Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/30/2018 5:39 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 sold feeder steers mostly steady to 2.00 lower and
feeder heifers traded fully steady on Wednesday compared to last week's sale - click or tap here for the complete report from the USDA found on our website.

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, August 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Thursday,  August 30, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story:
AFR's Steve Thompson Touts Rural Oklahoma's Pivotal Influence Over State's Election Results

With a ten percent lead over his opponent and former OKC Mayor Mick Cornett, Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt managed to take the Republican nomination in Tuesday's run-off election which will place him against Democratic Nominee Drew Edmondson in this year's gubernatorial race. While Cornett was very popular amongst the urban metro area of the state, garnering 45 percent of the vote, he was still unable to catch Stitt in the end. Some have credited Stitt's connection with rural voters as the clincher in his victory. Steve Thompson, director of government affairs for American Farmers & Ranchers, is one of those people and says this demonstration of power makes rural Oklahoma well-positioned to make its message heard.

"Democracy is great... and it's even better when you have one candidate from OKC and one from Tulsa and rural Oklahoma gets to be very relevant," Thompson said. "I think that's the main takeaway here, is that the rural Oklahoma vote mattered."

Like the race between Cornett and Stitt, the results of many races this week were demonstrative of a shift in voter preference for a younger group of new blood rather than those candidates hailing from establishment political roots as several incumbents lost their seats to a new class fresh faces.

Thompson says he will spend the next several weeks ahead of the General Election connecting with and educating those candidates backed by AFR members about the issues that concern them. "The rural vote has been so critical up to this point and we've got their attention," he said. "So, it's a critical time to get our message across so that when they get to the State Capital, they are aware of the issues."

Thompson also shared during his visit that he, too, is seeking office... as AFR's next president. Terry Detrick has announced his plans to retire from the post at the organization's next convention in February. Excited for the opportunity to throw his hat in the ring, Thompson says he simply hopes to continue serving AFR member in any way possible.

Read more or hear what Thompson had to say about this week's election results and his own aspirations at AFR, by clicking here.

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Cattlemen Call Out Consumer Reports Article on Food Safety as Example Illustrating Magazine's Bias

USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) went on the defensive, yesterday, after the magazine Consumer Reports published an article entitled, "What's Really in Your Meat?" which the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is denouncing as "nothing more than sensationalist journalism." The author, who has admitted to referencing "uncertain data," makes the article's intentions clear which is to deceive consumers and reduce the consumption of meat, according to NCBA. A release from the organization exposes the author's use of results on unconfirmed residue screening tests of meat that were erroneously released by FSIS. After the mistake was realized, FSIS provided the author with accurate data from confirmed tests. However, Consumer Reports continued to utilize the inaccurate information in the article.

FSIS called the story "sensational and fear-based infotainment aimed at confusing shoppers with pseudoscience and scare tactics." NCBA added that "the path chosen by Consumer Reports does nothing to protect or inform and will only serve to create doubts about safety in the minds of consumers."

NCBA argues that the bias on display in this article and others like it demonstrates that fair and accurate reporting is no longer a priority for the magazine and suggest it would better serve its readers if it "returned its focus to the testing of lightbulb lifespans and other matters of less gravity."
Click here to read more about the controversy this article has stirred up in the meat industry on our website.

China has reported several recent outbreaks of African Swine Fever, a disease that is very similar to Classical Swine Fever or Hog Cholera as some may know it. Our own Carson Horn reached out to visit with our State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall this week about the threat these outbreaks pose for the US pork industry.

As an active trade partner with China, the fear is that the disease could be transported here to the US. Hall asserts that if the disease were to find its way to our domestic shores, the resulting impacts would cripple the US pork industry which exports approximately 30 percent of its products overseas. State veterinarians and USDA are now working closely to enhance their surveillance and inspection of products from China and other countries.

As the name suggests, African Swine Fever only affects pigs and is typically fatal to those animals that become infected. Hall advises producers and local vets to keep an eye out for the initial symptoms that might include scours, coughing and pneumonia. He says most cases will involve multiple animals. One tell-tale sign is for animals to go off feed dramatically. If producers notice any of these signs, Hall advises producers report it immediately

"Please be aware that we are always at risk of a foreign animal disease incursion and if you see cases that just don't seem right," he said, "give your regulatory officials a call so we can help you determine what steps to take next to protect our livestock industries and our livelihood."

Click here to listen to Carson's conversation with Dr. Hall and learn more about this disease, the threat it poses and what to look for when identifying symptoms of this illness in your livestock.

