Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/16/2019, 6:20 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! 

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OKC West sees their Tuesday Calf Sale trade mostly steady this week- a few long weaned calves were slightly higher- 5,000 the estimate- click or tap here for the full report.

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 15th.
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 16, 2019

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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At the AFBF meeting this week in New Orleans, local no-till farmer Jimmy Emmons hosted a special workshop focused on the latest practice of what he calls "Regenerative Agriculture" - a concept that captures the essence of rejuvenating the health of soil by creating more biology and nutrients within the soil's organic material. This concept, according to Emmons, is not only good for the soil, it is also good for farmers' bottom line by using less inputs and taking advantage of market-driven premiums.

This is of course a subject that will be widely discussed at the upcoming No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference, set for January 29-30 in Wichita, Kansas this year. Emmons says soil health experts from across the country will be there to highlight the latest advancements and information in soil health development.

You can hear more about all that Emmons is doing in the soil health world, including his continued work on a cover crop gleaning project undertaken in partnership with the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank by clicking here.

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The Fight is Coming - AFBF President Zippy Duvall Unveils New Campaign to Pass to WOTUS 2.0

Over the years of battle with the Obama Administration over the Waters of the United States rule, two agricultural groups stood out among all the others trying to carry the water on behalf of farmers and ranchers - the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the American Farm Bureau. Zippy Duvall, president of the AFBF addressed the members of the organization at their 100th Annual Convention this week in New Orleans, during which he said that after the Trump Administration transitioned into control of the White House, he received a phone call from one of the key players of the Trump team regarding WOTUS.

"Early this last year, Mr. Pruitt, EPA Administrator at that time, called me and asked me to go to lunch with him. He wanted to talk about WOTUS," he said. "He asked me what a new rule looked like to me. I said it needs to be one or two pages. It need to have clear definitions and a farmer needs to be able to take it, put it in his truck and drive across his farm and say 'yes, I know that's a Waters of the US' and 'no, that's not - that puddle's not.'"

Fast forward to today - Scott Pruitt has since been replaced by Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who is finishing what Pruitt started in his effort to repeal and replace the Obama-era WOTUS rule. Duvall says just recently, when Wheeler announced the new proposed rule to take the place of the original 2015 version, he stated it would have all the criteria that Duvall had outlined during his lunch with Pruitt the year prior. 

"Now you tell me - that wasn't Zippy Duvall talking. That was American Farm Bureau's influence," Duvall stated before laying out the new AFBF campaign that will encourage passage of the proposed new WOTUS rule, which will soon be subject to a public comment period once the government is restarted. "The new campaign is 'Clean Water, Clear Rules.' That comment period is not just for us. It's for everybody to comment and let me tell you something. Environmentalists hate this new rule. They are going to come out in force and try to defeat this new rule. But, if I look through history, I've never seen this organization walk away from a fight. Never. By golly we're not going to this time."

Listen to more of Duvall's remarks on AFBF's continuing efforts to revise the WOTUS rule, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

ThreeOklahoma Farm Bureau Delegates Help Set Policy AFBF Business Meeting

Five Oklahoma Farm Bureau members gathered with fellow farmers and ranchers at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention on Tuesday, Jan. 15 to adopt policies that will guide the organization's work during its centennial year.

Gary Crawley of Pittsburg County, Alan Jett of Beaver County, David VonTungeln of Canadian County, Mary Sloan of Sequoyah County and Brent Haken of Payne County represented Oklahoma as delegates.

Several policy areas rose to the top as delegates worked through the policy book for the general farm organization- with fresh language on cell based food one of the new policies established.  

One delegate expressed the view that meat from animals must be differentiated from cell based products- and those lab grown products should not have the right to be called names that consumers associate with animal raised products- "I believe that it should have a rib before it has the right to be called a ribeye." 

