Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/14/2019, 6:38 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 11th.
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
   Monday, January 14, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
OKC NBA Basketball Star Steven Adams Partners with Oklahoma Beef Council to Promote His Favorite Food- Beef

The Oklahoma Beef Council has partnered with Steven Adams of the OKC Thunder, to harness his love of beef and champion the efforts of Oklahoma's 50,000 farm and ranch families by bringing awareness to the role beef plays in fueling his active lifestyle as a professional basketball player.

Growing up, Adams spent time working on his brother's dairy farm in New Zealand. This experience, he says, instilled in him a great respect for agriculture and the people who engage in it.

"Through this partnership I have the opportunity to help share their story while also featuring the nutritional role beef plays in my diet," he said, adding in his words. "I eat beef all the time. I smash steaks."

The digital marketing campaign that launched Saturday morning features his day visiting Express Ranches. The first video premiered on OBC's Facebook page this past Saturday morning. After the partnership was announced on Friday - we reached out to OBC Executive Director Heather Buckmaster about the process of bringing this campaign from an idea to reality. According to her, beef is one of Adam's favorite foods, which she says will allow this partnership to share how beef "fires his play and inspires strength through the essential nutrients it provides." 

You can hear that full conversation and read more by  clicking or tapping here.

And if you have not yet seen that first video- here ya go!

Why does Steven Adams smash steaks?
Why does Steven Adams smash steaks?

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To yours truly-  the highlight of the Opening General Session of the 100th Anniversary Convention of the American Farm Bureau were the remarks offered by the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, Pat Roberts of Kansas. Convention planners had apparently planned on the the Senator speaking for about five minutes- and that was what could be seen at the podium on the teleprompter screen as the Senator arrived at the podium. Senator Roberts, saw that, chuckled, told the audience and then added "no Senator has ever spoken for only five minutes."  

Senator Roberts lived up to that statement, but offered brillant off the cuff comments about his time in both the House and Senate Ag Committees- and how Farm Bureau has been a big part of being successful in moving farm bills through Congress and then being signed by the President. 

Senator Roberts, who is the only lawmaker to ever serve as both the Chairman of the House and Senate Ag Committees, made reference to both the 1996 Freedom to Farm Bill which went through Congress when Roberts was Chair of the House Committee- and the more recent 2018 Farm Law, on which he was the point person as Chair of the Senate Ag Committee and Chair of the Farm Bill Conference. The Senator told the Farm Bureau audience that while the Freedom to Farm Bill was more of a revolution in farm policy- 2018 "was the not the time to be more exciting- this was not the time to be revolutionary- it was time to provide certainty and predictability to farmers who were going through a very rough patch- in all commodities and by golly, this is what we did." 

We have the complete audio comments of Senator Roberts from yesterday morning in New Orleans- click or tap here to jump over to that story found on our website.

By the way- our coverage of the 2019 American Farm Bureau is courtesy of the folks at Oklahoma Farm Bureau- their mission is to improve the lives of rural Oklahomans- click or tap here to jump to their website to learn more about the value of being a part of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau family.

ThreeOkla Farm Bureau's Rodd Moesel Splits Time Between New Orleans and Oklahoma City to Represent OkFB

Oklahoma's Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel has spent time in New Orleans at the front end of the 2019 American Farm Bureau Convention- leading the delegation of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members as they join with other Farm Bureau members in celebrating the 100th Anniversary Convention of the nationwide general farm organization.

Moesel talked with us over the weekend here in the Big Easy about the sessions he has been a part of with other State Farm Bureau Presidents. He also previewed the visit coming later today by President Donald Trump, who expressed some disappointment last year in Nashville when he addressed the 99th Annual meeting of the American Farm Bureau- saying- "I'll see you next year." The Trump has decided to keep that promise and will speak midday Monday.

Moesel says he regrets that he will not be in New Orleans on Monday- but signaled he is heading home to Oklahoma to take part in the inauguration of Kevin Stitt to be the next Governor of Oklahoma- saying that he wanted to make sure the Governor was feeling the love from rural Oklahoma as he begins his four year term as the state's Governor. 

Read more about our conversation on the sidelines here in New Orleans with Rodd- and listen to it as well by clicking or tapping here.

Four NCBA's Ryan Goodman Visits OK to Train Producers in Effective Beef Advocacy and Messaging

Ryan Goodman is director of grassroots advocacy and spokesperson development for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. He travels the country to work with cattle producers and teach them how to be effective advocates for the beef industry. During a visit to Oklahoma City this week, he spoke with us about his work.

"One of my big roles is to help with our conversational skills so that we can share our stories in a way that is going to resonate with audiences and help consumers understand how cattle are raised and how beef gets from pasture to plate," Goodman said, explaining all the preparation and hard work that goes into developing those kinds of skills. "So, helping them to understand some tactical skills and how to share information in order to be successful in having productive conversations."

