Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 8/22/2018 5:51 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.
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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 359 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, August 22nd sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
Steer calves lightly tested with a higher undertone on comparable sales Tuesday compared to last week at OKC West click or tap here for a look at the August 21st sale results.

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 Tuesday, August 21st.
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, August  22, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Oklahoma's Attorney General Mike Hunter Talks WOTUS, Opioids and Why He's Seeking Reelection

We sat down this week in studio with Oklahoma's current Attorney General Mike Hunter. You'll remember that Hunter was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin after former AG Scott Pruitt left office to join President Trump's Cabinet as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. With the primary election coming up next Tuesday, Hunter is hoping to secure the Republican nomination to continue serving in his current capacity, this time for a full term. On Monday, he spoke to us about some of the issues related to rural Oklahoma that he has been tackling since taking office and what he hopes to continue to offer Oklahomans as their Attorney General. One issue that has certainly drawn his attention as of late, is the resurrection of the controversial Waters of the US rule, thanks to a recent decision by a district court judge in South Carolina.

"Taken literally, it would have reinstated the WOTUS rule. And so, what we've done is asked Judge (Claire) Eagan of Tulsa, to issue an injunction so that the WOTUS rule isn't imposed on folks here in the State of Oklahoma," he said, remarking that other states involved are following suit. "There are actually 26 states that the decision in South Carolina could affect and I think we're all moving quickly to enjoin the WOTUS rule from going into effect."

Hunter agrees that this rule would be damaging to the rural and larger business community in Oklahoma and wherever else it might affect people. Hunter said he shares the industry's hope that the 2015 WOTUS rule will be put to bed once and for all.

"Particularly, for those of us who grew up in agriculture - the idea that a mud puddle or a farm pond is going to be subject to federal regulation just doesn't make any sense."

Aside from WOTUS, though, Hunter is addressing other issues as well including the opioid epidemic that continues to plague rural areas in Oklahoma and across the country. Listen to Hunter speak about what he's done to fight this crisis as well as his thoughts on the legalization of medical marijuana in the state, by clicking or tapping here.

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The American Farm Bureau Federation Monday asked a federal district court in South Carolina put a hold on an order striking a rule that delayed implementation of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. The court order has the effect of immediately reviving and implementing the controversial WOTUS rule in 26 states.

The 2015 rule has been blocked by other court orders in the remaining 24 states. AFBF and a broad coalition of agriculture groups asked the U.S. District Court of South Carolina to delay implementation of its August 16th order while the groups appeal the court's decision.

According to the filing, the court's decision to strike the delay rule harms the public interest "because the 2015 WOTUS rule was promulgated in violation of procedural requirements, is inconsistent with the text of the Clean Water Act, and is unconstitutional-as every court to consider the issue has concluded."

Click here to read the complete release from AFBF on our website.

ThreePro Farmer Tour Scouts Find Little Difference Between Irrigated and Dryland Fields in Nebraska

Report Sessions were held last night in Nebraska City, Neb and Bloomington, Illinois for the 2018 Pro Farmer Crop Tour across the corn and soybean belt of this country. 

Last night, the scouts provided state crop estimates for Indiana on the east and Nebraska on the west- one crop scout noted that the travels in the west across Nebraska showed really good conditions- saying "We couldn't tell if a field was dry land or irrigated. The crops all looked that good."

Karen Braun with Reuters tweeted the results- for Indiana- "Average #corn yield 182.33 bu/acre, up 6.5% from last year's tour average. #Soybean pods in a 3x3' average 1311.87, up 12% from last year's tour."

Her tweet for Nebraska- "Average #corn yield 179.17 bu/acre, up 8.3% from last year's tour average. USDA's estimate (196 bpa) is up 8.3% over last year's final. #Soybean pods in a 3x3' average 1299.08, up 15% from last year's tour."

It is pointed out by many of the folks on the tour that the Tour Number for Nebraska is Yield is historically 15 bushels per acre lower from what USDA pegs as an average yield- so it appears that the Tour Scouts are in line with that August Crop Production guess for Nebraska corn farmers.

Our broadcast colleague and friend Todd Gleason who is the Farm Broadcaster at the University of Illinois Radio Station WILL has put together a great graphic that shows the numbers historically and the numbers released to date by the tour- and I wanted to share it with you:

The tour continues today heading eastward out of Nebraska into Iowa and westward out of Bloomington, Illinois and into the western parts of that state.

We follow a variety of viewpoints on Twitter with the hashtag #PFTour18- including some really nasty Crop Tour Karaoke with Chip and Emily Floury. 

Changing the Rhythm - The Rise of Disruptive Technologies and Their Influence on the Beef Industry

During the recent Kansas State Ranching Summit on the future of the cattle industry hosted by Kansas State University, Dr. Tom Field, head of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska, talked about the concept of disruptive technologies and how they have and continue to influence the beef industry.

