Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/12/2019, 6:20 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.

At OKC West in El Reno feeder steers under 750 lbs traded mostly 1.00-3.00 lower, over 750 1.00-2.00 higher, while feeder heifers sold mostly steady - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. 
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 on Wednesday afternoon- December 11th.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- as reported on Wednesday afternoon, December 11th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, December 12, 2019

Opening Day for the 2019 Tulsa Farm Show
See You There!

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: 
Tulsa Farm Show- Sponsored by Oklahoma Farm Bureau- Begins Its 2019 Three Day Run This Morning

Tulsa is set once-again to host Oklahoma's largest indoor farm show today, tomorrow and Saturday. The annual event brings area farmers and ranchers to the River Spirit Expo to view the latest in agricultural & ranching technology. This year's Official Show Sponsor, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, along with more than 370 exhibitors will feature thousands of agricultural products, ranching equipment, and services, making the Tulsa Farm Show one of the country's premier agricultural events and the largest show of its kind under one roof.

Show hours are 9 to 5 today and Friday and 9 to 4 on Saturday.

Show Manager, Scott Guttormson says "We are excited to have the Oklahoma Farm Bureau as the Official Sponsor of the Tulsa Farm Show this year. They have been an active participant and supporter of the show for many years. Having them more closely involved with will allow us to better serve the areas farmers and ranchers."

The Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report are once again at the show- our space is right beside the Show Office- and we will be there to say howdy today and tomorrow- and we will be doing a live radio broadcast on Friday midday on our affiliate that covers a large hunk of northeastern Oklahoma- KGGF at 690 on the AM Dial.   

Our live segments will be from 11:30 to noon and then from 12:30 to 1. 

Click here to read more about this year's show- and click here for the official website of the Tulsa Farm Show which includes their handy dandy interactive map of where each exhibito is located at in the massive River Spirit Expo building.

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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) this week applauded the introduction of the Real MEAT (Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully) Act of 2019 by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska. The Senate bill is a companion to H.R. 4881, which was introduced by U.S. Representatives Roger Marshall (R - 1st Dist., Kansas) and Anthony Brindisi (D - 22nd Dist., N.Y.) in October.

"It's clear that fake-meat companies are continuing to mislead consumers about the nutritional merits and actual ingredient composition of their products," said NCBA President Jennifer Houston. "We commend the efforts of Senator Fischer on introducing this legislation, which would end deceptive labeling of fake meat products and allow cattle producers to compete on a level playing field."

You can read more about the Real Meat Act, by clicking or tapping here

In addition to NCBA being happy with this measure being dropped into the hopper by Senator Fischer- Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is also very pleased- and not at all surprised at who is leading the charge on this- the Nebraska Senator who he knows personally from his days working at the Nebraska Cattlemen's Association-  "Today the Senate received a great bill from a Nebraska cattle rancher, Senator Deb Fischer.  I was blessed to work with Senator Fischer in the Nebraska Legislature and then the US Senate before I moved back to Oklahoma. 

"Senator Fischer and her family ranch in North Central Nebraska and she knows this issue very, very well.  We appreciate her leadership and as she states, NCBA's leadership on this important issue.  Just like our cattle brothers and sisters in Nebraska, Oklahoma beef cattle ranchers have worked generations raising the greatest tasting, more healthy and nutritious animal protein product - BEEF!  This bill assures the term 'Beef' identifies only those products that are harvested from live cattle and not the fake meat alternatives."

Our latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast has gone live- and it features three members of the Faculty from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. Our Podcast spotlights Oklahoma State University scientists who are teaming up with peer researchers at Kansas State University and USDA-Agricultural Research Service in El Reno to enhance cropping systems in the southern Great Plains.

"There is a critical need for integrated research, Extension and education efforts to identify and promote best management practices that increase agricultural productivity, optimize water and nutrient use efficiency, and protect against yield losses from environmental stresses and weeds, all the while improving soil health," said Tyson Ochsner, Sarkeys Distinguished Professor of Applied Soil Physics with OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Researchers at the University of Maryland also are part of the multi-institutional team, funded by a nearly $10 million total five-year grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Approximately $1.9 million will be going to OSU.

Currently, the Oklahoma State team of interdisciplinary researchers and educators includes division faculty members Jason Warren, Brian Arnall, Josh Lofton, Beatrix Haggard, Misha Manuchehri and Alex Rocatelli of the department of plant and soil sciences, as well as Dayton Lambert, holder of the OSU Willard Sparks Chair in Agribusiness Studies, and Lixia Lambert, OSU assistant professor with the department of agricultural economics.

