Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/11/2020, 6:23 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 KC Sheperd on RON.

Let's Check the Markets! 
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Oklahoma National Stockyards reported 7,650 cattle for their Monday run- Compared to last week: Feeder steers trading steady to 4.00 lower. Feeder heifers steady to 4.00 higher. Steer calves steady to 6.00 higher on a light test. Click here for their Monday report from USDA Market news.  
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 higher prices on cows and bulls in their Monday trade- Click here for the complete report. 

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.
Oklahoma Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.

Joplin Regional Stockyards had a Monday run of 4,817 cattle- Compare to last week, steers and heifers under 600 lbs steady to 5.00 higher, 600 to 700 lb steers unevenly steady, 600 to 700 lb heifers steady to 2.00 higher, steers and heifers over 700 lbs 2.00 to 3.00
lower. Click here for their complete report from USDA Market News.  
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
   Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

House Speaker Charles McCall has introduced a measure aimed at encouraging more doctors to practice in rural areas of the state.

House Bill 3823 would allow doctors who practice in rural communities to claim a $25,000 tax credit for the tax year beginning in 2021. The bill defines rural communities as any municipality with a population of less than 25,000 and that is also located at least 25 miles from the nearest municipality with a population greater than 25,000.

"Oklahoma ranks near the bottom of states for access to primary care in rural areas, and the majority of those primary care physicians we do have in rural Oklahoma are closing in on retirement," said Speaker McCall, R-Atoka. "We need a multifaceted approach to improving access to care in our smaller communities, and we have to find ways to encourage providers to move into and practice in those communities. This would allow those doctors to take that money they saved and invest it in their practices, to pay student loans and to invest in the local community." 

In last week's Road to Rural Prosperity- Speaker McCall discussed this(and a lot of other key rural issues) with  me click here to hear the conversation

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved legislation that authorizes funding for 740 new agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases (FAD) from entering the United States. In October 2019, the Senate approved an identical version of the bill (S. 2017), which the House approved today. Providing additional agricultural inspectors represents a top priority for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

"For more than a year, NPPC has advocated for more agricultural inspectors at our borders," said NPPC President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection have done much to mitigate risk to animal disease, but we must remain vigilant.

Today's vote represents a tremendous victory for our farmers, consumers and the American economy. We thank Congressional leadership, led by Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), for their strong leadership on this issue and look forward to the bill's implementation," he added 

Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed bipartisan legislation addressing the shortage of agricultural inspectors who protect our nation's food supply and agricultural industries at the border:
"Agriculture is critical to the security of our nation. As threats of African Swine Fever, bird flu, and other crippling agricultural epidemics sweep across the globe, it's imperative that we take the necessary steps to protect America's food supply and agricultural industries.
I commend my colleagues in both the Senate and the House for passing such important legislation providing for the security of American agriculture."

On Monday, the White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought released the President's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget of the United States Government.

In response, NAWG President and Lavon, TX wheat farmer Ben Scholz issued the following:

"While NAWG continues to review the budget proposal in more detail, we do see that it proposes drastic cuts to some key programs for wheat farmers.

"It has become an annual tradition for the Administration's proposed budget to include cuts to crop insurance, which has happened under Presidents from both political parties. It must be understood that issuing cuts to crop insurance can make policies more expensive for farmers. When input costs remain high and commodity prices low, this additional cost could result in many growers not having insurance and may make it difficult for them to stay in business.

AND to take a look at the multitude of resources that the White House has released on 2021 Budget Proposal- click here.

As for Senator James Lankford- he reminds everyone that no President's Budget ever is actually adopted- but he says he likes the fact that there are some ideas for reform to curb our national debt. "I'm encouraged that reforms are at the forefront of the President's budget proposal this year, including a responsible glide path to balance the budget in 15 years. I encourage my colleagues to at least read and consider some of these proposals and adopt some of the solutions to lower our spending and put us on a path to lower our national debt.

His full statement is available here.

 Peel2Dr. Derrell Peel Looks Back and The Ahead at Our Current Cattle and Beef Trade

Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel takes a look back and ahead at Cattle and Beef Trade.

Beef exports in 2019 were down 4.4 percent compared to 2018. Exports were down year over year to most major destinations including Japan (-10.0 percent); Hong Kong (-24.7 percent); Mexico (-5.4 percent) and Canada (-10.6 percent). Among major markets, only South Korea was up 7.1 percent year over year.

Japan accounted for the largest share of 2019 beef exports at 26.4 percent of the total. South Korea is the second largest market with 22.6 percent of total exports. Number three market Mexico represented 14.0 percent of beef exports. Canada is fourth at 8.9 percent followed closely by Hong Kong with a 7.7 percent share of the total. The top five markets along with Taiwan at 5.8 percent represent 86.1 percent of total exports. Beef exports to China increased in the second half of 2019 bringing the total for the year to a 1.1 percent share of total exports. 

To read more from Dr. Peel, click here: 

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Are the latest cattle inventory numbers from the USDA square with 2019 figures? In today's Beef Buzz we discuss that issue with Don Close, Rabo AgriFinance senior analyst for food and agribusiness

There are probably more cattle and calves on our nation's farms and ranches than the latest USDA figures would indicate, Close said. 

He noted that throughout 2019, USDA's week-to-week numbers would indicate we had radically stopped cow herd expansion. 

"I think the USDA over estimated our cow herds in both 2017 and 2018 and inflated that anticipated view of cattle outside of feed yards," said Close. "We are still unraveling those numbers and will eventually get back to equilibrium."
Close said the big unknown for 2020 will be the drought prospects in the southwest this summer. 

"This will be a huge indication of just how much of a reduction we see in the cow numbers," said Close.
Is the current estimate of 31 million head of cattle make sense for the industry right now? 

Close said to fit in with the 9-year cattle cycle, he would expect to see even more cow herd liquidation than the USDA numbers would indicate. 

The following is an "Op-Ed that jumped out at me as I combed through my Monday flow of emails of the latest news and views from the world of ag- it was thought provoking to me and I wanted to share it with you....

Of the many inaccurate arguments misattributed to dairy in the debate over imitation-product labeling, one of the most persistent is that "Big Dairy says consumers are confused about what milk is" - a statement that tries to turn a public-health issue into a debate on respect for consumer intelligence.

Saying that "Big Dairy" (whatever that is) thinks consumers can't tell real milk from a plant-based beverage is a classic "red herring" argument, a logical fallacy that leads audiences toward false conclusions by misdirecting an important question.
The misstatement - let's call it what it really is: the Big Lie - creates its own confusion by substituting the important public-health issue that dairy and health advocates are raising - whether consumers understand the nutritional differences between dairy products and plant-based imitators - with an argument that no one is actually making, but is easier to refute. 

Michael Kelsey with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association has issued a "Call to Action" on what his organization says is needed language that needs to be added on a bill dealing with Ad Volorum taxes-

Kelsey says HB 1992 needs to be amended to include a 60% threshold for passing any tax increases by cities and towns by a vote of the people- that it would make this measure comparable to the 60% approval needed for education.

The measure could come to the floor of the House as early as later today. OCA is asking folks to call your House member to push them for this change.

He explains his reasoning in the video below.

Feb. 10, 2020 OCA Member Call To Action
Feb. 10, 2020 OCA Member Call To Action

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