Agriculture groups, including the National Pork Producers Council, welcomed the aid offered by a Department of Agriculture relief package announced Monday, but urged the administration to end trade disputes.

Pork exports are one of the hardest-hit export categories, as U.S. pork exports to China are down significantly for the year, with the value falling nine percent through June. The drop has come mostly because of the 50 percent additional tariff from China.

The package will provide producers $8 per hog based on 50 percent of the number of animals they owned on August first. NPPC President Jim Heimerl stated that the U.S. pork sector was "grateful" for the relief package, "what pork producers really want is to export more pork, and that means ending these trade disputes soon."

Read the NPPC's complete statement regarding the Administration's trade relief package, by clicking over to our website.

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Former Oklahoma State University faculty member and now a member of the Animal Science Department at Kansas State University, Dr. Megan Rolf has always had an interest in animal nutrition and in conjunction with that the efficient use of resources as well. Before leaving OSU to return home to Kansas, Roth began a study on the concept of finding the most efficient cattle genetics that reflect water efficiencies within those beef cows and has since continued her work at K-State.

"I first got interested in this subject mainly around 2012 when there was a large drought in Oklahoma," she recounted. "But, it's something I've always sort of been thinking about in my mind. I've always had an interest in water use and how beef cattle and the beef industry might be able to make more water efficient cows."

One of the problems Rolf has been faced with in her research however, is the fact that we really just don't know how much water cattle actually utilize. We hear about the common "rule-of-thumb" number of gallons recommended on a per head basis, she says, but so far no one has been able to deliver any concrete determinations. Most of the research that has been done on this subject has involved penned up feedlot cattle. That has only been able to help calculate average amounts that are consumed by a group of animals rather than a good idea of how much variation there is in intake from one animal to another. As a geneticist, that is the information Rolf says she is most interested in.

"That's super, super challenging and an issue I don't think we've probably figured out yet," she said. "But, one of the other aspects of the project that we've been working towards is using rumen temperature boluses to be able to estimate water intake of cows and bulls and other classes of animals out on pasture. One of the things we've discovered is that there is a lot of variation in water intake in the cattle we've looked at thus far."

Listen to Rolf talk about this study that she is conducting and the progress she has made, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

In September, Chip Kemp, director of International Genetic Solutions is slated to speak at the upcoming Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability being hosted by the National Institute of Animal Agriculture. Kemp has stated that his goal will be to challenge people's misconceptions about beef traceability and help them find and understand the value in it. Kemp contends that the primary concerns most producers have about traceability programs is when the discussion leads to data sharing which prompts fears he describes as 'find me, know me, supervise me.'

"My presentation at the NIAA Strategy Forum is about how collaborative efforts within an industry, with incentivized responses and results, can help make data collection appealing," Kemp says. "My goal is to challenge everyone to coalesce around the fact that we need beef producers to want this, not just make them use it."

Kemp says the collaborative spirit of NIAA will bring different voices together that will help express the industry's vision for the future of traceability and the technology needed to realize it; foster leadership and consensus; and enhance producers' empowerment.

The 2018 NIAA Strategy Forum on Livestock Traceability will be held in Kansas City, Missouri at the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, September 24 - 26, 2018 and will feature reports from the USDA traceability team and the Cattle Traceability Working Group, as well as a Technology Showcase with the most current technology, products and services focused on cattle traceability.

Get registered now and learn more about Kemp's views on traceability, by clicking or tapping here.

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Seven Checking In on the Beef Checkoff- Oklahoma Beef Council, OBI Partner to Beef Up the Blood Supply

This week's episode of our new ongoing conversation, 
Checking In on the Beef Checkoff, features our recent visit with 
Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, visits with us about the OBC's upcoming blood drive, Beef Up the Blood Supply, in partnership with the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

"On Friday, August 31st from 9:00 to 4:00, the Oklahoma Beef Council is going to be hosting its annual 'Beef Up the Blood Supply' blood drive with the Oklahoma Blood Institute," she announced. "Donors who save lives on the Friday before Labor Day will enjoy a tailgate party at Oklahoma Blood Institute donor centers featuring all-beef hot dogs, of course."

Buckmaster says the number of donations typically decline after Labor Day, which makes this event so critical in helping to sustain the state's blood supply reserves. Buckmaster illustrated that fact remarking that every two seconds, someone is in need of blood.

"This has always been a wonderful opportunity for the Oklahoma Beef Council through the Beef Checkoff to step up and help beef up the blood supply," Buckmaster added.

To learn more or to hear Buckmaster and I discuss the event, click here.

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