Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/20/2019, 6:25 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.

Let's Check the Markets!  

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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.

OKC West in El Reno had a big Calf run on Tuesday- the estimate was 7,500 with Steer and heifer calves trading unevenly steady, long weaned calves sold with very good demand while softer unweaned calves traded with light demand. Click here for the USDA Market News Report.

Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click 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 on Tuesday, November 19th.
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
    Wednesday,  November 20, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:

Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, recently represented Oklahoma on a global scale during an agricultural trade mission to promote the state's interests in Taiwan Nov. 11-17.

Initiated by the Taiwanese Agriculture Trade Mission, Sen. Pederson joined Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell and other legislative leaders to form the Southern United States Legislature Leaders Delegation and discuss opportunities for trade and investment in both Oklahoma and the southern U.S. with Taiwanese officials.

"I enjoyed advocating for Oklahoma's global agricultural interests with our Taiwanese friends during our recent trade mission," Pederson said. "Oklahoma is in a strong position to trade and invest with other countries who demand a high-quality agricultural product, and we are excited for the opportunity to grow a partnership with the people of Taiwan for years to come."

Sen. Pederson was selected as a delegate for the trip due to his expertise in Oklahoma's agricultural economy, Pinnell said. He provided an important voice in sharing the opportunities Taiwan has with Oklahoma.

Click or tap here to read more from Pederson regarding his trip to Taiwan.

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International trade conflict is a hot topic affecting farmers and ranchers in the U.S. We caught up with Rob Larew, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications for the National Farmers Union at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Annual Convention in Kansas City. Larew knows this is an important topic, "It is the big story right now because it is driving one of the biggest problems right now that farmers and ranchers across the country are facing, and that is a lack of certainty, and that lack of certainty and lack of these markets is really affecting the overall piece of this, which is price. Until we get these markets back in a better place, until we can get a handle on the supply o product out there, then we are going to continue to see these low prices and continue to have the problems."

Larew says right now the big push is to bring some certainty. USMCA legislation is a big focus right now, and while Larew doesn't think this will move the market that much, in terms of the agreement itself on agriculture, what he says it will do is add a little bit of certainty which he thinks will be good. Larew believes the bigger question is China. We have heard promises of a little bit of progress, and Larew thinks that these will have long-lasting effects. "The question is, are we going to be in this cycle where we have to rely on ad-hock disaster systems and payments out of the government? That is certainly not what farmers want. We want to get that out of the marketplace. So what do we need to do to make that happen? That's really the focus that we have right now."

This year's extreme weather events and climate change have also been hard on farmers and ranchers. Larew said this is also a challenge, "We need to make sure we have better response to assistance and help, so farmers and ranchers can know what to expect when those conditions happen. What can we be doing, whether its conservation practices, etc., that are now being employed to save some of that moisture so that we can use it when we are in a deficit? These are going to be long term questions."   

You can listen to the whole conversation between KC and Larew, by clicking or tapping here

I caught up with the new National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Chief Executive Officer Colin Woodall to talk about the challenges of getting a vote on the U.S./Canada/Mexico agreement (USMCA).

The impeachment hearings in the House are making it hard to get a major piece of legislation across the finish line in that body. Woodall agrees, "Oh it absolutely does. Sucking all the oxygen out of Washington DC right now and even though Congress can walk and chew gum at the same time, right now it's kind of hard for them because everybody else is so focused on the impeachment action."

Woodall says he's not sure what the outcome of the hearings will be, but in the meantime, they will continue to push on the house to take action on a couple of outstanding items. Leading the list for the Cattlemen's association is USMCA. Woodall says "We need that certainty and we believe the speaker needs to go ahead and get a vote scheduled, and if she gets a vote scheduled, the votes are there to pass, we just need her to put it on the calendar."

When it comes to U.S producers being able to sell beef to China, Woodall says he's optimistic that some of the regulations will ease up, "For us its 2 things. It's the ban they have on our use of implants and it's the ban of Beta-agonists. Both are proven production technologies that have the science and our experience behind them and they have been used as a non-tariff trade barrier. So we have asked the President, Ambassador Lighthizer, and Ambassador Doud to try to take those trade barriers down. While we don't know the final decision on that, we do know that they have been on the table, so we are hopeful that we can get either them eliminated or at least eased up a little bit to make access into China more beneficial to us."

You can listen to the entire conversation between Woodall and I on Tuesday's Beef Buzz - here

OSU Grain Marketing Specialist Dr. Kim Anderson offers the following analysis on the US corn and wheat markets:

"Brazil appears to be taking over the corn export market like it did with soybeans and like the Black Sea exporters did with wheat. Changes in the corn export market may lower long-term U.S. corn prices. And, because a certain percentage of wheat is sold for feed, the changes may also lower long-term wheat prices.

"A recent headline read, "Brazilian corn muscles in on turf of U.S. exporters (Braun - Reuters News, 13 Nov 2019). The article reports that Brazil has exported 60 percent more corn than during the same period last year, while U.S. corn exports are down 40 percent. The article states, "Brazilian corn exporters are enjoying a banner year thanks to a big crop and improved logistics, burnishing the country's status as a top global corn supplier and threatening the United States' traditional dominance in the arena." It also says that "The United States is likely to remain the leading exporter for now, but Brazilian corn has recently been capturing more business from traditional U.S. customers than before."

