Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/8/2018 6:06 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 Ron Hays on RON.

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OKC West ended up with 11,219 for the week- on Wednesday Feeder steers traded 1.00-3.00 lower, over 850 mostly steady. Feeder heifers sold 3.00-5.00 lower.- click or tap here to read the full report from USDA Market News.

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, November 7th.
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, November 8, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story: NAWG President Jimmie Musick Calls on Lame Duck Congress to Finish 2018 Farm Bill

We are in Kansas City the next couple of days for our annual professional conference- the National Association of Farm Broadcasters convention- which includes the biggest interview fair you will ever see- over a hundred broadcasters going from booth to booth talking with all sorts of ag news makers- from ag groups to USDA to agribusinesses and more- there are at least a couple of Oklahoma news makers that will be interviewed by dozens of ag reporters before the day is over.  Chuck Coffee from southern Oklahoma- the Vice Chair of the Cattlemen's Beef Board will be representing the CBB and the Beef Checkoff while Jimmie Musick of Sentinel will be in the Wheat Industry group booth as the President of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

We have seen Jimmie in the hallways already and talked to him after the midterm elections held this week- he is clearly focused on what Congress decides to do on getting a 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report done during the Lame Duck session that will likely be done well before Christmas. 

In a statement from Musick released by NAWG- "While the 2018 midterm elections brought change to the political makeup of Congress, this should not impact the priority of passing the 2018 farm bill by the end of this session of Congress. With the farm bill having expired, growers are left with much uncertainty and are denied access to several beneficial programs within the bill. 

"In particular, the outlook for foreign market development funding is in doubt until action is taken. Additionally, the USDA no longer has the authority to undertake new sign-ups for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) which incentivizes growers to incorporate healthy soil, non-tillage, and other similar practices into their operations."

You can read the full statement- and you can listen to our visit with Musick about the Lame Duck and getting a farm bill done by clicking or tapping here. 

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TwoFarm Bureau's Zippy Duvall Looks Forward to Working with New Congress- Silent on Lame Duck Farm Bill

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall quickly released a statement after the mid term elections- focusing on the new Congress that will be organized after the first of the year. Duvall did not mention in his comments anything about the lame duck session or the possible conclusion of the farm bill negotiations.  Here's Zippy's comments:

"We look forward to working with the new Congress to strengthen agriculture by fixing the ag labor problems we face, boosting our farm economy via export growth and reducing the burden and cost of federal regulations. Supporting the use of farm-grown fuels, fixing our nation's broken infrastructure, supporting agricultural research, and bridging the broadband gap that hurts rural America are also important for a strong agriculture. We hope that the newly elected leaders across the nation will join us in unifying behind these goals.

"It is clear that rural voters turned out for this election and we are proud of them. We stand ready to work with this wave of elected leaders who will stand up for farmers and ranchers and our ability to feed our nation."

Oklahoma ranked No. 1 this year overall, compared to all other state FFA associations in the nation in terms of the success of its FFA members at the 2018 National FFA Convention held this past month in Indianapolis. This top ranking brings to Oklahoma the honor and title of "State of The Year."

A statistical analysis of all state FFA associations determines this ranking based on each individual state's success in American Degrees, National Proficiency Awards, National Championship CDE and LDE Teams/Top 5 Team Winners, Agriscience Fair Winners/Top Five Placings, and National FFA Officers/Candidates.

This year in 2018, Oklahoma earned a total of 83.0 points out of the 100-point measuring device used to calculate scores and is the second consecutive win as a top-ranking state for Oklahoma having tied with California last year. Historically, Oklahoma is ranked third on the list of "State of The Year" winners behind California and Texas.

You can review the complete statistical analysis of states' performance at the 2018 National Convention, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website. Special thanks to our sponsors who made our convention coverage possible again this year, at ITC-Your Energy Super Highway and the Oklahoma FFA and Oklahoma FFA Alumni Associations.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Maintains USDA's Authority Over 'Fake Meat,' But Says FDA will Have a Role

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue was recently in Oklahoma City talking with Oklahoma ag leaders including representatives from the cattle industry. Michael Kelsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, was there and urged the Secretary to be firm and not back down from any sort of regulatory battle with the Food & Drug Administration over lab-grown protein - or as the cattle industry likes to call it, 'fake meat.' Perdue seemed to be on much the same page with Kelsey.

