Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/2/2019, 6:42 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 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- the most recent report is from Friday December 28
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,  January 2, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Governor-elect Kevin Stitt announced on New Year's Day the entertainment for the three inaugural balls taking place across the state between Jan. 10 and Jan. 14.

"Sarah and I are looking forward to a time of fellowship and live entertainment with Oklahomans from across the state," said Governor-elect Kevin Stitt. "Our events will begin in Lawton, celebrating rural Oklahoma and welcoming Jimmie Allen to our state who has an inspiring story of achieving his dreams through hard work, faith, and commitment to family. We look forward to the continued celebration in our home town of Tulsa with MercyMe whose hit song made way for the movie 'I Can Only Imagine' featuring Oklahoma's beautiful landscape. On inauguration day, we will celebrate in Oklahoma City with Oklahoma's own Toby Keith, an award-winning country music artist who continues to give back to our communities as a job creator and philanthropist." 

The Lawton event has several co-hosts- including former House member Don Armes.

Details on getting tickets and on all of the events surrounding the Inauguration of Governor Elect Stitt can be had by clicking or tapping here.

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The Livestock Market Information Service and their Director, Jim Robb, authored the following article on the Daily Livestock Report that is released weekdays and is sponsored by the Chicago Mercatile Exchange. Robb explains that while the Federal Government Shutdown does not impact USDA's Market News directly- it does impact the flow of information that will be available from Market News. 

"The December 26th Daily Livestock Report noted that the government shutdown will not affect USDA AMS Market News reporting as it has in the past and we will continue to receive price reports covered under USDA AMS.

"However, there is an inter-web of information that is collected at USDA and disseminated through AMS that still could be affected. One area that comes to mind is the weekly actual slaughter activity, which is released by USDA AMS but is collected by USDA NASS. USDA NASS will not be releasing information, along with some other key agencies. In the press release dated December 21st, Secretary Perdue listed several key agriculturally important reports and services that would not be available in the event of a government shutdown.

"These include all USDA NASS reports, the WASDE (World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report), USDA ERS Commodity outlook reports and data products. USDA ERS website will be taken offline(and that has happened). The amount of data that will not be disseminated cannot be understated."

To read more of what the ongoing partial government shutdown will mean to livestock industry reports- click or tap here.

The federal government may still be shut down this weekend, but that won't stop the wildfire fuel suppression training school scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 5, according to Clay Pope, coordinator with the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub.

"Regardless of the status of the federal government shutdown, our burn meeting at Concho is still a go," Pope said. "While our partners with the various USDA agencies may not be able to join us, we still plan on kicking off our meeting at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Community Center in Concho." 

More details on the status of the event are available here.

You can also read a lot more about the event from our calendar listing by clicking or tapping here

From the weekly Cow Calf Corner- here is a portion of this week's beef industry analysis provided by OSU Extension Livestock Market Analyst Dr. Derrell Peel:

"As we wrap up 2018, it's worth a moment to pause and consider the amazing day to day performance and accomplishments of the U.S. cattle and beef industry. Beef production in 2018 is projected to total nearly 27 billion pounds of beef products resulting from the slaughter of 33 million head of cattle. The economic system that connects cattle production to beef consumption is remarkably complex and is a challenge for producers and consumers alike to understand and appreciate. 

"The marketing challenge for beef is no different than for any other product: providing the right product; in the right form; at the right time; in the right place; at a price that represents value to the consumer. Consumer demand for a given product, say a ribeye steak, is met by a marketing system that must simultaneously meet that demand and maximize the value of the large set of products resulting from fabricating the carcass in order to provide a ribeye steak. For consumers, beef demand for a given product on any given day occurs in diverse markets ranging from retail grocery; restaurants (HRI: hotel, restaurant and institutions); or in a variety of international export destinations and, of course, not all products are consumed in all markets. 

"What we refer to simply as beef demand is really a vast array of demands for the multitude of products that result from the disassembly of beef carcasses. Moreover, beef products are perishable and mostly marketed fresh; which means that the ability to use product inventories to balance dynamic supply and demand flows is typically limited to a short period of a few days. It's easy to take for granted that fresh beef will be available in a wide range of domestic and international markets every day of the year but the process is truly remarkable."

Read more from Dr. Peel by clicking or tapping here.

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Oklahoma breeder John Pfeiffer was recently elected the president of the American Angus Association. In a conversation with us, he mentioned that he is very excited about some of the projects the breed association is doing on behalf of their membership, including its newest program - Angus Link. The program was launched mid year, but Pfeiffer says it is already having early signs of success.

"The way it stands right now is all black cattle are created equally and we want to show those that are more Angus have a higher carcass ability and higher gain ability," he explained. "Another part of this will occur in about a year where we will actually be able to score maternal ability on these cows, as well."

Click or tap here to read and listen about this program and more on this Best Of Beef Buzz with John Pfeiffer.

Over the holiday- we ran across this graphic on Twitter- and I immediately wanted to share it with you this morning as we start a brand new year together- these ten ways to be an advocate for agriculture are simple steps to make a difference in the new year- review and let me know what you think- and which of these steps you think you can implement in the new year.

You can click on the graphic and get more details on each of the 10 ways.

Thanks to Bayer Crop Science for these great tips.

In Case You Missed It- our email from Monday on New Year's Eve featured our review of Ten Major stories that impacted farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma- and in many instances- beyond- in 2018.

Here's our first four stories- you can see the full lineup and read each story and then investigate them further with the links we provide in the Monday email- click or tap to jump over there.

Reviewing 2018- Ten Stories to Remember- Starting with Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill

-- Elections Matter- GOP Loses House Nationally- Kevin Stitt Prevails for Oklahoma Governorship

-- Governor Elect Stitt Names First Female for Secretary of Ag- Blayne Arthur

-- WOTUS Hangs On- but WOTUS 2.0 Unveiled

BY THE WAY- you can always find previous emails on our website- our archives go back to 2006!!! 

Click or tap here for our Email Archives and start looking for that special article you would like to dig up.

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