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Today's First Look:


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 yesterday. 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

   Wednesday, May 21, 2014



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:

farmgroupsFarm Groups Applaud House Passage of Water Resources and Reform Development Act 


The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a conference committee report on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 on a 412-to-4 vote.  The bill provides funding for the ports, channels, locks, dams and other infrastructure that support inland waterway transportation which is vital to America's ability to provide affordable agricultural products at home and abroad. WRRDA will bring $6 billion in total cost savings and important reforms ensuring reliability of the waterway system.  The bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to be voted on later this week.


"Passage of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act is a priority issue for the American Farm Bureau Federation and our 6 million members who depend on an efficient and reliable inland waterway system linked to competitive ports," AFBF President Bob Stallman said.  (You can read more of his statement by clicking here.)


Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin thanked the House for its passage of the bill without earmarks.  (You can watch his video comments by clicking here.)


National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre hailed the passage of "this important legislation, which makes concrete steps toward repairing and improving our inland waterways."  (Click here for more of his comments.)


"Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Shuster, Ranking Member Rahall, Subcommittee Chairman Gibbs and Ranking Member Bishop have done a wonderful job balancing soybean farmers' needs with the many other industries well represented in the bill," said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. "Now it's on to the Senate and to the President's desk."  (Click here for more of Gaesser's remarks)





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certifiedangusbeefIn the Face of High Prices & Tight Supplies- Certified Angus Beef on Pace for Record Sales 


Certified Angus Beef is known as a gold standard when it comes to branded beef programs. Speaking at the recent Animal Agriculture Alliance John Stika, President of Certified Angus Beef. He says CAB is indeed been the trail blazar when it come to branded beef programs in this country and at the same time folks surrounding CAB are excited about the future.

"We have been very fortunate to have a very fruitful past and it makes us excited about what's in front of us and there is no doubt that in 1978 when this brand was started as the first branded beef program out there, there were a lot of challenges," Stika said. "But the early success and the ability to build a strong foundation built on quality and things consumers value has really been a big part of the momentum that we built as this whole brand beef movement has really caught sail and really is growing rapidly in the industry today".

Click here to read more or listen to the first of three Beef Buzz programs with John Stika.



usdaannouncesUSDA Announces School Meal Flexibility for Upcoming School Year


Tuesday, Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced new flexibility for school districts working to meet updated whole grain requirements for school meals. During the current school year, USDA received feedback from schools that the whole grain rich products currently on the market did not hold together when produced in large quantities for school cafeterias. Based on this input, schools that demonstrate significant challenges in serving whole-grain rich pastas can now continue serving traditional enriched pasta products for up to two more years, as industry works to develop healthy pasta that works for schools.

"Schools raised legitimate concerns that acceptable whole-grain rich pasta products were not available. We worked to find a solution which will allow more time for industry to develop products that will work for schools," said Concannon. "We continue to listen and work closely with schools and parents to implement common sense nutritional guidance that supports a healthier next generation. But, with one third of American children fighting obesity, we cannot accept politically motivated efforts to undermine standards and deny kids healthier options."  (Click here for more of this story.)


Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today responded to USDA's decision.

"Helping our kids succeed starts by giving them the fuel they need to stay full, healthy, and ready to learn. Unfortunately, our school districts have had difficulty implementing the National School Lunch Program's new rules. Today's announcement is a good first step, but I'll continue to push to ensure our school districts have the flexibility they need to meet their goals and keep our kids healthy and successful," Pryor said.  (You can read more from Pryor and Stabenow by clicking here.)



DroughtcenterDrought Center of "Water Appreciation Day"


Water is among Oklahoma's most precious resources. Earlier this week at the capital, organizations representing water users celebrated "Water Appreciation Day."

The Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith talked with Junior Welch of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association. Welch says the special day at the capital is an opportunity to interact with lawmakers. 


While some parts of the state have gotten moisture events, the state remains drought stricken. In looking at future legislation, Welch says the state will need to balance the interests of water users.

