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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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  •  Not Close- Recreational Marijuana Defeated as All 77 Counties Reject SQ 820

  • US House Ways and Means Committee Holds Field Hearing in Yukon on American Economy

  • Ag Mechanics Contest to Kick Off 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo

  • Tours provide firsthand look at new facility for OSU Ag

  • Beef Cattle Producers Need to Be Aware of the ESG Conversation

  • Farmer Sentiment Dips in February

  • Growth Energy Again Urges EPA to Use Best Available Science When Measuring Environmental Impact of Biofuels, RFS

  • Don’t Make These Regenerative Ranching Mistakes

  • OYE- More Bits and Pieces

NOT CLOSE- Recreational Marijuana Vote Defeated as All 77 Counties Reject SQ820

The first update I saw Tuesday night had SQ 820 had the "NOs" with just over 60% of the vote- and that percentage stayed right there all the way to the final update with 100% of the precincts reporting.

Major Ag Groups within Oklahoma were a driving force in the success of the NO vote that prevailed in the statewide special ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. Unofficial results show that all 77 counties voted no- with Oklahoma County the last of the counties that have ended up with the a no vote-with a narrow 36 vote lead for the “no”s with all of the County vote now in.

We talked to Rodd Moesel of Oklahoma Farm Bureau about 9 PM after the AP had called the election- and told us “we are just ecstatic that the voters of Oklahoma have responded and voted no” and he added “it was a unique situation – the only issue on the ballot and it gave voters a chance to study the question before they voted” and clearly a significant number broke to the “NO” side.

Moesel added that the “YES” side had close to $5 million dollars to market their side while the Protect Our Kids coalition urging a NO vote on 820 had less than a quarter of a million dollars to urge voters to vote no.

Scott Blubaugh, President of the AFR was watching the results from the NFU Convention in San Francisco and told us “Today’s vote was a big victory for rural Oklahoma and the farmers, ranchers and families that live there. This vote clearly demonstrates the values that have been present in our organization from the very beginning. We were honored to join with other Oklahoma agriculture groups in the successful effort to defeat what would have been another great challenge for the rural areas of our state.”

AND- Michael Kelsey with the Oklahoma Cattlemen had this to say- “Oklahoma has strongly rejected recreational marijuana with rural Oklahoma leading an overwhelming “NO” vote. OCA’s membership approved strong policy against recreational marijuana in 2021 and then carried that policy into action Tuesday as a proud participant in a big coalition to defend our great state. March 7th was a great day for all of Oklahoma!”

Read more and listen to Ron and Rodd Moesel discuss the defeat of SQ820 by clicking here
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US House Ways and Means Committee Holds Field Hearing in Yukon on American Economy

House Committee on Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (MO-08) brought the Committee to Oklahoma and held its second field hearing on the State of the American Economy: The Heartland. The hearing took place on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, in Yukon, Oklahoma.

Congressman Frank Lucas was invited to sit with Ways and Means Committee members- hearing testimony and asking questions.

The Committee heard from farmers, small business owners, workers, and those in the U.S. energy sector about the challenges facing working-class Americans in our state and how they think Congress can help.

Two of the witnesses had farm, ranch and agribusiness ties. Bryan Jackson, Co-Founder, Route 66 Processing in Sayre offered his perspectives on a small meat processing business start up that he and his wife ramped up during the COVID Pandemic. He told the Committee that two of the biggest challenges to his business and it’s survival was in finding and keeping workers- and then the recent impacts of inflation. He surmised that if he had to replace the building they are in- it would cost twice as much to rebuild it compared to it’s original cost.

The Committee also heard the testimony of Cattle Producer Kelli Payne from Mustang- who detailed the harsh impacts of the drought of the last year on the beef cattle industry in the region.

Click here to read more and listen to the Ag related testimony from the US House Ways and Means Committee Field Hearing
Congressman Lucas was also participated in the hearing- His office offered this release that includes the Q&A session he had with the Ag witnesses

Ag Mechanics Contest to Kick Off 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo

The contest that will once again lead off a jam-packed ten days at the 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo at the OKC Fairgrounds is the 4th Ag Mechanics contest. As the last of the entries were being brought in on Tuesday afternoon- Show Superintendent Jerry Renshaw and OYE’s Vice President of Operations Bray Haven were excited about the continued growth of the show with around 200 projects to be judged on Wednesday by almost two dozen judges- with $20,000 in prizes on the line.

Renshaw talked for a couple of minutes with me on Tuesday afternoon about the 2023 event and was very pleased that they have outgrown the one wing of the Oklahoma Expo Hall- and will be occupying both sides here this week.

