Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/1/2017 6:15 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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Stocker calves traded 4.00 to 7.00 Higher compared to last week at OKC West 
Tuesday, - click or tap here for a look at the October 
31st sale results. 
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 Tuesday, October 31st.
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
   Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

BeefCheckoffFeatured Story:
It's Time to Vote in the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Referendum  
Courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Ag- here's a quick overview about today's vote on the proposed State Beef Checkoff:

All eligible Oklahoma beef producers will have the opportunity to cast their vote on November 1, 2017 on the proposed state beef checkoff of $1 per head at the change of ownership. More than 5,000 beef producer signatures were presented to the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture to call for the referendum.

If the proposed checkoff passes, it will be state-based and used for promotion, marketing, research and educational efforts regarding beef and beef products in Oklahoma, the
U.S. and/or internationally. This would be in addition to the current U.S. Beef checkoff, which requires that fifty cents of every dollar collected be sent to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board for programs.  
If passed, assessment collections will begin May 1, 2018, however, the assessment is refundable, unlike the U.S. Beef checkoff. The checkoff would be managed by the Oklahoma Beef Council, which is governed by Oklahoma beef producers and representatives from the state's agricultural organizations.

Voting is taking place at each county extension office during the office's normal business hours TODAY. According to the Oklahoma Commodity Research Enhancement Act (2 O.S. Sec. 5-63.5), any beef producer, regardless of age, is eligible to vote in the election and referendum if the producer would be required under the referendum to pay the state assessment. For purposes of this referendum, a producer may be either an individual or a legal business entity.

Earlier- we talked with Michael Kelsey about the nuts and bolts of the process- click or tap here to check out that conversation.

And about a month ago- we caught up with cattle producer Matt Boyer on why he supports the proposed secondary state beef checkoff concept- click or tap here to hear that conversation.

We also have talked to one of the out of state opponents to the proposed checkoff- Bill Bullard from the Montana Based R-Calf USA. Click here to read more of his comments and a chance to hear that conversation as he explained their opposition and signaled  legal action against the proposal- hoping to overturn the vote results of today's balloting. R-Calf and another out of state group, the Organization for Competitive Markets, have led efforts to generate a no vote.

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The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee issued perhaps his most direct public warning yet to the Trump Administration on a possible North American Free Trade Agreement "pullout."

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts spoke to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce audience in Washington, D.C. on the strategy President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are pursuing on NAFTA-threatening Mexico and Canada with a 'pullout.'

"We are fighting a pervasive view that our economy has not benefited from NAFTA," said Chairman Roberts. "We are coming to a crossroads, and the decisions made on international trade will determine the future economic success of our country."

In his statements, Roberts urged business leaders to band together in support of the NAFTA agreement, which he insisted is integral to keeping the agricultural economy afloat and says the evidence of that fact is clear.

Canada and Mexico have continuously been ranked in the top five destinations for U.S. agricultural exports since NAFTA was signed into law in 1993. Over the course of NAFTA, U.S. agricultural exports have increased to Canada by 265 percent, and to Mexico by 289 percent.

Roberts promised those in the ag industry his continued effort in blocking any attempt to derail the trade deal, and called supporters of NAFTA to rally around him.

"I promise I will continue to be your champion," Roberts said. "Where ag and trade meet, we get results. So, saddle up and ride with me." 

Click here to read more of the Chairman's comments, or to watch a video of his remarks.

NAWG's interim president, Gordon Stoner, also participated in the day's events, answering the Chairman's call for support.

"With U.S. wheat farmers already enduring financial distress, open access to the Mexican and Canadian markets is needed now more than ever. Our farm economy is struggling, and we look to current and new trade markets to sell our high-quality product," Stoner said. "As the Administration continues to be flippant about NAFTA re-negotiations, Mexico has already begun sourcing wheat from other countries. NAWG continues to stress for the Administration to 'Do No Harm' and to look ahead for opportunities for new trade deals."
Click here for a look at his complete comments.

