Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/28/2018, 7:02 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 or 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.- Bids from Thursday afternoon, December 27th.
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
   Friday, December 28, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association has submitted comments to the Food Safety Inspection Service of USDA as well as to the Food and Drug Administration regarding the request for feedback by the two agencies about the Use of Cell Culture Technology to Develop Products Derived from Livestock and Poultry. The letter, signed by the Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Michael Kelsey, provided the input from the organization on the roles of USDA and FDA on the development and regulation of what the cattle industry calls "fake meat."

Kelsey and OCA said on the labeling issues that they have two key "asks."

"First, the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) must hold cell-cultured protein products to the same nomenclature standards as other products under FSIS oversight. Rules such as dating, font size and safe handling instructions must be equivalent for all protein products. 

"Second, OCA strongly supports the term 'beef' should only be used on products that have been derived from live cattle raised by farmers and ranchers."

Click or tap here to read the full statement from the cattle group.

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"Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture" is a series that is a collaborative program between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University to recognize and honor 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 industry professionals.

Today- Oklahoma Department of Agriculture offers a feature on the newest honoree, Joy Lynch of Davis, Oklahoma.

When Joy Lynch's father started raising sheep, it changed her life forever.

It wasn't until her sons, Keith and Kevin, were in 4-H that she realized it, however.

"My dad, since he was raising sheep on his farm in Texas, he thought the boys should show sheep, so that's how we got started," Lynch said.

How the lamb made it from Nocona, Texas, where Lynch's parents lived, to Davis, Okla., is another story.

"I had a van, and I went down to my dad's. He said, 'I want you to take this lamb home with you,'" Lynch said.

She replied, "Well, I don't have any way to haul that lamb home with me."

Her dad simply said, "Just put it in the back of your van there."

Lynch did not like the idea, but her dad wouldn't take no for an answer.

"So, I hauled the first show lamb that my kids had from Nocona, Texas, to home with me in my van," Lynch laughed.

From that first lamb, Lynch Club Lambs was born.

To read more- click or tap here.

A United States government delegation will travel to Beijing in the second week of January to hold trade talks with Chinese officials, according to a report from Bloomberg news.

Deputy US trade representative Jeffrey Gerrish will lead the Trump administration's team, which will also include Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs David Malpass.

Neither the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) nor Treasury responded to Bloomberg in their requests for comment.

Gao Feng, spokesman at the Chinese commerce ministry, confirmed to reporters in Beijing on Thursday that the two sides are planning to hold face-to-face negotiations next month and that consultations through "intensive" telephone calls would continue in the meantime.

"Even as the US side is in the Christmas holiday period, China and US economic and trade teams have been in close communication, and the consultations are progressing in an orderly manner as scheduled," said Gao, who declined to confirm any specific dates.

The Chinese government is also lowering tariffs as of January first on some 700 products that come into China- although the product that is the biggest loser in the China-US Trade war, soybeans, will not be a target for the lower tariffs.

A Federal Court has ruled against the Organization for Competitive Markets and their quest to bring back the so called Farmer Fair Practices Rules- put into place by the Obama Administration as they headed out the door in 2016. 

OCM sued the Trump Administration's USDA after US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said that the outgoing Obama administration's proposal in December 2016 to establish regulations already partially mandated by a 2008 farm bill would conflict with legal precedents. That would likely result in more litigation in the livestock and poultry industries, and prevent innovation in farming, the government argued. That interim final rule would have made it easier for farmers and ranchers to prevail in cases where they claim packers treat them unfairly in contracts because it would have essentially eliminated the need for proof of competitive harm.

USDA told the Federal court that implementation of the Farmer Fair Practices Rules would have represented a change in USDA's regulatory approach and would have conflicted with the courts' historic interpretations of the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA).

Just ahead of Christmas, the Eighth Circuit denied Organization for Competitive Markets' petition for review. The court found that the USDA gave "rational reasons for its decision to withdraw." Furthermore, the USDA's rollback was only a return to a policy that had been in place before the Obama administration changed the rules. 

To read more about the ruling against OCM- click or tap here.

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One of the meetings that we covered earlier this year was the annual convention of the American Angus Association. At that meeting- Oklahoma breeder, John Pfeiffer, was elected President of the breed association. Before he started going through the officer chairs of the breed association, though, Pfeiffer served on the Certified Angus Beef Board and was sitting as the chairman the year the brand eclipsed the billion-pound mark of beef sales.

During the 40th Year Anniversary celebration of the beef brand that has become the gold standard of branded beef programs, I caught up with Pfeiffer to talk about the remarkable success of the brand and the tenacity of the Angus producers that have made it possible.

"Everybody talks about the overnight success of CAB, but we have to remember it took us nearly 10 years to really sell the first million pounds," he said. "Now, we're having 100 million months regularly."

Pfeiffer remembers the hardship that the program had during its formative years when it had trouble getting its footing in the marketplace. He recounts a few times when the program was almost shut down when the board lacked faith in the young brand's full potential.

You can listen to our visit with John on the rise of CAB and how that has changed the beef cattle business- click or tap here to jump to this "best of" Beef Buzz. 

The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased to announce U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will speak at the 100th AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans. Secretary Perdue will address Farm Bureau members during the closing general session, scheduled to take place Monday, January 14 at 11:15 a.m.

More than 6,000 farmers and ranchers will gather in New Orleans January 11-16, 2019, for the organization's centennial annual convention. The large family reunion-type setting provides a platform for attendees to visit with one another, as well as exhibitors and sponsors. From general sessions to 50 workshops to special events like a country concert headlining multiple household names, there is something for everyone.

I will be heading to New Orleans to cover the meeting from an Oklahoma perspective- our reports from the 2019 convention will be sponsored by Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

On the final day of the year- we will spotlight in our Daily Email the top stories we have covered over the course of the year- both from the national and state level.  

It's has been an interesting year for the farm and ranch community- complete with a new farm law, Regulatory reform, Export Drama, the Changing of the Guard in Oklahoma government and more. 

Thanks for being with us in 2018- we will relive some of the highlights of the past twelve months- and will put a quarter in our Crystal Ball, fire it up and see what might be in the cards in 2019.

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 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
We invite you to check out our website at the link below too that includes an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.   

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