Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 12/26/2018, 5:02 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 of tap  here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

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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- the most recent report from last Friday, December 21st.
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
   Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: One Fourth of Federal Government Remains Shutdown- Including USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this past Friday detailed which functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will remain available with the lapse in government funding. "There may be a lapse in funding for the federal government, but that will not relieve USDA of its responsibilities for safeguarding life and property through the critical services we provide," said Secretary Perdue.  

"Our employees work hard every day to benefit our customers and the farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers who depend on our programs. During a shutdown, we will leverage our existing resources as best we can to continue to provide the top-notch service people expect."

Some of the programs that continue:

Meat, poultry, and processed egg inspection services.

Grain and other commodity inspection, weighing, grading, and IT support services funded by user fees.

Eligible households will still receive monthly Supplemental 

Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for January.

Most other domestic nutrition assistance programs, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, WIC, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, can continue to operate at the State and local level with any funding and commodity resources that remain available. 

The Child Nutrition (CN) Programs, including School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Feeding, Summer Food Service and Special Milk will continue operations into February. 

Provision of conservation technical and financial assistance (such as Conservation Reserve Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and easement programs).Some farm payments (including direct payments, market assistance loans, market facilitation payments, and disaster assistance programs) will be continued for the first week of a shutdown.

Market Facilitation Program payments.

Trade mitigation purchases made by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.

Agricultural export credit and other agricultural trade development and monitoring activities.

USDA's Market News Service, which provides critically important market information to the agricultural industry.

More details are available up on our website by
clicking or tapping here.

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Oklahoma State University Ag Economist Amy Hagerman talked at the end of this past week about the signing of the new 2018 Farm Bill into law, and what the next step in that process is as its policies are put into practice.

"This is really great news," she said. "We're excited to have a Farm Bill again."

According to Hagerman, the next step following President Trump's signing of the bill, is that all its programs and guidance will be passed off to the US Department of Agriculture. She says the USDA will then be responsible for actually determining how to implement the changes made in the Farm Bill to the existing programs and will also assume the responsibility of setting any applicable deadlines for these sign-up programs.

Hagerman says some positive tweaks are in the Crop Insurance sections- especially for wheat farmers that are grazing their wheat and then harvesting a grain crop as well. 

And she likes some of the adjustments that are offered in Title One- the Commodity Title- as well. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to her comments that the SUNUP crew got with her just ahead of the holiday break. 

ThreeDerrell Peel Contemplates the January 1, 2019 Beef Cow Number

With less than a week of 2018 left, all eyes in the cattle business begin to focus on the new year- with many starting to project what USDA may offer in the end of January Cattle Inventory Report that is based on January first numbers. 

Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel believes that one of the key numbers that will come out of that Inventory Report will be the Beef Cow Inventory number, which stood at 31.7 million head in the report that was released in January of 2018. Economists are divided over whether or not the US Beef Cow herd has grown over the last twelve months- they do agree if there is any growth from 2018 to 2019- that number will likely be a small one. 

As for Dr. Peel, he told me last Thursday after the Cattle on Feed report that he thinks there are a few more mama cows out in the country right now compared to the start of 2018- "I still expect that- I think we will be in the range of plus or minus a half a percent net herd increase on the beef cow herd side as of January One, 2019. It could be a little more or less than that- there are actually a few analysts who think we might have pulled the numbers back slightly- down slightly- I don't expect that but I would not rule that out."

Click or tap here for our Beef Buzz conversation with Dr. Peel- beyond the Cattle Inventory Beef Cow numbers- we also talk about what Peel is paying attention in the new year- and what he has heard from the country about the status of our cattle on wheat pasture situation.

Also from Derrell Peel- we have his analysis from Monday's Cow Calf Corner on the currentness of our feedlots- click or tap here for that column as found on our website.

Beginning in late December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend several months gathering information about farm economics and production practices from farmers and ranchers across Oklahoma and Texas as the agency conducts the third and final phase of the 2018 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

"ARMS is the only survey that measures the current financial well-being of Oklahoma and Texas producers and their households as a whole," said Wil Hundl, director of the NASS Southern Plains Region. "The results of this survey will help inform decisions on local and federal policies and programs that affect Oklahoma and Texas farms and farm families." 

