Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/26/2020, 5:03 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.

OKC West in EL Reno felt the same wrath from the global market wrath of the Corona virus that was seen Monday at the OKlahoma National and Joplin Markets- Calf Trade in El Reno on Tuesday was $7 to $10 lower- 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 26, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

A long, winding path has taken Oklahoma native Gary O'Neil from an Osage County diary, through several states, to his current position as USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist for Oklahoma.

His 37-year journey was celebrated Feb. 24 as he was inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame as a Friend of Conservation. The ceremony was held during the annual banquet for the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

"It is very humbling to be in the same discussion with some of the many great individuals who have worked on conservation in Oklahoma," O'Neil said.

Armed with a degree in agriculture economics from Oklahoma State University, O'Neil started his conservation career in 1983 when he was hired to work on the economic benefits of implementing conservation measures focusing on watershed programs in Oklahoma. 

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Class 19 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program have seen a large variety of agricultural operations- but perhaps none any more fun than Llamas Del Sur just outside of Temuco, right at 400 miles south of the Capitol, Santiago, Chile. Greeting the group with a big smile and lots of knowledge about Llamas and Alpacas was Alejandra Von Baer, whose parents started the Llama operation about thirty years ago.

The early days had the Von Baer's winning national shows and selling stock for upwards of $10,000 to even $20,000 a head to eager buyers in the US and Europe- but the hot market soon tunred cold- and prices for the live animals plunged. Now, Alejandra tells me that they do still sell some of the animals domestically- but a typical price is $600 to perhaps $700 US per head.

With the collapse of the live animal market, Alejandra says the family was determined to reinvent the operation- and they have been working on establishing a world class Agri-Tourism facility- she calls it a "family fun destination." Of course the stars are the Llamas and Alpacas- they maintain a good sized herd to make sure people really enjoy that part of the experience. They have also added cows, goats, dogs and sheep. (One ewe wandered right in with the guys to the men's bathroom.)

The Class had a great time with the Llamas- and several even got selfies- and we caught one class member getting his selfie

And if you want to check out pictures out from Class XIX in Chile- click here

FINALLY- if you want to learn more about applying for Class XX of the OALP- click or tap here. 

In today's Beef Buzz, I talked  with Dr. Shalene McNeil, Executive Director, nutrition science, health science, culinary, and outreach for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

McNeil talks about the process of updating dietary guidelines by the USDA and FDA. McNeil has taken the lead in interacting with the advisory committee on dietary guidelines. The committee will hold its 5th public meeting before issuing a final report to the USDA and FDA in May.

McNeil says so far it has been a mixed bag of positive and negative issues to overcome for the beef industry.
"We've talked a lot about check-off funded research on beef as a 'first food' for babies and the importance of beef in the early stages of life," McNeil said.

She noted that infants need nutrient-rich food such as beef.

On the other end of the age spectrum, McNeil has worked with the committee on recognizing the fact older people need more protein in their diets to maintain muscle mass. Beef is an excellent source of protein.That's the good news.

The bad news is the committee is still talking about a healthy diet low in red and processed meats. McNeil said that's because they are looking at old research focused on unhealthy diets with beef.
The NCBA dietary scientist added she is feeling better about the guideline process as the current committee is more diverse.

According to Dr. Todd Hubbs of the University of Illinois, "Old crop corn basis and futures spreads continue to signal a smaller crop scenario than the price levels in the futures market suggest. Futures price levels reflect the uncertainty associated with the coronavirus and the potential weaker growth its continuation promises. Producer grain holding remains the popular explanation for a strong basis and small futures spreads. If that is the case, basis levels should weaken whenever producers give up and move old crop stocks.

"Old crop July futures maintained a range between $3.95 and $4.05 from mid-December until the outbreak of the coronavirus in late January. Since the emergence of the disease, old crop futures continue to grind lower with July futures closing last Friday at $3.83. The macroeconomic and global demand uncertainty associated with the virus looks to continue over the near term and place downward pressure on prices.

