Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/20/2020, 4:48 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!  

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.

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

This week's OKC West in El Reno feeder and stocker market had a bigger run than the week before- and higher prices to boot. Over 9,700 were sold this week- click here for the complete report compiled by 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- from Wednesday, February 19.
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, February 20, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Kent Bacus
with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association sat down and talked with me at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in San Antonio- As part of our latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast.

We talk about the recent trade agreements with EU, Japan, Mexico, Canada and China- and how they collectively make 2020 and beyond an exciting time to be in the cattle business. Today's podcast is being powered by the Oklahoma Rural Water Association.

Sponsor Spotlight
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.

Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur opened the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference earlier this week with an encouraging round of hope and optimism as she pledged to make 2020 a better year for farmers and ranchers.

Arthur outlined a series of priorities, including:     
*Increasing food processing operations in Oklahoma

*Celebrating 20 years of the Made In Oklahoma program.

*Focusing on our state's natural resources

*Resolving agricultural labor challenges

*Staying ahead and reducing animal health challenges that arose in 2019

*Working with Lt. Gov. Pinnell to promote profit opportunities in rural Oklahoma with the new branding and marketing program.

"We want to see more processing of raw commodities that will increase profit opportunities for our producers," said Arthur. She added consumers love the made in Oklahoma products, so there is a natural connection there to be expanded.

Three In the Middle of Drought- the Optimism of Harvest Seen in Central Chile by OALP Class XIX

As the travels of Class Nineteen of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program moved out of the capitol city of Santiago on Wednesday- the research the group had done on conditions in Chile was brought into sharp focus- parts of Chile have been in drought for an extended time and it showed as both a large commercial sized vineyard and a smaller family operated vineyard shared their worries about how dry it has been and how they will weather the dryness in the year ahead. 

The large commercial vineyard and winery, Perez Cruz, showed evidence that irrigation water was in short supply in the downsizing of their hectares in grape production(just over 400 acres)- down about ten percent in the last year. That could be seen in one large field that they simply chose not to water and the withered, dead vines could be seen as the group drove through the grounds to the headquarters of their oepration. The dead vines stood in contrast to the fields that were ripe unto harvest- a harvest that was literally happening as OALP arrived in Chile.  

Ana Maria De Galvardo with Perez Cruz told OALP members that the dryness was especially tough over the last year with limited snowfall in the Andes Mountains resulting in a much smaller than normal snowpack and little runoff to their location in the foothills of the vineyards. 

We talked with De Galvardo about the drought conditions and their grape harvest that was just starting- that conversation can be heard in our Top Ag Story report from Chile by  clicking or tapping here. 

One conference is offering two tracks of outstanding Soil Health information. Whether you live in an urban or rural area, there's a Soil Health workshop for you on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts State Meeting -

"Conservation@Home" and "Revitalizing Agriculture Systems" at the Edmond Convention Center, 2833 Conference Drive in Edmond.

While the State Meeting actually runs Sunday, Feb. 23 through Tuesday, Feb. 25, this one day is devoted to soil health speakers from both Oklahoma and nationally.

Sarah Blaney, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, on Wednesday said, "Thanks to a generous donor, we're able to offer 50% off registration for the next 40 people! It's a smorgasbord of regenerative land management that you don't want to miss."

Registration for either of the two Soil Health Tracks is $50 for participants and $25 for students, and includes lunch.

To Register Online, please go to: OK Conservation.

Sponsor Spotlight

Dating back to 1891, Stillwater Milling Company has been supplying ranchers with the highest quality feeds made from the highest quality ingredients. Their full line of A & M Feeds can be delivered direct to your farm, found at their Agri-Center stores in Stillwater, Davis, Claremore and Perry or at more than 125 dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. We appreciate Stillwater Milling Company's long time support of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and we encourage you to click here to learn more about their products and services.

On today's Beef Buzz, I talk with Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association about "defending the beef brand," and telling the NCBA story.

The minute he took the reins of the NCBA in 2019, Colin Woodall made it clear he was going to set the record straight on what his organization stood for.

"There's a lot of rocks being thrown at us, and we decided we're going to correct the misinformation and set the record straight," said Woodall.

One of the biggest rocks of misinformation was thrown by the Organization of Competitive Markets. That group claimed the NCBA had basically written themselves a check from beef checkoff funds to be used for NCBA programs.

"That's just not the way it works," said Woodall.

Another rock was the claim the NCBA is controlled by the packers and other corporate entities. "We are led by cattle producers," said Woodall. "The group sitting in our meetings determine our policies."

Woodall said those who are making the false claims don't know how the process works, and if they want to have input, then they need to show up.

As the late, great Oklahoma cattleman Paul Hitch once said, "Decisions and policies are made by those who show up.

Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies.

The coalition will share with elected officials, media and the public U.S. agriculture's commitment to sustainability and the incredible strides already made to reduce agriculture's environmental footprint. As policy proposals are developed and considered, the goal is for the coalition and its guiding principles to serve as a foundation to ensure the adoption of meaningful and constructive policies and programs affecting agriculture.

Farmers and ranchers are committed stewards of the land, leading the way to climate-smart farming by promoting soil health, conserving water, enhancing wildlife, using nutrients efficiently, and caring for their animals. For decades, they have pushed past the boundaries of innovation thanks to investments in agricultural research and the adoption of practices that improve productivity, provide clean and renewable energy, enhance sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.

FSF members include American Farm Bureau Federation, American Pulse Association, American Sugar Alliance, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Barley Growers Association, National Cattleman's Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council of America, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Sorghum Producers, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Sunflower Association, Southern Peanut Farmers Association, United Egg Producers, U.S. Canola Association, U.S. Dry Bean Council, USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council, USA Rice.

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 feature Cody Goodknight, Crop Farmer from Chattanooga, Oklahoma. Goodknight says, "I grew up showing livestock, showing steers all the way through High School and very much enjoyed my time going to the spring livestock show at Oklahoma City, so this really hits home for me, and I'm happy to support the Oklahoma youth."

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.

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! 
We invite you to check out our website at the link below too that includes an archive of these daily emails, audio reports and top farm news story links from around the globe.   

God Bless! You can reach us at the following:  
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