Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/5/2019, 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.

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OKC West sold slaughter cows 4.00-8.00 higher and slaughter bulls 2.00-4.00 higher on Monday compared to the last sale - click or tap here for the full report from USDA.

Over 12,000 head reported on hand at the Oklahoma National Stockyards on Monday- Feeder steers and heifers 600-700 lbs. steady to 2.00 higher, balance of heavier steers steady to 1.00 lower and heavier heifers 1.00-3.00 lower. Steer calves steady to 2.00 lower- Click or tap here for the complete report.

Joplin Regional Stockyards reports 8,142 head of cattle with steady to higher prices on Monday- Click or tap here for the complete 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 Monday, February 4th.
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
   Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Oklahoma Youth Expo Praised by Governor Stitt as One of Oklahoma's Greatest Successes

The Oklahoma Youth Expo was publicly praised yesterday by Governor Kevin Stitt who delivered his 2019 State of the State address during which he shared his vision for Oklahoma's future. The central premise of that vision, Stitt has based primarily on his ambitions to make Oklahoma a Top Ten State. 
Stitt highlighted some of Oklahoma's unique citizens, community leaders and initiatives that he believes are examples of the extraordinary potential our state has and part of the foundation that it will build a bright new future upon. Of those he mentioned, the Governor singled out the OYE as one of the many examples of "Oklahomans who brought together a team, set measurable goals, reimagined the possibilities, and executed on their vision to deliver Top Ten results."

"Today OYE is not just the number 1 junior livestock show in America, it is the largest in the world." said Stitt. "OYE garners young participants from all 77 counties, awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in education scholarships and has shown a $22 million economic impact on Oklahoma City."

Here's the video of Governor Stitt celebrating OYE in his State of the State:

Oklahoma Youth Expo Delivers Top Ten Results
Oklahoma Youth Expo Delivers Top Ten Results

Executive Director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo Tyler Norvell, responded to the Governor's remarks stating, "We are honored to be recognized as one of Governor Stitt's elite organizations here in Oklahoma and it motivates us even more to do great things for our kids."

As "The World's Largest Junior Livestock Show" the Oklahoma Youth Expo attracts more than 7,000 Oklahoma FFA and 4-H exhibitors from all 77 counties to Oklahoma City to exhibit more than 13,000 head of livestock each year and awards nearly $2 million in scholarships to its exhibitors.

To read Governor Stitt's full remarks delivered at yesterday's State of the State address, click hereFor more information on OYE, which will be held March 12-22 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, click here.

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The Trouble with Trade - NCBA's Kent Bacus Says with Trade Deals, We're Our Own Worst Enemy

As the Trump Administration continues to work toward striking new trade deals with countries like China, Japan and the European Union - Kent Bacus, director of international trade and market access for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, says the challenge in getting these deals done is not just in the negotiations but getting Congress to approve them as well. However, in a recent conversation, Bacus explained that this could be difficult given the current political environment in Washington, DC. Nonetheless, he contends the Administration understands how important opening these markets are to US agriculture and believes President Trump is committed to making things work. The issue is simply that the Administration is fighting so many fronts right now.

"I think we have a lot of balls in the air right now. We're spending a lot of time trying to negotiate with China, trying to get the USMCA across the line as well - and in the middle of that we're trying to negotiate a bilateral agreement with the Japanese," Bacus said. "I think it's going to be tough to just copy and paste some of the terms from TPP and throw them in with an agreement with Japan, because the dynamics have changed."

The reality of the situation, Bacus says, is that getting a deal done with Japan could take some time. Bacus says his hope is that the US will have some success soon in one of its many ongoing projects that will in turn free up some resources to refocus on Japan. Even if that happens, though, Bacus warns that there will still be significant hurdles in getting the deals ratified by Congress. Bear in mind, the coming presidential election presents a host of issues as the half a dozen or so White House hopefuls that have already announced their candidacy will try every they can to keep Trump from accomplishing anything leading up the election - not to mention the existing political gridlock between the Oval Office and House and Senate Democrats.

"So, we're hopeful there will be some kind of bipartisan initiative to move forward on this because this is good for our economy. We need to do this," he said. "But, you know, common sense is usually in a shortage in Washington, so we've got to find a way to move this process forward."

Listen to Bacus and I discuss the challenges of finalizing trade deals with our international trade partners, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.


