Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 10/24/2019, 5:58 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Carson Horn on RON.

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:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

At OKC West in El Reno feeder steers weighing under 800 lbs traded 2.00-3.00 lower, while those over 800 lbs traded mostly steady. Feeder heifers sold 1.00-2.00 higher - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. offered 231 head of cattle with 131 actually selling in their Wednesday, October 23rd sale of finished cattle - click here to review their complete sale report. 
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Wednesday, October 23rd.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, October 24, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Fast approaching- the 2019 National FFA Convention and Expo is set to begin next week in Indianapolis, Indiana- and Oklahoma FFA's Executive Secretary Trevor Lucas tells me that he is ready for his second National Convention in his role with the state FFA.

His first year as Executive Secretary was a memorable one, as Oklahoma won the national sweepstakes award as the top FFA State in the country, based on number of award winning performances and achievements by Oklahoma FFA members while at the National Convention in Indianapolis. A statistical analysis of all state FFA associations determines this ranking based on each individual state's success in American Degrees, National Proficiency Awards, National Championship CDE and LDE Teams/Top 5 Team Winners, Agriscience Fair Winners/Top Five Placings, and National FFA Officers/Candidates.

Lucas says that things are looking really good for Oklahoma FFA again in 2019- with 33 Chapters that have qualified to be honored as three star chapters- the highest rating given by the National organization- he says that is the most Chapters ever with the three star rating- three Chapters as National Finalists in the Model of Innovation/ Excellence Award, 19 Proficiency Award Finalists, 23 Agriscience Finalists and a National Star Finalist for Star in Agribusiness- that being Blake Kennedy of Tecumseh.

Click here to hear our entire conversation - and to check out more about the FFA members from Oklahoma headed to Indy next week.

Our coverage of the 2019 National FFA Convention is powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway- and we also appreciate the support of the Oklahoma FFA Association and the Oklahoma  FFA Alumni.       

Sponsor Spotlight

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USDA is extending the deadline to November 8, 2019, for eligible agriculture producers to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Grassland Conservation Initiative, which was created by the 2018 Farm Bill. The original deadline was October 25, 2019. This program is available to producers with base acreage that has been in grass or grasslands over a nine-year period, rather than planted with commodity crops.

Eligible producers received letters from USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) earlier this year, which included information on how to apply through field offices of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

When enrolling in the CSP Grassland Conservation Initiative, producers must meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for one priority resource concern by the end of their five-year contract. Producers receive $18 per acre per year for the next five years.

You can see if you quality to enroll in the program and learn more, by clicking or tapping here

Three The Greenhouse Guru, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Recognized with Borlaug Communications Award

Dr. Frank Mitloehner
 of the University of California - Davis was recently honored with the Borlaug Communications Award during the World Food Prize celebration this last week in Des Moines, Iowa. While accepting his award, Mitloehner talked about his work debunking those who say cows matter more than transportation when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.

"What does a plant need to grow? It needs sunlight. It needs water and it needs CO2. The carbon in this CO2 sooner or later becomes the carbon, namely the carbohydrates in the crops the animals eat - whether it's grasses, corn or others," he said. "That carbon from the atmosphere goes into the plants, becomes cellulose and is then ingested by a ruminant for example - which will then belch out some methane."

That methane, he explains, then stays in the atmosphere for approximately an entire decade. However, it eventually is oxidized into CO2. In other words, he says, the carbon cycle is exactly that: cyclical. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the top greenhouse gas emitting sectors are those that burn fossil fuels, such as the transportation sector, the power production sector and what it labels "industry" (namely the cement industry). Combined, these three sectors account for 80 percent of total emissions in the US. In contrast, agriculture as a whole is attributed just 9 percent. At closer observation, animal agriculture by itself is only responsible for a mere 4 percent. To say that livestock or cows for that matter emit more greenhouse gases than the transportation sector is not only wrong, Mitloehner says, its completely indefensible.

