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Monday, March 4, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • OSU's Amy Hagerman Discusses FSA Programs to Aid Producers Impacted by Wildfires

  • FY2024 Funding for USDA and FDA Included in First Half of Consolidated Approps Act- Vote Comes This Week

  • Linking Sustainability to Profitability with NCBA’s Samantha Werth

  • Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail Kicks off March 1st Runs Through August 30

  • Emergency Cattle Nutrition Strategies After a Wildfire

  • Bayer Carbon Program Expands Eligibility, Creates New Potential Revenue Streams for Farmers

  • AFBF Market Intel: Chaos at Shipping Chokepoints

Dr. Amy Hagerman Discusses FSA Programs to Aid Producers Impacted by Wildfires

This past Friday, Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to visit with Oklahoma State University associate professor of agricultural economics, Dr. Amy Hagerman, about programs to help producers whom the recent wildfires in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles have impacted.

“There are still some flare-ups happening out there and we have got some conditions happening this weekend that we need to be very careful of,” Hagerman said.

As producers make it back onto their properties, Hagerman said documentation should be of top priority for producers wanting to take advantage of some of these programs.

“If you have dead livestock, it is making sure we get some documentation of that and documentation to apply for the Livestock Indemnity Program, which pays for those excess losses that you experience due to a disaster event,” Hagerman said. “These wildfires certainly qualify as a disaster event.”

Aside from livestock, Hagerman said producers also need to take a record of repairs that will need to be completed on their property, such as fences, equipment, and buildings.

Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Amy Hagerman discuss FSA programs to aid producers impacted by the wildfires.

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FY2024 Funding for USDA and FDA Included in First Half of Consolidated Approps Act

Congressional leaders released bill text Sunday afternoon of half a dozen spending measures, a critical step toward funding the government five months after the start of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers hope to pass the six-bill package this week, which includes spending for the U S Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the House Republicans’ summary of the package- the highlights of the USDA/FDA portion of the deal include:

Rejects President Biden’s proposal for 4,700 new full-time equivalents (FTE) at the USDA

headquarters in Washington, D.C., and instead encourages the hiring of staff in the county

offices that work directly with producers and rural communities.

• Addresses foreign ownership of U.S. agricultural land.

• Continues critical investments in agriculture research, rural broadband, rural water

infrastructure, and animal and plant health programs.

• Provides sufficient resources to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and medical devices.

• Maintains a funding restriction on the FDA from conducting research on a human embryo

that is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification.

Beyond USDA/FDA, the House GOP leadership point to a 9.4% cut in spending for EPA.

We have scanned thru the hundreds of pages of the bill and the directives documents- and have highlighted several programs/policies from the measure- read more by clicking on the Blue Button below.

Read More on the USDA/FDA FY2024 Funding as Announced Sunday by House Leadership

Linking Sustainability to Profitability with NCBA’s Samantha Werth

I had the chance to talk with the Director of Sustainability at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Samantha Werth.

NCBA launched sustainability goals in November of 2021, Werth said, and since that time, one focus of NCBA has been defining what sustainability means for the cattle industry.

“For us, that comes down to the animals, the people, and the planet,” Werth said. “We are really focused on what we can do as a cattle ranching and producing community to advance sustainability initiatives, continuously improve as we have been for decades, and be able to leverage that work we are doing to share across the broader industry.”

When it comes to talking to producers about sustainability efforts, Werth said profitability is a big concern.

“If we are talking about a new grazing management strategy that is going to help with enhancing biodiversity on the land, are there ways we can enhance biodiversity for producers to help get them paid, essentially, for that work they are doing to enhance biodiversity,” Werth said. “In anything we are doing, we are looking at what are the opportunities to get support and what are the ways we are going to improve profitability for a producer if we are implementing sustainability practices.”

Click here to read more and listen to Samantah Werth discuss linking sustainability to profitability.
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Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail Kicked off March 1st Runs Through August 30

Onion burgers are a uniquely Oklahoma experience! Onions are either diced and smashed into the beef patties or sliced and cooked alongside the patty on the flat-top grill until caramelized and then placed on the burger. These burgers have A TON of flavor! We have put 21 of the best Oklahoma onion burgers on our trail and we want you to visit all of them to conquer the Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail. The trail will launch on March 1st and run through August 30.  

As you travel across Oklahoma enjoying great burgers, we’ll reward you with prizes like a t-shirt, a backpack and Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. ball caps, and one participant will be rewarded with a $500 beef gift certificate. We will draw the sweepstakes winner on September 5, 2024.


The Onion Burger Trail Pass is now available on your mobile device. Details are available in our webstory linked below.

Click here to read more about the Oklahoma Onion Burger Trail.