According to Goodman, consumers are more engaged than ever before in seeking information about their food - how and where it is produced. Goodman says NCBA does a great job at monitoring these kinds of conversations and the questions and concerns that have been expressed by consumers. Essentially, he explains that the many topics being discussed currently by consumers all fall into four buckets: beef safety, animal welfare, beef nutrition and sustainability. Of course, the issue of sustainability is one that most people have become quite familiar with in recent years - as it has become one of the most popular buzz words out there. With so much focus on this particular area of food production by consumers, Goodman says it is imperative that producers understand the concept and are able to communicate how their own operation is sustainable - in order to be a good advocate for the beef industry.

"That's definitely something we're helping producers with through the 'Master's of Beef Advocacy' (MBA) program and helping them be confident in speaking to what it is they do on their farm or ranch every day to be more sustainable," he said. "There is a lot of noise out there that consumers are hearing about sustainability and so we're trying to help producers join those conversations."

Listen to Goodman and I speak about how NCBA is working to train average cattle producers to be extraordinary beef advocates, on last Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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The Association of Equipment Manufacturers' December U.S. Ag Tractor and Combine Report shows all machine categories recorded year-to-date growth as last year closed out, making 2018 a "solid year for equipment sales despite a weak overall farm economy and lingering trade issues," according to AEM Senior Vice President Curt Blades. He adds that the industry remains optimistic that the replacement market for large equipment will continue through 2019, and that the small tractor market will continue to be a bright spot on overall sales numbers.

Year-to-date sales of self-propelled combines showed 18.2 percent growth and YTD sales of 4-wheel-drive tractors gained 12.9 percent. Sales of self-propelled combines gained 29.7 percent month-over-month in December compared to last year, while U.S. sales of 4-wheel-drive tractors declined 9.2 percent month-over-month. 

Overall U.S. sales of 2-wheel-drive tractors for December year-to-date grew 6.8 percent; under-40 HP tractors gained 9.2 percent; 40-100 HP tractors increased 1.5 percent; and 100-plus HP tractors grew 5.5 percent. For December month-over-month, total U.S. sales of 2-wheel-drive tractors grew 5.7 percent compared to last year: a 7 percent gain for under-40 HP tractors, a 3.6 percent increase for 40-100 HP tractors, and a 5.9 percent gain for 100-plus HP tractors. 

The full report can be found on our website, by clicking here to jump to the original story.

Six Evolving Consumer Demands are Reshaping Dairy Supply Chains, According to New CoBank Report

Consumer demand for more transparency and a sense of connection to where their food is grown or produced continues to have a significant impact on food supply chains. According to a new report from CoBank, meeting these increasingly important consumer demands will provide opportunities for some dairy producers, cooperatives and processors, but will require reworking supply chains into greater segmentation and direct contracts with farms.

"Dairy supply chains are adapting in order to meet consumer demands for increased transparency about farm production practices," said Ben Laine, senior economist for the dairy sector at CoBank. "However, the entire industry will be forced to walk a fine line to meet these demands in an environment in which cost reduction and efficiency are a constant focus."

The average American consumer is farther removed from the farm than ever before and less than one percent of the population is engaged in farming. As consumers continue to form opinions about modern farm management practices, this disconnect between consumers and farmers has contributed to the desire for more transparency throughout the supply chain back to the farm.

Click here to continue reading this article on our website, or to watch a brief video synopsis, for more insights into this report.

SevenFollowing Oklahoma in the Big Easy- as Farm Bureau Celebrates a Hundred Years of Service
Oklahoma Farm Bureau was honored with four Awards of Excellence at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention this week here in New Orleans. 

The awards recognized excellence in implementation of outstanding member programs and membership achievement in 2018.

The Awards of Excellence were awarded to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrated outstanding achievements in four program areas. OKFB earned awards in all four categories including Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value.


The YF&R members who represented Oklahoma Farm Bureau this year did not make the finals in their respective contests- Joshua Anderson of Johnston County represented Oklahoma in the Excellence in Ag contest- Anderson works in the small grain breeding program at the Noble Research Institute- Excellence in Ag showcases Farm Bureau members who earn the majority of their income from off the farm.

Washita County Farm Bureau members Nocona and Jordan Cook were the Oklahoma entrants in the Ag Achievement Contest- which is contest showcasing young farmers and ranchers who derive the majority of their income as a farmer or rancher. 

And Payne County Farm Bureau member Emma Jumper represented Oklahoma 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. While Emma did not advance- a young lady from south central Kansas did- Jackie Mundt will be in the Final Four of the Discussion meet this morning- ahead of the final general session when President Trump will be addressing the Farm Bureau convention for the second time in as many years.

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