Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 1/23/2019, 6:18 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.
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January 23rd sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here. 

OKC West sold calves at their Tuesday sale steady to 2.00 higher this week on a limited run -  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 22nd.
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 23, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:County
 FSA Offices Reopen Again Starting Thursday Morning

We found out about the reopening of County FSA Offices in two steps- first we got word from State FSA Director Scott Biggs that all Oklahoma FSA offices will re-open for business tomorrow, Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25, for service. Office hours will be standard for each office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Then around midday- the word came from USDA in Washington and from Secretary Sonny Perdue that not only will county FSA offices be open this week but also for the next several weeks- no matter what happens in the partial government shutdown mess.

The offices will be open starting tomorrow and Friday- then for the next two weeks all five weekdays- the weeks of January 28 and February 4th. After that- the schedule will be trimmed to three days a week starting the week of February 11th.

Unlike the original reopening announced last week, this business window comes with permissions for FSA staff to assist with a wider range of tasks. Programs especially time-sensitive will be available including the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Livestock Forage Program (LFP), acreage reporting, and Farm Loan services.

It's our understanding that all county FSA offices around the US will be reopened this time- not just a select group.  AND- the Secretary has announced that the earlier deadline for applying to the Market Facilitation Program of January 15th has been extended out to February 14th.

More information, including a complete list of those services that FSA personnel are available for during the next couple of weeks and information on how to locate your local FSA county office - can all be found, by clicking here.

And- if you want to hear Secretary Perdue's comments about the reopening of the County FSA offices- we have that conversation that he had with fellow farm broadcaster Max Armstrong- click or tap here to check it out.

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Kansas Senator Jerry Moran has been actively involved in improving rural connectivity across America - a problem that has stunted economic growth and capabilities throughout our nation. In working with other lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission, Moran has pushed for policy that seeks to remedy this situation with expediency - but has also requested certain stipulations to ensure the job is done right.

During the recent AFBF Convention in New Orleans, we had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Moran about the status of this project. According to him, Congress and the FCC have made some significant progress in this effort but says no further action will be taken for the moment as project leaders work to obtain more information that will enable them to make better decisions on how to implement and facilitate broadband service expansion in remote rural areas.

Moran reported to us that Congress has invested some $600 million into this project, all of which is required to be spent on infrastructure for rural areas where it is needed most - thanks to Farm Bill provisions authored by Moran himself. However, Moran has asked that before any money is spent, that the FCC update the service maps it is currently working off of - insisting that they do not accurately reflect current coverage needs. The FCC has agreed with Moran and temporarily put the project on hold until the maps can be updated.

You can listen to Moran and I talk more about the status of this project and the progress that's been made so far, by clicking here for that complete conversation.

Soil Health Institute Selects Seven Scientists, Begins Sampling Phase of North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), the nonprofit organization charged with safeguarding and enhancing soil health, has selected six project scientists and a statistician/database manager to oversee evaluation of soil health indicators at more than 120 long-term agricultural experiment sites across Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The diverse team of scientists will help conduct and manage SHI's initiative to identify and develop widely acceptable soil health measurements and standards, as well as launch a comprehensive evaluation program that relates soil health to quantified productivity, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Working as a geographically-dispersed team the scientists will be in charge of regional engagement and project coordination with long-term agricultural site leaders to evaluate soil health measurements and develop critical analysis and reviews of the measurements.

G. Mac Bean, Ph.D., will serve as SHI's project scientist for Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia. Shannon Cappellazzi, Ph.D., will serve as project scientist for the western United States. She also will coordinate the soil health team's pastures and rangeland research. Kelsey Hoegenauer, Ph.D., will serve as project scientist for the southern United States. Most recently, Hoegenauer was a graduate research assistant at the University of Arkansas conducting research on recycling nutrients using cover crops in row crop systems. Daniel Liptzin, Ph.D., will serve as project scientist for the High Plains Region. Charlotte Norris, Ph.D., P.Ag., will serve as project scientist for Canada. Elizabeth (Liz) Rieke, Ph.D., will serve as project scientist for the northern Midwest and northeastern United States. Finally, Michael Cope, Ph.D., will serve as the team's statistician and database manager.

For further information about the Soil Health Institute, The North American Project to Evaluate Soil Health Measurements and its team of scientists, click here.

Four NCBA's Jennifer Houston Gearing Up for Another Great Cattle Industry Convention in The Big Easy

With the 2019 Cattle industry Convention and Trade Show that is coming to New Orleans only a week away, we reached out to President-elect of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Jennifer Houston, a rancher from Sweetwater, Tennessee, to ask her about this year's event and what she is looking forward to most.

