Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/12/2020, 5:33 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.

OKC West in El Reno reported just over 6,800 cattle this week Tuesday and Wednesday- and ran smack dab into the coronavirus- Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold 4.00 -10.00 lower with heavier weights as much as 12.00 lower.  Demand light, moderate for grazing cattle. Steer and heifer calves traded 4.00-8.00 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 as of March 11, 2020.
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 12, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

The Oklahoma Youth Expo has released the following statement about the status of the show given the current concerns stemming from COVID-19.

"The Oklahoma Youth Expo is proceeding as scheduled. We are aware of the issues surrounding COVID-19 and are working closely with state officials.

"The OYE will continue to monitor the developments regarding COVID-19 as it becomes available. If you have been to a level 1, 2 or 3 travel country, a cruise or an area with infections we ask you stay home or contact OYE administration before attending.

"Also, if you are experiencing any signs of illness we ask that you do not attend this year's event.

As it stands as we send this email out to you- we will be heading to State Fair Park and will be covering the crossbred gilt show starting at 8 AM, watching the Commercial Heifer that begins at 9 AM- and then reporting on Social Media about which projects were the big winners in the first ever Ag Mechanics contest- that award ceremony set for 10 AM.....

Meanwhile- things have gone the other way south of us in Houston.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been canceled as concerns grow over coronavirus. According to the RodeoHouston web page, "In the interest of public health, the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department have ordered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ to close. The Rodeo will respectfully and dutifully comply with the City's order."

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made the announcement Wednesday to shut down the annual event, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city.

"The Rodeo is deeply saddened; however, the safety and well-being of our guests and our community is our top priority," read a statement on the rodeo's website. "Out of precaution, the City has decided that this is the best course of action for our community." 

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Today's podcast episode features Host Ron Hays talking with Jerry Renshaw, Superintendent of the first ever Ag Mechanics Contest at the Oklahoma Youth Expo, as well as with students Tracy Criner of Porter, Kody Munoz of Elgin and Wyatt Kappus of Union City.

These young men talk about their projects- how they planned and built them and how the skills they have gained will help them in life.

Renshaw gives a vision of growing this first Ag Mechanics contest at OYE to a comparable level seen at contests at major shows in Texas, where thousands of men and women compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarships annually.

Tracy Criner and the team he is a part of at Porter built a large goose-neck trailer as part of their project. The team of FFA members at Elgin that Munoz is a part of built a full-sized, portable grilling Trailer, and Kappus has built a portable Welding truck as his project. Pictures of all these fantastic creations are available on our Flickr Page

To listen to the latest Road to Rural Prosperity Podcast, click or tap here: 

For more information about the Oklahoma Youth Expo, click here for the home page of the OYE website, available here.

Our Coverage of the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo is once again a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- learn more about this high voltage, transmission only utility and their commitment to the communities they serve which is the cornerstone of their business-click here for their website.

Reports will be heard daily on great radio stations that cover Oklahoma and that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- on the internet- our reports of the 2020 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here.

 We will be adding pictures daily to our official 2020 OYE Album of Photos on 
FLICKR, found here.

BY THE WAY- thanks for listening to the conversation from the OYE- in less than 24 hours- it is our most listened to Road to Rural Prosperity yet- if you have not listened to it yet- go and enjoy!

On today's Beef Buzz, we feature comments with Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock economist, about the potential for even a small share of the Chinese market.

As we wait for the Phase One trade deal to fully kick in, Peel said China continues to buy large volumes of lower valued beef cuts from our competitors, including Brazil, Argentina and Australia.

The potential is high, even in small numbers as China has a very large population, Peel said. Two, five, even 10 percent share of that market would be tremendous.

Peel cautions that the moist-heat cooking used by most Chinese favors small portions of pork over beef.
"This is not a market for steaks," Peel said.

China has just cleared the way for marketing cattle older than 30 months- which was one of the promises agreed to in the Phase One Deal.

Peel said this holds great opportunity for marketing older cull cows with lower valued cuts, including hamburger.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act this week.

This bipartisan legislation would address the problem of dealer payment default. Quick turnaround between the purchase and resale of cattle by a dealer often leaves the rancher who originally owned the cattle with little recourse if a dealer defaults on a purchase-the livestock has often already been resold. The SALE Act would establish dealer statutory trusts, mimicking existing packer statutory trusts, for the purpose of ensuring that cattle sellers receive payment should a livestock dealer become insolvent.