Listen to Dr. Mitloehner speak more about the livestock industry's contributions to greenhouse gas emissions in the US, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organizations filed a petition Tuesday afternoon with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain unknown small refineries from their respective Renewable Fuel Standard obligations for 2018. The coalition includes the American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and Renewable Fuels Association.

Unlike previous years, EPA's entire decision document was only two pages long, the coalition noted in their petition. In these short two pages, EPA purported to resolve 36 pending petitions for disproportionate economic hardship exemptions-a decision that exempted small refineries from having to blend almost one and a half billion gallons of renewable fuel.

"Even as the Trump Administration indicates it is taking steps to account for future small refinery exemptions, the coalition remains concerned that EPA's abuse of the small refinery exemption program diverges from the spirit and letter of the Clean Air Act," the coalition stated. "From a substantive and procedural perspective, this is not the way for a federal agency to make such a momentous decision." 

You can review the complete petition from the coalition, by jumping over to our website

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Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson, addresses the Latest Info in the Grain Markets.

"I tell farm audiences that I earned a Ph.D. in agricultural economics," Anderson said. "But most of what I teach is what I learned from successful farmers and a few that went "belly-up." Both successes and failures are learning opportunities. "Knowledge is power."

"Write everything down. While at the University of Kentucky (1981), I read an article that said, "Writing something down will dramatically increase the odds of success." I wrote down that I wanted to increase my salary by 50 percent in three years and posted it," he added. "I also wrote down what I would have to do to accomplish the objective. Two and one-half years later, I accomplished the objective."

"Managing risk is a function of making decisions that will let you sleep at night," Anderson said. "The only way to manage risk is to know yourself and your enemy. Let knowledge guide your actions and continue to "kick the cow chips down the trail" while writing everything down."

Click here to read more from Anderson regarding the current state of the grain markets. 

This week's Podcast in the Road to Rural Prosperity series is all about Healthcare in Rural Oklahoma- our guest host this week is former Oklahoma State Senator AJ Griffin is talking with Dr. Ariel Lufkin who is a Hospitalist in the Mercy Healthcare System.

Dr. Lufkin explains the concept of what a Hospitalist is- and talks about the challenges that doctors in rural Oklahoma face in seeing patients and at the same time trying to cover the bases at the local hospital in those communities that still have one. 

Dr. Lufkin also talks about attitudes in rural Oklahoma regarding telemedicine and how it can help rural hospitals and clinics provide world class medical care to those who live outside of the larger towns and cities of our state. 

Episode 8 in our Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast series is a service of the Oklahoma Public School Resource Center, whose mission is to drive transformation and increased academic achievement within Oklahoma's public education system.

This Episode- and Previous episodes of our Road to Rural Prosperity series can be heard on your favorite Podcast platform- or you can click or tap here to jump over to our current list of episodes as found on Soundcloud. 

By  the way- I am delighted that we have been able to add AJ Griffin to our team- she will be hosting Podcasts on  Rural Healthcare topics on a regular basis in the weeks and months to come.

Four auctions were held this past week for one of the annual rituals of fall in Oklahoma- the live auction of about 20% of the total leases that are awarded to bidders of the land owned by the State of Oklahoma. The land is leased for five year contracts- and today continues the fall lease auctions- today in Burns Flat, Oklahoma.

The Burns Flat auction covers leases found in Caddo, Washita, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Greer Counties. The sale is happening at the Western Technology Center in Burns Flat- starting at 10 AM.

Click or tap here to learn more about the full lineup of lease auctions planned- and  click here to listen to Carson's conversation from a few weeks back with the Acting Commissioner Brandt Vawter.

By the way- next week's first of two auctions will be happening on Monday in Shawnee - featuring tracts of land to be leased in Pottawatomie, Lincoln, Oklahoma, Cleveland and McClain Counties. The second of the two auctions will be happening on Tuesday in Stillwater - featuring tracts of land to be leased in Payne, Logan and Noble Counties. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Pork CouncilOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Ag Mediation Program, Inc.the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association 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!

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