are in favor of controlling the feral hog population, but they are still trying to figure out the best solution. He thinks the process to develop a plan to control the state's feral hogs remains in the very early stages.

While many Oklahomans believe something new has to be done, Kelsey said one common misconception is that nothing is being done to control feral hogs today. In looking at state law, he said there is a feral hog act that makes it illegal to transport wild hogs.

I interviewed Kelsey about developing new rules to expand efforts to control feral hogs in Oklahoma.  Click or tap here to listen to the interview.

LefflerWASDEGlobal Wheat Supplies Grow, Corn and Soybeans Hold Steady, Reaction From Tom Leffler

Few changes were found in the latest global grain stocks report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Wednesday released the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). Market Analyst Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities said the global corn and soybean ending stocks were left virtually unchanged from a month ago, but wheat supplies continue to increase to record levels.

"We continue to find negative news for our wheat," Leffler said.

Global wheat supplies for 2015/16 increased by 2.3 million tons primarily on larger production but also higher beginning stocks. World wheat production remains record high and was raised 1.9 million tons to 734.9 million. The primary production change was for Canada, which was raised 1.6 million tons to 27.6 million on a Statistics Canada report. Global ending stocks were projected 2.6 million tons higher with large increases for the European Union and Canada partially offset by decreases for Argentina and Ukraine.

Global corn ending stocks for 2015/16 were left nearly unchanged with higher projected stocks for the United States and Canada offset by lower projected stocks for Brazil and EU. U.S. corn ending stocks were projected to be 25 million bushels higher at 1,785 million bushels. The projected range for the season-average corn farm price was unchanged at $3.35 to $3.95 per bushel, in line with prices reported to date and current futures price levels.

Global soybean production was projected at 320.1 million tons, down 0.9 million. Total U.S. oilseed production for 2015/16 was forecast at 117.7 million tons, down slightly due to a small reduction in cottonseed. Soybean supply and use projections for 2015/16 were unchanged from last month. Soybean ending stocks were unchanged at 465 million bushels. If realized that would be the highest since 2006/07. The U.S. season-average soybean price for 2015/16 was forecast at $8.15 to $9.65 per bushel, unchanged from last month. Soybean meal was forecast at $290 to $330 per short ton, down 10 dollars on both ends of the range. Soybean oil was forecast at 28.5 to 31.5 cents per pound, up one cent on both ends.

Our Leslie Smith interviewed Leffler for his analysis of the latest WASDE report.  Click or tap here to listen to his outlook.  Click here for the full WASDE report.

CottonHearingHouse Agriculture Committee Examines Current State of the U.S. Cotton Industry

The House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing Wednesday to examine the current state of the U.S. cotton industry. Members heard from a variety of stakeholders-producers, warehousers, ginners, and agricultural lenders-on the current situation unfolding in the cotton belt. 

The hearing panel was comprised of National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice Chairman Shane Stephens, a Greenwood, Miss., warehouser; a group of four cotton producers: Nathan Reed, Arkansas state chairman, American Cotton Producers, Marianna, Ark.; Shawn Holladay, a NCC director from Lubbock, TX; Kent Wannamaker, president, Southern Cotton Growers, Saint Matthews, S.C.; and Cannon Michael, a NCC director from Los Banos, Calif.; and Mike Wright, a Lubbock banker. 

Each of the producer panelists testified to the need for the Agriculture Secretary to designate cottonseed as an 'other oilseed' and be eligible for the Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs. They stated providing a safety net for cottonseed "is desperately needed to provide stability in the cotton industry."  Click or tap here to read more from the National Cotton Council on the challenges in the cotton industry.

Written testimony provided by the witnesses from the hearing can by found hereClick here for more information, including Subcommittee Chairman Crawford's opening statement, and the archived webcast.