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Emergency Cattle Nutrition Strategies After a Wildfire

Wildfire can leave a ranching operation without forage, requiring a sudden and radical change in management to maintain animals immediately after the event.

Fortunately, the ruminant animal is resilient and can adapt to a wide range of diet composition and feeding management levels. David LalmanOklahoma State University Extension beef cattle specialist, and Dana Zook, OSU Extension west district livestock specialist, suggest the stop-gap nutritional management strategies provided below. These alternatives are intended to minimize stress and weight loss in cases where standing forage or hay is limited or non-existent.

These emergency nutritional management programs are based on a limit feeding strategy because a) digestive upset and founder can occur when concentrate feeds are overfed to unadapted animals, and b) it is assumed the hay resource will be limited for the next several months until pasture green-up occurs. Limiting the amount of hay that is fed dramatically reduces hay waste and stretches the forage supply.

Strategy No. 1: Creep feed for four to five days

Strategy No. 2: Limited hay with creep feed

Click here to read more from David Lalman about cattle nutrition strategies after a wildfire.

Bayer Carbon Program Expands Eligibility, Creates New Potential Revenue Streams for Thousands of US Farmers

Bayer announced today several enhancements to its Bayer Carbon Program that provide all-new opportunities for more U.S. farmers to earn incentives for implementing regenerative agriculture practices that sequester carbon while promoting soil health. Within these enhancements includes the addition of Oklahoma into the Bayer Carbon Program.

The updates include expanded enrollment eligibility that gives more farmers access to potential new revenue streams for participating. In addition, an extended historical performance period for fields with eligible practice changes and a new Nitrogen Management Program could increase a farmer’s per-acre payment potential.

The Bayer Carbon Program is part of ForGround by Bayer, Bayer’s digital platform of resources and program options, designed to help U.S. farmers realize the soil health benefits of regenerative agriculture practices, like reducing tillage and planting cover crops. The carbon program creates a mutually beneficial model that pays farmers for their efforts to sequester carbon through regenerative agriculture practices. 

Click here to read more about the enhancements to the  Bayer Carbon Program and new revenue opportunities. 

AFBF Market Intel: Chaos at Shipping Chokepoints

An estimated 80% of world trade is transported via ship. Maritime trade is most vulnerable to disruption at a series of geographic chokepoints across the globe (Figure 1). Some chokepoints are human-built canals, which provide extremely valuable shortcuts to connect the world’s oceans, and others are naturally narrow points between bodies of water. In recent months, water level issues at the Panama Canal and attacks by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, specifically around Bab el-Mandeb, have severely limited trade through two of the world’s most important passages. This Market Intel does a deep dive on these twin issues, which have compounded to create major headaches for global trade.

Water Woes at the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and is the most important chokepoint for U.S. trade, with approximately 14% of all U.S. maritime trade transiting through the canal. In fiscal year (FY) 2023, 72.2% of cargo by weight transiting the Panama Canal was either originating from or destined for the United States. As a significant portion of bulk U.S. agricultural exports are shipped down the Mississippi River, through the Gulf of Mexico and on to East Asia, the Panama Canal is an essential transit point for U.S. agricultural products.

In fiscal year/marketing year 2023, roughly 91% of U.S. sorghum exports, 29% of U.S. soybean exports and 18% of U.S. corn exports transited through the Panama Canal (calculated using Panama Canal Authority data for Atlantic to Pacific cargo (October 2022 – September 2023) and USDA Production, Supply and Distribution export data (September 2022 – August 2023).

Click here to read more about the chaos at shipping chokepoints.
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.08 and Select Beef was up $1.56 on Friday, 3/1/2024.

Click on the Button below for the latest report from USDA Market News

Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 7,967 head on the yards as of 9 PM last night. The sale will start at 6:30 am. We are expecting to start with 8,000 to 8,500 head.

From the sale of February 26th- Compared to the previous week: Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher, over 850 lbs up to 5.00 higher. Feeder heifers 2.00-4.00 higher. Steer and heifer calves mostly steady. Demand very good for all classes. Last Friday's Cattle on Feed report somewhat of a disappointment as January placements came in some 5-6 percent above the the estimate. Live cattle futures traded back in the green while feeder futures closed lower. Quality average to attractive, but several cattle coming off wheat in medium to fleshy conditions.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 102/26/2024

Here's our regular feature that is a part of the Monday Daily Email- market commentary from Bob Rodenberger, a partner with Stockman Oklahoma Livestock Marketing.


Bob talks Fridays with our own KC Sheperd with his commentary and is posted on our website-click here for this past Friday's story featuring Rodenberger's comments



Learn more about Stockman Oklahoma by clicking here..

Listen to KC Sheperd talk with Bob Rodenberger about the cattle markets from the past week
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 3/1/2024
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.
Read  Cash Grains Report from 3/1/2024
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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