Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 7/31/2019, 5:36 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.

MarketLinksLet'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. has a total of 475 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, July 31st sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here. 

Steer and heifer calves were too lightly tested for an accurate trend during Tuesday's sale at OKC West, with a higher undertone noted. Demand was good, quality plain to average with a few attractive - click or tap here for the full report.

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 Tuesday, July 30th.
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
   Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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On Tuesday, at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Summer Business Meeting in Denver, we caught up with Kent Bacus, NCBA's director of international trade and market access. With no shortage of policy issues to choose from, particularly in regard to matters of trade, Bacus says ratification of the US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) is currently the top priority of the NCBA. Bacus explains that passing this trade treaty will have the most immediate and significant impact on the US beef market and is the lynchpin to securing bilateral trade agreements with our nation's other major trading partners around the globe currently embroiled in ongoing trade negotiations with the US. 

With the House already adjourned for its summer recess and the Senate set to adjourn as well any time now, it is most likely that the USMCA will not be brought up for a vote by Congress until at least mid-September if not early October. Nonetheless, Bacus insists the agreement needs to be ratified sooner rather than later - otherwise we risk the process to approve it spilling over into next year which keep in mind is a presidential election year. If that happens, he says he wouldn't expect any quick resolutions to this issue which must first be addressed before any other trade agreements can be made.

"We've got to get moving on this because there are other issues Congress needs to work on as well. It's important we clear the decks with USMCA, move this forward and pass it and then let's start in on all these other trade agreements that are waiting in the wings - because we're going to continue to fall behind if we don't take action."

Read the whole story or listen to my complete interview to hear Bacus explain the importance of finishing the USMCA as soon as possible, by clicking or tapping over to our website

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On August 24, 2019, the Oklahoma State University College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources will officially open a new educational greenhouse facility on its campus in Stillwater, Okla. Starting this coming fall semester, students will have the opportunity to begin using these new facilities, complete with a classroom component for on-sight learning and demonstrations. Earlier this week, we sat down with Dr. Tom Coon, vice president, dean and director of Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, to discuss this new facility and how it will help to elevate the current learning environment at CASNR. 

According to Dr. Coon, this new facility comes fully stocked with the latest technology in environmental control and will serve not only students at OSU, but allied industry partners as well who may use the facilities to showcase and demonstrate their featured products and techniques and support the education of students who may one day choose to work for them.

While the addition of this new facility is welcome news, certain challenges still remain within Coon's division, which has been subject to a 25% cut in its budget for Extension and Research. This has resulted in extended vacancies within DASNR's faculty. Coon describes the situation as "lean," but insists that DASNR remains
 just as effective as ever.

Through creative means, diligence and investment in technology, DASNR and Extension has found ways to manage as this budget crunch has continued over the past five years. In July 2020, Coon says DASNR will be rolling out a new staffing model for Extension that is expected to help alleviate current staffing pressures and still facilitate a state-wide presence. The basic plan is to have one state-funded Extension educator in each county in addition to one clerical support staff member. Additional educators may be added but will be funded through supplemental county appropriations.

For more details check out the complete story by clicking or tapping here.


The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry confirmed yesterday that the vesicular stomatitis virus, also known as VSV, has been discovered within Oklahoma at a premise in Tillman county.

VSV is a viral disease of horses, donkeys, mules, cattle and swine. Initial symptoms include excessive salivation and reluctance to eat or drink. Clinical signs include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, ears, teats and coronary bands of their hooves. Lameness or weight loss may follow. Body temperature may rise immediately before or at the same time lesions first appear. 

In 2019, VSV has been reported in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. This is the first outbreak since 2015-2016 and the first case in Oklahoma since the 1990s. Veterinarians and livestock owners who suspect VSV in their animals should immediately contact the OK State Veterinarians office at (405) 522-6141.

Further details about this disease can be found in the original story posted to our website. Click here to jump to that story.

