Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/7/2019, 6:34 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 reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, January 4th.
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
    Monday,  January 7, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts Will Not Seek Reelection in 2020

After 82 years of service to the American people, Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) announced Friday that he will retire in 2020 instead of running for reelection. His announcement has already sparked interest in his seat from a number of other Kansas Republicans, heralding a potentially crowded 2020 primary - though Democrats hope they can make the race competitive after winning the governorship in 2018.

Roberts has served as both the Chairman of the House and Senate Ag Committees, helping craft the 1996 Freedom to Farm Bill in the House and then most recently, has chaired the Senate Ag Committee and also chaired the Conference Committee that worked out details and delivered a 2018 Farm Bill to President Trump, who signed it into law just before Christmas. Roberts is the only lawmaker to ever Chair both Ag Committees and will continue to Chair the Senate Ag Committee until he retires in two years. In all, the Kansas Republican helped craft eight farm bills during his tenure.

His Democratic counterpart the last few years, Senator Debbie Stabenow, who has served and continues to serve as the ranking member of the Senate Ag Committee, remarked on Robert's announcement.

"Throughout his career, Pat Roberts has been a true champion for American agriculture and for Kansas farmers, ranchers, and families," she stated. "Day in and day out, he defines what it means to be a consensus builder. As my true friend and partner on the Senate Agriculture Committee, he always puts the needs of our farmers and ranchers first and never wavers in his commitment to getting things done."

Click here for an in-depth article on the career of Senator Roberts and his decision to retire on his terms in 2020.

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TwoOklahoma YF&R Members Get Ready to Compete in New Orleans

Oklahoma Farm Bureau will take some of their best YF&R members to New Orleans later this week to compete at the 100th American Farm Bureau Convention.

Nocona and Jordan Cook were named Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award  Winners this past November at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention- and compete on a national level for the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award during the AFBF Annual Meeting. 

Both Nocona and Jordan were raised in Washita County - Nocona on the east side near the town of Cloud Chief and Jordan on the west side near Burns Flat. Today, they live in Cordell and each morning, they drive separate directions to work on the land and with the cattle they grew up around.

"Every morning I go one way and she goes the other," Nocona said. "Then we swap back and forth. If they're really busy I'll come over and help them, and if I'm really busy during wheat harvest, she comes over and helps us. It's kind of a unique situation."

Joshua Anderson of Mannsville was honored with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers  Excellence in Agriculture Award back in November at the State Farm Bureau Convention- qualifying him to compete in New Orleans in the national version of that contest.

Anderson is a third-generation farmer and rancher who raises beef cattle, grows forage crops, and manages natural resources on land first owned by his grandfather and father. 

"I was born and raised on a farm, so the passion for agriculture was instilled early on through our family farm," Anderson said. 

The Johnston County native uses his knowledge and experience in agriculture every day in his off-farm job as a Noble Research Institute research associate where he helps develop drought-tolerant and disease-resistant varieties of wheat, rye, oats and triticale for livestock producers to use as grazing forages.

The third contest that an Oklahoma Farm Bureau YF&R member will compete in is the National Discussion Meet. 
Emma Jumper of Payne County was named the 2018  Oklahoma Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet winner back in November- and now she is getting ready for New Orleans. 

Jumper competed against eight other participants in three rounds of debate-style discussion where performance was evaluated on the exchange of ideas and information on pre-determined topics. Participants were judged on their ability to offer constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.

"I did some research, I looked up the facts and figures, but these topics allowed me to speak on issues that I'm particularly passionate about," Jumper said. "We talked about STEM education in agriculture, we talked about developing rural communities and how we disseminate information to people, and what Farm Bureau does to facilitate those things."

We will be heading to New Orleans this weekend- and will be reporting on Cooks, Anderson and Jumper as they represent Oklahoma Farm Bureau- our coverage of the 2018 American Farm Bureau is a service of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- check out their website to learn more about how Oklahoma Farm Bureau is making a difference in all 77 Oklahoma Counties. 

Herd Expansion Shows Signs of Slowing, Only Marginal Growth Expected in Next Inventory Report

The beef industry will get its next update on the number of beef cows in the United States in the annual Cattle Inventory Report, due to be published by the US Department of Agriculture on January 31st - assuming the ongoing partial government shutdown comes to end by then. Katelyn McCullock is the new director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center and she believes this report will show only a marginal increase in that overall beef cow number.

"The number of beef cows that have calved over the last four years has grown, adding about 2.6 million head since 2014," she said. "But this year we really watched the number of beef cows being slaughtered and the number of heifers, calves and cows entering into the slaughter mix."

According to McCullock, those beef slaughter numbers are much higher than they have been in the years past. She says that should be taken to mean that producers are looking to slow down this expansionary phase the industry has been in. That evaluation of the current state of the industry is only strengthened, she says, when taking into consideration the level at which cattle prices have been this year and that no major cases of herd liquidation have been reported. Overall, McCullock expects to see an increase of less than one percent year-over-year; perhaps anywhere from zero to half a percent and a January 1, 2019 total of 31.7 to 31.8 million head.

