Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/1/2018 5:34 AM

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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.

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Yearlings Called Steady at OKC West on Wednesday- click here for the closing report for this week

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 futuresclick or tap 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 for Wednesday 2/28/18 
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, March 1, 2018

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

SonnyPerdueFeatured Story:
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue Tells Commodity Classic- I Support the RFS and SO Does My Boss- Donald Trump

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue addressed corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat farmers Wednesday morning at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. during the convention's general session. 

Perdue opened his presentation with the announcement that Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey had the hold on his nomination released and was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday(and sworn in on Wednesday morning) which allows him to assume his position at the USDA as Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation. He also assured those in the audience that President Donald Trump is aware of the current situation in the commodity markets and fully supports the RFS and its significant role in supporting the agricultural economy.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was there to cover the event. 

"Hear me clearly all of you. I will not support any policies that are harmful to the RFS and our agricultural producers," Perdue said. "Anything you read or hear that is contrary to that is untrue."

Perdue talked about the importance of technology in agriculture and in the operation of the USDA to help streamline and increase efficiency in how farmers report on their crops and comply with FSA and NRCS programs. He directed the audience to a recently launched website which he says his department is building one step at a time called

"I want the USDA to be the most effective government office," he said. "And make sure we serve you our customers by your standards."

Click or tap here to read more- as well as to have the opportunity to hear the full presentation made by the Secretary.

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AgSalesTaxDefense- Defense- Defense- Ag Groups Successful in Defending Ag Sales Tax Exemption

It has been a worry for the last several years- especially as oil and natural gas revenues went into the toilet for the state of Oklahoma three or four years ago- we are talking about the Ag Sales Tax Exemption, which provides farmers and ranchers the ability to buy the inputs they need to produce food and fiber without and then sell what they grow or produce into the marketplace- without having to pay sales tax on those inputs.  

Nobody has an exact number as to how big the exemption is to agriculture- but a reasonable number to throw out is $500 million annually.  That's a big pot of money that is looking more and more attractive to those lawmakers who don't have a lot (or any) agriculture in their districts.

As you may recall- we have done several stories with folks like Michael Kelsey of the OCA and Steve Thompson of the AFR on the issue for 2018- and we have had no less then 3 bills in the State Legislature that would chip away at the Exemption.

Perhaps the most serious of these was SB1392- which came up for consideration in the Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday.  

According to a Call to Action email from the OCA on Wednesday-  "The bill requires you to renew your exemption card annually versus every three years and it would require beginning farmers and ranchers to pay the sales tax until they could prove they have farm income (file a schedule F or something similar).  If they prove their eligibility then they could apply for a refund of the tax they paid.  
"Changing the tax exemption to a refund process is bad policy- Period."

We are told by AFR's Thompson that the Ag Groups worked with the Senators- and at the end of the day SB 1392 was defeated 14-24.  

He calls it a "Big victory for the Ag Community" and adds "Honestly this may be the single biggest one-vote victory we've had in my 19 years at the Capitol. Takes a little pressure off on this issue. All credit should go to how well AFR, OFB, OCA & OPC are working together this year."

Good to Know- Good to Hear!

OkFBLeadershipFour Gubernatorial Candidates to Appear at Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will hear from candidates seeking to serve as the next governor of Oklahoma during the organization's leadership conference held next Monday and Tuesday- March 5 and 6 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.

At least four candidates will share their vision and goals for the state during the forum held March 5 at 3:30 p.m. Candidates also will have an opportunity to offer their views on agriculture and rural issues. 

"This year's gubernatorial election represents a significant moment for the future of the state of Oklahoma," said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. "We're excited to provide Farm Bureau members an opportunity to thoroughly vet candidates that will represent the best interests of the agriculture community and rural Oklahoma."

Republican candidates participating in the forum include Todd Lamb, Gary Jones and Gary Richardson. Drew Edmondson, a Democrat candidate, also will join the panel.

For more details- including a link to the agenda for the two day meeting- click or tap here.

TimLustTim Lust Talks China Dumping Charges Against US Sorghum and More With Carson Horn at Commodity Classic

During the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. this week, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up with Tim Lusk, National Sorghum Producers CEO. This year, Lusk says the sorghum industry faces many challenges but also the opportunity to continue advancing the grain in the commodity markets. 

