Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/18/2019, 6:13 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 Ron Hays on RON.

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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 17th.
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
    Friday,  January 18, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:

This week on SUNUP! - Host Lyndall Stout is again joined by Dr. Kim Anderson to talk about the current grain market conditions. According to his analysis, markets have seen only limited activity over the past few weeks.

Anderson says all major crop markets are currently trading within very narrow ranges and in consistent sideways patterns. The only crop that seems to have positive movement right now is soybeans. Although in recent days the price of beans has been lower, it does have a long-term uptrend overall.

Anderson says any real future activity that we can expect to see will all depend on news from foreign countries and how their crops are progressing.

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.

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Eat Lancet Report Generates Uproar Over Proposal to Drastically Scale Back Meat Consumption 

The EAT-Lancet Commission was only formed in 2013- but has released a report this week that has created global conversations and controversy over how we will feed the global population in 2050 without destroying the planet.  

One of the most controversial parts of the report called for daily beef consumption of one quarter of an ounce daily- that means about a McDonald's regular hamburger every ten days or so. 

This report contends that the current system has gotten so out of whack with the planet that nearly 1 billion people are going hungry while 2 billion people are eating too much.

The EAT-Lancet Commission was founded by Gunhild Stordalen, an animal rights activist for the Norwegian Animal Welfare Alliance.

Its main contributors include(among others): 

* Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has previously compared meat eaters to smokers, believing they should be having their meal outside of the restaurant;
* Harvard's professor Walter Willett, who has claimed that one in three early deaths could be saved if we all gave up meat;

* Oxford's vegan researcher Marco Springmann, who has called for a meat tax to prevent over '220,000 deaths' and save billions in healthcare costs;

*  and Khaled bin Alwaleed, a Saudi Prince who sees dairy as 'the root of all environmental evil' and is on a 'mission to veganise the Middle East.

Dr. Sara Place (who used to be on staff at Oklahoma State) is one of the leading animal scientists specializing in sustainability issues- she tweeted about this study "Think it's important for the public to know that the views of these 37 individuals does not represent a consensus view."

Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California- Davis is one of the best when it comes to really understanding the issue of Greenhouse Gas Emissions created by US Animal Agriculture, and he says that this well funded report is a force to contend with- "today is the start of a long campaign set out to change the way people on this planet eat. I have read the report and could not imagine anything more extreme with respect to animal based foods other than a complete vegan manifesto."

You can read the EAT-Lancet report for yourself by clicking or tapping here

A good resource on understanding the real impact of cattle production in the US on Greenhouse Gas Emissions has been authored by Dr. Mitloehner- click or tap here to take a look at it.

Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, if confirmed by the State Senate, will assume the duties of Oklahoma's Secretary of Tourism and Branding. Governor Kevin Stitt's office announced the appointment Thursday in a release that imparted Stitt's confidence in Pinnell as "an active and effective salesman for all of Oklahoma."

In response, Pinnell remarked that effective branding and marketing of our state is vitally important to achieving the Administration's aspirations for Oklahoma and its goal of raising Oklahoma to a Top Ten State. In this capacity, Pinnell will serve on the Dept. of Commerce's executive committee to help in directing Oklahoma's path in economic development and growth in the state's tourism.

You might wonder- why is Hays reporting this news about the Lt Governor?  Well, you might go back to the conversation that we had with him at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention shortly after he was elected- he was especially excited about the idea of boosting agritourism. We wrote back then "Pinnell told Hays that one thing he wants to help coordinate early in his term as Lt. Governor is a statewide AgriTourism Summit- saying he sees tremendous potential in helping rural families develop new revenue sources- saying when it comes to money making concepts for rural Oklahoma- "Agritourism is a big one."

Click here to read the original announcement from Gov. Stitt's office and learn more about Pinnell's new appointment.

NCBA President-Elect Jennifer Houston Predicts Vindication as Lawsuit Against Checkoff Progresses

The populist beef industry group, R-CALF USA, continues its litigation against the United States Department of Agriculture and the Montana Beef Council. They were successful a couple of years ago in getting a preliminary injunction against the Montana Beef Council that has required the organization to send all of the collected dollars to the Beef Board and then get their part of the dollar that was submitted by producers to give a written 'okay' for the state council to utilize it. R-CALF, this last year, was able to expand that injunction to 14 additional states that at this point, don't actually have to send all the money to the Cattlemen's Beef Board - but will be included in the court case when it eventually goes to trial. Jennifer Houston is president-elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and contends that R-CALF's true intentions behind this legal action, are directed at NCBA. At the end of the day, though, she believes all will be vindicated.

