Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/16/2017 6:52 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, October 12th.
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
   Monday, October 16, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Over the weekend, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan joined me as my guest on our 'In the Field' segment as seen on KWTV News9. Buchanan and I discussed several of the issues that have started to materialize out of the organization's grassroots resolution committee. The resolutions that come out of this committee will eventually come before members for approval during the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Convention, which will happen November 10-12.

"On the delegate floor, those resolutions are voted up or down by the delegate body," Buchanan explained. "So, true grassroots at work. Individual needs and concerns are met this way. It sets the policy book for the coming year as far as in state policies. But, additionally it also reaches as far as Washington, D.C. and what are those national concerns that are impacting Oklahoma agriculture."

In the coming year, Buchanan says some of the usual suspects will be talked about - old standards like property rights, one of OFB's cornerstone policy concerns. Others likely to be discussed also include the ongoing feral hog issue and of course issues surrounding Oklahoma's waters resources. On a national level, Buchanan says the repeal of WOTUS and obviously the upcoming Farm Bill are being closely monitored.

In the meantime, though, as state lawmakers return to the Capitol for a special session to solve the state's budget crisis - Buchanan says they are paying close attention. Particularly to a proposed fuel tax. He says, not only will this tax disproportionately impact rural citizens, it also will direct funds collected to the general fund rather than appropriating them towards the maintenance of roads and bridges as OFB's policy insists upon.

Read more about our visit or listen in on our complete off-camera conversation from last week, by clicking or tapping here.

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Louise Bryant, a native of Ada, Oklahoma was named last week by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.

When Louise married her husband, Carrel, whom she met as a child through 4-H, the couple moved to Carrel's father's farm and that's where they continue to live, today.

The Bryants now own about 690 acres with almost 2 miles of river bottom on the South Canadian River. In the early years of their marriage, cattle and hay were their primary products but they always took time to picked up native pecans.  

Their son, Randy, oversees much of the daily operation of their farm now, which focuses today mainly on pecans and a herd of purebred Horned Hereford and primarily Angus commercial cattle from which they raise black baldies. Daughter, Lisa, handles the marketing and promotional products of the family business.

"We have always had some pecans," Louise said. "We started focusing more into the pecan industry in about 1981. A big crop that year changed our focus. We got mechanical harvesters and it looked like a way to increase our farm income."
The Bryants' pecan orchard supports upwards of 4,000 trees and even a retail store where much of the pecans they harvest are sold as candy and pecan oil in addition to Amish products and gift items.

The store takes up most of her time now, but prior to that, she taught at Byng Schools for 21 years in addition to helping on the farm. She has also taught a Sunday school class, has been a 4-H leader and was president of Pontotoc County Home Demonstration Council. Bryant was secretary/treasurer of the Pontotoc County Fair Board for 11 years. And, she served nine years on the Farm Service Agency board, while also serving on the Pontotoc County Farm Bureau women's committee and as a director for the Oklahoma Hereford Women. 

During their 57 years of marriage, Carrel and Louise have both survived cancer and other illnesses, "and feel extremely blessed to still be able to function and help keep the farm operating."

Continue reading Louise's story about her life and what makes her a significant woman in agriculture, by clicking over to our website for her complete profile by ODAFF.
SholarPlanted Canola Acres in Oklahoma Expected to Drop in 2018 as Farmers Miss Their Window of Opportunity

According to Ron Sholar of Great Plains Canola, Oklahoman's can expect there to be less planted acres of canola in the state this year compared to last, due to uncooperative weather and planting conditions.

In an interview with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, Sholar said fields were far too dry to during early September when the window to qualify for crop insurance opened - which prompted farmers to hold off from planting, hoping for improved conditions down the road. Unfortunately, the weather went from one extreme to the other - dumping torrential amounts of rain over the state which kept producers out of fields until the crop insurance window closed.

"We were feeling pretty good about our chances - even getting an increase in acres this fall. But then Mother Nature has had a lot to say about that," Sholar said. "We know now here in mid-October, that we're not going to have as many acres as were planned. Even with an average crop coming out of 2017, there was still substantial optimism with the crop. We've never questioned that. Part of that is because wheat continues to be in the doldrums, price wise, and growers continue to understand the benefits of planting canola."

However, fields that farmers were able to get planted, especially up and around Grant County, Sholar reports, are looking very good.

You can hear Carson and Sholar speak more in-depth about the outlook on Oklahoma's canola crop for 2018, by clicking here.

Oklahoma is among 20 states that will receive a total of $150 million in funding for 48 new projects from NRCS through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program after the Arbuckle and Love County Conservation Districts requested the assistance to help curb frequent and recurring floods in the area.

For Oklahoman's this means a new dam for the Lower Bayou Watershed in Love County identified as Dam Number 12. This dam will provide an estimated $400,000 in average annual flood damage reduction benefits.   

"Watersheds are critical to the safety of our neighbors and the wellbeing of our environment," said Congressman Tom Cole. "I am pleased that the Lower Bayou Watershed has received funds to continue providing water resources for the community and protecting it from flooding."

NRCS assistance includes developing a watershed project, construction of flood control dams, and installation of conservation practices. 

Oklahoma leads the nation in protecting citizens and property from the devastation of flooding in 61 counties with 2,107 flood control dams. There are a total of 331 dams planned in Oklahoma that have not yet been built. It has been estimated that Lower Bayou 12 would have provided over $1 million in flood damage reduction benefits if it had been in place during the 2015 storms.

