Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/10/2020, 6:22 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.

Click on the name of the market to see their detailed market report for this week:

Justin Lewis of KIS futures- is out today as he is in Washington at the USDA Lockup for the Crop and Supply Demand Reports to be released this morning..
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, January 9th.
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
   Friday, January 10, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: 
USMCA Progress Slow as Multiple Committees Now Must Offer a Thumbs Up

The Senate committees tasked with markup and approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement are planning to do so quickly. The agreement must be approved through the committees before reaching the full Senate. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who's panel has already approved the agreement, Thursday said, "it takes just a short period of time" for other committees to review the implementing legislation.

The Committee chairs involved predict their panels will give swift bipartisan approval to USMCA, which still faces possible further delay from a Senate impeachment trial.
For example, Senate Commerce Chair Roger Wicker says  "We only have a small part of USMCA in the Commerce Committee, but the parliamentarian has required that we report it. We're going to do so on an expedited basis and on a bipartisan basis." 
The Senate parliamentarian has ruled six other panels after Finance, must weigh in-Budget, Environment and Public Works, Commerce, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Appropriations and Foreign Relations.

Once these Committees give the Thumbs Up- then it must be scheduled for a floor vote by Senator Mitch McConnell who will decide if it comes before or after the potential Senate trial regarding impeachment of President Donald Trump- and that depends on when and if Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate soon (or not). 

Outside looking in- it appears that the Committees could get their approvals done this coming week and a vote could happen the week of January 22nd- but that may be too optimistic.

Everyone we have talked to see an overwhelmingly positive vote once it is taken for USMCA- but getting there is now the challenge.

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We've been hearing a lot about "Fake Meat" mainly on the beef side lately, but now we are hearing about impossible Pork. Roy Lee Lindsey, for the Oklahoma Pork Council, says for it to be Pork, it has to come from a pig, "You can't be labeled Pork if it didn't come from a pig. That's real simple. So yeah, impossible Pork is impossible. You want to call it plant-based protein, you want to label it as such, that's fine. We're not afraid of competing with other products, but you're not going to build your reputation off of the reputation we have, and the products we've sold, and for generations pork has come from a pig, and when you use that word the consumer knows what it is. They know what they're buying, and we shouldn't be confusing that just because you want to put a different adjective in front of it."

We know we are a few years away from mass production of lab-cultured proteins, but Lindsey says that is something that the Pork Council will continue to keep an eye on, "I think will continue to watch lab-cultured protein to see how that evolves. I think we're still years from seeing lab culture protein be cost-effective enough that you would see it in the store. 

"I think for us the key is, we think all of those kinds of products; plant-based, lab-cultured, whatever, number one should be subject to the same kinds of food safety, the same kinds of regulatory oversight that we have in terms of producing the pork chop or the sausage link that you had for breakfast today. We think they deserve and should have that same regulatory oversight that we deal with. We think the consumer should expect that and demand the same kind of regulatory oversight to make sure that the products they're getting are inspected, they're labeled, they're all of the things that they're accustomed to getting when they're buying a pork chop when they're buying a pork tenderloin. The same thing should apply to anyone who wants to make a plant-based or some other substitute for meat from an animal. You ought to meet those same regulatory standards that we do."

You can listen to more of the conversation between Lindsey and I regarding Impossible Pork(as well as the latest on trade issues like USMCA, Japan and China), by clicking or tapping here

Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jon Tester (D-MT), and John Kennedy (R-LA) today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai urging the FCC to focus its efforts on providing reliable broadband to rural communities before expanding 5G coverage, as indicated by the announcement of the FCC's 5G Fund.

The senators said in part, "While we commend the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) for acknowledging that critical fact, we have some serious reservations about the recently announced 5G Fund and the decision to focus these limited mobile broadband deployment dollars on the promise of a 5G future when many places in our states still lack 4G service or do not have any service at all. To stand any chance of connecting rural Americans, the FCC needs a more accurate method of data collection, a strong challenge process, and a funding process that includes terrain factors to ensure that the hardest to serve places can compete for limited funding."

You can read the entire letter from the Senators regarding broadband for rural communities, by jumping over to our website

From the FarmDoc website, we have a 2020 price outlook to share for crops and livestock:

Starting with crops- "Crop prices continue adjusting to the uncertainty around 2019 production prospects and the current trade environment. Barring a resolution to the present trade impasse, the outlook for global economic growth appears set to slow further after a prolonged recovery. Trade wars, slow growth, and expanded production from key competitors may influence demand for major U.S. crops in 2020. The shortfall in world protein due to disease issues throughout Asia looks to encourage livestock production and domestic crop demand for feed. Without a shortfall in a major production region or a resolution to trade issues, crop prices are set to weaken in the second half of 2020."

