Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/21/2020, 5:51 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 or tap here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  

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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.

The Oklahoma National Stockyards had another large run on Martin Luther King Day- with an estimated total of 12,500. Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 4.00 lower. Feeder heifers 600-700 lbs.1.00 higher, heavier weights steady to 2.00 lower. Steer calves steady to 5.00 higher. Heifer calves sold steady. Click or tap here for the complete Monday report from USDA Market News. 

At OKC West in El Reno slaughter cows sold 2.00-8.00 higher on a lighter test, slaughter bulls sold steady to 1.00 higher - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. has 561 head of cattle on their showlist for their upcoming Wednesday, January 22nd sale of finished cattle - click here to jump over to the website. 

At the Joplin Regional Stockyards on Monday, a total of 6,469 head of cattle were sold- Compared to last week, steers and heifers under 500 lbs steady to 4.00 higher, steers 500 lbs to 800 lbs and heifers over 500 lbs steady, steers over 800 lbs 2.00 to 4.00 lower. Click or tap here for the complete report from USDA Market News.


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 this past Friday afternoon before the three day market holiday
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- this report from last Friday ahead of the three day market holiday.
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
   Tuesday, January 21, 2020 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: Retiring Kansas Senator Pat Roberts Honored by American Farm Bureau at 2020 Convention

The American Farm Bureau recognized Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas with their Distinguished Service to Agriculture award on Monday at their 2020 Convention in Austin, Texas.

Sen. Pat Roberts
has served Kansas in the U.S. Congress since 1981, first in the House of Representatives then in the U.S. Senate. He is the only member in history to serve as chairman of both the Senate and House Agriculture committees, leading bipartisan coalitions to pass eight farm bills. Sen. Roberts has a long record of bipartisanship on ag issues, highlighted by his public commitment to work side-by-side with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to pass the 2018 farm bill.

"Sen. Stabenow is a Democrat, I'm a Republican. We don't vote alike on the floor a lot, but we knew we had to get this bill done. Certainty and predictability - that was the key."

As a former U.S. Marine, Sen. Roberts chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee for four years, a role which took him to a Soviet-era secret city in 1999. There he reports seeing stockpiles of pathogens, including hoof and mouth disease, an infectious and sometimes fatal disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, being weaponized. The experience motivated him to help secure funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, which is slated to open in two years.

Here's the video that AFBF prepared and showed at their final General Session of the meeting yesterday in Austin. 

Farm Bureau Recognizes Sen. Pat Roberts for Commitment to Agriculture
Farm Bureau Recognizes Sen. Pat Roberts for Commitment to Agriculture

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Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about hay stocks being up from last year, but still below average.

Weather challenges in 2019 led to many questions about the quantity and quality of hay production and supply heading into 2020. Recent USDA reports provide a summary of 2019 hay production and the status of hay stocks as of December 1.

Total December 1, 2019 hay stocks were 84.488 million tons (Table 1), 6.9 percent higher year over year but still 5.4 percent below the 2014-2018 average. Hay stocks were generally up year over year in the western, mountain and plains states and the Corn Belt but down in the great lakes, Appalachian and eastern regions.   Table 1 shows the top 10 states for hay stocks as well as hay production. Missouri had the largest hay stocks and showed the most increase year over year with stocks up 64.3 percent, the highest level for the state since 2009. Among the top ten states for hay stocks, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee had year over year declines.

American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) will host its 115th annual state convention at the Embassy Suites & Conference Center - Norman Feb. 14-16. This year's convention theme is "Focused in 2020."

"This year's convention theme speaks to our biggest goal for the new year and for the new decade," said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. "We intend to build on our strong foundation and focus our efforts on the future."

This year's three-day event features speakers like National Farmers Union Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications Rob Larew, Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Vice President Thomas Coon, and Southern Plains Climate Hub's Clay Pope. Governor Kevin Stitt will also address convention banquet guests. Convention attendees will learn about timely legislative issues, soil health and other topics, communication challenges for agriculture and much more.

The BASF Living Acres Monarch Challenge has completed another successful year. In 2019, 20,000 milkweed seedlings were shipped to farmers and golf courses across the Midwest who were passionate about preserving monarch populations.

