Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/6/2019, 5:42 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 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 Thursday, September 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, September 6, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Members Kick Off Policy Development Season with Review of Area Meetings

Over the last few weeks, Oklahoma Farm Bureau members gathered within their districts for the organization's annual August Area Meetings across the state.

Signifying the beginning of the OKFB grassroots policy development process, members were able to share issues they are facing within their local communities and ask questions about OKFB policy on a variety of topics. Members also learned more about upcoming organizational activities.

Within OKFB's nine districts, 11 meetings were held during which a list was compiled detailing the top six most common issues Farm Bureau members discussed at the meetings. As its leadership prepares to develop the organization's policy for the next year, OKFB released that list this week to highlight its priorities for the coming legislative session as mandated by its members across the state.

Those issues being prioritized on the list include:

  • Property taxes
  • Rural health care
  • Mandatory animal identification
  • Feral hogs
  • Black vultures
  • Plant-based protein

OKFB members will meet within their counties over the next several weeks to develop policy resolutions on a variety of issues including those listed above. The resolutions will be considered by a committee of members from across the state before being voted on the OKFB annual meeting in November. To learn more about the priority issues mentioned, click here to review OKFB's original release on our website.

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In his weekly visit with SUNUP host Lyndall Stout this weekend, Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Kim Anderson addressed the further decrease in wheat prices over the past week.   

"Last week I was looking at the December contracts, and it was on a sideways trend at $.10/bu to $.12/bu up and down range with support at $4.00/bu." Anderson said. "It popped that $4.00/bu resistance point. I also said last week that I was concerned about the basis falling off, but the basis actually increased a nickel."   

Anderson says he missed the mark on the market last week, with the cash price of wheat falling $.13/bu. However, he says it bounced back by the end of the week.   

"The big thing is probably corn, people have been watching what is going on with the corn production," he said. "But something we haven't been paying much attention to or talking about is the value of the U.S. dollar."   

You can watch his visit tomorrow or Sunday on SUNUP - but you can hear Kim's comments right now and see what else is on the lineup for this week's episode, by clicking here.

Drought managed to gain a toehold across western and central Oklahoma during a hot, dry first half of August; which made its further spread and intensification almost inevitable. Oklahoma's drought coverage grew from 6 percent at the end of July to nearly 24 percent by August 20, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. While the total coverage decreased to about 18 percent by month's end, the drought's intensity has increased in the parched southwestern corner of the state as you can see from the map, below.

At present, the latest Drought Monitor indicates a slight decrease in the amount of drought coverage in the state. Since last week, "Extreme Drought" coverage has dropped from 2.62 to 2.01 percent. "Severe Drought" was reduced from 7.94 percent to 5.19 percent. "Moderate Drought" conditions slipped more than four points from 18.47 to 14.07 percent and "Abnormally Dry" conditions this week are at just 34.11 percent, down about four points as well from last week's 38.23 percent.

The Climate Prediction Center's (CPC) September outlook suggests drought will persist in south central Oklahoma, but some improvement is expected farther to the west.

For a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor Map or to review the latest Mesonet Ticker Report from McManus, click here.

The digital marketing campaign in which the cattle industry has been involved with for the last several years has given industry stakeholders many unique opportunities to reach a significant amount of their consumers. According to Alisa Harrison, senior vice president for global marketing and research at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the great thing about the campaign is its flexibility and cost-efficiency.

An example of how this campaign works can be summed up in one of Harrison's most recent projects in which a content partnership was established between the Beef Checkoff and the FOX Network. Through this partnership, the Checkoff sponsored FOX's hit TV show, MasterChef. Harrison explained that for a relatively small amount of money, the Checkoff was able to reclaim a presence on network television and secure tremendous brand exposure compared to what could have been achieved through traditional modes of advertising. If Harrison had only elected to use traditional avenues, the campaign would have only made about 4 million impressions. However, the addition of digital media increased that to approximately 12.7 million impressions.

