Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/30/2018 5:01 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.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick 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 Thursday, November 30th.
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, November 30, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
2018 Farm Bill Deal Announced by Big Four Farm Bill Negotiators

House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) made the following announcement Thursday on the state of 2018 Farm Bill negotiations:

"We're pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement in principle on the 2018 Farm Bill. We are working to finalize legal and report language as well as CBO scores, but we still have more work to do. We are committed to delivering a new farm bill to America as quickly as possible."

House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway remarked that, "This is a big step for all Four Corners to say 'this is the deal we want.' And, now we just have to be firm with our staff to make sure that any differences between the staff, we get resolved quickly and get this thing processed in an expeditious manner."

The industry reacted almost immediately after the announcement was made.

"It's imperative that farmers and rural communities have a new farm bill this year," said National Corn Growers Association President Lynn Chrisp. "NCGA is grateful for today's announcement that sets the steps in motion to ensure that happens."

"The farm bill and ag policy broadly remain bipartisan matters and we encourage both houses of Congress to approve this bill once it is finalized by House and Senate Ag Leaders," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. We are thankful the Agriculture committees have stayed true to their mission to serve the American farmer and rancher and our nation's consumers, and we look forward to working with the next Congress on all the issues facing agriculture."

"NAWG appreciates conferees diligently working together to reach an agreement to strengthen the agriculture industry," said Jimmie Musick, Oklahoma wheat farmer and president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. "This past year our growers have dealt with the impact of the trade war between U.S. and China, extreme weather conditions, and a struggling rural economy and more. Farm Bill support programs provide them with some certainty during these volatile times."

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On Thursday morning, lawmakers in the Senate and House Agriculture Committees announced that they had reached an agreement in principle on the Farm Bill. Speculation had been circulating since talks began on the Farm Bill, if whether or not the primary policy leaders would ultimately decide to include a highly talked about provision to legalize hemp production in the legislation. News confirming that indeed such language made the cut, came yesterday after the initial announcement was made on a final agreement.

According to a release, the language as written would define Hemp as all parts of the plant, "including seeds and extracts-as long as they contain less than 0.3 percent THC." The cannabis industry says that this will big proponent to the CBD market.

If passed, the crop would be entirely removed from the Controlled Substances Act, which Paul Rosen, the CEO of Tidal Royalty and one of the original pioneers of the CBD and cannabis industries says, "Would open the door for CBD-based products at a national level, helping a wider segment of the population experience firsthand the benefits of cannabis-derived products. It would also allow the use of hemp as an input in many more products (as legalization should reduce prices)." he adds "From the CBD perspective, legalization would open the door for corporate farming (big agriculture) to quickly dominate the cultivation and manufacturing of CBD inputs. This should bring down effective pricing. We see the value in the industry accruing to the brands that can utilize CBD inputs to create compelling products that consumers want."

Click here to read the complete story on our website.

Former Chair John Pfeiffer Recounts the Certified Angus Beef Success Story - 40 Years in the Making

Earlier this month, Oklahoma breeder, John Pfeiffer, was elected President of the American Angus Association. Before he started going through the officer chairs of the breed association, though, Pfeiffer served on the Certified Angus Beef Board and was sitting chairman the year the brand eclipsed the billion-pound mark of beef sales. During the 40th Year Anniversary celebration of the beef brand that has become the gold standard of branded beef programs, we caught up with Pfeiffer to talk about the remarkable success of the brand and the tenacity of the Angus producers that have made it possible.

"Everybody talks about the overnight success of CAB, but we have to remember it took us nearly 10 years to really sell the first million pounds," he said. "Now, we're having 100 million months on the go... Being a true disciple of CAB is what has helped create the Angus breed."

Pfeiffer remembers the hardship that the program had during its formative years when it had trouble getting its footing in the marketplace. He recounts a few times when the program was almost shut down when the board lacked faith in the young brand's full potential.

"Today, there is a clamoring for more of it. Our participants continue to want more of the product and actually they are wanting more prime products. So, that's another area we're going to have to increase," Pfeiffer said. "CAB has become so important at the present time. There is more pounds of CAB that goes out then there is select beef right now and that is phenomenal. When you become a class of meat - that sets you apart in the beef industry."

Listen to Pfeiffer and I discuss the CAB success story that has taken 40 years to write, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

This Week on SUNUP - Kim Anderson Expects to See Little Change in Planted Acres for OK Commodities

Grain markets have entered into what OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson refers to as "Holiday Mode," acting a bit sluggish ever since coming off the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In his most recent visit with SUNUP Host Lyndall Stout, Anderson explained that this is actually quite normal to see the markets behave this way during this time of year. Closer to Christmas, though, he expects things might pick up a little as farmers attempt to generate some shopping capital. 

