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Let's Check the Markets!  




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 futures- click 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 $5.99 per bushel- based on delivery to Oklahoma City yesterday (per Oklahoma Dept of Ag).


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.


Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
WOTUS is Top of Mind in San Antonio and in Congress This Morning


The elimination of WOTUS remains one of the top priorities for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as members of the organization gather for the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention here in San Antonio. NCBA Vice President for Public Policy, Colin Woodall, talked with me about the status of the Waters of the US proposed rule- and how cattle producers who oppose this latest EPA interpretation of the Clean Water Act are working to get the Agency to back off any notion of publishing a final rule. 


Woodall points to Oklahoma's Senior Senator Jim Inhofe as one of key players that will help sink WOTUS this year. Woodall says of the new Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee "I just don't think that EPA really understands what is coming their way with Jim Inhofe as Chair."


You can hear more from San Antonio on this issue by jumping to our website by clicking here and hearing today's Beef Buzz featuring Woodall. 


Speaking of Senator Inhofe- he will be be busy today in Washington as he is helping lead a rare joint Congressional hearing on WOTUS. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee along with Inhofe's Environment and Public Works Committee are joining forces in an all day session examining the impact of the Waters of the US rule.


Among the witnesses that will be testifying before Congress today is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Pruitt will address how the EPA's proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule oversteps the private property rights of individual citizens and sovereignty of the states. He will appear as a part of the second panel of the day around 1 PM Oklahoma time.




Sponsor Spotlight



A long time supporter and advertiser as heard on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network is Stillwater Milling.  At the heart of the Stillwater Milling business are A&M Feeds- and for almost a century Stillwater Milling has been providing ranchers with a high quality feed at the lowest achievable price consistent with high quality ingredients. A&M Feed can be found at dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. Click here to learn more about Stillwater Milling!    




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VilsackBeefVilsack Addresses the 'Beef' Over Dietary Guidelines


Keeping beef on America's plate was a hot topic during a recent meeting with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. The head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture took questions from the crowd during the celebration of the one-year enactment of the Farm Bill on Friday at Redlands Community College. Richard Gebhart, who serves as the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association President and Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma Beef Council voiced his concerns that the nation's dietary guidelines could remove beef from its recommendations.

Vilsack responded by providing background on the situation. The nation's dietary guidelines are established by two government agencies - the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. Vilsack said every five years the dietary guidelines are rewritten and every five years the responsibility for leading the effort is reversed. In 2010, USDA was in charge of the operation, so this time around HHS is leading. Vilsack said the process starts with a group of experts meeting over a period of a couple of years as they discuss a variety of issues and make a "set of recommendations".

"I am emphasizing the word 'recommendations' for a reason," Vilsack said. "Because it doesn't necessarily mean that is what the guideline will be or should be. It is what this group believes, ought to be."


To read or to listen to Secretary Vilsack's response, click here

CheckoffSurveyProducer Support of Beef Checkoff Remains High


Three out of four producers support the beef checkoff, while the number who disapprove of the program, at just 11 percent, is the lowest in program history, according to a recent survey of 1,209 beef and dairy producers nationwide.

The random survey conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late December 2014 and early January 2015 found an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways:

-- 81 percent of producers say the beef checkoff has helped to contribute to a positive trend in beef demand.

-- 72 percent of producers say the beef checkoff contributes to the profitability of their operations.  



Click here for more about the results of the beef checkoff producer survey.  

KingfisherFFAKingfisher FFA Member Quizzes Vilsack


FFA students got a lesson in government during the recent visit from the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Oklahoma Friday to celebrate the one-year enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill with Congressman Frank Lucas, the former House Ag Chairman.   At the town hall meeting at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Colton Smith of the Kingfisher FFA Chapter asked Secretary Vilsack about government funding of conservation programs.

Vilsack said when the Farm Bill passed, it essentially sets goals for each of the priorities such as conservation. Vilsack said it is most important to look at how much was allocated last year and how much will be allocated this year to truly gauge the available funding. He said conservation dollars in the new five-year Farm Bill will go further.

"In the past we didn't have a true mechanism for really encouraging people to really think holistically, comprehensively, partnerships about conservation," Vilsack said. "Now we do and those 115 projects we just funded, that will add at least another $372 million of conservation spending, that might not have occurred in prior years."  


To read or to have the opportunity to listen to the full response, click here.  

EWG Welcomes Bill to Cap Crop Insurance Premium Subsidies


Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate Tuesday would limit the amount of federal crop insurance premium subsidies a grower can receive, saving billions of dollars while affecting very few farmers, Environmental Working Group Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber said.

The Crop Insurance Reform Bill filed by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) would place a $50,000 a year cap on the amount of premium subsidies a person or legal entity can receive. The Congressional Budget Office calculates that this reform alone would save $2.2 billion over 10 years.

"From 2003 through 2012, American taxpayers paid more than $42 billion for crop insurance premium subsidies - a full 72 percent of the federal crop insurance program's total cost during that time," said Faber.

Click here to read more from the EWG.   

Want to Have the Latest Energy News Delivered to Your Inbox Daily?

Award winning broadcast journalist Jerry Bohnen has spent years learning and understanding how to cover the energy business here in the southern plains-  Click here for Jerry's website where there is a link on the Left Hand Column where you can subscribe to his daily update of top Energy News.


RefugeComplianceRefuge Compliance Report Shows Increased Compliance in 2014


The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is pleased to announce that the enhanced Compliance Assurance Program (CAP), which includes on-farm refuge assessments, an online survey, and IRM education and awareness, is seeing strong success and an increase in both the overall number of growers planting their corn refuge and integrated refuge products.

The CAP is designed to improve compliance with Insect Resistance Management (IRM) requirements. The Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee (ABSTC), a consortium of Bt corn registrants, submits an annual CAP report to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describing industry-coordinated compliance assurance efforts for Bt traits.

Adoption of integrated refuge products result in automatic compliance in the Corn Belt.  Click here for highlights of the survey indicate a strong adoption of integrated refuge products.  

ThisNThatThis N That- Big Iron, Roger Mills Cattlemen Bull Sale and Hot N Sizzling San Antonio




It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy closing out this week's auction items - all 191 items consigned.  Bidding will start at 10 AM central time.                  


Click Here for the complete rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.


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 by clicking or tapping here.  




This Saturday- the Roger Mills County Cattlemen's Association will be holding their 37th annual Bull Sale in Cheyenne.


The sale will features over 40 breeding age bulls. The offering includes Registered and commercial Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental and others. 


Call 580-497-7366 for more information- or CLICK HERE for more- including a PDF link to the full listing of the bulls being offered.




It's a busy day ahead for us here in San Antonio as the 2015 Cattle Industry Convention really gets up to speed. For you tweet people out there- you can follow lots of folks that are here in the Alamo city by searching for one of two hashtags- #beefmeet and/or #CIC15.


Top events that we will be jumping to and from include the Cattlemen's College event, the Opening General Session and the Opening of the gigantic Trade Show for 2015. Lots to do!


We enjoyed our plane ride south yesterday- as we spent a good bit of it conversing with Michael Kelsey, Executive VP for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Oklahoma Beef Council Member Angie Meyer of Okarche and Kayln McKibben- who is the Oklahoma rep this year on the National Beef Ambassadors. We gained lots of insight from our extended visit with these three cattle industry leaders.




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