Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/1/2019, 5:14 AM

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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick 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 Thursday, October 31st.
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
    Friday,  November 1, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Edmond FFA of Oklahoma has been named the 2019 National Premier Chapter: Strengthening Agriculture winner at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis.

The National Chapter Award program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization. These chapters improve chapter operations using the National Quality FFA Chapter Standards and a Program of Activities that emphasizes growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture. Chapters are rewarded for providing educational experiences for the entire membership.

Edmond FFA recognized the growing popularity of podcasts and wanted to use the medium to share information about various agricultural topics. They then created "Ag in the Airwaves." Members learned skills such as script composition and editing and produced four podcasts that were featured on the chapter's website and social media pages. The podcasts had more than 412 reactions, and all 19 members in the agricultural communications class participated.

Click or tap here to read more about this National Title Edmond FFA won on Thursday here in Indy.

Also on Thursday- at least one individual and one of our teams have advanced to the National Final Four in their respective areas- Caleb Horne of Morrison is in the Final Four later today in the Creed Contest- click or tap here to read more on Caleb and to listen to our conversation with him AND to LISTEN TO CALEB RECITE THE CREED! 

Kingfisher FFA is in National Final Four of the Conduct of Meetings Contest- this is is for younger FFA members and is a scaled down version of the classic competition, Parliamentary Procedure. 

Both of these finals are happening later today here in Indy.

Our Coverage of the National FFA Convention is powered by ITC, Your Energy Superhighway. 

We do direct your attention to our FLICKR album of photos from the 2019 National Convention- click or tap here to check what has been photographed to this point. 

FINALLY- we remind you several big announcements are still to come- the Stars Over America competition will have the Four Stars revealed tonight- Blake Kennedy of Tecumseh is up for Star in Agribusiness while Brooklan Light of Garber is through with her interviews and now waits on the Nomination Committee to see if she is one of six National Officers in 2019-20- that word comes Saturday afternoon.

You can hear our visit with Blake in our latest Podcast- The Road to Rural Prosperity- it starts at about the 17:40 mark in the show and you can hear our visits with Brooklan Light here and here.

Also- Alva FFA member and National Central Region Vice President Ridge Hughbanks gives his Retiring Address tonight- you can watch that and the other sessions on RFDTV. Our visit this week with Ridge is also a part of the Podcast and can be heard as a standalone interview here.

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Women are active advocates for agriculture and successful business owners interested in filling leadership roles, according to a new Farm Bureau survey. A majority of those surveyed, 91%, also believe there should be more women in leadership roles in the industry. More than 3,000 women completed the informal survey online, which was conducted to determine the goals and achievements of women in agriculture.

"Women play a vital role in modern farming and ranching," said Sherry Saylor, an Arizona farmer and chair of the American Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee. "We hope to use the survey results to drive our program of work and also to give women their voice and help them make even more of an impact in their communities."

More than 50% of women surveyed have started their own business that's still in operation; 25% have not started a business but indicated they would like to do so in the future. Respondents cited prioritizing and finding time to accomplish tasks, acquiring financial support and marketing plan development as their top business challenges.

You can read more from AFBF regarding their finding from their Women in Ag survey, by jumping over to our website

Every stop along the beef pipeline is a margin operation - except at the front end of the pipeline with the cow/calf operator, so says ranch management consultant, Stan Bevers. In a recent conversation with me, Bevers explained that the entire beef industry is "built on the backs of cows."

Expounding on that thought, Bevers remarked that, "If we don't have cows, we don't have the rest of the industry. But understand that if you're going to listen to a market report or something - you need to recognize how that affects your operation as a ranch, because you aren't a margin business."

Bevers says it is important to understand how information can be interpreted and applied to your operation - even if that means figuring out that it does not apply to your business. More often than not, Bevers says this is actually the case. Not realizing that can often lead ranch managers down the wrong path in their management. It may seem harsh at first, but Bevers offers some blunt advice when it comes to tuning out the noise that can influence your decision-making process.

You can listen to the entire conversation between Bevers and I on Thursday's Beef Buzz - click here

Today, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the U.S. Beef Integrity Act, a bill which would make certain that the "Product of the U.S.A." label only goes to beef and beef products exclusively derived from one or more animals born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.