This marks the first NRCS assisted flood control dam built in Oklahoma since 2011.

Read more about how Oklahoman's will benefit from this funding grant through NRCS, by clicking or tapping here.

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The African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Adesina, who introduced the E-Wallet system to Nigeria as its Minister of Agriuclture, putting an end to 40 years of corruption in the fertilizer distribution system - will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16-20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA held in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration where over 1,200 people from more than 65 countries will address cutting-edge issues related to global food security and nutrition.

The World Food Prize board 
announced President Adesina as the 2017 Laureate in June for his work in improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers, and for laying the foundation for the youth in Africa to engage in agriculture as a profitable business.

His policies expanded Nigeria's food production by 21 million metric tons, and the country attracted US $5.6 billion in private-sector investment, earning him tremendous respect as the 'farmers' Minister'.

President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday, October 19. The prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.

The World Food Prize, founded by Nobel Laureate, Norman Borlaug, is the foremost international honour recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Under Adesina's leadership, the AfDB, through its Feed Africa strategy, is working to help eliminate extreme poverty in Africa by 2025; end hunger and malnutrition in Africa by 2025; make Africa a net food exporter; and move Africa to the top of export-orientated global value chains where it has comparative advantage.

Read more about Adesina, his award and the World Food Prize events taking place this month, by clicking over to our website for more information.

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Earlier this past spring, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced that his agency would seek to repeal and replace the controversial 2015 version of the Waters of the United States and replace it with more suitable language. In addition, Congress and the White House are working diligently to pass comprehensive tax reform, hopefully before the end of the year. These are just a few of the policy issues National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Craig Uden says his organization is focused on in Washington, D.C. He spoke recently with me during the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo, and says he is looking forward to seeing how these issues turn out.

"We continue to hear that it's coming down the road and that there's a lot of moving parts," Uden said referring to the repeal of WOTUS. "We've stayed engaged on that since March. It's a very aggressive stance to get this thing turned over and fixed. We know there will be a lot of challenges, but hopefully we'll start to see some movement here real soon, so it can be tackled by early next spring before we get into all the midterm elections."

Uden believes the administration as a whole has been very friendly to agriculture, and says the members of President Trump's cabinet have all done a good job working towards the goals they have promised voters - Pruitt included. He points to the administration's framework for its proposed tax reform changes as evidence of the President's sensitivity to the hardships of those in agriculture and other hard-working industries. While there are still some provisions NCBA hopes to get folded into the final revision of the tax code, the fact that the repeal of the death tax is already included in the initial framework, already makes this battle feel like a win. Nonetheless, nothing should be considered a sure thing yet. Uden cautions that the devil will be in the details as the tax reform process moves forward.

"We're going to continue working on tax and hopefully that comes to the floor real soon and we can start moving," he said. "And, we're asking for it all. We've got a lot of challenges out there and it's a pretty tough time in agriculture in general. People need to understand what the capital intensity of agriculture is."

Listen to Uden and Hays discuss some of the top priority issues that NCBA is currently tracking in DC, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
 BullardR-Calf Will Fight to Keep Oklahoma Beef Checkoff From Being Implemented If Cattle Producers Approve the Measure 

A small group of Oklahoma producers(You could count the actual Oklahoma cattle producers there on the fingers of one hand) turned out to hear the Chief Executive Officer of R-Calf USA speak on Saturday night in Oklahoma City. Bill Bullard, who is based in Billings, Montana, made a quick in and out trip to Oklahoma City to promote his group's intentions to sue the State of Oklahoma over the referendum that is now underway that, if approved, would establish a secondary state beef checkoff of a dollar per head on all cattle sold in Oklahoma.

Bullard told me Saturday night that his group has already been successful in disrupting federal beef checkoff dollars from being spent by the Montana Beef Council. His group filed the complaint in the US District Court for the District of Montana in 2016. R-CALF argued that the checkoff program violates the First Amendment by forcing beef producers to subsidize advertisements that contradict their values.

The federal court ruled in their favor and the Montana Beef Council continues to collect the federal beef checkoff assessment- but cannot not keep their half of the dollar but instead are sending it all to the Cattlemen's Beef Board since the court believes that USDA does not have adequate control over the Montana Beef Council.

It is the success in the Montana case that has Bullard looking south to Oklahoma- hoping to derail the implementation of the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff if approved by Oklahoma beef producers. Bullard contends that the law that the checkoff referendum is based on is illegal- saying "we think that this case is ripe for litigation- we think that the referendum itself is unlawful based on Oklahoma law based on what research we have done." Bullard says as a result "It is our intention to challenge the validity of this referendum."

Bullard acknowledges that with the vote already underway that they probably cannot stop the vote- but the R-Calf plan is to challenge a "Yes" vote by producers from ever taking effect. "it's going to be our goal to stop the results of the referendum from ever going into effect."

Click or tap here to jump to our webstory- where you can hear my conversation with Bullard on R-Calf's intentions in Oklahoma. 

SchoolLandOklahoma School Land Lease Auctions Kick Off Today in Beaver
Kicking off this afternoon are the 2017 Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions- the first of the auctions for this year will be at 2:00 PM in Beaver at the Beaver County Fairgrounds, 1107 Douglas.

Tomorrow- the Lease Auctions will be in Cimarron County in the morning and Texas County in the afternoon.

Click here for the flyer that details all of the auctions for 2017.

And you can click here for the School Land Commission webpage for more information on all of the auctions that run through October 31st.
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