"That's the great thing about digital media or any digital platform - you can measure it and you can determine if you're having an impact or moving the needle," Harrison said, citing the latest metrics of their current campaign. "We had a goal this year of reaching 20 million consumers a quarter. To date, we've already reached 120 million."

Listen to my full conversation with Harrison about the beef industry's digital marketing efforts, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau. 

Beginning November 1, the practice of garbage or waste feeding will be prohibited in Oklahoma after the passage of House Bill 2155. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture released a statement this week underscoring that fact with State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall emphasizing the importance of this measure in limiting risks that threaten Oklahoma's swine herd health. According to Hall, many foreign animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease, African swine fever and classical swine fever are known to be transmitted to live animals through contaminated meat and waste products. 

"Garbage feeding increases the risk of foreign animal disease transmission to the swine industry," Hall said. "Outdoor domestic swine generally do not have strong biosecurity or fencing. This creates an increased risk for diseases to spread to the feral hog population as well. Our goal is to mitigate those risks as much as possible and House Bill 2155 will do so without impacting producers."

Prohibiting this practice will not be a wide-spread change for the industry; there is only one herd currently licensed in the state. After November 1, Oklahoma will become the 24th state to prohibit garbage feeding to swine. Click or tap here to read the complete statement from ODAFF.

Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall announced Thursday that the House will begin the process of redistricting the state. Legislative redistricting takes place every 10 years following the release of the Decennial U.S. Census data. Under the Oklahoma Constitution, each legislative chamber engages in redistricting to update its districts to reflect population changes and other factors.

McCall plans to name members of the Redistricting Committee in early 2020. Work will begin in 2020 and be finalized through legislation considered in 2021.

McCall has stated that the committee will again use the transparent, citizen-driven redistricting process that received bipartisan praise when it was last used in 2011. In addition, the House will enhance the process further by soliciting input from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, executive branch and state, county and local officials and will also encourage citizens to engage in the process as well.

Click over to the original story on our website to learn more about how McCall plans to include citizens in the redistricting process.

College students are gearing up for the Animal Agriculture Alliance's annual College Aggies Online (CAO) Scholarship Competition which kicks off September 16. This year's students and collegiate clubs are competing for more than $21,000 in scholarships and a chance to win a trip to the Alliance's 2020 Stakeholders Summit. 

CAO connects college students from across the country who are interested in promoting agriculture. Individual division participants receive training from experts and engage with their peers on social media by posting information about current and emerging issues facing farmers and ranchers and telling personal stories. Last year, students reached 2 million people on social media and more than 13,000 people at club events.

This year, the number of mentors available to the students has been doubled to ensure student success and help promote positive engagement with farmers, ranchers and consumers who are active on social media.

For more information about the contest or to sign up, jump over to our website by clicking here.
THisNThatThis N That- Thank You For Your Prayers, Superior Labor Day Sale Next Week and State Fair Set to Start

A few days back- we asked for your prayers for a friend of many of us- Kurtis Ward who is a key part of the team at National Livestock- Kurtis has been battling a sudden and very serious medical problem- and I just wanted you to know that your prayers were felt- and answered as Kurtis has improved to the point where he has just been released from the hospital- truly a miracle! 

He has a ways to go- but is working hard to get there- if you would like to drop Kurtis a card- send me an email at the link at the bottom of this email- and I will be glad to share his home address with you.


The Superior Livestock folks are gearing up for one of their biggest sales of the year- one that has been around since the earlier days of this Video Livestock Market- their 35th Labor Day Sale happens next week on the 11th and 12th of September- over 81,000 head will be offered here in 2019.

For details- click or tap here.


Next week is also the start of the State Fair of Oklahoma- and we have the Livestock Competition detailed in the calendar section of our website- click or tap here to check out the complete lineup starting next Thursday, September 12th!  

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, 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! 
We invite you to check out our website at the link below too that includes an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.   

God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  
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