Oklahoma's Latest Farm

And Ranch News

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Superior Livestock Video Sale- 18,955 Head-

Starts at 8 AM Central

Howdy Neighbors!

Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Cost of Summer Cookout Reaches Record High

  • NCBA’s Ethan Lane Sees USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Rule as an Attack on Producer Profitability

  • Michael Kelsey Offers Legislative Session and June Primary Review- AND Previews the 72nd Annual Convention of the OCA

  • OSU Agriculture names 2024 Distinguished Alumni

  • NAWG President Keeff Felty Provides Testimony for Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Drought Issues

  • The Value of Reputation with OSU’s Kellie Raper

  • NCGA Joins Other Organizations in Filing Latest Lawsuit Challenging Administration’s Vehicle Mandates

  • Last Call to Get BQA'd in Woodward on Friday

Cost of Summer Cookout Reaches Record High

Families celebrating the 4th of July holiday will continue to find stubbornly high prices at the grocery store. An Independence Day cookout will cost $71.22 for 10 guests this year, based on the 2024 American Farm Bureau Federation annual marketbasket survey.

The grocery bill is up 5% from 2023, and almost 30% from just five years ago. A $7.12 per-person cost represents a record high since AFBF began the survey in 2013. The cookout favorites include cheeseburgers, chicken breasts, pork chops, homemade potato salad, strawberries and ice cream, among other products.

“Higher prices at the grocery store reflect a number of challenges facing America’s families. Lower availability of some cookout staples and inflation are hitting people in their wallets,” said AFBF Chief Economist Roger Cryan. “Farmers are also feeling the effects of high prices. They’re price takers, not price makers. Their share of the retail food dollar is just 15%, but they still pay elevated fuel, fertilizer and other supply prices.”

The marketbasket survey shows a year-to-year double-digit increase in the cost of beef and lemonade, while there are drops in the cost of chicken breasts and potato salad.

Click here to read more from AFBF on the record-high cost of summer cookout

Sponsor Spotlight

Dating back to 1891, Stillwater Milling Company has been supplying ranchers with the highest quality feeds made from the highest quality ingredients. Their full line of A & M Feeds can be delivered direct to your farm, found at their Agri-Center stores in Stillwater, Davis, Claremore and Perry or at more than 125 dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. We appreciate Stillwater Milling Company’s long time support of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and we encourage you to click here to learn more about their products and services.

NCBA’s Ethan Lane Sees USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Rule as an Attack on Producer Profitability

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am talking with the Vice President of Governmental Affairs at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Ethan Lane about USDA’s proposed rule to clarify unfair practices in the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.

As NCBA reviews this new rule from USDA page by page, Lane said it appears that the rule seeks to define unfair practices under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

“When you read through the rule and the preamble, it is an incredibly vague rulemaking that essentially says anything that differentiates product for cattle producers based on price, on quality, on innovation is unfair and uncompetitive and could be open for challenge under this new rule,” Lane said. “Without question, this is an attack on producer profitability. This is intended to do away with the idea of producers being able to seek additional premiums on their cows and seek profit on their cattle based on changes they make to their production practices.”

Lane said the new rule aims to eliminate premiums and lock in uniform prices throughout the industry.

“We are still reading through the rule, but the way this is written, the broad approach that is taken here absolutely would bring, in our opinion, anything that looks like differentiating your product in the marketplace would be called into question under these rules,” Lane said.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Ethan Lane about USDA’s new Packers and Stockyards rule

Michael Kelsey Offers Legislative Session and June Primary Review- AND Previews the 72nd Annual Convention of the OCA

In our latest Ag Perspectives Podcast- It’s a wide-ranging conversation I had with the Executive Vice President of the OCA, Michael Kelsey...

The conversation starts by talking about the 2024 Oklahoma legislative session- offering a good time to review it all now that the dust has settled from all the crazy things that happened at the capitol in 2024. We discuss tax policy, the poultry bill, anti-animal ag groups at the capitol, the legacy efforts of two term limited leaders- both in the House and the Senate and more. Then, we moved on to the give and take between the Governor and the Legislature over a board position that needs to be filled for the A&M Regents and then got into the June primary election results- and how several state Senate races are going to change the dynamic of the State Senate in the next session in 2025. Michael also offered his thoughts on the U.S. House races here in 2024 and how they matter to Oklahoma agriculture and the cattle industry- and even reviewed what the Corporation Commission will look like in the new year, too.

Part two of the conversation was all about the 72nd annual meeting of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association that is coming up July 19 and 20 at the Embassy Suites in Norman. Michael got into the convention theme in depth- talking about why the concept of Legacy is so important to the cattle business at this time.

Click here to listen to the full podcast episode featuring OCA's Michael Kelsey
Sign Up for Our Daily Email- Free Because of Our Sponsors!

