Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/4/2019, 6:11 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 or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as last reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, January 2nd.
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
   Friday, January 4, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
Sean Kouplen, Brent Kisling Appointed State's Next Secretary of Commerce and Commerce Director

Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announced Thursday the appointment of Sean Kouplen as the next Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, a cabinet position that will require Senate confirmation, and the hiring of Brent Kisling as the next executive director of the Department of Commerce.

Stitt called Kouplen "a proven business leader and entrepreneur, full of vision, energy and passion for seeing our state thrive and achieve Top Ten status." Regarding Kisling, Stitt remarked that his "dynamic partnership with Kouplen," will bring success to his goal of "developing rural economies, crafting and executing major infrastructure projects and recruiting new job creators to our state."

Upon confirmation, Kouplen will serve on the governor's cabinet in an unpaid capacity, casting vision for the Commerce Department and playing a strategic leadership role in recruiting business growth and in the development of Oklahoma's workforce. Kouplen will continue his role as Chairman and CEO of Regent Bank in Tulsa, which under his leadership, has grown in size from $72 million to almost $600 million in assets since 2008.

As Executive Director, Kisling will oversee the operations of the Department of Commerce and will report to the secretary of commerce. Kisling is currently the executive director of Enid Regional Development Alliance where he is has worked since March 2009. Previously, Kisling served 8 years as the State Director for the USDA Rural Development in Oklahoma, an appointed position under the George W. Bush Administration. From 2001 to 2009, he oversaw the rural housing, utilities, and business programs statewide. Kisling has also served as the Chair of Leadership Oklahoma, the Governor's Economic Development Marketing Team, the Oklahoma Economic Development Council, the Career Tech Foundation Board, and the OSU Ag Alumni Board. In 2008, he was named one of the Top 40 Achievers Under 40 in Oklahoma by The Journal Record. Kisling is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and a resident of Enid.

Click here to learn more about both Kouplen and Kisling and their respective roles in the new Stitt Administration.

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OK Farm Bureau Says Kouplen, Kisling Appointments Good for State's Ag Industry, Rural Communities
After Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announced the appointments of Sean Kouplen and Brent Kisling to his administration, President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Rodd Moesel offered us his reaction to their appointments and what they mean for Oklahoma ag industry and its rural communities.

"They're both great selections. They both have a long history in Oklahoma agriculture and come from great agricultural families and are great products of Oklahoma State University," Moesel said. "We're really excited to have the chance to work with both of them."

Moesel, highlighting Kisling's previous experience leading the statewide federal Rural Development program out of Stillwater, Okla. says he believes rural Oklahomans will be paid a lot more attention than they have in the past. Together, with Kouplen as Secretary, he says the pair will bring tremendous insight and vision and give agriculture and rural Oklahoma "a seat at the table like they probably haven't had at that agency in a very long time."

Listen to our complete conversation by clicking or tapping here to hear what else Moesel had to say.

It would seem 2019 is off to a good start - in terms of moisture at least, with the first Drought Monitor report of the new year showing no drought in the state for the first time in a long time. Take a look...

All drought categories on the Monitor Map currently register at 0 percent, although a small patch of "Abnormally Dry" conditions remains in the northeast corner of the state, covering approximately 5.15 percent of Oklahoma's total land mass.
Thursday's wet winter weather arrived after the deadline for this week's report which means the moisture received will be applied to the following week's report, likely keeping things in relatively good condition regarding any potential drought.

To view this week's Drought Monitor map more closely or to jump to the Mesonet Ticker website for the latest from State Climatologist Gary McManus, click here.

The Oklahoma AgCredit Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Patrick Zeka as the farm lending cooperative's new Chief Executive Officer. Zeka's experience with Farm Credit exceeds 26 years, having served as Oklahoma AgCredit Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer while performing the dual roles of EVP/Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer from January 2016 until July 2018. Zeka, 52, succeeds Butch McComas, who led the lending cooperative since 2016 when Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma (East Central) and Chisholm Trail Farm Credit (Chisholm Trail) merged.

"I am humbled and honored to be responsible for the customers and employees of Oklahoma AgCredit," said Zeka. "Seeking efficiencies and utilizing technology to improve our customers' experience are avenues I plan to pursue to build on the existing strength of the Association." 

