Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/17/2018 6:18 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 Horn on RON.

Let's Check the Markets! 

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday 
and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has a total of 304 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, January 17th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
Steer and heifer calves not
well tested at OKC West 
Tuesday, most trades sold 2.00-4.00 higher- click or tap here for a look at the January 16th sale results. 
 Today's First Look:

mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets and more!
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 Tuesday, January 16th.
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
   Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:
NCBACattlemen Kick Off Campaign to Prevent Ranches From Being Regulated Like Toxic Superfund Sites, NCBA's Scott Yager Has the Scoop 

Known as CERCLA and EPCRA, these two EPA regulations commonly referred to as "Superfund" were enacted to cleanup toxic waste dumps and spills, and ensure that parties who emit hazardous chemicals submit reports to their local emergency responders to allow for more effective planning for chemical emergencies.

Neither of these laws were ever intended to govern agricultural operations, for whom emissions from livestock are a part of everyday life.

Unfortunately, though, in April 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court nullified the EPA's standing exemption for agriculture - putting nearly 200,000 farms and ranches under the regulatory reporting authorities enshrined in CERCLA and EPCRA. The new reporting requirements could go into effect as soon as Jan. 22.

We had the chance to visit with Scott Yager of the NCBA's DC office yesterday afternoon about this potential reporting problem for any cattle producer that has 330 or more cattle on their operation- click or tap here to hear our visit with Scott, read more and to have a chance to see the video that has been produced by NCBA that spotlight these potential reporting requirements secured thru court action by anti animal ag activists. 
NCBA has kicked off a media campaign with this new online video featuring Chief Environmental Counsel Yager. In the video, Yager shows the contrast between a contaminated Superfund site and a nearby cattle farm, that would likely have to comply with the new reporting requirements.

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards as a sponsor for our daily email.  The eight Commission firms at the Stockyards make up the exchange- and they are committed to work hard to get you top dollar when you consign your cattle with them.  They will present your cattle to the buyers gathered each Monday or Tuesday at one of the largest stocker and feeder cattle auctions in the world.
Click here for a complete list of the Commission firms that make up the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- still the best place to sell your cattle- and at the heart of Stockyards City, where you can go around the corner enjoy a great steak and shop for the very best in western wear. 

According to the USDA, canola acres planted in Oklahoma have declined significantly this year compared to last. I reached out to Dr. Ron Sholar of the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission and Great Plains Canola Association for his take on what exactly happened that caused this sudden drop-off. Sholar responded pointing his finger at Mother Nature.

September was abnormally dry and arid, he said, making the soil unsuitable for sowing, which prompted farmers to delay their planting for a couple of weeks. And from one extreme to the other - it then began to rain. Having only about a 30-day window, Sholar says many farmers just missed their opportunity to get seed in the ground.
Sholar reports little moisture since October has been seen in the countryside, putting most of the state at roughly 90 days without notable precipitation. Even so, Sholar says the canola fields that did get planted, look remarkably good thanks to, "good subsoil moisture and weather conditions that allowed the crop to acclimate as the cold weather started this year."
Sholar says farmers remain optimistic about the fields they were able to plant this year and believes more farmers will opt to jump on-board with canola next fall, given the current price spread advantage over wheat.
Click here to read more and listen to my full visit with Sholar discussing this year's crop and the Canola College event coming up soon.

Today, one in ten American millennials claim to be either vegetarian or vegan, and the consumer landscape is massively changing, said Anders Sormon-Nilsson, a futurist with Thinque, in an article distributed by Certified Angus Beef this week. "While those might be sort of microtrends right now, eventually what happens is that mindshare actually leads to market share."

To defend against encroachment on the beef marketplace and its consumers, Anders says cattlemen should be connecting with their customers as production agriculturalists - the people that raise food for their friends and neighbors. Sharing your story digitally is one way, he says, cattlemen can build a relationship with their customers.

"Oftentimes, there's a digital disconnect where they're not able to find the right information, and instead they find maybe disinformation online," Anders explained. "And of course, this is a problem for ranchers--if you don't take your storytelling into your own hands and amplify what actually goes on a farm, well, then, you sort of have your own self to blame if the consumer is misinformed."

