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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • NCBA’s Ethan Lane Highlights Big Ticket Items for Discussion at 2024 CattleCon

  • What's Happening Today at CattleCon 2024

  • 2024 Annual U.S. Custom Harvesters Convention in OKC Featured Great Speakers, Vendors and Attendance

  • Amarie Bartel of Yukon, Oklahoma Receives National Beef Promotor of the Year Award

  • Nominations Sought for Gov. Stitt’s Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award

  • NCBA Backs FAIR Labels Act to End Deceptive Fake Meat Labeling Practices

  • The Cattle Market Cycle – How Long Will These Prices Last?

  • John Deere, Corteva Partner to Deliver Customized Agronomic Solutions to Farmers

NCBA’s Ethan Lane Highlights Big Ticket Items for Discussion at 2024 CattleCon

At the 2024 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show (CattleCon) held in Orlando, Florida, I had the chance to catch up with the Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Ethan Lane, about NCBA’s latest policy work and more.

Our coverage from the 2024 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Orlando is being powered by Farm Data Services of Stillwater.

Currently, Lane said one of the biggest issues in Washington, D.C., is the push and pull of an administration that is running an “end game” of four years in office leading up to the next presidential election.

“They do that through putting out regulations that we may or may not like; they do that through new policy proposals and showing aspirations for a second term, and then you have a congress on the other side who is severely limited in their capacity to do much, and you have very tight majorities down to one or two votes for House Republicans and about the same in the Senate,” Lane said. “That spells not a whole lot of real movement or action on a range of topics.”

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Ethan Lane talk about NCBA policy priorities on Beef Buzz
Click here to jump over to our Podcast with Ethan Lane to hear our full conversation with him at CattleCon 2024

Today at CattleCon 2024

Today things get busy at the gathering of cattle producers from across the US here at the Orange County Convention Center- I was told by our long time friend Colin Woodall who is the CEO of NCBA that they may end up with close to 7,500 in attendance in Orlando this week.

Today- Cattlemen's College gets underway- and they have changed it this year in that these College sessions are spread out over the next three days- and there are a bunch of them- the opening lunch for Cattlemen's College features Dr. Clay Mathis- head of Animal Science down at Texas A&M.

The first of three General Sessions happens this afternoon- and after that- the massive Trade Show opens for a three day run.

We have a full set of interviews to grab today that we will be sharing with you in the days to come- and that includes reaction this afternoon after USDA releases the Cattle Inventory report which will give us the latest Beef Cow Herd size as we start 2024. OSU's Derrell Peel is going to be here in Orlando and we plan to sit down with him to hash those numbers out.

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2024 Annual U.S. Custom Harvesters Convention in OKC Featured Great Speakers, Vendors and Attendance

Following the conclusion of the annual convention of the U.S Custom Harvesters that took place in Oklahoma City last week, Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to catch up with the president of the group, David Misener, and talk about the highlights from the event and what the U.S. Custom Harvesters are all about.

Misener said the event kicked off with words from Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur. Following Secretary Arthur, Misener said the convention featured an array of impactful speakers, including Congressman Frank Lucas.

“Our membership is everywhere across the U.S., and we also have members in Canada,” Misener said. “I can also say we had some individuals that also showed up from Germany.”

Click here to read more and listen to KC Sheperd talk with David Misener about the U.S. Custom Harvesters.

Amarie Bartel of Yukon, Oklahoma Receives National Beef Promotor of the Year Award

Amarie Bartel of Yukon, Oklahoma, was awarded the Beef Promotor of the Year national award by the American CattleWomen at their annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. Bartel is the current president-elect of the Oklahoma CattleWomen and serves as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

I was able to catch up with Bartel after receiving her award to talk about her journey thus far in advocating for and promoting the beef industry.

Between her family’s involvement in the livestock marketing business and growing up on a cow-calf operation in Cushing, Oklahoma, Bartel said her passion for the beef industry was built on a strong foundation.

“We say that we are in the cattle business, but we are also in the people business,” Bartel said.

When the opportunity to be part of the Oklahoma CattleWomen presented itself, Bartel said the pillars of beef education, legislation, and promotion were conversations she felt called to be a part of.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and Amarie Bartel talk after receiving the Beef Promotor of the Year Award.
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Nominations Sought for Gov. Stitt’s Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is accepting nominations for Gov. Stitt’s Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award.

The winner will be inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame, which is the state’s most prestigious award honoring distinguished Oklahoma agriculture producers. The Governor’s Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture award honors leaders in the agriculture industry who exemplify personal values, performance and achievement.

Nominees should have high standards of conduct, leadership, innovation, and accomplishments in agriculture, while also being a role model for Oklahoma agriculture’s young people.

