Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/8/2019, 6:02 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 Thursday, February 7th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Friday,  February 8, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Legislators Wrap Up First Week of 2019 Session - OCA's Michael Kelsey Reports What's on Tap this Year

The beef industry is facing a year ahead full of issues, both at the state level and federally. Producers from across the country converged this past week in New Orleans for the 2019 Cattle Industry Convention to meet and discuss several of these pressing matters among themselves in order to build an industry-wide consensus on the policies that should be adopted to move forward with. Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association was there, leading a delegation of OCA members as well, representing the interests of cattle producers in Oklahoma. He sat down with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to recap some of the discussions had at that convention, and to report as well on the activities of this week at the State Capitol.

While at NCBA, Kelsey reports discussion over topics like traceability, trade, taxes and revising WOTUS were prevalent - as was the issue of "fake meat" and the threats it presents to the beef industry. According to Kelsey, the OCA brought that issue back home with it and is currently working with state legislators on a preemptive strike you might say. As the 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session got underway this week, by the request of the OCA, a bill was introduced that would prohibit the commercial use of the term "beef" for any product that was not directly derived from a bovine animal. This follows closely the efforts being made by NCBA on the federal level.

In addition, to other legislative priorities like private property rights - Kelsey says the OCA has also taken a very supportive stance on a bill sponsored by Senator Casey Murdock that, if successful, would make the ribeye Oklahoma's Official State Steak - which he says would drive welcome and well-deserved attention to the state's No. 1 ag industry.

Listen to Kelsey's full legislative update with Carson, by clicking or tapping here.

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Allison Rivera is Executive Director of Government Relations for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association who works out of the organization's Washington, DC office. Among the issues she has put many hours into over the past year or so, is the 2018 Farm Bill. According to her, cattle producers are generally pleased to finally have this legislation in the books as the law of the land.
"NCBA was very supportive of this bill. Did we get everything we would have liked to have seen in there - no - but our biggest priority is what we were able to achieve. And that was the authorization and funding for a Foot & Mouth Disease vaccine bank. It was a big lift and so we consider that a huge win," Rivera said, adding too how pleased cattlemen were with the final bill's particularly strong conservation title as well. "Overall, we felt that this was a solid bill. The fact that Congress got a bill done in 2018 is a big deal in and of itself."
Rivera noted that what finally went into the bill is also just as important as what was not included. With so many interest groups vying for provisions to advance their own agendas - often times countervailing to the requests of other groups - she says it was good to see no market disrupting measures made it into the final product. Given that, on the whole, Rivera says the 2018 was a major win for farmers and ranchers. However, the concern now is that time is being wasted in the bill's implementation due to the delays caused by the government shutdown and potentially more roadblocks if Congress does not soon come to terms with the Administration to avoid yet another shutdown.
"Now, government is open. But, it could just be temporary. They do have a lot of catch up to do having been closed for 35 days. So, we are at a little bit of a standstill and that is where we don't want to be. We want to be moving forward," she said. "Time is moving. This is a five-year bill and we want to get this (vaccine) bank up and running."
Listen to Rivera's full conversation with Hays sharing her concerns regarding the Farm Bill's delayed implementation, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.
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National Cattlemen's Beef Association Unveils Cost/Benefit Principles for Climate-Change Policy Proposals

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Center for Public Policy released this week its new Cost/Benefit Principles that it hopes will help guide the decision-making process on various policy proposals regarding climate change - such as the so-called 'Green New Deal' that was also released this week. Colin Woodall, NCBA Senior Vice President, Government Affairs remarked that many of these proposals often lack specific details making it very difficult to develop substantive responses.
It should be noted that US beef producers have already made considerable progress on environmental issues like climate change, such as producing the same amount of beef with 33 percent fewer cattle, compared to 1977. In fact, the US beef industry now has one of the lowest carbon footprints compared to many of their worldwide counterparts - contributing only 2 percent of all US carbon emissions.
"Despite all the progress... some policymakers still seem to think targeting U.S. beef producers and consumers will make a huge impact on global emissions," Woodall said. "That's why we drafted our Principles - to give the folks who are proposing new public policies the opportunity to outline the specific costs and estimated benefits of their proposals."
Check out NCBA's new six-point Cost/Benefit Principles for Climate Change Policy Proposals by clicking or tapping here.