"Research shows that, since 1999, Brazilian corn production has increased from 1.25 billion bushels to 3.98 billion bushels. Brazilian corn exports increased from nine million bushels in the 1999/00marketin year to 1.6 billion bushels in 2008/19. During the same 20-year period, U.S. corn exports have remained about the same.

You can read more from Anderson regarding the corn markets and what lies ahead, by jumping over to our website

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Dale Woerner - Cargill Endowed Professor, Sustainable Meat Sciences, Texas Tech University

"Marbling is a major component obviously of the USDA grading system aimed at ensuring the eating qualities of beef," Woerner said. "I use the analogy of potatoes and asking the crowds if anyone likes potatoes, because marbling serves a lot like butter in potatoes in that it provides flavor, juiciness and tenderness to beef products. So beef by itself or lean protein isn't all that desirable in flavor until you add those levels of marbling to it."   

We've known that for years, and the first official grading system started almost a hundred years ago, but as good as they were, human graders were subject to some human error.

"So camera grading systems for quality grade have been approved since 2006," he added. "In that time we have been able to add consistency to the grade on a national basis."

Click here to watch more from Woerner regarding beef grading. 

Some of the nation's leading agriculture experts and well-known personalities will be featured on the Main Stage during the 2020 Commodity Classic held Thursday, Feb. 27 through Saturday, Feb. 29 in San Antonio, Texas. Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience.

The Main Stage, presented by Successful Farming® and Commodity Classic, is located right on the trade show floor. Presentations are scheduled during trade show hours. The Main Stage line-up for 2020 includes:

* Brian Hefty and Darren Hefty of Ag Ph.D. speaking about the relationship between fertility and high yields
* A farmer panel discussing the challenge of transitioning a farm operation to the next generation
* A discussion of the economic factors impacting machinery purchases
* A panel discussion on nutrient stewardship and conservation
* An update on new regulations governing lighting and marketing standards for on-road ag equipment use
* The potential impact of African Swine Fever on grain markets, trade and U.S. livestock production
* Political trends and influences affecting farming and ranching
* Al Kluis, a marketing columnist for Successful Farming®, discussing marketing strategies
* A cooking demonstration by registered dietitian Mary Alice Cain

You can read more about the lineup and learn how to register for the 2020 Commodity Classic, by clicking or tapping here

The North American International Livestock Exposition is in full swing in Louisville, Kentucky- and the OSU Livestock Judging Team won BIG TIME in the Collegiate Competition.

A clean sweep victory for the OSU Cowboys at the national contest in Louisville Kentucky. Winning all species and reasons, the team was named the 2019 National Champion Livestock Judging Team with a score of 4624!

 Individual awards include,
Kylie Patterson, 1st High Individual overall, 1st in reasons, 2nd in swine, 6th in cattle.
Dylan Enyart, 3rd High Individual Overall, 3rd in reasons, 6th in sheep and goats.
Ryan Gifford, 4th High Individual, 7th in reasons 3rd in sheep and goats.
Kash Allen, 10th High Individual,
Chase Ratliff, 2nd in cattle, 2nd in reasons.

Congrats Coach Blake Bloomberg and the entire Cowboy team!


Thanks to those of you that reminded me to read and reread everything we put onto our website and in this email- we slipped up and allowed a story that misidentified African Swine Fever in our Beef Buzz story posted in the Tuesday email- we have cleaned that mess up - here is the link to the corrected story that features RaboAgriFinance's Don Close with his excellence analysis of what African Swine Fever means to the US Pork and Beef Industries going forward

Check it Out!

Coming later this morning- we will be posting our next Episode of the Road to Rural Prosperity- and you are gonna love it!!!

We sat down at the recent Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention with two of the finest Ag Producers you can find anywhere- Monte Tucker and Brent Bolen- and we talked about their farm and ranch operations- their passion for the business and more.

Click here for our Road to Rural Prosperity website- Episode 11 will arrive soon!


FINALLY- if you have had a bad week thus far- appreciate the fact that the nimrods who decided that they needed to add the Impossible Burger to the Burger King lineup are having a badder week.

It's all over the national media- and our friend and colleague Greg Henderson writes it up this way on AgWeb- "
"A vegan man has sued Burger King because he claims the Impossible Burger he bought was cooked on the same grill as real meat burgers. That makes them contaminated, in his view, unfit for people who don't eat animal products.

"Burger King's tagline on its plant-based menu is "100% Whopper, 0% Beef." That's impossible, given the way Burger King was allegedly cooking its products, and has left the company in a legal mess.

"In a suit filed Monday in Miami federal court, Phillip Williams says he bought an Impossible Burger - a plant-based protein alternative - at an Atlanta drive-through because he saw no signs indicating it was cooked on the same grill as traditional Whoppers. Williams proposes a class action and says he would not have paid a premium price had he known the cooking would leave his sandwich "coated in meat by-products."

All I can say about this- When you lay down with dogs- you get up with fleas! (who aren't vegans)

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