"In legal terms, we're early in the process. We do feel certain when the actual facts of the case come out - we'll get a good decision," Houston said. "We stand with our state beef councils. That's the way the order was written. That's the way farmers and ranchers wanted it back in 1986 and I think that is still the way they want it."

Houston alleges that R-CALF is really after NCBA and its involvement with the Beef Checkoff, because of the merger of the National Cattlemen's Association and the National Livestock & Meat Board (which was the home of the Beef Checkoff at the time) some years back. Houston was actually around at the time when that merger happened, serving on the NLMB's board. Many years have passed since that merger took place and today, she still believes it was the right thing to do.

"I still think it is a decision that gets the best bang for the buck for our producers. Now that (the Checkoff) is housed under the umbrella of NCBA as a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, we still have a staff and a firewall between policy and Checkoff dollars - and we're the only organization that has been devoted to what the act and order wanted," she said. "So, we're really proud of what we're doing as a contractor of the Beef Checkoff. We take a lot of flack for it, but I feel very confident that we are doing a great job for the people that pay the Checkoff."

Listen to Houston speak about this issue more in depth, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

National Wheat Foundation Now Accepting Entries for Its 2019 Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation is now accepting grower enrollment for its 2019 National Wheat Yield Contest. The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th.

According to NWF Board President Wayne Hurst, 2019 will be the first year the contest will include a quality component in the overall judging.

Eligible growers must supply a grain sample of quality Grade 1 or 2 with each entry. For more information about this year's contest and instructions on how to enter, click here.

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AFBF Director Dale Moore Says Organization's Long History of Influence in Agriculture Continues

During the American Farm Bureau Convention this week in New Orleans, we caught up with Dale Moore, who recently was promoted from within the organization to lead its operations as Executive Vice President. He talked about AFB's influence in the ag industry over the course of its hundred-year existence - a milestone celebrated at this year's event.

"When you look back over the beginning days or during the Roosevelt-era, World War II - coming up though - there is example after example where our grassroots started an issue and got the job done," Moore said, citing the expediency in which the 2018 Farm Bill was passed as the most recent instance that AFB and its members flexed its political muscle. "Process, particularly in Washington, is important and it sets a tone. Going into this Farm Bill, there were a lot of folks speculating on whether or not we were even going to get a Farm Bill and how this would all work out... and it got done pretty quick. I think agriculture once again proved that we can deliver the votes."

In addition to that achievement, Moore says he was also excited to see the progress made on several other policy fronts - WOTUS being a bright spot on that list. However, the ongoing government shutdown has slowed that momentum. Moore is hopeful that government will soon be restored so the new Farm Bill can be implemented and the new WOTUS rule finalized. In the meantime, he looks forward to see what direction AFBF's grassroots advocacy takes in the years to come.

Listen to our complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.

Six Veteran Lobbyist Jeramy Rich to Lead Oklahoma Rural Association Legislative Efforts at State Capitol

The recently established Oklahoma Rural Association's President and Executive Director Monica Miller, announced this week that veteran lobbyist Jeramy Rich will lead the organization's legislative efforts at the Oklahoma Capitol for the 57th Legislative session. Rich is noted for his long and successful record at the capitol and represents a wide range of clients. For the ORA, Rich will work on issues affecting rural Oklahoma specifically. Rich brings twenty plus years of experience in policy pertaining to rural healthcare, rural education, energy capabilities as well as the agribusiness issue.
The ORA will host its Inaugural Welcome Back Legislative Reception at The Chesapeake Boat House in February to introduce the organization's legislative agenda for this upcoming session.

Click here to read more about Rich's qualifications and the ORA's priorities for the upcoming Legislative Session in Oklahoma.

CREATE BRIDGES Program Hosts Public Forums to Provide Valuable Rural Economic Opportunities

CREATE BRIDGES, a multicounty program in two regions of Oklahoma, will be hosting two public forums to discuss valuable opportunities in those communities to help build up rural economies.

The first forum will take place Jan. 24 in the Sandstone Hills Region from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Roam Chief Arena, 810 Beck Drive, Pawnee, Oklahoma. The second forum, slated Jan. 31 for the Crossing Borders Region, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indian Capital Technology Center, 240 Vo-Tech Dr., Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 

The Sandstone Hills region includes Creek, Osage and Pawnee counties, while the Crossing Borders region is made up of Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes and Sequoyah counties. CREATE BRIDGES was established with the help of a $2.7 million grant from Walmart to the Southern Rural Development Center, and launched in August 2018 in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arkansas.

For more information about CREATE BRIDGES, click here.

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