Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/15/2017 6:31 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

Let's Check the Markets! has a total of 4,822 cattle on their showlist for today's sale of finished cattle- details available by clicking here. 
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, February 14th.
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
   Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
Oklahoma Lawmakers Consider Tax Breaks for Doctors who Set Up Practices in Rural Areas

Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall and Rep. Scott Biggs introduced a pair of bills since the start of the legislative session which this week received committee endorsements to pass. The bills HB 2301 and 1156 would provide tax break incentives for doctors and professionals who move from out-of-state to rural communities with declining populations. These bills are intended to entice people back to these communities to stimulate growth and bring the much needed vocation to citizens in these areas.

A tax exemption on the first $25,000 of annual income earned by any "qualifying doctor" who moves to a rural area of Oklahoma, would be authorized through HB 2301. The exemption could be claimed so long as the doctor remained in that designated area, the bill indicates.

House Bill 1156 would provide a five-year exemption from all state income taxes for anyone who moves from another state to any Oklahoma county with a declining population.

Both pieces of legislation passed their respective committees with bipartisan "do pass" recommendations.

Biggs claims a precendent of success with legislation similar to this citing Rural Opportunity Zone incentives that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law in 2011, reporting that these measures have been successful in attracting people to rural areas of the Sunflower State.

Click here to read more about these bills that would attract skilled professionals to rural communities across Oklahoma.

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The 112th Annual American Farmers & Ranchers Convention is coming up this weekend, scheduled to be held February 17-19 at the Norman, Oklahoma Embassy Suites. I caught up with AFR President and CEO Terry Detrick to find out what hot button issues are up for discussion this year.

Some of the topics he brought up include the current economic situation rural communities across the nation are facing.

"I'm concerned what's going to happen," Detrick confided. "There's not a lot of new machinery being purchased with the down economy we have and there's an awful lot of used machinery that's coming on the market from people that are just having to get out."

In an effort to reverse, or at least ease this sort of pressure on members and all their neighbors in agriculture, AFR delegates will gather up at the end of this week to address these issues affecting rural folks and form the policy that Detrick and his staff will use as marching orders over the next year.

"We'll add to; we'll take away, but the when we leave, it's the wishes of the grassroots and that's what I love about this opportunity," Detrick said.

Read more about what issues AFR delegates will be shaping policy on this week, and listen in on my full conversation with Detrick, by clicking here.

If you would like to take a look at their complete program for the upcoming meeting- click or tap here.
BuzzCohesion Between the Segments of Production Critical to the Sustainability of the Beef Business  

As one of the foremost authorities on sustainability in the industry, John Butler of the Beef Marketing Group, shared with me recently his belief that in order to provide consumers with the best possible eating experience, all segments of the beef business, from cow/calf producer to the end user, need to be tied together through understanding and cooperation.

"Alignment is the future of protein," Butler said. "We're going to need to be more aligned with where the animals begin, all the way until they become in the meat case or on the menu and actually tie that promise."

Butler contends this is a natural progression for the beef industry, basing his thoughts on extensive research conducted at the Beef Marketing Group, working to understand what consumers want from the beef products they purchase. He says through this research; the industry has been able to build upon a continual effort to improve the supply chain.

"As a result we think we've built a more sustainable model, from a business perspective," Butler said, "and are able to extract additional value than just the normal commodity model that's out there today."

Butler is slated to appear as the keynote speaker at this year's upcoming Texoma Cattlemen's Conference being held on February 24th in Ardmore at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, where the theme for the meeting covers all things sustainability.

You can listen to my entire conversation with Butler about his views on sustainability and traceability in the beef business and get more information on the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference, by clicking here.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council are applauding a move by the US House of Representatives yesterday, passing H.R. 428 the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act. The bill, introduced by Congressman Mac Thornberry would seek to settle all federal ownership claims by providing legal certainty to landowners along the Red River.

In 1923, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the gradient line of the south bank of the Red River was the boundary between Texas and Oklahoma (Oklahoma v. Texas). Recognizing that the Red River is a unique situation, the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma agreed to an interstate boundary compact known as the Red River Boundary Compact, essentially resolving the dispute over the definition of the border between the two states. The 106th Congress enacted legislation ratifying the compact, establishing the new Texas-Oklahoma boundary on August 31, 2000.

In 2013, the BLM stated that there is an estimated 90,000 acres of land along the 116 mile stretch of the Red River that may be considered public domain.

Thornberry's proposed bill would settle the dispute by requiring a survey of the majority of the 116 mile stretch of the contested area using the gradient boundary survey method developed and backed by the Supreme Court to find the proper ownership boundary between the public and private land.
For more details on this legislation and it's companion bill in the Senate, plus NCBA's reaction, click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

Midwest Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to the 2016 Tulsa Farm Show.  The show has grown tremendously over the past 23 years- and 2016 was the best yet!
Now is the time to put on your 2017 calendar the date for the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show, coming April 20, 21 and 22, 2017.  Contact Ron Bormaster at (507) 437-7969 for more details about how your business or organization can be a part of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show!
Click here for more details about the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows.

The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2018 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017 in conjunction with the Oklahoma Pork Congress and Annual Meeting which will be held at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma. All Oklahoma pork producers are invited to attend.

Any producer age 18 or older who is a resident of Oklahoma and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.
Click here for more information about this election or how to contact the Oklahoma Pork Council.
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Growers in Oklahoma who plant PhytoGen® cottonseed with the Enlist trait now have access to three modes of action postemergence: glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline - the active ingredients in Enlist Duo - and glufosinate. Access to this technology will help them control their toughest weeds, including Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, giant ragweed and many others. Enlist Duo features Colex-D® technology, which limits drift and offers near-zero volatility to keep applications on target.

Oklahoma joins eleven other states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia which all, now have full access to the Enlist™ weed control system, giving them more flexibility and better weed control. These states' registration of Enlist Duo® herbicide for use on Enlist™ cotton follows federal registration received in January 2017.

Click here to get the full story on ENLIST DUO's new availability.
RainfallTotalsRains Should Really Help Put a HUGE Dent in the 2017 Oklahoma Drought
The rain making system has exited Oklahoma- and it has left behind outstanding rainfall totals in the southern sixty percent of the state- the northern tier of counties ended up with little to show for the start of the week rainfall- with only a few tenths seen from I-35 westward out into the Oklahoma Panhandle at the top of the state.

BUT- everybody else came out with an almost perfect rain event. Here's the Mesonet totals from earlier this morning that capture the amounts and extent of the rainfall:

Sunshine returns today- and will be in place across the state through the weekend- another shot at rain is possible by next Monday- according to the nine day forecast courtesy of Jed Castles with News9:

Hard to believe it's mid February.

VulturesState Legislative Committee Fingers Black Vulture as a Serious Predator of Baby Calves
The Oklahoma Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee passed a resolution on Tuesday calling on the Federal Government to ease the burden on farmers and ranchers impacted by the black vulture. Black vultures have been preying on small baby calves in Oklahoma and across the southern portions of the US.

"We are very appreciative of Senator Brecheen's resolution on this important issue. It is calving season in Oklahoma and these birds are causing significant damage by killing baby calves," said Charlie Swanson, President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.

Click or tap here to read the language adopted by the Senate Committee.

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