Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/26/2018 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.

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. has a total of 424 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
September 26th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.
Steer and heifer calves traded mostly steady on limited comparable offerings on Tuesday compared to last week at OKC West - click or tap here for a look at the September 25th 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 Tuesday, September 25th.
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, September 26, 2018
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
RobertsTrue Confessions- Senator Roberts Says No Farm Bill Deal Before Expiration of 2014 Farm Law

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts conceded this week a farm bill by the September 30th deadline is not likely. Overseeing the conference committee between the House and Senate, Roberts says it will be tough to see action completed on the farm bill before the November elections.

He told Politico, though, he doesn't want to consider extending the current farm bill because "it gives people the chance to weigh in again and delay" the negotiations, making an agreement a bigger challenge.

The biggest challenge for the conference committee remains in the nutrition title of the farm bill, according to Roberts. The House version includes work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that is not welcome in the Senate and would prevent a farm bill from passing the chamber.

 Roberts says if the committee could get beyond the SNAP issue, "I think we could get ourselves a farm bill."
UpstreamUpstream Flood Control Dams Kept Damage by Last Week's Historic Flooding from Its Full Potential

Last Friday, south-central Oklahoma received between 10 to 17 inches of rainfall resulting in historic flooding in the area. The full extent of damage to the land and loss of property and livestock has still yet to be determined by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and its partners at Oklahoma's Natural Resources Conservation Service. However, according to OCC Executive Director Trey Lam, while the impact of the flooding was devastating, "we know the losses are not as catastrophic as they could have been thanks to our upstream flood control dams."

NRCS estimates the small watershed flood control dams saved the state $19.6 million in damages. The hardest hit counties were Pontotoc County and Coal County where several flood control dams experienced a greater than 1,000 year flooding event. Local OCC Area Commissioner Bill Clark said that without the upstream flood control dams and the maintenance of those structures provided by OCC and USDA-NRCS, "the damage could have been much worse."

While OCC and USDA-NRCS are pleased that the flood control dams performed as they were intended, both agencies recognize the need for additional funding to maintain and repair existing dams and build new ones. Last session, the Legislature appropriated the maximum amount toward federal matching dollars for rehabilitation of flood control facilities in Oklahoma. However, there are currently 330 proposed structures that have been planned and authorized but have not yet been constructed due to a lack of federal funding. Oklahoma has the most upstream flood control dams in the United States with 2,107 dams, more than half of which have exceeded their design lives and therefore require rehabilitation.

For more information on the Oklahoma Conservation Commission's upstream flood control program click here.

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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue praised the Department of Justice, Tuesday, for its decision to request a rehearing of chlorpyrifos, a commonly used pesticide, which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had previously ordered the EPA to ban.

In a statement, Perdue asserted USDA's opposition to the original ruling that banned the pesticide, accusing the court of misunderstanding the available scientific information on chlorpyrifos and EPA's pesticide regulatory system. Perdue contended that the USDA and other groups have pointed out significant flaws in the draft chlorpyrifos assessments on which the court based its opinion. He also insisted that the EPA is in agreement with USDA, that the available information does not indicate the need for a total ban on the use of chlorpyrifos and that its use should be allowed to continue.
"The costs of an incorrect decision on chlorpyrifos are expected to be high and would cause serious impacts to American farmers working to feed, fuel, and clothe the United States and the world," Perdue stated. "For some crops and target pests, chlorpyrifos is the only line of defense, with no viable alternatives."

Click here to review Perdue's entire statement released by USDA, yesterday, to learn more about this case against chlorpyrifos.

Trump Slaps China with Another $200 Billion in Tariffs While World Watches to See Who Blinks First

As of yesterday, September 24, 2018, the latest round of tariffs worth $200 billion imposed by the Trump Administration on Chinese goods officially took effect. For now, the tariffs add a ten percent increase to Chinese imports. That amount will climb to 25 percent on January 1, 2019. The Trump Administration says it is prepared to levy an additional $267 billion in tariffs if China takes retaliatory action. Kent Bacus, director of international trade and market access for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says this continued escalation does not come as a surprise as President Trump continues to pressure China into negotiations with the US to reform some of its more dubious trade practices.

"I think this is just the President following through. It's his commitment to level the playing field with China," Bacus said. "Keep in mind, China sends a lot more to the US than we send to China. So, they've got a lot to lose."

Bacus points out that by targeting an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on top of the $50 billion worth already in place, the President is effectively creating even more leverage on China to make systemic changes within its economy. He insists, however, that this process will take time to fully play out and says that beef and other ag commodities will certainly remain a target as long as this trade war continues. Bacus is hopeful though that this escalation will eventually lead to some kind of negotiated resolution.

"I don't really see this ending any time soon, simply because China's digging in and taking a firm position of not wanting to blink essentially," he remarked. "So, we're hopeful this will be resolved but I think we need to be prepared for it to take additional pressure, additional economic loss in China to bring them to the table. At the end of this process- we'll be able to see restored access for US beef and other US ag commodities but also improved access."

