Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/18/2019, 5:38 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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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc. offered1578 head total, 1269 head sold. Mostly Heifers were in the show list this week- and prices were mostly $127 to $127.25.  Click here to see their complete market results.

Feeder steers traded 3.00-5.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold 2.00-4.00 higher on Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Click 0r tap here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report

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 April 17.
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
   Thursday, April 18, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:
Cattlemen Commend EPA's Proposed Rule to Revise the Definition of Waters of the United States

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), Public Lands Council (PLC), and several other affiliated organizations(INCLUDING the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association), submitted comments to the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) regarding their perceived impact of the proposed rule to revise the definition of "Waters of the United States", as applied under the Clean Water Act (the Revised Definition). 

The letter stated that "America's cattlemen need an easy-to-understand 'Waters of the United States' (WOTUS) definition that allows for straightforward implementation, and the Agencies have taken significant strides toward achieving this goal."

"Ranchers across the country send their cattle to graze on pastures or rangeland with ephemeral streambeds and water their cattle using stock ponds. Animal feeding operations are frequently permitted under the CWA as point sources and integrate waste treatment systems to effectively manage manure. Most American cattle producers are multi-generational, having dealt with every iteration of CWA jurisdiction since its passage in 1972," the letter reads. "After nearly 50 years of jurisdictional tug-of-war between the Supreme Court and the Agencies, regulated stakeholders want nothing more than consistency in the Act's application. In the final rule, cattle producers need a practical and interpretable WOTUS definition."

NCBA and PLC commended the work that has been done by EPA and the Army Corps following President Trump's Executive Order 13778. The NCBA and PLC add that they generally support the Revised Definition that has been proposed and offered specific recommendations to further improve the rule. You can read the complete comments submitted by these groups, by clicking or tapping here.

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Two Over $5M in Bonds Sold on Oklahoma Conservation Commission's Behalf for Flood Control Rehab

This week the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority (the "Authority") sold $5.116 million in bonds on behalf of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) for the rehabilitation of some flood control structures in the state. Governor Kevin Stitt and Secretary John Budd signed the bond purchase agreement on Tuesday.

By combining the refinancing of the existing bond issue and the new money bond issue, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission saved the State of Oklahoma $509,633.71.

"The main benefit is to protect the lives of Oklahomans who live below these dams," said Trey Lam, OCC executive director. "These dams are high-hazard dams, not because there's anything wrong with them, but just because people live below them. Also, in the case of Perry, Meeker and Wilburton, these are multi-purpose dams that provide either primary or secondary water supplies to communities across Oklahoma."

Read more on how the financials come into play and what it means for different areas of our state. Click or tap here for full article.

There is no denying that what is going on in Asia and around the world in regard to African Swine Fever, will certainly have an impact on the beef market as well as the pork industry. K-State Livestock Market Economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor says the situation is extremely important to monitor right now and insists the US meat industry should be preparing itself to take advantage of any surprise developments that it might be able to capitalize on in the future.

"More and more market participants are questioning if lean hogs will trade at the same level as live cattle this summer," he said. "I'm not going to say it's going to happen, but you could have a perfect storm that enables that in the even we keep having upward movement in hog prices."

According to a recent report, US pork exports were over 77,000 mt., easily a weekly volume record. Tonsor says if the US is able to sustain that pace and export more than previously thought possible - in pork, beef and poultry - then that would raise the value of livestock and also reduce downside pressure here in the US caused by growing supplies. This of course all hinges on the US's ability to export to China and other affected nations. Tonsor explains that any attempts to sell to those markets will naturally be dictated by past efforts made to gain and maintain US access in these markets.

Hear Tonsor's full analysis of the potential opportunities the US has in China to export more meat into their market in the wake of ASF, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Four Is Changing the Calving Season Right For the Midwest? OSU's Dr. Selk Gives Answers

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner."  This week he offers some different answers to the popular press and social media articles suggesting that calving seasons need to be moved to late spring and early summer.

"The onslaught of a wet, cold winter, several blizzards, and unbelievable flooding has caused some Midwest cattle producers to re-examine the timing of future calving seasons. Moving the calving season out of these stressful weather events makes sense."

If the calving season is moved to May and June, then the breeding season must be moved to August and September. Click or tap here to read the interesting research Dr. Selk explores this week on opportunities and good/bad herd health scenarios that could come with moving the Midwest calving season.

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Five Meet Your 2019 Northeast Area Star in Agribusiness, Macy Shoulders of the Sperry FFA Chapter

Our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists continues this week with your Northeast Area Star in Agribusiness Macy Shoulders of the Sperry FFA Chapter. Macy has made an enterprise out of baling hay, a business she first started at the age of 13.

According to her, she has managed to attract the repeat business of her local customers through her commitment to quality service founded in responsible time management and a high level of professionalism.

Macy has her chapter as president for two years now and is active in a variety of different activities such as cattle grading and dairy judging.

Macy plans to continue her hay baling operation after graduating high school, but also hopes to intern at the Tulsa State Fair while completing her basics at Tulsa Community College. After TCC she plans to pursue her Agribusiness degree at OSU. Learn more about Macy and her agribusiness venture and those of other finalists we've featured so far this week, by clicking or tapping over the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

Six Senators Urge Department-Wide USDA Initiative to Prioritize Farm Bill Water Quality Improvements

A bipartisan group of Senators is seeking a USDA-wide National Water Quality Initiative to prioritize conservation measures in the 2018 Farm Bill to address water quality. In a letter, the Senators point out that the 2018 Farm Bill made "historic investments" in voluntary conservation efforts to address water quality challenges.

Specifically, the bill reformed and improved all major conservation programs in order to provide new tools to assist farmers, ranchers, and landowners in addressing water quality concerns.

The group of Senators, led by Senate Agriculture Committee ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow, urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to implement the provisions through the department-wide approach, which would build off the existing initiative housed at the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The letter was also signed by Senate Republicans Joni Ernst of Iowa, Mike Braun of Indiana, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Democrats Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.

Click here to read the original story and the complete letter on our website.

Seven Paul Schlegel Promoted to Vice President of Public Affairs by American Farm Bureau Federation

Paul Schlegel has been made vice president of public affairs at the American Farm Bureau Federation. The announcement was made Wednesday that Schlegel would be promoted from managing director of public policy after proving his ability handling interim duties in this role since October.

Schlegel joined AFBF in January 2005 as director, public policy handling a variety of issues, prior to which he served for more than 20 years in senior staff positions in the House of Representatives for several members of Congress and as staff director of a committee. Between stints on Capitol Hill, Schlegel represented Weyerhaeuser Company as a senior federal affairs manager.

To read more about Schlegel and his new role at AFBF, click here to jump to the original announcement on our website.

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