Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/3/2020, 6:08 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.

Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- the report from Friday, January 31, 2020.
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, February 3, 2020 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Each year, generous sponsors team up with the Oklahoma Youth Expo and award nearly $300,000 in scholarships to Oklahoma's youth to help with their higher education goals.

"Our exhibitors continue to impress us with their success in the classroom, in their community involvement and their success in 4-H and FFA," said OYE Executive Vice President, Kass Newell.

For the 2020 OYE, Nine youth men and women have been declared as Academic All State Award Winners- including Laramie Coffey of Morrison FFA, Pace Mittelstaedt of Amber-Pocasset FFA, Jentry Squires of Kingfisher FFA, Landri Chaplin of Weatherford FFA, Karstyn Cantrell of Skiatook FFA, Kyra Elliott of El Reno FFA, Kaylee Rolph of Dewey FFA, Raegan Klaassen of Hydro-Eakley FFA and Cooper Sneary of Alva FFA.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic success, community involvement and leadership. All recipients are required to have previously competed at OYE and all scholarships can only be redeemed at an Oklahoma Higher Education Institution. More than 85 Scholarship Award winners will be honored ahead of the Grand Champion Drive at the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo at State Fair Park on March 19th.

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Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April. 
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Tulsa City Farm Show. 
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 23-24-25, 2020.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2020 Oklahoma City Farm Show.  To learn more about the Oklahoma City Farm Show, click here

The Animal Disease trace-back program (ADT), was put on hold back in the middle part of 2019 by APHIS of the US Department of Agriculture.. State Veterinarian for Oklahoma, Dr. Rod Hall, believes strongly in the trace-back for all animals, whether it be for the older animals, or the younger animals- and is hopeful the delay getting the program moving forward will be short lived. At the time the program was put on hold this pasts fall, USDA issued a statement, available here.

I caught up with Dr. Rod Hall at this past week's OCA Winter Policy Conference and he says that program may be ready to move forward in 2020, "We were on a conference call just last week, with the USDA folks and that proposal that they had put out to transition to electronic identification for cattle, it was put on hold in October. They believe that they're going to go ahead and put that out for public comment probably next month in February. On the call, they were not sure how long it would be open for public comment. Probably 60 or 90 days, and then depending on those comments, they'll evaluate them, and then either decide to move forward with that timeline, although if they move forward with it, it probably has to be moved back about a year. 

"I guess if the comments are overwhelming, that the producers do not want to transition to electronic ID, then maybe it won't happen at all. I do believe from the people that I've talked to, that most people believe that we do need to transition, so I believe it will move forward. I think we'll just kind of move back about a year though from what the original proposal was."

This past Wednesday, the magistrate judge assigned to R-CALF USA's lawsuit alleging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) operation of the beef checkoff program violates the constitutional rights of U.S. cattle producers issued his findings and recommendations.

The judge found for the defendant- USDA Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue and the qualified state beef councils targeted by the populist group R-Calf.

A key issue in the case is whether the speech of the 15 state beef checkoff councils, which cattle producers finance through their mandatory checkoff dollars, is private speech or government speech. R-CALF USA's position is that the 15 state beef councils are private corporations expressing private speech and compelling cattle producers to fund that speech is unconstitutional.

The judge disagreed- but R-Calf CEO Bill Bullard offered his take that the cattle group's lawsuit forced USDA and the State Beef Councils to enter into MOUs to counter his organization's accusations. 

To be successful, any business person must develop a plan and then devise a strategy on how to work the plan to accomplish desired goals. That's especially important in the cattle business, where most cow-calf producers would agree that the return on investment on an annual cash basis is typically low.

Dr. Robert Wells of the Noble Research Institute says in order to become and remain profitable, producers must effectively manage the operation by paying close attention to all aspects of the ranch. If this is done correctly, revenue and expenses also will be accounted for. An intentional beef producer is one who takes the business seriously and is willing to go through the process of developing and working a plan for his or her operation

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BayerBayer Welcomes U.S. EPA's Reaffirmation that Glyphosate Is Safe 

 Bayer said Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's favorable conclusion about the safety of glyphosate in its Interim Registration Review Decision, based on the agency's expert review over a 10-year period, reaffirms that the extensive body of science continues to support the safety of herbicides containing glyphosate and that this active ingredient is not carcinogenic.

"EPA's latest decision on glyphosate-based herbicides adds to the long-term evaluation of leading international health authorities that these products can be used safely, and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic," said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President Crop Science Division. "Glyphosate-based herbicides are one of the most thoroughly studied products of their kind, which is a major reason why farmers around the world continue to rely on these products not only for effective weed control, but also to minimize tillage farming practices, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, preserve more land for native habitats, and provide enough food to meet the needs of a growing population worldwide. EPA's science-based, in-depth assessment by its expert team reflects a gold standard for scientific rigor that is respected by regulators and scientists across the globe.

Peel Beef Cow Numbers Shrink in Latest Cattle Inventory Report- Dr. Derrell Peel Explains All

On Friday, the USDA released their biennial Cattle Inventory report that shows a drop in US Beef Cow Herd down 1% at 31.316 million million head from a revised January 1, 2019 number of 31.690 million(75,000 fewer beef cows than the number of last year)

Texas Remains Top Beef Cow State at 4.57 Million head, Oklahoma is Second at 2.099 Million beef cows and Missouri is still third largest Beef Cow State at 2.083 Million Head.

OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel talked with me shortly after the report was released- and we got his initial thoughts on the report- saying the numbers were in line with what the trade was expecting and that the beef cow numbers went lower for the first time since 2014.

Take a listen to his comments by clicking or tapping here.

A group of young cattlemen that are part of Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's (OCA) Cattlemen's Leadership Academy recently raised $28,500 for the OK BEEF PAC.

The OK BEEF PAC is OCA's political action committee. Funds are used to support political candidates who appreciate, value and fight for a healthy thriving Oklahoma beef industry. A strong and growing OK BEEF PAC is necessary in order to help elect candidates who are friendly and supportive of Oklahoma beef cattle ranchers and their livelihood.

The fundraiser was a raffle that consisted of 12 items including a John Deere zero-turn lawnmower, hunts, ranch items and guns. The group worked together to sell 352 tickets. Several items were donated or sold at cost by generous supporters. Special thank you goes to P & K Equipment, Advantage Firearms, Bluestem Hunting Reserve, Webb Aviation, Coba Select Sires and Stillwater Milling.

RoadComing Tomorrow- We Hit the Road to Rural Prosperity and Head for the State Capitol

The 2020 State Legislative Session kicks off today- with Governor Kevin Stitt delivering his State of the State midday today. 

We have got you covered with our next Road to Rural Prosperity as we make a stop at the State Capitol and talk with one of the key players in that building here in 2020- details and a chance to hear our next edition of our Podcast coming tomorrow morning!!!

In the meantime- you may want to scratch your Precision Ag itch by listening to Episode 18- which is our conversation with Matt Waits of Proagrica- Click here to check it out and you can click here for our complete list of conversations that you may want to review- all excellent listening if you want to learn more about excellence we have uncovered from all corners of our great state!

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Great Plains Kubota, 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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