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Let's Check the Markets!  

Today's First Look:  

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 Tom Leffler of Leffler Commodities - click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM. 

Oklahoma Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.

Canola Prices:  
Cash price for canola was $4.73 per bushel- based on delivery to the Hillsdale elevator in 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.

Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
USMEFJuly Another Difficult Month for U.S. Meat Exports, Market Access and Strong Dollar Hurt Red Meats 

Economic headwinds continued to slow U.S. pork and beef exports in July, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

For U.S. beef, July exports totaled 91,955 mt, down 10 percent from a year ago and the smallest volume since 2010. Export value was $555.7 million, down 11 percent. For January through July, beef export volume was down 10 percent to 619,064 mt. Export value was $3.8 billion, 2 percent below last year's pace.

July pork exports totaled 166,604 metric tons (mt), down 4 percent from a year ago and the smallest since January. Export value was $443 million, down 23 percent from a year ago and the lowest monthly total in more than four years. For January through July, pork exports totaled 1.25 million mt (down 5 percent) valued at $3.32 billion (down 17 percent).

"Market access issues and the sustained strength of the U.S. dollar continue to make 2015 a very tough year for red meat exports," said Philip M. Seng, USMEF president and CEO. "On the beef side, exports are also constrained by lower production, but the herd rebuilding that is currently limiting our beef supplies is overdue, and will pay dividends in 2016 and beyond."

Closure of the Russian market to the top three global pork suppliers has not only cut off direct U.S. exports to Russia but also caused an influx of European and Canadian pork into key markets in Asia, Oceania and Latin America. Compounded by larger production in the major exporting countries, pork prices have been pressured in most major markets, with the exception of China. Even though the record spread between prices in China and the U.S. indicates large export opportunities, limited access for U.S. pork means the benefits are primarily accruing to European suppliers. U.S. beef's lack of access to the Chinese market continues to result in missed opportunities in China and impacts the price U.S. beef cuts command in other Asian markets.

China's mid-August devaluation of the yuan sent currencies of several key importing countries and large competitors lower versus the U.S. dollar. For example, the Korean won, the Taiwanese dollar and the Mexican peso all weakened significantly. As for competitors, the Australian and New Zealand dollars have been trading at levels not seen since 2009 and the Brazilian real is at its weakest point in more than a decade.

To read more about the challenging export markets for U.S. beef and pork, click here.

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DronesNFU Praises FAA for Addressing Challenges and Promises Offered By Drones 

National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson Thursday praised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its efforts to address the challenges and promises offered by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones, operating in the U.S. The administration today selected two individuals to executive-level positions to guide the agency's integration of UAVs into U.S. airspace.

"UAVs have significant potential to benefit America's family farmers and ranchers," said Johnson. "NFU appreciates these appointments as well as the FAA's past work soliciting public comments on how to fully realize the potential, and recognize the problems, that could accompany widespread drone use."

The FAA selected Marke "Hoot" Gibson and Earl Lawrence to help guide the agency as it integrates Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The two will be tasked with external outreach and education, and drone safety, respectively.

Click here to read more about NFU's comments submitted to the FAA in April 2015.

Rural Fire Departments Receive State Funds

Rural Fire Departments across the state are receiving more than $4,000 each in annual operational funds from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry. Fire Departments can utilize the grant funds to purchase items such as firefighting equipment, insurance premiums, equipment maintenance and personal protective equipment, things that many rural fire departments struggle to purchase.

The operational grant funds have been awarded to the state's rural fire departments since the 1980's and are intended to help them with the cost of their day-to-day expenses.

"Oklahoma's rural fire departments do an excellent job of protecting their communities, and these funds are intended to help them with their operational expenses," said State Forester George Geissler.

Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state's lead agency for wild land fire fighting and works with rural fire departments across the state to coordinate fire suppression efforts, provide training and improve fire capacity.  Click here to read more.

ConsumerStudyK-State Studies Consumer Attitudes Toward Animal Welfare and Their Willingness to Pay

A new study surveyed beef consumers and cow-calf producers on their view points on animal welfare in cattle production. Kansas State University and Michigan State University were involved in this study. K-State Agricultural Economists Melissa McKendree and Glynn Tonsor reviewed the findings of this new study. McKendree said they were looking at the consumer's idea regarding how important animal welfare was in purchasing food.