With that, the only question is whether or not that number is adequate to balance supply and demand. McCullock says there are several factors that play into that equation. Much of it, of course, is influenced heavily by macroeconomic factors. She says there are already some expectations that the economy could be headed for a recession in the next year or two. What will come to pass, though, still remains to be seen. But, when it comes to supply and demand - McCullock says it is always much better to play catch up on the supply side than to go the other way.

Listen to McCullock and I discuss her expectations for the upcoming USDA Cattle Inventory Report, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.

The uncertainty created by the federal government shutdown is impacting agriculture markets and making agricultural producers apprehensive about the future. That's according to Terry Detrick, Ames, Okla., farmer and President of American Farmers & Ranchers. He remarked in a statement released Friday that the longer the shutdown continues, the greater the impact will be. Detrick explained that as long as the shutdown continues, farmers and ranchers will not have access to vital government programs through Farm Service Agency offices. In addition, he points out that implementation of the new Farm Bill signed before Christmas, is now being hindered.

"As we start the new year, farmers and ranchers must start making plans for the upcoming growing season. Oklahoma is the number one state in the nation for processing farm loans. With shuttered FSA offices, they cannot accommodate farmers' needs," he said, adding. "The USDA personnel that are supposed to be writing the new rules for implementing the farm bill are currently furloughed."

As farmers' expenses continue to pile up, Detrick urged Congress and President Trump in his statement to come together in resolving their differences in order to bring an end to the shutdown and the growing harm to producers here in Oklahoma and nationwide.

Read Detrick's full statement on our website, by clicking or tapping here.

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Coming up on January 16th, Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Seth Byrd will host OSU's first Cotton Webinar. This event will take place at the OSU Southwest Research and Extension center at Altus, where producers attending the session will have the opportunity to ask questions and network with other producers, industry representatives and consultants from across the state. Those unable to attend the physical meeting, can participate online by logging onto the actual webinar site.

"This is going to be our first ever attempt at a cotton webinar and the goal is just to hopefully bring everybody involved in the Oklahoma cotton industry together," Byrd stated. "As the acreage increases and becomes more spread out, I'm hoping that this webinar will serve as a gathering place where information can be exchanged and questions asked regarding current topics facing cotton production in our state."

For more information about this webinar, including how you can log on via the internet to participate remotely, click here.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will welcome Blayne Arthur, Oklahoma's newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture, later this month as she kicks-off the association's 2019 Winter Policy Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Reed Conference Center located in Midwest City, Okla.

Arthur brings a wealth of experience, solid leadership and a tremendous passion for the success of Oklahoma agriculture, according to Weston Givens, OCA President. An OCA member and beef producer herself, Arthur received the OCA's Distinguished Service Award in 2016.

During the meeting, OCA members will have the opportunity to consider and create policy that will drive the organization over the course of the year.

Committee meetings and the OCA quarterly board of director's meeting will follow Secretary Arthur's keynote address. OCA membership is required to attend. Early registration is $30 per person, lunch and snacks are included. Early register cutoff is Jan. 18. To learn more about this meeting, including information on how to register, click here.

Seven Madill's Matt Scasta Nominated for American Hereford Assoc.'s 2019 Herdsman of the Year Award

Matt Scasta of Buck Cattle Co. from Madill, Oklahoma has been selected as one of five nominees competing for the American Hereford Association's 2019 Herdsman of the Year Award. Scasta was named in a list of nominees released last week by the AAA, which also included Alyssa Fee of Copeland and Sons Herefords LLC, Nara Visa, New Mexico; Jeff Koch of ShowTime Cattle Co., Mooreland, Indiana; Zach Wells of Hoffman Ranch, Thedford, Nebraska; and Jacob Wolfrey of Grimmel Girls Show Cattle, Jarrettsville, Maryland.

Scasta has been with the Buck Cattle Company, Madill, Okla., for more than 22 years. According to his bio included in the AAA's release, "much of Buck Cattle Company's success can be attributed to Scasta. He takes pride in everything he does, whether it be clipping cattle, fitting for a show or building a fence. On a typical show day, he can be found working nonstop at the stalls - and many times he never sees the show ring. He is humble when it comes to his accomplishments; still, Buck Cattle Company is proud to say Scasta has worked on almost 90 grand or reserve champions at national shows including the NWSS, FWSS, American Royal, North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE), National Junior Maine-Anjou Show and the JNHE."

During the 2019 National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Hereford exhibitors will submit their votes for the 2019 American Hereford Association (AHA) Herdsman of the Year via an online survey. A link for voting will be sent to the email address submitted with the original entries to the NWSS prior to arriving in Denver. Exhibitors are allowed one (1) vote per email and votes must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18. Exhibitors are highly encouraged to submit their votes early. The winner will be announced prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Read more about Scasta and the other nominees competing for this year's award, by clicking over to our website.
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