Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/9/2019, 5:24 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 here for this morning's Farm news from Carson Horn on RON.

MarketLinksLet's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has a total of 513 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
January 9th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

OKC West sold steer and heifer calves mostly steady to 3.00 higher compared to last sale. Click or tap here for the complete report from USDA.

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 Tuesday, January 8th.
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
   Wednesday, January 9, 2018
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Secretary Perdue Announces Extension of Market Facilitation Program Deadline Due to Shutdown

The Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for producers to apply for payments under the Market Facilitation Program. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the extension as the original deadline had been January 15, 2019, but farmers have been unable to apply for the program since the lapse in federal funding caused the closure of USDA Farm Service Agency offices at the end of business on December 28, 2018.

The deadline will extend over the period equal to the number of business days FSA offices were closed, once the government shutdown ends. Farmers who have already applied for the program and certified their 2018 production have continued to receive payments.

In a statement, Perdue urged lawmakers to "redouble their efforts to pass an appropriations bill that President Trump will sign and end the lapse in funding" so USDA may again provide full services to farmers and ranchers.

Click here to read the complete statement from Secretary Perdue, issued by the USDA on Tuesday afternoon.

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Work on New WOTUS Rule Delayed by Government Shutdown as Window of Opportunity Closes

Back in December of 2018, the Trump Administration released its proposal for a revised version of the Waters of the United States rule that was implemented in 2015 by the US Environmental Protection Agency under the previous administration. 

The controversial and burdensome nature of the original version of the rule, of course, prompting this action by the Trump Administration to loosen some of the rule's restrictive policies and its infringement on private property rights. This is part of the process that has been going on for roughly a year and a half now, ever since President Trump took office. According to Scott Yager, chief environmental counsel for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, there is something of a limited window of opportunity to get a new rule in place and defended in federal court - as litigation over the matter is inevitable - before a potentially new administration takes over. 

The clock is ticking and unfortunately right now with the partial government shutdown ongoing, this process is being delayed due to the temporary closure of the Federal Register, which the proposed new rule has not yet been filed with. He says each day that this shutdown continues, is another day lost in trying to advance the goal of finalizing a new WOTUS rule before the end of President Trump's first term.

"We've looked into it and actually played out that exact timeline of 'can you get this finalized and defended by the Department of Justice before a potential administration change in 2020.' I think that is feasible, but we're going to need the government to get back online so we can put this proposal in the Federal Register sooner rather than later," Yager said. "Every day that ticks by is one day less that we have to get this thing done in two years."

Yager is optimistic that the government shutdown will eventually be resolved and even with the setback of losing a few days- the difficulty in this process will stem from the issue's litigiousness brought on by opposing environmental groups that are likely to seek an agenda of 'sue and settle.' Yager explains this is a tactic favored by these groups, which have learned how to effectively advance their own interests by essentially regulating policy through the court system. However, the Trump Administration has made it clear that it will not be playing that game when it comes to making policy. Again, though, Yager says taking on these groups can be a monumental task.

"Take a look at Earth Justice, which is the litigation arm for environmental groups like Sierra Club. They have around 100 and some odd attorneys on staff whose whole jobs are to change environmental policy through the courts by suing the government," he said, invoking the comparison to NCBA which only employees two inhouse counsels. "So, we're fighting kind of a David and Goliath battle here and it's not going to end anytime soon. But, we're getting some successes under this Administration and successes that producers can really hang their hat on. So, we'll keep working on it and we'll see where we can get."

Listen to Yager and I continue our discussion on the process of getting a new WOTUS rule on the books and what challenges the Trump Administration faces in accomplishing that task, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Individuals from 18 fire departments and 5 prescribed burn associations throughout Oklahoma gathered at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Complex on Saturday, Jan. 5 to learn about utilizing prescribed fire as a tool to help reduce wildfire danger at a workshop hosted by the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub and its partners. Clay Pope, a coordinator with the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, reported that the meeting and the burn demonstration were both extremely successful. His hope is to host more events such as this in the future across Oklahoma.

Attendees were given strategies of how to help reduce fuel loads and protect farmsteads and rural communities from the danger of wildfire. Prescribed burning was highlighted at the most effective strategy to accomplish this.

You can learn more about this workshop and the strategies that were discussed, by jumping over to the original story on our website.

