Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/17/2018 5:06 AM

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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, September 14th.
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
   Monday, September 17, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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On behalf of his peers, Oklahoma Ag Secretary Jim Reese has taken the initiative to address the collective opposition shared by the majority of the cotton and soybean producing states to a pending EPA decision that would impose a national cutoff date for dicamba-based herbicides.

Reese argues in a letter to Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler that technology, innovation and weed control has played a significant role in the record-breaking crop production seen in recent years. Reese asserts that states should be allowed the right to set their own individual cutoff dates to accommodate farmers operating in all geographical areas that are subject to a range of environmental conditions.

Keep reading about Reese's stance on this issue and review his letter to Wheeler yourself by click here.

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Leaders of the wheat community, last week, had the opportunity to express their concerns regarding the impact that ongoing trade disputes have had on agriculture, specifically the economic challenges wheat producers have been forced to deal with, before members of the Senate Ag Committee.

On Thursday, Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts hosted a hearing entitled, Perspectives of US Agricultural Trade, that focused on the Trump Administration's trade agenda and the impacts it has had thus far on rural stakeholders.

Jimmie Musick, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a producer from Sentinel, Okla. testified during the hearing. After commending the committee's leadership for proactively hosting the hearing in recognition of farmers' plight, Musick acknowledged the benefits that stand to be gained by confronting China's unfair trade practices. Nevertheless, Musick emphasized the pressure producers have been forced to endure and urged the Administration to resolve the trade disputes as soon as possible.

Musick's testimony was echoed by Chris Kolstad, US Wheat Associates Chairman and a wheat grower from Ledger, Mont. who reiterated the importance of breaking down trade barriers in the interest of continued economic growth and access. 

Click or tap here for more from Kolstad and the full release from NAWG and USW.

As part of a continuing series of stories on Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University are recognizing and honoring the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry. The honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of 14 industry professionals. Joann Hamburger of Weatherford, Okla. is featured as our latest Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.

Tucker Sawatzky was in a jam.

So the 17-year-old took out his cell phone, pulled up his contacts, found Joann Hamburger's name and number and hit it.

Understand, this is at 1 in the morning on a stormy night in the spring of 2013.

Didn't matter, she always said, "If you need help, call me" and for most farmers and ranchers "hours of operation" are 24 hours a day. 

Sawatzky needed help saving a cow that was having trouble calving. His parents were there to help as much as possible, but they don't farm. So, ever since his mentor and grandfather Jimmie McPhearson had passed away when Tucker was 16, he had turned to Joann when it came to questions about his wheat crop or his cattle. 

They live about 2 miles apart, south of Weatherford, and within a short while she pulled in on that rainy night.

The cow was weak, but Joann and Tucker didn't give up. For weeks, Joann came by, and they'd get her up.

"One day we went out to feed her and she was up and gone, out with the herd," said Radonna Sawatzky, Tucker's Mom. "She cares deeply about animals and how they are treated."

Read more Joann Hamburger- our most recent Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture- by clicking or tapping here.

Witnessing a Revolution - Genomic Research, New Technology Continues to Advance Angus Breed

The American Angus Association is easily the largest US beef cattle breed in America and John Pfeiffer, a cattle producer from Oklahoma and the association's current vice president, says one of the things he has enjoyed about the breed is watching genomic technology develop and seeing its use and influence within the breed grow.

"We see genomics beginning to drive our industry a lot and they're beginning to dictate a lot of what our producers do," he told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays in a recent interview. "It's very different from when my grandad and my dad started - but it's even different since I've been on the board. When I went in on the board eight years ago, genomic testing was in its infancy. But, with the way in which the membership has adopted it and realized the importance of it, it has allowed us to move it to the forefront of the breed."

Less than a year ago, the American Angus Association released a genomic chip specifically designed for Angus cattle. Pfeiffer says the first results from that test have just recently been compiled and delivered back to producers to help them make better informed breeding decisions for the direction of their herd. In addition, Pfeiffer says the Association has since also released another new program for the commercial cattleman called Angus Link. With the rate of genomic testing within the breed growing exponentially, Pfeiffer believes that the Association will eventually be able to harness entire genomes and control them internally to conduct further research and position the Angus Association as the keeper of that information.

"With this information, I can provide my customers with a lot more accuracy and allows them to have a better understanding of what bulls' genomics are and what their cows are - and it provides this information at a much younger age," he said. "With this data, we can identify these calves at two or three days of age."

Listen to Pfeiffer and I discuss the advancements in genomic research at the American Angus Association, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

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About 100 pork producers and pork industry leaders gathered last week for the fall legislative conference of the National Pork Producers Council. The biannual fly-in gives producers an opportunity to lobby their members of Congress on important industry issues.