It's not too late to make changes that will ensure the ranch is around for the next generation, the futurist says.

"I think any rancher that thinks that they're behind," he said, "well I think that's probably a signal from the future that it's time to change today."
Click here to read the full story or watch a video clip featuring Anders talk about how cattlemen can and should be sharing their stories as production agriculturist in the Digital Age.

BUZZAg Industry Holds Its Breath as FDA Mulls Proposed Regulation to Squash Gene Editing Applications

Days before the current Administration took office, the Obama Food & Drug Administration proposed a regulation that would consider animals bred as a result of gene editing, would be considered and regulated as a drug. Dr. Alison Van Eenanaam of the University of California Davis is one of the world's foremost authorities on gene editing in animal production. In a recent conversation, she told me to consider an animal a drug - is crazy.

"This was a draft guidance from the FDA," she explained. "It's not very scientifically defensible because it's not based on product risk."

Van Eeenanaam says the applications of this technology are endless, and not just in agriculture. However, having access to such science would allow livestock breeders to introduce countless useful traits into their breeding programs with precision and efficiency. Developing polled Holstein cattle for example, would address current animal welfare issues related to dehorning. Gene editing could also help in developing disease resistant animals, making potential epidemics we once feared a thing of the past. Despite the obvious benefits this technology offers, though, the FDA's final decision on the regulation has yet to be announced.

"There was a public comment period that was introduced when that draft guidance came out and we haven't had a final wording from the FDA yet. Many of my colleagues are concerned about this proposed regulation because it really will block the ability of public sector science and small companies to use this technology. If you block access to breeding innovations you basically are slowing down the ability of breeders to improve animals. That has large knock-on environmental effects in terms of less efficient agricultural production."

Listen to Van Eenanaam and I discuss the regulatory roadblocks keeping gene editing technology on the sidelines, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.

Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

The Sorghum Checkoff is now accepting applications for Leadership Sorghum Class IV, a program designed to develop the next generation of sorghum leaders.

During the 15-month leadership program, class members will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry in addition to personal development and networking opportunities.

Eligible applicants must be farmers actively engaged in sorghum production in the United States. Fifteen growers will be accepted into the program's fourth class.
Applications for the program are available at and are due by 5:00 p.m. March 16, 2018. More information on the class schedule and program criteria can be found here.
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The National Pork Board is seeking the next America's Pig Farmer of the Year. The award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and in sharing his or her story with the public. The application period is open through March 11.

A panel of third-party judges will again help to determine the final award recipient, with the winner announced during national pork month this October. The public can also play a role in selecting the 2018 winner through viewing short clips of the finalists on their farms and voting for their favorite through the Pork Checkoff's social media outlets.

Last year, Leslie McCuiston, a native of Oklahoma and Connors State College and Oklahoma State University alumna, was named the 2017 America's Pig Farmer of the Year. After graduating from OSU in 2001, she worked with Cargill Pork in eastern Oklahoma, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Pork Council and is a graduate of Class 12 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. Read about her recognition, receiving the honor last year, by clicking here.

Anyone can nominate a U.S. pork producer who is at least 30 years old as of Jan. 1, 2018, here. Complete rules of the award program are on the site as well, along with answers to frequently asked questions. To view the original story with more information, click over to our website.

OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk, wrote about how to assist a cow or heifer in labor and how to recognize the appropriate time to do so in his most recent article for the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

According to him, "heifers that are in stage II of labor (the portion of the birthing process from the first appearance of the water bag until the baby calf is delivered), much more than one hour or cows that were in stage II much more than 30 minutes definitely need assistance."
Research has shown calves from prolonged deliveries are weaker and more disease prone, even if born alive. In addition, cows or heifers with prolonged deliveries return to heat later and are less likely to be bred for the next calf crop.
Click here to jump to Selk's article in its complete form for more of his expert advice on when to assist in delivering calves and what to do.
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Oklahoma Beef Council, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma AgCredit,  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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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