Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/29/2018 5:58 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. offered 620 head Wednesday with 148 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results.

OKC West sold feeder steers and heifers 2.00 - 4.00 higher on Wednesday- 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, 28th.
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
   Thursday, November 29, 2018
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
Chelsea Good of the Livestock Marketing Association Weighs in on the Cattle Traceability Debate

Currently, there is a lot of interest in the livestock industry regarding cattle traceability, or animal ID. Chelsea Good, vice president of government and industry affairs for the Livestock Marketing Association, said in a recent interview with us, that her organization and the people it represents fall right in the middle of this conversation.

"Cattle traceability is one of those cyclical issues in our industry, where it feels like it kind of circles back on itself," she said. "We've had mandatory ID for those adult animals that move across state lines since 2013, but there is a lot of interest right now on what is that next step... do we advance traceability and how do we do that?"

As local and regional hubs of livestock movement and where the majority of livestock are identified, livestock markets are central to this discussion. In recognizing their unique situation in this, the LMA has created its own subcommittee on traceability and has also been actively engaged with the National Cattle Traceability Working Group that is leading an industry wide discussion on how to move this issue forward nationally. According to Good, those discussions have seemed to have been favoring electronic ID tags as the primary tool to accomplish this - looking into both low and ultra-high frequency options. While the debate rages on, pilot projects have been implemented to see if the industry can evolve at the speed of commerce. But, the issue that has to be dealt with first is getting all segments of the beef chain on the same page. Good says a division exists in the industry right now that either wants mandatory ID or that simply does not.

"It's a challenging topic. I think that we need to look at some of these questions and really get to know these technologies," Good said. "Probably, we need to focus on the current population of adult animals moving across state lines. Obviously, feeder cattle is a huge volume of animals. At this point, adding that huge volume into our system - we don't believe is a good idea until that system is perfected."

Listen to Good and I discuss the LMA's perspective on the issue of cattle traceability, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Click here to learn more about the Oklahoma Pork Council. 

Our own Carson Horn had the chance to sit down with the National Pork Producers Council's Chief Vet Liz Wagstrom to talk about this concerning issue of African Swine Fever and the threat it poses here at home for the US pork industry and globally as well. Like many of the other folks we've talked to in recent weeks about this issue, Wagstrom says the pork industry is working closely with industry stakeholders, the government and those agencies that are our first line of defense in these sort of situations - like the USDA and Customs and Border Protection - that monitor for threats from people and products coming into our country.

During their conversation, Wagstrom made a great point about the significance and the timing of this event, however unfortunate it is. For some time now, the NPPC and its partners in the livestock industry, have been lobbying Congress to allocate funding in the next Farm Bill to establish a national vaccine bank for Foot & Mouth Disease. The fact that this crisis in China has shown up now, with Farm Bill negotiations still up in the air, has given the NPPC a chance to point directly to what's happening in China as a real-life demonstration of the impact that a foreign animal disease outbreak can have. Wagstrom says the NPPC has taken advantage of this opportunity to underscore the importance of making sure funding is appropriated for a vaccine bank to prepare for a potentially devastating event like this here in the US. She says that although there is not a vaccine for ASF, it is still very important to recognize how valuable having ample vaccine readily available for immediate response would be - should the US ever experience a crisis like China is having right now.

Listen to Carson's complete conversation with Wagstrom about the impact that ASF is having right now and the lessons we can take away from this event, by clicking or tapping here.
threeKenneth Wagner Tapped by Governor-Elect Kevin Stitt to Serve as Secretary of Energy and Environment

In an announcement made yesterday, Kenneth Wagner was named by Governor-elect Kevin Stitt as his appointment to Secretary of Energy and Environment for Oklahoma.

"I am pleased to announce that Ken Wagner will be joining my administration as the next Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment," said Stitt. "Wagner is well respected among environment leaders, energy industry experts, and state regulators in neighboring states. He will play a critical role in advising my administration on policy that encourages robust and responsible development of our natural resources, ensures clean air and clear water for all Oklahomans, and makes our state an example for others to follow."

Andrew Wheeler, EPA Acting Administrator, was quoted saying of Wagner's appointment that, "During his time at EPA, Ken was at the forefront of our efforts to work more closely with states and tribes to ensure clean air, water, and land for all Americans. We are grateful for his service to EPA and the American public, and we know he will bring the same dedication and expertise to Oklahoma as he leads the state's efforts to improve energy production and environmental protection."

According to the release from Stitt's office, Wagner currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Regional and State Affairs at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to working at the EPA, Wagner served as founding partner and managing partner at the Tulsa law firm Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman, P.C. Wagner graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1993. Click hereto read more remarks from Wagner's peers about his appointment.

MEANWHILE- the Governor Elect is still working on the selection of who will step into the role now held by Jim Reese as the Secretary and Commissioner of Agriculture- Reese has told us he is planning to step down at the end of this calendar year. 

