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Let's Check the Markets!
on RON Markets as heard on K101
with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash
Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets
have a new market feature on a daily basis-
each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's
markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS
here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
price for canola was $8.72 per bushel- based on
delivery to the Northern AG elevator in Yukon Monday.
The full listing of cash canola bids at country points
in Oklahoma can now be found in the daily Oklahoma Cash
Grain report- linked above.
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
the Date- House Ag Committee Chairman Frank Lucas
Live at OKC Farm Show- We Host a Special Ag
Townhall Meeting April 5th
special Ag Townhall meeting featuring a
conversation with the Chairman of the House Ag
Committee, Frank Lucas is planned
for Saturday morning April 5th, 10 AM at the
Oklahoma City Farm Show.
invited the Chairman to come and sit down with us
and talk about the passage of the 2014 Farm Law,
how implementation is going, the future of Crop
Insurance and what might need to be tweaked as
also plan to have time for your questions!
special Ag Townhall with Chairman Frank Lucas will
happen Saturday morning, April 5th, 10 AM in the
Carriage Hall as a part of the OKC Farm
course- admission and parking are free- plan to
come and take part in the Townhall, which will
leave you plenty of time to walk through and enjoy
the 2014 OKC Farm Show.
details to come.
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Speaker Jeff Hickman Wins Legislative Showmanship
Contest- Eighty Lawmakers Celebrate OYE
lawmakers traveled over from Lincoln Avenue to
State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on Tuesday
afternoon to be a part of the 2014 Oklahoma Youth
Expo Legislative and Celebrity Showmanship
Contest. The lawmakers received a quick education
about how to show a pig, lamb, goat or steer- and
then took part in the contest. When the dust had
setted on the floor of the Jim Norrick Arena, the
judges declared the winner of the 2014 contest to
be the Speaker of the Oklahoma House- Jeff
Hickman of Fairview.
talked with Hickman as he prepared to lead a lamb
around the show ring as he remembered his days as
a member of the Cherokee FFA Chapter and his days
at the Junior Livestock Show in Oklahoma City each
spring. He called the Tuesday night event a
wonderful opportunity to allow lawmakers, both
rural and urban, to interact with young 4-H and
FFA members- and to get insight into the work it
takes to be successful in the show ring- and the
lessons that these young people learn and will
carry with them for a lifetime.
Click here to hear our visit with
Speaker Hickman as well as with the Emcee of the
Celebrity Showmanship Contest- Representative
Don Armes- they talked with us
about the show and more.
We have lots of pictures from the Tuesday night
event as well as photos from the Beef Showmanship,
Barrow show, Ewe Show, Doe Kid Show and even the
finals of the Fitting Contest won by the Comanche
County #1 team- Vivienne Hasenbeck, Tommy
Glover and William
Hasenbeck! Click here for our set of photos on
we have results up on our Blue Green Gazette- click here and go and check our
the latest from all four species!
Shows Consumers Willing to Pay More for Hamburger,
Deli Ham and Pork Chops
are more willing to pay higher prices for
hamburger, deli ham and pork chops than they were
last month. That's according to the latest
willingness-to-pay survey conducted as part of
Oklahoma State University's monthly Food Demand Survey. The survey also
showed consumers were less tolerant of high prices
for chicken and steak in March than they were in
respondents said they would pay an average of
$2.20 for deli ham in March. That was up 23 cents
from the month before. They also said they would
pay 22 cents more for a pound of hamburger and
eight cents more per pound of pork chops.
Their willingness to pay for beans and
rice dropped nearly 24 percent in this latest
The survey was conducted with at
least 1,000 shoppers and was weighted to match the
U.S. population in terms of gender, race, age,
education and region of residence.
can read more of this story and find a link to the
full survey results by clicking here.
Report Shows American Produce Farmers Losing
Market Share to Imports
Partnership for a New American Economy and the
Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform today
released a new report showing how American
families are eating more imported fresh produce
today than ever before, in substantial part
because U.S. fresh produce growers lack enough
labor to expand their production and compete with
want fresh U.S grown fruits and vegetables, but
our farmers don't have the labor force available
to meet that demand," said John
Feinblatt, Chairman of the Partnership
for a New American Economy. "This means more
produce is imported, and our economy loses
millions of dollars and thousands of jobs every
year. We need to pass immigration reform now, so
our food remains homegrown and our economy
"On the issue of farm labor, we
have a growing amount of evidence that all points
in the same direction: Farmers and consumers both
need responsible immigration reform," said
American Farm Bureau Federation President
Bob Stallman, a cattle and rice
farmer from Texas.
