Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 3/5/2020, 5:46 AM

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Superior Livestock will be holding their regular every other week sale- starting at 8 AM this morning on SLA-TV and SuperiorClickToBid.Com.  Click here for all the details- 26,040 head on offer in today's sale. 

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

USDA Market News seems to be having issues with the OKC West Final Report for this week- click here for the link that should lead you to their report- which may be fixed by the time you try it.

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, March 5, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

I talked with Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Livestock Economist, about Dr. Peel's long-time study of consumer beef demand.

Dr. Peel said it is not as simple as we would like to think it is.

Economists have probably tried to make it simpler than it is, Peel said.

Beef is a complex mix of hundreds of individual items. When consumers decide to buy a specific beef product, it is often influenced by another beef product, Peel said.

"We really don't have a good understanding of why that is," Peel said.
The OSU scientist attributes much of the issue to the fact thousands of individual beef products come from a single beef carcass.

This is a very complex mix of products, and the consumer must make many decisions about a specific choice, Peel said.

On the bright side, having thousands of different products creates the opportunity for new market opportunities, Peel said.
The bottom line is we should not try to make beef demand a simple equation.

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.

Terrell Coffey remembers the highly stressful farm crisis of the 1980s and how it severely impacted his Hinton, Okla., neighbors. Coffey will use those painful memories in his new role as a certified farm stress counselor.

Coffey, along with two other Oklahomans, completed several days of training at the recent National Farmers Union Convention in Savanah, Georgia. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Editor, Sam Knipp, talked with Coffey via phone from Savanah following the training session.

Based on the farm stress program Michigan State University Extension developed for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency, this combination of online and in-person training is designed specifically for individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers.

"The biggest thing is to go out into rural communities and identify and interact with individuals who may be getting into a stressful situation," Coffey said.

"I went through the downturn of the '80s and saw a lot of my neighbors lose everything they had," Coffey said.
"When we think about illness, we don't always talk about a mental health checkup," Coffey said.

"We're trying to get out front before it becomes a crisis," he said. "I just think it's a fantastic program."

Allendale's goal is to provide its customers with the expertise and service they need to grow their agricultural businesses. Right now, Allendale is conducting an Acreage survey that began on March 2nd and runs through March 20th.

Rich Nelson is the Chief Strategist at Allendale and Associate farm director KC Sheperd spoke with Nelson about the survey. He said they spend two weeks surveying producers about their corn, soybeans and wheat acreage across the nation which will give producers a two-week advance notice in front of the USDA survey which comes out on the 31st of this month.

Nelson said the goal of the survey is to capture two very different points. One being the acerage numbers as a whole, number two is old vs. new crop, "We hope to get pertinent information for not just new crop information, but the status of old crops."

The survey is conducted in a couple of ways. Nelson said they reach out to producers on the phone, but they can also go online and take the survey at

Nelson said this survey is beneficial to producers because you get the results of the survey emailed to you by Wednesday, March 18th, in advance of the USDA survey.

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) thanks President Trump for signing into law on Tuesday legislation (S. 2107) that authorizes funding for 720 new agricultural inspectors at land, air and sea ports to prevent African swine fever (ASF) and other foreign animal diseases (FAD) from entering the United States. Providing additional agricultural inspectors represents a top priority for NPPC.

"Ensuring we have enough agricultural inspectors at our borders is critical to maintaining a healthy U.S. swine herd," said NPPC President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have done much to mitigate the risk to animal disease. Bolstered by this legislation, even more resources will be available to strengthen biosecurity at our borders. This is a victory for farmers, consumers and the American economy," he said.

"NPPC thanks Congressional leadership, led by Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) and Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), for their strong leadership on this issue, and President Trump for signing this essential bill into law. We look forward to working with Congress on appropriations to make sure CBP is fully funded to ensure the benefits of S. 2107 are fully realized," Herring added.

Sponsor Spotlight

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The House Ag Committee held a hearing on Wednesday- looking at the farm economy of the United States. The sole witness for the hearing was USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue acknowledged to the Committee that 2019 was a tough year- but adds that Federal Farm Payments- the Fedreal Farm Bill Safety Net, Ad Hoc Disaster Payments and the Market Facilitation Program payments helped deliver an 11.7% increase in net farm income in 2019 versus 2018.

Perdue delivered the same message to the Committee that he hold Commodity Classic last week and the National Farmers Union this week not to expect a third MFP program in 2020- and that the only way a MFP Program might happen in 2020 is that trade does not happen as anticipated based on the trade deals that the Trump Administration have negotiated. Perdue says that the MFP is not a price spport program- that if we get the sales from our trading partners happening but prices don't go up- there would be no MFP safety net.

Perdue talked about looking forward to seeing better days ahead from the trade deals- looking for trade and not aid. He also talked about the USDA rolling out help for retailers to move from E-10 to E-15 sales- helping farmers in seling more gallons of ethanol.

Coyotes are opportunistic predators and have adapted to many habitats, which can lead to more coyote sightings and related conflicts in some areas.
While coyotes mainly feed on mice, squirrels, rabbits, gophers, deer, some fruits, and carrion, some coyotes will take advantage of an opportunity to prey on small livestock and poultry. However, there are many methods available to address conflicts that might arise due to coyotes.

"We recognize the hard work and the great contributions of farmers and ranchers across the state, and we are eager to help them take care of any wildlife-related issues on their property," said J.D. Strong, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife "I encourage landowners to call their local Game Warden if they are experiencing problems with coyotes, and we'll be happy to work through those issues with them on things like night-hunting permits, depredation permits or in connecting them with licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators

Depredation permits are issued by Game Wardens for agricultural damage or threat of damage to livestock of some type. Permit holders can use rifles, night-vision equipment, thermal scopes or snares (with a 10-inch stop). These depredation permits are good for up to one year or a set amount of time agreed to by the Game Warden and landowner, as some only want the permits during spring or fall calving seasons. Coyotes taken under this permit can be sold or traded. Property owners should be aware that some municipalities have more restrictive laws for firearms use within city limits

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Kansas State University (K-State) today announced the agenda for the third annual Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference (AgCon2020).

The conference, presented in conjunction with K-State's Center for Risk Management Education and Research, is scheduled for April 1-2 in Overland Park, Kansas. The full conference agenda can be found HERE. Registration for AgCon2020 is available HERE.

The conference brings together leading voices from academia, agribusiness, as well as the private and public sectors to explore a range of current issues and topics facing the agricultural futures markets.

"America's farmers and ranchers are at the heart of our real economy and the futures markets the CFTC regulates," said CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert. "As I've often said, if these markets aren't working for American agriculture, then in my view, they're not working at all. That's why bringing together experts, regulators, and market participants to discuss the issues facing our futures markets helps foster a stronger marketplace. I look forward to joining this important gathering in America's heartland."

"Kansas State University is proud to continue our valued partnership with the CFTC in offering the 2020 Agricultural Commodity Futures Conference," said K-State President Richard B. Myers. "By bringing together thought leaders in industry, government, and academia to engage in candid discussion, this conference helps to enhance derivative instruments so vital for managing risk in our volatile agricultural markets."

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!

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