Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/19/2018, 6:18 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.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick 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- from Friday afternoon, November 16, 2018
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, November 19, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

According to a report posted on Sunday by the Food and Environmental Reporting Network- House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has backed off dramatic changes to SNAP in the stalled $87 billion farm bill, sealing a deal with ranking Democrat Collin Peterson and sending a version of the bill to the Senate.

"The final version of the so-called farm bill won't have the new training regime that Republicans wanted to add to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, though there could still be other changes that Republicans sought," HuffPost reported.

A spokesperson for Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts said the Kansas Republican needs to read the joint farm bill, but added, "it's a good sign," according to DTN.

The Huffington Post report quoted Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole- saying  "he was "very comfortable" with where Conaway seemed to be going with the negotiations and that the final bill would probably pass with Democratic votes, unlike the House version of the bill, which passed in June with only Republican votes because Democrats hated its nutrition funding cuts.

"The important stuff for me, honestly, are what happens in the agriculture part of the bill," Cole said.

Maybe today will bring good news- and confirmation of what these reports are suggesting.

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TwoIf You Want to Change the World- Put Your Kid into FFA- Matt Pinnell's Message to Oklahoma Farm Bureau 

The government for the state of Oklahoma gets a different look in early 2019 as Kevin Stitt and Matt Pinnell are sworn in as Governor and Lt. Governor on January 14th. Lt. Governor Elect Pinnell spoke to the 77th Annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention- and before he addressed the Farm Bureau members- he spent a few moments talking with yours truly about the transition- and how things will be different between Governor Elect Stitt and himself- compared to the last four years. "Right off the bat, I just left a transition committee meeting with Governor Elect Stitt. What you will see is a Governor and Lt. Governor working together. It's going to be a "team" mentality with the Governor and Lt. Governor- and we haven't see that in a while. So, right off the top- the Lt. Governor being on the transistion team says a lot."

He expressed appreciation to those who supported him- and the fact that he got a majority vote in all 77 counties. 

Pinnell assured the Farm Bureau convention participants that Governor Elect Stitt will be including names familiar to the ag community in the next round of transition team additions that could come as early as Monday- in fact he told them "one of two are sitting in this room."

Pinnell also bragged on the rural based youth groups- FFA and 4-H. He told the Farm Bureau meeting that during the campaign as he traveled into all 77 counties that "the best kids I met,without a doubt, are FFA kids, 4-H kids. Without a doubt."

Pinnell adds "If you want to change the world, you put your kid in FFA." And he added that his oldest daughter will be a part of the Jenks FFA in the coming year because of what he has seen in the young people who are a part of the Blue and Gold.
Read more and listen to our conversation with Matt Pinnell by clicking or tapping here- and also we have the audio linked to his story of his comments made to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

ThreeFDA and USDA Release Statement on Joint Handling of Fake Meat Regulation

It appears that regulation of Fake Meat will be jointly handled by the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. 

On Friday afternoon-  USDA Secretary Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb released a statement on that regulation of cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry:

"Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held a public meeting to discuss the use of livestock and poultry cell lines to develop cell-cultured food products. At this meeting, stakeholders shared valuable perspectives on the regulation needed to both foster these innovative food products and maintain the highest standards of public health. The public comment period will be extended and will remain open through December 26, 2018.

"After several thoughtful discussions between our two Agencies that incorporated this stakeholder feedback, we have concluded that both the USDA and the FDA should jointly oversee the production of cell-cultured food products derived from livestock and poultry. Drawing on the expertise of both USDA and FDA, the Agencies are today announcing agreement on a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to USDA oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. USDA will then oversee the production and labeling of food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. And, the Agencies are actively refining the technical details of the framework, including robust collaboration and information sharing between the agencies to allow each to carry out our respective roles."

Colin Woodall, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, quickly issued a statement regarding the announced plan regarding how USDA and FDA would regulate lab-produced fake meat:

"This announcement that USDA would have primary jurisdiction over the most important facets of lab-produced fake meat is a step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do on this issue to ensure that real beef producers and consumers are protected and treated fairly. We look forward to continuing our work with the Administration and Congress as this moves forward, and we continue to encourage producers to file official comments with USDA and FDA between now and December 26th."

As Woodall indicated- public comments on the subject have been extended- and you can click or tap here to file comments on the plans. 

WheatOklahoma Wheat Fields Generally Well-Established Despite Rain Disrupting Planting in Southwest

Oklahoma State University hosted a Multi Land Grant "Wheatinar" this past Friday. Extension Agronomy Specialist Josh Bushong of OSU's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences gave the Oklahoma perspective on the 2019 crop. 

According to Bushong, quite a bit of wheat was planted in Oklahoma this year for either dual-purpose or for graze out. He reports that many producers were in the fields as early as August. Those early planted fields grew rapidly reaching near shin to knee height before laying down after the recent snow event.