United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) Truth in Labeling Committee Chairman Danni Beer issued the following statement in support of the bill:

"Despite the repeal of mandatory country-of-origin labeling in 2015, packers and retailers are still labeling beef products with origin claims. USCA finds this practice abhorrent, as it rides on the coattails of the high-quality product U.S. ranchers produce. USCA is working several fronts on Truth in Labeling - addressing both non-labeled and improperly labeled beef and alternative protein products. Our goal is to immediately close this loophole which allows for imported product to be labeled as U.S. beef, and then continue pushing for the reestablishment of a country-of-origin labeling program."

You can read more from USCA regarding the advancement on Truth in Labeling legislation, by clicking or tapping here

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In his weekly visit with SUNUP host Lyndall Stout this weekend, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson talks about the factors that farmers should think of when they are making management decisions.   

"What works for one farmer, probably won't work for another," Anderson said. "So, each farm is an individual unit."    

Anderson says some producers are all for keeping cost low and utilizing older equipment. While others are all in on the latest technology to ensure precision in their work. He says there are trade-offs to both.    

"If you look at the world wheat market, production is projected to be 28.3 billion bushels," Anderson said. "That is just a slight record over last year's 28 billion bushels. We may or may not actually make that number."   

You can hear all of Kim's comments this Saturday and Sunday on SUNUP - or you can hear Kim's full analysis right now, by clicking or tapping here.

The old cliche is that the job is never complete until the paperwork is done was on display as the 2019 National FFA Convention kicked off this week in Indianapolis when Mark Poeschl, CEO of the National FFA Organization, announced in the Kickoff Luncheon that FFA leadership had just finished signing off on a deal that was actually announced last December- that the FFA Convention was going nowhere. Poeschl told the gathering that the paperwork being complete made the announcement that FFA would keep their huge gathering each October in Indianapolis until at least 2031.

Last December, Poeschl was quoted in a FFA news release "We are proud to keep the National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The city has extended its very best brand of Hoosier hospitality to our members for many years, and we are very pleased that our convention will remain here through 2031."

The annual national convention and expo, which has been held in Indianapolis since 2016, hosts more than 67,000 attendees from across the country. The event was estimated to have an economic impact of $39.8 million for Indianapolis during 2018 when 69,944 people attended.

The National FFA Convention took place in Kansas City, Mo., from 1928-98. Louisville then hosted the event from 1999 to 2005, with Indianapolis being the host city from 2006-12. In 2009, the organization announced the national convention and expo would rotate every three years between Indianapolis and Louisville, with Louisville hosting the event 2013-15 and Indianapolis hosting the event 2016-18. In 2015, the decision was made to move the convention back to Indianapolis from 2016-24.

Click here to listen to the entire conversation between Poeschl and I from the 2019 National FFA Convention. 

About 85 percent of U.S. beef today comes from Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified farmers or ranchers. But do American consumers know that? Just as important, do they know what BQA is - and what it stands for?

Those are the kinds of questions a new Beef Checkoff-funded campaign from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a Beef Checkoff contractor, is addressing. Its goal is to bridge the gap between what the industry is doing to produce high-quality beef in a humane, environmentally friendly way, and what consumers know about those efforts.

"The campaign expands the reach of a traditionally producer-facing program," says Josh White, executive director of producer education at NCBA, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. "Beef farmers and ranchers are committed to not only caring for their animals and the environment in which they do that, they are dedicated to delivering the safest and highest quality beef possible," he says. "At the same time, research shows that consumers want to know more about how and where their food is raised. This new effort shares information about the program with consumers in a way that benefits both producers and those who enjoy their beef."

You can read more from BQA and watch the video with White, by clicking or tapping here

Bob Funk Honored with VIP Citation Award by National FFA Organization at 92nd National Convention

The National FFA is honoring Oklahoma businessman and rancher Bob Funk Sr. with its VIP Citation Award at the organization's annual convention in Indianapolis. The award is being given to Funk in recognition of his significant support for the FFA and agricultural education.

National FFA Chief Executive Officer Mark Poeschl said Funk and 12 other recipients from across the nation are being recognized for supporting the organization's mission to help students succeed through hard work and cooperation.

"Without such strong and outstanding commitment, FFA would not be able to help build strong character in its members, who in turn become strong leaders in their families, communities and businesses."

We talked with Bob here in Indy about the award- and he was able to spend a few minutes encouraging the Oklahoma State FFA Officer Team- here's a picture of them - click or tap here to read more and to listen to Bob Funk's remarks and why he invests so much into the lives of rural youth.

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