From: Ron Hays [] on behalf of Ron Hays []
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 7:03 AM
To: Hays, Ron
Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update

OK Farm Report banner

Follow us on Twitter    Find us on Facebook    View our videos on YouTube


     View my photos on flickr

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.
Big Iron   
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.
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. (including Canola prices in central and western Oklahoma)
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.
Our Oklahoma Farm Report Team!!!!
Ron Hays, Senior Editor and Writer
Pam Arterburn, Calendar and Template Manager
Dave Lanning, Markets and Production
Leslie Smith, Editor and Contributor
Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Presented by

Okla Farm Bureau  
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, October 8, 2015
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
DietaryGuideSecretaries Vilsack and Burwell Review Dietary Guidelines Process for House Ag Committee 

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing Wednesday with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to review the development of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). It's unusual that you will see two cabinet level officials sitting in the same hearing room talking about the same topic. 

A day earlier, the two Obama Administration officials jointly authored a blog that spoke to what the new Dietary Guidelines might look like. In that blog- they addressed the issue of whether "sustainability" should be a consideration in what the Government will say the American public should be eating. The two Secretaries wrote "There has been some discussion this year about whether we would include the goal of sustainability as a factor in developing dietary guidelines. (Sustainability in this context means evaluating the environmental impact of a food source. Some of the things we eat, for example, require more resources to raise than others.) Issues of the environment and sustainability are critically important and they are addressed in a number of initiatives within the Administration. USDA, for instance, invests billions of dollars each year across all 50 states in sustainable food production, sustainable and renewable energy, sustainable water systems, preserving and protecting our natural resources and lands, and research into sustainable practices. And we are committed to continuing this investment.

"In terms of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), we will remain within the scope of our mandate in the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act (NNMRRA), which is to provide "nutritional and dietary information and guidelines"... "based on the preponderance of the scientific and medical knowledge." The final 2015 Guidelines are still being drafted, but because this is a matter of scope, we do not believe that the 2015 DGAs are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about sustainability."  Click here to read more.  

We also have posted in this story a hunk of audio that is an exchange between Congressman Mike Rogers and the two secretaries as he asked them about red meat and its role in the Guidelines.

For the Opening Statement by House Ag Chairman K. Michael Conaway, click here.

For the Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson, click here.

Sponsor Spotlight
Whether on an oil rig location, on your tractor, or in the classroom, Pioneer Cellular covers western Oklahoma and southern Oklahoma with the best coverage and rates available.  "Your Choice" plan options will fit YOUR needs and you will discover why Pioneer Cellular is the provider that everyone is switching to....See your local Pioneer Cellular store or agent today! Click here to learn more or call today at 1-888-641-2732.    
TulsaTulsa State Fair Junior Livestock 
Show Selects Their 2015 Grand Champions



Four Grand Champions were selected Wednesday evening as the 2015 edition of the Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Show wrapped up.  


The final species that saw its Grand Champion selected was the market steer- and the Grand Champion in 2015 was the Crossbred shown by Seth Tucker of Lindsay 4-H.  The Reserve Steer was shown by Madyson Arthur from the Chickasha FFA- click here for complete details about the Steer show champions and reserves- plus we have a brief conversation that we had with the 2015 Steer Judge- Mark Hoge from Western Illinois University. 





The Grand Champion Barrow was owned and shown by Hunter Green of Wellston FFA- he had the top Duroc- which proved to be the best barrow out of some 800 animals that showed up for the contest.  


The reserve Barrow was owned and shown by Jayme McMasters of Depew FFA- she actually did not drive the Hamp in the Championship drive as she was busy showing her the Champion Cross at the same time- she had a friend showing the Hamp and the judge went with the pig she chose to hand off. 


Details on the market hog show are available here.




The Grand Champion Market Lamb was the top Crossbred- shown by Hunter Dugan of Tecumseh FFA- while the reserve was shown by Emily Smith of Elk City FFA- with the Natural Champ.  These ladies were also at the top of the Market Lamb show a year ago- But Emily was the Grand Champion owner and Hunter the Reserve- they have traded places here in 2015.


Full details on the Lamb contest are available here.




Finally- the Grand Champion Meat Goat was shown by the same young lady that owned the top Goat a year ago- Johnna Stottlemyre of Luther FFA.  


Click here for the complete rundown on the Meat Goat winners.




The grand finale of the Junior Livestock show will be the Sale of Champions that is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM this afternoon in Tulsa- the complete sale order lineup has been posted by the Fair folks- click here to take a look.


By the way- we kept busy last night taking pictures of the animals involved in the Night of Champions- and their 4-H and FFA owners- you can find our Flickr album we have put together from last night by clicking here.



MeatExportsU.S. Beef and Pork Demand Slows in Key Markets in August, Due to Global Economic Concerns

U.S. beef and pork exports struggled in August, remaining below year-ago levels, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August beef exports totaled 84,167 metric tons (mt), down 18 percent from a year ago. Beef export value was down 24 percent to $498 million, the lowest in 18 months. For the first eight months of 2015, exports were down 11 percent in volume to 703,231 mt and dropped 5 percent in value to $4.31 billion.