Sponsor Spotlight 
We are proud to have KIS Futures as a regular sponsor of our daily email update. KIS Futures provides Oklahoma farmers & ranchers with futures & options hedging services in the livestock and grain markets- click here for the free market quote page they provide us for our website or call them at 1-800-256-2555- and their iPhone App, which provides all electronic futures quotes is available at the App Store- click here for the KIS Futures App for your iPhone.   
COOLRepealNCBA Says U.S. Senate on Deadline to Repeal COOL Before Retaliation Kicks In

On Monday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced the retaliation number that will be allowed for Canada and Mexico to use in moving forward in tariffs imposed against the United States good and services that result from the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule that has been ruled noncompliant by WTO. The U.S. COOL rule for fresh beef and pork has been ruled out-of-bounds by the WTO. It's a process that's been going on for the past several years. The final confirmation of that number will come next Friday, December 18, according to Canadian officials. National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the opportunity to avoid the retaliation of the billion dollars annually between the two countries comes this week. He said the reticulation number came in close to their expectations.

"We were always confident that this would be a number in excess of a billion dollars and sure enough that's exactly where it landed," Woodall said. "Now any member of Congress who looks at this is going to have a hard time going back to back to their district or their state and defending why a billion dollars' worth of retaliatory tariffs from two of our top trading partners is something that they can support."

The House of Representatives in June voted 300-131 to repeal COOL. The U.S. Senate has delayed taking a vote to repeal COOL until these retaliatory levels were released. Woodall said retaliation can still be prevented if the U.S. Senate votes to repeal COOL this week. That would require the measure to be included in the Omnibus budget bill that has a deadline of this coming Friday. If COOL repeal isn't attached to the Omnibus budget bill, then there is very little chance that COOL will be repealed any time soon. Without legislation to repeal COOL, retaliation from Canada and Mexico will begin in mid-December.

One late breaking note on the Omnibus- it appears that final agreement on the Omnibus will be pushed back to next week- Senator Pat Roberts- Chair of the Senate Ag Committee- remains hopeful that a repeal of COOL will be included in the final package when Congress approves it next week.

I featured Woodall on the Beef Buzz. Click or tap here to listen to Colin's take on the battle to repeal COOL.

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ResearchBoardU.S. Ag Secretary Vilsack Appoints Oklahoman to New Agricultural Research Advisory Board

One Oklahoman will serve on a national advisory board for land-grant colleges and universities. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday announced the appointment of nine individuals to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board.   Wathina Luthi of Luthi Farms from Gage, Oklahoma will serve on the board for the next three years.

The NAREEE Advisory Board advises the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top national priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension, and economics. The NAREEE Advisory Board's main objective is to contribute to effective federal agricultural research, education and economics programs through broad stakeholder feedback and sound science in its ongoing role as advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture.

The nine members have been appointed to a 3-year term expiring September 30, 2018.  Click or tap here to read more about these individuals.

RedRiverRed River Private Property Protection Act Passes the US House- Facing Obama Veto 

On Wednesday- the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2130, the Red River Private Property Protection Act, sponsored by Texas Congressman Mac Thornberry.

This bill would settle the dispute over 90,000 acres land along a 116 mile stretch of the Red River the Bureau of Land Management claims may be considered public domain by requiring a survey of the contested area to be completed within two years and approved by the states of Texas and Oklahoma.

Both the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers have weighed in- praising Congress for approving this measure and blasting the White House for the threat of a Presidential veto. 

NCBA President Phillip Ellis says "For more than 100 years, private land owners have owned, successfully managed, and paid property taxes on lands along the Red River. This veto threat is no more than the White House asserting another federal land grab, usurping private property rights. If left unchecked by Congress, it sets a precedent that the Secretary of Interior can lay claim to private land without legal consequence, due process or just compensation."

TSCRA President Pete Bonds adds  "For years, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has been claiming ownership of land that belongs to private property owners along the Red River. This is completely absurd, especially when you consider the fact that these citizens hold the deeds to this land and have paid taxes and successfully managed it for years.

"I am pleased the Red River Private Property Protection Act was passed in the House today to help put this issue to rest. This legislation requires the BLM to survey the land in question using methods backed by the Supreme Court to find the proper gradient boundary. Since the BLM is claiming land up to a mile south of the proper boundary set by the Supreme Court in the 1920's, I am sure the BLM is hesitant to perform surveys because they know the land doesn't rightfully belong to the federal government."

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