Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/21/2018, 6:15 AM

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The OKC West Livestock Auction will be closed this week for Thanksgiving

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 Tuesday, November 20th.
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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   Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
OneFeatured Story:
Rural Oklahoma Takes Seat at the Table as Familiar Names Added to Stitt Transition Team

Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announced yesterday the names of nine additional members to Oklahoma's Turnaround, the transition team for the Stitt administration, and the chairs for each policy advisory committee.

"We are excited for the talented Oklahomans who continue to join Oklahoma's Turnaround," said Governor-elect Kevin Stitt. "We are ending politics as usual because of the Oklahomans who are willing to step forward and give their valuable time to assist with recruitment and with developing bold policy directives for the 2019 Legislative session."

Of the nine individuals announced yesterday, two of them should sound familiar to those in the rural community. One of them, was Blayne Arthur and the other, Monte Tucker.

Arthur is currently the Executive Director for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and previously served as Deputy Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry from 2011 to 2016. Tucker is a fourth-generation farmer and rancher from Sweetwater. Currently, he serves as President of the Roger Mills County Farm Bureau, a member of the state board of directors of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and as a volunteer fireman in Sweetwater. 

This comes as welcomed news to Oklahoma's rural voters who played an integral role in Stitt's successful election to office. The original list of members on Stitt's transition team was absent rural representation.

Oklahoma's Turnaround Team will develop policy proposals for the upcoming legislative session, prepare the governor-elect's budget proposal, and ensure an orderly transition to the new administration. Click here to continue reading about those individuals selected to serve on the team's various committees.

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NCBA Sets Its Expectations Low for Congress as the Tide of Power Shifts to Democrats' Control

The American public has gotten a taste of Lame Duck here after the November midterm elections. This week, though, it is Dead Week in Washington and little is going on in the halls of Congress as lawmakers are back home with their families for the Thanksgiving holiday. However, they will return to DC next week to finish out this Lame Duck session. According to Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, we should not expect to see much happen during this time period, legislatively. Although, he is hopeful that a few key pieces of legislation might be pushed through while Republicans retain control of the House of Representatives.

"If history is any indicator, it will be a race to the finish line by Republicans to get as much done as possible before they are returned to the minority. For us in particular, that focus in on the Farm Bill," Woodall said. "Now, the good news is that Mr. (Collin) Peterson (current Ranking Member on the House Ag Committee and incoming Chairman) has also said he wants to get it done - that he doesn't want to rewrite the Farm Bill when he becomes Chairman in January. That's good news for everybody in agriculture, especially for us because he has been supportive of our FMD vaccine bank. So, we're optimistic we can get that done."

In addition to the Farm Bill, Woodall is hopeful that Republicans can arrive at the finish line with an Appropriations bill as well. He explains that this would also be helpful to the livestock industry as the bill currently being considered includes language that would resolve issues with the ELD Mandate for livestock haulers as well as the question of regulatory authority regarding lab-grown protein or "fake meat" as NCBA refers to it. Longer term though, Woodall says once the Democrats do take power in the House, he expects there will be little that is actually accomplished as the House will revert focus to government oversight and the Senate will take a defensive stance to block the Democrats' agenda.

"I believe this Congress is going to be all about gridlock. I don't believe they're going to be able to move much if any legislation," he said. "But, a Congress that doesn't do much is a good Congress. We don't need a bunch of new bills coming at us."

Listen to NCBA's Woodall share his outlook on what Congress will be able to accomplish during Lame Duck and beyond, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

At OKFB's recent convention, we had the chance to speak with the Chair of the AFBF Women's Leadership Committee, Sherry Saylor of Arizona.

Saylor talked with us about the Women's Committee's role in the greater mission of the AFBF and why their work is so important to the organization. With more women being elected to office and taking over leadership roles than ever before, the reason seems obvious. But even more so, Saylor explains that based on scientific studies conducted by the Center of Food Integrity - farming women are one of the most trusted demographics when it comes to authorities on food and nutrition. According to Saylor, Millennial moms will listen to a woman involved in agriculture and truly trust what she's being told regarding how food is produced and why certain methods are used in that process.

Saylor says it is important to have those consumer engagements and to have people out there equipped with the tools and knowledge to make those interactions meaningful and impacting.

Listen to our complete conversation by clicking here, to learn more about Saylor's efforts in agricultural advocacy through the AFBF Women's Committee and what drives her passion in this area.

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, OSU's Kim Anderson taped his weekly visit with SUNUP Host Dave Deeken to offer viewers and overview of the major commodities and their current status in the marketplace.

Starting with wheat, Anderson says the grain market has been in a short run down-trend, falling by a penny or so lower nearly every day. At present, Anderson reports that the March Kansas City contract is priced at under $5.00.

Compared to year-ago prices, though, wheat, is actually more attractive this year than it was looking back at 2017 when prices were below $4.00 a bushel.

As for now, though, Anderson says wheat looks good - relative to the position of other commodities in the marketplace currently, which have almost all come down from their previously higher positions. In addition, Anderson says wheat has some of the best price potential, pointing out that producers can command a higher premium at market if they deliver a high-quality product.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode, by clicking over to our website.

