Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/28/2019, 4:05 AM

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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 on Friday, Oct. 25.
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
   Monday, October 28, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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On Friday, the USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service put their proposal to end the use of metal tags and move to Electronic ID tags for cattle over 18 months on hold. USDA released a statement on the APHIS website that explained the pullback of the plan to end the availability of metal tags by the end of 2020 and require EIDs by 2023.

"Last April, APHIS posted a factsheet to provide producers with information about the Agency's guidelines and goals related to Animal Disease Traceability. Since the Factsheet was posted, APHIS has listened to the livestock industry's feedback. In light of these comments and current Executive Branch policy, APHIS believes that we should revisit those guidelines," the statement reads. "APHIS has removed the Factsheet from its Web site, as it is no longer representative of current agency policy... We continue to believe that RFID devices will provide the cattle industry with the best protection against the rapid spread of animal diseases, as well as meet the growing expectations of foreign and domestic buyers."

USDA added that "while the need to advance a robust joint Federal-State-Industry Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) capability remains an important USDA-APHIS objective, we will take the time to reconsider the path forward and then make a new proposal," assuring ample opportunity for all stakeholders to comment.

We reached out to Oklahoma State Vet Dr. Rod Hall regarding this move by USDA- and he offered the following comment via email early this morning:

"Yes, USDA has "paused" is the word they're using, the timeline to transition to mandatory electronic official ID for cattle that are covered by the 2013 ADT Rule. They have made it clear that they remain committed to moving forward but they have to be certain they are on solid legal ground before reinstating the timeline. They are continuing to work to improve the systems to transfer electronic data from tags into test charts, vaccination charts, and electronic certificates of veterinary inspection. For at least the short term the metal tags that have been used for many years will be available but they will also make low frequency Brucellosis EID tags available at no cost to veterinarians. I hope to get more clear information today or tomorrow but they made a statement in a meeting yesterday that they plan to also make low frequency electronic official tags available at no cost for veterinarians to use in testing cattle or for identification for interstate movement."

Dr. Hall and other Animal Health officials from all across the United States are in Rhode Island this week for the US Animal Health Association meeting- we hope to catch up with him later in the week to learn more. 

Even as USDA was announcing the suspension of their RFID timeline, we were listening to and then later interviewing OSU College of Vet Medicine's Dr. Rosslyn Biggs about Animal ID- including the plan to move from metal tags to EID. Listen to our whole conversation by clicking here. Dr. Biggs was one of the featured speakers at the OSU Beef Cattle Conference on campus in Stillwater.

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The Animal Wellness Action group was founded by former HSUS Exec Wayne PacelleOne Oklahoman that is involved in their leadership is former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Edmondson is the Co-Chair of their National Law Enforcement Council, which serves to promote appropriate enforcement of anti-cruelty statutes and works to strengthen the legal framework against animal abuse.

According to the AWA's Executive Director Marty Irby, Edmondson was instrumental in helping move the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, H.R. 724, in the US House of Representatives with the support of his new Animal Wellness National Law Enforcement Council.

A release about the bill explains how this measure would "establish a federal anti-cruelty statute, filling a hole in our legal framework to protect animals." The measure would make it a federal crime to torture an animal "in the special maritime time and territorial jurisdiction of the United States" and in cases where acts of intentional cruelty affect interstate or foreign commerce.

The Senate companion bill, S. 479, with 38 cosponsors and led by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), previously passed the Senate by unanimous consent in the 114th and 115th Congress. But it was blocked in the House by former House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) despite the overwhelming bipartisan support. The current chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-NY), is a cosponsor of the legislation.

Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation have treated movement of the PACT Act in Congress among its top priorities on Capitol Hill. The bill recently obtained 290 cosponsors in the House, triggering its" placement on the "Consensus Calendar" and expedited action on the House floor. 

Click here to read more about this story on our website.

Earlier this year, Emily Metz, director for new product marketing for Genus, talked about how gene editing can be a great too in raising healthier animals during a presentation at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. Metz believes that the animal ag industry has a real problem when it comes to consumer misperceptions about the use of gene editing technology. She says it is important that the industry pay attention to that if it expects to retain the right to use that technology and others like it.

The root of the problem, Metz explains, is that consumers simply do not understand that fundamental reasons why livestock producers breed animals, and how the process derives improved genetics. That, she says, is the basis behind gene editing which allows us the ability to move that process a little quicker down the road.

"Consumers really don't understand how we've bred animals and how that's something that's sort of gone on since the dawn of time, to be more efficient, healthier... we breed them for a whole host of characteristics now," she said. "But, when we start to have this discussion with consumers, we're going to have to start all the way back at the beginning about why we breed animals because gene editing is really an advanced tool in that breeding process."