BUZZGlynn Tonsor Reads Between the Lines of Current Beef Market Data that Shows Underlying Demand

Here at the end of October, beef cattle prices have managed to endure the typical seasonal pattern of decline, still maintaining above $1 per pound in cash cattle trade. In addition, wholesale boxed beef prices have also held strong, as have feeder and stocker cattle prices - all still above year ago levels. According to Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Glynn Tonsor, given the fact that bigger beef supplies are rolling through the pipeline currently, these price levels suggest there is significant demand for beef in the marketplace.

"Those demand signals are coming in many ways," Tonsor said, quoting some of the increased prices currently being observed in the beef cut-outs. "You have those choice cut-outs come up... that allows us to pay more for feeder cattle, which in turn allows us to give more staying power and higher prices for those feeder cattle."

According to his latest projections, Tonsor says he believes the rest of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 will have positive close outs. He points to a report that does not always get the attention it deserves. He says of the Cold Storage report, that some may say that shows meat stacking up and unable to find a home. But he says put into context, one realizes that the beef industry is growing and therefor will obviously manifest as more beef in storage - but the fact is, looking at stored beef as a percentage of total production, those wares are actually decreasing.

"So, it all circles back to wholesale beef, fed cattle, live cattle, feeder cattle - all are higher than we thought they'd be and that's at a time when supplies are up," he said. "That only happens when you have strong demand."

Listen to Glynn Tonsor analyze the current state of the beef market and how that translates into a sign of strong consumer demand, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

I ran into Riley Pagett, the former National FFA president from Woodward, Oklahoma during my recent visit to Indianapolis last week attending the National FFA Convention.

Riley was there to coordinate with visiting dignitaries to the convention this year, including Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Betsy DeVos, secretary of education.

Duties like this are commonplace for Riley these days, who has lived in Washington, DC for sometime now with his wife, Lauren, having found his way to the National FFA by way of the House Ag Committee under then chairman, Oklahoma's Congressman Frank Lucas . After working for the Committee, Riley was surprised to find a tremendous opportunity to work for the organization he's always had a strong connection with.

"Gosh! What a chance to do this," he remembered saying upon hearing about the opportunity. "It's a cool chance for me to get to spread some of their message there, but an even cooler chance when I can bring them to that environment and introduce them to some of the people that I work with regularly and showcase their talents and some of the skills they're learning in their home chapters."

Riley says his work with the FFA has been rewarding and he takes great pride in being able to represent the organization and its members in the company of many of our nation's leaders and policymakers. According to him, whenever FFA is mentioned in Washington, very few in government aren't able to relate a fond memory of interacting with FFA members and an appreciation for what the organization is all about.

"The blue jacket is so recognizable," Riley remarked. "When meeting with those people and when telling the FFA story, we'll introduce them to a member because they may not make the connection between FFA and agricultural education necessarily, but they've likely seen that blue jacket somewhere along the way."
Click or tap here to listen to more of what Riley had to say about working for the National FFA Organization and how having a presence on Capitol Hill has influenced and fostered a cooperative relationship between agriculture and the Washington community.
Thanks to ITC, Oklahoma FFA and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association for sponsoring our National FFA Convention coverage this year.

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If you have got questions about your beef checkoff- the Oklahoma Beef Council has lots of resources on their website that can provide answers!
For example, there is a statement from the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Beef Council that offers the details of how they have responded to the embezzlement of checkoff dollars, keeping in mind that this is still an active criminal case as the guilty party awaits sentencing.  
There is an excellent Q&A with Chairman Tom Fanning and Vice Chair Angie Meyer that you can check out here. 
And- there is a Myths and Facts page about what is going on with the checkoff and how your dollars are being spent- click or tap here to jump there. 
AND- click here for the home page of the Oklahoma Beef Council website- there's tons of resources you can discover- including great recipes to try out with your family.
Oklahoma's Beef Producers want to remind you- above all else- BEEF, It's Whats for Dinner! 

