Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/4/2018 5:41 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 Carson on RON.

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OKC West sold slaughter cows 5.00-7.00 lower and slaughter bulls mostly 5.00 lower on a light test compared to a week ago- click here for the full report from USDA.

At the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday- 12,000 head were on hand and prices were headed lower- Feeder steers traded 2.00-5.00 lower. Steer calves 450-600 lbs. mostly 5.00-8.00 lower. Click or tap here for the complete USDA report.

Joplin Regional Stockyards saw lower prices on Monday- total receipts were 9,672- Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves 4.00 to 8.00 lower, except steer calves under 450 lbs steady, yearlings 3.00 to 6.00 lower. Click or tap here for the full report from USDA.

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 Monday, December 3rd.
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, December 4, 2018

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made several stops in the Chicago area on Monday- including making time to address the 2018 Illinois Farm Bureau Convention- he talked China and he talked about the almost concluded 2018 Farm Bill.

Regarding the announced ninety day cooling off period between the United States and China- Secretary Perdue expressed hope that the pause in tariff threats will result in US farm products being bought once again by the Chinese- "I'm excited about the possibility of China buying our stuff again and stop stealing our stuff! That's really what it's about - We want 'em to buy our stuff and stop stealing it."

On the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report- he acknowledged that the measure won't get final consideration this week in Congress because of the focus in Washington over the death and memorial services of former President George H W Bush- he does expect that we will know more details about the bill by early next week.

Perdue does believe that farmers will like Title I- the federal farm safety net programs. He expects there will be positive tweaks in both the PLC and ARC programs- and that Crop Insurance will be fully protected.

To hear further remarks offered up by Secretary Perdue to the delegates at the Illinois Farm Bureau meeting,
click here.


U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued a statement following the news of China's apparent return to the negotiating table during the G-20 Summit, also remarking on Trump Administration's proactive efforts in seeking resolutions on the disputes with Mexico and Canada regarding their retaliatory duties imposed on the US pork and beef products in response to the White House's metal tariffs.
"... It is encouraging to see the U.S. and China return to the negotiating table," Halstrom stated. "Global demand for U.S. red meat is very strong, but exports cannot reach their full potential until the retaliatory duties imposed by Mexico, China and Canada are removed."
Read the complete statement by Halstrom, by clicking or tapping here.

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This is the 25th year for the Tulsa Farm Show- which started with 70 exhibitors using 66,000 square feet of what today is called the River Spirit Expo Center. Here in 2018- the show occupies both the upper and lower areas of the massive indoor facility- and will be a safe haven from whatever mother nature may have going outside Thursday through Saturday of this week. 

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.

This year's show features several exciting events that will happen in conjunction with the show including Craig Cameron's Horsemanship Clinics, Livestock equipment demonstrations, Livestock Handling Skills Scholarship Competition, Oklahoma Youth Scholarship Benefit Auction and live music from Rusty Rierson.

Doors open Thursday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Entry and parking at this event is free all weekend, so there is no reason not to attend.

For the latest information on the show, click or tap here and hear event organizer Scott Guttormson talk more about the highlights of this year's show. 

And you can click here to jump straight to the interactive map that shows where all the exhibitors will be at the 2018 show.

Editors note- It was interesting to go back and listen to the comments of long time Marketing Director for Midwest Shows, John Sampson, as he talked with us five years ago when the show was celebrating it's 20th anniversary. Click here to jump back five years to hear his comments about this long running December tradition for Oklahoma agriculture.

President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat on Friday named Senator Casey Murdock, R-Felt, as chair of the Agriculture and Wildlife Committee and Senator Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, as the committee's vice chair. The announcement was accompanied by a complete list of all the chairs and vice chairs of the Senate standing committees for the 57th Legislature.

"Senate Republicans are optimistic for the future and potential of Oklahoma. We are excited about working on common sense, practical conservative solutions that will usher in transformative change that will have a long-term, positive impact on our state," said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. "I have confidence in the women and men I have named committee chairs and vice chairs and know they will do great work for the Senate, for their constituents, and for the entire state of Oklahoma."

In addition, Pro Tem-designate Treat also announced Friday the vice chairs of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees. The list of standing committee chairs and vice chairs can be found in the original story published on our website - click here. The full committee makeup will be announced at a later date.

Cameron Bruett of JBS-USA Addresses the Beef Industry's Problem with Perception vs. Reality

Cameron Bruett is head of corporate affairs and sustainability at JBS-USA, a leading North American meat processor and the world's largest cattle feeder. He spoke about the issue of sustainability in the beef industry as a keynote speaker during the 2018 American Angus Association Convention in Columbus, Ohio. According to him, one of the main issues at hand when it comes to sustainability, especially in regard to the consumer, is the difference between perception and reality.