Multiple sources have mentioned a dozen people or more as possible candidates for the job- and more than one have said that interviews will start very soon with four or five finalists expected to be considered. 

Stay Tuned.
FourChecking In on the Beef Checkoff - OK Beef Council's New Video Content an Internet Sensation

Six months ago, the Oklahoma Beef Council released its first in a series of videos, featuring real Oklahoma beef producers and their families talking about their industry and their way of life. Since then, the videos have been viewed more than 250,000 times and the OBC's Facebook Page "Likes" have been increased four-fold. Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, visited with us about these new videos during this week's edition of our series, Checking-In on the Beef Checkoff.
"We couldn't be more pleased because 90 percent of the views are being driven organically and not through paid advertising which says the content is resonating with consumers," Buckmaster said about the campaign's return on investment. "Our goal with the campaign is to be authentic and educational in showing the farming and ranching story.
You can listen to Buckmaster talk about the success of this campaign, view these videos for yourself, or for find more stories about what your Beef Checkoff is doing, by clicking over to our website.


Sponsor Spotlight

As Oklahoma's largest John Deere dealer, P&K Equipment is proud to be your local expert source for equipment, parts, and service. As an Oklahoma-based, family-run company, the P&K network consists of 16 locations in Oklahoma, 2 locations in Arkansas, and 9 locations in Iowa. Our Oklahoma and agricultural roots run deep and our history spans over 30 years.
At P&K, we make it our mission to provide you with top-notch solutions and unbeatable customer service at a price you CAN afford. Visit and you'll have it all at your fingertips: request a quote, schedule service, get a value for your trade, find current promotions, and shop for parts online. Stop by one of our locations today to meet the P&K team. You'll see why around here, John Deere starts with P&K.

FiveAFR State Speech Finals Set for This Saturday, December First

More than $10,000 in scholarships and awards are on the line as students from across the state will compete in the annual AFR state speech finals Saturday, Dec. 1 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the Classroom Building, and the contest will start promptly at 9:30 a.m.

The event wraps up the 2018 AFR speech contest season as each of the state contestants previously participated in their district contests, where they must have placed first or second in their respective category and division in order to advance to state. In total, more than 120 students advanced to the state contest from the five districts across Oklahoma. At each contest, students in grades 4-12 competed in one of four categories - American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union, Science & Natural Resources, Agribusiness and Ag Advocacy & Policy.

AFR's Sam Knipp visited with Micaela Danker, youth development coordinator, about this year's event- you can hear their conversation by checking out our on line story- available here.

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced yesterday that the USDA is investing $291 million to build or improve community infrastructure and essential services for 761,000 residents in 18 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The projects announced today will help improve the quality of life in rural areas like Tahlequah, Oklahoma as well as other communities in Alaska, Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

The funding helps rural small towns, cities and communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and day care centers. For example, of the 41 projects USDA is investing in through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program - Oklahoma will receive a $642,100 loan to purchase land and construct a building for The Tahlequah Area Habitat for Humanity Inc., where donated items will be received and sold. The project will combine the home improvement and clothing stores in a single location. The store will provide Tahlequah's 15,753 residents with access to quality household goods and clothing at discounted prices.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for Community Facilities program funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally and state-recognized Native American tribes. Applicants and projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. Loan amounts have ranged from $10,000 to $165 million.

Click here to learn more about the other communities this investment will help by reviewing the report in its entirety.

Seven Preview Today's Superior Livestock Sale - Plus This Weekend's Sales

TODAY - Superior Livestock is broadcasting live from its studios in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards its latest video auction offering. Today's sale features more than 23,000 head of cattle including 200 Holsteins, 3,300 yearling steers, 1,800 yearling heifers, 16,500 weaned calves, 1,100 calves on cows and 200 bred stock.

To take part in today's sell, tune into DISH NETWORK -CHANNEL 232 or DIRECT TV - CHANNEL 603 or click over to

Things kick off this morning with Superior Sunrise at 7:30 A.M. followed by the start of the auction at 8:00 A.M. Click over to the calendar page on our website for more details.


Also this weekend, mark your calendar for a couple of great cattle sales coming your way. On Saturday, Dec. 1 - we've got the 37th Annual Oklahoma Select Bull Sale and Competition.

Up for sell Selling 60 Breeding-Age Bulls Limousin & Lim-Flex. Mostly Black, Polled. Many Homozygous. Complete performance data available in catalog on all bulls. BW, WW, YW and EPD's for 13 economically important traits. All bulls are fertility tested and trich tested. Many bulls will have ultrasound carcass data. Click here for details.

In addition - Wheeler Farms Joint Production Sale is also happening this Saturday, Dec. 1 at the New Wheeler Farms Sale Facility located at 737 County Road 1360 Chickasha, Ok 73018.

102 Lots will sell including 73 Registered Hereford Females and 29 Breeding Age Bulls- Hereford, Angus and Red Angus. Click here for details.

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 Oklahoma Pork Councilthe 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock 
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