Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/11/2019, 6:10 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 Thursday, January 10th.
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, January 11, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: Speaker Charles McCall Announces Committee Membership for Oklahoma House for 57th Legislature

House Speaker Charles McCall announced on Thursday committee assignments for standing House committees and appropriation subcommittees of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature.

"I am thankful that we have 101 members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and serve where they are most needed," said McCall, R-Atoka. "The session is almost here, and there is a lot of hard work to do between now and June. I am confident that we will accomplish much during the next five months that will better Oklahoma and improve the lives of our citizens." 

We have the complete roster on or website- click or tap here to go and see who will be serving where- in the case of the Agriculture and Rural Development- here is the lineup:

Agriculture & Rural Development:

Rep. Dell Kerbs, R-Shawnee, Chair
Rep. Jim Grego, R-Wilburton, Vice Chair

Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher 
Rep. John Pfeiffer, R-Orlando
Rep. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee
Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane
Rep. Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont
Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton
Rep. Kenton Patzkowsky, R-Balko 
Rep. David Hardin, R-Stilwell
Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin
Rep. David Smith, R-Arpelar
Rep. Danny Sterling, R-Tecumseh 
Rep. Johnny Tadlock, R-Idabel
Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee
Rep. Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah
Rep. Denise Brewer, D-Tulsa
Rep. Ajay Pittman, D-Oklahoma City
Rep. David Perryman, D-Chickasha 

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President Donald Trump will again address farm and ranch families from across the nation Monday at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention. This address will mark the second time the president has appeared at Farm Bureau's Annual Convention.

AFBF President Zippy Duvall remarked in a statement announcing Trump's scheduled appearance, that the President has made agriculture a "clear priority, giving farmers and ranchers a seat at the table on the top issues affecting our farms, ranches and rural communities."

Trump is expected to speak during the Convention's Closing General Session.

Other national officials attending the AFBF Annual Convention include Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney and several members of Congress including Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

Click here to read the complete statement announcing President Trump's return to the annual AFBF Convention.

Three YF&R Members to Represent Oklahoma in Competitive Events at American Farm Bureau Convention

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers members will compete in three competitive events at the upcoming American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 11-16 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The members set to compete include Washita County Farm Bureau members Nocona and Jordan Cook who will compete in the AFBF YF&R Achievement Award competitive event, which recognizes young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farm or ranch and have honed their leadership abilities.

In addition, Joshua Anderson, a Johnston County Farm Bureau member, will compete to be recognized as the AFBF YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award winner. The award highlights young Farm Bureau members who are involved in agriculture but have not earned a majority of their income from an owned agricultural enterprise.

Also competing this year is Payne County Farm Bureau member Emma Jumper, who will participate in the AFBF YF&R Discussion Meet, which simulates a committee meeting where participants are evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic.

The competitions will begin on Saturday, Jan. 11. Stay tuned for updates on the results of the competitions. Read more about the competitors by clicking here.

We remind you that our coverage of the 2019 AFBF convention is being powered by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- whose mission is to Improve the Lives of Rural Oklahomans.

Four Drought Monitor Map for Oklahoma Wiped Clean of Abnormally Dry Conditions This Week - First Time in Nearly Three Years

For the first time since June 14, 2016, Oklahoma is completely free of both drought and abnormally dry conditions. As you can see from the image below, this week's map shows a slate wiped completely clean - a stark contrast to what we saw last year around this time.


Despite current condition though, parts of southwestern, northwestern and the Panhandle remain in deficit mode and will need to be monitored closely for deterioration. More rain looks to be on the way though. A system moving through from the south should deliver and continue through Saturday morning with an inch or more possible across eastern Oklahoma.

Click here for a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor Map, or to review the latest report from State Climatologist Gary McManus.

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They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

Five Kim Anderson Says He's Not as Bullish on the Price of Wheat as He Was a Couple of Weeks Ago

This week on SUNUP! - Host Lyndall Stout is again joined by OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson to discuss the current status of the grain market. In this week's episode, Anderson will address how the closure of several USDA offices due to the ongoing partial government shutdown is affecting markets. He says explains how markets run on information and without access to USDA data, will be unable to perform as efficiently as they would with access to the latest information.

Using industry estimates, though, Anderson reports that all winter wheat seeded acres this year are projected at approximately 32.2 million acres. That number is down slightly from last year's 32.5 million acres. Estimated HRW acres are figured at 22.7 million acres, down from last year's 23.2 million acres. Finally, SRW acres are estimated at 6 million for the year, slightly higher compared to the previous year's total of 5.9 million acres.

