Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/4/2020, 4:01 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.
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.
Oklahoma National Stockyards had 6,600 head on Monday- Compared to last week: Feeder steers 1.00-6.00 higher. Feeder heifers and heifer calves steady to 3.00 lower. Steer calves mostly steady to 3.00 higher with instances of 8.00 higher on 450-500 lbs. Demand moderate to good, especially good for lighter feeders headed to grass pasture. Click or tap here for the complete closing report.

OKC West in El Reno had a really light test for their Cow and Bull turn on Monday- Compared to last week: Slaughter cows boners sold 1.00 lower. Breakers and Lean cows too lightly tested. Slaughter bulls mostly 2.00 lower. Click here to check the full report.

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 Monday Afternoon- February 3rd.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- the report as of Monday afternoon, 2/3/2020.

Joplin Regional Stockyards had just over 7,500 head of cattle on Monday- Compared to last week, steer calves 2.00 to 5.00 higher, yearling steers unevenly steady to 5.00 higher, heifers under 550 lbs steady to 5.00 lower, heifers over 550 lbs steady. Click here for the report from USDA Market News.
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, February 4, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin to show up in farmers' bank accounts by the end of this week.

"It's been a great start to 2020 for American Agriculture with the signing of the historic Phase One Deal with China and the signing of USMCA," said Secretary Perdue. "While these agreements are welcome news, we must not forget that 2019 was a tough year for farmers as they were the tip of the spear when it came to unfair trade retaliation. President Trump has shown time and again that he is fighting for America's farmers and ranchers and this third tranche of 2019 MFP payments is proof. President Trump is following through on his promise to help and support farmers as he continues to fight for fair market access just like he did with China."

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Governor Kevin Stitt delivered the 2020 State of the State address in the State House chamber on Monday, building a vision for continued state agency reform and consolidation in order to deliver Top Ten outcomes in critical categories of government transparency, health care, criminal justice reform, transportation, and more.

In his State-of-the State address, traditionally the kick off of the yearly Legislative Session,  the Governor made it clear the path to Oklahoma's future prosperity travels through rural Oklahoma. Emphasizing a common refrain often repeated during his tenure, Gov. Stitt focused his address on moving the state towards Top Ten status by reducing government bureaucracy, reforming state agencies, eliminating inefficiencies and burdensome regulations.

Gov. Stitt promised to work with the legislature to devise better access to rural healthcare by reforming TSET.

He added that Farmers, ranchers and other businesses will benefit from reduced red tape and improved roads and bridges.

After his greetings- the Governor jumped into his second State of the State by saying  "Let me get right to the point. The state of our state is growing in strength, stability, and new opportunity for generations to come.

"We are moving in the direction we all want to go: Top Ten in the Nation."

Friday afternoon USDA released their twice a year cattle inventory report. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director, Ron Hays, chatted with Oklahoma State Economist, Dr. Derrell Peel, about what he sees in the numbers so far, " Well, I think, you know, the overall message here is that cattle inventories are down slightly pretty much across the board. So that would suggest that for this typical expansion numbers did peak in 2019, and we have moved slightly lower. But, you know, not very dramatically lower."

Dr. Peel says the beef cow herd did come in a little lower than expected, "The beef cow herd was down 1.2%. Beef replacement heifers were down 1.9%, and that's pretty much as expected, with the idea that we are trying to expand the herd anymore. Overall, cattle numbers came in at 94.4 million head, down four-tenths of a percent. And in that pretty close to general expectation."

Even though there was some anticipation that we would see the beef-cow herd come down just a bit, Peel says we still have a good supply for the first part of 2020, "We still have a whole pipeline of feeder cattle coming through. We know that the lots are currently full, so this would suggest we've got a few more months here, to work through these feeder supplies before we see them back down a bit."

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 50th anniversary commemoration the agency is kicking off a month-long look at progress in protecting America's waters. This month the agency will highlight its efforts related to protecting America's waters, including clean water infrastructure, safe drinking water, surface water protection, and emerging challenges.

"In honor of EPA's 50th anniversary, it is important to take a moment to reflect on the progress we have made in protecting our nation's waters to help support our health, our environment and our economy," said EPA Assistant Administrator for

Water Dave Ross. "This week, we are highlighting the agency's investment in water infrastructure projects that provide current and future generations with a healthier environment and stronger economy."

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Five This Week's Road Takes Us to 23rd and Lincoln to Meet With House Speaker Charles McCall

As the 2020 Oklahoma Legislative Session begins, the Speaker of the House in the Oklahoma Legislature, Charles McCall of House District 22, sat down with yours truly and talked about his eight years in the Legislature, his concerns with a State Question (SQ804) that may be considered by voters this fall that could radically change the Redistricting Process in the state, his Priorities for 2020 in the State House and More.

McCall has called Atoka home all of his life- except for the time spent away during his college days.  Before running for a "termed out" House seat eight years ago, he served his local community as the Major of Atoka. 

We talked about those eight years that he has traveled to Oklahoma City from Atoka- and the ups and downs that he has witnessed first hand.  McCall has spent a significant amount of his time in the House as one of its leaders- and believes the current status of state Government is one to be proud of. 

He added that the citizens of his House District seem to agree- with the message he got ahead of this year's session that is just beginning is "keep her in the middle of the road" and don't slip backward to some of the problems of the recent past. 

I would encourage you to take a listen and get to know this key state leader as he is one of the brokers in the State Legislature that can help or hinder the progress that Governor Stitt talked about a lot in his State of the State on Monday. 

Today's Episode of the Road to Rural Prosperity is made possible by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. Click here to jump over to our SoundCloud platform to hear today's Road Episode with Speaker McCall- or better yet- search for Road to Rural Prosperity in your favorite Podcast program and subscribe to our weekly visits as we talk Top Ten for Rural Oklahoma!. 

The Founding Fathers believed an accurate accounting of people living in the United States to be vitally important, and the benefits of taking part in the 2020 U.S. Census remain as noteworthy today as ever.

"More than $675 billion in federal funding is affected by U.S. Census data, so it is important to our local communities and area schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure and services that everyone be counted," said Greg Highfill, Woods County Extension director. "Skipping the census will have a negative effect on our county, and it's the same no matter the county in which you live."

It is more than just federal funding of state and local projects at risk, however. Local governments use U.S. Census data for emergency management and public safety planning and resource allocation. Public and private agencies and organizations use U.S. Census data for advocacy and community initiatives that affect the quality of life for Oklahomans and their families.

Seven Headed Down to San Antonio and the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention- This Week's Cowboy Hat Capitol of the World

Today through Friday- there will absolutely be no shortage of Cowboy Hats along the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio as the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention returns to city that has grown up around the Alamo and memories of the battle that helped shape the future of Texas and for that matter, the USA.

The last twelve months have been historic for US Beef Cattle Industry- and some of the recent wins  will be a part of the celebration this week.  

NCBA President Jennifer Houston of Tennessee has been in the White House more times than many of her predecessors as President Trump has signed multiple trade deals and that has given Houston a chance to wear her Cowboy Hat to those celebrations for many of those occasions. 

It's the final week for Oklahoma's Chuck Coffee to serve as the Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board- as he will rotate off of the CBB as Chairman at their wrapup meeting at the end of this week. 

Our coverage today through the end of the week is being powered by DuraCor Herbicide by Corteva AgriScience- and we will be reporting on our Radio Oklahoma Ag Network programs, in this email, on our website and via social media. 

AND- I hope to see many of you in the hallways, the meeting rooms and/or the Trade Show to catch up and enjoy a few moments of conversation.

I believe it will be a great week!!!!

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