Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/28/2019, 6:05 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 25th.
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
    Monday,  January 28, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue welcomed the deal announced by President Trump Friday, that heralded the reopening of the federal government. In a statement responding to the announcement, Perdue remarked on the impact this deal will have on American agriculture.
"It will bring thousands of our employees back to work and return us to our mission of providing our customers with the services they rely upon," he said. "I extend my sincere thanks to the thousands of USDA workers who stayed on the job during the shutdown to offer as many of our normal activities as we could."

The President's deal includes provisions guaranteeing backpay for all employees that were furloughed during the month-long shutdown. Perdue added that USDA staff would begin immediately in restoring the department's full functionality. As this process gets underway and the government reestablishes itself after the longest hiatus in American history, Perdue assured the supporters of the Administration that the President will continue to work with Congress on negotiating a border wall and to honor his pledge of improving our national security.

Read Perdue's full statement, here.

MEANWHILE- USDA Chief Economist Robert Johannson tells Reuters the February 8th monthly crop report will occur on schedule and the annual Outlook Forum will occur on Feb 21 and 22 unless funding lapses before that date. More information regarding other key crop reports that were delayed due to the partial U.S. government shutdown "will be forthcoming once all USDA staff return to work" and that will be happening today. 

Dr. Johannson also indicated that they won't try to issue a January WASDE report- but instead include pertinent data from January into the February report that comes out February 8th.  

There is no indication about how they will handle the just missed January Cattle on Feed Report- and how much of a delay we are looking at in getting the January Cattle Inventory Report that was due out this Thursday, January 31st. 

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As mentioned in the story above, news came late last week that President Trump had reached a deal with Congress to reopen the government and defer conversations regarding greater border security until a more appropriate time. However, during the shutdown, the USDA was unable to produce several critical reports to the ag industry, including the annual Cattle Inventory report. With the government now up and running, the question of whether or not these reports will be issued late remains unknown. According to OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel, when exactly industry stakeholders can expect to get the flow of data back on track is anyone's guess right now.

"They're going to be terribly backlogged when they get back on track, so they're going to be looking for things they can just skip," Peel said.

The Cattle Inventory report, which Peel says he is most concerned about, comes only once a year, giving the industry its one critical chance to confirm the progress made during the previous year and helps to set expectations for the year ahead. In addition, it is the only report that offers a state-by-state breakdown of the numbers along with some other valuable insights that can be derived from that information. Based on what he does know and can deduce from the information that has been available, Peel contends like last year - the industry is still in expansion albeit much slower. As beef production continues to grow, he says the key to sustaining current price levels has been and will continue to be demand. As long as demand stays robust, the industry should be in good shape for the foreseeable future, according to Peel. However, fresh data from the USDA will be needed before anyone can make that call for certain.

"It's such an important report. I think they will do it, but it will be significantly late," he said with a cautiously optimistic outlook on the current state of the market. "It does look positive so far. There are things you can be nervous about in terms of both global markets and domestic markets - but at this point in time we look pretty good."

Listen to Peel's latest analysis of the cattle and beef markets, on last Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.

National Pork Producers Council Leads Ad Hoc Group in Urging Administration to Lift Metals Tariffs

The National Pork Producers Council, joined by a diverse coalition of more than 45 groups, sent a letter on Friday to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in which they called for an end to U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican aluminum and steel imports. By doing so, the NPPC and its partners contend American industries will finally be able to take advantage of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, believing this action will prompt Mexico and Canada to lift their own duties levied in retaliation against US products, including pork.

NPPC President Jim Heimerl remarked that the tariffs are "undermining the ability of the private sector to lobby for passage of the USMCA deal. For many sectors, the duties are a hair-on-fire issue that is draining resources that otherwise would be focused on passage of the USMCA."

Farmers and food companies have been particularly hard hit by the Canadian and Mexican retaliation, Heimerl says. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the Mexican tariff is costing US pork producers $12 per animal, meaning industrywide losses of $1.5 billion annually.

Click here to read more about this letter and the impact retaliatory tariffs are having on the US ag economy.

Oklahoma Wheat Growers Should be Alert for Initial Signs of Disease as Weather Begins to Warm Up

Here at the start of 2019, the year is shaping up a bit differently than most Oklahoma wheat farmers have seen the past few growing seasons. With extended periods of wet weather and ample ground moisture, wheat fields and pastures across the state have turned soggy and has effectively slowed the crop's growth rate. These conditions have implications extending beyond the immediate challenges, though. According to OSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger, early wet conditions often lead to an increased risk of foliar disease. As this year's crop progresses into the warmer weather of springtime, Hunger says producers will need to start paying close attention to their fields in monitoring for any initial signs of disease.

