Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/21/2020, 4:00 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.

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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 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
  Friday, February 21, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma is proud to award five deserving, young agriculturists with the Today's Agriculturists 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 Kelsey Pfeiffer, A 5th Generation Livestock Producer. Pfeiffer says his job is very rewarding, "It really is rewarding from the fact of just working with juniors and just seeing the next generation grow. That is what our main focus is; helping the next generation become better agriculture people as they go on through life."

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 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. 

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Two Bonanza!!! OALP Members Meet Real Life Cartwrights on Their Ponderosa and it was GOOD
 Cue the music from the Classic Television Show Bonanza that so many of us grew up with- Ben, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe Cartwright were all parts of our family- well Class 19 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program met a real life Cartwright during their travels in Chile as a part of their international Capstone experience. 
They met Martin Cartwright who owns the Ponderosa Farm in Central Chile. Martin has recently turned over the day to day operation of their fruit and nut farm to his son Sebastian- and while Martin and his family did not have to battle the bad guys of the old west in our American past- he has battled the equivalent in Chile's agriculture- telling the class how he and others really established Chile as a world class fruit exporter that rose from the political turmoil of the 1970s in this South American nation.
After managing farms early in his career in the late 1970s and early 1980s- he was able to start buying small plots of land and early on- Cartwright planted fruit trees- Cherry, Apple and Pears- but the real success story has been the Cherry Tree. 
Going for maximum production at the most efficient production costs- he borrowed an idea he heard about from the US Pacific Northwest to plant trees close together and actually have rows of the trees in a "v" trellis system with the trees leaning away from each other in the rows.
"We farm light" was what Cartwright told the Class- and that configuration allows his trees to get maximum sunshine down across the green forage- capturing more of the sun's energy and resulting in almost three times the national average production of cherry tree per hectare seen in Chile- about 19 tons per hectare in a good year. "There's only a certain amount of sunshine that lands upon one hectare of land- and that's what we have to capture and then turn into a beautiful looking fruit and that is what we have to do." He adds capturing the light efficiently is the way you maximize production. 
Click here for our complete story- including our audio visit with both Martin and son Sebastian- plus a link to our FLICKR album of pics from the OALP trip to Chile which includes more from the Ponderosa- and we have a video of Martin telling his story on the website via our YouTube page- 
For some reason- Constant Contact is being stubborn about adding the video onto the email- but click here and you will be taken over to YouTube where you can watch it- well worth your time!

During the past several weeks, Governor Kevin Stitt has delivered significant presentations to the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc., AFR/OFU, and, most recently, to Oklahoma Farm Bureau members.

His message has been consistent: Make Oklahoma a top 10 state by cutting regulatory red tape and increasing government efficiencies.

Stitt focused on the four significant areas of job growth and the economy, healthcare, education, and better roads and bridges.

He said it doesn't matter where you live; these four core areas are essential.

To meet his goals, it will take money. He told the farm group Oklahoma currently has a $1 billion savings account.

"I never want to have to cut core services again," said Gov. Stitt. "So, when the time comes, we can inject our savings without cutting core services."

He encouraged farmers to let him know when they see any regulation that doesn't make sense.

They can go to and register their concerns.

"I want to make sure the government doesn't get involved in their business," said Stitt.

Superior Livestock Auction held a live broadcast sale in Norman Oklahoma today. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director, KC Sheperd, spoke with Legendary Auctioneer for Superior, Ralph Wade.

Wade said what sets Superior apart from other auctions is that they are in the business to market your cattle for you, "You know we're in the business to market your cattle to a huge buying power. We have over 6000 registered buyers from all over the United States that are watching and bid on the cattle, and you are in front of the world."

Superior will also go out to the producer's farm and talk to producers about the cattle and the operation, so buyers will know exactly what they are getting, "We go out to the ranchers to see if their program will fit what we're doing. We help them get into these programs and then we consign their cattle, we film them, and then they go up on National TV. We're real transparent. You can find out what the markets are doing pretty easy with what goes on at Superior Livestock."

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Oklahoma State University Extension Grains Market Analyst Dr. Kim Anderson talks about how protein could impact the overall price of wheat. Dr. Anderson belives that if we can get test-weight protein wheat on the market, then we will have relatively good prices.

You can click on the listen bar below to hear everything Dr. Anderson talks about the Wheat Trade Market, and the overall status of the markets.

On today's Beef Buzz I talk with Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Assoc. about the "battle over the Beef Check-off."

The NCBA supports the USDA in its efforts to retain oversight of the federal beef check-off program following litigation by R-CALF USA against the Montana Beef Council and several other state Beef Councils, claiming the program was not legal.

The oversight from USDA works and the firewall works to make sure no check off dollars go towards lobbying, said Woodall.

"Being able to depend on this ruling allows us to focus on promotion and not spending time in the courtroom," said Woodall.

Woodall said it would have been incredibly bad if the money collected from the check-off would not accomplish anything.
Woodall spoke strongly about R-CALF's attempt to waste producers' money.

"We need to hold R-CALF responsible for hurting this industry," said Woodall. A final ruling is expected this spring.

Woodall makes it clear the NCBA is not the check-off.

The NCBA is one of eight contractors of the check-off and there are internal audits to support us, said Woodall.

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Six of Oklahoma's top advocates for agriculture and rural Oklahoma were presented with the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Champion Award during the organization's leadership conference held Feb. 17-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

The award is presented to state lawmakers who went above and beyond to represent farmers and ranchers in the 2019 legislative session.

"Oklahoma farmers and ranchers have the crucial job of feeding and clothing our country and our world, so it's vital that the decisions made at the state Capitol preserve our ability to grow food and fiber," said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. "We are thankful for the opportunity to honor these outstanding legislators who worked tirelessly on behalf of agriculture and rural Oklahoma."

The 2019 Champion Award recipients included House Speaker Charles McCall, Rep. Dell Kerbs, Rep. John Pfieffer, Sen. Casey Murdock, Sen. Roland Pederson and Sen. Roger Thompson.

Champions are nominated by county Farm Bureau members and the OKFB board of directors. Award recipients received a plaque in recognition of their service to agriculture and rural Oklahoma. 

As agricultural markets respond anxiously to China's attempts to control its coronavirus outbreak with a countrywide quarantine, economists are urging patience.

The disruptions could turn out to be no worse than the economic equivalent of a few sniffles to international trade, Oklahoma State University experts said. Only two months since coronavirus 2019-nCoV, or COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China, it is still too early for projections.

"We are in uncharted territory," said Larry Sanders, OSU Extension agricultural economist. "It's been said that when the United States has an economic downturn, other countries catch a cold, and vice versa. Now, our biggest trading partner has a real virus and the rest of the world is dealing with the symptoms.

"We were just getting back on our feet from the way the current administration has dealt with trade difficulties in China - primarily the tariff situation, which harmed U.S. agriculture. We finally felt the trade deal that had just been worked out would leave us in a good position for at least a couple of years," he said. "Now, though, China's circumstances have changed and we don't know exactly what to expect."

At the beginning of February while speaking at a cattle convention, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue verbalized that uncertainty when he said the deadly infection might well draw down developing trade deals with China. Beijing agreed to buy an additional $12.5 billion in U.S. farm products this year, but the healthcare disaster could not have been predicted, Perdue said. He counseled the need to be "understanding" without providing specific details. 

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