According to National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston, it is important for beef producers to understand that today's consumer is curious about their food and how it is produced. This is true about all food products, but particularly beef as consumers are interested in the welfare of the livestock and the industry's efforts to remain sustainable from a health and environmental standpoint. In a recent conversation, Houston remarked on her belief that American consumers simply want to know and understand the whole story behind the production of the food they eat, including beef.

Houston says having a traceability system in place might help with that by tying all the various facets of production together. However, this is one issue she says the industry is not unified on yet and further discussions must take place so all stakeholders have the opportunity to build a consensus. What might be another option, though, is something that already exists - the Beef Quality Assurance program. While this program, designed to raise the level of livestock care and welfare, was never meant to be consumer facing, Houston says, it actually holds great potential as a marketing tool that might appeal to sustainably conscious consumers.

"I think BQA will see expansion. That's one of the opportunities I see out there. You may see that on a package or a menu someday," she said. "It certainly has meaning on the producer side and I think it's going to gain meaning on the consumer side."

Listen to my full conversation with Houston about how the beef industry is tackling how to best appeal to modern consumer interests, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Ellis County Extension agricultural educator Dana Bay has assumed the presidency of the Oklahoma Association of Agricultural Extension Agents, the professional organization of agricultural educators with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Bay is the first woman to ever hold the position.

Bay recently assumed county educator duties in Ellis County after more than a decade in Woodward County, presenting workshops and demonstrations and working to answer individual producer and civic-leader questions about all types of agricultural-related issues, from cattle management to crop production to farm record-keeping, and much more.

Prior to joining the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in January of 2009, Bay worked for Panhandle Feeders of Shattuck, an 8,000-head feedyard, and the Woodward branch of the Central National Bank of Enid. She served as an animal science professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva from 1996 to 2001.

Click here to learn more about Bay and her credentials in Extension.

In this week's edition of Checking In on the Beef Checkoff - Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council talks about the growing presence of alternative protein products and how that has played into the Beef Checkoff's marketing efforts.

While law dictates that the Beef Checkoff can not market or promote beef by disparaging other products like alternative protein companies do to conventional beef, it can correct misinformation about beef and promote its many benefits. And that's exactly what it is doing, Buckmaster says.

Through Checkoff-funded research, it has been proven that consumers in fact consider beef their preferred source of protein, with alternative protein products ranking much lower. This fact has been leveraged in Checkoff promotions lately to help address false claims made by alternative protein companies.

Learn more about the Checkoff's marketing efforts by clicking here for the latest edition of Checking In on the Beef Checkoff.

Seven This N That - Special Audio Coverage from Summer Cattle Industry Meeting with Colin, Alisa and Randy- PLUS OK Crop Progress Finally Released

The opening General Session of the Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting was a meaty one- a well prepared real beef steak was center of the lunch plate as about 700 gathered for the working lunch- and they heard a cattle market and more update from Randy Blach from Cattlefax.  

According to Blach, herd expansion, export markets, corn crop expectations and swine fever ramifications are among the factors that will have an impact on the upcoming U.S. cattle market- you can hear Randy's presentation from the 2019 Summer Meeting by clicking or tapping here.

After Randy offered his upbeat read on where we are with the demand picture for cattle and beef markets- the head of the Washington, DC office for NCBA, Colin Woodall, along with Alisa Harrison from the Denver office of NCBA talked Fake Meat- and how the industry is pushing back on what they called deceptive marketing on the part of a couple of the plant based protein alternatives.  You can can Colin and Alisa address this issue by clicking or tapping here


You may have noticed that Monday's Crop Progress Report was missing a link to Oklahoma's state report, as we normally like to provide for your convenience. If you attempted to search it out yourself, you may have discovered like we did, that it was unfortunately unavailable. However, the report has since been posted by our local USDA friends and so we wanted to offer that to you today in case you had missed it. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click 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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