The National Pork Board, will celebrate global One Health Day this Friday, Nov. 3 by reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the core value of doing what's right for the overall health of people, pigs and the planet.
On Nov. 3 at Iowa State University, the National Pork Board's Heather Fowler, Checkoff's director of producer and public health, will present an overview of the pork industry's part in responsible antibiotic use. She will address veterinary, medical and public health students.
"Antimicrobial resistance is a public health issue with numerous contributors across human, animal and environmental health," Fowler said. "Because of this, we must take the One Health, multi-disciplinary approach to identify feasible solutions that can be implemented across these three sectors."
Fowler sees collaboration as the only way forward in identifying real-world solutions for the complex global issue.
She points to long-time programs such as Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certification, as well as the Pork Board approving a Checkoff investment of more than $6 million for antibiotic-related studies since 2000, as proof of the industry's commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics.
For more on One Health Day and how the pork industry will be celebrating, click over to our website for a look at the original story with more information. 
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The American Angus Association® experienced another outstanding year, confirmed by the 2017 fiscal year-end report. From coast to coast, producers were affected by deadly wildfires, unprecedented flooding, tropical storms and more. Despite a year plagued by natural disasters, Angus producers were resilient, and the Association's membership persevered.

Registrations for Angus cattle totaled 332,421 head in fiscal year 2017, which began from Oct. 1, 2016, and ended Sept. 30, 2017. That's the 17th largest number of registrations in the Association's 134-year history, despite a less than one percent decline in registrations compared to 2016.

The year got off to a running start at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The 2017 Angus Bull Sale, an event on many producers' calendars, drew the largest agricultural crowd to the National Stadium Arena since the 1950s. As the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, it brings together consignments from breeders across the country. The sale grossed an impressive $306,250 and averaged $6,805 on 45 lots of bulls and five embryo packages.

The Association and its four entities experienced exceptional growth across nearly all business metrics, and total assets for the organization reached more than $64.8 million.
The report highlights specific areas of growth or advancement seen in the breed and its collective association, including its commitment to research and genetics; its efforts in promotion and communications, both in traditional platforms and through social media and its digital presence; the association's engagement and interaction with youth through various educational programs and a special focus on the sustained, record success of Certified Angus Beef sales.
The celebration of another outstanding year will continue during the 2017 Angus Convention, Nov. 4-6, where thousands of cattlemen and women are expected to gather for the three-day event in Fort Worth, Texas.
For more year-end highlights, news and information from the American Angus Association, click here.

This week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter featured an additional article contributed by OSU Extension Beef Quality Specialist Gant Mourer, who offered tips to producers on how to extract the full potential value of vaccines they've purchased, through proper use and storage.

"A vaccine can cost over $3.00 a head, and if not stored properly that vaccine can be rendered ineffective," Mourer writes. "Producers cannot afford to overlook the importance of how they store vaccine and handle it prior to injection."

According to Mourer, "biological products should be stored under refrigeration at 35 to 45 degrees F unless the nature of the product makes storing at a different temperature advisable. If vaccines are not stored within this temperature range, efficacy to the calf can and will be reduced. Killed vaccines are especially susceptible to freezing temperatures. Freezing a killed vaccine will alter the adjuvant or delivery system of a killed vaccine. This, in turn, negatively affects the immune response to the antigen in the vaccine. Modified live viruses are more stable but can be in-activated if they are repeatedly cycled above or below the required temperature range. Also, once activated by mixing, MLV's effective life will be reduced to 1-2 hours and need to be maintained at the 35 degrees to 45degrees F. This can be accomplished by only mixing the doses that you will use at that time and use a cooler to maintain temperature while working cattle."

Mourer also suggests that the way in which a producer handles vaccine outside of the refrigerator is important as well. He describes one technique to keep syringes at their most effective and functional in a working environment.
"Coolers can easily be modified for syringes and are important to maintaining vaccine efficiency chute side. Using a 1 ½' PVC pipe or sink tail piece purchased at any hardware store and a 1 ½' hole saw, inserts can placed through the cooler and work well to keep syringes cool and out of light while in use. Either ice or freezer packs can be used as a coolant to maintain temperature for several hours depending on outside ambient temperature. Make sure that enough coolant is used to maintain temperature while working cattle and extra ice may be needed if working cattle all day or during warm days. It may also take up to an hour for the cooler to reach the needed 45 degrees F, so producers may need to plan ahead prior to processing cattle."
For the full story and more of Mourer's tips, click here.
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