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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 $6.05 per bushel- based on delivery to the Oklahoma City elevator 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 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.


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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
WalmartWalmart, Sam's Club Pressuring Suppliers to Meet New Animal Welfare Requirements


Walmart and Sam's Club is demanding more from its suppliers in improving animal welfare. On Friday, the nation's largest retailer released its position and farm animal welfare requirements. Walmart said the effort was to meet the demands of consumers in delivering products that are produced in a sustainable way. In evaluating the full company policy, it's more about meeting the demands of animal rights activists.

"We believe that farm animals in our supply chain should be treated humanely throughout their lives and that the welfare of farm animals should be considered in selection of all production systems, practices and technologies. Walmart U.S. and Sam's Club U.S. are committed to continuous improvement in the welfare of farm animals in our supply chain."

Walmart stated they support the "five freedoms" of animal welfare in that animals should be free from hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, injury or disease, ability to express normal behavior and free of fear and distress.  Click here to read more about this announcement from Walmart.  

On the eve of World Pork Expo- the National Pork Producers have weighed in on the Walmart announcement.  President Ron Prestage of the NPPC indicated in a statement "The National Pork Producers Council applauds Walmart's commitment, announced Friday, to sustainable and responsible farming, which America's pork producers make every day. By using antibiotics responsibly and providing humane and compassionate care for their animals, pork producers ensure animal health and well-being and a safe, wholesome food supply. Walmart's recognition of that proves that America's farmers, not extreme animal activist groups, should be setting food policy.


"The U.S. pork industry's long-standing training and certification programs have worked to ensure that farmers and veterinarians use antibiotics responsibly, protecting the efficacy and availability of antibiotics for therapeutic and disease prevention purposes for the health and safety of animals and the food supply."  To read the full statement from the NPPC- click here.



The animal rights group the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offered the following response on their website.

"This announcement helps create an economy where no agribusiness company-for business reasons alone-should ever again install a new battery cage, gestation crate, or veal crate. Walmart is helping drive the transition away from immobilizing cages and other inhumane practices, and toward a more humane, more sustainable approach to production agriculture."  


It's interesting that when HSUS referred to the Five Freedoms that animals should be raised under- they reversed the order and inserted their opinion that Walmart was talking about gestation crates and too small cages for laying hens.  In reality- the Walmart statement says the top freedom is for the animal to be free from hunger. 



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CattleOnFeedUS Cattle on Feed Up 1 Percent, Better than Expected Placements "Friendly News" 


The latest cattle on feed report shows herd expansion is underway in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Friday, the number of cattle on feed in the U.S. totaled 10.64 million head as of May first. That's up one percent over a year ago. Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities said the biggest surprise in the report was the placements figure.

"Overall, this report showed a little friendliness with the lower than expected placements, that kind of helps offset a little bit of what we saw last month when we had higher than expected placements," Leffler said.

Placements in feedlots during April totaled 1.55 million, five percent below 2014. Net placements were 1.48 million head. That was lower than trade expectations. Leffler said this is second smallest monthly placement number of the past ten years and the third lowest placement April number of the past thirteen years.

Radio Oklahoma Network's Leslie Smith caught up with Leffler Friday. Click or tap here to read more or to listen to the interview with Leffler.


McDonaldsThink Tank Pressures McDonald's to Educate Consumers about GMOs


Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research

At the annual shareholder meeting of McDonald's in Oak Brook, Illinois, the National Center for Public Policy Research Thursday presented a shareholder resolution urging the worldwide burger chain to increase its efforts to educate consumers about the safety and benefits linked to the use of genetically modified organisms in its products. The company's management, however, disavowed any responsibility in educating the public about its products.

"The reluctance of McDonald's to defend GM foods highlights a major reason why the public is so ill-informed about this issue," said National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof, Esq. "Relying on the government to educate consumers is a sure-fire way to ensure the public remains ignorant. The government's responsibility for food inspection and safety is fine, but when it comes to educating the public, its track record is abysmal."

Our proposal asks the company to defend its products and promote the safety and benefit of Genetically Modified Organisms. Companies whose products may contain GMOs, such as McDonald's, are harmed by the public's ignorance on the issue.  Click here to read more about the National Center for Public Policy Research shareholder resolution.

ConservationCompUSDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2015. The 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to have the form on file in order to remain eligible, or to become eligible for crop insurance premium support.

Many farmers already have a certification form on file since it's required for participation in most USDA programs including marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However, farmers who only participate in the federal crop insurance program must now file a certification form to receive crop insurance premium support. These producers might include specialty crop farmers who may not participate in other USDA programs.

