Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/19/2020, 4:41 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 KC Sheperd 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.

OKC West Calf Trade on Tuesday saw steer and heifer calves $4 to $6 higher- click here for the complete report from USDA Market News


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 yesterday afternoon 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
   Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The new Oklahoma logo launched in February may not show up on Oklahoma tractors, trucks, and cows anytime soon. Still, there will be many places it can be viewed both inside and outside of Oklahoma, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell told Oklahoma Farm Bureau members Feb. 17 during the OKFB Leadership Conference.

After his speech, Oklahoma Radio Ag Network's Sam Knipp caught up with the Lt. Gov. to talk about the new branding program and some of these marketing goals for the state.

"A lot of it is just making sure that people around the country are planning a vacation. We're targeting them, inviting them to come to the state," Pinnell said. "One of the areas this will help in rural Oklahoma is putting more money into agritourism that we know sells well. We've got to micro-target the right people that would love to come to Oklahoma to spend money on those kinds of things."

The Lt. Governor said the logo looks good on "stuff," and he would love to see it showing up on things in rural Oklahoma. In fact, he is working with Oklahoma's Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur, on blending the new logo with the established quilt trail that displays the quilting design on rural buildings.

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 Miguel Galdos is the Regional Manager for US Wheat in the Santiago, Chile office. He and his team represent US Wheat farmers in much of South America- including in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Columbia.

Galdos spent time with Class nineteen of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program in Santiago on Tuesday as the class continues their capstone experience in Chile this last half of February. Galdos told OALP class members that the region served out of Santiago is a twenty million ton market annually- and that the US has been able to capture twenty to thirty percent of the market consistently. He believes some things are happening that bode well for US sales of Hard Red Winter wheat into South America.

One of those factors is the recently announced tariff quota rate that Brazil has established for up to 750,000 metric tons of wheat to be imported into Brazil with no import tax- those sales to come from non Mercosur countries. He's hopeful that US interests will be competive for our share of the quota.

Looking ahead, Galdos has a goal of getting US wheat market share up to 40% in the region- telling Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Ron Hays after his presentation to the OALP- "well, it's a very embitious number- but we are hungry and we know that our hard red winter is a very versatile wheat that can be used for different end uses. and especially for baking puposes. Nearly 70% of the total wheat imported in our region is going to the baking industries. Galdos adds US Wheat Associates is working with bakers to show the advantages of US Hard Red Winter wheat in South America

To hear more from Galdos, click here: 

The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma is proud to award five deserving, young agriculturalists with the Today's Agriculturalists Under 40 award for those who excel as ag educators, crop farmers, livestock producers, as an ag professional or as an agricultural business owner.

The 2020 recipients include, Brady Sidwell, Agriculture Business; Travis Bradshaw, Agriculture Educator; State Representative Trey Caldwell, Agriculture Professional; Cody Goodknight, Crop Farmer; and Kelsey Pfeiffer, Livestock Producer.

Today we want to highlight Travis Bradshaw an Agriculture Educator in Elgin. Bradshaw says this award isn't just for him, but for all the Ag teachers in Oklahoma, "Year-round our Ag teachers are committed to the Livestock Industry. So they are helping students day in and day out. Whether its selecting livestock, whether its feeding, whether its transporting those animals to stockshows, working with them day to day on showmanship skills. Its helping that student to develop those skills of responsibility, of nutrition, of herdsmanship, all those things. Its a critical part of our job, and its not easy, so I really do accept this award on behalf of my fellow Ag Teachers."

The five recipients were recognized at the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma's Annual Banquet and Chalice Auction on February 13, 2020 at The Springs in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The annual event brings ag industry leaders, sirloin club members, legislators and welcomed guests to celebrate the successes of the past year and fundraise to help support Oklahoma 4-H and FFA students who participate at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and in the National Land Judging Contest.

The Radio Oklahoma Ag Network talked to all five honorees and will be individually featuring each winner in the next week on the website Oklahoma Farm Report, in the Ron Hays Daily Email and on the statewide radio network.

On today's Beef Buzz, I talk with Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Assoc. Woodall explains why recent trade victories are a big deal for the cattle industry.

Woodall said the trade victories are why the industry spends so much time on trade, and you can look at the innocuous beef tongue like a good example. In the U.S., a beef tongue sells for about a $1 per pound, Woodall said. In Japan, that same beef tongue goes for $13 to $15.
"That is a great return on something Americans just aren't eating," said Woodall.

In 2019 we were selling almost $2 billion of beef products to Japan with a 38.5% tariff. Reducing that tariff to 9%, and catching up with all our competitors is a huge win for our industry, said Woodall.
The NCBA CEO also talked about continuing to push the USDA to complete its study of the market impact on the Tyson plant fire last summer in Garden City, KS.

NCBA was the first group that had an official request with the USDA and CFTC to make sure things were working correctly, said Woodall. He noted it could have an impact on the reauthorization of mandatory price reporting requirements, which is up before the U.S. House and Senate Ag Committees.

"We want to make sure the markets work," said Woodall. He noted they have talked with many independent economists and the markets do indeed work, but maybe not always in your favor, depending on where you are at in the chain

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The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) is pleased to announce that it is accepting grower enrollment for the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest! The Contest is divided into two primary competition categories: winter wheat and spring wheat, and two subcategories: dryland and irrigated.

The Foundation is accepting entries for Winter and Spring Wheat. The deadline for Winter Wheat entries is May 15th with an early registration deadline of April 1st. The Spring wheat entry deadline is August 1st, with an early registration deadline of June 15th.

"Now in its sixth year, we hope to make the National Wheat Yield Contest its most successful yet. We anticipate breaking our record of eligible entries and for the quality criteria to continue to make the Contest more competitive," stated NWF Board President and Idaho wheat grower Wayne Hurst. "Again, the National Wheat Foundation would like to thank our sponsors for helping to make the Contest available to all wheat growers across the United States."

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NMPF commends the 58 members of the House of Representatives who wrote FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn today, urging the agency to quickly finish and act upon its examination of how to enforce regulations defining what may be labeled a dairy product.

"The deception caused by mislabeling of imitation products is both unfair to our hardworking dairy farmers and problematic for consumers, making it harder for Americans to make educated decisions about what they feed themselves and their families," wrote the lawmakers in the bipartisan letter, which was led by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT), Mike Simpson (R-ID), Anthony Brindisi (D-NY), and John Joyce (R-PA).

Citing public health concerns expressed by medical groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the members of Congress said they appreciated that Hahn saw the topic of fake dairy labeling as "a public health and nutrition matter" while calling action on it "long overdue.

The faculty of Texas Tech University's School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo continues to take shape as renowned horse expert and veterinarian Britt Conklin has been hired as the new Associate Dean for Clinical Programs.

Conklin, who earned his undergraduate degree in 1997 from the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR), has served as the senior equine professional services veterinarian for Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health since 2012. He also established a breakthrough veterinary practice in Weatherford after graduating from veterinary school.

"Being raised here in the Texas Panhandle, in production agriculture, has shaped the character and veterinarian I have become," Conklin said. "I am thrilled to be part of this exciting program and, as part of the Texas Tech family, I look forward to fostering those fundamental values we hold dear in the students who pass through this program."

Conklin possesses a diverse agricultural background that started in the Texas Panhandle. A 2019 CASNR Distinguished Alumni honoree, his focus with Boehringer-Ingelheim was on performance horse pharmaceuticals and chronic diseases that affect lameness and hooves of horses. In this role, he provided hundreds of hours of continuing education and hands-on instruction and has been the keynote speaker at more than 20 different state, national and international veterinary medical association meetings.

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