In short, Bruett says that although the industry is in fact doing a good job at producing quality protein and doing it quite sustainably for that matter, the public seems unconvinced with the reality of the situation. Instead, the consuming public perceives the ag industry to be wasteful and a drain on natural resources. And that's not necessarily their fault, Bruett explained.

"The modern-day consumer is bombarded with so much messaging by biased individuals that it is very difficult to break through all that noise," Bruett said. "But the reality for our industry is demand is growing and the product continues to fly off the shelves. So, we're doing something right."

To combat this problem with perception, essentially, Bruett says the industry must collaborate within and outside of the industry - in order to find the right balance of conventional production and sustainable practices. He says the right combination will satisfy customer concerns, but at the same time not compromise the quality of the product being produced. On behalf of the beef industry, Bruett is doing his part in that endeavor, as a voice advocating for producers on the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
Learn more about how Bruett is fighting the misconceptions consumers have about beef and beef sustainability, by clicking here to listen to yesterday's Beef Buzz.

For his article in this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Dr. Derrell Peel decided to take a look at the difficulty the cull cow market has had lately at finding a bottom and the reasons behind it. According to Peel, the cull cow market likely reached a seasonal low in November but, he says it has been difficult to understand this market this year as cull cow prices have been counter-seasonally lower year over year from May through October and have averaged 13-15 percent lower year over year for the last seven months.

"Cull cow prices typically begin a slight recovery in December following the November seasonal low. The question is whether the normal seasonal price increase can be expected given how weak the cull cow market has been since May of this year," Peel writes. "One of the big factors contributing to weak cull cow prices has been weak cow boxed beef prices in the second half of 2018."

Peel adds that increased supplies of cow beef is no doubt part of the cause for lower cow beef (and cull cow) prices, as well. But while overall beef demand has been strong in 2018, the demand for cow beef is more uncertain.
"The bulk of cow beef is used for ground beef. It is possible that ground beef demand is facing more pressure from large supplies of pork and poultry compared to beef middle meats," he writes. "With all that said, I expect that a relative tightening of cow beef supplies will help cull cow prices to follow close to a normal seasonal increase going into 2019. Like all beef markets it is dynamic and evolving and bears watching in the coming months."

Read Peel's complete analysis in this week's Cow/Calf Corner, by clicking over to our website.

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Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more.  In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Tulsa Farm Show a don't-miss event. 

Click here for more details about the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday appointed Matt Lohr to serve as Chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Perdue says the "knowledge and experience he brings to the table will help ensure our locally-led, science-based approach continues to offer farmers the conservation solutions needed to enhance their environment and commercial viability."

Lohr, raised on a century farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, now owns and operates Valley Pike Farm. Before his appointment by the Trump Administration, Lohr held public office, serving in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-2010. He then served as Virginia's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2010 to 2013.

More recently, Lohr worked as Knowledge Center Director for Farm Credit of the Virginias.

Click here to learn more about Lohr, in the original announcement from USDA.

National Association of Conservation Districts President Brent Van Dyke, released a statement following the announcement, calling Lohr's appointment welcomed news.

"NACD welcomes this long anticipated announcement,"
 Van Dyke said. "In addition to being raised on a farm, Matt Lohr has proven his commitment to agriculture and conservation through his nearly 30 years in leadership capacities. NRCS is a crucial partner in the federal, state and local government conservation partnership, and I applaud USDA for its diligence in appointing a strong leader."

Esther Miller of Okmulgee, OK Recognized by ODAFF as a Significant Woman in State's Ag IndustrySeven

On Monday, Esther Miller of Okmulgee, Okla. was recognized by ODAFF as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture. Esther was born in the 1930s to Aldon and Rose Sullivan Magness, who raised wheat, cotton and cattle near Geary. In later years, the family took on a custom wheat harvesting business and operated combines from Grandfield in southern Oklahoma all the way to Montana.

Esther and her husband, Dave, met in 1952 while attending then-Oklahoma A&M College. They married in 1953 and Dave was drafted soon after that. Dave came from a pioneer ranching family, a cow/calf operation in northeastern Okmulgee County. In 1878, Dave's grandfather Bluford Miller and his new bride, Lizzie Anderson, made their home in a log cabin along Rock Creek. Two years later they moved into an L-shaped two-story house. Today, Esther and Dave live in that house that was remodeled nearly a hundred years ago, in 1919.

The Millers have lived on the home place for 55 years now and the business is still very much a family endeavor. Over the years they have added some land, but mostly have cleared land already owned. Early on there were some registered Hereford cows, but the cow herd was mostly commercial. In 1982, though, Dave sold his cows and shifted gears, moving instead into the stocker business.

Read more about Esther and what makes her a Significant Woman in Agriculture, by clicking here to jump to her full profile on our website.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef CouncilOklahoma AgCreditOklahoma 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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