On Monday, Growth Energy filed a petition in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's failure to address small refinery exemptions in its 2019 renewable volume obligation rulemaking, which was issued late last year.

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called the agency's "inaction" a "clear violation of law" and has in turn filed suit to demand greater accountability from the EPA and ensure mandatory renewable fuel obligations are fulfilled as intended by the law.
Although the EPA is made certain allowances to help "small" refineries avoid "disproportionate economic hardship" through these waivers, the Renewable Fuels community believes the agency has taken advantage of this provision to help oil industry stakeholders skirt their responsibilities under the Renewable Fuels Standard. In 2018, it was evident that the EPA was granting an unprecedented amount of these waivers and Growth Energy and others have blown the whistle on this ongoing pattern of conduct. However, their legal efforts to halt this behavior has so far been unsuccessful. The exemptions added up so far, come close to 2.25 billion gallons of lost renewable fuel demand for the renewable fuels industry.

Click here to read more about this developing story on our website.

Four Christie Puckett of Maysville Public Schools Named OK's Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year

Christie Puckett, a 34-year veteran educator who has served her entire career at Maysville Public Schools, was named Oklahoma's Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry this week.

Puckett has pursued AITC in many ways by attending countless workshops, tours and conferences across the state. She shared her skills with other educators at the 2016 AITC State Summer Conference as a presenter and last year was an AITC Teacher of the Year finalist - attending the National AITC Conference in Maine. Puckett has incorporated agricultural lessons into her classes since she began teaching. This passion also led Puckett to become a 4-H leader. She says her AITC lessons always keep her students actively engaged and learning. Outside of her own classroom, Puckett continues to incorporate AITC, leading schoolwide initiatives that offer students broader exposure to ag-ed opportunities.

Christie Puckett will be honored at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City as part of the state's annual Oklahoma Ag Day celebration April 2. This summer, Puckett will attend the National AITC Conference June 18-21, 2019, in Little Rock, Arkansas to compete for national prize. To learn more about Puckett and her Ag in the Classroom curriculum, visit our website to continue reading.


Sponsor Spotlight

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Five The American Hereford Assoc Just Had Its Best Year Ever, AHA's Jack Ward Shares the Good News

It is an exciting time to be in the Hereford business, according to Executive Vice President of the American Hereford Association Jack Ward. This past year in 2018 was one the best in the history of the AHA, which celebrated record growth in nearly all its various facets as an organization.

During the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans this past week, Ward sat down with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to discuss some the association's recent achievements and where it has set its sights on next for the future.

Ward reports that in 2018, numbers skyrocketed across total registrations and cow herd inventories. In addition, membership reached a 25-year high and the association's CHB branded beef program reached an all-time record high of nearly 60 million pounds of product sold. With that momentum pushing from behind - Ward says the association is healthier than ever and is well-positioned grow exponentially moving forward.

You can read the full story for more highlights or listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.

Six Latest Post-Shutdown Information Out from USDA Projects Record Beef Production Ahead in 2019

With USDA data flowing again now that the partial government shutdown has been resolved at least temporarily, it appears that beef production in 2019 will reach a record 27.4 billion pounds, up 1.8 percent year over year - and will continue to grow through at least 2020.

The industry will have a firmer grasp on these projections when the final numbers for 2018 are released, which are expected to emerge soon as well as current numbers for 2019. According to the USDA, the annual Cattle report will be released after a one-month delay in late February. The January Cattle on Feed report is scheduled to be released on February 22 with the February report to be released on March 8.

With all but the last few days of 2018 slaughter and carcass data available, 2018 beef production totals are nearly final, says OSU's Dr. Derrell Peel. Based on that information alone, total commercial beef production for 2018 is projected at 26.9 billion pounds, up 2.6 percent from one year ago which is just fractionally smaller than the record U.S. beef production of 27.1 billion pounds in 2002.

While feedlots have an incentive to keep feedlots full and the feed mill humming, larger cattle numbers with the recent herd expansion also gives feedlots an incentive to finish and market cattle in a timely manner and replace with new cattle. Feedlot ration costs are expected to remain close to current levels in 2019 while feedlot numbers will continue to expand, albeit more slowly. Peel contends that as long as feedlots maintain good marketing rates, beef production will continue to grow in 2019, but at a modest pace.

Click here to review Peel's latest market analysis included in this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit Herb's Herb Hemp Farmthe 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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