Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 12/7/2018, 6:05 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.
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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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Oklahoma National Stockyards Hosts Eighth Annual Fund Raiser for All American Beef Battalion December 17th

The National Livestock Companies are pleased to announce their support, once again, for the All American Beef Battalion.

On Monday, December 17th, the Oklahoma National Stockyards will auction a calf for the benefit of the All American Beef Battalion. The sale will take place at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the sale arena of the Stockyards.

This is the 8th year for the National Livestock companies to be involved in supporting the All American Beef Battalion. With the 2017 auction bringing in more
than $60,000, contributors to this event have raised over $379,000 from the annual auction of a donated calf.

Anyone may support this effort by calling 800-310-0220 and speaking with Debbie Wedel. If you are unable to attend but would still like to support the cause, you can call Debbie for your proxy bid or you may also visit the All American Beef Battalion web site ( and make your donation by PayPal.

Livestock will invoice bidders and contributors and will forward all funds to the All American Beef Battalion. All checks should be made payable to the All American Beef Battalion.

For more on this upcoming fundraiser- click or tap here.

Sponsor Spotlight
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Oklahoma State University's Dr. Kim Anderson sees light at the end of the tunnel for wheat producers when it comes to wheat prices in the new calendar year- and tells Lyndall Stout with SUNUP this weekend that he thinks wheat prices have a chance of going higher after we turn the calendar over to 2019 for several reasons.

Anderson believes our exports will pick up early in the new calendar year, Russian exports will start ramping down as they run out of wheat to export, drought in Australia is taking a toll on their expected wheat production and it appears we will be using more wheat than we are producing again this year- domestically and internationally. For producers who are able to grow a higher than average protein crop in 2019, those factors may help deliver higher wheat prices for what may well be a commodity in short supply and high demand. 

To hear all of Dr. Anderson's comments- and to check out the complete lineup of this weekend's SUNUP that will be seen on OETA across Oklahoma- Click or tap here.

After 26 years of working in government affairs, Rex Martin's experience as a member of the nation's leading agricultural fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho (AGR), came full circle in February of 2018 when he stepped in to fill the shoes of Phil Josephson as CEO, who retired from the position after more than 40 years of heading the organization. During a recent trip to the fraternal organization's headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn (an alumnus of AGR's Pi Chapter at Oklahoma State University) spoke with Martin about the values of AGR and its mission "To make better men."

Aside from "jumpstarting your career," Martin says AGR helps develop young men into leaders of their community from the ground up. With a shared focus on the common thread of agriculture, he says, the members of AGR form a lasting bond of brotherhood and friendship - a network that helps them excel beyond their college years both personally and professionally.

"I've heard many brothers say that without AGR, 'I'd never have gotten out of college,'" Martin remarked. "That's just the beginning step. I want people to realize that the value of Alpha Gamma Rho is a lifelong value of brotherhood. People are friends - close friends and brothers - for over 50 years in a lot of cases. They help you develop and mentor you in your career."

Read more- and take a listen as well- to Carson's conversation with Rex by clicking or tapping here.

It was the late 1970s when I think I first heard the desire of cattle producers articulated with the phrase- "we need to provide consumers a great eating experience every time." That phrase was not happening every time a consumer bought a steak home to grill- or when they went out to a local steakhouse.

Many cattle producers wanted to see this phrase be an every time event for consumers- and some of those in that camp were among the early founders of the Certified Angus Beef Program.

Today- we are doing better at delivering on that promise- and we recently sat down with Mark McCully, Vice President for Production for the Certified Angus Beef Program and talked about how this is becoming more and more a reality.

McCully believes that Angus breeders have done an exceptional job in recent years in having an eye to making today's beef better. "We've done that by selecting for carcass merit, specifically selecting for marbling. The resulting quality grades, the resulting Certified Angus Beef brand acceptance rates have dramatically increased over the last decade as a result of that very intentional focus to produce that more highly marbled product that does deliver on that taste promise."

McCully adds that marbling is most certainly the key for taste. "It absolutely is. We have kinda known about that- the meat scientists have shown us that for a long, long time. There's other things that play into that taste experience but marbling is key." McCully says that the Angus breed has allowed producers to produce and raise calves that can end up producing beef that will deliver marbling that satisfies consumers. 