"Oklahoma farmers and ranchers rely on the revenue generated from their livestock," Inhofe said. "I understand how important it is to ensure both livestock dealers and farmers have stability and accountability when a sale is made. If a livestock dealer defaults on a sale, the lost assets can be detrimental to the farmer. That's why I am proud to introduce the Securing All Livestock Equitably (SALE) Act, bipartisan legislation that will create common-sense protections for Oklahoma's cattle producers and provide necessary stability and accountability for all livestock transactions."

The 2018 Farm Bill contained a provision (Section 12103) directing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a livestock dealer statutory trust. The results of the study came out in December of 2019 and helped inform the senators' ongoing effort to establish the creation of a Livestock Dealer Statutory Trust. 


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Today the Nutrition Coalition, a group that aims to bring rigorous science to nutrition policy, is urging the federal government to reconsider the current limits on saturated fat intake recommended in our nation's federal nutrition policy, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), ahead of the final meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).

The DGAC, an expert group appointed every five years to review the science for the government's nutrition policy and make recommendations to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS), meets for the last time this week, before the release of 2020 Dietary Guidelines scientific report in early May.

Last month a group of leading nutrition scientists, including three former members of previous Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees, including the Chair of the 2005 committee, released a groundbreaking consensus statement challenging current DGA recommendations that limit consumption of saturated fats to 10% of energy. This group of 11 prominent scientists agreed that the most rigorous and current science fails to support a continuation of this policy.

"Americans deserve nutrition recommendations based on the most current and rigorous science available, which includes these new groundbreaking findings reversing years of traditional thinking on the health effects of saturated fats," said Nina Teicholz, Executive Director of The Nutrition Coalition. "Before the advisory committee releases its scientific report, we urge the committee to critically review the most up-to-date evidence on saturated fats and modify their conclusions accordingly. With rates of diet-related diseases continuing to climb, it's more important than ever that the dietary guidelines be trustworthy, reliable and based on the most up-to-date science-which now indicates that continued caps on saturated fats are not warranted."

Members of the group of scientists also sent a letter regarding their findings to the Secretaries of USDA and HHS. The letter urged USDA-HHS to give "serious and immediate consideration to lifting the limits placed on saturated fat intake for the upcoming 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans."

State Rep. Lundy Kiger (R-Poteau) today passed a bill intended to provide contracting and reimbursement fairness for small rural Oklahoma hospitals. House Bill 2870 passed off the floor of the House by a vote of 94 to 0.

"Rural Oklahoma has only approximately 60 to 70 hospitals remaining, with two hospitals announcing they went into receivership last week," Kiger said. "Many of our rural hospitals are closing their doors not due to a lack of patients but a lack of reimbursement for services from two different groups.

This bill is designed to try and correct the amounts and percentages that rural hospitals are reimbursed for services from insurance companies. This bill would help Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center and all rural hospitals have the ability to become more financially healthy."

Kiger said the proposed Sooner Care 2.0 by Gov. Stitt or State Question 802 could also help improve the percentage paid by Medicaid in the near future to rural hospitals, and that would be a tremendous help.

Medicaid reimbursement to rural hospitals will only pay approximately 30 cents or less on the dollar initially for all services provided. Insurance companies reimburse approximately only 40 cents on the dollars for the same services. Combined Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are normally a break-even reimbursement for rural hospitals. Commercial Insurance reimbursements also sometimes can take up 45 days to months in getting paid, especially if there are disagreements on the bill and coverage in the policy. These are the funds rural hospitals depend on for making capital improvements.

Since there is no substitute for human blood and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great. About three gallons of blood is required to support the entire nation's blood need for just one minute.

This fall, Erick was working on his in-laws ranch in Comanche County when he was bucked off his horse. While this normally isn't a life threatening situation, on this day, the saddle horn impaled Erick's leg and caused a femoral artery tear. Erick was medflighted out on an air ambulance, receiving O- blood on the flight as part of his emergency care. In the first day alone, Erick received 13 units of blood and 11 units of plasma, which helped save his life and his leg. He has since recovered and is now walking unassisted.

Erick hadn't given blood before, but is now a passionate advocate for blood donation. Erick's story highlights the critical need for blood products to help in life threatening situations, especially those in rural Oklahoma where health care centers can be a distance from some communities.

If you are heading out to the Oklahoma Youth Expo, please take the time to stop by and Donate Blood. They will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, March 14th, from 8am to 1pm in Barn 3, the Sale Ring at the Sale Pavillion.

Although all blood types are needed, people with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Only nine percent of the national population has O-negative blood; however, O-negative blood can be used in an emergency need when a patient's blood type has not yet been identified.

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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