Ag based projects- stock trailers, hay trailers, livestock handling equipment, feeders, loading chutes and restored tractors as well as wildlife projects can be found in the building used in previous years- Renshaw tells me that the second building will feature decorative items- swings, picnic tables, games, cookers and more.

County and district shows continue to grow across Oklahoma- and that is helping feed more projects to the OYE- and Renshaw said, “it’s a growing effect- hold on folks, it’s getting better.”

Our coverage of the 2023 Oklahoma Youth Expo is sponsored by Hilliary Communications- proud to support the rural youth of Oklahoma.

Our own KC Sheperd will be hosting several Facebook Live reports from the OKC Fairgrounds- the first of those will be this morning at 9 AM- check her report out on the OYE Facebook page or the Kennedy Ventures Facebook page.

Click here to read more about the OYE Ag Mechanics Contest- and to Listen to Ron and Jerry talk about the event
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Tours provide firsthand look at new facility for OSU Ag

Oklahoma State University is building a new home for OSU Agriculture and providing hard hat tours to those who want to learn more about the construction process and see progress up close and personal.

The hard hat tours are popular as construction continues on the New Frontiers Agricultural Hall, said Randy Raper, OSU Agriculture assistant vice president of facilities.

“The tours offer a chance to see the work being done inside the building in addition to highlighting particular features of the facility,” he said. “It’s easier for participants to visualize where offices, teaching classrooms, research laboratories and other rooms are located when they are on the tour and see the construction firsthand.”

OSU Agriculture and OSU Foundation partnered with Flintco to hold tours monthly and on sp

ecial occasions starting last fall.

Since January, the team has hosted four tours, which have included participants such as OSU President Kayse Shrum, Provost Jeanette Mendez and OSU Foundation President Blaire Atkinson; Cornerstone Donors Larry and Kayleen Ferguson and Barry and Roxanne Pollard; OSU/A&M Board of Regents Rick Davis, Billy Taylor and Rick Walker; and members of the OSU Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council.

Click here to read more about New Frontiers Agricultural Hall

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network weekdays-

if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click below for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays and KC Sheperd on RON.
Click here to listen to our Wednesday March 8 Morning Farm and Ranch News with KC Sheperd
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Beef Cattle Producers Need to Be Aware of the ESG Conversation

Sustainability in the beef cattle business is a topic that has grown in importance as it is advancing faster now with the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) conversation as well as commitments for net-zero and climate neutrality that have been made by many companies and organizations.

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am back talking with Colorado State University Feedlot Systems Specialist, Dr. Sara Place, about the ESG conversation and what it means for those in the cattle industry.

Place said she believes that climate neutrality is potentially achievable.

“When you think about climate neutrality and beef, it is really about cutting methane emissions from cattle in ways that are practical, and ways that make economic sense will help get us there,” Place said.

To achieve climate neutrality by 2040, Place said one important factor will be more technologies that are commercially available. Economics will play another role, Place added, in making sure those technologies can be accessed out in the pasture or in a feed yard.

“It makes economic sense that you get a payment basically, right, in some cases for reducing methane, because you are creating another commodity when you do that,” Place said.

Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Sara Place talk more about the ESG Conversation

Farmer Sentiment Dips in February

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer dipped 5 points to a reading of 125 in February. Farmers’ perspectives regarding both current conditions on their farms and their expectations for the future also weakened. The Index of Current Conditions fell 2 points to 134 and the Index of Future Expectations declined 6 points to 121. The Ag Economy Barometer is calculated each month from 400 U.S. agricultural producers’ responses to a telephone survey. This month’s survey was conducted between February 13-17.

“Increased concern over the risk of falling output prices, rising interest rates, and uncertainty over the future growth of U.S. agricultural exports is weighing on producers’ minds,” said James Mintert, the barometer’s principal investigator and director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.

Producers’ expectations for their farms’ financial performance in 2023 compared to 2022 weakened in February. The Farm Financial Performance Index declined 7 points to a reading of 86. Farmers continue to point to concerns about higher input costs (38% of respondents), rising interest rates (24% of respondents), and lower output prices (18% of respondents), as their biggest concern for the year ahead.

Agricultural exports have been a key source of growth for U.S. agriculture for decades. Beginning in 2019, the Ag Economy Barometer survey routinely included a question asking producers about their expectations for agricultural exports in the upcoming 5 years. Since peaking in 2020, when just over 70% of respondents said they expected exports to increase in the upcoming 5 years, the percentage of farmers looking for exports to grow over time has drifted lower. In February, just 33% of survey respondents said they expect exports to increase, which leads Mintert to suggest that a lack of confidence in future agricultural export growth is contributing to weakened sentiment among producers.