"I think we really need to work real close with the ag industry and see if there is something we can do in that area," Welch said. "And also just as a state overall -- cities, towns, rural water districts, all of us, we need to be mindful of the situation we're in and put together the best conservation practices we can put together." 

Click Here to read more or to listen to this feature interview.


glennselkGlenn Selk: Reducing Hay Storage Losses


Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter:

The very dry spring (that most of Oklahoma has endured) points toward short hay production this summer and expensive hay feeding next winter. As hay is being cut and put in large round bales, it is very important this year to reduce hay storage losses.   University of Tennessee animal scientists conducted a trial to compare different methods of storing large round bales of grass hay. The hay was cut and baled in June in Moore County, Tennessee. The bales were weighed at the time of harvest and storage. Then they were weighed again the following January at the time of winter feeding.  


Average spring, summer, and fall rainfall in Tennessee will generally be greater than that experienced in much of Oklahoma. However the rankings in storage loss between the storage methods will be present in Oklahoma as well.


Click here to read the results of that study and to find a link to an OSU fact sheet on hay storage.



dojblocksDOJ Blocks Ardent Mills Venture


The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it will require ConAgra Foods Inc., Cargill Inc., CHS Inc., and Horizon Milling LLC to divest four competitively significant flour mills in order to proceed with the formation of Ardent Mills, a flour milling joint venture. The department said that the divestitures will preserve flour milling competition in four regions of the country encompassing large cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis and the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, resulting in more competitive prices for wheat flour purchasers and ultimately lower prices for consumers who purchase wheat flour-based products, such as bread, cookies and crackers.

Ardent Mills would combine the flour milling assets of ConAgra Mills, a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods, and Horizon Milling, a joint venture between Cargill and CHS.   

The department's Antitrust Division filed a civil antitrust lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the proposed joint venture. At the same time, the department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the competitive concerns alleged in the lawsuit. The department was assisted in its investigation by the California Attorney General's Office.   


Click here to read the rest of this story.



thisnthatThis N That- Big Iron, Ag Approps Advances in House Committee and DC Judges Are Skeptical About COOL Arguments from Obama Administration


There are 392 items up for sale in this week's Big Iron auction.  You can find full details of each item and view numerous pictures by clicking here.  Items begin closing today at 10 a.m. and continue until everything is gone.


If you'd like more information on buying and selling with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he can give you the full scoop.  You can also reach Mike via email at





The House and Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittees have approved the Fiscal Year 2015 ag appropriations bill. The bill provides a total of 20.575-billion dollars for agriculture, rural development, FDA and related agencies and 100-million dollars in disaster relief spending. Acoording to observers of the process, several Democratic members of the House subcommittee objected to the bill's provisions to establish a program to grant some schools waivers from the school lunch and breakfast rules implemented under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act - and force USDA to allow potatoes to be purchased under the SNAP's WIC program.   


Representative Rosa De Lauro of Connecticut is the only member who voted against the bill and says she will offer a number of amendments at the full committee markup - expected May 29th.



Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow is strongly opposed to the effort in the bill to gut conservation and energy programs passed in the farm bill. Stabenow says these irresponsible cuts to some of the most important farm bill programs can't be allowed to happen. She says the bill also unwinds the landmark Child Nutrition law by undermining efforts to improve the health of school children.




Reuters reports the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments from the Obama Administration and lawyers representing North American meat vendors earlier this week on Monday about the 2013 USDA regulation requiring these vendors to list where the animals they sell as meat are born, raised and slaughtered. The Country of Origin rule was rewritten after the original version of the rule as written by the Obama Administration was considered in violation of WTO rules because of a case brought forward by Canada and Mexico.  


In defending the revised rule that became final last May, the administration says the labeling requirement gives meat consumers information they want and need about products coming from within the U.S. and those coming from Canada or Mexico - but the judges said this argument was too broad.  


Several judges asked the administration's attorney to suggest a test that  could be used to establish when government agencies can require companies to use labels, and the attorney said the government would always be justified in label requirements as long as they are providing important information to consumers to make informed decisions.




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