Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 12/6/2019, 5:27 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 futures- click 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, December 5th.
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,  December 6, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

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

American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) will celebrate a legacy of support for Oklahoma youth with its AFR State Speech Contest Dec. 7 at Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater. This marks the 75th year of the contest.

Each year, the contest encourages young Oklahomans to hone their public speaking ability through district contests. This year, nearly 500 students competed throughout the state, resulting in more than 160 finalists advancing to the state level. At the state contest, the top three competitors in each category will receive cash awards.

The event has gone through many changes over the years, but has always maintained its central agricultural theme. Varying by grade level, this year's speech categories are AFR/OFU, Ag Advocacy and Policy, Agribusiness, Natural Resources, and Science. All students, grades fourth through 12th, are eligible to compete.

Listen to the entire conversation between Blubaugh and I regarding the AFR speech contest,  click here. 

Sponsor Spotlight
The Oklahoma Pork Council is a producer organization representing the interests all of pork producers throughout Oklahoma. 
Pork Farmers in Oklahoma recognize our obligation to build and maintain the trust of customers and the public in our products and our practices. To promote confidence in what we do and how we do it, we affirm the following ethical principles: food safety, animal Safety, environment, public health, employee care and the communities in which we operate.
Click here to learn more about the Oklahoma Pork Council.

In his weekly visit with SUNUP host Lyndall Stout this weekend, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson talks about the world 2019 wheat marketing year, and what to expect to next year.    

"The overall projections were relatively accurate this year," Anderson said. "If you look at the world, a record 28.1 billion bushel crop. If you look at the foreign crop it is a near record at 26.2 billion bushels."   

Anderson says Oklahoma had a below average crop this year, with 110 million bushels of hard red winter wheat being harvested. However, Russia harvested a near record 2.7 billion bushel crop and Ukraine harvested a record 1.1 billion bushel crop, he added.    

"If you want to go to a bad place in the world," Anderson said. "Australia lost their third crop in the world, with only 632 million bushels this year. And their average is right around 

You can hear Kim's full analysis, by clicking or tapping here.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency (RMA) is again reminding producers who received a prevented planting "top-up" payment this fall that they are required to purchase Federal crop insurance for the next two crop years. Producers who had a payable prevented planting indemnity related to flooding, excess moisture or causes other than drought in 2019 automatically received a "top-up" payment from their Approved Insurance Providers starting in mid-October.

Producers who have trouble making their premium payment should contact their crop insurance agent to set up a written payment agreement to avoid being made ineligible to purchase Federal crop insurance and having to pay back the "top-up" payment.

Click here to read more from RMA regarding crop insurance. 

Founded in 1987, the Animal Agriculture Alliance is a nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. The  Animal Agriculture Alliance tracks and attends meetings by Anti agriculture groups to see what their primary focus is currently.  Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Vice President of of the Animal Agriculture Alliance says they have done that again here in the fall of 2019, "Each year the animal ag alliance attends and produces reports from several different animal rights conferences because we think its really important fort he industry to understand what's happening now, as well as what may be coming next to impact their businesses. "

Weeman says one of the big focuses this year is on the environmental impact of animal agriculture. The topic is getting broader than just discussions around animal welfare, but also about the effect that eating meat has on the environment, and ways activists can encourage people not to support the industry and not eat meat, "Activist groups believe the world is going to end in 2026 if everyone doesn't go vegan and that is what they used as a call to action and used to promote to people that they shouldn't support the industry "

Weeman added that there was also a call for more undercover video campaigns and that this has already been a pretty stressful year, "Especially in the dairy industry with what happened with Fair Oaks and Fairlife farms and the activist groups want to see more of that. They believe those undercover video campaigns are big fundraisers for them as well as getting the media attention to their cause, so they were really encouraging their followers to amp up those efforts."

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

Sponsor Spotlight
It's great to have one of the premiere businesses in the cattle business partner with us in helping bring you our daily Farm and Ranch News Email- National Livestock Credit Corporation.  National Livestock has been around since 1932- and they have worked with livestock producers to help them secure credit and to buy or sell cattle through the National Livestock Commission Company.  They also own and operate the Southern Oklahoma Livestock Market in Ada, Superior Livestock, which continues to operate independently and have a major stake in OKC West in El Reno. To learn more about how these folks can help you succeed in the cattle business, click here for their website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

Deadlines for Dairy Margin Coverage program signup and Market Facilitation Program payments are nearing for dairy farmers, and the National Milk Producers Federation is urging producers to visit their local Farm Service Agency offices to take advantage of programs meant to provide risk management tools for farmers and provide some relief against financial hardship.

Dairy Margin Coverage signup for 2020 coverage runs through next Friday, Dec. 13. The popular DMC program, which paid dairy farmers more than $308 million in benefits for 2019, offers insurance against low prices and high feed costs. All farmers who signed up for 2019 are encouraged to re-enroll for 2020, given the unpredictability of dairy markets. Farmers who elected to enroll for the full five-year life of the program need to visit their FSA office to keep their information current for the upcoming year.

The second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments, which USDA announced in November, is designed to help farmers suffering from damage due to foreign trade retaliation against U.S. agricultural products. In the past, NMPF has urged USDA to enhance payments for U.S. dairy farmers by using current production data. Signup for the payments runs through this Friday, Dec. 6.

You can read more from NMPF regarding DMC and MFP signups, by clicking or tapping here

I sat down with David Newman, President of the National Pork Board, to talk about The Pork Checkoff 4.0 Launch.

Newman says the tagline "Consumer-Focused, Producer-led says a lot about what they do on the National Pork Board, "Because it is about our consumers and when you have more than 97% of our population does not represent pork producers or pork production we're really fighting for and vying for that protein sector every single day. We need our consumers to not only understand what we do but to understand the value of the product that we produce for them. So Consumer-focused is a huge part of our business moving forward into the future."

Newman believes it's essential to engage consumers from a technology standpoint as well, "We engage with customers like Google where you have billions of users on a single platform that literally uses digital technology for everything they do. That helps us mine through this mountain of information with very limited resources that we have at the pork checkoff to understand what our future consumers want. What do Generation Z and millennials? What do they want? Portion Size, purchasing power, where they shop, why they shop, what they want in 2025, not just what they want now." Newman believes that kind of effort is a smart allocation of resources because they can use their money in more strategic ways.

Click here to listen to the whole conversation between Newman and I regarding the National Pork Board. 

The Oklahoma Select 38th Annual Bull Sale & Super Bull Competition is set for tomorrow- Saturday, December 7th at the Atoka Livestock Auction (just east of Hwy. 69-75)

Selling ... 60 Breeding-Age Bulls - Limousin & Lim-flex
Mostly black, Polled 
Many Homozygous includes three fullbloods

Complete performance data available in catalog on all bulls. BW, WW, YW and EPDs for 13 economically important traits. All bulls are fertility tested and trich tested. Many bulls will have ultrasound carcass data.

Seedstock & Service... Be with us at 11:00 a.m. to an animal health representative discuss better animal health through minerals and autogenous bacterin implants.    

Special Feature: "Super Bull Award"
All bulls are eligible to be judged in the pens the day before the sale for the outstanding bull. A belt buckle will be awarded to the "Super Bull" consignor.

To view a catalog and a link to several added lots- click or tap here

Ken Holloway is your contact for more info- his number is 580.581.7652

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Pork CouncilOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Ag Mediation Program, Inc., the 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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