Respondents were asked if they had purchased ground beef or beef steak with selected attributes such as animal welfare assured, organic, and hormone-free, as well as the premium they were willing to pay (WTP) per pound for ground beef or beef steak with these same attributes. McKendree said they had a lot consumers didn't recall either purchasing or they hadn't purchased beef products with those attributes. Some of the attributes that were more commonly purchased in ground beef and beef steak were natural, guaranteed tender, but animal welfare and sustainably produced attributes fell toward the bottom. That was a little surprising to her, that consumers weren't all that gung ho on the importance of animal welfare, at least when they started making purchasing decisions. On the consumer survey, she said they stated they were concerned about animal welfare. Sixty-five percent stated they were concerned, but she said it was important to note they didn't define concerned for the consumers.

"So, they stated they were concerned about it, however this concern wasn't necessarily reflected in their current purchasing behavior," McKendree said.

In translating this study into economic signals, McKendree said most consumers were not willing to pay a much more for animal husbandry practices that related back to animal well-being. She said there were a small percentage of consumers that were willing to pay a premium. In ranking these attributes, she said they have found the willingness to pay values received through surveys can be inflated, due to biases. Overall, there were fewer participants that were willing to pay for animal welfare, in comparison to other attributes they investigated.  Click here to read more or to listen to this feature.

Op-Ed: A Solid Start for the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress 

Op-Ed Written By: House Ag Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway

"When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America's farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be done, we are off to a great start.

"To date, the Agriculture Committee has held 13 full committee hearings, 20 subcommittee hearings, two executive sessions with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, and marked up nine bills, eight of which have passed the House with one signed into law. In our 33 hearings this year, we have examined many issues important to American agriculture, including the state of the rural economy, where falling prices have resulted in a 43 percent decline in net farm income over the last two years, and the status of farm bill implementation. On the latter, much credit goes to USDA Secretary Vilsack, who has appeared before the committee twice this year, and his staff at USDA for their hard work."

Click or tap here to read more about the efforts of the House Ag Committee.  

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The subtitle on this proposal from the HSUS could also be called the "My Way or the Highway" set of animal production practices.  HSUS and other groups have formed a coalition in Massachusetts and a ballot initiative that could go to a vote of the people in 2016- if the groups can gather 90,000 signatures from this urban oriented state.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has filed a petition in Massachusetts that would make it unlawful for a farm owner or operator to "knowingly cause any covered animals to be confined in a cruel manner." The petition, titled "An Act to Prevent Cruelty to Farm Animals," would also make it unlawful for business owners to knowingly sell any shell eggs, whole veal meat or whole pork meat that they know to have been "confined in a cruel manner".

The petition defines this as to "prevent a covered animal from lying down, standing up, fully extending the animal's limbs or turning around freely."

The aim is to totally eliminate gestation crates, smaller cages for egg laying hens and smaller confinement pens for veal calves.

Read more by clicking here about the plans of HSUS in this northeastern corner of the US- as they hope to get their agenda fully in place by putting pressure on retailers to demand no tolerance on these animal production practices deemed the right practices by the animal rights group.

It's one of the oldest of the major Superior Video Livestock Auctions- the Superior Labor Day Sale that is live from Denver, Colorado tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.  More than 90,000 head of cattle will sell from all across the United States.

The Wednesday sale will include weaned calves from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas- as well as calves on cows from Texas and Oklahoma.

Yearlings will be featured on Thursday and cattle from the Western US will be selling on Friday.

The lineup details are available here- and you can also go to the Superior Click to Bid webpage for the sale this week to follow the sale as it unfolds the next three days.

You can also call Superior at 1-800-422-2117 with any questions you might have about bidding on the animals that will be offered in this 36th annual Labor Day Sale for Superior.


On Labor Day- we went back to May of this year and picked up a Beef Buzz that features long time friend Chandler Keys, who is a political operative in our nation's capitol. Chandler offered some advice to the cattle industry this spring regarding the federal beef checkoff- don't risk the existing checkoff in today's political climate by opening the underlying act and order to pursue additional resources to spend for promotion, education and research.

What Chandler believes is a better way to increase beef checkoff resources is for high cattle population states to enact a secondary state beef checkoff- much like Oklahoma is preparing to ask for a referendum on in the coming months. 

Click here for this Beef Buzz which features Keys and way the state beef checkoff route is the way to go versus opening up the federal act and order.


With Labor Day now behind us- I want to invite you to check out our calendar for both September and October- lots of events are coming up- including both the State Fair of Oklahoma in OKC and the Tulsa State Fair.  We have details on the livestock shows from both fairs on our calendar page.

Click or tap here to jump over to our calendar- and see what is going on that may be of importance to your farm or ranch operation!


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