Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/10/2020, 5:30 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 here for the report posted Friday around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
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 10, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Danielle Beck, director of government affairs for NCBA, has been studying fake meat products for more than two years, and on Friday at the Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio, TX, she told us about just released consumer survey results on the products.

On Friday, NCBA released survey results that show widespread consumer confusion regarding the ingredient composition and purported benefits of plant-based fake meat products.

In an online survey of more than 1,800 consumers, less than half of the respondents understood the labeling term "plant-based beef" was intended to describe an entirely vegetarian or vegan food product. One major source of confusion uncovered by NCBA's research is that approximately one third of surveyed consumers believed that plant-based fake meat products contained at least some real beef in them. When asked to evaluate specific product labels and marketing materials from some of the leading plant-based fake beef products currently on the market, the results were astonishing:
  • Nearly two-thirds of respondents believed the fake meat products produced by Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods and LightLife contained real beef or some form of animal byproduct;
  • 32 percent of consumers who were shown a package of Beyond Meat's "Beyond Burger" plant-based patties (which features a cow icon) told researchers that they thought the patties contained at least small amounts of real meat;
  • 37 percent of consumers who were shown a package of Lightlife's "Gimme Lean", which features the word "Beef" highlighted in a red box, said the product contained at least some real beef. Neither product contains any real beef.
After the survery results were released, I sat down with Beck and she talked about the survey highlights- and the latest efforts by NCBA to demand that Federal regulations hold the Plant Based Protein companies' feet to the fire in being honest with consumers about these products.
Click or tap here to read more or to listen to Danielle Beck and I discuss the consumer survey and NCBA's efforts to make sure that these companies are candid in their dealings with consumers.

AND- you can click here for the actual study released on Friday by NCBA on Consumer Attitudes and Knowledge on Plant Based Fake Meat.

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt today announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation grants through the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). A total of $170.9 million in grants will be provided this year for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal lands. Oklahoma will receive $2.8 million.

Robert Toole, Oklahoma Conservation Commission Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program Director, said, "In addition to eliminating health and safety hazards, the State receives multiple economic benefits from the annual AML grant in the form of disposable income and the purchase of goods and services. Grant funding expended translates into jobs in areas such as construction, labor, equipment and other services. For every AML dollar spent for construction, $1.59 is returned to the local economy."

Trey Lam, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, said "Despite remarkable achievements, more than $120 million in un-reclaimed coal-related abandoned sites remain in Oklahoma's inventory."

In this week's Beef Buzz, Kevin Good, VP of Industry Relations and cattle market analyst for CattleFax, talks with me about the latest market forecast for 2020.

Good made headlines during the annul market outlook seminar at the cattle industry convention in San Antonio Thursday when he said beef prices the past 20 years have gone up at twice the rate of inflation, putting more dollars into the cattle producers' pockets.
"We're getting a bigger piece of that (consumer) pie compared to pork and poultry," Good said. "That's good messaging!

At the same, Good said we need to be aware of what the consumer is telling us.
"We have a consumer that is looking for a higher quality, more consistent product," said Good.

He added the consumer is interested in sustainability, humane treatment of the cattle and traceability.
Digging deeper into the data, Good said from 1980 to 1998, the total cattle herd was cut by 20 million head, and beef value, or the money coming into our system, was increasing at 1.3 percent a year. The inflation rate during that period was 4 percent per year.

"So, we were behind all the way through that time frame," Good said, "which meant cattle prices were flat, leading to that big draw down in the total herd."
During the last 20 years, just the opposite trend has occurred, Good said


The National Pork Board has opened the application period for a new series of to provide a pipeline of highly skilled employees for the pork industry. The Pork Checkoff has committed a total of $500,000 for the fellowships, which will fund professional student education and training in critical areas of impact, including animal science, feed science and management, engineering and human resources, among many others.

"Labor supply is a critical issue across the entire pork industry," said David Newman, president of the National Pork Board and a pig farmer representing Arkansas. "This fellowship program will develop highly trained professionals who possess skills and abilities with direct application to pork production now and in the future."

According to Chris Hostetler, director of animal science for the National Pork Board, past Checkoff research funding supported graduate students based on specific research priorities.

"While results of swine-related research is not the desired outcome of these fellowships, the Pork Checkoff recognizes that research is a critical component of professional student training," Hostetler said. "Research outlined in the proposal must be of importance for the pork industry."

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The American Hereford Association is debuting the Platinum Total Performance Breeder awards here in 2020.  
Ten Hereford breeders achieved this highest recognition by the American Hereford Association in 2020. That includes three breeders from Oklahoma- Express Ranches in Yukon, J.M Birdwell in Fletcher and Loewen Herefords of Waukomis.

The Platinum TPR program was established in 2018 to recognize breeders who participate in the Association's Whole Herd Total Performance Records (TPR™) program that was implemented in 2001 to create a more accurate database and increase the value of Hereford genetics.  
The Platinum TPR Breeder is the highest level of achievement when it comes to complete calf crop reporting. Breeders must meet all of the requirements of Gold TPR Breeder status plus genotype 85% of their calves with a weaning weight submitted. 
The Hereford Breed has also recognized 93 breeders that have achieved their Gold Level Standard. 
Four are from Oklahoma-  Douglas Banks, Ada, Leforce Land & Livestock Inc., Pond Creek, Mendel Hereford Ranch, Covington and Oklahoma State University, Stillwater all reached the standard of Gold TPR Breeders. 

Corteva1 Corteva Dropping Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide that's been sprayed on crops like strawberries, corn, and citrus, for many years to kill pests. Corteva, the largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, says it will stop manufacturing the product by the end of the year.

The insecticide has been linked in certain studies to neurological problems in children and has been called a threat to wildlife. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has resisted banning the product from the market, while saying that additional safety tests are needed.

Some states haven't waited for the EPA to make a decision and acted on their own. California is a state that says farmers can't use the insecticide after December 31st of this year. Hawaii was the first state to ban chlorpyrifos, with that ban to take effect in 2022.

The European Union has also banned using the insecticide. Corteva spokesperson Gregg Schmidt says demand for the product has "declined significantly" over the last twenty years. That's what drove the decision to stop manufacturing the product, not safety concerns. Corteva says that the company will continue to back chlorpyrifos during the EPA's review.

Smith Florida Cow Calf Producer Marty Smith Elected President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Fifth-generation Florida rancher Marty Smith was elected president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) at the annual Cattle Industry Convention on Ffriday afternoon. He replaces Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, Tenn., 2019 NCBA president.

Smith operates Smith Brothers-Wacahoota, LLC, a cow-calf operation in Central Florida, that has been in continuous operation since 1852. It retains ownership through feedlots in Texas, Kansas and Iowa.

"It's a tremendous honor to lead the oldest and largest national organization representing America's cattle producers," Smith said. "We have a great product with a great story, and I'm looking forward to helping tell that story without apology during the year ahead as President of NCBA."

During the 2020 activities in San Antonio, Smith sat down with with yours truly to talk about his involvement in the beef industry- and you can listen to our conversation with Marty (and read more about him) by clicking here.

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