Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 10/10/2019, 5:22 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 Carson Horn on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more. offered 
666 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling.  Click here to see their complete market results.

Feeder steers and heifers sold steady to 4.00 higher Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Click here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report.

Superior Livestock has their regular every other week Video Sale planned to start at 8 AM this morning- Superior Sunrise kicks off at 7:30 AM- 22,500 Head to be sold today- click or tap here to check out the details. 

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 Wednesday, October 9th.
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
   Thursday, October 10, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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Dr. Sarah Low is an associate professor of regional economics and holds the Fred. V. Heinkel Chair in Agriculture within the Division of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Missouri and is also director of MU Extension's Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development program. Low's research interests revolve around rural economic development-motivated in part by her upbringing in both rural Iowa and rural Scotland. Her current research focuses on rural entrepreneurship and innovation, food manufacturing dynamics, the relationship between financial capital availability and rural firm survival, and the impact of broadband access on rural entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday, Dr.  Low was the morning keynoter at the Oklahoma Rural Economic Outlook Conference hosted by Oklahoma State University, during which she spoke with us about her research. Dr. Low believes the American economy continues to transition from being product-based to service-based, and as a result, rural citizens and business-owners are struggling to remain viable.

Click or tap here to continue reading about Low's research on the changing rural economy and listen to our full conversation for her advice on how these affected communities can overcome these challenging times and economic obstacles.

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It has been a full two months since the infamous August fire incident shuttered the Tyson meat packing plant in Holcombe, Kan. occurred. Though the plant is still closed and likely to remain that way until at least the end of the year, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says both the industry and the markets are getting past the incident. We feature comments from both Dr. Peel as sell as his counterpart at K-State, Glynn Tonsor,  in this report.

"There are still some impacts of the packing plant fire in cattle markets to some extent. It is fading as we expected relatively quickly for the most part," Peel remarked, crediting the competency of the packing industry in its ability to quickly and effectively react to the situation. "The packing industry really did a good job of doing some emergency things- particularly large Saturday kills to keep slaughter rates up. So, we've continued to move cattle. There's been no significant back log of fed cattle that didn't get processed in a timely way."

As a result, Peel reports that the boxed-beef market quickly shot up and just nearly as quickly retreated back to price levels consistent with where they typically are this time of year. The feeder cattle market too, which Peel says initially gapped down on the futures significantly impacting cash markets, is starting to bounce back. What has been most affected, though, is the fed cattle market. According to Peel, there is a tight squeeze on packing capacity currently as it continues to be pressed nearly to its limits. Keeping fed cattle supplies moving through the pipeline in a timely fashion is proving to be the most challenging task of all.

Listen to yesterday's Beef Buzz, here, for more insights into the current situation in the beef markets as the industry struggles to recover from the Tyson packing plant fire back in August.


Two members of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association yesterday joined President Trump at a White House event spotlighting past federal overreach by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. During the event, the President signed two Executive Orders that will provide more clarity and transparency to often-daunting and complicated federal regulatory processes.

"Today's event at the White House demonstrates the effectiveness of our association's efforts in having meaningful and lasting positive impacts on regulation reforms that benefit our industry, rural communities and family ranching operations," said Nevada public lands rancher J.J. Goicoechea, who participated in this afternoon's West Wing event. "We stand ready and committed to further assist President Trump's administration in further improvements."

NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane echoed Goicoechea's comments.

"Time and time again over the past three years, this Administration has proven its commitment to regulatory relief and reform for agricultural producers," Lane said. "Washington needs to help our producers succeed and continue to help feed the world - not actively try to put them out of business. The Trump Administration understands that, and we look forward to continuing our work with them toward that goal."

Our Webstory includes more on this event- and has links to the Fact Sheet from the White House on the Executive Orders and the Video which includes comments from the President and several private citizens that have been impacted by Overreach- click or tap here to jump there.