Click here for a summary of
the report's key findings and a link to the full
Helps Bring Beef's Answer to Bacon to
food industry leaders recently pronounced
Schmacon™ smoked and cured glazed beef slices, an
award recipient of the prestigious 2014 Food and
Beverage Innovations Award (FABI) presented by the
National Restaurant Association Restaurant,
Schmacon, one of the
latest checkoff-funded Beef Innovations Group
projects, looks and smells as tantalizing as
bacon; crisps up like bacon; cooks like bacon (in
only a fraction of the time); and fully satisfies
with delicious all-beef flavor, but is a much
healthier alternative. A serving of Schmacon
contains 30 calories, 2 g fat, and 60 mg sodium,
whereas a serving of pork bacon averages 60-90
calories, 4.5-7 g fat, and 190-360 mg
As a 2014 FABI Award recipient,
Schmacon is heralded as a product with "bold
imagination" and "great potential to help
operators capitalize on consumer trends and drive
operator success." The whole muscle beef slices
use a patent-pending process and a proprietary
spice blend to deliver a smoky, slightly sweet
flavor. They are pre-cooked and ready for crisping
in an oven, microwave or on a flat-top griddle. As
a revolutionary new menu item, Schmacon helps
operators deliver flavorful, innovative, signature
items for breakfast, burgers, sandwiches, salads
interviewed Schmacon's inventor, Howard
Bender, at last year's Cattle Industry
Convention. Click here to listen to our
conversation or read more of this
Rusk Sees Future of OSU and Oklahoma in OYE
Exhibitors and their
exhibitions continued Tuesday at the Oklahoma
Youth Expo in Oklahoma City. On hand for this
year's event is Dr. Clint Rusk,
head of the Animal Science Department at Oklahoma
State University. He tells me he's been very
impressed with the students and the animals that
he's seen so far.
is an excellent set of young people. And I think
the first two days we showed 1,000 gilts each day.
And lots of heifers here. We're in the commercial
heifers now, our final division. I believe there's
190 head of commercial heifers.
students range in age from those who are seniors
in high school and are potentially going to come
to college next fall to some youngsters that are
just getting started at their first OYE and it's
exciting to see both groups here. I just enjoy the
opportunity to come work with young people and
Rusk says his work at OYE is a
very worthwhile investment of his time for a
number of reasons.
"This is our future.
When we think about the fact that we're in the
education business and these young people are
going to go somewhere-a lot of them-to further
education after they get out of high school. We
want to be the 'go to' place at Oklahoma State.
It's natural that these young people who have an
interest in animals might be potentially
interested in coming into animal science."
can catch my interview with Clint Rusk or read
more of this story by clicking here.
N That: Big Iron, Allan Savory in OKC, and
Pollard's 15th Annual Bull
total of 452 items will sell on Bigiron.com
today. Sales will begin closing at 10 a.m.
and continue until they are all gone.
can view numerous pictures and a full description
of each item by clicking here.
Wolfe, BigIron.com's regional manager, is
happy to help newcomers learn how to sell and how
to buy. Just give Mike a call at
580-320-2718 or catch him via email at email@example.com.
Friday, Allan Savory will speak
at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
in Oklahoma City. He will present a unique
perspective that drastically increasing the number
of properly-managed cattle can reverse the trend
of desertification in the American west.
Savory also believes such a move would revive
western culture, rural towns and end the public
vilification of cattle.
talk is part of a symposium focusing on land and
water issues. A $10 registration fee
includes lunch. Reservations are required
and can be made online at http://www.survivingtheelements.org
or by calling 405-478-2250, Ext. 280.
up this weekend is Pollard Farms'
15th annual "Performance Genetics" bull sale,
Saturday, March 22nd. The sale begins at 12
p.m. on the farm in Waukomis, Oklahoma.
for sale are 90 home-raised service-age
Angus Bulls and five Hereford
Bulls. Also selling are 45
registered Angus females and 15 commercial open
For more information, contact
Eddie Sims at National Cattle
Service, 580-595-1926, or go online at www.pollardfarms.com or www.nationalcattle.com.
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