"The classic definition of disruptive technology is a concept, idea or leverage, pulled off by a small, young or early entrant to an existing industry that literally rewrites the business model," Field explained. "The classic example is Uber - the world's largest taxi company that owns no cars."

According to Dr. Field, one of the keys of a disruptive technology is that it looks at an industry with fresh eyes sees ways to fix problems within the industry. Field explains that oftentimes, people engrained in a certain area, business or industry will get into a rhythm of doing things and overtime become stuck in that same rhythm. When a disruptor arrives, they change that rhythm through innovative thinking, finding different, more efficient ways of doing certain tasks. One example of a disruptive technology within the beef industry is artificial insemination, A.I.

"It's a very disruptive technology in its own right that has been adopted by some really forward-thinking producers, and yet we're a little slow to the game as a total industry. So, A.I. is still a disruptive technology that hasn't been leveraged to its full point. I think the next big one is real-time animal well-being monitoring (the ability to collect real-time data out of sick animals so a producer can anticipate their needs before it starts to show symptoms)," he said, explaining the benefit of that technology. "We'll be able to actually find them quicker and lover our total use of antibiotics, antimicrobials. So, I think there are real opportunities in that space."

Listen to Dr. Field talk more about disruptive technologies and their influence on the future of agriculture on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Oklahoma FFA is once again among the top three states in the US, behind just Georgia and Ohio, when it comes to the number of National Proficiency Award finalists that will compete at the National FFA Convention this October in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In total, 21 Oklahoma FFA members have qualified from an initial group of 42 who entered to compete as a finalist in their respective categories- two of which, Ethan Sacket of Fairview and Kohl Murray of Perkins Tryon were National Finalists last year. Two chapters have multiple members who have qualified this year also, including Fairview with three and Stillwater with two qualifying members.

Each national finalist will receive $500 cash award and a plaque. National winners will be announced on stage during the National FFA Convention and be presented an additional $500 award and a plaque.

For more information on this year's contest and a look at the complete list of entrants from Oklahoma FFA, click over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website and be sure to check back this fall for our exclusive coverage of the 2018 National FFA Convention from Indianapolis October 24-27th, sponsored again this year by ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway.

In line with its mission to bring innovation to the dairy business, the national farmer owned cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, announced a new opportunity this week for entrepreneurs to join the 2019 Corporate Accelerator program that helps grow startup businesses. In partnership with Sprint, DFA is sponsoring the program to recruit ag tech companies as well as early stage dairy-focused food product companies.

"At DFA, we're constantly searching for new ways to elevate and grow the dairy industry," says Monica Massey, senior vice president and chief of staff at DFA. "For this reason, we are committed to connecting, mentoring and guiding rising entrepreneurs in food and ag."

Those accepted into the Accelerator will come together in a state-of-the-art workspace in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District. The program features targeted, strategic meetings to facilitate development, pilots and potential sponsorships; mentoring from DFA senior members and their networks, as well as from the investor, business development and entrepreneurial communities; and training sessions to assist with brand marketing and entrepreneurship.

Find additional details and applications, here.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced yesterday that it is seeking public comment on revising four specific areas of current hours-of-service regulations, which limit the operating hours of commercial truck drivers. According to policy leaders in the industry, this is essentially the FMCSA's way of implying that it is willing to be flexible when it comes to regulating livestock haulers who have a responsibility to transport animals in their care in a timely fashion. Under the existing rule, livestock haulers would be subject to stringent time schedules that could cause delays and require livestock to remain on stock trailers for extended periods of time, putting them at increased risk and undue stress.

Allison Rivera, Executive Director of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, released a statement in response to the FMCSA's announcement, applauding the agency for its understanding and cooperation.

"The proposals released today are a positive step towards focusing on needed changes to Hours of Service, but more specific changes that address the unique realities of the livestock hauling industry are still needed," she said. "We will continue to work with FMCSA to provide flexibility for the livestock hauling industry."

The American Farm Bureau Federation joined the NCBA in praising the FMCSA for its action, releasing its own statement from Andrew Walmsley, director, congressional relations for AFBF.

"We are grateful for this first step to consider options for flexibility in hours-of-service rules," he said. "Farm Bureau will continue to work with our partners in industry, FMCSA and Congress to find long-term solutions that address the unique needs of transporting agricultural products, the hauling of live animals in particular."

The industry has identified four main areas within the rule that need to be addressed to ease the burden of the regulation on livestock haulers. Those areas include expanding the current 100 air-mile "short-haul" exemption; extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation; revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers; and reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers.

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, the 2018 State Fair of Oklahoma, 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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