Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/27/2020, 5:01 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 sold 9,153 cattle on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week- the Wednesday yearling sale saw 
Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold 3.00-5.00 lower. Feeder heifers traded 7.00-10.00 lower. Click here for the complete report for the week 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
   Thursday, February 27, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) 2020 general signup must make an offer of acres or schedule an appointment to do so with their local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service center by Friday, February 28.

The general signup - which opened in December - is available to producers and private landowners who are either offering for the first time or re-offering acres for another 10- to 15-year term in the 35-year-old USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) conservation program.

"Call your FSA county office today to make an appointment to sign up for the Conservation Reserve Program," FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. "As long as you have an appointment scheduled, your CRP offer will be able to compete in this general signup, even if the appointment is in the first week of March. This is the first opportunity for general sign up since 2016, and we want to make sure interested producers and landowners take advantage of this popular conservation program."

Producers and landowners interested in the general signup must contact their FSA county office by Friday, February 28 to schedule an appointment. Visit to find nearest FSA county office.

To read more about the CRP deadline, click here: 

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.

Congratulations to Randy Gilbert and Rusty Gosz who have been announced as 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo Show Honorees. At the recent Sirloin Club celebration- we had the chance to talk with both Randy and Rusty about this honor- you can hear their comments from that night as a part of our web story by clicking or tapping here. 

Celeste Nelson, long time supporter of the Oklahoma Youth Expo congratulated both gentlemen on being recipients this year saying, " Smiles and willing spirit embody the two honorees selected for the 2020 OYE - familiar faces at the show for many years. These two men have consistently supported the show's activities throughout their various roles.

"Both men are graduates of Oklahoma State University in the School of Agriculture, focusing their education on the young pupils interested in that area.

"These are two of the most congenial and pleasant people with whom to work; their happy disposition help tackle their projects, and you can always depend on them.

"The list of past honorees is filled 
with some of Oklahoma's most outstanding agriculture people, and adding these two certainly continues to complement our group.

"Congratulations to both Randy and Rusty - we're proud to have you join the group."

In today's Beef Buzz, I talk  with Dr. Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo, Chief Animal Welfare Oofficer for Elanco. Oklahomans may remember her during her tenure in the Animal Science department at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Calvo-Lorenzo said animal well-being starts with the people responsible for caring for the animals.

A culture of animal well being must be established in your workforce, she said. The team of workers must understand why animals are vaccinated and handled safely.

Many critics of animal agriculture often use videos of animals being abused by workers. Dr. Calvo-Lorenzo said your workforce should not tolerate anyone coming in and abusing animals.

This reflects negatively on not just the animal industry but the workers themselves, she noted.

The former OSU animal scientist said the industry is doing a better job of installing animal welfare standards and producing more tools in multiple languages to increase awareness and implement better handling practices.

"Helping people understand how what and why is key," she said.

International travels of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program are not just about studying the agricultural activities of the host country- but also looking at the government and culture as well.

While some in Class 19 of OALP were a little skeptical of including Street Art in the educational process of the 2020 Chile travels- everyone came away from the walk down the hill through the UNESCO World Heritage site portion of the old city amazed at the talent displayed by many who have painted on the walls of Valparaiso over the last several years- and also came away with a perspective of the huge amounts of graffiti that is everywhere in Chile since the riots of last fall.

At that time, authorities announced a modest hike in metro fares in the capital Santiago on October 18- since then more than 30 people have died in protests which mushroomed in an outlet for wider discontent over social and economic inequality and rejection of conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera and his government.

Class members of the OALP have seen no violence- but have seen much evidence of the protests- mainly the graffiti that covers many buildings in Santiago and some buildings in the other communities that have been visited since arriving

You can see our pictures from our Chile travels in the OALP to Chile Album on Flickr- available here.

The international travel to Chile is the Capstone experience for the Class Nineteen Members of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program, a two year program that was established in 1982- based on a public-private partnership of Oklahoma State University and groups and individuals involved in agriculture. Over 500 graduates of the program have made a difference in rural life and production agriculture locally and nationally,

To learn more about the program- and to find our how you or someone you know can apply to be a part of Class XX- click or tap here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Kim Farber, former president of the Oklahoma Assoc. of Conservation Districts and veteran farmer from northwest Oklahoma, was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame as a District Director from Garfield County Conservation District.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Reporter, Sam Knipp, visited with Farber after the induction ceremony. "I'm a very strong believer in conservation," Farber said.

She noted one of the most significant changes is the move to no-till farming. "I think it's great for the soil," Farber said.

She noted farmers have adapted to the many changes over the years and adopted new methods to meet the constantly changing challenges. "You've got to be a good steward of the land," Farber said

March 27 through 29, Fort Worth, Texas, will host thousands of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association members as the Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo commences downtown. But the event is open to all, and offers can't-miss opportunities for landowners, ranchers, farmers and wildlife managers from across the country.

While TSCRA primarily is a Texas organization- they have a presence in Oklahoma as they help in chasing cattle thieves in the state and have personnel dedicated to that effort in our state. 

On March 27, the convention kicks off with the popular School for Successful Ranching, a unique program offering 30 hours of interactive educational sessions. Some highlights include "Ask an Ag Lawyer," "The Art and Science of Grazing," "The Use of Drones in Ranching," and "Know Before You Go: Succession Planning."

Later that morning, the two-day Expo opens, featuring one of the cattle industry's largest trade shows. More than 250 exhibitors' booths will offer everything from squeeze chutes to squash blossom necklaces.

Saturday's schedule begins with the general session, annual membership meeting and the CattleFax Market Outlook with Randy Blach. That afternoon, attendees will hear a familiar voice in the general session keynote - that of a former U.S. president.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Robert E. McKnight said the officers and leadership are honored to have such a prestigious guest at the 2020 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo.

For more information on the event including specifics on the keynote address, or to register, visit

Today, Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Tom Udall of New Mexico introduced a bill that that takes a step toward ending subsidies for oil and gas companies. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper released the following statement:

"We applaud Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) for introducing bipartisan legislation today that closes a century-old tax loophole exploited by oil companies and takes a step toward leveling the playing field for all transportation fuel producers.

Study after study show that the oil and gas industry benefits each year from billions of dollars in hidden subsidies, write-offs, incentives, and other giveaways. If oil producers and refiners truly want a 'free market' in the energy sector, they should start by giving up the subsidies and tax preferences that have robbed state and federal coffers for 100 years or more.

We hope this bill sets lawmakers on a path toward comprehensive energy tax policy reform, and that the end result is a fair and open market that offers true competition and consumer choice."

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR InsuranceOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma 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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