Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/2/2020, 6:08 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.

Let's Check the Markets!  
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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 ended up with just over 6,300 head of cattle selling this week- sharply lower prices were seen- details of the sale are available from USDA Market News by Clicking Here. 

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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
  Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

This Thursday, April 2nd, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur and ODAFF Division Directors will host four Tele-Townhall meetings designed to provide an update to Oklahoma ag producers and stakeholders and answer questions about the agency, and specifically our response to COVID-19.

Anyone interested in submitting questions can do so at this link:
Join us this Thursday at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. to ask questions and learn more about the current situation.

Topic: OK Dept. of Agriculture Tele-Townhall Meeting 1

Time: Apr 2, 2020 08:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 356 182 6421

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 Farmers, ranchers and other USDA customers in Oklahoma can work remotely with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through Conservation Client Gateway (CCG), a secure web portal. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, CCG is a great option for agricultural producers to work with NRCS, whether they are operating as individuals or authorized members of business entities.

Customers can track NRCS payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents through the tool at:

Carrie Dickerson is with Bernhardt Land and Cattle Co., Marlow, Okla., who has Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts with NRCS that are managed through Client Gateway. "I use it to sign documents so I don't have to go into the office," she said. "Or if I do it through email, I have to print it, sign it, scan it and then email it back, but through Gateway I can just go in there and electronically sign it. That way I'm not having to travel down to the office (about 15 minutes each way) to sign something."

That is under normal conditions. With the COVID-19 spread, she said, "You don't have to be face-to-face with people, you can access things electronically. If I had to access anything without having to go to the office, it's all there." It's an effective tool for the producer and the office.

"This is beneficial for our employees as well," said Gary O'Neill, the NRCS Oklahoma State Conservationist. "It can reduce time in getting documents signed and shared between the agency and the producer.

I caught up with Senator James Lankford to talk about the battle against the Wuhan Virus- and talking about the two trillion dollar CARES package passed by the Senate and the House and then signed by President Trump.

The Senator said that if you had asked him about considering a two trillion dollar bill about anything a year ago- he would have said no way. Now, the bill is law- and is about half loans and half direct assistance to many segments of the economy- including money for farmers and ranchers. Lankford is hopeful that USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue will be able to use the flexibility given to him by Congress to identify segments of the farming and ranching business that most need the help that is in the CARES package.

The Senator mentioned that ag related businesses will be able to take advantage of the Small Business Administration programs that can help with payrolls as many companies have been foreced to shut down while waiting out the coronavirus this spring.

Today I caught up with Katelyn McCullock, director and senior agricultural economist for the Livestock Marketing Information Center. McCullock discussed the short- and long-term outlooks for meat supplies.

The cash cattle market has made progress in narrowing the gap with the boxed beef market, McCullock said. However, that progress may be slowed as we move forward into the second and third quarters.

We do have large amounts of meat supplies on the market, she said. The first quarter supply for beef is 6 percent more than a year ago, pork is 7 percent more and poultry is about 8 percent more than a year ago at this time, she said.

With restaurants closing and the shift to retail grocery, that is not a one to one exchange, she said.
We do expect some sales to be offset by grocery sales but not all of it, McCullock said.

As consumers are forced to tighten their belts, she expects them to shift their protein choices more to pork and poultry, and away from the relatively more expensive beef.

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On Wednesday, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined a letter led by U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and U.S. Reps. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that he provide immediate assistance to cattle producers by using the resources provided in the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act, including the replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and additional emergency funding. 

Congressman Lucas was joined by the other six members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation in signing the letter- (Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe and Congressmen Tom Cole, MarkWayne Mullin, Kendra Horn and Kevin Hern.)
In the letter, lawmakers called on USDA to move quickly to help cattle producers- "We request that USDA consider data and estimates available from the Office of the Economist and implement a program that would directly respond to the negative effect on producers caused by COVID-19. This program should deliver targeted, temporary, equitable relief to cattle producers in a manner that limits market distortion and negative effects on price discovery."
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) applauded the letter saying, "America's cattle producers have been hit hard by the unforeseen financial challenges brought on by this pandemic. We thank each and every lawmaker that showed their continued support to rural families by signing onto this critical letter," said NCBA President Marty Smith, a family cow-calf operator from Wacahoota, Fla. "We remain hopeful that USDA can quickly deliver this relief to the cattle producers that so desperately need it."  
Michael Kelsey with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is also very pleased with the unity shown by Congress in the letter- ""This package includes important relief aid to cattle men and women. While we would much prefer to rely on the market rather than government relief, it is important this aid be quick and equitable. We appreciate all of Oklahoma's delegation agreeing and signing on to this important letter to Secretary Purdue." 
To read the full letter, click here: 

Read the full statement from NCBA and OCA by clicking here.