At present, Anderson reports those domestic wheat prices are moving sideways within a low range, though he says it seems prices have broken from their recent downtrend that has maintained over the past month or so - increasing almost 10 cents. He says most all other commodities have likewise received small price increases as well.

Production here at home is mostly down across the commodities aside from corn, up from last year's production of 126 bpa to 140. Wheat came in at 28 bpa versus last year's 34. Sorghum, cotton, and canola are also all down compared to 2017. And while some minor changes might occur, Anderson does not expect to see much change in acreage use here in Oklahoma during 2019 compared to this year.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this weekend's episode, by clicking here.

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Mattie Jeffries of Jay, Okla. was recognized this week by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as the latest to be named a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture. Jeffries is the second to youngest of eight children, raised by a single father who taught her the value of hard work growing up.

She would go on to eventually marry her now husband, Navada Jeffries. Together, the couple has built N & M Farms from the 100 cows Navada had when they began dating. When they first started the farm, they leased all of the land to run the cattle on. Jeffries began working side-by-side with her husband on the tractor, mowing, raking, baling and hauling hay. She even helped him clean out chicken houses for fertilizer. In 2003, eight years after beginning their farm, they were able to buy their first piece of property. Since then, they have continued to purchase more land and cattle. 

Three years ago, Jeffries suffered four ruptured discs - which threatened to end her career as an active farm wife. Fortunately, however, she has since recovered and is back on her feet doing what she loves- working side-by-side with her husband and children. She said she cannot imagine doing anything else with her life. 

To continue reading about Jeffries' life and what makes her a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture, click over to our website.

After collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders in the ag and scientific communities, the EPA announced earlier this month its decision to extend the registration of dicamba for two years for "over-the-top" use in controlling weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. The announcement by the EPA stated that the agency understands the value that dicamba has to American farmers as an effective tool for weed management. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn caught up recently with Ryan Rubischko, product manager and marketing lead at the Bayer owned company, Monsanto, to talk about the EPA's decision and how it will affect his company's legacy dicamba-based products.

Most importantly, Rubischko says this decision implies EPA's confidence in dicamba and Monsanto's XtendiMax technology. That confidence has obviously been extended to farmers as well, who have eagerly adopted the product. According to Rubischko, over 50 million acres of Xtend Soybeans and Cotton with XtendFlex technology has been planted in the US since first being launched two years ago. In soybeans alone - one out of every two acres of soybeans planted across the US were in the Roundup Ready Extend Soybean platform. He says it is expected that acreage amount will expand to more than 60 million acres during the 2019 season.

Regarding the new EPA registration requirements, Rubischko says probably the most important part of that decision is not necessarily a change, but a continuation of the mandated applicator training. Essentially, to use dicamba-based products, farmers will have to participate in a training program. However, Rubischko says Monsanto is making that as easy as possible for farmers and are proactively working with training providers nationwide to give farmers ample access and opportunity to complete this training.

You can listen to their complete conversation and find more information regarding training opportunities by clicking or tapping here.

In yesterday's email, we reported Oklahoma Beef Council's new video campaign was launched six "months" ago. In fact, it was actually launched just a little over two months ago on September 25th. Since that launch date, these videos - which feature several of Oklahoma's farm and ranch families talking about the beef industry and their way of life as cattle producers - has been viewed more than 450,000 times(latest updated number). Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the OBC pointed out in our most recent visit highlighted in this week's edition of Checking In on the Beef Checkoff, that 90 percent of the engagement on social media has been driven organically, which means the content is resonating with consumers.

You can listen to Buckmaster talk about the success of this campaign, view these videos for yourself, or for find more stories about what your Beef Checkoff is doing, by clicking over to our website.

We are less than a week away from the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show- the 25th annual renewal of this December classic! 

Oklahoma's premier agricultural and ranching event returns to the River Spirit Expo (Expo Square) December 6, 7, & 8, 2018.
As Oklahoma's largest indoor farm show with over 400,000 square feet of exhibits, the Tulsa Farm Show is a great end-of-year opportunity to view all the latest in agricultural and ranching equipment.  

More than 390 companies will be featuring a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more.

More details available at their website- click or tap here to head over there.

One of the most lucrative scholarship programs in our state for high school seniors is due effectively TODAY. Oklahoma Youth Expo scholarship applications must be submitted online and five copies must be postmarked or delivered to the office by December 1! With December first a Saturday, any last minute work on these applications has to be complete- submitted online and then the hard copies must be sent to the OYE office- they suggest you use a tracking number for the copies sent via mail. 

One of the great things about this application process is how you are forced to consider who you are and what your goals are for the days ahead after high school and even college. 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarships are at stake- interviews of those applicants who are invited to be interviewed comes up in January and then the scholarships will be presented in March at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo. 

Click here for the page that has more details on the OYE site.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Pork Council, the 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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