Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/18/2020, 5:11 AM

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OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.

Boxed Beef Trade apparently hit its peak last Tuesday at just over $475 for Choice Beef- by Friday- it had forty dollars per hundred as it was down $16.60 to $432 compared to Thusday- while Select Beef was off $18.34 to $419- click here for the complete Friday report as compiled by USDA Market News.

For reference- Here is last Monday's Oklahoma National Stockyards report when yearlings were $3 to $8 higher- click here for Monday, May 11th's numbers. 

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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
   Monday, May 18, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

More relief could be headed to the farm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, during a conversation we had last week. 

Relief could come in the form of direct payments and/or policy changes.

"I do believe there is going to more money because Congress knows what was originally in the CARES package was not enough to take care of all our requirements," Woodall said.

More than $5 billion has already been earmarked for the beef industry and Woodall said payment limits should be lifted.

We did feel the limits would have an impact for the larger operations, so we have pushed to raise the limits, Woodall said. He added it is an administrative action so the USDA could act quickly.

On the policy side, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has proposed legislation mandating negotiated cash cattle trading be increased to 50 percent. Woodall said NCBA has Policy that is opposed to that idea.

Click here for our latest Beef Buzz, featuring comments from my Q&A with Colin Woodall. 

AND- you can also listen to the complete interview between Colin and yours truly by clicking or tapping here. 

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Oklahoma State University Extension's wheat test plots around the state are bursting with data this spring, said Dr. Brett Carver, OSU Regents Professor, Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture, Wheat Breeding and Genetics, talked with Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd during the recent OSU field day in Lahoma.

Some of the data coming out of the test plots is good, some not so much.

Freeze and disease damage is showing up in the southern plots, Carver said.

We have a lot of things in the field we are eager to finish, he said.

The results so far range from very poor to very good.

Varieties such as OK Corral look very good, Carver said, but even it did not escape freeze damage at the Stillwater plots.

"It went through the flowering period at the worse time possible," Carver said.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue  announced the extension of three nationwide waivers, giving child nutrition program operators the flexibility they need to continue to feed children while promoting social distancing and keeping families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

"USDA has been extremely aggressive in expanding flexibilities to ensure Americans who have been impacted by the coronavirus continue to receive the food they need for themselves and their families," said Secretary Perdue. "As our nation reopens and people return to work, we want to continue to be flexible since there is not a one size fits all approach to feeding kids. Extending these waivers throughout the summer ensures local operators can make plans that best suit their communities and keep children fed."

Throughout the pandemic, schools and local program sponsors have used flexibilities provided by USDA to find creative ways to feed kids, such as setting up drive-thru pick-ups and delivering meals on bus routes. With the extension of these waivers, these innovative models can continue, without interruption, while state and local social distancing orders remain in place.

In the latest Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity, Steve Thompson of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Talks State Budget and More Legislative Efforts.

Thompson said numerous agricultural policy issues were discussed by lawmakers. Among the issues were food safety laws connected with farmers selling direct to consumers through farmer's markets, changes in hemp regulations, and an updated definition of what constitutes meat. The largest concern is where we will be at this time next year, Thompson said, as the reserve fund is running low.

The unusual budget maneuvering was just another of the strange things one can attribute to the Covid-19 shutdown.

To hear more from Thompson on the Legislative Session on our Soundcloud platform, click or tap here

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Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park June 18-19-20, 2020.
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Earlier this week, NACD submitted public comments to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on the interim Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) rule.

RCPP was first created in the 2014 Farm Bill, and conservation districts across the country have successfully applied for, partnered with and led a large portion of all projects since the program's inception. The proposed RCPP rule implements changes Congress included in the 2018 Farm Bill. After receiving feedback from its members, NACD advocated for several changes and revisions to the law to ensure conservation districts and the locally-led conservation delivery process are prominent fixtures throughout the life of a project, from application to completion.

"Conservation districts should play an even larger role than they previously had in the implementation of RCPP projects," NACD President Tim Palmer said. "Their history of working together with local landowners, NRCS and partners in the conservation delivery system will only help to further leverage project funds needed to protect our nation's natural resources."