While it is important to explain to consumers what gene editing is, it is equally important to explain what gene editing is not. Metz emphasized in her presentation that gene editing should not be confused with Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. Gene editing does not involve the introduction of foreign DNA, but is rather the targeted manipulation of a specific gene function by turning it either on or off to produce a desired outcome. She explains that the exact same manipulations could be accomplished naturally over time through breeding, it would just take potentially several hundred generations to achieve it. With the use of gene editing technology, the wait time in that process is eliminated entirely.

Listen to Metz explain the importance of gene editing technology to the livestock industry on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

The Quarterly Cattle on Feed Report includes state level data for the major states as well as smaller on feed states like Oklahoma.

Nationally- Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on October 1, 2019. The inventory was 1 percent below October 1, 2018. The inventory included 6.87 million steers and steer calves, down 3 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 61 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 4.41 million head, up 2 percent from 2018.

Placements in feedlots during September totaled 2.09 million head, 2 percent above 2018. Net placements were 2.03 million head. 

Marketings of fed cattle during September totaled 1.74 million head, 1 percent above 2018.

Analysts, including Texas economist Stan Bevers, reported that the numbers were about what was expected in the pre report estimates- and could be considered neutral for the cattle trade this coming week.

Click here to see both the regional numbers and the national report for more details.

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will commence its 2019 edition of its Fall Gathering meetings this week. Throughout the next few weeks, the association will host 11 meetings across the state, bringing together OCA members and guests to talk about organizational issues, industry trends and to take a pulse on the cattle industry here in Oklahoma.

We recently caught up with OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey about the upcoming schedule.

"Our Fall Gatherings structure is very informal. We visit, get to know people. It's an opportunity to talk about the association from a larges scale picture, where our spring meetings are a little more zeroed in on the Legislative Session," he explained. "But, we want to hear feedback about what's on your mind. So, we encourage folks to come out and visit with us and bring a friend."

The first meeting is scheduled to take place in Elk City on Monday, October 28th. A full schedule of the 2019 OCA Fall Gatherings can be found on the OCA website. All meetings are free to attend.

Click or tap here to hear more about these meetings from OCA's Michael Kelsey.

National Sorghum Producers welcomed EPA's proposal that was released Thursday which simplifies the Application Exclusion Zone provisions in the Worker Protection Standards.

NSP believes modifications were necessary to address missteps in recently added provisions to WPS, which if implemented, would have negatively impacted the ability of sorghum farmers to safely apply crop protection products. These same provisions would have significantly disrupted a family's ability to live and work on their farm.

"These minor but targeted amendments to AEZ are necessary to allow sorghum farmers, like me, to continue to operate," said NSP Chairman Dan Atkisson, a sorghum farmer from Stockton, Kansas. "NSP leadership and its members greatly appreciate EPA's attention to this issue and consideration of farmers' perspectives in proposing simplifications to these important rules."

Click here for more on this story.

The 2019 edition of the Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions will wrap up this week, concluding with the final two auctions to be held in Shawnee today, and Stillwater tomorrow.

The Shawnee auction covers leases found in Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Cleveland and McClain Counties. The sale is happening at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center starting at 10 AM.

The Stillwater auction covers leases found in Payne, Pawnee, Logan and Noble Counties. The sale is happening at the Payne County Expo Center starting at 10 AM.

Click or tap here to learn more about the lease auctions - and click here to listen to Carson's conversation from a few weeks back with the Acting Commissioner Brandt Vawter.

FFAAND FINALLY- We Head to Indy for the National FFA Convention and Expo

Several Oklahoma FFA members are already in Indianapolis as the 2019 National FFA Convention is set to kick off- that includes National FFA Officer Candidate Brooklan Light of Garber FFA, who is wrapping up the first half of he National Officer Interview Process today- then will be waiting to see if she is selected to advance into the second phase of that process.

Approximately half of the some 40 candidates will be eliminated in the "announcement" this evening. There is actually no public announcement- but at a gathering at one of the hotels in Indy- the candidates will all be handed a letter- telling them if they made the cut or not.

We will have that information on our Social Media- Facebook and Twitter this evening. 

Also on hand already are the State Officers of the Oklahoma FFA- as they needed to travel on Sunday in order to be at some early delegate sessions later today. OKlahoma FFA State President Drew Hardaway leads that group and is the leader of the entire Oklahoma FFA delegation that will end up in Indy before this week is out- over a thousand FFA members from Oklahoma will be at this year's national convention in order to compete, be honored or simply soak it all in. 

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