Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/16/2019, 5:42 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.
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Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, September 13th.
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
   Monday, September 16, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
OCA's Michael Kelsey Calls Repeal of WOTUS Rule a Historic Victory for Farmers and Ranchers

The final nail in the coffin has been hammered for the 2015 Obama-era Waters of the United States rule, overturned officially by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Thursday, after a lengthy repeal process set in motion early on in the first days of the Trump Administration. Agriculture groups throughout the industry cheered the announcement from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, including the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. Michael Kelsey, OCA executive vice president, joined me on the phone to discuss the significance of this legislative victory.

"Long story short, you can't control the water without controlling the land," Kelsey said. "This was the largest private property grab in the history of our country and now it's gone. That assault was monumental. It's taken a long, long time and many years later now it's finally gone. This has been a long time coming and we're very excited, very happy about this."

Michael and I talked about former OCA President Richard Gebhart, who was one of the early cattle industry leaders who lead the charge against WOTUS- and although Richard passed away before this day arrived- it's a achievement that he would have taken great pleasure in. 

"I remember sitting with him in DC when the EPA Administrator at the time was addressing the group we were in and said, 'don't worry folks, this rule will still allow you to farm and ranch,'" he said. "The audacity for EPA to say they would 'allow' us to farm and ranch with this rule... Richard was a veteran and there wasn't a lot that scared him, but this rule did. So, it's been a long time coming but it's a good day."

Click or tap here and you can listen to the whole conversation between Kelsey and I on our latest Beef Buzz. 

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After last week's announcement of the repeal of the Water's of the U.S. (WOTUS), many groups celebrated the decision by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Among those that sounded off after the repeal was announced was National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) President Tim Palmer who issued a statement regarding his association's joy over the decision. 

"Since the WOTUS rule was proposed in 2014, NACD has been working continuously to advocate for its reversal," NACD President Tim Palmer said. "Yesterday's announcement is a positive step forward for locally-led conservation and brings a greater level of certainty for producers and landowners who are stewards of our land and water."

The Waters Advocacy Coalition, a broad coalition of organizations advocating for clean water and clear rules, also welcomed EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to repeal the problematic 2015 WOTUS rule. The group remarked that it is encouraging the administration to finalize a new rule that protects the nation's waters and provides clear rules for states, farmers, ranchers and small businesses.

Last week, Chinese media reported that government officials were considering the suspension of punitive tariffs on U.S. pork imports. Upon learning this news, National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a pork producer from Lillington, N.C., released a statement addressing these reports and what it would mean for the US pork industry if indeed China lifted its tariffs on pork imports.

"If media reports are accurate, this is a most welcome development, Herring stated. "The Chinese have placed punitive tariffs of 60% on most U.S. pork products, bringing the effective tariff rate on most U.S. pork to 72%.

Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes projects the Chinese retaliation on U.S. pork has shaved $8 off the price of every hog sold in the United States for well over a year. Meanwhile, most US competitors have faced only a 12% tariff on their pork exports to China. Pork, according to Hayes, is unique given that it is the most important protein consumed in China, accounting for a significant part of the consumer price index.

You can read more from the Herring, by clicking or tapping here

For the past three years, Noble Research Institute's forage systems group has been working on a cow-calf study with the main objective to increase grazing days and reduce feed supplementation to the cow herd. One method they use is stockpiling bermudagrass for deferred grazing after frost. 

Stockpiling refers to the practice of deferring a forage from grazing to allow it to accumulate forage mass for grazing during the fall and winter months. Almost any forage can be stockpiled but there are differences in the mass and nutrient value they will accumulate and keep. 

Noble researchers say tall fescue is "the queen of stockpiling forage," citing how well it grows during the fall with cooler temperatures and how well it produces high quality forage when properly fertilized. Tall fescue is stockpiled a lot east of I-35, but on the western side of the state, does not flourish in local conditions as well. 

Click or tap here to read more from the Noble Research Institute about stockpiling forage. 

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AND- The Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit featuring outstanding beef education is just around the corner and slots are still open. Two sessions will be held back to back, October 7-9, 2019 and October 9-11, 2019. The sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. on the first day and end at noon on the last day. Click or tap here to learn more and to register!  

Oklahoma State University is set to host the Rural Economic Outlook Conference Oct. 9 at the main campus. Trends and expectations regarding agriculture and rural economies will be the focus of the conference. 

The 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. conference will take place at the OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center, located on Hester Street across from the Student Union. Cost is $50 per participant if pre-registering through Oct. 2 and $75 thereafter.

"Think of the conference as 'one-stop shopping' in that we will be examining many key issues that may significantly affect decisions made by agricultural lenders, community and rural leaders, and people in similar positions during the coming year," said Brent Ladd, OSU Cooperative Extension assistant agricultural finance specialist.

Click or tap here to read more about the conference and to learn how to register for the event. 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced last week that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $77.8 million in research that will focus on sustaining a more abundant, nutritious, and accessible food supply.

"Investing in high-value research that promotes sustainably intensified agricultural practices, while addressing climate adaptation and limited resources, ensures long-term agricultural productivity and profitability and provides unprecedented opportunities for American farmers and producers," said Hutchins, who leads USDA's Research, Education and Economics (REE) mission area. "USDA continues to support our nation's farmers through investments that help strengthen our rural communities."

As part of this funding investment, eight land-grant universities will lead projects aimed at integrating sustainable agricultural approaches covering the entire food production system. Among the eight universities listed are Kansas State in Manhattan and the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

You can read more about the new scientific research program by the USDA, by jumping over to our website

On Sept. 12, twenty-five special needs students from the Enid area, and 75 FFA and 4-H volunteers from across Oklahoma, came together for friendship, purple banners and Gold Star memories at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center in Enid, Okla. during the second annual Gold Star Classic-AFR Special Needs Livestock Show. Each Gold Star participant was paired with two youth volunteers who helped guide the students throughout the day.

The Gold Star Classic allows Oklahoma students with special needs the opportunity to interact with livestock animals in a petting farm environment prior to the livestock show. This year's Petting Farm featured a horse, a calf, a baby goat, a baby sheep and a pig.

For the livestock show portion, Gold Star participants exhibited a lamb or goat, along with their show buddies, in the show ring. This year's Gold Star Classic judge, Marty Jones, interacted with each Gold Star participant and asked candid questions to help the audience learn more about each participant's unique personality. Each Gold Star participant was awarded a gold medallion, a banner and a stuffed animal to remember this special day, as well as photos expressing their golden smiles.

You can read more about the second annual Gold Star Classic - AFR Special Needs Livestock Shows, by clicking or tapping here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditthe Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

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