During dozens of visits Wednesday, producers discussed with their senators, representatives and their staff NPPC's top priorities, including the need for a resolution to ongoing trade disputes, funding for a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank, visa reform to address a farm labor shortage and proper regulatory oversight of laboratory-produced cultured protein and gene editing in livestock production.

"Our No. 1 request is ending trade disputes that have so far cost producers as much as $2 billion," said NPPC President Jim Heimerl, a producer from Johnstown, Ohio. "But our other issues are just as important; positive action on them would go a long way to assuaging pork producers' collective anxiety from the trade disputes. The fly-in let producers communicate that to Congress."

On the FMD vaccine bank, producers asked their lawmakers to include in the Farm Bill now being finalized by a Senate-House conference committee funding of $250 million annually for the five years of the Farm Bill. That would fund not only the vaccine bank but the network of laboratories that conduct disease diagnostics and block grants for states' disease prevention efforts.

To read more- click or tap here.

The Renewable Fuels Association offered the following release- blasting the Trump EPA for continuing to block year round use of E-15 and hailing the end of the summertime restriction of E-15 sales- as of ysterday.

The RFA pens "The onerous regulatory restriction preventing gasoline retailers from selling 15% ethanol (E15) in much of the country during the summer was finally lifted on Sunday, Sept. 16. This will once again allow consumers across the nation to have access to a fuel that is cheaper, cleaner and offers higher octane than today's gasoline. President Trump has called the summertime ban on E15 "ridiculous" and "unnecessary" and recently vowed that the administration is "very close" to removing the decades-old barrier.

"In 2011, EPA approved the use of E15 in 2001 and newer vehicles, but the agency inexplicably did not allow E15 to benefit from the 1-pound per square inch (psi) Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver that is available to E10 blends. As a result of this disparity, retailers in conventional gasoline areas (most of the country) would have to secure specialty gasoline blendstocks in order to continue selling E15 in the summer. Such gasoline blendstock is generally unavailable in conventional gasoline areas and would be uneconomical to ship. EPA has jurisdiction over gasoline volatility from June 1-Sept. 15 every year."

Read more of their op-ed on the E15 subject by clicking or tapping here.

Seven Interior's Sue and Settle Order Exposes Secret Settlements with Activists

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has earned accolades from both the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as well as the American Farm Bureau for releasing a plan to scale back the practice known as "Sue and Settle." 

Ethan Lane with the NCBA and the Public Lands Council praises Zinke- saying "Ranchers operating on public land are subjected to relentless, coordinated litigation designed to force settlements with the Department of the Interior. These actions waste taxpayer dollars, divert precious resources away from conservation efforts, and jeopardize the livelihoods of America's food and fiber producers. Secretary Zinke should be commended for this common-sense decision, which will shed some light on these bad actors and their unsavory tactics." 

AFBF'S General Counsel Ellen Steen also is delighted with the Interior Department's announced plans to make Sue and Settle no longer a secret arrangement between the Government and Activists Groups. "The Department of Interior is shining light on a corner of government most people don't even know exists. Basic transparency demands that citizens know what their government is doing. When activists sue, they can tie up the government with dozens of frivolous claims but still recover attorneys' fees if a judge upholds even one, solitary claim. 

"Faced with a barrage of allegations that sap agency time and resources whether they have merit or not, the government is too often motivated to capitulate through secret settlements. Some agencies have even been known to invite litigation with the purpose of entering a settlement to provide political cover for controversial agency policies. And in settling, agencies often agree to pay legal fees, which further fuels the sue-and-settle machine. This action is a solid first step to fixing the problem. Every other federal agency should follow suit."

Click or tap here to read more about the actions by the Interior Department by clicking or tapping here.

BryanA Tip of the Hat to Bryan Painter for Winning National Honors from NASDA

This past week- several folks from the Oklahoma Department of Ag were in Connecticut for the 2018 National Association of State Departments of Agriculture- one of them was Bryan Painter, who brought home national honors- here's some details, courtesy of the ODAFF Facebook page:

"The 2018 NASDA Honor Award for Communications is awarded to Oklahoma's own Bryan Painter, Director of Communications and Administration for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry! 

"The NASDA Communications Award is to recognize an individual for outstanding work in media and public communications within a state agency resulting in improved understanding of agriculture and agricultural programs.

"Bryan Painter has a tireless passion for educating the public - urban as well as rural - about the agricultural issues that are critical to Oklahoma and the nation.

"Bryan carries this out in a very personal way, meeting producers and industry stakeholders alike where they live and work. By putting a face to an issue he conveys a powerful message that is not only for the better of agriculture, but also for all of those agriculture serves. Through both traditional and social media, he has taken agriculture beyond the public perception of an industry and portrayed it as a neighbor - a neighbor we can all rely on.

"You have made Oklahoma so proud, Bryan!"
And from yours truly- Congrats Bryan- you make this member of the media's life a lot easier! 
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