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Friday, March 1, 2024

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  • Oklahoman Keeff Felty Elected as President of National Association of Wheat Growers

  • Most of Oklahoma’s Drought Map Stands Still While Abnormally Dry Conditions See Big Jump

  • Smokehouse Creek Fire Now a Million Acre Monster- Spread Across Texas and Oklahoma

  • Understanding Generation Z Purchasing Patterns to Promote Beef

  • NFU President Rob Larew Emphasizes Taking Action to Preserve Rural Communities

  • Kim Anderson Says Wheat Markets Are Near Normal After Covid and Russian-Ukraine War Impacts

  •  72,000 lbs.: Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Oklahoma Man for Marijuana Trafficking

  • Express Ranches, Blackjack Farms, McFerran Farms, Pfeiffer Angus Farms and Davis Angus Spring Sales

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading!

Oklahoman Keeff Felty Elected as President of National Association of Wheat Growers

The Commodity Classic is underway, during which Oklahoman, Keeff Felty has been elected as the president of the National Association of Wheat Growers. I had the chance to catch up with Felty and talk about his priorities for 2024 as NAWG president.

Felty has moved through the different chairs in NAWG leadership to reach this point, starting with his position as NAWG secretary in 2020.

“When I started my journey as secretary in March of 2020, it was two weeks before the big shutdown (COVID-19), so that allowed us another year; everybody stayed put for that year, so I got an extra year as secretary,” Felty said.

As NAWG president, Felty will be leading the effort to see a completed farm bill as soon as possible.

“It is so important that we get this farm bill finished, as we are in a one-year extension, which is good because it keeps everything going, provided they keep the appropriations process and keep the government funded, which is really the hold up on the whole thing on the farm bill at this point,” Felty said. “The primary parties on both sides of the aisle in Washington are extensively ready to go, is my understanding. We have to get his funding mechanism straightened out first.”

Felty said he is hopeful to see a farm bill completed in 2024, but that cannot happen until appropriations are taken care of.

Click here to read more about Keeff Felty being elected president of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Sponsor Spotlight

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.

OCA is one of several groups accepting donations of cash, hay, feed, fencing and more for those ranchers that have faced damages and cattle deaths from this week's wildfires- click here for details about the OCF Wildfire Disaster Relief efforts.

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.

Most of Oklahoma’s Drought Map Stands Still While Abnormally Dry or Worse Conditions See Big Jump

To view the latest Oklahoma drought map, CLICK HERE.

According to the latest Oklahoma drought monitor report, exceptional drought remains at zero percent, unchanged from the start of the calendar year.

Extreme drought or worse remains at zero percent, unchanged from the past nine weeks.

Severe drought or worse is unchanged from the past two weeks at .19 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is unchanged from the past two weeks at 3.23 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions have increased from last week’s 16.61 percent to 30.80 percent.

That yellow on the Drought Monitor Map has caught the eye of State Climatologist Gary McManus- he writes in his latest Ticker "Another unwelcome visitor...added color on the Drought Monitor map released this morning. A somewhat prolonged dry spell in SE OK has turned them yellow with Abnormally Dry conditions (D0).

"Remember, D0 is not drought but signifies areas

going into or out of drought. In this case, "into" if we don't see more rainfall there soon."

Click here to read more about this week's drought monitor.

SmokeHouse Creek Fire Now a Million Acre Monster Spread Across Texas Panhandle Into Oklahoma

This week we have seen the largest wildfire in the history of Texas- the SmokeHouse Creek fire- spread east from a spot north of Amarillo to the Oklahoma State line and just a little more- with a small part of it that has reached into Oklahoma.

Fire Officials in Texas now say that the fire has burned a 1,079,053 acres with about 31,000 acres of that in Ellis and Roger Mills Counties in Oklahoma. As of last night- they continue to call this fire 3% contained.

Media from outside our region have overlaid the fire into areas on the east and west coasts- showing this fire stretches across areas equivalent of from San Diego up to LA on the west coast- and from Philadelphia to New York in the Northeast and from Tampa to Orlando in the southeast.

For agriculture- Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller estimated cattle deaths to be in the thousands, with more likely to come.

“There’ll be cattle that we’ll have to euthanize,” Miller said. “They’ll have burned hooves, burned udders.”

Understanding Generation Z Purchasing Patterns to Promote Sell of Beef

I had the chance to talk with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Director for Market Research, David Freelander, about generational trends when it comes to purchasing beef.

“It is interesting because there is a lot in the media right now that talks about some of the younger generations, Gen Z specifically, avoiding beef proteins and staying away from that as a product,” Freelander said. “One thing we are very curious about is how much of that is marketplace, how much of that is media, and how much is reality. Our data is actually suggesting it is more a feature of pocketbook and where they are in terms of life-stage as opposed to a preference to some of the other meat proteins, specifically.”

Freelander said Generation Z is ages 18 to 26.

