Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/20/2019, 5:53 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 reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, September 19th.
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 20, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story:
Funding for Cooperative Extension- and How That Funding is Delivered- Was Examined by Lawmakers at the State Capitol

A pair of House interim study requests were joined together at the State Capitol on Thursday, with the focus on the state of the Extension Service in Oklahoma. The Interim Studies, requested by Representatives John Pfeiffer and Tommy Hardin, were chaired by Representative Dell Kerbs, Chairman of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

Dr. Tom Coon, Dean and Vice President of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University told Lawmakers that the state funding for Ag Extension and the Ag Experiment Station has trended down over the last decade- along the way- that meant many times not replacing key state and area staff as positions were vacated- and trying to maintain County positions when possible. Some years back, the funding model was to have two full time professional positions in each county, and one administrative assistant. More recently, funding downturns by the state has meant that the model became 1.5 full time professional positions in each county along with one full time Administrative Assistant.

However, Head of the Extension Service in Oklahoma, Dr. Damona Doye, told lawmakers that as she reviewed the financials- the money is not there at this time to actually have 1.5 positions funded- that the money available can actually provide one full timer per county. Dr. Doye assured lawmakers that the plan in Oklahoma, unlike some other states across the midwest, is to keep Extension services in all 77 Oklahoma Counties. Dr. Doye also explained that several counties have made the choice to share people resources with adjacent counties- and that has worked well in multiple situations.

Lawmakers seemed to be interested in finding resources to make sure that Extension and Research have monies to accomplish their mission. The discussion then turned to how those monies are appropriated. The traditional way in Oklahoma that monies are pushed out to these two agencies that fall under the Division of Ag at Oklahoma State University is to put it in the overall money handed to the Regents of Higher Education.

The conversation in the Interim Study meeting- should money for Extension and the Ag Experiment Station be subject to review of the Regents of Higher Education or appropriated more directly by the Legislature? Several lawmakers seem ready to explore it, including one of the Representatives who requested one of the interim studies, Tommy Hardin of Madill. Hardin told fellow lawmakers maybe this is the time to make a change. "Members, we got to make the decisions- we can't depend on the Board of Regents and everybody else to make the right decisions that affect our counties...hopefully we can come up with some legislation to direct money in a more precise way."

You can read more- and also listen to a longer audio overview of the meeting- we boiled 2 hours plus down to 15 minutes- but worth listening to if you are interested in the future of Cooperative Extension in Oklahoma- click or tap here for our Top Ag Story of the day.

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Representatives from the Taiwan Flour Millers Association (TFMA) signed letters of intent to purchase wheat and other U.S. grown commodities over the next two years Sept. 18, 2019, at the U.S. Capitol. The millers are part of a biennial Taiwan Agricultural Trade Goodwill Mission demonstrating Taiwanese consumer preferences for high quality U.S. agricultural products. The wheat delegation members first stopped in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Idaho before travelling to Washington, D.C., for events. They will also visit Oklahoma and South Dakota to meet with farmers, grain handlers and state officials.

Mr. Yi-Chuen "Tony" Shu, Executive Director of TFMA and President of Formosa Oilseed Processing Co., Ltd., the parent company of Top Foods Flour Mills, signed the wheat letter of intent along with U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) President Vince PetersonThe letter states that TFMA intends to purchase a total of 1.8 million metric tons (equivalent to 66.1 million bushels) of U.S. wheat between 2020 and 2021. The value of these purchases is estimated to be around $576 million.

Some of the members of this team arrived in Oklahoma yesterday and will be spending the next couple of days in the state looking at our wheat industry, OSU Research efforts and more- we will be covering a special signing ceremony that is an extension of the agreement signed in Washington this morning on campus at Oklahoma State University.

"We have long had mutually beneficial trade relations with the Taiwan milling and flour products industry," Peterson said. "U.S. wheat farmers pioneered the market more than 60 years ago by meeting with members of the developing flour milling industry. One innovative plan involved those flour millers donating the equivalent of $1.00 for every one metric ton of imported U.S. wheat to a wheat foods foundation that eventually established what is today the China Grain Products Research & Development Institute. The members of TFMA continue to be reliable trading partners that fully recognize the value of purchasing quality U.S. grown wheat."

Click here to read more about the letter of intent signed by Taiwan Goodwill Mission. 

Three USMEF's Dan Halstrom on What Japan's Meat Trade Really Wants from the US Beef Cattle Industry

Dan Halstrom, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation has been in abroad recently as part of a trade mission to Japan. In an interview with me, he explained what exactly it is the Japanese meat trade wants from the US beef industry.

"They want us to continue being a very reliable supplier as we have been for decades on beef to Japan," Halstrom said. "I think our major importers, our major trade partners, the customers of those importers and the retailers and food service companies, etc.... I think there is a large amount of enthusiasm for the progress that's being made under the negotiations process and the fact that sooner rather than later we will be on a competitive level playing field."

