Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/18/2019, 5:05 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 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 Friday afternoon, November 15th
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday, November 15th.

From this past week- here are the Feeder Cattle Market Reports for several of our key auction markets- click on the name of the market to see the full report for the week of November 11th:

OKC West, El Reno, Okla

Woodward Livestock Market

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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, November 18, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% they have already received from the 2019 MFP.

"This second tranche of 2019 MFP payments, along with already provided disaster assistance, will give farmers, who have had a tough year due to unfair trade retaliation and natural disasters, much needed funds in time for Thanksgiving," said Secretary Perdue.

Shortly after the announcement came from USDA- Secretary Perdue made a public appearance at the 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention in Kansas City- there he had a chat with the 2019 President of the group, Lorrie Boyer. You can hear the segment of their conversation that focused on MFP by clicking or tapping here- and there are also a lot more details about this next round of payments- USDA likes to call them tranches- coming in the holiday season. 

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At the National Association of Farm Broadcasters annual convention in Kansas City, I caught up with Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Lead of Federal Government relations for Syngenta. Thatcher, who for years worked as senior lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau, says Washington DC always presents a certain amount of drama, but right now the spotlight ahead of the Thanksgiving Holiday is keeping the government open- "They've got to do something about funding the federal government. They kicked the can down the road till November 21 to get them this far, but now they are going to kick it till December 20. So by the time it passes, if it passes, it will be 3 months into the new year and we won't know what in the world we are doing on funding. So that will get done next week."

Thatcher doesn't think USMCA will get done before Thanksgiving, but is hopeful it might be complete by Christmas, "People are working hard. They are making progress on USMCA but its very slow and its very hard to gain any perspective on it with the impeachment stuff."

With all the impeachment buzz coming out of Washington, its hard to figure out what is actually being done. Thatcher agrees it changes from one day to the next depending on perspective. So, are we making any progress? Thatcher thinks so, "Oh I think we are better off; we are making progress. My big fear is that President Trump has said 'If we don't get this done, I'm just going to pull us out of NAFTA', well, that's probably a 12 or 13 billion dollar Ag export hit if that happens, which would be pretty catastrophic for us." Thatcher goes onto say she is hopeful that we will make progress, hopefully by December, but will be hard to say with the Impeachment proceedings happening.

You can listen the whole conversation between Thatcher and I, by clicking or tapping here

Seventeen new food product creations were unveiled during the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center's third annual Food Product Innovation Competition.

The Nov. 5 competition challenged college students to share their creative and innovative ideas for new food and beverage products to help foster creative research, idea development, product and process development, and commercialization potential and evaluation, said Dani Bellmer, FAPC food process engineer.

"The goal of the competition was to provide students with an opportunity to take on the role of a food scientist and develop a new product," Bellmer said. "By participating in the competition, students gained an understanding and appreciation of the various stages of product development."

Emily Geest and Sarah Elzay, integrative biology graduate students, won first place with their product: Pollinator Puffs, soft cookies made with locally sourced ingredients that highlight the importance of pollinators both locally and regionally.

Thais Gaia Oliveira, a nutritional science graduate student, won second place with her creation: Healthy Crackers, a cornmeal based snack cracker. Oliveira also won the People's Choice Award, which was added to this year's competition.

To read more about the contest- click or tap here.

I caught up with Don Close, Senior Animal Protein Analyst with Rabo Agri Finance at the National Association of Farm Broadcaster's Convention in Kansas City to talk markets. The Cattle markets in recent weeks have been really good. Close contends "Its been an incredible rally. You know we started off the mid-summer/late summer with the fire and we were so demoralized there for 2-4 weeks, but demand in the market, both domestic and even in the export market has just continued to be phenomenal"

When we think about the aftermath of the fire (at the Kansas Tyson plant) we have almost been dating things as "pre-fire" and "Post fire" and it seems there was a bit of an overreaction on the wholesale boxed beef trade- which spiked higher right after the fire as retailers and even Tyson scrambled to secure supplies just ahead of the Labor Day holiday. Close says while boxed beef prices went up- cash cattle prices dropped but "We thought that with the 6% decline in fed slaughter capacity, that the decline in fed cattle prices was really within line of the elasticity expectations."