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The Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced William "Bill" Beam has been appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as Deputy Administrator of Farm Programs.

Beam was sworn in last month to the position. As Deputy Administrator, Beam will be responsible for overseeing and implementing policies and procedures that regulate the delivery of federal farm programs. He, along with farm programs staff, oversee major portions of the farm bill including programs that help farmers, ranchers and forest stewards manage market risks, recover from disasters and conserve and protect natural resources.

Prior to his appointment, Beam was the president, owner and operator of Beam Farms, Inc., a fourth-generation row crop, specialty crop and hay operation in Elverson, Pennsylvania. In addition to his farming operation, Beam owns and manages a sawdust trucking business.

Click here to read more about Beam's appointment to this post at the USDA.

Thirteen new food product creations were unveiled during Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center's second annual Food Product Innovation Competition held Nov. 8 during which college students shared their creative and innovative ideas for new food and beverage products to help foster creative research, idea development, product and process development, and commercialization potential and evaluation.

Walter Bowser and Will Petty won first place with their new product: Bubble Calm, an all-natural anxiety-relieving bubble gum. A team of OSU food science students, including Ashley Gifford, Karley Griffin, Christina Thomas, Haley Wolzen, Emmy Bechtold and Ally Casey, won second place with their creation: Hot Hooves, a sweet and spicy ice cream. Team Just Wing It, consisting of 
Conner McDaniel, Tony Kountoupis and Dennis Pletcher, won third place with the creation of three hot sauces made with homegrown peppers and custom flavors.

Other products entered in the competition included Bomb Bucha, SeeNut and BeaNut Bar, PhytoPhit, Knafa, Pollinator Pumpkin Puffs, Nutty Apple Protein Mix, Wine Bread, Lentil Kefir Drink, Queso on-the-Go and Gluten-Free Cricket Powder Bread.

Representatives from the food and beverage industry served as judgesClick here to read all about the products exhibited at this year's contest.

BitsBits and Pieces- Congrats to John Grunewald, Ok Farm Bureau Convention News and Watch Mike Boot Scoot

John Grunewald was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Award on Saturday, Nov. 17 during the organization's 77th annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma.

The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Farm Bureau organization. 

"It's a great honor to be presented this by such a great organization," Grunewald said of the award. "Farm Bureau does so many great things around the state of Oklahoma for farmers and ranchers and rural communities."

Nominated by Woodward County Farm Bureau members, Grunewald earned the award for his longtime commitment to supporting farmers and ranchers throughout western Oklahoma as president and CEO of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma.

There were lots of other honors handed out by Oklahoma Farm Bureau at their 77th Annual Meeting- and we want to point you to a comprehensive look at all of those accomplishments- click or tap here for the Farm Bureau website and all of the news releases they have written about each of their honorees. 


Well- in yesterday's email- we told you about the efforts of the American Pecan Council as they were rolling out their Pecan-A-Thon yesterday morning.

Well- it's out- and it's worth a look to see our friend Mike Spradling boot scooting and chip breaking- all in the name of Pecan Promotion. 

Click or tap here for the video that will be promoted in a variety of places this holiday season- all in the name of selling a few more pounds of pecans.

SevenThe Farmer Gives Thanks- and I Do Too!

Several times over the years in these daily messages to you- I have stopped and reflected around major holidays about the why of what we do in American agriculture. 

And more than once- I have chosen to use the words of a man who was a pioneer in the business I have been a part of since 1970- radio and especially farm broadcasting.

Here in 2018- I want to share- one more time- the words of Samuel Guard, who graduated from Ohio State a little over a hundred years ago- worked for a livestock magazine, then was Director of Information for the American Farm Bureau and then worked for the Sears Roebuck Foundation and helped put WLS Radio on the air in Chicago- in the 1920s- one of the key reasons to put big booming radio signals on the air was to provide agricultural information and entertainment to rural areas. 

Along the way- Guard wrote a little prayer book called "The Farmer Gives Thanks."   It takes you through the entire calendar year with simple prayers from a farmer point of view- winter, spring, sowing, growing, harvesting and rejoicing over the bounty of that harvest. It's a prayer of rejoicing I share with you today:

"Lord of harvests, Keeper of our feedlots and our fields, we thank thee for a turkey that is fat.

"We thank thee for bread with butter on it.

"We wish we could echo in these poor words the glorious autumn song of praise that rises from our frosted, browning stalks of corn, bent with ears of gold.

"Accept the fragrance of red clover in yon mow as burnt incense rising from the holy earthen altar of this here stock farm.

"Help us to be humble, just and kind as Thy Servant said- especially kind to those creatures over whom thou gave us original dominion, which we have subdued and fattened and multiplied and milked according to Thy direction.

"Make us good shepherds to them as Thou art the Good Shepherd to us.

"Bless all thine own children about this board, or absent from it.

"And make our hearts big enough to receive Thy bounty in constant Thanksgiving.


Old Words- Good Words- Wise Words- Worthy of our Attention on this Thanksgiving Eve 2018.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditOklahoma Pork Council, 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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