With assets exceeding $1.34 billion and a portfolio in excess of 6,300 loans, Oklahoma AgCredit is the largest Farm Credit association in the state. Headquartered in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma AgCredit has 17 full-time lending offices and a number of weekly contact points to provide loans for farm and ranch land, country homes, livestock, equipment and operating costs.

Learn more about Zeka, his new appointment and his qualifications for the job, by clicking here.

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Last year in 2018, the cattle industry here in Oklahoma was faced with several policy issues to consider. Members of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association were obliged during their winter policy meeting, to choose the direction they as a collective group would take on these issues. One item that most members say they were quite surprised to have seen come up was the legalization of industrial hemp production here in the state. That was also legalized on a federal level with the 2018 Farm Bill dropping hemp as a controlled substance. According to Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the OCA, the members of the organization initially seemed to lean towards opposing the measure to legalize the crop - but in the end, they cast their vote to support passage of the measure. And so, it did this past April with the first legal hemp crop produced under the new law in 2018 as well.

Kelsey says 2019 will be no exception when it comes to the amount of work to be done on making policy decisions. Several issues have already starting to become quite obvious as main points of discussion within the cattle industry. For instance, the issue of animal identification and disease traceability have dominated conversations leading up to the new year and is likely to be a hot topic at the upcoming Cattle Industry Convention happening at the end of this month in New Orleans. In addition to that, Kelsey says work will continue to restructure the Waters of the US rule and to keep lab grown protein from imitating beef products in the marketplace.

"Whether it be first and foremost from a disease traceability or security standpoint, we need to make sure we can continue to trade and continue to operate. And there is a marketing component in terms of international exports and those types of things," Kelsey said in reference to animal ID and traceability, before remarking on other issues. "We're also going to have to watch and work very hard with USDA and FDA regarding these new protein products that are coming along - making sure that the consumer understands that those products are distinguished from beef as it is.

"We'll also continue to work with NCBA on (the new WOTUS rule). What we've seen so far is so much better than what we've seen originally. The biggest problem we had with the original WOTUS - it was too much of a private property grab in our opinion. So, to see this new structuring that's way more along the lines of common sense and recognizing private property ownership is really a breath of fresh air and we look forward to continuing to move that forward positively into 2019."

Listen to OCA's Michael Kelsey and I discuss the many issues on tap for the new year, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

Three nominations for senior USDA posts overseeing research, food safety, and civil rights died with the 115th Congress on Wednesday, and the path forward for those nominations in the two-year session that opened on Thursday is unclear. "The three nominations have been returned to the White House. No comment beyond that," said a USDA spokesman.

The Trump administration has moved slowly in putting its appointees to work at the USDA. Five of 13 posts requiring Senate confirmation are vacant, including the three nominations that lapsed this week. They were Mindy Brashears for undersecretary for food safety, Scott Hutchins for undersecretary for research, and Naomi Earp for assistant secretary for civil rights. 

The Senate Agriculture Committee cleared the nominations for a floor vote in early December, but they were not part of a calendar-clearing push this week.

Dr. Brashears is an Oklahoma State grad(Masters and PhD)- and is a Professor for Food Safety at Texas Tech University- and Director for the Texas Tech International Center for Food Industry Excellence. Several populist groups have been critical of what they consider her ties to "Big Ag."

Seven Tweet Fact Check: Who is Actually Paying the Tariffs and How Much are They Paying?

This week President Donald Trump tweeted that the tariffs his Administration has imposed are being charged to China and that those funds are flowing into the U.S. Treasury. This, however, was quickly challenged by the folks at Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, which presented data suggesting Trump's claim is false.

A release from Tariffs Hurt says, "The fact is that the tariffs the Administration has imposed are paid by American businesses, consumers, farmers, and manufacturers - not foreign countries."

In a detailed breakdown of the most recent month available, October 2018 is shown to be the highest tariffed month in U.S. history. Overall, the data shows that tariffs cost American companies $6.2 billion in October and tariffs paid increased $3.1 billion (104%) compared to October 2017, despite an increase of just 13% in the value of imports.

For more information on this data, read the full story by clicking over to our website.

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