In an interview this past week, he spoke with our own Carson Horn about what diseases to look for this season. At the top of his list is Leaf Rust, which early reports indicate some cases have already popped up in southern Texas. The more immediate threat is Powdery Mildew, however, given the current ground moisture and expectations that the wet weather will continue as wheat fields develop a thicker canopy. As temperatures rise closer to spring, he says producers in southern Oklahoma especially, will need to begin scouting their fields by at least late February as most disease begin to reveal themselves by early March.

For more of Hunger's insights into what foliar diseases you might expect to see this year, you can click here to read more or to listen to his complete interview with Carson.

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Merck Partners with NCBA to Sponsor Six Regional Stockmanship and Stewardship Events in 2019

Thanks to new sponsorship from Merck Animal Health, up to six regional Stockmanship & Stewardship events will be coordinated by the producer education team at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association throughout the United States in 2019.

These events bring together cattle producers from a large area for a two-day cattle handling and educational program highlighting proper and accepted stockmanship techniques, and provide local stewardship information appropriate for the region. Through live cattle demonstration and hands-on opportunities, as well as BQA training, these events will cover a variety of subject areas including sustainability and environmental stewardship, animal health and regional issues and hot topics.

More information on upcoming Stockmanship & Stewardship events will be announced at the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans, La. For more information on either the Stockmanship & Stewardship or BQA programs, click here.

North Carolina Pork CEO Andy Curliss to Address Legal Attacks on Farmers at 2019 Alliance Summit

The agenda is now available for the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 2019 Stakeholders Summit, themed A Seat At The Table. This annual Stakeholders Summit brings top thought leaders in the industry together to discuss hot-button issues and out-of-the-box ideas. The speakers slated for this year's lineup will tackle diverse topics from understanding consumer perceptions to engaging influencers to protecting farms and other agricultural operations from activist threats.

Headlining the event is Andy Curliss, CEO of North Carolina Pork Council, presenting a session titled "Farmers Under Fire." During his address, Curliss will provide a deep and broad look at how significant coordinated advocacy is threatening animal agriculture. He will offer an unprecedented look at the ongoing attacks against the industry and provide attendees with insights on how to protect their livelihood.

The event will be held May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. Early registration discounts are available through February 1. To view the agenda and register, click over to our website.

Seven Senator Murdock Calls Bill on Ag Sales Tax Exemptions a Non Starter

Oklahoma Senator and Senate Ag Committee Chair Casey Murdock joined the Oklahoma Ag Cooperative Council   members and staff for a teleconference on Friday to discuss the climate of the upcoming legislative session. 

Senator Murdock believes this will be an interesting session due to the number of freshman legislators from both sides of the aisle.

Among the many bills filed, there are a few that are vitally important to the agricultural industry including a crucial sales tax exemption bill. If passed, this bill would require agricultural sales tax exemption card holders to renew every year rather than every three years. It would also require those with the exemption to report verified farm income to the Tax Commission. 

According to the report from the OACC electronic Newsletter Coperative Insights- Senator Murdock is no fan. 

"This bill is bad for agriculture," remarked Senator Murdock. "We are in competition with our surrounding states. We need to make our laws equal to or better than theirs. I'm in favor of a five-year renewal; one year is not even a starter."

CIC2019See Ya in New Orleans- Again- as Cattle Industry Convention 2019 on Tap This Week (and a Reminder on No Till on the Plains)

I am excited about the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show- it's easily one of the best national conventions that we cover annually and this year, we are stepping up our efforts to cover this massive meeting as our Associate Carson Horn joins me in the Big Easy to make it to more of the sessions and engage with the multitude of cattle related businesses that have cutting edge products they are showcasing at the enormous Trade Show. 

Our coverage from New Orleans and the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show 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.  

Some of the highlights that we look forward to include the annual Cattlefax Market Outlook on Thursday morning, a major session on Sustainability in the Beef Business, Cattlemen's College and a lot more. Our reports start cranking up tomorrow!

AND- there is another HUGE event happening this week as well- the 2019 Winter Conference for No Till on the Plains- the main sessions are tomorrow and Wednesday at the Century Two Convention Center in Wichita, Kansas- you can still walk up tomorrow morning and register on site- click here for details about this Super Bowl of Soil Health information and more happening this week. 

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