Reports from the countryside indicate that most early planted wheat is showing good establishment, while late planted fields are catching up. However, Bushong says during the last three weeks, fields have shown little growth progress. Most farmers are reporting good root system development in their fields, with good structure and tillars.

Some producers have already turned cattle out to graze wheat pastures. Bushong says for the most part, fields are well-enough established and dried out from the ample moisture. Some fields on the other hand, Bushong worries might have been allowed to graze a bit prematurely- as some of those fields were still soft from the large amounts of moisture Oklahoma has received.

The best wheat pasture at this point is mostly north of I-40- many fields in southwestern Oklahoma were either planted late or have yet to be planted. Heath Sanders, Southwest Oklahoma Area Agronomist told the on line audience that there were areas that were only half planted at this late date.

To read more- and to listen to Josh's presentation- click or tap here. 

Oklahoma Farm Bureau presented its top awards to members and counties during the organization's 77th Annual Meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Norman, Oklahoma. 

The awards recognize individuals and counties for leadership, service and excellence within Farm Bureau and the agricultural industry.

As they did in 2017- the Farm Bureau honored Farm Families in each of their districts- but did not select a statewide award winner:

District One
Terry and Robin Bryant
Dewey County

District Two
Brian and Misty Johnson
Kiowa County

District Three
Lonnie and Sharon King
Caddo County

District Four
Russell and Jimmi Kriz
Comanche County

District Five
Jeff and Holly Cooper
LeFlore County

District Six
Bart and Kelly Wiedel
Muskogee County

District Seven
Scott and Allison Armbruster
Alfalfa County

District Eight
Carrel and Louise Bryant
Pontotoc County

District Nine
Arnold and Roselle Herrman
Lincoln County

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has a video spotlight on each of these families- click here for their YouTube Channel where you can check each video out.

To read more about some of the other honors handed out Saturday night- click or tap here.

By the way- Three Board Seats were up for grabs in 2018- all three saw current board members re-elected- Monty Tucker, Gary Crawley and John Grundmann.

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Tim Andriessen is managing director for agricultural products for the CME Group. During the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City, he spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn about the work his office has conducted over the past couple years to identify changes to the live cattle futures contracts offered by the CME that will help improve them and reduce related volatility in the market.

"We're very attune to customer feedback around our contracts and over the last couple of years we've spent a lot of time working with NCBA and a lot of people in the cattle industry, other organizations and our customers directly on how to make sure our cattle contract is the most effective hedging tool for them," Andriessen said. "I think we've seen the benefit of a lot of that work. Many of the changes we've being putting in place are coming into effect, but for us it's always an ongoing process of making the contract better and more effective as a hedging tool."

Click here to read more- and to listen to our latest Beef Buzz which spotlights the efforts of CME to improve the Cattle Contracts offered by the Exchange. 

SixNearly 2 Million Rural Americans and 34 States to Benefit from USDA Investment in Rural Health Care

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced Friday that USDA is investing $501 million in 60 projects to help improve health care infrastructure ( and services in rural communities nationwide.

"Creating strong and healthy communities is foundational to increasing prosperity in rural America," Hazlett said. "Under the leadership of Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural leaders to improve quality of life and economic development through modern and accessible health care."

One grant is coming to Oklahoma- and it's a big one. Over $23 million dollars will be allocated to GPRMC Holdings Inc . According to the details provided by USDA- "This Rural Development investment will be used to purchase the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in Elk City, currently owned by the Farmers Union Hospital Association. The hospital's primary service area covers eight zip codes in Beckham, Roger Mills and Washington(SIC) counties in rural, Western Oklahoma. The population served is 45,227. The medical center is a 19-acre campus with three staff buildings and a 54-bed, short-term, acute care hospital constructed in 2009. The Rural Development financing will help ensure the current and future availability of health care in western Oklahoma. Additional funding includes a $9.8 million Rural Development loan guarantee and a $2,650,000 applicant contribution. (I am guessing they mean Washita County)

Click or tap here for more on these grants that are spread across the United States.

SevenOklahoma State University's FAPC Serves Up Its Top Food Safety Tips to the Thanksgiving Table
The holiday season is officially here and Thanksgiving Day is quickly approaching. While many Oklahomans will be preparing holiday meals for their families and friends, the risk of food poisoning is lurking.

"Every year in the United States, approximately 48 million people get sick because of some form of foodborne illness," said Ravi Jadeja, food safety specialist for Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. "Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized or need medical attention and, unfortunately, 3,000 people die every year."

FAPC has five tips for your Thanksgiving holiday meal- starting with Food Preparation. The food safety folks say to  "Buy only government-inspected meat and poultry products, and check the "sell-by" date on all food purchases. Never buy products if the expiration dated has passed. 

"Wash your hands thoroughly before and after preparing any food product. 

"Use two cutting boards: one for preparing raw meat, poultry and fish, and the other for cutting cooked food or preparing salads."

As for the four other tips- click or tap here.

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