Halstrom insists the relationship between the US beef industry and its loyal Japanese customers is very important to their mutual success. Halstrom reports that in 2003, prior to the infamous BSE scare, the US controlled approximately 70% of Japan's imported beef business. Ever since then, after the BSE scare, the US beef industry has been battling to regain that lost ground from its competitors. Today, US market share in that arena is about 50%. With a formal bilateral trade agreement in the works between the US and Japan, coupled with the level of enthusiasm of Japanese customers behind that deal, Halstrom is confident in the industry's future prospects to expand.

You can listen to the whole conversation between Halstrom and I on Thursday's Beef Buzz - here


Oklahoma's drought situation continues to remain about steady this week with only slight adjustments across the board on the most recent Oklahoma Drought Monitor Map. All categories were incrementally higher compared to the previous week, with the exception of "Extreme Drought" which decreased modestly from 2.82% last week to 1.97%.

As you can see from the graphic above, the drought is most intense in the southwestern corner of the state from which the majority of the affected area begins to spread outward. Pockets of drought are also seen confined in the southeast corner of the state as well as limited areas in the Panhandle region.

State Climatologist Gary McManus reports that chances of rain in the state will arrive sometime Thursday and will likely extend through the weekend. Any storms that are able to form will bring with them some cooler weather though no signs of extended fall weather in the forecast yet.

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

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The Department of Agriculture is giving dairy producers an extra week to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage program.

USDA's Bill Northey told lawmakers Thursday the deadline will extend to September 27. Northey made the comment during a House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management hearing. The Farm Service Agency later announced the deadline extension. More than 21,000 dairy farmers have signed up for the program.

Authorized by the 2018 farm bill, the program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost, known as the margin, falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. Margin payments have triggered for each month from January through July.

Dairy producers who elect higher coverage levels could be eligible for payments for all seven months. Under certain levels, the amount paid to dairy farmers will exceed the cost of the premium. USDA is joined by the National Milk Producers Federation in encouraging dairy producers to visit their Farm Service Agency office to enroll. For more information, click here.

OK Corral, a new beardless wheat variety, has been released by Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with seed available through Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks.

The variety will introduce greater versatility to farming and ranching operations while ensuring a high-quality crop through the end of the supply chain. It is highly recommended by OSU's Wheat Improvement Team for grain-only, dual purpose and graze-out or hay production. 

"OK Corral is our best all-around beardless variety since Deliver, which was released in 2004, and overall is the most attractive beardless variety in the hard red winter wheat marketplace today," said Brett Carver, lead wheat breeder and holder of the OSU Wheat Genetics Chair. "The newly released variety is expected to service wheat acres throughout Oklahoma but especially western areas of the state, as well as northwestern Texas."

You can read more about OK Corral from Carver, by clicking or tapping here

In a meeting held Thursday by the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee to discuss an interim study on the possible introduction of legislation that would support the mandatory origin labeling of meat products produced in Oklahoma, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Michael Kelsey addressed state lawmakers testifying that such policy would be in contrast to the interests of Oklahoma beef producers.

"We don't see the need to mandate a label," Kesley testified, "because we would rather do that and then achieve the value on our own. So, with all due respect to you all, thank you for cheering us along but don't pass a law the mandates something on us. Cattlemen don't traditionally like mandates. They are a very independent lot so we would rather work and carve and do this on our own and that's the road we're going down."

Kelsey reported to the lawmakers gathered at the hearing that the OCA is currently in the process of developing a similar program through its own grassroots efforts, with the notable difference of voluntary participation rather than mandatory participation as is proposed by the study in question at the hearing. Kelsey also pointed out that presently, labelling a product in such a manner is in fact illegal by the definition of federal law. The voluntary program in development at the OCA, however, would assist local producers in capturing added value based on certain quality markers - but again all conducted within a voluntary framework.

Click here to listen to the dialogue from Kelsey wit lawmakers about Labeling of Beef in Oklahoma. 

Eight UPDATED: OSU to Host Meetings This Fall Offering State's Agricultural Producers Valuable Insights Into Farm Bill

Agricultural producers who want to take maximum advantage of changes in the current farm bill should plan to attend one of a series of meetings this fall put on by Oklahoma State University in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"There is no cost to attend but we are asking participants to RSVP ahead of time to aid in our planning and ensure we have sufficient meeting materials, refreshments and food on hand," said Amy Hagerman, assistant professor of agricultural and food policy with OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "Most of the meetings will take place in the mornings, so we're starting people off with a free breakfast thanks to generosity of a number of sponsors."

The dates, times and locations are now posted, click here to jump to that complete schedule. 

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