Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 5/24/2018 5:03 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.

MarketLinksLet'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.

During Wednesday's sale of finished cattle on the - 225 head of cattle were offered with no sales reported. Click here to see their complete market results.

OKC West in El Reno finally saw stronger Feeder Cattle Prices on Wednesday- Feeder Steers under 900 lbs 8.00-10.00 higher, over 900 lbs 5.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold 4.00-7.00 higher.- The Full Report is Available Here.

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 Wednesday, May 23rd.
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
   Thursday, May 24, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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FeatureLivestock Haulers Could Find Relief from Hours of Service Rule with Introduction of Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act in US Senate

News arrived late yesterday of the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act into the US Senate, which provides livestock haulers subject to the inconvenient Hours of Service rule under the Electronic Logging Device Mandate with a glimpse of hope that relief is within sight.

Livestock haulers are scheduled to have to start using ELDs to track their driving times and distances on Oct. 1, 2018. Under current rules, they would be required to turn on their ELDs after crossing out of the 150-air-mile radius from their loading point, after which they can only drive for 11 hours before taking a mandatory 10-hour break.

This presents a challenge though for livestock haulers as their cargo is comprised of living and breathing animals that must be kept moving, and transported to their destination as quickly and as safely as possible. The TLAAS Act would fix that issue to ensure the welfare of the animals in haulers' care. 

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association broke the news in a release Wednesday afternoon applauding the group of 10 senators that sponsored the legislation.

"Given the unique nature of livestock hauling - often very long distances between cow-calf operations and feedlots or processing facilities - and the fact that we're transporting live animals that must be treated humanely - this legislation is vitally important and I think it strikes a balance coupled with common sense for everybody involved," stated NCBA President Kevin Kester.

Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Michael Kelsey also remarked on the news- calling it a REALLY big deal for beef cattle producers.

"OCA is very excited about this legislation! After many months of tedious work led by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association," he said. "This legislation provides common sense and workable solutions recognizing safety, animal handling and efficiency."

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They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

FSAFSA County Committee Nominations to Launch June 15th - Here's What You Need to Know

The USDA is calling on all those interested in running for a seat on their local Farm Service Agency County Committee or nominating someone that is, to prepare for the week of June 15th when county offices will begin accepting nominations.

Producers who serve on their county committee play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Typically, FSA county committees consist of three to 11 members who serve a three-year term and meet once a month, or as needed. Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.

To be considered, a producer must sign the appropriate nomination form an adhere to the proper protocol, all of which can be found by clicking here. All nomination forms must be turned in by Aug. 1, 2018. Election ballots will then be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5, 2018.

KelseyOCA's Top Hand Michael Kelsey Catches Up on a Busy Year Talking Wildfire, Convention and State Capitol Review

Earlier this week, we caught up with Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey for a brief update on the association's recent activities. According to Kelsey, much of their time has been occupied coordinating wildfire relief initiatives, planning the 2018 OCA Convention and Trade Show and monitoring the work of state lawmakers during the legislative session that recently adjourned.

Regarding the wildfire relief efforts, Kelsey says the organization's Foundation has so far collected approximately $400,000 in donations. The goal is to have these funds distributed within 90 days of the event's actual occurrence. To meet that goal, Kelsey is asking producers who would like to apply for assistance to do so by June 1st. The one-page application can be found and printed, here. You may also donate to the fund if you wish, by clicking here.

Also coming up, is the OCA's 66th Annual Convention and Trade Show - this year's agenda focusing on the business side of the cattle industry. Kelsey and his team have put together an exciting slate of presenters that will cover a variety of topics geared toward elevating the average producer's business acumen. Plus, he says this year's trade show will eclipse all those that have come before it. You won't want to miss it - so why not register now? Click here to pre-register for the event scheduled for July 20 - 21 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Okla.

Finally, Kelsey also touched on his thoughts coming out of this year's legislative session for Oklahoma. While ag came out unscathed it seems, he says the stage has already been set for a full frontal assault on the agriculture tax exemption. Though attempts to abolish the exemption were deflected this time around, Kelsey fears the exemption has been painted a target for future debate. While that is concerning, Kelsey says the good news is that recognizing this threat will at least allow the ag industry time to prepare itself and map out a strategy for moving forward.

You can listen to our full-length discussion on these topics, by clicking or tapping here.

SwineShowing Swine this Year? State Vet Rod Hall Advises Exhibitors on Proper Ear-Tagging Procedures

Our State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall addressed some common issues related to problems with ear tags falling out or getting infected in the past, in a recent piece published yesterday to our website. If you are an OSU Extension educator, an ag educator, an exhibitor, or a veterinarian who will be dealing with show swine during the upcoming summer and fall show season, you may be interested in making yourself aware of these issues outlined by Dr. Hall.