Oklahoma farmers may soon have more access to growing Roundup-ready alfalfa, said Alex Rocateli, OSU Extension forage specialist. Rocateli talked with Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd during the recent OSU field day in Lahoma.

Rocateli said OSU is ramping up research on new alfalfa varieties, especially Roundup-ready varieties which have shown good results in areas north of Oklahoma.

It's looking promising, he said, but we need more information for Oklahoma's challenging climate.

Here in Oklahoma we are lacking information on new varieties and Rocateli said he is trying to revive the OSU program.

HEROES Act Passes House- Called DOA in SenateHEROES

 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rolled out HR6800 last Tuesday- dubbing it the HEROES Act- and quickly got it voted on Friday- getting it passed on a mostly party line vote- the three trillion dollar package goes well beyond strictly pandemic relief. Click here for one quick overview of an non ag review of the measure. 

Republican senators have described the bill as "dead on arrival" in the upper chamber, while its majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has dismissed the package as "another big laundry list of pet priorities".

Democrat Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Ag Committee, offered no official reaction to that passage of the measure- but Ranking Member Mike Conaway of Texas did weigh in and had mostly critical things to say:

"In the midst of this global pandemic, the Trump Administration asked Congress for $50 billion to provide critical economic relief to farmers, ranchers, and rural America. Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House would provide $68 billion in funding to give USDA the tools it needs to ensure our food supply remains safe, abundant, and affordable. Out of a $3 trillion monstrosity that provides funding for every last idea on their socialist wish list, House Democrats could not find the money to meet either request for agriculture. 

"While I like some of the policy proposals contained in the agricultural relief provisions, many others need work. A bipartisan process would have allowed for a collaborative discussion, but unfortunately there was no process at all. The President and the Senate have both rightly said the House bill is dead on arrival. The House Democrats' proposal on agriculture is just too little and threatens to become too late unless Democrats start seeking bipartisan, common sense solutions to address the economic impacts of COVID-19."

The Biofuel Industry does like the portions of the bill that offer some relief to the hard hit sector- "The economic onslaught sparked by COVID-19 has taken a terrible toll on rural families, who face an uncertain future even as they work tirelessly to ensure an uninterrupted harvest of essential food, fiber, and biofuel," said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. "The provision providing assistance to biofuels in the HEROES Act represents a welcome signal that lawmakers understand the urgent need to rebuild the strength of America's agricultural supply chain after half the U.S. biofuel industry was forced offline. 

Click here for the complete statement from Skor and Growth Energy. 

Danielle Beck with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says that she does not see the Senate taking up the HEROES act at all- and that it is unlikely that they will begin on the next round of federal government handouts because of COVID-19 until after the Memorial Day recess- saying that Senator McConnell would like to see how money from the CARES act gets out into the economy before the next round of aid is finalized.  

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, in partnership with the Oklahoma Ford Dealers is preparing for the 36th Anniversary of the OCA Ranch Rodeo on August 21 and 22 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

The OCA Ranch Rodeo consists of twelve ranch teams of 'real ranch' cowboys that compete in five different events mirroring many of the activities of daily ranch life.

The 2020 participating ranches include: Alfalfa County Land & Cattle, Cherokee, Okla.; Gray G Bar, Shidler, Okla.; Buford Ranches, LLC, Hominy, Okla.; Stuart Ranch, Waurika, Okla.; Drummond Land & Cattle Co., Pawhuska, Okla.; Hall Ranch & Daube Cattle Co., Comanche and Ardmore, Okla.; Treadwell Land & Cattle, Frederick, Okla.; Chain Ranch, Canton, Okla.; Lazy Rafter Slash Ranch, Lenapah, Okla.; Trentman Ranch, Pawhuska, Okla. and Steirwalt Ranch & Cattle, Co., Shidler, Okla.; Whitmire Ranch, Delaware, Okla.; and McPhail Land & Cattle, Mountain Park, Okla.

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