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Thursday, April 18, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Keeff Felty- Southwest Oklahoma Wheat Crop Looking Better Compared to Last Several Years

  • Hemphill County Beef Conference Set for Next Week

  • Meet Gunnar Carey of Webbers Falls FFA- Your Northeast Area Star in Ag Placement

  • Beth Ford of Land O'Lakes Named One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

  • USDA to Provide Emergency Conservation Funds to Help Oklahoma Ranchers Recover from Wildfire Damage

  • Memorial Day or Bust- House Ag Committee Chair Says He Will Have His Farm Bill Out of Committee By Then

  • Meet Cooper Kline- a Member of the 2023-24 Oklahoma Ag Youth Council

  • Make 2024 Your Best Haymaking Season Yet

Keeff Felty- Southwest Oklahoma Wheat Crop Looking Better Compared to Last Several Years

During Agriculture Day at the Capitol this week, Farm Director KC Sheperd caught up with Oklahoman Keeff Felty, who serves as president of the National Association of Wheat Growers.

Felty is a fourth-generation farmer in the Altus area of Oklahoma and says “The wheat crop is doing better than it has in the last several years,” Felty said.

With the right weather conditions, Felty is optimistic about this year’s crop, foreseeing a promising harvest.

“This year was one of those where we had good moisture to get it up, and for the most part, it didn’t have to struggle a lot,” Felty said. We had timely rains the whole year. Two years ago, we got it up, then we suffered with a short crop.”

Read More and Listen to KC and Keeff talk about the 2024 HRW Wheat Crop Here

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Hemphill County Beef Conference Set for Next Week

I had the chance to visit with Andy Holloway about the Hemphill County Beef Conference, which will be held next week on April 23-24 at the Jones Pavilion in Canadian, Texas.

The Tuesday and Wednesday beef cattle event has established itself as one of the nation’s leading sources for cutting-edge, critical information for beef cattle producers. Andy Holloway, County Extension Agent at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Hemphill County, who founded this event in 2015, said the Beef Cattle Conference has truly become a “Field of Dreams” story: “You Build, and They Will Come.” 

“We are expecting 600 to 800 people from all around the nation,” Holloway said. “In 2023, we had people from 11 states."

It's a busy agenda over the two days- , including Troy Applehans of Cattle Fax; Mark Makens, Atmospheric Scientist; Dr. Shannon Ferrell of Oklahoma State University; Mark Gardiner of Gardiner Angus Ranch; Kade Lawrence of Texas 4-H State Council; Dr. Loni Lucherk of West Texas A&M University; JoJo Carralles of Heart Brand Beef; Dr. Jason Smith of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Travis Thorne of Capital Farm Credit; Dr. Morgan Treadwell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; and Dallas Mount of Ranching For Profit. 

Featured keynote speaker for the 2024 Hemphill County Beef Conference, Kayleigh McEnany is the former White House press secretary and current co-host of Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel. Prior to serving in the White House, Kayleigh worked as the national press secretary for the Trump Campaign and formerly the national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. Before joining the RNC, Kayleigh worked as a political commentator at CNN.

You can still sign up for the Conference- details are available here

Read More and Listen to Ron and Andy talk about the Hemphill County Beef Conference Here

Meet Gunnar Carey of Webbers Falls FFA- Your Northeast Area Star in Ag Placement

This morning, our coverage of the 2024 Oklahoma FFA Star Award Finalists continues with Ag Placement competitor Gunner Carey of the Webbers Falls FFA chapter representing the Northeast Area.

Farm Director KC Sheperd interviewed all 18 Star finalists recently in Stillwater after they were judged in their respective areas- and you can hear KC talk with Gunnar by clicking on the Blue Button at the bottom of this story.

“My project is working for a company named HogFather’s Secret,” Carey said. “It began in 2019 when my twin brother had the idea to make and sell his own skin and hair products for show pigs. He hired me in 2020.”

After buying skin and hair products for their show pigs for years, Carey said his twin brother decided it was time to make their own. Through the project, Carey said he has learned how to effectively market the products and work as a team.

After high school graduation, Carey said he plans to attend a vocational-technical school to work toward an HVAC certification.

Our coverage of the Stars and the 2024 State FFA Convention is powered by Hilliary Communications.

Read more and listen to KC and Gunnar talk about his FFA program that has propelled him to the Northeast Area Star in Ag Placement
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Beth Ford of Land O'Lakes Named One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

Earlier this week, TIME named Beth Ford, Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO, to the 2024 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list recognizes the impact, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. 

“I am honored to be mentioned among this impressive group of people. The list recognizes influence is most critical on issues that affect everyone, like the global food supply,” Beth Ford commented. “Our farmers, cooperatives and ag retailers carry the most risk in the food system. Without investment in rural America ­– its communities, its businesses, and its families ­– the interconnected global food chain is vulnerable. We all owe so much to the grit, determination and resilience of the people who feed us all.”

Beth Ford has served as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc. since 2018. Land O’Lakes operates in all 50 states and more than 60 countries, touches half the harvested acres and over 10,000 rural communities in the U.S.