A group of researchers in Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources recently received funding from the USDA as art of a continuing cooperative agreement on the efficient use of water in agriculture.

Led by Chuck West, Director of the CASNR Water Center and the Thornton Distinguished Chair in the Department of Plant and Soil Science, the consortium was awarded $213,568 from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service to conduct studies specifically targeted for water efficiency practices on the Great Plains of the U.S. that lie over the Ogallala Aquifer, a major source of irrigation for crops and livestock.

The funding comes from the USDA Ogallala Aquifer Program, which has provided funding to Texas Tech, other schools and the USDA Agricultural Research stations in Lubbock and Bushland since 2003.

West said the most recent funding for Texas Tech will go toward continued support of research on economic and policy issues bearing on groundwater use, soil health under cover crops, irrigation scheduling of vineyards and the use of prickly pear as a forage crop. New research projects being funded include answering questions about precision irrigation and adding biochar, a charcoal used for soil enhancement, to the soil to increase water use efficiency of cucumbers and sweet corn crops.

Click here to read more about the research this grant will fund.


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The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved a proposal to rename OSU's veterinary center the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

"Proper branding of our College of Veterinary Medicine is important to strengthen its place and reputation among its peer institutions and stakeholders worldwide," said Dr. Carlos Risco, dean of the veterinary college. "The College of Veterinary Medicine is the umbrella that encompasses the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, the College of Veterinary Medicine Ranch, the Equine Research Park, Gaylord Center for Excellence in Equine Health, and the Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases. The National Center for Veterinary Parasitology is also housed here in the veterinary complex at OSU."

Formerly known as the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, it was the only one whose name did not contain veterinary college or veterinary school of the other veterinary colleges in the United States and most international colleges of veterinary medicine.

With the recent rebranding of Oklahoma State University, Risco felt this was the perfect time to change the college name as the College of Veterinary Medicine strives to strengthen the OSU brand in Oklahoma, across the nation and throughout the world. Click or tap here to learn more.

This week, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, in partnership with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission announced information and registration details for the 2019 Area Meetings.

There are five area meetings held throughout the state during November. These full day seminars are for conservation district directors, conservation district employees, and community stakeholders to share concerns and solutions about local conservation issues.

"Conservation Districts are the natural bridge between local farmers/ranchers and their state and federal government. The Area Meetings are an opportunity for conservation district directors, conservation district employees, and the leadership of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to discuss how to best address natural resource concerns on private working lands," said Sarah Blaney, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meetings will start at 9:00 a.m. The meetings will conclude by 3:00 p.m. The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch. For an agenda, please click here.

BroadbandAND Finally- You Already Know It- BUT Rural Broadband Sucks

A new study commissioned by the United Soybean Board (USB) reveals the lack of access to broadband in rural areas takes a significant toll on American farmers and the economy.

According to "Rural Broadband and the American Farmer: Connectivity Challenges Limit Agriculture's Economic Impact and Sustainability," an alarming 60% of U.S. farmers say they do not have enough connectivity to run their businesses. USB initiated the rural broadband study to better understand how and why farmers currently access the internet, and the implications that access has for farm business decisions, economic viability and overall sustainability.

Data from the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service indicates that farming contributes to nearly $133 billion of our country's gross domestic product. Based on USB's rural broadband survey, the lack of connectivity negatively impacts farmers responsible for $80 billion of gross domestic product.

"End users ask farmers to deliver a consistent and high-quality crop without adequate internet access and reliable broadband speeds, which undoubtedly impacts their efficiency and sustainability," says Tim Venverloh, vice president of sustainability strategy for USB.

Other significant findings include:
- 78% of farmers do not have a choice in internet service providers.

- 60% of farmers say the internet service they do have is slow, with most relying on cell signals or hotspots to connect to the internet.

- 40% of farmers have a fixed internet connection, while others rely on satellite connections.

Read more about this study by clicking here. 

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

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