Support Our Sponsors!

KIS logo
Advertise With Us!

For our farmers who have either- always have had cotton on their farms- or those who have more recently have added the fiber crop to their operations- we have a daily report heard on several of our Radio Stations- It's Called Cotton Talk!

Click on the Button below to listen to our most recent report
Click here for our Latest Cotton Talk- Hosted by KC Sheperd

OSU Agriculture names 2024 Distinguished Alumni

Oklahoma State University will honor five individuals who have brought distinctive credit to the University’s Ferguson College of Agriculture and contributed significantly to society.

Jami Longacre, Ed Moydell, Mary and Rob Shuey, and Carl Thoma are recipients of the 2024 Distinguished Alumni Award. The honorees will be officially recognized during the OSU Agriculture Honors ceremony on Oct. 11.

“These individuals have impacted the Ferguson College of Agriculture and contributed to their communities, the state and the university through their careers,” said Jayson Lusk, vice president and dean of OSU Agriculture. “We are honored to present these alumni with such an esteemed award.”

Established in 1983, the Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments serve as a model for current and future Ferguson College of Agriculture students.

“These honorees are committed to serving their industries daily through their words and actions,” said Cynda Clary, associate dean for the Ferguson College of Agriculture. “Our college and its students are fortunate to have these role models as examples of impactful service and excellence.”

Click here to learn more about each honoree

We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network weekdays-

if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click below for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays and KC Sheperd on RON.
Listen to our Thursday morning farm and ranch news with KC Sheperd
Subscribe To the Daily Email

Sponsor Spotlight

As the premier John Deere dealer across Oklahoma & Arkansas, P&K Equipment is proud to serve our 20 communities and the surrounding areas. From residential, small ag & hay, large ag, & compact construction equipment- the P&K team makes it easy to buy & own your John Deere equipment. You’ll find transparent pricing & easy financing options on the website & in stores. You’ll have technology, sales, parts, and service support long after the sale. So when you’re ready to experience the ease of operating John Deere equipment- you can trust the experts at P&K Equipment.

NAWG President Keeff Felty Provides Testimony for Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Drought

Yesterday, The National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) President Keeff Felty provided written testimony for the record for the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources during the “Hearing on the High Plains: Combating Drought with Innovation” field hearing in Burlington, CO.

“NAWG appreciates the opportunity to submit written testimony for the record expressing the concerns of wheat growers within the High Plains and Western regions. It is vital that we collectively come together to discuss innovation and methods to combat drought and maintain a strong and successful agriculture industry.”

Felty emphasized NAWG’s number one farm bill policy priority, protecting crop insurance. NAWG recommends strengthening crop insurance by increasing premium support for higher levels of crop insurance coverage and improving the Supplemental Coverage Option by increasing premium support and expanding coverage. 

Click here to watch the hearing and read Felty's full testimony

The Value of Reputation with OSU’s Kellie Raper

On today’s Cow-Calf Corner, Kellie Curry Raper, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics writes about reputation when buying and selling cattle.

“Reputation cattle” is a term you’ll hear often when cattle prices are discussed. In a survey of Oklahoma cattle buyers, 64% said that seller reputation played a part in their last feeder calf purchasing decision (Boline 2016). What is “reputation” in the cattle market? How do you build it? And what is it worth?

What is it?

Reputation has several puzzle pieces that come together to create the whole picture. The biggest puzzle piece is how cattle perform for the buyer. If a buyer has a positive experience with a seller’s cattle, that buyer is more likely to raise a hand to bid the next time that seller’s cattle come through the ring and may be willing to pay a premium for those cattle. That seller is building a positive reputation with the buyer – and other buyers – for cattle performance. If the calves were a train wreck, trust that buyers have a very long memory. Cattle performance encompasses a lot of things, including gains, health, and handling ease to name a few – and different cattle buyers will value certain attributes more than others.

Click here to read more about the value of reputation from OSU's Kellie Raper

NCGA Joins Other Organizations in Filing Latest Lawsuit Challenging Administration’s Vehicle Mandates

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and the Texas Corn Producers Association (TCPA), along with other groups, filed a lawsuit today in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard for model year 2027-2032 passenger cars and light-duty trucks.


The CAFE rule mandates stringent new standards that appear designed to phase out liquid fuel-powered vehicles. Today’s filing follows two recent lawsuits led by NCGA, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Petroleum Institute and auto dealerships challenging the EPA’s light-duty and heavy-duty vehicle rulemakings.


“Once again, we have a federal agency trying to force a one-size-fits-all solution on the American consumer through the final NHTSA CAFE rule and fuel efficiency standard, which favors electric vehicles,” said Minnesota farmer and National Corn Growers Association President Harold Wolle. “Because ethanol effectively lowers greenhouse gas emissions and combats climate change, it accounts for one-third of corn growers’ demand. We are concerned that NHTSA could be putting the country on the path to eliminating this demand, which would be a major financial blow to corn growers.”