While the primary concern of the COVID-19 pandemic is for human health, horse owners should have plans in place to ensure proper care of their horses in case of sickness and hospitalization, Oklahoma State University Extension experts said.

"Create a short list of people who can feed, water and keep the horse's stall and environment clean, and work with them to ensure these basic animal needs are met daily," said Kris Hiney, OSU Extension equine specialist.

The same is true of exercise and medical resources, she said. Although horses can remain in stalls for days if necessary, the situation is not recommended and could increase the likelihood of colic, respiratory and muscular issues. Don't wait until the last moment to make arrangements, and remember that people can be forgetful under stress. Trust no detail to someone else's memory.

"Horses should be easily identifiable by a name on a halter or a stall, or have other identifying features written down as part of instructions detailing expected care," Hiney said. "Write the instructions down on paper, in a text or email, or provide them in a voice message and send them to those who will be looking after the horses. Better yet, do them all. Redundancy is a good risk management tool."

Equine owners ideally should have enough feed on hand to last a horse two weeks. Outline back-up plans as well - if grain isn't available, for example, clarify whether forage is acceptable. The same level of attention is recommended for drinking water and bedding issues. 

Beef Substitutes: Cowlamari with Lamar Moore
Beef Substitutes: Cowlamari with Lamar Moore

While people everywhere are looking to spice up their cooking routine and use ingredients they have on hand, the experts at Beef. It's What's For Dinner. have partnered with 3 leading chefs to provide restaurant-level inspiration to the home cook.

As home cooks stock up on staples, like beef, and get creative with what they have on hand, why not make beef the substitute and use it in place of other popular proteins in family favorite dishes. To show just how easy these fun recipe twists can be, Beef. It's What's For Dinner. partnered with three nationally recognized chefs inviting each to find a creative way to substitute beef for a more commonly used protein in one of their favorite dishes. The delectable resulting recipes include:

Peking Chuck: In this nod to Peking Duck, Top Chef finalist, Joe Sasto replaces the duck with a Chuck Roast for a unique Asian-inspired beef meal.

Korean Fried Beef (KFB): Who needs fried chicken when you can enjoy fried beef at home? Acclaimed NYC chef Esther Choi shows how to make this classic dish with a beefy Korean twist.

Cowlamari: For this tasty treat, beloved Chicago chef and Food Network regular, Lamar Moore, replaces the surf with turf and turns Calamari into Cowlamari. 

"We hope these dishes will inspire home cooks to experiment in the kitchen and get creative with the ingredients they have on hand," said Alisa Harrison, senior vice president of Global Marketing and Research at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. "With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, a little fun in the kitchen can keep the family busy and make mealtime even more enjoyable."


This week's Road to Rural Prosperity's Podcast Episode went out this past weekend- and we wanted to remind you that if you have not had the chance to hear it yet- today will be a great day to do so-

Episode 27 in our series that started last fall features a recap of the most unusual Oklahoma Youth Expo ever- as Tyler Norvell and Kass Newell join me in telling a behind the scenes story of starting the 2020 OYE with the hope of getting all the animals in and showing them and getting home to trying to hurry things up to still show all the animals to the heart breaking but necessary decision to end the show early- Take a listen by clicking or tapping here.

Two other recent episodes relate back to the OYE and the Youth of Oklahoma- Episode 24 features a look at the first ever Ag Mechanics contest at the 2020 OYE with Jerry Renshaw and three of the young men who showed their projects at the OYE- click here for Episode 24... and then a couple of weeks before that- we talked with Ag Educator Travis Bradshaw about why he has dedicated his life to teaching young men and women at first Burlington and now Elgin- our conversation with him is Episode 22 and you can hear it by clicking here.

AND- we want to remind you that the top Ag Mechanics projects are now up for sale on Big Iron- click here to take a look and make your bid on your favorite item or items- the proceeds go back to the young people who built the projects!

ALSO- Be sure and check out the OYE Steer Futurity Sale hosted by the Oklahoma Cattlemen! All steers purchased in this sale are eligible to show in the 2021 OCA Futurity Steer Show at OYE- it's happening TODAY- click here to check it out!

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, 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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