Anderson Says We May, May Not See a Significant Bump in Wheat Prices, But Producers Be Ready
Here at the start of 2019, just over a month in, little movement has been seen in the market relative to the price of wheat. This week on SUNUP - Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins host Dave Deken again to compare the current market situation to that of this time last year.

Right now, Anderson reports the price of wheat at $4.80 - $4.85. Forward contracting today would earn a producer 35 cents under basis at $4.80 a bushel. That's a positive difference of about 70 cents, compared to the price of wheat last year at this time.

Looking ahead, Anderson says whether or not we see prices go up will depend heavily on export demand and the quality of the crop at harvest. With this in mind, he advises producers be ready to jump if prices spike - just understand it might not be a 70 cent spike like we saw last year.

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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Soy Farmers Urge Administration to End Tariff War with China as Time Runs Out for Trade Leaders to Negotiate a Resolution

As the trade war's 90-day truce between the US and China nears its end with no resolution yet negotiated, soybean growers are calling on the Administration to act fast on brokering an agreement that will lift tariffs and reestablish an amicable trading relationship among the two countries.

As of February 1, China's purchases of the 2018 U.S. soybean crop totaled about 6.5 million tons, or just 20 percent of past annual levels of more than 30 million tons. According to the American Soybean Association, these purchases do not come close to offsetting the damage done to the soybean industry since the tariffs were imposed.

Members of the Administration, including U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, met with Chinese officials in D.C. last week. While the two countries have not shared any formal areas of agreement, Chinese Vice Premier Liu made a "good-faith" commitment to purchase an additional five million tons of U.S. soybeans - a positive sign that both countries are working towards the real progress that is needed for soy producers. Although that gesture is appreciated, ASA President Davie Stephens asserts it is not the answer. He says only an agreement that specifically rescinds the tariff that China has imposed on U.S. soybean imports will solve the issue.

Click here to read more about this issue and the ASA's appeal to the Trump Administration.

Register Now for the 2019 Oklahoma Farmers Market and Agritourism Conference and Tour Scheduled for March 1st

Oklahoma Agritourism invites you to attend its upcoming Farmers Market and Agritourism Conference, featuring a tour of some of Central Oklahoma's top agritourism destinations. Stops on this year's tour include Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch, Just Right Alpac-as and Tres Sueños Vineyards and Winery.
Attendees will have the chance to learn about Oklahoma's agritourism industry, network and shop. Scheduled for March 1, 2019, the roving conference will begin at 9a.m. in Edmond and return by 5 p.m.
Oklahoma Agritourism Association members or active members of the Oklahoma Agritourism program may attend for free. For non-members, the cost to attend is $25. For more information about the tour or to get registered, click here.

Celebration of Life Planned Tomorrow for Farm Broadcaster Mike Dain- Donations to Honor Mike Can Go to Oklahoma FFA Foundation

Working with the family- Sam Knipp and I have arranged with the Oklahoma FFA Foundation to establish a Memorial Trust for long time agricultural Broadcaster Mike Dain who passed away in recent days. Here's the link if you would like to donate in his memory- on the FFA Foundation page- you will see a Donate Button- click on it- and then note the gift is in honor of Mike Dain Trust. Our initial goal is to raise $1,000 and that will establish the Trust on a permanent basis to benefit the programs of the Oklahoma FFA Association. I hope you will help us meet and surpass that goal.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday December 9th- 1 to 3 pm and will be pattered after a Visitation time where you can hug on the family and talk about your encounters with Mike with others who loved him. The Celebration will be held at the Corbett Funeral Home, 807 West Wilshire Blvd in Oklahoma City.

For those of you that did not know Mike Dain- we were colleagues when he joined our team at what was then the Oklahoma Agrinet around 2000- before and after that- we were friendly competitors as we worked for the "other ag radio network" in Oklahoma in the late 1990s and then again since 2006. The Obit for Mike reminds us that he was well regarded by the Oklahoma Ag Community- receiving awards in recent years from Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Oklahoma Association of Conservative Districts, Oklahoma Farmers Union, The Oklahoma Peanut Commission, the Oklahoma Pork Council, and Oklahoma Cattlewomen.

Click here for the complete obit.

Rest in Peace Mr. Dain.

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