According to Hall, all pigs that are tested after June 1, 2018 must have an electronic 840 tag applied when they are tested. Make sure when you order tags that they are electronic 840 tags. 840 is the first three numbers of official USDA tags. Tags that begin with numbers that are not 840 are not official tags. Tulsa State Fair tags will be electronic but will not be 840 Official tags.

There are three things, though, that folks should look out for that can potentially cause problems with tag retention. Those include improper placement of the tag; using the improper applicator for the tag; and infection.

Based on a colleague's experience, Hall recommends using an Allflex HDX 840 Official RFID Button Tag. These tags are a little more expensive (about $2.75 per tag) than some others but have shown to be very effective. Allflex also has an FDX 840 Official RFID Button Tag that is less expensive. Both tags may be applied with the Allflex Universal Total tagger with the black insert removed or the EID Ultra Retract-O-Matic. The small arrow on the tag should point up to keep from damaging the microchip in the tag. Hall suggests watching some instructional videos that he included in his article, for instruction on proper applicator usage and tag placement. You can watch these videos and read more information on the proper application of ear tags on livestock, by clicking here.

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BUZZAs Australia Comes Back Online, the Need for a Permanent Trade Deal with Japan Becoming Critical

In Japan, the largest market for US beef, we continue to be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to the tariff rate compared to Australia, for example. Currently, as a non-member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the US is subject to a 38.5 percent tariff rate. And while marketing conditions have been favorable recently, which has allowed American beef producers to capitalize on this fleeting situation we are in currently, Kent Bacus with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says we can't rely on that to continue and must seek a long-term solution. He says, there are two ways in which we can fix that issue and achieve a more level playing field for the US beef industry.

"We would love to see TPP come back," Bacus said, highlighting the first option. "I don't think that message could be any more clear. But we have to face realities. This administration walked away from TPP and while there's been a few remarks here and yonder - we haven't seen real progress in getting back into TPP."

The second option and one that seems to have more support from the White House, is to negotiate a bilateral agreement with Japan. Bacus says this is more likely to happen then getting back in on TPP, insisting that the "well has been poisoned" on TPP and getting traction on that in Congress has been difficult as of late. Success can be had though with a bilateral agreement. Bacus points to the growing success of the US - South Korea trade deal, or KORUS, as a prime example of a treaty that works. Regardless of which avenue is taken, Bacus says the main thing is to get the ball rolling one way or the other.

"While we may have a better chance of getting a bilateral, we're going to support any initiative that moves the needle on this. We're going to feel the pain once Australia comes back online and can start producing beef," he asserted. "The last thing we need is more talk. We need to see some clear progress."

Listen to Bacus and I discuss the progress being made, or lack thereof, when it comes to the administration's efforts to strike a bilateral trade agreement with Japan, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
EPAEPA Announces Assistance for Delaware Nation in Oklahoma to Support Community Revitalization 

On Wednesday, in support of the Trump Administration's Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the EPA joined other federal partners in announcing assistance to help the Delaware Nation in Oklahoma and 14 other communities revitalize downtowns, boost the local economy, improve public health, and protect the environment through local food enterprises. The assistance is provided through Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP), a federal initiative that helps communities reinvest in their neighborhoods and improve quality of life as they develop the local food economy.

Through LFLP, a team of experts will work with local communities to identify local assets and opportunities that can support local food enterprises, and set goals for leveraging those resources in ways that spur revitalization. They then develop an implementation plan and help identify potential resources from the participating federal agencies to support implementation.

The Delaware Nation will focus on revitalization in Anadarko, Okla., to create a community anchor for physical activities and healthy, local food. The project aims to establish a permanent farmers market, develop a walking and biking trail, and create a community garden that will help manage stormwater runoff, improve air and soil quality, and reduce waste through composting.

Click here to read more about this project and the LFLP program.
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NobleCollegiate Scholars Join Noble Research Institute for Summer-Long Internship of Advanced Learning

Each summer, the Noble Research Institute provides more than a dozen college students with an internship that they insist is a life-changing experience. The NRI announced this week that it has selected its newest group of students to participate in the 2018 term. These students will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with Noble Research Institute staff in Ardmore, Oklahoma through the summer - focusing on six core areas of expertise: animal science and livestock management, agricultural economics, horticulture, range and pasture management, soils and crops, and wildlife and fisheries. 

Student interns will have the chance to conduct plant science research with mentor scientists in Noble's laboratories and greenhouse facilities.

"These scholar programs offer a tremendous learning experience," said Bill Buckner, Noble Research Institute president and CEO. "The students are given the rare opportunity to work in a real-world setting; learn from some of the best minds in their selected fields; and make contributions that can actually impact the scientific community, agricultural producers and consumers." 

Students selected for either program must demonstrate academic merit, and they must complete a rigorous application and interview process. "When you see these students on our campus, you know they are some of the best this generation has to offer," Buckner said. 

Read more about this class of student interns selected for this prestigious opportunity to be mentored by Noble researchers, by clicking here.
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