Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 9/23/2019, 6:17 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 Friday, September 20th.
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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Last week, I sat down with Scott Dewald, president of CEO of REI Oklahoma. During our visit, Dewald discussed REI's mission and highlighted an upcoming event to showcase the organization's achievements over the past year. 

"REI stands for Rural Enterprise, Inc.," Dewald began. "It is a nonprofit economic development firm that was formed about 36 years ago by our founder, Wes Watkins. He formed the organization so we could download federal program funding into Little Dixie at the time. We're now delivering programs on a statewide basis."

Coming up Tuesday, October 8th in Shawnee at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Dewald says REI is hosting its second annual Dream Big Oklahoma event. This gala affair will serve to showcase REI's many achievements over the past year and recognize deserving individuals for their contributions.

You can listen to the whole conversation between Dewald and I regarding REI's achievements and their upcoming event, by clicking or tapping here

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Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey offered testimony during a special legislative interim study meeting this week on the labelling of beef and talked about OCA's recent efforts to build a branded beef program in the state. He was asked by one lawmaker about "fake meat" and responded with a story about the Impossible Burger from Burger King.

"That's a big topic within our industry right now is the Impossible Burger. I'll pick on Burger King because the Impossible Whopper is interesting... Burger King has fed us some interesting data," Kelsey said, reporting to the committee the information shared with the OCA from Burger King. "Sales of their Impossible Burger are going up. But they also report the sales of their beef has gone up. Not at the same level, but up. Ok, so why is that?"

According to Kelsey, the way in which Burger King has explained it is that it is all about the group dynamic that has started to develop among the consumer base. Kelsey explains that often times a group of four or five people will get together and decide to go eat- potentially at Burger King. However, one in the group will nix the idea, being a vegetarian and insisting the group consider another more inclusive option. With the advent of the Impossible Whopper, the entire group can be accommodated and Burger King profits the sale of three or four burgers in that scenario, plus an additional sale of an Impossible Whopper, rather than losing all the sales.

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

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke positively about changes the Department of Labor will make to modernize the H-2A process.

The Labor Department published a final, common-sense rule that becomes effective October 21, and eliminates the requirement to advertise job openings in local newspapers. Instead, it shifts the advertising to the Department of Labor and State Workforce Agency websites, which reach farther and are more cost-effective. The DOL's Office of Foreign Labor Certification announced updates to the H-2A forms and online filing process for the H-2A temporary agricultural programs. Perdue says the two actions will ease regulatory burdens on U.S. farmers and ranchers, making it easier for them to follow the law and hire farmworkers through the program.

"Both of these changes are absolutely critical and needed to improve the H-2A application process," Perdue says. "By bringing these processes into the 21st century, it allows farmers to be able to better and more cost-effectively advertise for the workers they need and fill out the required forms faster and more efficiently."

He adds that no one should have to hire a lawyer just to hire a farmworker. The DOL's final rule is designed to reduce burdens on American farmers and ranchers.

Click here to read more about the Labor Department's decision and what Secretary Perdue had to say. 

Taiwan Flour Millers Tour Oklahoma During Trade Mission That Saw the Millers Pledge to Buy 66 Million Bushels of US WheatFour

Representatives of Taiwan's Flour Mill Industry traveled to Oklahoma this past week, learning about the Oklahoma wheat industry. The team were interacted with Oklahoma State University wheat researchers, toured the Food and Ag Producers Center on campus in Stillwater, visited the Farmers Coop Association and Elevator in Ponca City, Oklahoma and spent time on the Don Schieber Farm just west of Ponca City in Kildaire.

While on campus Friday, the delegation participated in a signing ceremony with Oklahoma Secretary of Ag Blayne Arthur pledging to work closely with the Oklahoma wheat industry (See the text of the agreement below). Ahead of that signing ceremony, I talked with the Country Director in Taiwan for US Wheat Associates, Bo-Yuan Chen. You can hear their conversation describing what Taiwan buyers want when they buy from the United States- as well as what wheat flour is used for in Taiwan- plus you can read the text of the agreement signed on Friday by clicking or tapping here.

Earlier in the week in Washington, the Taiwanese trade team signed a more specific agreement with US Wheat Associates. That letter states that Taiwan Flour Millers Association 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.

The picture here shows Oklahoma Secretary of Ag Blayne Arthur sitting with the Executive Director of the Taiwan Flour Millers Association Tony Yi-Cheukn Shu as they prepare to sign the agreement.

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In 2018, 30 steers were donated to participate in the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation (OCF) Steer Carcass Challenge. The Steer Carcass Challenge is designed to provide an opportunity to donate to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation while creating a venue for friendly competition based on performanceand carcass merit of cattle.

"Approximately two thirds of the steers donated were from OCA members in unified counties. This means, the OCF sent half the profit off those cattle from unified counties back to the local level in support of active county cattlemen's associations," said Taylor Shackelford, OCF Coordinator.

The county payout checks were issued to the following local cattlemen groups: Custer, Garfield, Kiowa, PAC (Pushmataha, Atoka and Choctaw), Pittsburg, Pottawatomie and Tri-County (Cotton, Camanche and Tillman). Payout checks spanned from $396.54 to $3,309.27.

According to Shackelford, the steers are fed out at Xcel Feeders near Watonga, Okla. "We appreciate the support of Xcel Feeders and thank the crew there for working with us to feed the Foundation Steer Carcass Challenge steers," Shackelford said.

Click or tap here to read more about the Steer Carcass Challenge. 

Fifth-generation Nebraska rancher Jerry Connealy brings a lifetime of experience to his role as chairman of the Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) board of directors.

Growing up on the Sandhills ranch near Whitman that his great-great-grandfather homesteaded, Connealy took classes to learn how to artificially inseminate (AI) cows before he learned to drive. He watched his father purchase their first Angus cattle and slowly helped him build their registered herd.

"The sky is the limit," he says. "We're going to continue to set records and grow, and tap into those future customers who don't yet know about CAB. I see the brand as a huge wheel that struggled to get turning, but now that it is turning, it's going to be hard to stop."

Click or tap here to read more about Connealy and his time in leadership for CAB. 

For students studying animal science, interactive gaming can now help introduce concepts of working with cattle, before they've even stepped foot in a pen or pasture.

Nicholas Freeanimal science senior at Texas A&M University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences didn't grow up handling cattle, but he created a simulation that may help others build and expand their cattle-working skills.

CowSim is separated into three parts; the first section is designated to teach the player how to behave in an open environment with cattle. In the second section, players learn the proper techniques needed for driving cattle in a production facility. In the last section, players apply their knowledge from the previous sections by leading the cattle through the facility with additional obstacles.

You can read more about CowSim, by jumping over to our website

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Pork CouncilOklahoma 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!

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