Perhaps at the top of the list of worries for the Sorghum industry, Lusk was surprised to hear early this month the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China had launched anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations related to sorghum imported to China from the United States. Lusk told Horn that this is something new that the industry has never before been accused of and believes producers have done nothing wrong. He asserted that NSP was fully cooperating with the investigations and hopes to work through this process as quickly as possible.

"It is not to the WTO process at this point, it is just a government direct interaction to start the process that could lead to further tariffs down the road... or nothing," Lusk said. "This was a case that wasn't brought by any individuals in China that weren't concerned about what was happening. Certainly, this is a time for us to step forward and defend our farmers."

Lusk says the process is ongoing and will continue to for some time as the nature of these proceedings can be rather drawn out. The immediate concern for Lusk is that markets have reacted negatively to this news, but since the initial breaking of this news, he says prices have significantly recovered. China is US sorghum's largest customer with roughly a billion-dollar economic impact on American agriculture.

Click or tap here to read more- and to have a chance to hear the wide ranging interview that Horn had with Lust on Wednesday afternoon in Anaheim.

PorkForumThe Science of Gene Editing Takes Center Stage at Pork Industry Forum

Science, technology and global health author and journalist Michael Specter opened the annual pork industry forum on Wednesday, offering his insights on gene editing to the more than 350 pig farmers and pork industry professionals on site in Kansas City.

Specter, who writes for The New Yorker and is currently working on a book about the breakthrough technology of gene editing, served as keynote speaker. He then led a conversation with a renowned panel of pork industry experts who each shared their perspective on the role of this emerging technology.

"Gene editing is a potentially revolutionary tool that will improve the lives of humans in clear and tangible ways," Specter said. "And we may well see the first widely accepted benefits in animals and plants. There is a clear opportunity for the agriculture industry to lead the way."

Click here to read what the panel that Specter led said about this exciting technology that can be a game changer for all of agriculture- if the regulators will allow it to happen.

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AwardOSUFuhlendorf honored with Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award from Society for Range Management

OSU's Sam Fuhlendorf has been a member of the Society for Range Management for just a tic over half his life, but has been a well-known name is the world of range management for even longer.

After joining the club in 1990, Fuhlendorf recently was honored at the SRM 71st Annual Meeting, Technical Training and Tradeshow in Nevada with the Sustained Lifetime Achievement Award.

"It's a great honor," he said. "I never imagined receiving this award or even the long interaction that I've had with the society. Receiving the award makes me think about how many people have helped me through this society over the years. It was amazing to go to the meeting and see so many former students that now have students of their own."

Click or tap here to read more about the award- and about Fuhlendorf's career in the natural resource arena.

TEAMBEEFJoin TEAM BEEF and Be a Runner Advocate for Oklahoma Beef

The Oklahoma Beef Council is bringing back Team Beef, a group of Oklahoma running athletes, who understand and believe in the nutritional benefits of lean beef and its vital role they play in day-to-day living and race training. It's a wonderful way to promote beef to the "food and health-involved" community by literally running the run and talking the talk. To apply to be part of the team, the following pre-requisites are:

Must have completed at one 10K race (verification of date and bib number required)

Be a Master's of Beef Advocacy (MBA) graduate or complete the MBA program within 15 days of acceptance into the program.

Applications are due March 8, 2017.To learn more about the program and to apply, please visit the OBC website and check out the TEAM BEEF webpage- click or tap here.

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ExpressRanchesSpring Bull Sale for Express Ranches Set for Midday Tomorrow at the Ranch in Yukon
The Spring Bull Sale of Express Ranches is happening this Friday, March 2, 2018 starting at 10 AM at the Ranch, Yukon, Oklahoma

You can also bid live on Superior via the Cowboy Channel and on

Express will offer 500 Angus and 40 Hereford Bulls for sale.

The sale will feature the Express Ranches 2018 Angus National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Carload and Grand Champion Pen Bulls.

Ahead of the sale tomorrow- Express Ranches will have the complete sale lineup available to see in person starting at noon- with a CAB Steak Dinner planned for 5:30 PM this evening.

For more details- click or tap here where you will find links to the Sale Book, Detailed info on the both the Angus and Hereford Bulls, the Sale Book Supplement and Videos of the Bulls.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma AgCredit,  the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures 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!

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