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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 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 N/A at all locations 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 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
   Friday, October 2, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
FarmDataCourt Dismisses Activists' Attempt To Get Farm Data 

The National Pork Producers are calling it a victory for U.S. farmers and ranchers in their ongoing fight to protect private and sensitive personal and financial records.  A U.S. District Court judge Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by animal-rights and environmental activists against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency's withdrawal of a proposed Clean Water Act rule that would have required livestock and poultry operations to report information about their operations.

EPA's proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule sought to have CAFOs submit to the agency operational information so it could "more effectively carry out its CAFO permitting programs on a national level and ensure that CAFOs are implementing practices to protect water quality and human health." EPA wanted facility facts such as contact information, location of a CAFO's production area, CWA permit status, the number and type of animals confined and the number of acres available for land application of manure. It withdrew the proposal in July 2012.

The proposed rule was prompted by a May 2010 "sweetheart" settlement agreement EPA entered with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Waterkeeper Alliance - then represented by Hannah Connor, currently an attorney for the Humane Society of the United States, which joined the most recent suit against EPA - and the Sierra Club once it became clear the agency would lose a lawsuit brought by the National Pork Producers Council over EPA's 2008 CAFO rule. That regulation required, among other things, that large livestock operations that propose to or that might discharge into waterways obtain CWA permits. (A federal court said the clean water law requires permits only for operations that actually discharge.)

"Let's hope this puts an end to these groups, including HSUS, trying to get information on farmers so they can file nuisance suits and otherwise harass people who are providing safe, wholesome products to domestic and international consumers," said NPPC President Dr. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C.

In their lawsuit, the activist groups claimed EPA's withdrawal of the reporting rule was "arbitrary and capricious" because it lacked clear reasoning, ran counter to the evidence in the administrative record and constituted a "clear error in judgment."

Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit in Washington, D.C., who dismissed the suit, disagreed with the activist groups, saying the agency's explanation for the withdrawal was "plain and coherent" and that it "adequately explained the basis for its decision."  In his ruling- he also wrote that "No statute mandates the the EPA require that all CAFOs self report."

You can read the full legal brief of the lawsuit against the EPA and the Judge Moss dismissal by clicking here.

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ConawayTPPAs TPP Talks Extend into Friday- House Ag Committee Members Express Concerns Over Parts of a Possible Deal  

Good News from Atlanta-
the TPP talks have gone into "overtime" as negotiators are staying for an extra day and continuing their work today. According to a report in the Japan Times, "With differences on the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact lingering, a spokesman for the U.S. Trade Representative canceled a news conference planned for Thursday evening and said negotiations would continue on Friday."  It is now expected that a joint news conference will be held on Saturday.

Stumbling blocks
include the level of duties on auto parts, dairy and biologic drugs.

, House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, along with 16 other members of the committee who supported Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), sent a letter to Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, addressing concerns about ongoing negotiations in Atlanta on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

While members expressed hope that ongoing negotiations will yield an agreement they can support, one that will be good for the U.S. and all of American agriculture, they outlined several remaining concerns including improved market access for rice and dairy and expressed disappointment in a new carve-out proposal for tobacco that establishes a dangerous new precedent.

Click here to read the letter from the U.S. House Ag Committee.

Beef cattle herd expansion looks to continue in the Southern Plains as well as in the Midwest. Earlier this year, Rabobank Protein Analyst Don Close put out a report on the realignment of the beef cow herd for years to come. In speaking at the Kenneth and Caroline Eng McDonald Foundation Beef Symposium held recently in Oklahoma City, he shared how raising cattle in confinement may be the wave of the future.

"We expect to see confined and semi-confined cow programs to grow and become a more vital or viable part of the industry," Close said.

Raising cattle in confinement will not replace conventional cow-calf operations, but Close sees raising cattle in confinement will become an added component. There are a lot of different combinations of confinement options. Close said the easy one is raising cattle on corn stalks.

Close sees confinement systems working mostly in the Midwest, as the mechanics work out cleaner for that kind of system. With a pending lawsuit in Des Moines, Iowa over nitrate runoff, he said there is a need for planting cover crops on corn-on-corn acres. He said this will provide another avenue to graze those cattle for a portion of the year. 

For the southern plains- maintaining a beef cow herd in existing feedlot pens could also work in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles and Western Kansas feedyards.