Four New Study From the University of Arkansas Shows U.S. Pork's Long-term Sustainability Progress

A new study from the University of Arkansas has confirmed what many have known for some time - that America's pig farmers are producing a product that has become increasingly sustainable over the past five decades.

According to the new study, A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015, the inputs needed to produce a pound of pork in the United States have become more environmentally friendly over time. Specifically, 75.9 percent less land was needed, 25.1 percent less water and 7.0 percent less energy. This also resulted in a 7.7 percent smaller carbon footprint.

National Pork Board President Steve Rommereim remarked that the study confirms what producers have been doing is good for people, pigs and the planet, which he adds is at the heart of the ethical principles to which the industry is committed. Rommereim says the results of this study makes "a great barometer" of the industry's environmental stewardship over the years and offers "a solid benchmark for future improvements."

Read more about this study by the UofA and the insights it holds on the sustainable efforts of the US pork industry, by clicking here.


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Five New Predictive Seed Placement Tech by Bayer's Climate Corporation Delivers Strong Results in 2018

The Bayer-owned subsidiary, The Climate Corporation, announced yesterday strong harvest results for farmers using Seed Advisor, the company's new predictive seed selection and placement technology for corn.
Seed Advisor empowers seed dealers with a predictive model that combines the industry's largest, proprietary seed genetics library with regional seed performance data to help predict the best performing hybrids for each of a farmer's fields. Harvest results demonstrated an average yield advantage of 9.1 bushels per acre versus what the farmer would have planted without Seed Advisor recommendations, with a more than 80 percent win rate.

The Climate Corporation CEO and Head of Digital Farming at Bayer Mike Stern stated that Seed Advisor "can help farmers make better decisions about the best hybrids to plant in their fields, ultimately helping them manage risk and maximize yield."
In addition to Seed Advisor, Climate has also accelerated 25 innovation advancements in 2018 through its global, digital farming pipeline to provide farmers more data-driven insights to sustainably improve their productivity. To review several highlights of this ongoing R&D innovation being driven at Climate and to learn more about how Seed Advisor helps farmers, click here to continue reading.

Six Applications Available for Mentoring Seminar Presented by New Agri-8 Group for Professional Women

A new group made up of professional women in ag, for professional women in ag, called Agri-8, has announced details on its inaugural event, ENGAGE, described as a two-day "strategic agricultural mastermind retreat." According to the release announcing the event, ENGAGE has been designed to give young women the support, tools and mentorship they need to succeed as professionals in the agriculture industry with learning sessions focused on media training, workplace communication, consumer communication and personal branding.

Those interested in attending the event, scheduled for April 13-14, 2019, must apply. Eligible applicants must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a college, university or technical school. Applications are due Feb. 2 and details are available by clicking here.

By the way- the founders of this group are some of the most dynamic ladies in Oklahoma agriculture that I know- definitely a who's who group who have a lot to share with college age women wanting to make their way into the world of Agriculture. That list includes Agri-8 was formed in 2017. Its founding members are Blayne Arthur, Brooke Clay, Meriruth Cohenour, Brandi Herndon, Jen Howard, Rebecca McMillan, Kass Newell and Kirby Smith. 

One of the great trademark sales for the folks at Superior Video Livestock is their annual January "Bellringer" sale that comes as the National Western Livestock Show is getting ready for it's 2019 run.

Bellringer is always held in Conjunction with the Superior Rep Round Up & Superior Livestock Representative Awards Dinner- and is one of the largest Superior Sales annually. 

This year- the two day sale- that starts this morning at 8:00 AM CENTRAL TIME- will feature over 88,000 head of cattle- including 29,500 yearling steers, 16,800 yearling heifers and 
37,200 weaned calves.

2019 has brought some change to how you can view Superior's sales- the Click to Bid online continues- click here to jump there to watch today and tomorrow- but the change comes when you head to DISH Network- they have moved from the Cowboy Channel over to their own dedicated channel- SLA-TV.

A recent news release from Superior explained the move and that it is kicking off officially today- "The initial broadcast, Superior Livestock's Bellringer Auction, will start on Dish channel 998. The broadcast will begin 30 minutes prior to the auction with Superior Sunrise. The Superior Weekly Offerings will now also be broadcast on SLA-TV and increase exposure for Superior Livestock Auction and their customers."

For more details about the 2019 Bellringer Sale- click or tap here. 

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 Councilthe 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!

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