Beef export value per head of fed slaughter has averaged $286.51 this year, up $9.28 from the same period in 2014. Exports accounted for 13 percent of total production and 10 percent for muscle cuts, each down about one percentage point from the same period last year.

For U.S. pork, August exports totaled 160,719 mt, down 1 percent from a year ago, while export value fell 19 percent to $429.8 million - the lowest monthly value in more than four years. For January through August, exports were down 5 percent in volume to 1.41 million mt, while value was down 17 percent to $3.75 billion.

An already-tough global business climate became even more difficult on Aug. 11, when China's devaluation of the yuan added pressure to the currencies of several key importing countries and large competitors against the U.S. dollar.  Click here to read more about red meat exports.

TopPigFarmerNational Pork Board Announces First America's Pig Farmer of the Year Award Winner

The National Pork Board announced Wednesday that Keith Schoettmer, a pig farmer from Tipton, Indiana, is the recipient of its first-ever America's Pig Farmer of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and connects with today's consumers about how pork is produced.

"We are pleased to have Keith represent America's pig farmers, and we look forward to the dialog he will create as he travels around the country," said Derrick Sleezer, National Pork Board president and pig farmer from Cherokee, Iowa. "It's important that we connect with today's consumers about how we raise their food in an ethical and transparent way. Keith's interest in sharing his farm's story - and putting a face on today's pig farming - will help us reach this goal."

Schoettmer and his wife Darla founded his family farm, Schoettmer Prime Pork, in 1987. They've grown the farm steadily over the years with their community's values in mind and now raise about 22,000 pigs annually with the help of several full-time employees.  Click here to read more about the first winner of America's Pig Farmer of the Year. 

Sponsor Spotlight
We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members. Click here to go to their AFR website  to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!
FactSheetsNew USDA Fact Sheets Illustrate State-by-State Benefits of Trans-Pacific Partnership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday  released a series of fact sheets illustrating how the newly reached Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement can boost the U.S. agriculture industry, supporting more American jobs and driving the nation's rural economy. Created by the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the fact sheets graphically depict how each state and individual commodities stand to benefit from increased agricultural trade with the 11 other TPP countries.  Trade ministers from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam concluded TPP negotiations on Oct. 5 in Atlanta, Ga. Trade with these countries accounted for 42 percent of U.S. agricultural exports in 2014, contributing $63 billion to the U.S. economy.

The United States runs an agricultural trade surplus which benefits farmers, ranchers, and all those who live, work and raise families in rural America. Agricultural trade supports more than one million American jobs. TPP will remove unfair trade barriers and help further the global expansion of American agricultural exports, particularly exports of meat, poultry, dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, oilseeds, cotton and processed products.  

Here are the benefits for key commodities in all 50 states, find those by clicking here.  Specifically for Oklahoma- you can look at the infographic that USDA has created here.

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 to subscribe to his daily update of top Energy News.

DairyCheckoffCheckoff Launches 'Acres and Avenues' to Help People Reconnect with America's Dairy Farmers

"Acres + Avenues," a checkoff-funded initiative to protect and grow public trust in dairy, has launched to advance the conversation and help people reconnect with dairy farmers who produce our nation's milk and dairy foods.

Created by Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of America's dairy farm families and importers, Acres and Avenues reveals the shared values of dairy farmers and urban millennials through unique job shadowing experiences that demonstrate the enduring relevance of dairy.

"Many people, especially young urbanites, are removed from the work we do on dairy farms and where food comes from," said Paul Rovey, Arizona dairy farmer and chairman of DMI. "Acres and Avenues shows how much dairy farmers have in common with others once they walk a mile in each other's shoes."

The series is hosted by Jax Austin, an online travel and food personality. Austin joins two very seemingly different people in each of two episodes to uncover their shared values.

The episodes are available at - Click here to read more.

MonsantoMonsanto Cutting Work Force After Dismal Earnings Forecast

Monsanto Co., the world's biggest seed company, plans to eliminate 12 percent of its workforce to reduce expenses as it forecasts fiscal 2016 earnings that trailed analysts' expectations amid weaker commodity markets.

Profit will fall to $5.10 to $5.60 a share in the 12 months that began Sept. 1, excluding restructuring costs, from $5.73 a year earlier, St. Louis-based Monsanto said Wednesday in a statement. This was well under what analysts had been expecting from the company.

Monsanto plans to eliminate 2,600 jobs as it re-prioritizes some research and development efforts, including exiting the sugar-cane business, to save as much as $300 million a year. Like most of its competitors, Monsanto is struggling to increase earnings amid two straight years of depressed commodity prices that have reduced farmer incomes. Still, the company said it plans to meet its goal of doubling per-share earnings in five years from 2014.

To read the complete earnings report, click here 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, American Farmers & Ranchers, CROPLAN by WinfieldKIS Futures, Stillwater Milling Company, Farm AssurePioneer Cellular, National Livestock Credit Corporation and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!


We also invite you to check out our website at the link below to check out an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Click here to check out WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com 



God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  


phone: 405-473-6144


Oklahoma Farm Bureau is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Ron Hays Daily Farm and Ranch News Email  



© 2008-2015 Oklahoma Farm Report
Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

Forward email

This email was sent to by |  

Oklahoma Farm Report | 7401 N Kelley | Oklahoma City | OK | 73111