Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/25/2019, 6:17 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.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno feeder steers traded mostly steady. Feeder heifers sold 3.00-5.00 higher - click here to see their full market report. offered 378 head during their Wednesday sale with 0 actually selling. Click here to their complete market results. 
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 Wednesday, July 24th.
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,  July 25, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:

Danielle Beck is with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's DC office. She recently visited the Sooner State to attend the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's 2019 Convention and Tradeshow held this past week in Norman. During her visit, she took a moment to speak with us to discuss the issue of 'fake meat' which she says the beef industry is watching very closely.

"Across the board - be it lab-grown or plant-based - our interest in fake meat is making sure we are allowed to compete on a fair, even playing field," Beck said. "Making sure the laws that govern these products ensure the purveyors are held to the exact same standards - be it either safety or labeling. That's really important to our organization."

According to Beck, the companies behind these alternative meat products have become increasingly aggressive in the meat space of the marketplace. Beck says these products are no longer being marketed to just vegetarians, but meat-eating consumers have now become a primary target of marketing that is often disparaging of conventionally produced meat products and their overall quality. 

You can listen to the whole conversation between Beck and I on Wednesday's Beef Buzz - here

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has approved a bill to protect the nation's food supply. The committee unanimously approved The Protecting America's Food & Agriculture Act of 2019, introduced by Senate Agriculture Committee leaders Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow. The bill would authorize U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hire additional inspectors to fully staff U.S. airports, seaports and land ports of entry. Stabenow called agricultural inspectors the "first line of defense against threats" to agriculture. 

The Department of Agriculture and Border Patrol work together to facilitate the safe and secure entry of agricultural goods into the country. Agricultural specialists and canine units conduct inspections to detect products and prevent the entry of disease, including African swine fever, to the United States. The bill authorizes the annual hiring of 240 agricultural specialists a year until the workforce shortage is filled.

The legislation has received support from a broad coalition including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the American Farm Bureau Federation. Click over to our website to read more about this bill and what industry leaders had to say about the legislation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 600 businesses and agricultural associations and chambers of commerce sent a letter to Capitol Hill earlier this week urging members to support USMCA. 

The 600+ signatories represent business groups in all 50 states and more than 30 different industries, ranging from aerospace and automotive to tech and tourism. 

In the letter, the group wrote, "More than 12 million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico. U.S. manufacturers export more made-in-America manufactured goods to our North American neighbors than they do to the next 11 largest export markets combined, and the two countries account for nearly one-third of U.S. agricultural exports. They are also the top two export destinations for U.S. small and medium-size businesses, more than 120,000 of which sell their goods and services to Canada and Mexico."

You can read the whole letter and a list of those organizations that signed the letter, by clicking or tapping here

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) honored Dr. Rod Hall with its Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented during the recent OCA Convention and Trade Show. The Distinguished Service award was developed to recognize individuals who give of their time and resources to support the OCA.

"Dr. Hall's experience as a private practicing veterinarian is invaluable in his role as State Veterinarian," commented OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey. "Dr. Hall knows the daily life of a cattle rancher and understands the importance of working with cattle producers to protect their herd and all animals in Oklahoma." 

Dr. Hall has served at the State Veterinarian with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) since 2011. When he first came to ODAFF in 2006 he was a staff veterinarian as director of cattle programs. Dr. Hall grew up on a small dairy farm in Stonewall. Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University Veterinary School, he worked as an Associate Veterinarian at a private clinic in Alva. He then returned to southern Oklahoma a few years later, where he owned and operated the Tishomingo Animal Clinic for 28 years before joining ODAFF. 

You can read more about Dr. Hall and his distinguished service, by jumping over to our website

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Chad Selman, a Skiatook pecan and cattle farmer and Tulsa County Farm Bureau vice president, recently shared his concerns about agricultural labor during a congressional field hearing with Congressman Kevin Hern on July 22 in Tulsa.

The hearing, hosted by U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Ranking member Kevin Hern and Chair Andy Kim, aimed to highlight the challenges small businesses - including farms and ranches face in trying to comply with federal regulations.

Selman emphasized the U.S. Department of Labor's recently proposed rules to modernize the H-2A program, which is used by farmers and ranchers to secure reliable and skilled farm workers from foreign countries. The new proposed rules would streamline and simplify the H-2A application process. 

"We need revision of the H-2A program to remove those things that don't make sense and that are overly burdensome," Selman said during his testimony. "The process should be simpler so it's better for me as the producer and better for them as the workers."

Click or tap here to read more about Selman's testimony regarding the H-2A program. 

Six Cash Coming From USDA for Farmers Hurt by Trade and/or Disasters

Farmers can expect trade aid in a matter of days and disaster aid next month. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Market Facilitation Program payments will be announced yet this week and will offer producers at least $15 an acre for those who qualify. However, payments rates will vary, as USDA used county-level production data to create its formula for payment rates. So, counties with higher production, naturally, will likely receive higher payments.

The first round of three expected payments will represent roughly 50 percent of the funds available to farmers from the $16 billion Market Facilitation Program. Cover crops grown on acres prevented from planting this year will qualify for the payments.

Meanwhile, $3 billion in disaster funds for agriculture should launch next month. The disaster package includes funds for farmers impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and flooding since last year. Politico reports that since 2018, roughly $33 billion in disaster funding has been set aside for agriculture.

In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk explains how heat stress can reduce the pregnancy rates of your cattle.

In Oklahoma, according to Selk, summer weather can typically fit the description for potential heat stress, where many days in a row can exceed 95 degrees and night time lows are often close to 80 degrees. Many hours of the day can be quite hot and cause the slightest rise in body temperature of cattle. 

Several years ago, OSU conducted research that showed that heat stress of beef cows from day 8 through 16 affected the weights of the conceptus (embryo, fluids and membranes) and the increased body temperature may have formed an unfavorable environment fro embryo survival. 

"Extremely hot days and warm nights in the Southern Plains will cause core body temperatures of range cows to elevate. This data suggests that producers should make every effort to establish their breeding seasons when the temperatures are more in a thermal neutral range," Selk writes. "It is not an 'all or nothing' situation. Fall calving (with breeding seasons beginning in late November and ending in January) allow for fertilization and early embryonic survival when heat stress is not a factor."

You can read more from Selk regarding heat stress in beef cows, by clicking or tapping here

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditthe 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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