"USDA is making every effort possible to get the word out about this new Farm Bill provision," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "We've deployed a variety of informational documents and online resources including fact sheets, frequently asked questions and brochures to help farmers understand what they need to do. We've also conducted informational meetings and training sessions for nearly 6,000 stakeholders across the country. We want to make sure that those who are required to act do so by the June 1 deadline. We want all eligible producers to be able to maintain their ability to protect their operations with affordable crop insurance."

USDA has conducted extensive outreach over the past year, especially to producers who only participate in the federal crop insurance program and may be subject to conservation compliance for the first time.  Click here to read more.  

ProtectTheHarvestProtect the Harvest Tackles Animal Rights Activists Over 'Right to Farm' in Oklahoma


Protect the Harvest has become a growing force in standing up against activist groups that are against agriculture. During the 2015 Oklahoma Legislative session, Protect the Harvest got behind the "Right to Farm" initiative. With strong passage in both the House and Senate, Protect the Harvest Executive Director Brian Klippenstein commended the efforts of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and members of the state legislature and the authors of the legislation, Representative Scott Biggs and State Senator Jason Smalley for their efforts.

"The vote totals were overwhelmingly one sided in our favor, so it's great to have an advisory role this process," Klippenstein said.

During the legislative session, the animal rights group the Humane Society of the United States came out against the "Right to Farm" initiative through lobbying, along with an email and television campaign. Protect the Harvest responded against their tactic in standing up for Oklahoma agricultural producers.

"You have tell the competing side of the story and they are not used to that," Klippenstein said. "They are used to coming in, bullying their way, silencing their opponents and carrying the day. But when the full story is told, we find that we prevail."

I recently caught up with Brian Klippenstein.  Click or tap here to read or to listen to today's Beef Buzz. 

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ArmyCutWormsDr. Royer Recommends Farmers Watch for Army Worms in Wheat


Oklahoma State University Extension Entomologist Dr. Tom Royer has written a blog about armyworms in wheat.

We have a late-maturing wheat crop that finally received some needed rain.   I received a report of armyworms infesting wheat in the Vernon, Texas area. Armyworm infestations typically occur in late April through the first two weeks of May, but the cooler spring we are experiencing this year may have delayed their development.

Armyworm infestations occur more frequently around waterways, areas of lush growth, or areas with lodged plants. These areas should be checked first to determine the size of the infestation.

Early signs of an infestation include leaves with ragged margins that have been chewed. You may find "frass" i.e. the excrement from armyworm caterpillars, around the base of wheat stems. They also tend to clip heads from developing wheat plants. The head clipping I have noticed over the years us usually restricted to secondary tillers with very small, green heads that would not likely contribute much to yield. 


Dr. Royer recommends farmers and agronomists scout for armyworms at five or more locations by looking for "curled up worms".  Click here to read more about threshold levels and treatment options.   


TPASenateTrade Promotion Authority Clears Senate- Fate in the House Uncertain



With fourteen Democrats joining 48 Republican Senators- Fast Track Authority was approved in the US Senate late Friday evening- with the intention to give Barack Obama the ability to finish the TPP- the Trans Pacific Partnership deal that many ag groups believe is essential for US Agriculture. 


USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says that we need to keep the ball rolling forward on ag trade negotiations.  In a statement after the vote- Vilsack says ""Standing still is not an option. Our farmers and ranchers face exorbitant tariffs and others barriers in important foreign markets, and if we do not act to maintain and gain market share in these places, our competitors will. U.S. agriculture's interests are best served by ensuring America is at the table with strong negotiating authority."


There are groups that hate the direction of trade in this country- siding with labor unions and opposing TPA vote that is still to come in the US House.  The most visible ag group opposing TPA is the National Farmers Union.  


Earlier in the spring- NFU President Roger Johnson testified before Congress regarding TPA and said "Trade Promotion Authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) fails to address our nation's massive and growing trade deficit or currency manipulation in member countries of TPP negotiations. Congress should maintain its constitutional authority to address these concerns by rejecting TPA legislation that removes it."  See the complete release from NFU regarding their stance on TPA that is available here.


The six-year TPA bill would ensure that trade agreements can get an up-or-down vote in the House and Senate without risk of amendments.


Administration officials say Japan is waiting to make its final concessions in the TPP talks until they are assured the agreement will get fast-track status. Backers of the deal want to get it considered in Congress before the issue gets caught up in the 2016 campaign. Negotiations also are ongoing with the European Union.



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