In an effort to obtain the most accurate data, NASS will reach out to more than 30,000 producers nationwide, including over 3,200 in Oklahoma and Texas between late December and April. The survey asks producers to provide in-depth information about their operating revenues, production costs, and household characteristics. The 2018 survey includes versions focused on soybean, and cattle and calf sector costs and returns. 

For more on this survey effort coming once the Shutdown is behind us- click or tap here.

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As part of a continuing series of stories on Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University has been recognizing and honoring the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry. The honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of 14 industry professionals. Kelly Wiedel of Muskogee, Okla. is featured this week as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.

A lot of people say they are thankful for what time has taught them. However, Kelly Wiedel, who ranches with husband Bart in eastern Oklahoma, has a lifetime of experiences to back that up.

There are simple things she has learned. 

Take for instance haying.

"I'll never forget the day when my father-in-law Jim Wiedel said I had tractor driving in my blood because I asked him if I could rake again," Kelly Wiedel said.

She also won't forget what she learned one day when she was out haying.

"When raking hay with a tractor without a cab, stay away from bumble bees," she said.

Wiedel has painted countless feet of pipe fence and gateways.

"From that I have learned to always paint with the wind at my back," she said. 

There are also things she's learned that weren't so simple, such as the first time her husband was ever involved in a vehicle accident. She was a passenger.

"It caused me to get vertigo and after time with it not going away and many different tests and scans of my head," she said, "we found out that I had a brain aneurism and had to have brain surgery. So the wreck was a blessing because it saved my life."

Perhaps it was all those experiences and more that led her to place a sign in their dining room that reads, "It may not be the easy way, but it's the Cowboy Way."

Read more about Kelly's life on the ranch by clicking or tapping here.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the accomplishments made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the past year. USDA has continued enacting President Trump's goals of regulatory reform, streamlining government, and refocusing USDA to be customer oriented.

"In 2018 we have fought for American farmers, ranchers, and producers by delivering new and improved trade deals like USMCA and a re-negotiated KORUS agreement, provided trade assistance to farmers due to illegal trade retaliation, and helped our fellow citizens through devastating natural disasters," Perdue said. "I am proud to say that every day at USDA we do our best to live by our motto to "Do Right and Feed Everyone."

For example- in the area of Customer Service- Perdue offered the following areas of achivement:

"USDA successfully merged the Agricultural Marketing Service, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, and the Farm Service Agency's Commodity Operations programs to better meet the needs of farmers, ranchers, producers, and consumers while improving customer service and maximizing efficiencies.

"USDA stood up a new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area, which encompass the USDA's domestic-facing agencies: FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency. The Department also launched the FPAC Business Center in 2018, which will eliminate redundant administrative support functions, including human resources, information technology, finance, procurement, and property management. USDA strives to be the most customer focused and customer-oriented department in the Federal government."

To review all the other areas where USDA believes they have done beneficial work for the US Farmer and rancher and landowner and taxpayer- click or tap here.

SevenA Shoutout of Oklahoma Ag Leadership Alums- Your Gift is Needed to Complete the Noble Foundation Annual Match for 2018

We are in the final days of making tax deductable gifts for the calendar year 2018.  There are several hundred Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program alums out there that subscribe to our email- and I wanted to remind each and every one of you that your still have time to make your gift and help meet the 2018 Match of $20,000 established by the Noble Foundation.

For every dollar an alum gives to the OALP- Noble will match it dollar for dollar up to $20,000. 

According to OALP Executive Director Edmond Bonjour- there are several ways to give:

Send checks made payable to OSU Foundation/OALP to 127 Noble Research Center, Stillwater, OK 74078-3033.  Credit cards may be used for your contribution by calling the OSU Foundation at 800-622-4678 and designate your gift for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund 21-35700 or online at where you will: 1) click the search button next to the "Give" button, 2) type 21-35700 in the search box, 3) click the orange "Give" after the name and description for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund, and 4) enter the amount and other billing information.  

We greatly appreciate your support to help keep the OALP a viable program for agricultural leaders!

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