Click here to read more on the lawsuit challenging administration’s vehicle mandates

Woodward Livestock Hosting BQA Event on Friday

 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification is an easy and effective way to pursue continued education in the cattle business. Oklahoma ranchers can become BQA certified, or renew an expired certification, on Friday, June 28, at the Woodward Livestock Auction in Woodward, Okla.


As a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program, BQA offers up-to-date best management strategies with a commitment to quality through every segment of the beef industry.


Registration opens at 1:30 p.m. As guests arrive, they can participate in a meet-and-greet with Alan Bowman from Oklahoma State University (OSU) football. Sessions start with a brief introduction at 2:00 p.m. sharing the history of BQA. Rotations will include: Biosecurity, herd health, cow/calf and stock cattle nutrition, and a meat cutting demonstration.


Attendees will complete the BQA exam at 6:00 p.m. Complete the BQA exam to be entered for a chance to win registration to Feeding Quality Forum, including a one-night hotel stay in Dodge City, Kan., for the event. Other giveaways include a Yeti cooler filled with Certified Angus Beef ® steaks. The program concludes with a Certified Angus Beef ® brand dinner and a market update from Paul Dykstra from CAB.


To register for the event, visit CABcattle.com/RaisedWithRespect.


The event will be hosted by CAB and Sysco, along with Woodward Livestock Auction, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and OSU Extension.

Let's Check The Markets!
OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.
Today's First Look:
Ron on RON Markets as heard on K101  
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Hear Today's First Look

Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were lower- Choice Beef was down 54 cents and Select Beef was down $2.40 on Wednesday 06/269/2024.

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

Boxed Beef Report

OKC West in El Reno  had 9,395 head on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

According to USDA Market News- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 5.00-8.00 higher. Feeder heifer traded fully steady. Demand good. Several large strings of feeder cattle were on offer. Steer and heifer calves that were weaned sold mostly steady. Un weaned or short weaned calves sold with a lower undertone. Demand moderate.

Meanwhile- OKC West Manager Bill Barnhart offers these comments on the OKC West Facebook page: A very nice run of feeder cattle at the auction this week brought stronger prices. As cash trades higher the futures are forced to keep up and were sharply higher today. With 197 fats in the north today the table is set for southern feeders to up the ante. Several nice strings of yearlings were offered today and were met with active demand particularly from northern buyers. Most sales were 2.00-5.00 higher. Due to the July 4th holiday next week we will only have the Monday Cow sale.

Click below for the complete closing report.

OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 06/25 and 06/26/2024
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 06/26/2024
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 06/26/2024
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
Click to Listen to Our Weekday Wrap with KC
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
Read Report
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Read Report
Our Oklahoma Farm Report Team!!!!
Ron Hays, Senior Farm/Ranch Broadcaster and Editor
KC Sheperd, Farm Director and Editor

Dave Lanning, Markets and Production

Reagan Calk, Farm News and Email Editor

Pam Arterburn, Calendar and Template Manager

Podcasts From Oklahoma Farm Report and More

Two of our regular reports are also podcasts that you can subscribe to- Our daily Farm and Ranch News with KC Sheperdavailable here on the Apple Podcast Platform

The second is our daily Beef Buzz with Ron Haysavailable here on the Apple Podcast Platform

Periodically- we offer interviews on our Ag Perspectives Podcast series- this podcast is available here.

Ron has also has a series of podcasts from interviews with newsmakers at the Cattlemen's Congress- Click here or you can find them on your favorite Podcast platform- look for them by searching for Cattlemen's Congress Conversations.

We are making plans to jump back into regular installments of what has been called the Road to Rural Prosperity- a new name and fresh content is in the works- for now- click on the blue button below for one of our favorites that is a timeless classic.

Listen to Episode 86 with Ron Hays talking with one of the legends in the Beef Cattle Business- Bob Drake of Davis, Oklahoma
Listen to Ron
Beef Buzz
Blue Green Gazette
Market Links
Facebook  Twitter  Youtube  

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, Oklahoma Farm BureauOklahoma Ag Mediation ProgramGreat Plains KubotaStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef CouncilOklahoma AgCredit, the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association, Invenergy Oklahoma and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update.

For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 

We invite you to check out our website at the link below too that includes an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.

Head to Our Website OklahomaFarmReport.Com
God Bless!
Reach Out To Us:
Tim West
President/General Manager
Rural Oklahoma Networks



Mike Henderson
Director of Sales


KC Sheperd
Farm Director
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network


Email KC
Ron Hays
Senior Farm/Ranch Broadcaster
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network

Email Ron