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Justin Lewis of KIS futures- is taking a few well deserved days of vacation- he returns with his market analysis next Monday.
Okla Cash Grain:
Feeder Cattle Recap:
Slaughter Cattle Recap:
TCFA Feedlot Recap:
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tyler Schnaithman and Garret Yerigan Named National Star Finalists by FFA
The National FFA has announced the sixteen young men and ladies who are the best of the best for 2016- the national FFA website saying these 16 have risen to the top among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Finalists for the four awards have mastered skills in production, finance, management and/or research.
Oklahoma, Minnesota and Texas each have a pair of Star Finalists this year- and for Oklahoma, our finalists come in the Star Farmer and Star in Agribusiness categories.
The American Star Farmer is the granddaddy of all of the Star Awards- with its history stretching back to the early days of the Future Farmers of America. Considered the highest recognition in the nation for an aspiring young farmer, the award recognizes achievement in both career and leadership development. Oklahoma's finalist for this award is Tyler Schnaithman
of Garber, who was the Star Farmer of Oklahoma in 2013
- and later that year won the National Prepared Public Speaking Contest
in Louisville. He will compete this fall in Indianapolis at the National Convention against FFA members from California, North Dakota and Ohio.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma national finalist for Star in Agribusiness is Garret Yerigan
from Pryor. Garret won a national Proficiency Award in 2012- click here to read our story with him
back then- and his agribusiness is truly unique- Yerigan has been traveling the rodeo circuit all his life and became enamored with the role of the announcer. With this passion, he began Lightning G Announcing & Sound, his own business offering his announcing services to rodeos and other agricultural shows.
In addition to working on his communication skills as an announcer, he's also developed marketing strategies, ensuring that his business gains new customers throughout North America.
At Indy in October- Garret's Rodeo Announcing business will be judged versus Agri-Business programs from FFA members in Kentucky, Minnesota and South Dakota.Click here to see the complete list
as released by the National FFA- and remember- we will have complete coverage again from the National FFA convention in Indy this coming October!
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|Think Pork Next Time You Grill - A Great Dining Experience at a Fraction of the Cost
Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council, says the pork industry is in a period of transition. With the construction of several new processing plants underway, he says there is likely a lot of change to eventually come.As it stands right now, USDA numbers show that Oklahoma is on track to becoming a sow state, with the potential to become the fourth overall sow state in the nation according to Lindsey. He explains that with the plant in Guymon, Okla. operating at full capacity, it makes sense for farmers to make a shift, converting existing hog farms to increase sow herds for production. Lindsey says slaughter hogs will be shipped to the Midwest where grain and processing is centered.Lindsey says these are all changes stemming from a response to a growing international demand for pork. Which is good for the industry. He says pork often experiences seasonal pushes, during holidays or for summer barbeques. The rest of the time the industry relies on bacon to sustain value.Lindsey admits to enjoying a steak as much as the next person, but encourages people to try a pork chop, perhaps, the next time they fire up the grill. He says to season and cook it just as you would a steak and promises a great dining experience for a fraction of the cost.Listen to Lindsey talk more about current trends in the pork industry.Be sure to catch Roy Lee as he joins me for the weekly
In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
|Ag in the Classroom State Summer Conference STEMulates Learning
This year's Ag in the Classroom (AITC) State Summer Conference theme "Gate to Plate to STEMulate," provided teachers across Oklahoma with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities to stimulate agricultural learning in their classrooms.
Highlights from the state conference included keynote speaker Josh Hargis, Program Director of AgVocates for Exceptional Individuals and 36 workshops presented by teachers and industry experts from across the state. There was also an appearance by YouTube sensation, The Peterson Farm Brothers, who have received over 41 million views on YouTube videos. More importantly to the AITC group, the brothers are spreading the word about agriculture through creative and innovative methods. They served as a great example of how learning about agriculture can be fun for students.
The purpose of AITC is to help Oklahoma students become acquainted with our state's food and fiber industry through special curriculum. The summer conference is a great way for AITC coordinators to offer valuable agriculture knowledge and resources to Oklahoma teachers.
"Ag in the Classroom wants to make sure that teachers end their summer on an exciting note," said state coordinator Audrey Harmon. "It is the goal of Ag in the Classroom to always make sure teachers feel special and appreciated. This day is a great opportunity to highlight amazing teachers from across the state and let them share what they are doing to engage students in their classrooms."
Harmon also said that the conference brought in some of the best teachers in the state to present exciting and engaging workshops, including 2016 Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year from Morrison, Amber Bales and 2016 National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award Winner, Lisa Storm of Kingfisher.
to read more this year's AITC State Summer Conference.