Ochsner, Arnall and Haggard join me in discussing the research effort in this feature conversation.

Click or tap here to listen on the Soundcloud Platform to the whole conversation between the OSU researchers and I on this week's episode of the Road to Rural Prosperity. 

The Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association held their Day of Education this past weekend in Oklahoma City. KC Sheperd caught up with R-Calf Chief Executive Officer Bill Bullard, to talk about the current litigation that they are pursuing, including one that was started back in the spring. Bullard gave an update on the status of that suit, "This is a historic anti-trust lawsuit that we filed against the four major packers. In our lawsuit, we allege that Tyson, Cargill, JBS, and National Beef conspired to artificially depress prices paid to U.S. Cattle producers from January 1 of 2015 to the present. The case is presently in the stage where the packers have filed a motion to dismiss. We're in the briefing process now, and we expect that early next year, the court will hold a hearing on those motions to determine whether or not the lawsuit will proceed, so that is the status presently."

Bullard also provided an update on the litigation that R-Calf filed against USDA over the Beef Checkoff, "Now that case we have already won a preliminary injunction that affects the state of Montana. We have now expanded the case to include fifteen states. In that case, we allege it is unconstitutional for the government to compel producers to fund the private speech of private corporations. Our concern is some of those private corporations are actually working against the interest of the payers of the program, and that would be the U.S. farmers and ranchers that raise cattle. The case presently is under consideration by the magistrate judge. We have already briefed our motions for summary judgement, so we are awaiting a decision that could come at any time."

Oklahoma is not one of the additional states targeted by the R-Calf litigation- but both Texas and Kansas are.

When asked if this litigation would go to trial, Bullard said it would be a Magistrate judge's recommendations and findings that would then be submitted to the district court judge, and at that point, they could decide whether to amend, accept or reject. That decision could still be several months away.

You can listen to the entire conversation between Shepard and Bullard on Wednesday's Beef Buzz - here

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After serving as president of National Farmers Union (NFU) for over a decade, Roger Johnson announced that he does not intend to seek reelection again next year. His current term will end at the organization's annual convention in March, at which point an election for his successor will be held.

During his eleven-year-long tenure, Johnson has led efforts to fight corporate consolidation in the agriculture industry, help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change, develop fair international trade agreements, provide information and resources to rural communities struggling with mental health issues and opioid misuse, and ensure the economic and social viability of family farm agriculture. Prior to leading the family farm organization, he served as North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner and as president of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA).

Johnson, a third-generation family farmer from Turtle Lake, North Dakota, grew up in Farmers Union, participating in the organization's youth programs and serving as a county president and chairman of the board of a local Farmers Union cooperative. He released the following statement about his impending retirement:

"Farmers Union has been a fundamental part of my identity for my entire life - and it has been my greatest honor to serve this organization and the admirable farmers and ranchers who comprise its membership. It's a bittersweet feeling to take a step back from this career-defining role, but ultimately, it's time for me to spend more time with my wife and four grandchildren.

Click here to read the rest of the statement from Johnson regarding his decision. 

Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America's farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help.

Based on the farm stress program Michigan State University Extension developed for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, this combination of online and in-person trainings is designed specifically for individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers. It provides participants the skills to understand the sources of stress, learn the warning signs of stress and suicide, identify effective communication strategies, reduce stigma related to mental health concerns and connect farmers and ranchers with appropriate mental health and other resources.

"Farm Credit loan officers are on farms working with producers every day, and they see firsthand how this difficult farm economy is causing emotional stress for farmers and their families. We hope this training initiative will help our lenders recognize the signs of severe stress and get farm families the support they need," said Farm Credit Council CEO Todd Van Hoose. "We are very excited to partner with Farm Bureau and Farmers Union to make this training available throughout our rural communities."

AFBF President Zippy Duvall said, "Farm Bureau is a family, and when a member is hurting, we all feel it and are eager to help. But we may not always know how to spot the warning signs that someone is overwhelmed. This training program will help our members recognize the warning signs and empower them to get help for their friends, family, neighbors or even themselves. We're honored to partner with Farm Credit and Farmers Union to strengthen rural resilience in farm communities."

You can read more regarding the organizations grouping together to combat stress, by clicking or tapping here

Due to the prolonged and extensive impacts of weather events this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today extended the deadline to December 20 for producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for the 2020 calendar year. The deadline had been December 13.

USDA announced is also continuing to accept applications for the Market Facilitation Program through December 20.

Click here to jump over to our website to read more about the decision to extend the deadline.  

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