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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
300 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results.
Feeder steers sold mostly steady. Feeder heifers 1.00
-3.00 higher on Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale.Click here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report
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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, March 7, 2019
During the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando, our own Carson Horn had the chance to catch up with Jordan Shearer, a sorghum producer from Oklahoma and executive director of the Oklahoma Sorghum Growers Association. Shearer shared his perspective and how the political landscape has affected the sorghum industry over this past year. While he admits, things could be better - not just for sorghum but all grains for that matter - the future holds much promise if certain barriers can be overcome and geo-political differences resolved.
"Trade comes front and center," Shearer said, confronting the issue head on by explaining how US sorghum producers felt the immediate whiplash of the trade war with China which before generally purchased two-thirds of the US sorghum crop. "But, it does look like there is some thawing of those tensions. So, I think there's been progress made and fingers crossed we can get some good news so guys can have some certainty this year."
Despite the ongoing uncertainty, though, Shearer says sorghum's presence in Oklahoma and across the country continues to grow with more and more producers considering the crop and the soil health benefits it brings to a rotational cropping system.
You can listen to Shearer's full review of this past year from a sorghum perspective in his complete conversation with Carson by clicking or tapping here
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Tulsa City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 4-5-6, 2019.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Farm Show, click here.
The Department of Agriculture has announced additional steps to keep African swine fever from entering the United States, even as the disease spreads internationally. The steps strengthen the protections announced last fall after the deadly swine disease reached China. USDA says the goal remains to protect our nation's swine industry from the disease.
The new measures include training additional beagle teams with Customs and Border Patrol to identify pork products, expand screening of arriving products into the United States, increase inspection of garage feeding facilities, develop reliable testing procedures for the virus in grains and feeds, and heighten producer awareness. USDA says the steps are in continued cooperation with Canada and Mexico on a North American coordinated approach to ASF defense and response.
ASF is a highly contagious and deadly viral disease affecting both domestic and wild pigs in all age groups. It is spread by contact with the body fluids of infected animals. It can also be spread by ticks that feed on infected animals.
Click here to jump to the original story on our website for more information.
NCBA's Alisa Harrison Explains Why Checkoff Research is so Critically Important to the Beef Industry
This week, we've been delving into the beef industry's digital marketing efforts with NCBA's Alisa Harrison. Yesterday, we heard Alisa explain how those efforts are backed up by Checkoff funded research and why that component is so critical.
"The research the Checkoff funds is critically important in making the case in our consumer marketing," she said. "We are held to higher standard than maybe other places that consumers can get information. So, we have to make sure that our information is science-based, factual and peer reviewed."
Recently, the industry's environmental impact and sustainability has been brought into question. Harrison says the Checkoff has been able to refute negative claims against the industry through funded research that proved just the opposite. She says this research has helped to significantly strengthen the industry's position when opposition groups attack modern production practices, the safety of beef and its nutritional value in a balanced diet.
"We have to go and create those proof points and do the research and have it scientifically per reviewed and go through the normal scientific process, so we can have credibility with people in the government, non-governmental organizations and certainly with the consumer," she said. "And, we're starting to see that pay off."
Listen to Harrison and Hays discuss the necessity of science-based research and the Checkoff's role in that, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
| Farm Groups Demand Justice for North Carolina Hog Farmers
Earlier last year, juries in three separate trials in Raleigh, North Carolina, awarded punitive damages of more than $500 million to neighbors of North Carolina hog farms. Plaintiffs claimed the odor and truck noise related to the farms should be declared a nuisance.
Runaway damages awards based on commonplace and highly regulated farm activities would cause enormous harm to farmers and rural communities, the brief filed by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation and North Carolina Pork Council said.
Although the suit was aimed at pork processor Murphy-Brown, the practical result of the judgment is that the farmers involved will be unable to continue as hog farmers in the state, the brief said. Click or tap here to read more on the case in the full article.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
| Agricultural Grants and Loans Available; Apply by April 1
There are five types of funding sources available from AEDP including a farm diversification grant, an agricultural event grant, a marketing and utilization loan, a cooperative marketing loan, and the basic and applied research loan/grant.
The application process is simple and applications are accepted quarterly. The next deadline is April 1.
Information on how the funds can be used, requirements, and a link to the application can all be found by clicking or tapping here.
Oklahoma Dept of Ag Looking for a New Logo- Submissions Needed by March 22th
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is searching for a new logo to represent the agency for years to come.
"Branding has such a vital role for any entity-our agency is no exception," said Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Agriculture. "I am eager to see the creativity Oklahomans have to offer."
Sec. Arthur explained she likes to encompass the agency's purpose in three words: regulate, protect and promote. She looks forward to seeing how the submissions reflect those words.
The chosen logo will be utilized by ODAFF on all branding items. If created in color, the logo should be submitted in black and white as well. The logo will become property of the department upon submission. All logos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in the following formats: .ai, .png, .pdf, and .jpeg.
Submissions will close on March 22, 2019.
For any questions or inquiries, please contact Morgan Vance at 405-522-5479.
|Cattle On Feed Catch Up Continues- February First On Feed Numbers to Be Released Tomorrow Afternoon
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