Milkweed is the essential plant for the monarch butterfly life cycle and the sole food source for the monarch caterpillar. It has become less common over the years, which is why the BASF Monarch Challenge encourages the planting of milkweed in non-crop areas of farm land and out-of-play areas of golf courses.

Since its start nearly four years ago, the Monarch Challenge has flourished, with increasing support from across the agriculture and golf course industries. Farmers, farm families and golf courses have been enthusiastic about stepping up and getting involved in the program.

"Last year, we visited a number of events across the U.S. and learned firsthand how many farmers' perceptions of milkweed have shifted," said Chip Shilling, BASF Sustainability Strategy Manager, Agricultural Products, North America. "Milkweed has been known as a problem weed for generations, but throughout the last few years, farmers are beginning to understand milkweed can thrive in non-productive areas of farmland."

Sponsor Spotlight

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National also owns and operates other livestock marketing subsidiaries including Southern Oklahoma Livestock Auction in Ada, Oklahoma, OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno, Oklahoma, and the nation's premier livestock video sale, Superior Livestock Auction. National offers customers many services custom made for today's producer. To learn more, click here for the website or call the Oklahoma City office at 1-800-310-0220.

MBAMasters Of Beef Advocacy Program Helps Beef Producers be Ag Advocates for Their Industry 

I was able this past week to sit down with Ryan Goodman, Director of Grassroots Advocacy from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, to talk about what the title, "Grassroots Advocacy," entails. "Grassroots Advocacy is a flagship by our Masters of Beef Advocacy program at NCBA, kind of under our checkoff programs, and that can encompass a lot. For us, it involves helping farmers and ranchers to tell the story of how cattle are raised. So consumers that are asking questions about beef can have a person to speak to. Consumers today want to hear from farmers and ranchers. So we're working to help farmers and ranchers, members all across the community, to be more equipped and be more confident in sharing that information in a way that resonates with consumers."

The Masters of Beef program has gone through a rebirth a couple of times, and Goodman said they just celebrated 15,000 graduates from the program in 2019, "That's 15,000 people from across the beef community that have been involved. So that involves an online course, to walk through the beef life-cycle, learn what are the hot topics that consumers are asking about today, and how can we in the beef community, answer those questions in a way that addresses those concerns. Then I do about 70 meetings and presentations a year working with members of the beef community, farmers and ranchers like with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, or the Oklahoma Beef Council, helping the leaders and the spokespeople and organizations to be out there and be accessible to consumers to share that information about beef and raising cattle.

six2020 Brand Renewal Now Quick And Easy

In the State of Oklahoma, brand registrations occur every five years (years ending in '0' and '5'). The 2020 Brand Renewal process in now underway. Brand owners will be given until April 30, 2020 to renew their brand.   

Brand owners will be notified by email and mail prior to the closing of the five-year registration period. The first round of mailed notices will be sent Feb. 1. The brand registration fee is $40.   "We are excited to share that we've recently implemented a new brand database that can be accessed online," said Cassie Danielson, State Brand Registrar. "Brand owners can renew their brand online without receiving an electronic or hard copy notification and many have already done so."

To renew your brand, visit and click on the Brand Registration and Renewal tab.   If you need to update your contact information, please email

Seven OK Pork Applauds Senate Passage of USMCA- Look Forward to the President Signing Soon 

The US Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement by a vote of 89 to 10. The trade deal will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Both Senate members from Oklahoma voted yes on the deal and Oklahoma's pig farmers want to express their thanks.

Cathy Vaughan, president of the okPORK board of directors, says finalizing the USMCA is a tremendous positive for pig farmers across the country.

"The passage of USMCA has been needed for a very long time," said Vaughan. "We appreciate the Senate for getting the vote completed promptly so the benefits of this trade agreement can start helping pig farmers. Mexico and Canada represent two of the four largest export markets for US pork and this agreement preserves our zero-tariff access to those markets. We appreciate the leadership of Senators Inhofe and Lankford and their work to get USMCA across the finish line.

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, 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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