"Old crop basis levels in Illinois maintained strength in recent weeks. The average spot cash price of corn in Central Illinois, for example, was 2.5 cents under March futures on February 21. In the previous three years, the average cash price on that date was 23.5 cents under March futures. The futures spread from March to July sits at a mere 6.25 cents and provides a weak signal to store corn. Cash price bids in Central Illinois sit near $3.71 through May with processors offering 10 - 20 cents higher bids."

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Information about the theft of 262 head of cattle off a Lipscomb County ranch just got a lot more valuable.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Ben Eggleston said rancher Bob Adcock has added $10,000 of his own money to the $1,000 reward offered by Operation Cow Thief. The reward will be paid to an individual who provides information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible for the crime. Eggleston said all information is kept confidential, and tips may be provided anonymously by calling 888-830-2333.

On Feb. 18, Adcock reported the steers and heifers missing from the Bill Merydith Ranch located at 14135 County Road U in Perryton. He said most of the cattle were black, but some were red and other mixed colors. They weighed between 500 and 550 pounds each. All are branded with a Lazy 11 on their left shoulder. 

To read more about the missing cattle, click here: 

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA) CEO Colin Woodall today spoke at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with the Unlock American Investment Coalition about the need to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

This event was held ahead of the White House Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) second hearing tomorrow in Washington D.C. on proposed updates to NEPA.

"NEPA in its current form has become a costly and time-consuming burden for ranchers, with some ranch families facing grazing permit delays as long as 30 years," said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall, who spoke at today's press conference event in Washington. "I want to thank President Trump and his team at CEQ for listening to rural America and bringing common sense back to an outdated law.

These proposed changes are welcome news for thousands of ranchers and farmers whose livelihoods depend on NEPA reviews."

Led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Unlock American Investment Coalition is made up of 45 organizations representing a diverse cross section of the American economy who who are all in favor of updating NEPA - a law that was first enacted 50 years ago and has not been substantively amended in nearly four decades. 

Phillip "Pete" McDaniel, Apache, received the Oklahoma Farmers Union Meritorious Service Award at the 115th Annual American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) State Convention. The award was presented by AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh at the convention banquet Feb. 15.

McDaniel was surprised by the award, which was held in secret until the time of announcement.

"I was at a loss for words; I was so stunned and shocked," said McDaniel, whose extended family also surprised him at the event. McDaniel did not know they were in attendance until the award was presented.

"I'm truly grateful," said McDaniel. "It's been the highlight of my life. I want to thank everybody-there's just so many and they all play a part, especially the employees."
The Oklahoma Farmers Union Meritorious Service Award-the organization's equivalent of its hall of fame-is rarely awarded. McDaniel is only the 13th recipient in the organization's history. The award is only given when an individual has merited such an honor and the organization as a whole feels it is deserved.

The OFU Meritorious Service Award shines a spotlight on individuals who give selflessly to the organization, who tirelessly advocate for AFR/OFU, family farms and Oklahoma agriculture, and who set a positive example for other AFR/OFU members to follow. Award recipients must exhibit these qualities over a long history with the organization, showing commitment, loyalty and consistency.

QuarterMaster  Quartermaster Creek Angus Bull Sale Happens Today

Quartermaster Creek Angus invites you to check out their 16th Annual Spring Bull Sale set for later today- the sale starts at 12:30 PM at the Ranch: 19564 E 840 Road in Leedey, Ok.

The Commercial Females will start the sale at 12:30 PM.

Mike and Annie Switzer will be selling 100 two-year old bulls sired by leading Al sires.

Also selling commercial two-year-old pairs and Open yearling heifers carrying QC genetics.

These bulls are rugged and ready for heavy service!

Click or tap here for the Quartermaster Creek Angus website- you will be able to check out the Sale Catalog there. 

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