Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/11/2019, 5:55 AM

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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture March 8, 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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, March 11, 2019
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Since our last update on the 2019 Legislative Session a few weeks ago with Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, the number of bills up for consideration has been essentially cut in half, with a further reduction coming at the end of next week. Kelsey visited with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn Friday to catch us up to speed on what's been going on at the Capitol now about a month into the session.

According to Kelsey, the OCA's priorities have remained the same - making sure private property rights, tax exemptions, etc. remain protected - but so far no apparent threats have been identified. Kelsey says this has session is beginning to shape up as an uneventful year in terms of legislation that pose any sort of harm to the state's beef and ag industries. Unlike most sessions, this has given Kelsey and the OCA and opportunity to take a more offensive approach at the Capitol this year and work on legislation that promotes and strengthens the industry's position.

"I think that's reflective of some of the fresh new ideas from both the House and Senate and quite frankly," he said, "an administration that is very friendly to our business."

Kelsey is currently working with Rep. Mike Sanders and Sen. Michael Bergstrom on their twin bills that if passed, would reserve the commercial use of the term "beef" in the state strictly for conventionally produced protein. The pursuit of this measure comes in anticipation of the arrival of "fake meat" or cell-cultured protein products on the commercial marketplace. If passed into law, these products would be barred from any deceptive labeling imitating beef.

You can listen to Kelsey and Carson talk more about this and other topics regarding the recent political activity at the Oklahoma State Capitol, by clicking or tapping here.

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Under a new regulatory agreement announced last week, the FDA will oversee the cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth in the production process of lab-grown protein products for commercial sale - or "fake meat" as the beef industry prefers to call it. USDA's FSIS, though, will step in after that to oversee the food production aspects of this process and how it's labeled. According to National Cattlemen's Beef Association's chief lobbyist, Colin Woodall, the terms of this agreement come as welcome news and represent a major victory for the beef industry. He explained that USDA asserting its role in the oversight of fake meat products will ensure that the beef industry does not fall into the same situation as the dairy industry which overtime has lost its product identity due to imitation by its competitors.

"We knew in order to protect ourselves, USDA had to be a part of this. If (they) are going to compete in the meat space, then they need to be inspected like the rest of us in the meat space," he said. "That's what this MOU does and more importantly - it gives labeling approval to USDA."

While this is certainly good news for stakeholders in the beef business, Woodall says that the fight is far from over.

"We have a lot of work to do to make sure that once this product comes to market that we are protecting ourselves in the process," he said. "We're ahead of the curve though, which allows us time to make sure all these protocols are in place to protect us."

Listen to my full conversation with Woodall over the agreement between the USDA and FDA's shared oversight of lab-grown protein, on last Friday's Beef Buzz -
click here.
ThreeAre You Ready for the Greatest Show? OYE Arriving at State Fair Park

The County and District Shows are done- and the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo- which some have described as the State Championships for junior livestock shows in Oklahoma is ready to roll. Of course OYE is also known as the World's Largest Junior Livestock Show.

We reported at the start of last week what the entry numbers look like- they established another record for the 2019 OYE- and now we will start seeing how many of those entries are hauled to Oklahoma City and checked in at State Fair Park.

That process for the gilts starts tomorrow evening at 5:00 PM.  Gilts will be checked in Tuesday and Wednesday- and the MoorMan's ShowTec Commercial Breeding Gilt Show kicks off Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. 

Friday will also see the start of the Goat Show- with showmanship and the Farm Credit Wether Dam Breeding Doe Show starting around midday on Friday.

After the top Commercial Gilts are selected- the Purebred Gilts take over midday Friday and continue into Saturday.

The opening of the LNC Breeding Heifer Show for 2019 is first thing Sunday morning- 9:00 AM will have breeds on both sides of State Fair Arena showing.  That's earlier than in previous years as the OYE does not have to share State Fair Arena this coming weekend with the State Basketball Championships- in recent years- the Heifer Show has not started until early afternoon on Sunday.