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USDA to Provide Emergency Conservation Funds to Help Oklahoma Ranchers Recover from Wildfire Damage

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is opening a special disaster sign-up for $1 million in additional funding through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for producers in Oklahoma who have been impacted by recent wildfires. Producers must submit applications to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) by May 10, 2024, to be considered for this funding opportunity.  Affected counties are Ellis, Roger Mills, Beaver, Harper, Dewey, Woods and Texas. 


“The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oklahoma is prepared to assist landowners with their efforts to address resource concerns caused by the recent wildfires,” said Jeanne Hamilton, NRCS State Conservationist in Oklahoma. “Loss of vegetation not only affects forages for livestock and wildlife habitat, but it can lead to increased soil loss due to erosion from wind and water. We know many of our Oklahoma producers were hit hard by this disaster and we are here to help.” 

Assistance includes practices aimed at replacing damaged infrastructure such as fencing and water resources, as well as management and recovery of affected lands. 

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Memorial Day or Bust- House Ag Committee Chair Says He Will Have His Farm Bill Out of Committee By Then

House Ag Committee Chair Glenn Thompson says his committee will “without a doubt” mark up a farm bill before Memorial Day on May 27. After repeated delays in the farm bill process, there are media reports that Republicans on the Senate Ag committee plan to release a farm bill framework shortly after the House panel takes action.

However, Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow says the Senate hasn’t set a specific timeline to move the bill. A farm bill is six months overdue. Legislators say they’re working hard to pass a farm bill this year despite impasses on crop subsidies, climate, and SNAP cuts. “We’ll move on the bill when I know we can get it done,” Stabenow says. “I do see a path to doing that.”

Thompson’s package will get released before the committee vote and will offer a robust farm safety net that’s strengthened with money drawn from a USDA reserve.

Meet Cooper Kline- a Member of the 2023-24 Oklahoma Ag Youth Council

During Agriculture Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to visit with Ag Youth Council member Cooper Kline of Chandler, Oklahoma about the program hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

The Ag Youth Council was created in 2019 by Sec. Blayne Arthur to develop future agricultural leaders by teaching professional skills, exposing members to diverse agricultural operations, and offering short-term job experience in agriculture fields.

Council members meet once a month during their year-long term, and sessions include visits to Oklahoma agricultural companies and organizations, opportunities to learn about the legislative process, and job shadows with industry professionals.

“Being able to be part of it is such an honor alongside some of my best friends,” Kline said.Through his time with the Ag Youth Council, Kline said he is grateful for the connections he has made with ODAFF members, his peers, and industry professionals from across the state.

“I don’t think there has been a meeting where we haven’t gotten one, if not multiple notecards and business cards from different people just saying, ‘call us if you need anything,’” Kline said. “I have been able to utilize some of those resources already senior year and it is something that is definitely going to help alongside my college career.”

Read More and Listen to KC and Cooper talk about his time on the ODAFF Ag Youth Council Here

Make 2024 Your Best Haymaking Season Yet

Hay season, especially first cut, is one for your senses. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh cut hay, the sound of smooth-running equipment cutting, raking and baling, and finally the sight of neatly stacked bales stored away, waiting to be fed. 

To get the most out of your 2024 hay season, start with high functioning, reliable tractors and equipment and keep these handy tips in mind. Get ready, first cut will be here before you know it!

Start hay season off right by thoroughly inspecting all equipment, including tractors, mowers, tedders, rakes and balers. Fuel equipment, check belts and chains, grease fittings, and fix or replace any necessary concerns. 

If you’ll be traveling on the roadway, ensure the lighting equipment, reflective material and slow-moving vehicle signs are functioning and visible to motorists. 

When it comes to getting hay equipment ready for the field, ensure all features and monitors are functioning, and be sure mower blades are sharp and new equipment is clean and free of any built-up debris. Before heading to the field, check the gearbox for fluid levels and quality and inspect bearings throughout each machine for wear; this will ensure optimal operating condition. 

Read More About Getting Ready for Hay Season Here
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was doqn $1.21 and Select Beef was down $1.76 on Wednesdasy, April 17th.

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Here's the Boxed Beef Report from April 17, 2024

OKC West in El Reno  had 6,940 head on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week

According to USDA Market News- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold steady. Feeder heifers traded 5.00-10.00 higher, Demand remains good for feeders. Steer and heifer calves that were long weaned with multiple rounds of shots sold steady to weak. Remainder of the offering traded 2.00-4.00 lower. Demand moderate to good. 

Meanwhile, OKC West Manager Bill Barnhart offers these comments on the Market's Facebook page: "he futures had 3 good sessions and regained some ground early this week. The market remained steady to stronger. Wheat pasture is starting to play out and feeder cattle are beginning to move. Lots of big fleshy feeders were offered this week. Fats lost 2.00 last week, mostly 182 in the south. Boxed beef is stuck just short of 3.00 but grilling season is just around the corner with better demand on the way. Packers have managed their kills but will soon have to ramp up chain speed.

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OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 4/16 and 04/17/2024
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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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