Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 12/13/2017 5:01 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.
Let's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. has a total of 704 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, December 13th sale of finished cattle - details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

OKC West is wrapping up their regular auctions for 2017 this week- yesterday's calf trade saw Steer calves over 500 lbs that are most
suitable for grazing trading 4.00-8.00 higher. Click here for the full 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 on Tuesday, December 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
   Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

DicambaFeatured Story:
Arkansas Dicamba Restrictions Hit Speedbump as Legislative Committee Says No 

According to the website, Arkansas Online, "An Arkansas Legislative Council subcommittee Tuesday refused to approve the nation's toughest restrictions on dicamba, a herbicide linked to crop damage here and in 23 other states."

It appears that the subcommittee's recommendation on Friday goes before the full council, which is the Legislature's primary governing body when lawmakers aren't in session. The council has the power to approve or reject the proposed ban.

If they uphold the Subcommittee's recommendation- the proposal goes back to the Arkansas State Plant Board. 

Monsanto has asked Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza for preliminary and permanent injunctions against the spraying ban on a herbicide that is central to the company's new Xtend system of dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton.

The April 16 cutoff date, Monsanto says in its lawsuit, is arbitrary, conflicts with federal law on commerce and isn't based on science.

State Senator Bill Sample made a motion to kick the measure back to the Plant Board. The measure, which was passed on a voice vote, asked the Plant Board to consider other possible cutoff dates for different regions of the state and to look at cutoffs involving temperatures. Arkansas Online says both are issues studied over the years -- and rejected -- by the board and by weed scientists as either unfair or unworkable.

The Plant Board, a division of the Arkansas Agriculture Department, had voted November 8 to prohibit in-crop spraying of the herbicide from April 16 through October 31 next year. The board received nearly 1,000 complaints this year of dicamba-inflicted damage to soybeans, vegetables, fruits and backyard gardens that aren't tolerant of the chemical.

This is not just an Arkansas issue- Dr. Kevin Bradley of the University of Missouri has put together a couple of maps showing over 2,700 complaints have been made by farmers- with the impacted soybean acres standing at 3.6 million acres. 

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In a recent discussion, Leedey farmer and OACD president, Jimmy Emmons, told me that a pilot project he was a part of earlier this year testing the viability of using vegetables and produce as a cover crop - then gleaning the produce for donation to hungry Oklahoma families - was a resounding success.

"It's the best program that the partnership of conservation has ever done," Emmons remarked proudly. "The food bank has a real challenge of getting fresh vegetables out to the people that need it. So, this is a way a producer can help."

Obviously, the purpose behind this pilot was to 'work out the kinks of this program,' to paraphrase Emmons. While this project came with a learning curve, he says he and Oklahoma's Conservation Partners overcame their challenges and believes the project is now ready for expansion.

"It's a good win-win-win for everyone and I think this thing can grow to where we can really achieve goals to help feed the people that need it. We're in Phase II of expansion now, inviting other producers in. We look for that to continue to grow," Emmons said. "We have six producers signed on for this year already and probably going to wind up at eight or nine and that will be a tremendous amount of fresh vegetables and products to eat. I've also had enquiries from Kansas and Texas about it."

Emmons is confident these states will launch pilot projects of their own perhaps later this coming year.

At this year's upcoming No-Till on the Plains winter conference in Wichita, Kan. January 30-31, 2018, Emmons will be presenting on the conservation practices he has adopted on his farm which he claims has changed his whole operation. For more information about this conference and how to register, or to hear Emmons talk more in-depth about the pilot project's success, click here.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says "trade is more than a product crossing a border," in a speech while outlining all facets of seed planted in the U.S. may lead to during its export journey, including the combine, processing facilities and employees along the way.
The comments come as worry remains that the U.S. may withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Addressing the Washington International Trade Association, Roberts said Tuesday that U.S. ag exports have grown because of trade agreements, like NAFTA.
Roberts, along with his Kansas counterpart in the Senate, Senator Jerry Moran, have been pressing the agriculture community to stress the importance of trade to the Trump administration.
Roberts said over the weekend that he spoke with the President regarding NAFTA at the White House Christmas party, and Trump said, "We're going to be all right on NAFTA."
However, many, including Goldman Sachs, believes the U.S. will withdrawal from NAFTA before the talks are completed.
View the Senate Ag Committee's release on Chairman Roberts' comments and read his complete opening remarks, by clicking here.

For the last decade, Angus Genetics Inc. has been helping angus producers improve their breeding programs, increase accuracy of EPDs within the breed and at the end of the day work to make all segments of the beef chain more profitable. I had the chance recently to speak with Dan Moser, president of AGI, about the services his team offers.

"AGI is a company owned by the American Angus Association. We're the genetics and genomics arm of the association," Moser said. "We conduct the in-house Angus EPD calculation every week. It's another source of information to more accurately characterize these cattle and know what they're going to do when the bulls go to working commercial herds."