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Four R-Calf CEO Bill Bullard Claims Cattle Producers Don't Benefit From Recent Record Beef Export Sales

In recent weeks the beef industry has celebrated the unprecedented success of US beef export demand over this past year. Universally, this has been regarded as a good thing for beef producers. However, one vocal critic has come to the conclusion that 2018's new record high in volume and value in US beef exports is in truth a non-event for producers, but rather just another example of the meat lobby's exploitation of the industry. Bill Bullard, CEO of the populist beef association R-CALF USA, penned an op-ed mocking this achievement last week in an attempt to expose the surreptitious agenda of packers as he sees it.

"This must be tremendous news for cattle producers. After all, the entire meat lobby has worked diligently, if not exclusively, to convince every cattle producer that they need not worry about such trivial matters as enforcing antitrust laws, writing rules to implement the Packers and Stockyards Act, reforming trade policy, or restoring country-of-origin labeling (COOL)," Bullard writes. "The meat lobby's tireless drumbeat has been that the only thing cattle producers want and need is more beef exports and increased beef demand."

Despite the 15 percent increase in beef demand as reported by the Beef Checkoff, Bullard says producers' only reward "is depressed prices." He contends that six years ago, "the average steer price was higher than in 2018, when the beef export value was only $5.5 billion dollars, which is $2.8 billion less than the record $8.3 billion dollars in 2018. And, the 2012 volume of beef exports was 219,000 metric tons less than the 2018 record."

Bullard, asserts that the lion's share of the value of live cattle that's been generated didn't go to producers, quoting that their share shrank to less than 44% in 2918 from 52.2 in 2012. Instead, he contends the multinational beef packers earned a "phenomenal average gross margin of $385.20 per head for every fed cattle you, the producer, sold them."

Bullard boldly remarked that, "Only an idiot would sell beef into the export market." Click here to read Bullard's full op-ed to find out how he's come up with his calculations and learn why he's developed this unique perspective.

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Five FFA Members Share the Importance of Agriculture During National Ag Week

In honor of National Ag Week this week, FFA chapters from coast to coast will share the message of agriculture in their communities.

Tuesday afternoon, Central Region Vice President Ridge Hughbanks, agribusiness major at Oklahoma State, will spend time with the Fauquier FFA in Warrenton, Va., at their Ag Olympics. 

Through Ag Week, FFA Officers and members hope to teach Americans learn how food and fiber products are produced; the vital role agriculture plays in today's economy; and how agriculture provides safe, abundant and affordable products.

Click or tap here to read more on the events of National Ag Week.
Six This Reason Alone Should Have Alfalfa Growers Excited About BASF's Latest Innovation Safina?

ROAN's Carson Horn visited with Dwayne Rathmann, field technical services with BASF, during the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando last week to talk about a new insecticide called Safina.

According to Rathmann, Safina is unique in that it is very specific in what it will and will not control. 

"What it will control is what's called 'piercing-sucking' insects. That would be a short list of things like aphids and leaf hoppers," he explained. "The nice thing is - it really doesn't affect natural predators. So, if you let Mother Nature do her job along with Safina, you don't get the relapse or re-treat problems you do with the side effects of products that control all insects, both harmful and beneficial."

At present, Safina's label is specifically geared toward targeting soybean aphids. Rathmann says that in 2020, the label will be extended for use against insects like thrips and pea aphids - common pests found here in Oklahoma alfalfa fields.

Knowing that, Rathmann encourages producers in Oklahoma to pay attention this coming year and consider using Safina in their management programs

Click or tap hereto hear Rathmann and Horn discuss this product more in depth.

Seven Noble Research Institute's Scheible Earns Prestigious Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Time

For the fifth year in a row, Noble Research Institute professor and principal investigator Wolf Scheible, Ph.D., has earned the distinction of being among the most-cited researchers in the world. 

Being a "highly cited researcher" indicates that Scheible is among the top 1 percent of science and social science researchers worldwide. He is also one of only 223 plant and animal scientists recognized. 

Earning recognition as a highly cited researcher is something only a few scientists ever earn once, much less five times. Click or tap here to find out what he's been working on to receive so many accolades.

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