Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/4/2019, 5:43 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 or tap here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

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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 futures- click 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.
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
   Monday, November 4, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Marketing has always been an important part of any business's success, but in the digital age, social media marketing is a must. Knowing this, Blake Kennedy, a member of the Tecumseh FFA Chapter, decided to take over his family's annual pig sale as part of his supervised agricultural experience (SAE). Kennedy said he saw untapped growth potential if he could just infuse his pig sale with some agribusiness marketing magic.

It was the Perfect Timing Pig Sale that propelled Blake high up the National FFA food chain- as he was named the 2019 American Star in Agribusiness Friday night in Indianapolis.

It did not hurt that he was able to tell the judges that his most recent pig sale(from last weekend) grossed over a million dollars.

Click or tap here to read more about Blake- and for a chance to hear our conversation with him.

ALSO from Indy- you can read below about the three national Proficiency Awards gathered in by Oklahoma FFA members- and you can click or tap here for our FULL recap from Indianapolis and the 2019 National FFA Convention.

One link that is included in that recap is the Retiring Address of Ridge Hughbanks- you can listen to his final remarks as a member of the FFA organization by clicking or tapping here. 

Our deepest thanks to ITC, Your Energy Superhighway, for sponsoring our 2019 Coverage- as well as for the support of the Oklahoma FFA and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni.

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Oklahoma had a total of 19 Finalists in the National Proficiency Awards here in 2019- three of them heard their name called out on the Stage of the National Convention on Friday afternoon- they include:

2019 National Proficiency Award Winner in Ag Communications- Gabby Barber of Lawton FFA- click here for our full story on Gabby.

2019 National Proficiency Award Winner in Agriscience Research- Animal Systems- Riley Luginbill of Stillwater FFA- click or tap here for our full story on Riley.

2019 National Proficiency Award Winner in Specialty Crops- Garrett Slagel of the Hydro-Eakly FFA- click or tap here for our full story on Garrett.

Long-time lead lobbyist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Colin Woodall, was recently named the organization's chief executive officer. This past week, he participated in a meeting with the North American Meat Institute (NAMI) in Washington, DC. According to Woodall, having these cross-industry interactions is good for cattle producers, though he acknowledges how some stakeholders see it differently.

"It's really easy in our industry to throw rocks at the packers. We see it all the time. We've seen it here over the last couple months in regard to the market turmoil and everything that happened with the Tyson fire in Holcomb," Woodall said. "But, what separates NCBA from the other groups is that we go out and talk to people. We don't just go and throw rocks behind cover. We go out and have conversations because we feel that's the only way you can fix problems. You have to build those relationships if you truly want to be effective in making change."

The meeting was comprised of what Woodall called a "barnyard panel" with representation present from NCBA as well as the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation and the National Chicken Council, aside from NAMI. Woodall reported that a wide range of topics important to both the livestock sector and the packing industry, including such issues as Country of Origin Labeling, international trade, traceability and foreign animal disease preparedness. The conference also broke out into a beef-specific meeting during which Woodall says the representatives from NAMI were able to learn about the Beef Checkoff and how it operates. Woodall remarked that this served as an excellent opportunity for both groups to learn about each other's challenges.

You can listen to the entire conversation between Woodall and I on Friday's Beef Buzz - here

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots on November 4 (TODAY) to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections.   

"Our county committee members play a key role in our efforts to provide assistance to producers," said FSA Administrator
Richard Fordyce. "We value the local input of the over 7,000 members nationwide who provide their valuable knowledge and judgment as decisions are made about the The services we provide, including disaster and emergency programs."

Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. Newly elected committee members will take office January 1, 2020. County committee members help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

You can learn more from your FSA office on how to participate in the upcoming elections, by clicking or tapping here

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Ted McKinney
, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs, spoke on Friday in Lucas Oil Stadium to the 2019 National FFA Convention- offering greetings from USDA on behalf of US Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue, who was unable to attend the 2019 Convention.

After his remarks, I caught up with McKinney backstage- and we talked the key trade issues impacting US farmers and ranchers. McKiney shared that he is very hopeful that a vote to ratify the USMCA will happen this calendar year. He worries that the official transmission of the new trade deal has not yet been sent to Congress- and that could still be a roadblock. Still, he remains optimistic that Trade Ambassdor Lighthizer and the House Democrats will come to a solution which will result in a vote.

We also talked about trade dealings with Japan and China- check out our complete conversation by clicking or tapping here. 

The FFA Blue Room at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo has a roster full of ag industry leaders sharing the latest technological advancements. One of the marquee presenters: NASA Administrator James Bridenstine.

He spoke to FFA members about how space technology has impacted farming technology in the past, and how NASA and agriculture continue to intersect for earth science technology and space exploration.

"What a lot of people don't realize is that NASA has an Earth Science Division," he said. "We are looking at the Earth and every part of the electromagnetic spectrum all the time, and we are figuring out how to use that information to increase crop yields while reducing water usage."

After his Blue Room presentation- Bridenstein talked with several members of the media in a gaggle style format, including yours truly- you can hear his responses to three questions that zero in on how space intersects agriculture.

You can listen to more of the conversation with Bridenstine, by clicking here

Support from dairy checkoff food scientists has helped McDonald's USA produce a reduced-sugar, low-fat chocolate milk that will be unveiled nationwide in January.

The new formulation has 25 percent less sugar than McDonald's previous chocolate milk and is no longer a fat-free product.

"Chocolate milk has been a longtime customer favorite at McDonald's and U.S. dairy farmers are glad to see the chain roll out a great-tasting chocolate milk that has even more nutritional benefits than previously," said Pennsylvania dairy farmer Marilyn Hershey, who serves as chair of DMI. "This is a great example of a foodservice leader listening and responding to customer demand. It also benefits dairy farmers because McDonald's will offer an improved milk product to millions of customers, which could lead to similar changes at other restaurants."

Click here to read more from DMI on their support for McDonald's. 

AngusFrom the American Angus Convention in Reno- We Talk Genomics with Dr. Stewart Back of Neogen

We will have more from Reno over the next few mornings- but I will point you to two links that are the starting point of our coverage of the 2019 American Angus Association Convention that started last Friday and is wrapping up later today.

First- we will be featuring John Pfeiffer of Orlando later today and tomorrow in our Beef Buzz- we also have a few comments from John in our Monday Morning Farm News as being heard on the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- today is the last day for John's year as President of the American Angus Association. 

Second- we have posted as an Ag Perspectives Podcast a conversation that we had on Saturday with Dr. Stewart Bauck of Neogen on this past decade and the advances made in Genomics EPDs- Dr. Bauck is one of the key players in helping make them a reality. Click or tap here to take a listen- and you can also go to iTunes and subscribe to our Ag Perspectives Podcast- our plan is to more regularly post feature interviews on that platform- weekly and sometimes  more often. To search for it in iTunes- look for RON Ag Perspectives.
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