Click or tap here to read or to listen to today's Beef Buzz. 
ToomeyVoteSenate Committee Rejects Anti-Ethanol Amendment

By a vote of 7-15, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs soundly rejected an amendment offered Thursday by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to eliminate corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland, issued the following statement in response to the vote:

"Today, fifteen senators sent a strong message to the rest of the Senate: The RFS works. Today, America has cleaner air, greater energy independence, and stronger rural economies - all because of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Senator Toomey's amendment would have taken America backwards. His amendment would have taken away consumers' choices at the gas pump, increased our dependence on foreign oil, and left farmers and renewable fuel producers with less certainty in the energy market. The Committee was right to vote no.

Click here for the full release from the Corn Growers on this vote.

ALSO weighing in on the Senate vote supporting the RFS was our old friend Tom Buis with Growth Energy.  Buis hailed the vote and the implied support for biofuels saying "It is no surprise that Senator Toomey's amendment failed - it never had a chance of passing. Similar to legislation he has introduced before, it did not gain any traction and failed because this legislation only restricts consumer choice and attempts to dismantle a successful American industry that is creating jobs, improving our environment and reducing our dependence on foreign oil."

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Wheat Prices Moving Higher, Anderson Addresses What Traders are Watching

Wheat prices have crossed the five dollar threshold. On Wednesday, Kansas wheat futures prices closed above that resistance level- and in the early Friday morning trade- KC December contracts remain above that level- standing at $5.05. On this weekend's edition of SUNUP, Oklahoma State University Grain Marketing Specialist Dr. Kim Anderson says the market has tried to break through that level for the past three or four weeks.

"I think what we have to pay attention to, is that we ground our way through it, we slowly came through it," Anderson said. "Often when you break a strong resistance point like $5, that it just crashes up and you'll get a 10 or 15 cent price move. I think that tells us that this market is just going to continue to grind itself higher."

As Australia and Argentina begin their wheat harvest in the next two weeks, Anderson said that has held down wheat prices. With 80 percent of the world's wheat harvested, he said traders will be watching how the crop turns out in having dry weather. With production problems, he thinks the market has lowered its expectations for wheat production in Australia and Argentina. Lower production could mean higher prices for wheat.

SUNUP's Dave Deken interviews Anderson about the current price situation and the cost of production.  Click or tap here to read more or to listen to hear all of Kim's comments on the wheat market ahead of the market close for the weekend.
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BullBuyingBuying Known Bull Genetics Adds Value

One of the most important management decisions for a cattle operation is what bull to buy. According to Steve Swigert with the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, when cattle producers make bull purchases, several factors should be considered: number of bulls, type, acquisition time, age, source, quality and cost.

Swigert adds that for this analysis, it is assumed the purchaser can do a good job of analyzing a bull's phenotype (physical characteristics) prior to purchase. If a producer does not have the necessary skills to visually evaluate the bull, the producer should either ask for help or purchase from operations or sales with breeding soundness or bull health guarantees.

How many bulls should be purchased is directly related to cow herd size. The typical bull-to-cow ratio is one bull to 25 or 30 cows but can vary by pasture size, property roughness and bull age. Producers with small cow herds are challenged to keep bull cost down while making sure all cows get bred. Having only one bull increases the risk of open cows for small herds because the bull might have or develop a breeding problem. With high value calves, an operation cannot generally afford to have open cows. 

Click here to read more about bull selection ideas that can help you match the right sire with your beef cow herd.  

ThisNThatThis N That- In the Field, Gluten Free Explained and Welcome Back Lin 

Be watching Saturday morning at 6:40 AM for our weekly edition of In the Field- our guest this week will be Clay Burtrum with the Oklahoma Beef Council, who also sits on the Beef Industry's Operating Committee, the group of producers who decide the projects that will get funding from the beef checkoff. 

Later in the weekend- we will have the video of Clay and I up on our website- and we will be featuring his comments in our Monday email as well.


Our Friday morning Farm and Ranch News on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network featured comments from an interview we did a few weeks back with Tim O'Connor, the President of the US Wheat Foods Council.  We zero in on the battle that the wheat industry finds itself in over Gluten and the Gluten Free movement that has gained more and more strength over the last couple of years.   Our treatment of this issue can be heard here- and our earlier full interview with O'Connor where we talk about not just Gluten Free but also the related issue of certain "experts" claiming that wheat breeding in recent decades has put bad things into the wheat available today- that full conversation can he heard by clicking here.


We are glad to welcome back to Oklahoma one of the newest members of the AFR team.  Terry Detrick dropped us an email this week saying "Lin Fariss has rejoined our organization and will be my Administrative Assistant.  We are very happy and I am especially happy to have her back.  She is now Lin Fariss Zwilling.  Her husband, Dr. Jason Zwilling,  is a large animal vet with an interest in Bovine Embryo Transfer and will be joining Dr. Bruss Horn in the Verden Vet Clinic.

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