We Have a Wheat Supply Problem, Not a Wheat Demand Problem, Kim Anderson Explains
OSU Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson says seven out of the last nine years have seen record world wheat production, and those numbers are putting a strain on current wheat prices. He says that although wheat consumption has also been record breaking, it just hasn't been enough to offset some of the bumper crops."The average per year of production over consumption is 530 million bushels. That's a total of 4.8 billion bushels excess production over the last nine years," he says.Anderson says sometimes the price of wheat and the price of corn are "married" and sometimes they are "divorced," but these days we are definitely seeing a marriage between the two."We've seen corn prices fall off a dollar over the last month," he says. "A lot of this is the wheat going into the feed market in replace of corn."And it's relatively good weather for corn production, which again is another supply problem."Producers should continue to expect low prices through November and December to help reduce overall acres planted, and Anderson says Oklahoma wheat growers have a few considerations to make for the 2017 crop."I probably would not plant wheat on marginal acres, but my good acres, I'd plant wheat," he says. "But I'd make sure that I had protein and I had a good milling quality product, or I wouldn't raise it."Listen to Anderson's comments that will be a part of SUNUP this weekend. You can watch the weekly program this Saturday at 7:30 a.m. or Sunday at 6 a.m. on the statewide OETA network of stations.
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|Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference to Feature John Patrick Lopez in August
The Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference is slated for Thursday, August 11, 2016. The conference will again be hosted at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center located at 111 West Purdue on the Garfield County Fairgrounds beginning at 9:30 a.m.
In the beef industry, it is well known that a producer has control over the quality of product that leaves his or her operation. Once cattle are marketed, however, many other things come into play that affect the value, demand and consumer acceptability of beef. Come to this year's program to take a look at how further processing, innovation, policy and marketing play a role in the value of beef "Beyond the Ranch."
Keynote speaker this year is John Patrick Lopez, Chief Operations Officer of Lopez Foods Inc. based in Oklahoma City. A family owned and operated company since 1992, Lopez Foods is recognized among the top meat companies in the United States. Lopez Foods supply's a variety of protein products to the largest restaurant chains and retailers in the world. In 2015, Lopez Foods was named the 2015 Supplier of the Year for McDonalds. At the conference, Mr. Lopez will speak about his family's company and their partnership with the Oklahoma Beef Industry. He will explain Lopez Food's role in the current sustainability movement and lead a discussion on how to meet that demand while remaining relevant in all sectors of the beef industry.
Other discussion topics will include industry trends and world issues that may play a role in beef prices, a legislative wrap-up from Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and a special demonstration on newly developed beef cuts.
To register for this year's event, please RSVP by Friday August 5 to your local county OSU Extension Office, Dana Zook at
580-237-7677 or email email@example.com.
for more information about the event and to find a link to the conference flier.
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|U.S. Sorghum Mission Provides Information, Records Successes in China
Representatives of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) visited China last week to provide technical information on sorghum use to key customers and document the success of sorghum exports there.Since 2014, China has been the largest importer of U.S. sorghum. USGC and USCP began working intensely in China in 2011 when market conditions indicated an opportunity for increased exports. Promotion activities in 2012 led to initial exports in 2013 and larger exports in 2014 and 2015. The Council's continued engagement with traders, end users and other stakeholders reflects its efforts to maintain this critical market.The recent mission included as participants Dale Murden, former chairman of USCP and current board member for Texas Sorghum, as well as Jennifer Blackburn, USCP external affairs director. Alvaro Cordero, USGC manager of global trade based in Washington, D.C.; and Bryan Lohmar, USGC director in China; and Junyang Jiang, USGC assistant director in China, accompanied them.Stops included visits to port facilities, feed mills and duck farms, where participants gained insight into import and production processes and learned more about supply, demand and quality characteristics. The tours gave industry leaders from the United States the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on how end users are using sorghum and provided an opportunity to discuss current crop conditions and address concerns.The group also participated in a conference put on by the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA), with Lohmar moderating a panel at the event and Murden and Cordero presenting on the current crop year progress in the United States. Conference attendance exceeded 400 participants and addressed important topics in food safety, inspection management methods and sustainability in China.Participants closed out the week with a visit to the State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC) in Beijing, a trading organization that imports both sorghum and dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS), to gain insights into regulatory constraints facing continued exports of U.S. sorghum.Click here
for a link to more information about the Council's past programs in China.
|From the Calendar- OCA Underway- Four State Farm Show Kicks Off This Morning and 4-H Roundup Next Week
Cattle producers from across Oklahoma are gathering for the 64th OCA Annual Convention and Trade Show- the first of the Cattlemen's College events were yesterday afternoon- the opening reception was yesterday evening and today will be a jam packed day of meetings, networking and more.
We will be live tweeting from the OCA today- and will have coverage in our newsletter next week from Norman- or South Moore .
Click here to jump to the OCA website to see the full agenda and more from the 2016 Convention.
The Four State Farm Show is getting underway this morning- running today through Sunday. This annual outdoor farm show is always a good one- and almost always a hot one.
Click here for more details from FarmTalk- the owner and operator of this show that is held in a big field just south of Pittsburg, Kansas.
The 95th Annual Oklahoma 4-H Roundup gets underway next week on the campus of Oklahoma State University- the theme for the 2016 event is "Light Your Torch of Leadership!"
More information about the 2016 Roundup can be had by clicking or tapping here.
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