"I think Congress would love for us to work it out about where the line of demarcation would be. FDA has had- even with traditional animal cultivation - a control of what goes into the feed and we think there is probably a role for FDA in the cell-cultured product along the lines of what amino acids are used and what they are feeding those cells with... what's appropriate," he said. "Once it comes into the growth process and processing - we think it's appropriate the USDA assume that responsibility and we're probably going to be doing a little arm wrestling over that middle section."

Perdue continued to say that it is very clear the commercialization and the packaging aspects of the product should fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of the USDA. But, the 'middle section' he refers to, the mode of production and the various details that go into that process, Perdue says is somewhat vague. Hence the uncertainty in the question of which agency rightfully holds authority. Despite this challenge, Perdue says the USDA and FDA are working to amicably to resolve this issue.

"I think the good news is you people in traditional agriculture have a lot of friends in Congress," he said, adding that the USDA and FDA will eventually come to a consensus and return to face the industry with a united front once a final decision is made. "We want the federal government to work as a whole for everybody. It doesn't make any sense to us to have these inner squabbles about who does what."

Listen to Secretary Sonny Perdue offer his position on the FDA's challenge for regulatory authority over lab-grown meat, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Leaders from the U.S. feed grains value chain traveled together to Mexico last week to meet with longtime customers and incoming officials from the Mexican government on the heels of the recently-concluded U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiations.

A top foreign buyer of several US grain commodities, Mexico also holds significant near-term potential for increased use of US ethanol following energy policy changes in recent years. USGC Chairman Jim Stitzlein stated that Mexico is the most critical market for USGC members and an amazing example of what the right combination of policy and robust market development can do to build overseas grain demand. This statement rings true with shipments of feed grains to Mexico in all forms hitting a new record during the 2017-18 year at 25.2 million metric tons - representing a 6.3 percent year-over-year increase.

According to the USGC statement, relations between the US feed grains industry and Mexican stakeholders run deep with more than 35 years of the Council's presence in the market reinforcing the commitment expressed between the two nations through the new NAFTA agreement. This relationship is particularly important to refresh this year with the new presidential administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, preparing to take office on Dec. 1st. The statement adds that, "...deepening existing partnerships and building new ones is even more critical."

For more information about the Council's programs in Mexico and the visits made during the trip, click here to continue reading.

The Beef Checkoff program has made recipe development a priority ever since its inception in the mid-1980s and has continued that tradition to today. The process of sharing those recipes in addition to promoting best practices and tips for cooking beef has all been enhanced though in these modern times. According to Becca McMillon, a producer from southern Oklahoma, this investment is all consumer driven- and caters to the tastes and trends of today. As the mother of an 8-year-old and a rancher's wife, McMillon says she can relate to other working moms that strive to keep healthy, nutritious and delicious meals on the table for their families. It helps too, when prep time is quick.

Learn more about how the Beef Checkoff has helped moms everywhere over the past 30+ years, through its investment in recipe development, by clicking here to jump to the latest edition of our Checking In on the Beef Checkoff series, featuring Becca McMillon this week.

Californians overwhelmingly passed a ban on confining farm animals in cages during Tuesday's election. Proposition 12 sets space requirements for laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal. Prop 12 also bans the sale in California of meat and eggs not raised according to state standards. It even bans the sale of products from out of state that also doesn't meet those same California standards.

Kitty Block, the Acting President of the Humane Society of the U.S., says, "California voters sent a loud and clear message that they reject the cruel cage confinement in the meat and egg industries." Animal protection, environmental, food safety, and sustainable farming groups all spearheaded the development and eventual passage of Prop 12.

Those who urged a no vote pointed out the forced compliance of Prop 12 beyond the borders of California- and predicted that push back from out of state farmers would happen- just as it has with Prop 2- passed more than 10 years ago. That measure dealt specifically with egg production.

California legislators followed Proposition 2 with a law requiring farms in other states to meet California standards if they want to sell their eggs here.

That law has been the subject of multiple legal challenges, including a pending lawsuit brought by 13 farm states that have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare the law unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, is trying to exempt other states from Proposition 2 through the farm bill now pending in Washington.

Proposition 12 also requires compliance by out-of-state farmers, likely triggering more political challenges and more lawsuits - with taxpayers picking up the tab to defend the law in court.

The battle over who knows best for the animals continues.

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