Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/20/2019, 6:03 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.

MarketLinksLet's Check the Markets!  

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20th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

Steer calves traded mostly steady to 2.00 lower and heifer calves 2.00-3.00 lower at OKC West on Tuesday. 
Click here for the Tuesday's full sale 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- the bids from Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2019
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,  February 20, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:
Oklahoma Agriculture Board of Directors Vote on Poultry Operation Setbacks

In a 3-2 vote yesterday, the directors of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture finalized a rule outlining setbacks for new or expanding construction of poultry barns. This addresses an issue that arose suddenly late last year amid a rapid boom in the poultry business that sprang up across northeastern Oklahoma.

A few notable highlights of the setbacks included in this rule make reference to acceptable distances in which poultry growing and waste facilities may be constructed in relation to other specific structures, the acceptable parameters of those facility specs and proper management plans that must be filed with the Dept. of Ag. The rule does note that these restrictions will not apply to producers who obtain a waiver from the proper civil authorities.

Blayne Arthur, Commissioner of Oklahoma Agriculture and President of the State Board of Agriculture remarked on the board's approval of the rule, recognizing the importance of the poultry industry in Oklahoma and the vocal concern of its stakeholders. Arthur asserts that the setback included in the rule "will help enhance the living conditions of citizens and also will continue to support the poultry industry..."

A release announcing the results of the vote stated that the two dissenting votes reflected the concerns of the implications the decision's precedent would have, insinuating that other segments of the industry might be exposed to similar action. The new rules now awaits approval by the legislature and Governor. If approved, rules will go into effect in September.

To read the actual setbacks included in the rule proposed by the State Board of Agriculture, click or tap here.

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MattSerious Attention Being Paid by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell to Agritourism Industry - Big Plans in the Works

Agritourism took center stage this week during Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell's appearance before members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau at the organization's leadership conference in OKC. Pinnell shared with members in attendance his developing plans to help promote what he referred to as one of the state's fastest growing cottage industries.

According to Pinnell, he intends to leverage the state's agritourism assets with greater in-state promotion to help drive its full potential in generating state and local sales tax revenue.
In speaking with us on the sidelines of the event, Pinnell says agritourism is the perfect example of how Oklahoma's strengths can be used to buoy the state's overall economy and help float the Sooner State to Top Ten status.

In addition, Pinnell highlighted other areas in which he intends to promote such as the state's CareerTech opportunities. He also remarked on the cooperative and supportive spirit between his and the Governor's office and how Oklahomans will all benefit from that collaborative bond.

Listen to Pinnell's full comments on these topics and more, by clicking or tapping here for your chance to hear that complete interview with Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell.

AND- we have Lt. Governor Pinnell's full remarks made the to the Farm Bureau Leadership Conference- click or tap here for our website story that has the audio from Monday afternoon.

Implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill will be a pretty detailed process and unfortunately the government shutdown kept things from happening in a timely manner. Assistant Professor in Agriculture and Food Policy at Oklahoma State University Dr. Amy Hagerman has followed the developments closely so I spoke to her on what to looking for as the steps begin.

"We really need to watch the Code of Federal Regulations right now," said Hagerman. "That's where we're going to start seeing those details that'll really help people make decisions." 

Flexibility in ARC/PLC, plus changes to crop insurance and coverage programs, will leave Oklahoma producers with a lot of decisions to make. The USDA hasn't released final rulings yet which makes it hard to evaluate the full benefits.

"There are changes in loan limits and crop insurance that are going to affect those decisions of whether you're going to switch from one crop to another, and what makes the most sense for an individual producer," Hagerman explains.

If you're interested in an interactive meeting focused on discussing the 2018 Farm Bill, you can talk to your county agent or industry group representative to work towards getting on Amy's schedule for meetings in individual counties.

Read more and Listen to our visit with Dr. Hagerman at the Oklahoma All Crops Conference on the details of the changes in the new Farm Bill- click or tap here.

