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Oklahoma National Stockyards reports 9,200 head- muddy conditions in the region and $2 to $6 lower on yearling steers Monday- Steer calves were called unevenly steady- click or tap here for the report from USDA for January 14.
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Joplin Regional reported wet conditions making it hard to move cattle in their territory- 6,810 cattle were on hand- Calves near steady- yearling weights under pressure- click here for the complete report.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Congratulations to Governor Kevin Stitt- Our 28th Governor of Oklahoma
President Donald Trump struck a chord with farmers and ranchers attending the American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, yesterday. The President spoke for roughly an hour on a variety of subjects pertinent to agriculture, while also addressing several pressing issues that his administration is currently tackling - such as border security and the ongoing partial government shutdown that has resulted from the infighting over funding for the President's wall.
The President's remarks were well-received by the audience that has and continues to endure economic hardships, some as a direct result of actions undertaken by the White House in pursuit of its trade agenda. The President recognized this and thanked farmers and ranchers for their sacrifices - noting that despite these hardships, producers and rural citizens have remained some of his staunchest supporters.
For the first half hour, Trump built a case for stronger border security and why a wall is a necessary tool to improving conditions along the southern US border. The second half of his speech reviewed the many achievements his administration has fought for over the past two years including improved trade deals and wider access to foreign export markets, historic tax cuts and sweeping regulatory reform, plus the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.
In concluding his address, Trump remarked that he would continue to uphold his duty as President with an America first focus - to protect, defend and fight for agriculture's "noble tradition" and "majestic heritage."
You can read more highlights of the President's speech or hear the entire thing, by clicking here.
And- we say thanks to Oklahoma Farm Bureau for their support of our coverage from the 2019 AFBF Convention- we invite you to check out their website by clicking here and learn the value of being a part of the Farm Bureau family.
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OKFB Delegation Praise President Trump's Address at 100th Annual Farm Bureau Convention
After the conclusion of President Donald Trump's address to farmers and ranchers during the Closing General Session at the 100th Annual Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans, we caught up with four members of the delegation sent from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for their reaction to the President's speech. Included in that group offering their reactions were OKFB Board Members Keith Kisling of Alfalfa Co.; Alan Jett of Beaver Co.; Gary Crawley of Pittsburg Co.; and Jim Meek of Okmulgee Co.
Overall, the general consensus among the delegates was largely positive. The group all expressed satisfaction in what Trump had to say and the issues he mentioned. It was repeated by several of them that the President came off transparent, confident and sincere and gave the distinct impression that he truly has kept the interests of American farmers and ranchers at heart.
The reactions from each of these men and their thoughts after hearing President Trump's address are summarized on our website. You can read those summaries and listen to their complete remarks by clicking or tapping here
Government Shutdown Flirting with Potentially Serious Financial Implications for Beef Producers
The partial government shutdown is into its fourth week and there does not seem to be an light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to resolution between the Democrats and President Trump. The two sides continue to be far apart on whether or not President Trump should get funding for his border wall. House Democrats continue to pass appropriations bills without any sort of funding for a border security wall. Cattle industry lobbyist Colin Woodall says at this point, the United States Department of Agriculture continues to do a good job, provided essential services that the cattle industry needs. However, he says concerns are starting to mount, the longer this shutdown drags on.
"So far, we have to send our thanks and gratitude to the Administration and the USDA for maintaining mandatory price reporting as an essential function of government - but more importantly - making sure the Food Safety Inspection Service inspectors are sitting on the lines so we can continue to process beef every single day," Woodall said. "That has been a key component of this particular government shutdown. But, we are starting to pick up that there are some concerns creeping in."
Since the shutdown began, Woodall explains that more and more farmers and ranchers are coming forward with complaints that they have not been able to access funds from Farm Service Agency loans or payments. The situation is becoming increasingly uncomfortable as producers' bills have started to pile up while they wait on the shutdown to resolve itself and access to FSA funds are restored. Woodall says the duration of the shutdown is now flirting with potentially serious financial implications for the farm sector.
"So, it is our hope the government can come to terms on how to reopen the government," he reiterated, but added that at this point there is no sign of resolving the situation any time soon.