If we had a surprise in that fire situation it was right in front of those Labor Day purchases because retailers were short-bought and cutout values actually ran higher. Close adds "The Post fire activity of the packers, I think with Tyson shipping cattle to other locations and the other packers picking up the slaughter rate, especially on Saturdays, everybody pitched in a did a really good job of keeping the market afloat"

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

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Cattle feeders will honor their own Feb. 4, 2020, during their 11th annual banquet, held for the second year in conjunction with the nation's largest annual cattle industry gathering. The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet will precede the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 5-7.

The Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame was established in 2009. It annually honors leaders who have made lasting contributions to the cattle-feeding industry. Inductees for 2020 will be Carl Stevenson, Red Rock Feeding Company, Red Rock, Ariz., and the late Don Oppliger, Oppliger Land and Cattle, Amarillo, Texas. Dr. Robert Hummel, founder of Animal Health International in Greeley, Colo., will receive the Hall of Fame's Industry Leadership Award.

Attendees of the Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet will find it convenient to stay in San Antonio for the Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, which starts the next day. That event will feature important industry meetings, motivational speakers, valuable education, music and entertainment, a massive trade show, producer recognition, an NCBA Invitational PBR Bull Riding event and much more.

You can read more about the upcoming Cattle Industry Convention, by jumping over to our website.

When it comes to growth implants in cattle, animal scientist Robbi Pritchard only worries about three things: getting enough premium if you're not use them, using them wrong and using them with too little insight.

"Using them without sound technical advice, you can ruin a bunch of carcasses, no doubt about it. Using them wrong and running out of gas can cost you a lot of money in cost of gain," said the longtime South Dakota State University ruminant nutritionist. But if used correctly, "you can have all of the performance and all of the final product value you want."

"For sure, if you're going to go implant-free, you want superior genetics; that's a slam dunk. But to say that we can come up with genetics that remove the need for them, not so much," he said. "The person who told you that may not realize how implants really work, because the better the genetic growth potential, the bigger the absolute daily response to the implant."

Click here to read more from Pritchard regarding cattle implants.

We are delighted to say Congrats to Robyn Peterson who was recently elected as president of the Oklahoma CattleWomen's Association (OCW) for the 2019-2020 year.

Robyn is the Noble Research Institute public relations coordinator in Ardmore. 

As OCW president, Peterson will be guiding a team of officers, directors and members in promoting beef through education and demonstrations. She represents the entire membership as well as the state's ranching and beef industry when engaging with consumers, the media, and other organizations within the industry.

Read more about the new OCW President by clicking here. 


I am also very happy to congratulate Clinton Griffiths of The AgDay syndicated TV show- Clinton was selected as the Farm Broadcaster of the Year by the National Association of Farm Broadcasting- named this past Friday at their convention in Kansas City. 

Clinton grew up in New Mexico- and then came to Stillwater where he got a degree in Ag Communications from OSU- worked in TV up in Kansas for a spell and then returned to OSU to Host SUNUP when OSU resurrected the old daily program into a new weekly format for OETA. 

We are proud that we got to work with him as a colleague in that effort- and was both sad and excited that the national Ag TV folks snatched him up pretty quickly- they could see talent galore in Clinton- and he currently serves as both the Host of AgDay as well as the new Editor of the Farm Journal Magazine. 

Finally in today's email- I wanted to call your attention to our latest Ag Perspectives Podcast- a Chat with USDA Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue.  Colleague Lorrie Boyer who is a farm broadcaster in Colorado and has been serving as the President of the NAFB over this past year had the opportunity to sit down with the Secretary and talk trade, MFP, the Ag Economy and more on Friday afternoon at the annual convention of this professional organization that I have been a part of for 45 years. 

You can listen to the thirty minute chat between Lorrie and Secretary Sonny by clicking or tapping here. 

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