You can hear McCully's comments on this and read more by clicking here to check out our latest Beef Buzz- featuring Mark and his work to deliver on that promise of great taste.

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

FiveU.S. Beef Gains New Market Access in Morocco

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. 2018 is the first year that U.S. beef and poultry exporters have access to Morocco's market under the terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Morocco opened its market to U.S. poultry in August, 2018.

"President Trump continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. New access to the Moroccan market for beef and beef products is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports of U.S. agricultural products," said Ambassador Lighthizer. "I welcome Morocco's agreement to allow imports of U.S. beef and look forward to growing our shipments to Morocco."

"Finding new markets for American agricultural products has been a priority for the Trump Administration from day one, and the opening of the Moroccan market is good news for our producers," said Secretary Perdue. "American beef is the best in the world, and once Moroccans get a taste of it, they'll surely want more." 

The nation's largest cattle organization- the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, is pleased. Their President, Kevin Kester, offered the following comment on the market access:

"Open markets are the lifeblood of the U.S. cattle and beef industry. New access to Morocco is welcome news for producers and we are excited that Moroccan consumers can now enjoy high-quality U.S. beef. NCBA is grateful for the leadership President Trump, Ambassador Lighthizer, and Ambassador Doud have shown on this issue. We look forward to working with them to continue tearing down trade barriers for U.S. beef in markets around the world."

SevenUSDA, Cherokee Nation Forms New Tribal Conservation District to Help Manage Natural Resources

The Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the creation of a new conservation district that will help the Cherokee Nation manage natural resources, secure assistance for conservation projects and encourage conservation practices on tribally-owned land. 

Principal Chief Bill John Baker and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue signed an agreement forming the new Cherokee Nation Tribal Conservation District earlier this year. Representatives from the Tribe and USDA were also in attendance at the 2018 Indian Nations Conservation Alliance Conference in Catoosa, Oklahoma to recognize and officially designate the new Cherokee Nation Tribal Conservation District.

"The Natural Resources Conservation Service has been a partner for many years, and the creation of a Conservation District was a way to further strengthen that partnership," said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. "With this agreement, we'll be bringing more financial resources and technical expertise to our conservation and land management efforts."

More details are available here.

Jason Andrew Daniels, 39, of Edmond, was arrested Nov. 29, 2018, on an outstanding warrant from Noble County. The warrant stems from a 2016 incident in which Daniels purchased cattle from the Noble County Livestock Market using a bogus check. The arrest is the result of an investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Brett Wellden.

In October 2016, Daniels purchased 16 head of cattle at the Noble County Livestock Market. He paid with a check for more than $12,000 that was later returned for insufficient funds. According to his statement, the owner of the livestock market contacted Daniels repeatedly over the next three months to try to arrange for payment. Daniels allegedly strung along the livestock market until early 2017 when he stopped responding altogether. 

At that time, the owner contacted Wellden who initiated an investigation. Wellden provided another opportunity for Daniels to make payment, but he failed to do so. The case was then presented to the Noble County District Attorney, who issued the arrest warrant.

More details are available here.

ODAFFODAFF to Consider This Coming Week Emergency Rules on Poultry House Setbacks

Next week, the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture will be considering adopting setbacks to address new poultry house construction in northeastern Oklahoma.

Comments on the proposal- available here- can be submitted until 8 AM Monday morning at ODAFF headquarters in Oklahoma City.  

The proposed rules include several different setbacks for new construction for poultry operations:

"New or expanding poultry feeding operations, including but not limited to poultry barns, composters and other carcass disposal areas, litter sheds and other buildings associated with the operation, shall not be located within the following applicable distances:
  1. (1)  Occupied residences: 
    1. (A)  More than 30,000 birds shall be 1/4 mile; and 
    2. (B)  30,000 or fewer birds shall be 1000 feet. 
    3. (C)  All distances between occupied residences and poultry feeding operations 
    shall be measured from the closest corner of the walls of the occupied residence to the closest point of the poultry feeding operation, excluding land application sites; 
  2. (2)  Public school shall be 1/2 mile; 
  3. (3)  Incorporated city limits shall be 1/2 mile; 
  4. (4)  Public highways shall be 150 feet; 
  5. (5)  Property line shall be 150 feet; 

These emergency rules regarding setbacks for poultry feeding operations will be considered by the State Board of Agriculture at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. 

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