Listen to Woodall speak more about the ongoing government shutdown, the implications it's having, plus his comments on the upcoming Cattle Industry Convention, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall didn't pull any punches during his keynote address to the organization at its 100th annual convention. An Agri-Pulse report says Duvall called 2018 a "terrible year" for American agriculture. Roughly 7,000 people were in the audience as Duvall said farmers experienced a "perfect storm this past year."
The only exception came on some of the organization's key policy issues. There were a lot of victories on the agricultural policy front, including tax reform that lowered taxes for just about every farmer and rancher. That included a doubling of the estate tax for farm families, a long-sought goal for Farm Bureau. One of the biggest victories was passing the 2018 Farm Bill.
One of the brightest spots on the regulatory front is the new Clean Water rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Duvall notes that, of the 28 deregulatory actions taken by the Trump Administration, half of them involve agriculture.
Looking ahead to 2019, Duvall encouraged members to gear up for Farm Bureau tackling challenges like farm labor, trade issues, as well as infrastructure needs like broadband expansion.
Click here to read more about the remarks made by Duvall.
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|In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Dr. Derrell Peel reports on the impact that last week's winter weather has had on cattle markets. According to him, much of the country was affected by a major winter storm that blew through in a belt that extended from Denver to the mid-Atlantic coast with heavy snows falling across eastern Colorado, Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, southern Iowa and the eastern Corn Belt. Much of Nebraska and the northern Plains along with the Texas panhandle, he says, were spared the worst of the snow but rain has created wet, sloppy conditions in many places that will impact cattle performance in feedlots and in the country. The delays in fed cattle marketing that this may cause, Peel thinks might help to support or even push fed prices higher though whether or not any noticeable impacts to the overall market condition will be seen remains unknown. In the meantime, cattle producers in many areas are now facing some significant management headaches due to the weather and its impacts on feedlot performance and efficiency.
"In Oklahoma, wet, sloppy conditions are a major challenge, especially across the southern half of the state," Peel writes. "Oklahoma cattle producers are reluctant to complain about moisture in a place that so often suffers from drought but exceptionally wet conditions this fall and winter have created significant headaches for cow-calf and stocker producers. The past six months is the wettest for the period on record for the statewide average and regionally is the wettest period for the south-central region of the state and the second wettest for the southeast and west central regions. The southwest, central and north-central regions have seen the fifth, sixth and seventh wettest periods, respectively, in the past six months."
In these conditions, Peel advises cattle producers to increase the quantity and quality of feed for their cattle to avoid production losses or impacts on pregnant or lactating cows or for stockers. Click here to read the full article for more of Peel's advice.
Farm Foundation's Food and Agricultural Trade Resource Center has released four new papers focused on trade principles shaping international agreements, as well as an analysis of the importance of trade to the U.S. economy. According to a statement, these tools were created to help further the Resource Center's mission and "bring clarity to trade discussions and enable productive debate and dialogue on trade policy issues."
The Foundation turned to leading global experts for their expertise in the development of these tools. The commissioned papers will offer basic groundwork for future trade efforts and its importance to the health of the global economy. Topics covered in the papers include the importance of trade to the U.S. economy with special emphasis on agriculture; globalization and the benefits of trade; trade adjustment assistance and agriculture; and an overview of the basic economic principles of trade.
The US ag industry exports more than 20 percent of its production, and thus has taken a significant hit this past year as trade disruptions continue to persist. Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman says given these dynamics, a basic understanding of food and agricultural trade is critical as public and private decision-makers work to support quality dialogue on agricultural trade.
to read more about these tools and how they will help facilitate and advance trade discussions necessary for the continued health and success of the US agricultural economy.
Animal Agriculture's Commitment to Continuous Improvement Highlighted in 2019 Sustainability Report
The Animal Agriculture Alliance has released its "Sustainability Impact Report" focusing on animal agriculture in the United States. The report highlights the animal agriculture industry's continued effort and progress in its commitment to improving animal care, environmental stewardship, responsible antibiotic use, food safety and nutrition.
Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO stated that new available technology and research has enabled the industry to continue to improve its practices and management through new and innovative solutions. She added that the ag industry as a whole over the years has made great strides in the improvement of its overall sustainability.
The 33-page report covers nine industries: dairy, beef, veal, pork, chicken, turkey, egg, sheep and aquaculture. For a look at some specific highlights of this report, or to review it in its entirety, click over to our website to read more.
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