Click here to read more and access the full Ag Economy Barometer report

Growth Energy Again Urges EPA to Use Best Available Science When Measuring Environmental Impact of Biofuels, RFS

Growth Energy, the nation’s leading biofuels trade association, again today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rely on the best available science in its assessment of the environmental impacts of ethanol production and of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In response to a call for comments on EPA’s Third Triennial Report on biofuels and the environment, Growth Energy noted that while EPA’s draft of the report correctly makes several important conclusions about the biofuels industry, it continues to rely too heavily on outdated science that inaccurately measures the nature and scale of the environmental impacts attributable to the RFS.

“Biofuels are an essential tool for combatting climate change with enormous potential for decarbonizing the transportation fuel sector, while bolstering domestic energy security, providing jobs in rural areas, and lowering the price at the pump for consumers,” said Growth Energy. “For the full potential of biofuels to be realized and to provide a balanced and credible review of the science on environmental impacts, EPA must use the best, most up-to-date science that omits reliance on flawed data and studies that have been discredited by other government agencies and academics.”

Previously, Growth Energy has urged EPA to update its approach to modeling on several occasions. Most recently, in response to EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2023-2025, Growth Energy introduced two new studies (available here and here) that further contributed to the growing body of research showing the overall environmental benefits of ethanol and the RFS.

Click here to access Growth Energy's full comments

Don’t Make These Regenerative Ranching Mistakes

Noble Research Institute staff share four things they’d never do again — so you can learn from them.

Since transitioning our ranches to a management style that focuses on soil health and profitability, we’ve aimed to be fully transparent. We want to show you the challenges, the lessons we’ve learned, and the victories along the way.

We know in ranching, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows (or blue skies and green grass). But we also know, as with any endeavor, you can learn more from the hard times than the good ones. That’s why we asked our ranch staff to share mistakes they made early on, to help others learn what not to do.

Here’s what they said:


Paul Luna, ranch facility manager, says he learned a valuable lesson when much-needed rains came in.

“If you know rain is on the way, plan to give your livestock a bigger area, to graze,” he says. “Otherwise, they’ll muck it up pretty bad.”


Joe Pokay, general ranch manager, says one of the biggest opportunities he sees (and originally missed) was managing cool season plants the same way we manage warm-season ones.

Click here to read the full article from the Noble Reserach Institute

OYE- Bits and Pieces

LAST Chance to Enter is TODAY!

The Oklahoma Beef Council through the Beef Checkoff is excited to once again provide an incentive program for quality assurance certification for cattle competitors at the Oklahoma Youth Expo with $2,500 in prizes. 

The Oklahoma Beef Council will draw for the winners with twenty lucky competitors winning $100 and one lucky participant winning $500. You must have a current Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) certification or Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification. Just a note, it takes only about an hour to complete the YQCA certification.

Entries are due by Wednesday, March 8, 2023 and winners will be drawn for during the Oklahoma Youth Expo starting March 10, 2023. The OBC will mail the gift cards to the winners. You do not have to be present to win. To register, click here


We are once again posting pics from the 2023 OYE on Flickr- enjoy looking at them- or download them for your own memory book- ENJOY!

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were mixed- Choice Beef was sown $2.27 and Select Beef was up $1.02 on Tuesday 03/07/2023.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards had a final count of 10,685 head on Monday, March 6th.

Compared to last week: Feeder steers 2.00-5.00 higher, stocker steers up to 8.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady to 2.00 higher. Steer calves

1.00-5.00 higher, instance to 20.00 higher on 400-500 lbs. Heifer calves mostly steady to 3.00 higher. March wheat run is in full swing and

demand is very good. So far supply is not very typical of a March run with numbers of true feeder cattle limited. Cattle futures higher as

grain futures traded in the red. Quality average, few attractive.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 03/06/2023

OKC West in El Reno had a total run of 2,500 head of calves on Tuesday, March 7th

Compared to last week: Steer and heifer calves under 450 lb sold 4.00 to 8.00 higher, heavier weights traded fully steady. Demand good to very good. Quality average to mostly attractive.

For Wednesday, March 8th- OKC West is expecting 5,000 head-

2,000 Feeder Heifers

3,000 Feeder Steers

Sale starts at 9:00am

Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.

OKC West in El Reno Calf Market Report from Tuesday 03/07/23
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Click Here to Listen to Justin's Commentary From 03/07/2023
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Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
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Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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Jimmy has been monitoring soil health with soil testing since 2011 utilizing cover crops to enhance soil health.

Jimmy and Ginger also have a 250 cow/calf herd and take in yearling cattle for custom grazing on the nearly 6000 acres of native range. Ginger is the primary cattle manager in the operation. The Emmons’ utilize an adaptive multi-paddock grazing system on their range and forages grown on crop ground. They use the system to keep the native grasses and soils healthy, maximize biological diversity and optimize animal health.

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