Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/19/2019, 6:01 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 futuresclick or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as last reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, August the 15th.
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, August 19, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

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

The Big Event of Express Ranches was a success by several different measures over this past weekend- including in the actual sale total of 473 lots was just over $5.1 Million.  Lot # 1X, EXAR MISS 6903 topped the sale, with one-half interest selling for $255,000- she was a last minute addition to the sale lineup.

Also a huge success was the annual Customer Appreciation Gala on Friday evening- as Owner Bob Funk welcomed guests from across the US  and Canada to the ranch- and introduced an amazing array of guests who gathered- including three Oklahoma Governors. That included current Governor Kevin Stitt- and I had the chance to visit with Governor Stitt briefly after this remarks to the crowd- you can hear his comments and read more about the celebration by clicking or tapping here. 

On Friday evening- Express debuted a video produced to show their love for rural youth across Oklahoma and America- as Bob Funk and family reaffirmed their belief in 4-H and FFA youth- here's the video seen Friday evening called Championing Our Youth:

Express Ranches - Championing Our Youth
Express Ranches - Championing Our Youth

(Please note- since April 1, Oklahoma Farm Report and the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network has been owned by the Funk Companies, of which Bob Funk is President)

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Oklahoma State Wheat Breeder and Chair of the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team at Oklahoma State University Dr. Brett Carver led a discussion at Wednesday's joint-meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association in El Reno last week, reviewing the results of the program's 2019 wheat variety trials and the direction in which the program is headed. During the event, he sat down with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn to expound on his vision for the program moving forward.

"Every year I think, well... I don't know if it can get any better than this. But, then the data comes in from the field and it verifies what I saw in the field and this year is just really exciting to see the different directions I think we could move the program," Carver said. "I like varieties that can respond to multiple needs - not just the same need of yield and test weight. That's ok, that will keep us busy. But, there's certain parts of that I think we can tease apart and make that yield and quality even better."

In chasing that goal, Carver says the program's diversity is driven by the state's different environments. Each region of the state, Carver explains, has a unique environment that suits different varieties and different classes of wheat, making it necessary for Carver and his team to pursue many different varieties that can cater to the various challenges found across Oklahoma. Through that process, Carver says from time to time, he is able to identify where the program has allowed "gaps" to form in its work. Among those gaps that currently exist in his mind, are four or five specific areas he says he would like to see bridged in the near future. However, Carver says the success of the program is ultimately determined in terms of adoption.

"The success comes in adoption. It really doesn't do any good to breed up these varieties if nobody's going to adopt them," he said. "And, that to me is humbling of course. But, it's also a statement saying 'do what you've been doing, because it's working.' And, we're going to continue doing what we're doing but maybe tweak it along the way so we can do it even better."

Click or tap here to listen to the whole conversation between Dr. Carver and Carson regarding his thoughts on the future of OSU's Wheat Improvement Program and what direction he sees it going. 

Agriculture leaders across the state are encouraged to share agriculture with students in their communities by participating in Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom's "Read an Accurate Ag Book Day" on Sept. 6, 2019. 

On Sept. 6, classrooms, school libraries, 4-H clubs, and FFA chapters across Oklahoma will read accurate agriculture books to help ensure young students across the state understand the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. The AITC program will provide agriculture leaders with a book to read to students that day. After reading the book, leaders are encouraged to donate it to the school library. 

All participants who register will have the chance to win a bundle of accurate agriculture books for the school. 

You can read more about how to participate in the AITC program, by clicking or tapping here

During the 2019 National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting held in Denver recently, Colin Woodall, lead lobbyist for NCBA in its DC office, briefed members on what is happening in DC right now at USDA regarding the GIPSA rule. Woodall admits that the mere mention of GIPSA might come as a surprise to people as Secretary Sonny Perdue killed the Obama-era rule upon taking office. However, he explains that Perdue's decision was ultimately overturned by the Department of Justice, which insisted USDA go through the rulemaking process to change the rule's effectiveness after the Organization for Competitive Markets sued the USDA over the matter. In an interview with me, Woodall explained where that process is and what action is being taken to ensure the ineffectual rule causes no further hinderances to livestock producers.

"We have given USDA some options of how they can make it better and actually make it something the livestock industry - particularly pork and beef - can live with," he said. "When you look at the Packers & Stockyards Act, it was meant to protect the marketplace - not necessarily the individual. There have been eight US Circuit Courts of Appeal that have passed rulings that support that. If this rule can use that in some shape, form or fashion, then it could be a rule that we would like and it be very helpful."

However, Woodall says if the rule turns out to be just a mirror of the rule that stemmed from the 2008 Farm Bill and enacted by the Obama Administration, then he says there will ultimately be some problems that NCBA is prepared to fight over. At present, Woodall says the USDA has already submitted a proposal to the White House's Office of Management & Budget where it is being evaluated by the Administration to determine if the proposal fits its mandate or not and give direction on how the USDA should proceed. In the meantime, Woodall and the NCBA are arguing that to improve the rule - it simply needs proper funding as opposed to more regulatory framework.

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

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Governor Kevin Stitt announced last week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state's request for public assistance for four additional counties impacted by flooding and severe weather from May 7 to June 9.

The approval means federal funding is now available in Noble, Okmulgee, Ottawa and Tillman counties to assist municipalities, counties, rural electric cooperatives, and the state with infrastructure repairs and eligible costs associated with responding to the flooding, severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds.

These four counties join 45 other counties in the state of Oklahoma. There are also 27 counties that have been approved for individuals and business owners. 

You can read more about the announcement of more federal assistance, by jumping over to our website.

The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB), a full beef stakeholder initiative focused on continuous improvement, officially recognized the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TFCA) suite of feedyard services and programs as aligning with the U.S. Beef Industry Sustainability Framework. 

"TCFA feedyards are the envy of the world in terms of efficiently converting grains and by-products into protein," said Levi Berry, feedyard general manager and TCFA Chairman. "Over the last several decades, as an industry, we have consistently produced more beef with less cattle, used fewer overall inputs, implemented environmental management practices and strived to provide a safe workplace for our employees. This is the very definition of sustainability in action. TCFA feedyards have a great story to tell." 

Berry points out that this recognition gives TFCA feedyard members proof points they can use to highlight specific ways they are working to continuously improve upon their sustainability efforts. 

Click or tap here to read more about the recognition of TFCA. 

The 2019 edition of the ProFarmer Midwest Crop Tour is getting underway as we send this email this morning- with crop scouts starting in central Ohio and moving west- and scouts in Sioux City, South Dakota on the western leg getting ready to scout fields in South Dakota and Nebraska today.

One of the best ways to keep up with the flow of information from this real time examination of the corn and soybean crop is with Twitter.  The hashtag to follow the next several days is #PFTour19.

The challenge for scouts this year is the lateness of both corn and soybeans- and in fact, they probably will not be able to offer an actual prediction regarding the total production of the soybean crop this year. 

As for corn- the USDA has a current national yield of 169.5 bushels per acre that scouts will be eyeing- and early pre tour guesses have the scouts finding anything from ten to fifteen bushels per acre less to actually a bushel or two more than what USDA current has pegged the crop as. 

We will be offering some highlights from the tour via several of our colleagues that are on the tour- and from what we can glean from the social media postings along the way.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater 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!

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