"It's Not Going to Amount to a Hill of Beans What You Eat in Terms of Climate Change" - End Quote

One of the biggest issues for the cattle industry right now from an environmental standpoint, according to NCBA's Senior Director for Sustainable Beef Production Research Dr. Sara Place, is the ongoing debate over cattle's contributions to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions. This discussion has crescendoed in recent weeks since the publishing of the EAT - Lancet study that calls for drastic reduction in meat consumption in a proposed solution to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions originating from the beef industry. In a recent conversation, Place attempted to correct the study's inaccuracies and false representations of the beef industry in regard to climate change. She says that although the matter is quite complex, it is important for beef producers to understand what is being talked about and why it is wrong. She insists what's being reported is over inflating the actual impact cattle have on the climate.

Place contends the people behind the Lancet study are essentially betting against farmers and ranchers as well as science to improve over time. However, she argues that improvement is already being made as the US industry alone has reduced its impact by a third over the last four decades. She admits that is not necessarily the same case everywhere around the world but says that is where the US can step up to lead the world in improving global beef production. She argues, too, that the skeptics' case is inherently flawed. Indeed, cattle emit methane, but what one Oxford University study recently pointed out is that methane produced by ruminants is part of a ten-year carbon cycle that is constantly being recycled. Place confesses, it is a difficult process to explain, but the fact remains the same.

"It's not going to amount to a hill of beans what you eat in terms of climate change. We really need to drive that home to people," Place asserted. "Changing diets is not a panacea solution for climate change."

Listen to NCBA's Dr. Sara Place drive her argument over the misperception of cattle's contribution to climate change home, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five Food Network & Cooking Channel Stars Work With National Pork Board At Food Festival In Miami, FL

The National Pork Board will introduce Swine University at this week's 2019 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) in Miami. 

"Swine University gives us an opportunity to share what our pig farmers do every day to produce delicious, healthy and safe pork with influencers and consumers," said Jose de Jesus, director of multicultural marketing at the National Pork Board. 

Also, The Pork Checkoff will collaborate with high-profile Latin chefs and influencers including Jose Mendin, a five-time James Beard nominee and driving force behind Pubbelly restaurants; Ana Quincoces, a celebrity chef and lifestyle influencer; and Eddie Zamora, a social influencer and creator of the popular travel and food blog, The Yum Yum Foodie.

The five-day festival runs from Wednesday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 24. Pat Bane, who is America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM, will attend the festival and share what it means to be a pig farmer today with attendees. For more information on Swine University, plus the events of the festival, click or tap here.

State Leaders Charles McCall, Mike Hunter Among Those Honored with Champion Award by OKFB

On Monday evening, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau recognized state legislators and political leaders whose performance and voting record fully aligned with the policy positions of OKFB during the 56th Legislative Session in 2018. Among those honored, was one statewide official - Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter - who has demonstrated a true commitment to Oklahoma's farm and ranch community, especially in regard to environmental and production issues. Also honored as an OKFB Champion Monday, was House Speaker Charles McCall, who imparted to our own Carson Horn that the particularly challenging nature of last year's session made earning the award that much more special.

"We need to be mindful of every day families out working and providing for the rest of us and we don't need to forget that what makes them successful, makes us all successful," McCall said.

This year during session, Speaker McCall says he intends to explore several matters to improve quality of life for citizens of Oklahoma's rural communities, with the intention of tackling issues pertaining to rural healthcare, infrastructure, broadband access and promoting a favorable business climate in which farmers and ranchers can operate.

Hunter remarked that he was proud of the work that's been done at the AG's office in protecting farmers and ranchers from a host of "attacks" on the economics of farming and vowed to continue to protect the interest of Oklahoma's farmers and ranchers - those he regards as the historic conservationists and environmentalists.

Listen to the full remarks of both Speaker McCall and Attorney General Hunter or review a complete list of those legislators who joined OKFB's 100 Percent Club, by clicking or tapping here.

 Seven U.S. Secretary Of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Will Be A Keynote Speaker During Commodity Classic

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will speak during the General Session at the 2019 Commodity Classic, which is open to registered event attendees and is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center.

Secretary Perdue is expected to share current news and perspectives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), with topics including international trade, farm bill implementation, rural development and the role of agriculture in America's food security and economic health.

Other speakers and topics on the agenda for the General Session can be read in the full article by clicking or tapping hereDetailed information on all educational sessions, the full Commodity Classic schedule and online registration are available at

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