Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/30/2018 5:01 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 717 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, January 31st sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website..
Yearling and Calf Prices were stronger on Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- click or tap here for their complete Jan 29 report.

Joplin Regional Stockyards saw calf prices slip lower on Monday's Yearling and Stocker Sale- Click here for the USDA report for 1/29.
OKC West sold slaughter cows mostly 1.00-3.00 higher and slaughter bulls 1.00-2.00 higher compared to the last sale - click or tap here for details.

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, January 29th.
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
   Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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NAFTAAs NAFTA Negotiation Round Wraps Up in Montreal, Trump's Total Withdrawal Still a Potential Threat

During the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal, the bipartisan group working to restore support for agricultural trade called, Farmers for Free Trade, brought farmers from Texas and Kansas to the meeting in Canada to discuss the importance of NAFTA with members of Congress and the media. The group's executive director, Brian Kuehl, stated after the meeting adjourned that despite the progress being made in the renegotiation of NAFTA, uncertainty remains supreme in the farm sector. He implied that the President's potential to completely withdraw from the accord was still a threat a real possibility. He called for the Administration to give farmers security that he would work to keep the trade agreement going, which would otherwise be detrimental to the farm economy.

"Uncertainty in NAFTA negotiations is creating uncertainty for American farmers," Kuehl stated. "As we head into planting season, farmers need the confidence that exports to America's two most important agricultural export markets will remain viable. While it's heartening to know that progress was made and compromises were proposed in Montreal, it's also clear that these negotiations could last longer than anticipated.

"The potential for NAFTA withdrawal to now remain an option into 2019 is a major concern. It's time to remove the cloud of withdrawal so that farmers and ranchers have the certainty they deserve while NAFTA is being modernized."
Click here to see the actual statement released by Farmer for Free Trade, yesterday, on our website.

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Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the , provided through the USDA's NRCS office. CSP helps agricultural producers earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities on their operations - all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques to help improve the environment.

NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and that benefit them the most on their particular operation. New tools are also available that help producers pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives and see potential payment scenarios.

NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018. Applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

Learn more about CSP, how to enroll in the program and what benefits you could bring to your operation by getting involved, by clicking or tapping here.

Mary Kay Thatcher, a 31-year veteran of the American Farm Bureau Federation, will join Syngenta in mid-February 2018 as senior lead of Federal Government Relations, based in Washington, D.C.
"Mary Kay's experience in delivering policy results to America's producers and consumers demonstrates her unmatched capacity for successful coalition building, strategic insight and political savvy," said Laura Peterson, head of Federal Government Relations, Syngenta. "With an exceptional background in legislative and administrative issues - from digital technology to the Farm Bill - Mary Kay will help us better serve farmers across the country."

Thatcher brings an extensive experience of advocacy for farm programs, crop insurance, conservation and credit issues to Syngenta. She is widely recognized as one of the most knowledgeable farm policy experts in the U.S.

Prior to joining AFBF in 1982, Thatcher served as a legislative assistant for agriculture and trade to Sen. Roger Jepsen of Iowa. Also, she served in President George H. W. Bush's Administration as director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Farm Credit Administration. She is a fifth generation Iowa farmer and produces corn, soybeans and livestock.
Read more about Thatcher and her qualifications for this new industry role, by clicking here.

Johnston Seed Company, an Oklahoma-based leader in seed products, is celebrating a milestone 125 years of business this year.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is planned to commemorate the anniversary for March 9th, at Johnston's headquarters in Enid, Okla.

"We are very excited to invite everyone to help celebrate our 125th anniversary," says Joey Meibergen, CEO and President. "It is because of our employees and our customers that we have continued to invest in our infrastructure. These new warehouses and improved retail store will ensure service to our customers for another 125 years."

Central to the company's 125th anniversary celebration has been a two-year process of rebranding and investing in the infrastructure of Johnston Seed Company. In 2017, the company unveiled a new company logo, branding and messaging along with the launch of a new website. Johnston's also expanded its headquarters to include a 3,000 square foot retail center, and two warehouse expansions totaling over 35,750 square feet of new processing and warehouse space.
For more details on this incredible milestone, including the specific information regarding the ribbon-cutting ceremony, click here.

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If you have got questions about your beef checkoff- the Oklahoma Beef Council has lots of resources on their website that can provide answers!
There is an excellent Q&A with Chairman Tom Fanning and Vice Chair Angie Meyer that you can check out here. 
And- there is a Myths and Facts page about what is going on with the checkoff and how your dollars are being spent- click or tap here to jump there. 
AND- click here for the home page of the Oklahoma Beef Council website- there's tons of resources you can discover- including great recipes to try out with your family.
Oklahoma's Beef Producers want to remind you- above all else- BEEF, It's Whats for Dinner! 

