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Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101  

mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.



We 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 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.


Canola Prices:  

Cash price for canola was $9.22 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG elevator in El Reno Friday. 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.


Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Jim Apel 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

   Monday, May 19, 2014



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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ocareflectsMichael Kelsey with OCA is Upbeat on Eventually Getting Vetoed Checkoff Bill Signed- Check out our Audio and Video Reports


In the final days of the 2014 Oklahoma State Legislative session, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey says it's been a tough several months. We talked with Kelsey on Friday about the session and our full audio and video conversations with him about the session as well as federal issues like the Waters of the US proposal of the EPA can be accessed by using the link below to jump over to our website.

"We've had a good session in the sense of, its been a great opportunity for me personally to get to know the legislature," Kelsey said.

In coming in new to OCA, Kelsey feels it has been important to take time to get to know everyone, because it's been all based relationships.

There have been several key legislative issues that OCA has been working on. The biggest one is the checkoff bill.

"This is a general commodity checkoff, which is not specific to beef," Kelsey said. "We were successful with working with LMA, which was a great partner".

Kelsey said the Livestock Marketing Association worked with OCA to draft some of the key language in the bill.   

"We moved the House and Senate and got the bill to the governor's desk and the governor vetoed it," Kelsey said. "But I think it gave us an opportunity to step back and even work with the governor to refine the bill."


Click here for more of this story and a chance to see the video and hear the audio from our time with Kelsey.  




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asahailsASA Hails WRRDA Conference Report, Calls for Quick House, Senate Passage 


The leaders of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Senate Environment & Public Works Committee released the conference report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) Friday. The conference report includes multiple soybean industry priorities including provisions that will free up significant funding within the Inland Waterways Trust Fund for additional waterways infrastructure projects; increasing the level of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund dollars that will be spent on port maintenance and dredging; streamlining the Army Corps of Engineers' project review process; increasing Corps flexibility to maintain navigation during low water events; and promoting the use of alternative financing and public-private partnerships to fund waterways infrastructure.

"This is a huge step forward to ensure the continued success of the soybean supply chain, and leaders in both the House and Senate deserve a great deal of credit for shepherding this bill through a challenging policymaking climate," said American Soybean Association President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser.


To read more of this story, click here.  


unitedstatesUnited States Cattle on Feed Numbers Continue Fall, Down 1 Percent in Latest Report


Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on May 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below May 1, 2013. 


Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.64 million, 5 percent below 2013. Net placements were 1.55 million head. During April, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 385,000, 600-699 pounds were 255,000, 700-799 pounds were 396,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 600,000.


Marketings of fed cattle during April totaled 1.78 million, 2 percent below 2013. Marketings for April are the lowest for the month since the series began in 1996. 


Other disappearance totaled 83,000 during April, 20 percent above 2013.


To read the full story and for comments from Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities Click Here. 



foodsafetyFood Safety Scientists Double Up on Ground Beef Testing This Summer


As grilling season heats up, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is enhancing our food safety testing program for ground beef. While FSIS has a range of safeguards to reduce E. coli in ground beef, this summer we will begin new testing to improve the safeguards against Salmonella as well. Salmonella is commonly found in ground beef and, in fact, caused an illness outbreak in January 2013 in six states. Salmonella is an especially difficult bacteria for food safety experts to address because it is so prevalent in almost all food sources.


Recognizing that we need more information about the prevalence of Salmonella in ground beef to better prevent food-borne illness, FSIS is "super-sizing" our pathogen testing program to include Salmonella every time our laboratories test for E. coli in samples of ground beef and ground beef sources. Because the samples taken for E. coli testing are much larger than those we have taken in the past for Salmonella, there is higher likelihood that we will be able to detect the bacteria if it is present.


Click Here to learn more about food safety efforts.  



advancedbiofuelAdvanced Biofuel Producers Anticipate Great Impact from Proposed Changes to the RFS


Thursday, 33 advanced biofuel companies, led by the Advanced Ethanol Council and Biotechnology Industry Organization, sent a letter to President Barack Obama to express the industry's concern about the proposed rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).


"The RFS is necessary because the highly consolidated, vertically integrated oil industry is not otherwise going to allow market access for renewable fuels," the groups wrote.


"To reduce the 2014 blending requirements and volumes in future years, EPA is proposing to use its general waiver authority based on 'inadequate domestic supply.' But EPA is putting forward a novel interpretation of the word 'supply' to mean the ability of current infrastructure to deliver renewable fuel blends to consumers, instead of the available supply of renewable fuel to obligated parties. We believe that this new interpretation is inconsistent with the plain meaning of the statute and its legislative history. But the bigger issue is that this interpretation has the practical effect of handing the future trajectory of the RFS to the oil industry by virtue of the fact that the oil industry itself controls the distribution of fuel to consumers," the letter says. 


To read more Click Here



governorGovernor Mary Fallin, House and Senate Leaders Reach Budget Deal


Governor Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman today announced an appropriated state budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2015. 


The agreement increases funding for K-12 education by $80 million and uses targeted spending cuts and a reconciliation of several state agency accounts to close a $188 million shortfall in funds certified for appropriations. It avoids cuts to priority areas like public safety, higher education and mental health while making necessary spending reductions in other areas of state government. 


The $80 million increase to common education funding for FY 15 adds to the $74 million in additional K-12 funding added in FY 14, bringing a total of new common education funding to $154 million in the past two fiscal years. 


"We have gone to extraordinary lengths - even with a sluggish revenue year - to add substantial new resources to common education in Oklahoma," Fallin said. 


The agreement would set a FY 15 appropriated budget of $7,121,723,873, which is $102.1 million, or 1.4 percent, less than the FY 2014 appropriated budget, which is $7,223,824,517 with supplemental funding included.  


Click Here for more. 



HSUSHSUS Made the Clown as Ringling Brothers Wins Big Settlement Over the Animal Rights Activist Group



The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), along with their co-defendants, have paid Feld Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Circus, $15.75 million to settle cases stemming from a lawsuit they brought against Ringling Bros.® over the care of its Asian elephants. This historic settlement payment to Feld Entertainment ends nearly 14 years of litigation between the parties.  



"We hope this settlement payment, and the various court decisions that found against these animal rights activists and their attorneys, will deter individuals and organizations from bringing frivolous litigation like this in the future," said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Feld Entertainment.  



"This settlement is a significant milestone for our family-owned business and all the dedicated men and women who care for the Ringling Bros. herd of 42 Asian elephants. We look forward to continuing to set the standard for providing world-class care for all our animals and producing high quality, family entertainment."



HSUS and animal rights groups the Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Born Free USA (formerly the Animal Protection Institute), the Wildlife Advocacy Project, the law firm of Meyer, Glitzenstein & Crystal, and several current and former attorneys of that firm, paid the settlement for their involvement in the case brought under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that the U.S. District Court ruled was "frivolous," "vexatious," and "groundless and unreasonable from its inception."  


Today's settlement also covers the related Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) case that Feld Entertainment filed against the groups after discovering they had paid a plaintiff for his participation in the original lawsuit and then attempted to conceal those payments.



It's a real hit to the pocketbook but also the prestige of the HSUS- click here  to read more from the Feld Entertainment website.

For their part in the court battle, Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the HSUS, was unrepentant for their part in legal harassment- saying no donor money was lost but rather it is their insurance company will write the check. He called on Feld Entertainment to take their proceeds and spend it all on protecting elephants from humans.




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