"I'm very excited. We're looking like we could have a record convention," Houston reported. "Nashville is usually our record-breaking city - but New Orleans could eclipse that this year. I think there is a lot of excitement. The convention facility is beautiful. We are using 17 hotels in the Downtown area and we're right on the river, so you get the charm of the Mississippi. I think it's going to be a great convention."

This convention, according to Houston, has not been in New Orleans since the NCBA merger. Houston says this will give its members a new city to explore and enjoy while they come together to take care of the industry's business and get organized for the year. During this convention, there will be a lot going on with several events - both educational and fun - for attendees to participate in, including a private concert with country music's Big & Rich and one of the largest trade shows in the industry. But for Houston, it is the business meetings that really have her excited for the trip.

"I'm really a nerd - I like the business meetings," she admitted humorlessly, outlining some of the hot topics that will be discussed this year. "I like getting in the committees, whether it's the Checkoff committee or the policy committee and getting the work done and giving our staff and officers their marching orders for the next year. We're going to have robust discussion on things such as traceability. We're going to have a Sustainability Summit... and in addition, we're going to have some fun. So, it's going to be a great convention and it will be a great mid-winter break from chores."

Check out all that will be on tap at this year's event by visiting the Convention website or listen to Houston and I discuss this event in more detail, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

By the way- our coverage from New Orleans will be powered by Corteva Agriscience, delivering solutions to help you manage weeds and brush- learn more by clicking here for their website- www.RangeAndPasture.Com. 

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Five Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course to Be Held in Woodward January 29 - Register Now

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety and regulations are invited to attend a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Woodward County Extension Office. According to the OK Dept. of Ag, this course satisfies the produce farm supervisor's training requirement of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. This class is recommended for every produce farmer whether they are exempt from the rule or not, as the information provided will help farmers identify ways to prevent produce contamination.

Participants will learn how to develop a farm food safety plan and how to meet and understand the requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. Additionally, farmers who request On-Farm Food Safety Reviews can receive them for free upon attending. Participants who are present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork at the end of the course will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course.

Registration and schedule information, plus the dates for future courses, can be found here.

Six Calf's First 24 Hours the Most Important in Its Passive Immune Status, Long-Term Health Performance

What happens in the first 24 hours after a calf is born will impact that calf for the rest of its life, according to OSU's Glenn Selk, who cited a study in his most recent article on herd health.

One of the most important things that must happen to a calf during that period in order for it to grow into a productive adult, is for it to receive its mother's colostrum - the first milk produced by a cow upon giving birth. This milk is rich with the nutrients a newborn calf needs to strengthen its immunity and ensure its healthy performance as it matures.

If a calf does not receive adequate "passive immunity" from its mother, it will have a significantly higher risk of becoming sick or could even die prior to weaning. If it does survive past that phase, the effects can last well into its life-cycle, making the calf much more likely to get sick or under-perform later on into maturity and often limits the animal's growth rate.

"Therefore," Selk writes, "the cow calf producers can help themselves and the future owners of their calves, by properly growing replacement heifers, providing a good health program for cows and heifers, and providing natural or commercial colostrum replacers to calves that do not receive it in adequate quantities on their own."

Click here to read Selk's full article included in this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter.

Seven Oklahoma Shows Up Bigtime in the Beef Cattle Barns at the 2019 National Western in Denver

Oklahoma producers did well in both the Charolais and Angus breeds in recent days at the 2019 National Western Stock Show in Denver. 

In the Charolais Open Show, young Kelton Arthur of Stillwater had his heifer declared the Grand Champion Female for the 2019 National Western- Here's Kelton (son of Jarod and Blayne)

Meanwhile- we have the results from the Angus Shows in Denver, courtesy of the American Angus Association- and Express Ranches of Yukon did right well- owning a piece of both the Grand and Reserve Champion Angus Bull.

WB Pendleton 708 PVF SWSN claimed the grand champion bull title after first earning the junior champion title. Express Angus Ranches, Yukon, Okla.; Carter Ward, Plattsburg, Mo.; and Hoffman Ranch, Thedford, Neb., own the February 2017 son of Dameron Best In Class.

Express Angus Ranches, and Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla., own the reserve grand champion bull. C&C Intuition 7104 is a September 2017 son of PVF Insight 0129 and was first named senior calf champion.

Full details of the Bull and Heifer Show for the Angus Breed in Denver are available here.

Express also had the Pen of Three Winner in the Carload and Pen Division and Reserve in the Carload of Ten Bulls- Details are available here.

Finally, Kynlee Dailey of Kingston, Oklahoma Claimed the Reserve Grand Champion Female at National Western Junior  Angus Show- details on that show are available here.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National StockyardsOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma 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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