Colorado rancher, Elisabeth Erickson-Noe, spoke this past week to members of the Oklahoma Independent Stockgrowers Association in Oklahoma City. I talked with her before she made her presentation to a small group of producers on Saturday night. The issue she is troubled by is the sustainability movement that has captured the attention of almost all of agriculture - including the beef industry.
According to Erickson-Noe, the whole concept of "sustainability" was created by environmentalists under the umbrella of the World Wildlife Fund. It is her belief, that consumers' interests aren't truly behind the industry's motivation to become more efficient and environmentally friendlier. She insists it is instead being promulgated by the WWF and industry leaders who have secretly bought into this idea.

"It actually began with the World Wildlife Fund," Erickson-Noe asserted detailing her research into the origins of the trend. "Jason Clay (who leads the work of WWF-US on agriculture, aquaculture, business and industry, finance, fisheries, and forests) talks about sustainability being a necessary precursor for the market and his take on it is that consumers shouldn't have a choice - that all products on the shelf should be sustainably produced. Knowing that and where it comes from is my concern."

She quotes Clay in his many lectures that can be found online, as saying that "collusion" would be a necessary tactic in achieving the WWF's goal for a more sustainable food supply. She worries that collusion he has spoken of, has come to pass and believes the industry is being surreptitiously influenced to align with ideas and solutions for a problem which she argues does not exist.

"I know that it's not an issue with the consumer, it's actually an issue of control," she said. "It's an attack on our industry and we need to stand up against it and ask our industry leaders to not comply with this and know the truth behind the message."
Read more and listen to our full-length conversation up on our website - click here.
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FarmDataAs We Blaze a Trail to Phoenix- Farm Data Services is Official Sponsor of RON Coverage of the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention

We appreciate the support of Clay Burtrum and Farm Data Services as they are sponsoring our coverage over the next few days from Phoenix and the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, which is starting to crank up today- and will be in full gear with the opening of Cattlemen's College after lunch- continuing all the way to Saturday morning and the NCBA Board of Directors meeting. 

Click or tap here to learn more about how Farm Data Services and how they can help you be successful in today's farming and ranching business- Farm Data Services is a Management Accounting Firm,Providing Services to Farmers, Ranchers, Feedlots,Small business and Lenders Since 1982.

First out of the chute today and tomorrow is Cattlemen's College. Keynoter at the 2018 Cattlemen's College is the President of Arby's Restaurant Group- Rob Lynch.  

Lynch will speak about "Going BIG with Beef," to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cattlemen's College. During his speech, Lynch will offer participants an inside look at Arby's "We Have the Meats" marketing campaign, a program which he helped launch. 

During his tenure, he also managed the product innovation team that tests more than 1,000 potential menu items each year, giving him a first-hand understanding of the consumer landscape. That understanding is crucial for today's cattle producers, as the industry continues its quest to remain the protein of choice for consumers around the globe.

Other highlights at the 2018 CIC is a keynote in the Opening General Session by the Pioneer Woman- Ree Drummond of Osage County, the annual Cattlefax Market Outlook Seminar and the huge trade show that will be opening through Friday afternoon. 

Click here for more from our calendar on the Cattlemen's College activities and click here for the landing webpage for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention.

Troy Marshall, state statistician for Oklahoma, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service is encouraging Oklahoma producers large and small, rural and urban, to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

Farmers and ranchers have less than a week to submit their information to the Department of Agriculture, online at or by mail by the February 5th deadline. Everyone who received the 2017 Census of Agriculture questionnaire is required to return it, even if they are not currently farming. The first few qualifying questions on the form will determine whether completing the entire questionnaire is necessary. After the deadline, USDA NASS will begin follow-up contact methods to collect responses.

By NASS and USDA standards, a producer is anyone who produces and sells $1,000 worth of agricultural goods and has the potential to produce or sell that amount within the census year, which, in this case, is 2017. 
Marshall said it is important for producers to participate in the census because it is used for a wide range of purposes, including developing legislation such as the Farm Bill and programs targeting producers.
Any producer who has a question about the form or who did not receive a questionnaire should contact the Census of Agriculture helpline at 888-424-7828. You can click over to our website to continuing reading about the Census for more information.
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!

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