Previous award-winners have represented different areas of Oklahoma, as well as a variety of agricultural groups and commodities. Past recipients have guided their families and communities to success by excelling as dairymen, cattle ranchers, pork producers, wheat farmers, conservationists and educators.

Click here to read more about nominations for the Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture award.

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NCBA Backs FAIR Labels Act to End Deceptive Fake Meat Labeling Practices

Today, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced support for the bipartisan Fair and Accurate Ingredient Representation on Labels Act of 2024 (FAIR Labels Act) introduced by Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS), Rep. Mark Alford (R-MO), Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), Rep. Don Davis (D-NC), and Rep. Jonathan Jackson (D-IL). The bill would end deceptive labeling practices on fake meat products and ensure that consumers know exactly what they are buying at the grocery store.

“America’s farmers and ranchers work hard every day to bring a high-quality, wholesome product to market. We’re not afraid of a little competition, but it is unfair for lab grown or plant-based fake meat products to trade on beef’s good name,” said NCBA President Todd Wilkinson, a South Dakota cattle producer. “This bill is especially important for ensuring that consumers recognize lab-grown products that may be coming to market in the future. Consumers deserve to know how their food is made and to understand that lab-grown products made in a bioreactor are not the same as the high-quality beef raised by farmers and ranchers.”

Click here to read more about NCBA's support of the FAIR Labels Act.

The Cattle Market Cycle – How Long Will These Prices Last?

Mark Johnson, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Breeding Specialist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the “Cow Calf Corner,” published electronically by Dr. Peel, Mark Johnson, and Paul Beck. Today, Johnson talks about the cattle market cycle.

The complexity and dynamics of the beef industry can create financial opportunities for cow-calf operations willing to take a business approach to their decision-making process. The cattle cycle, often referred to in this newsletter, is the topic of my article this week. This cycle is repeated time after time and summarized as follows: 

The cattle cycle reflects the impact that supply and demand has on cattle prices. When cow inventory is low the prices of calves and all age and weight categories of cattle will move higher and vice versa. At the onset of 2024, our national cow inventory is the lowest since the early 1960s and prices of calves, yearlings, fed cattle and cull cows are historically high. High profit potential exist for the cow-calf sector in 2024. 

Click here to read more about Mark Johnson's insight on the cattle market cycle.

John Deere, Corteva Partner to Deliver Customized Agronomic Solutions to Farmers

For years, farmers have had to navigate a complex landscape of digital tools to harness the power of their on-farm data. Corteva Agriscience (NYSE: CTVA) and John Deere (NYSE: DE) today announced a partnership to make it easier for farmers to access Corteva’s industry-leading agronomic recommendations through the John Deere Operations Center

This partnership combines the digital and onboard capabilities of John Deere, the global leader in intelligent farm equipment, with the agronomic expertise and analysis of Corteva, the global leader in agricultural solutions. The result is the delivery of precise, customized, agronomic insights to:

  • equipment, via John Deere Precision Ag technology;
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  • farmers, for improved productivity and sustainability. 

“We are focused on making it as easy as possible for farmers to unlock even more value through data-driven, scientific recommendations, based on the unique characteristics of their farm. This partnership does exactly that, said Brian Lutz, vice president of agricultural solutions, Corteva. “As a technology company dedicated to putting the best, most innovative tools in the hands of farmers, this partnership, by setting a new standard for the industry, is an exciting next step both for farmers and our companies. We’re pleased to be able to combine Corteva’s cutting-edge science with John Deere’s technology stack to simplify the last mile of execution in the field.” 

Click here to read more about John Deere and Corteva's partnership.
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were lower- Choice Beef was down $3.35 and Select Beef was down $1.77 on Tuesday 01/30/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had a final count of 10,051 head on Monday January 29, 2024.

Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers 5.00-10.00 higher. Steer and heifer calves 10.00-20.00 higher. Demand extremely good for all classes with very active trade. Quality average to attractive. Cattle futures continue to move higher but took an about face, closing lower ahead of this week's Cattle Inventory report. More spring like weather is in the forecast for this week and this on the heels of good rains over many areas of the state. Rain is a good thing but many cattle in supply carrying some mud. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (57% Steers, 42% Heifers, 1% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 61%.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from January 29, 2024

OKC West in El Reno  had a total calf run of 4,500 head on Tuesday, January 30th.

Compared to last week: Steer and heifer calves sold 15.00-25.00 higher. Demand very good for all classes. Quality mostly attractive to average. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (52% Steers, 1% Dairy Steers, 44% Heifers, 2% Bulls, 1% Dairy Heifers). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 33%.

Wednesday 1/31/24

Expecting 6,500

2,500 Feeder Heifers @ 9:00am

4,000 Feeder Steers @ 12:30pm

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 01/30/2024
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 01/30/2024
Okla Cash Grain:  
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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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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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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