Overall, this is positive news for wheat prices he says. However, recent developments from Russia and India that suggest both countries will have more wheat coming onto the marketplace over the next several months have dampened his outlook for the future which a couple weeks ago was quite optimistic that harvest wheat prices would rise.

You can watch their visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP- but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode, by clicking here.

Among those who follow the cattle markets, there is universal concern about exactly what is going to be happening over the next week or so in regard to the ongoing partial government shutdown. The inability of Congress and President Trump to agree on the terms of a new spending bill, has resulted in nearly one-fourth of the federal government to be furloughed until such time this political impasse can be resolved. This of course, has affected operations at the United States Department of Agriculture. The worry that exists in respect to halted USDA functions, is that the industry may be either delayed or completely denied access to important information in some of USDA's regular reports that have scheduled release dates quickly approaching. Depending on how long the shutdown actually continues, it is possible the reports in question will either be published at an alternate date or if significant time has lapsed - even scrapped all together. Cattle market watcher, Dr. Glynn Tonsor of Kansas State University says that while it is good news that some of the market data reports continue to flow - such as wholesale boxed beef trade and auction barn sales - other critical data is in jeopardy.

"One of the most important reports that comes out for the cattle complex is the January Cattle Inventory Report. That's when we get an update on the size of heifer retention and that gives us an idea of how big the herd will be in the future," Tonsor said. "That's scheduled to come out at the very end of January. It's to be determined if that occurs..."

While the report would offer greater insight into what producers can expect for the year ahead, Tonsor explains that fortunately, other resources are still available that might help those in the industry who may be trying to organize plans and make decisions for their businesses. For instance, the website Tonsor himself runs, the Beef Basis Stocker Index, is one tool he says producers might find very helpful. According the information he has compiled, analyzed and published to the website, it appears there may be some opportunity for money to be made by producers during 2019, here across the Southern Plains.

"Currently, we're basically projecting a cash price in the upper $160s...," he said. "Big picture context: that's a little bit lower than in 2018. But, not much. So, if realized and if costs of production don't change much - we'd be setting up for a small profit for the typical cow/calf producer in 2019."

Listen to Tonsor offer his cattle market expectations for 2019, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Seven New Research Revealing How Americans Eat Present Key Innovation, Growth Opportunities for Pork

The National Pork Board released this week the first report from its Insight to Action research program. The report, Dinner at Home in America, examines the contextual occasions in which Americans are eating dinner in the home. The research identifies areas of growth opportunity for pork. This information was compiled to help the pork industry in addressing one of its greatest challenges, which is to remain relevant in today's market and increase its appeal to the consumers of tomorrow.

"People live, shop and eat differently today. The pork industry has tremendous momentum with consumers, and that can be leveraged further through innovation in product development, bringing contemporary eating solutions to consumers," said Jarrod Sutton, vice president of Domestic Marketing for the National Pork Board. "This research helps us intimately understand the needs and constraints that influence consumer dining choices, and provides a clear path for industry innovation that is rooted in data."

Dinner at Home in America is the first of several reports the National Pork Board will publish in 2019 as part of the Insight to Action research program. The research approach, which combines 10,000 interviews with demographic and spending data to provide a comprehensive look at how U.S. consumers eat, is a first-ever for the meat industry.

Altogether, nine unique dining occasions were uncovered - these range from solo dining to celebrating with extended family. The research identifies opportunities to respond to changing consumer behaviors and drive category growth in three areas: Health; Simplicity and Ease; and Versatility. According to the National Pork Board, these insights have influenced a new marketing strategy for the Pork Checkoff designed to address key perceptions about pork products.

For more information on the National Pork Board's Insight to Action research, Dinner at Home in America research, or to download the full report, click here.

Governor Elect Kevin Stitt Thanks Supporters and Declares Oklahoma's Turnaround Starts in Lawton

We were planning on being in Lawton last night at the first of several inauguration events for incoming Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt- but was not able to make it- we hope to sit down with the new Governor soon and talk about how he sees rural areas of Oklahoma fitting into his economic turnaround.

In the meantime- I thought we might share with you his comments to the some 600 supporters that he and the soon to be First Lady made last night:

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt's speech at Preinauguration Bison Bash in Lawton
Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt's speech at Preinauguration Bison Bash in Lawton

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