"Corn prices continue to struggle with weak demand despite a lower production level in 2019. Domestic corn demand looks to see moderate growth in 2020 from the weak demand seen at the tail end of 2019. Corn used for ethanol seems destined for little growth this marketing year on flat gasoline demand and exports. Growth in livestock production and low corn prices provide support for increased feed usage during the 2019-20 marketing year."

As for the livestock side of the ledger- "Livestock markets look to capitalize on reduced world protein supplies associated with African swine fever in Asia. Robust exports are expected through 2020. Domestic meat demand remains strong despite fears of an economic slowdown. A realization of strong pork exports places hog price potential at higher levels than last year.   Feeder cattle prices may come in slightly lower than last year through the first half of 2020. Stronger price prospects in the second half of the year should materialize as supply moderates."

Click here to read more from the University of Illinois's Dr. Todd Hubbs regarding crop and livestock prices for 2020. 

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The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is planning a one-day winter policy conference, Tuesday, January 28, at the Reed Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma. They'll be hearing from Governor Kevin Stitt at the top of the day, but then they'll be rolling up their sleeves and reviewing policy positions of the organization.

Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Michael Kelsey says, one of the topics they will discuss is animal disease traceback or animal ID, "We're going to have a very healthy discussion about animal identification. Even within the context of animal identification, though, is being prepared for our industry as well as individually prepared for catastrophe within the realm of animal disease, for instance, African swine fever. That has really shook our industry, if you will, to say we need to be prepared and what we can do to prepare ourselves better as an industry as well as individually.

So that God forbid we ever have an animal disease, whether it's cattle specific or not, and we know African swine fever only affects pork. But we also know that if the United States gets it, it will affect the beef industry. It will affect individually how we move our cattle. And if that happens in September/October timeframe. Wow. Boy howdy, that's really going to show you. That happens maybe in June, that may be a little different, but still going to drastically affect us. So there's going to be a lot of discussion, I think, over things like the secure beef plan, things like animal identification. Beefing that, no pun intended, but beefing that system up. Things like vaccine banks, and how do we better prepare ourselves for all those types of things that are relative to that. We're gonna roll up our sleeves and talk about that."

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

Yesterday, in recognition of January 2020 as National Biotechnology Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a Unified Website for Biotechnology Regulation. The Website streamlines information about the three regulatory agencies charged with overseeing agriculture biotechnology products and is part President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products.

"Agricultural biotechnology has been and will continue to be an essential tool in helping America's farmers and ranchers feed, fuel, and clothe the world," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. "From producers to consumers, all Americans deserve a government that delivers science-based, common-sense regulations that foster innovation, conserve resources, and protect public health-especially when it comes to the food supply. The launch of this unified Biotechnology Regulation website is proof of President Trump's commitment to provide the American people with sensible regulations in a clear and transparent manner."

"EPA is pleased to be working with our partners at USDA, FDA, and across the federal government to implement President Trump's Executive Order and launch this new, coordinated website," said EPA Administrator Wheeler. "This new website will help provide regulatory certainty and clarity to our nation's farmers and producers by bringing together information on the full suite of actions the Trump Administration is taking to safely reduce unnecessary regulations and breakdown barriers for these biotechnology products in the marketplace."

You can read more about the launch of the biotechnology regulation website, by clicking or tapping here

Seven Grazing2020 Management Sessions Next Week in Weatherford

Dr. Jim Gerrish is an independent grazing lands consultant providing services to farmers and ranchers on both private and public lands across five continents. With a BS in Agronomy from the University of Illinois and MS in Crop Ecology from University of Kentucky, he served 22 years of beef-forage systems research and outreach while on the faculty of the University of Missouri-Forage Systems Research Center (FSRC). His research encompassed many aspects of plant-soil-animal interactions and provided the foundation for many of the basic principles of Management-intensive Grazing. 

The Oklahoma Grazing Lands Coalition is hosting two days with Gerrish next week in Weatherford, Oklahoma at the SWOSU Pioneer Cellular Event Center on January 15th and 16th- then will have a third day on the 17th with Gerrish and Dr. Will Winter at the same location. 

Details about the program that will look at everything from stocking rates to planning a cell rotational grazing plan to holistic ranch management can be seen by clicking or tapping here. 
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