“We are seeing them not necessarily having a steak, but having ground (beef), or perhaps having chicken, or pork right now is a relatively inexpensive alternative if you are looking for a meat protein,” Freelander said.

As Generation Z grows older, Freelander said he expects them to purchase more beef products. As a group, Freelander said Generation Z is concerned with the sustainability of products they purchase, giving back to the marketplace, and they like diversity.

Click here to learn more about understanding Generation Z beef purchasing patterns.
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NFU President Rob Larew Emphasizes Taking Action to Preserve Rural Communities

At the 2024 American Farmers and Ranchers Convention in Oklahoma City, Farm Director KC Sheperd caught up with the National Farmers Union President Rob Larew about current NFU priorities and more.

As Larew was recently appointed to the White House Advisory Committee for Trade Policy, he said he is looking forward to being a voice for farmers and ranchers. Function in Washington, D.C. has been difficult during this administration, Larew added, which is why there has not been much progress with the farm bill.

“Time is running out to get a farm bill done this year, and of course, there are already predictions that we might see changes in the House and the Senate,” Larew said.

Now that the 2022 Census of Agriculture data has been released, Larew said some of the trends are positive, but one negative part of the release is the fact that farmers, on average, are getting older.

Click here to read more and listen to Rob Larew on preserving rural communities and his priorities.

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Kim Anderson Says Wheat Markets Are Near Normal After Covid and Russian-Ukraine War Impacts

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson discusses prices in the grain markets.

Now that the impacts of COVID-19 and the Russian and Ukraine war are out of the picture, Anderson said the prices for wheat are back to normal- now at $5.80. Ending stocks are average as well, he added.

“Right now, you can forward contract in Pond Creek for $5.30,” Anderson said. “You can forward contract in southern Oklahoma for 40 cents less than that. They only put about a 15-cent risk factor in there, so that gets you up around $5.40 or $5.45.”

Dr. Anderson also offers his latest numbers on corn and soybean prices as well.

Listen to his comments by clicking on the Blue Button below.

Click here to find more about Dr. Kim Anderson's take on wheat markets on SUNUP

72,000 lbs.: Multi-County Grand Jury indicts Oklahoma man for marijuana trafficking

The Multi-County Grand Jury has indicted a Tulsa County resident in connection to a large-scale marijuana seizure recently conducted by the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF).

Bobby Lee Hailey, 41, faces one count of aggravated manufacturing of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) and one count of aggravated trafficking of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) in connection to a November 2023 seizure of more than 72,000 pounds of black-market marijuana. OCTF agents uncovered the marijuana inside a metal barn in Wagoner County. The seizure was among the largest in state history. Hailey was arrested yesterday.

Homeland Security Investigations, the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA), the Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office, Wagoner County Commissioners and the Wagoner County Emergency Management office assisted in the operation.

Aggravated manufacturing is punishable by no less than 20 years in prison and no more than life, as well as a $50,000 fine. Aggravated trafficking is punishable by no more than 20 years in prison and no less than a $100,000 fine.

Click here to learn more about the Multi-County Grand Jury indictment on an Oklahoman for marijuana trafficking.

Express Ranches, Blackjack Farms, McFerran Farms, Pfeiffer Angus Farms and Davis Angus All Holding Spring Sales

Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale

Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale will be held on Friday, 2202 N 11th Street, Yukon, OK 73099

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For more information- call 405-350-0044


Blackjack Farms, McFerran Farms and Pfeiffer Angus Farms Sales

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(405) 997-9678

(405) 919-5194

(405) 641-6081

Sale Manager – Matt Sims 405.641.6081.

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Davis Angus


March 2, 2024

New Location

11527 NS County RD 2150

Foss, Oklahoma

Sale Day Phone- Jim Davis 580-331-8036

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Click here to learn more about Express Ranches Spring Bull Sale.
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Click here to learn more about Davis Angus Bull and Female Sale.

More stories for your weekend reading!

FFA Members Selected to Participate in March’s Next Gen Conference
Bayer Carbon Program Expands Eligibility, Creates New Potential Revenue Streams for Thousands of US Farmers
USDA Announces Progress on Newly Authorized Climate Programs
Major Disasters and Severe Weather Caused Over $21 Billion in Crop Losses in 2023
Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma Returns a Record of $13 Million Back to Customers in 2024
Alltech continues partnership of mentorship program for women in food and agriculture
R-CALF USA to Celebrate 25th Anniversary Convention, Trade Show June 19-21
CAB Insider: 2023 Carcass Primal Premiums Review
John Deere Introduces New S7 Series Combines
NPPC Commends NSIS Line Speed Expansion
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.17 and Select Beef was up $1.24 on Thursday, 2/29/2024.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 02/26/2024
Tulsa Stockyards for Monday 02/26/2024
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 02/26/2024
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cows and Bulls Sold Tuesday 02/27/2024
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 02/27/2024 and 02/28/2024
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 02/29/2024
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..
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