Learn more about the latest developments in US trade relations including the escalating trade war with China and new improvements to the KORUS Trade Agreement by listening to Bacus and I, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued a statement this week in response to President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signing the revised Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, or KORUS as it's commonly known, at the start of this week. Halstrom said of the agreement that it's signing comes as "reassuring news for the U.S. beef and pork industries."

Halstrom explained that the market access terms secured in the original KORUS not only helped increase U.S. red meat's market share in South Korea, but also bolstered consumption by making U.S. beef and pork products more affordable and accessible to Korean consumers. Those terms are maintained in the new agreement, as a USDA official noted "nothing has changed" for agriculture.

U.S. red meat exports to Korea set a record last year of $1.7 billion, up 19 percent year-over-year and up 69 percent from 2012, when KORUS entered into force. The trend continues this year with both U.S. beef and pork export value increasing more than 50 percent compared to a year ago. The United States is the largest supplier of beef to Korea and trails only the European Union as the second-largest pork supplier. Korea is now the second-largest value market for U.S. beef and fourth-largest for U.S. pork.

Continue reading about the new KORUS agreement from USMEF's perspective, by clicking over to our website.

Sponsor Spotlight

Dating back to 1891, Stillwater Milling Company has been supplying ranchers with the highest quality feeds made from the highest quality ingredients. Their full line of A & M Feeds can be delivered direct to your farm, found at their Agri-Center stores in Stillwater, Davis, Claremore and Perry or at more than 125 dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. We appreciate Stillwater Milling Company's long time support of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and we encourage you to click here to learn more about their products and services. 

RanchRanch Kids Explains a Day in the Life of Their Rancher Dads- He Does Ranching Stuff...

It's a home run- yesterday the Oklahoma Beef Council added a new video on their Facebook page- and it has already had more than 36,000 views in less than 24 hours- and while it does not tell you to go out and buy beef- it does "humanize" beef production as it features a couple of kids explaining what their rancher Dads do all day. 

I can't post it here- Facebook doesn't play nice with other platforms- but I can share the link and you can go to Facebook and take a look for your self- click or tap here and have a laugh or two. 

The little girl in the video laments that her dad used to read her bedtime stories- now he reads those stories to his cows. 



The national dairy industry cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, in cooperation with food tech startup,, is launching a new pilot project utilizing the innovative technology known as "blockchain" which is quickly being adopted by companies across the globe. The project will explore what capabilities the technology has that can be applied in the arena of food and agriculture. It is also expected to create transparency within the industry and in turn boost consumer confidence in food and ag products.

By leveraging the data of DFA member farms and manufacturing plants via the blockchain platform, real-time consumer engagement with producers will be digitally supported. CEO and Co-founder of, Raja Ramachandran says there are "tremendous" possibilities in combining agriculture and blockchain that will add value back to the dairy industry. In fact, this is not the's first collaboration with DFA. The startup recently completed the 2018 Sprint Accelerator program, a 90-day, immersive program that helps accelerate and grow startup businesses which was sponsored by DFA.

"Consumers today want to know where their food comes from and blockchain technology gives consumers real-time data, which can really help increase trust and confidence about food production from start to finish," said David Darr, Vice President Sustainability and Member Services at DFA.

Learn more about this new partnership and the potential value it stands to generate for dairy farmers and those in the broader ag industry, by clicking here.

EPA recently awarded a $33,000 grant to the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to implement nonpoint source and watershed-based plans management programs to control polluted runoff. According to Regional Administrator Anne Idsal, using a watershed approach is the most effective framework for addressing today's related challenges and protecting existing resources.

Nonpoint source pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from many sources and is caused by rainfall or snow melt moving over and through the ground. The runoff picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and even underground water sources.

Wyandotte Nation Environmental Program Manager Kathleen Welch thanked the EPA for the assistance in their efforts to maintain clean and healthy waters under their stewardship. "Water is the life that flows through the veins of our Mother Earth to sustain her and her children," Welch stated.

Read the original announcement on our website and connect with EPA Region 6 to learn more about the agency's activities near you, by clicking or tapping here.

Seven NCBA Seeking Cowboy Poets - Contest Winner to Perform Live at Annual Convention in New Orleans

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is now accepting entries for its Cowboy Poetry Contest that will win one cattleman or woman a trip to the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans and a chance to perform their work live on stage during the convention. The winner's convention registration and travel accommodations will be included in the prize. In addition, the winning poem will also be published in National Cattlemen Magazine and on the organization's website.

The second place winner will also perform their poetry live on stage and receive a full registration to the 2019 Convention, while third place will perform their poetry live as well and receive a $100 Cabela's Gift Card.

NCBA will be accepting entries until Oct. 19, 2018. For more information about the convention, the contest and how to enter, click here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, 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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