Delegates adopted a comprehensive policy to support innovation in cell-based food products while ensuring a level playing field for traditional protein. Delegates affirmed that the Agriculture Department is best equipped to be the primary regulator of new cell-based products as it encouraged USDA to utilize the Food and Drug Administration's expertise in food safety. The policy also calls for complete and accurate product labels to ensure that consumers have all the pertinent information they need.

Delegates also addressed the government shutdown, rural broadband and a lot more. Click or tap here for a full rundown of policy highlights from the Tuesday business session in New Orleans. 

And one more time- we want to thank the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for their support of our coverage of the 2019 American Farm Bureau Convention- click here for their website- where you can learn more about the value of being a part of the Farm Bureau family.

'Fake Meat' as some call it, is an issue that has been plaguing the ag industry for a while a now as this developing product has entered the marketplace and competes with conventionally produced meats. The topic was discussed at during the AFBF annual meeting in New Orleans this week. Experts on alternative protein sources presented on who is backing these products and the messages they are sending to consumers.

It would appear, based on the testimony of these experts, that both traditional vegans or vegetarians and average meat-eating consumers are being targeted by these product manufacturers. Currently, only plant-based meat alternatives are on supermarket shelves - but experts say cell-based cultured protein products could be commercially available before this year's end - though it is still too expensive to be a viable competitor for traditional meat. Experts also say that the companies backing these products are working to advance their agenda of ending meat consumption.

While freedom of choice is a foundational principle that the ag industry believes in, it also believes that given the chance - these companies and their partners would see animal agriculture abolished. The experts at AFBF this week offered their advice on how the industry should be deflect the attacks and maneuvering that these companies are positioning themselves for against production agriculture. To read more or to listen to the presenting experts about the growing concerns related to this topic and the discussion that took place this week in New Orleans, click or tap here.

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For the past year, Dawn Caldwell, a cow/calf producer from Nebraska, has served as Chair of the Federation of State Beef Councils. During the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La., Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2019, she will step down from this position and pass the torch on to her successor. This week, though, she took time to pen a letter to producers and reflected on her year of service to the beef industry.

Caldwell described this past year as being "incredibly rewarding in many ways." The accomplishments made during this time she says fills her with pride and feels as though they have helped to "strengthen the state/national checkoff partnership and create a greater awareness and understanding of the Federation."

In addition, Caldwell thanked producers, volunteer leaders and the staff and contract workers for the Beef Checkoff Program. She thanked everyone involved for their investment in the beef industry, an investment she says makes all of their livelihoods better.

You can read Caldwell's complete letter to producers and her reflections of this past year of service, by clicking here.

Syngenta announced this week that its grass herbicide for use in wheat and barley, Axial® Bold, has received registration from the EPA and will be available for the 2019 growing season.

Trials show that with its two active ingredients, pinoxaden and fenoxaprop, Axial Bold delivers improved consistency and broad-spectrum control of top grass weeds including wild oat, yellow foxtail, Italian ryegrass, green foxtail and barnyardgrass. Further, it is noted that Axial Bold outperforms its competitors in the field.

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One of the things Glenn Selk has always favored and encouraged cow/calf producers to adopt, is a calving season protocol - a written guide with specific instructions and lists of important information tailored to your operation's unique needs. As we approach the spring calving season for 2019, Selk is again encouraging producers to take the time to work up a calving season protocol if they don't already have one - or to perhaps refresh old ones. For those that choose to heed his advice, Selk has offered a few tips to consider when developing your protocol.

First off, Selk says that by posting a copy of your protocol, family members and hired employees that are responsible for cattle will know what to do when they find a cow or heifer starting in the process of calving. This can limit confusion when questions arise about the appropriate times to offer calving cows or heifers assistance.

The best way to navigate this issue is to avoid it, by using calving-ease bulls. However, Selk offers more information on appropriate assistance guidelines in his article. To view that information, you can read that complete article on our website, by clicking here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentLivestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditOklahoma Pork Council, the 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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