Moser says that for as long as anyone can remember, members of the Angus Association have submitted their breeding data and EPD information back to the association to help the breed advance its overall understanding of its genetic pool. Over time, he says EPDs as a tool have gained accuracy and predictability and have become an important tool to producers as they strive to breed the most high-quality stock available. Since AGI was established, many other tools and innovations have been developed also, that allow producers an even broader look at how they can select cattle for their individual breeding goals. Even now, Moser says AGI is continuing to look at new innovations that will help producers to an even greater degree. He explained that more EPD measurements are on the horizon, such as altitude tolerance, fescue tolerance, and more probing measurements at fertility and structural correctness and soundness.

"The accuracy just gets better. The data accumulation. The predictability is the best it's ever been," he said. "It's a real value to commercial producers because there's just less risk when they buy a bull. They can expect he's going to perform the way they numbers indicate."

Listen to Moser and I discuss the value AGI's work adds back to the Angus breed, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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OCABiggsFarm Service Agency Executive Director Scott Biggs Slated as Keynote Speaker at OCA Policy Meeting, Jan. 25

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is set to welcome Scott Biggs, state executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Oklahoma, as keynote speaker during the organization's Annual Policy Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with their Winter Quarterly Board of Directors meeting. Biggs is an OCA member and formerly served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

The OCA annual policy meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. with Biggs keynote address at the Reed Conference Center located in Midwest City, Okla.
The timing of the Winter Policy Meeting allows OCA members to discuss the bills of the upcoming Legislative Session which begins in February as well as proposed policies for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Annual Convention the following week.

Members planning to attend this meeting are encouraged to take advantage of the early registration price of $30 per person, which ends January 18th. Learn more about this meeting and how to register for it, by clicking here.
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This Christmas, as you gather family around the dinner table to feast on your favorite seasonal foods, Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center wants to make sure you keep some food safety tips in mind when preparing those special holiday meals.

To help make it easy on you - FAPC compiled a list of its Top 10 food safety tips with hopes your holiday meal is not only delicious, but also safe.

Take a moment to read through some of FAPC's suggestions, as we start the count down at #10...

10. Eating leftovers. Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees Fahrenheit throughout or until steaming hot. Soups, sauces and gravies should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute. Never taste leftover food that looks or smells strange. When in doubt, throw it out.

9. Refrigerate leftovers. Leftovers should be divided into smaller portions, stored in several shallow containers and refrigerated within two hours after cooking. Leftovers should be eaten within three to four days. If large amounts are left, consider freezing leftovers for later use.

8. Keep guests out of the kitchen. Holidays occur during cold and flu season, and preventing guests from sampling the food while it is being prepared limits the amount of germs getting on the food. Serve appetizers to give guests something to nibble on until the meal is ready.

7. Cook to proper temperature. Use a thermometer to make sure food has been cooked enough to kill bacteria. Turkey, stuffing, side dishes and all leftovers should be cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Thaw frozen meats safety. Defrost meats in the refrigerator for approximately 24 hours, depending on size, or submerge meat in its original package in a pan of enough cold water to cover the meat and allow 30 minutes for every pound.



Click here to continue reading the rest of FAPC's food safety tips for the holidays.

ThisNThatThis N That- Obit for Tina Burtrum, Noble Picks Community Relations Director and No Curveballs in WASDE

The obituary has now been posted for Tina Burtrum of Stillwater- you can read it online by clicking here.

Her husband, Clay, is a cattle industry leader and among other positions-  serves on the Operating Committee that is made up of representatives from the Cattlemen's Beef Board and the State Federation of Beef Councils- 

A celebration of her life will be held on Friday at Life Church in Stillwater. 


The Noble Research Institute announced on Tuesday that Alexis Carter-Black has been selected as the first-ever director of development and state-community relations.

Carter-Black brings more than 20 years of development and granting experience to Noble.

In the upcoming year, Carter-Black will help create and launch the Noble Research Institute's new development office. These activities will facilitate the philanthropic support of the organization's education and research initiatives and expand the organization's mission to deliver solutions to great agricultural challenges. She will also work to extend Noble's institutional network within local and state communities.

She will also manage and execute the philanthropic activities for The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. This position includes assisting the Board of Directors with stewarding traditional granting, matching grants and scholarship programs.

Click here to read more.

The final World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report for 2017 offered few surprises and only small adjustments to U.S. and global grain stocks, and the agency made zero adjustments to its South American production estimates from its November reporting.

"Today's USDA reports really provided few surprises," says Farm Futures senior grain market analyst Bryce Knorr. "The cut in corn carryout was right in line with our forecasts. Lower exports for wheat and soybeans are certainly justifiable, though I thought the agency might wait until January to make these changes. The world numbers were even less surprising, with no adjustment to corn and soybean production in Brazil and Argentina the biggest no-show."

Farm Futures offers a good overview of the report that was released on Tuesday morning- click or tap here to check it out. 

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