Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/20/2020, 6:01 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 had their regular Calf Sale on Tuesday- about 1,700 on hand- not enuff for a full test- Medium and Large Frame 1 five weight steers sold from $150 to $167- click here for the USDA Market News Report. 

Choice Boxed Beef Prices fell $5.48 to $409.47 while Select Beef dropped $6 to $388.87 on Tuesday afternoon- click here for the full 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.
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
    Wednesday,  May 20, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America's farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

"America's farming community is facing an unprecedented situation as our nation tackles the coronavirus. President Trump has authorized USDA to ensure our patriotic farmers, ranchers, and producers are supported and we are moving quickly to open applications to get payments out the door and into the pockets of farmers," said Secretary Perdue. "These payments will help keep farmers afloat while market demand returns as our nation reopens and recovers. America's farmers are resilient and will get through this challenge just like they always do with faith, hard work, and determination."

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The American Farm Bureau welcomes Tuesday's announcement by President Trump detailing how the $16 billion in direct payments to farmers from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will be distributed.
Payments will go directly to farmers who have suffered a 5 percent or greater price loss and who are facing significant marketing costs due to the coronavirus. Eligible commodities include cattle, hog, dairy, specialty crops and row crops. Payments will be limited to $250,000 per person.

The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

"This aid can't arrive soon enough as many farmers file for bankruptcy, facing unprecedented losses. We are grateful to the Administration and to Congress for sending aid to America's farmers and ranchers reeling from the breakdown in distribution channels resulting from COVID-19. Although supply is strong, the shutdown of restaurants and school cafeterias caused the markets for meat, dairy and produce to shrink drastically almost overnight.

The National Association of Wheat Growers contend that several classes of wheat are left out of the CFAP (including Hard Red Winter) and offered this statement:

"We want to thank USDA for its work to quickly put CFAP in place and for allowing certain classes of wheat to be eligible under the program," stated NAWG President and Cass City, MI wheat farmer Dave Milligan. "However, it is unfortunate that the program fails to take into consideration all six classes of wheat. USDA's methodology behind CFAP neglects to incorporate price drops during the January to April timeframe when wheat farmers were marketing their crop or that local cash prices that farmers were receiving were less than futures prices in many areas of the country. As a result, most wheat growers won't qualify for CFAP despite being impacted."

Click here for their full statement.


NCBA President Marty Smith was more positive,

"America's cattle producers have been hit very hard economically by this pandemic, so we're pleased that this relief is one step closer to reaching the producers who need it," Smith said. "Still, this is just one step and much more needs to be done to address the needs facing family cow-calf producers and stockers in the CFAP details that were released today. We will continue to push Capitol Hill for additional resources for cow-calf producers, backgrounders, and all other segments of the industry who may not sufficiently benefit from the program in its current form."

Meat packing plants are slowly increasing capacity, but it could be months before the cattle backlog is vanquished, said Dr. Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University Extension livestock market economist during recent comments on the K-State Radio Network.

Tonsor said the USDA reported almost 500,000 cattle were harvested last week, an increase from 452,000 the week before but more than 200,000 head below the same period a year ago.

We're going in the right direction, Tonsor said, hopefully throughout the month of May we will continue to improve.

Tonsor, and Dr. Lee Schulz, livestock economist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, have projected at the end of April more than 500,000 head were ready to be processed but due to plant closures, the cattle were backed up in the feedlots.

If we manage to push over 500,000 head processing the rest of May, then it is possible we start June 1 with under a million head carry over, Tonsor said.

On Tuesday- Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law HB 3806, the Oklahoma Meat Consumer Protection Act. This bill was a priority for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA) during the 2020 Legislative Session. HB 3806 establishes regulations and standards on packaging and advertising for alternative meat products such as plant-based.

"First we want to thank Representative Hasenbeck and Senator Bergstrom for the leadership on this important issue. We also appreciate Governor Stitt signing the bill into law," said Michael Kelsey, OCA Executive Vice President.   "This law will require that companies wanting to sell plant-based products in Oklahoma must use wording type such as vegetarian, imitation or plant-based on the package that is uniform is size and prominence to the name of the product."   
OCA brought the bill to the Legislature to establish rules for how plant-based companies can market their products in Oklahoma.

"I am always willing to help our beef producers as they toil to raise a great product for our consumers," commented Representative Hasenbeck. Representative Toni Hasenbeck and her family are beef producers in the Elgin area.
"Clever marketing practices and deceptive labeling on plant-based meat alternatives can be confusing for shoppers looking to purchase meat-based items at the grocery store," Senator Micheal Bergstrom from Adair said. "HB 3806 ensures that clarity and accuracy of labeling meat and plant-based food items, giving consumers peace of mind that they are purchasing exactly what they intended."

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule to establish requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance. Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock issued the following statement in support of this action:

"EPA is leading the charge in following the president's executive order to promote transparency across all government agencies. We are pleased to see this first-ever rule and will be submitting comments in support based on recommendations from our membership.

"A consistent process to provide public input into the EPA's development of regulations and guidance documents is critical to ag retailers and the agriculture industry. This will not only provide the opportunity to be sure that our voices are heard but will also ensure that new rules are guided by sound science, practicality and economic feasibility.

"All federal agencies need to follow a similar path of transparency and public stakeholder input."

To read more on the new EPA rule, click here: 

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the U.S. Treasury Department's guidance clarifying that rural electric cooperatives with less than 500 employees are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
"As we continue to battle COVID-19, we know the Paycheck Protection Program is saving jobs and keeping businesses open in Oklahoma. Rural electric cooperatives deliver an essential service - providing power and keeping the lights on for families and businesses in rural America. Despite interruptions COVID-19 is placing on their operations, they have continued to provide these services and they deserve access to this job-saving program," Inhofe said. "That's why I was glad to hear that the Trump Administration has clarified that rural electric co-ops are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. It is clear that this administration continues to prioritize the needs of rural communities, and I look forward to working with them to support all communities across Oklahoma."
In April, Inhofe joined a bipartisan group of Senators in urging U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza to ensure that rural electric cooperatives, as private corporate business concerns operating on a cooperative basis, be considered eligible recipients under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Click here for the statement released by the Senator's office. 

Seven President Trump Questions Beef Imports During CFAP Announcement- NCBA Says Examine Brazilian Imports

National Cattlemen's Beef Association CEO Colin Woodall issued the following statement in response to comments made by President Donald Trump's about beef imports (you can listen to the specific remarks of what the President said about stopping beef imports on Tuesday by clicking here for our webstory on his comments and the NCBA response)

"Today's comment by President Donald Trump demonstrates the complexity of the U.S. beef business. Live cattle imports to the United States only come from Canada and Mexico and will continue to do so under the terms of the President's newly negotiated USMCA. America has not imported live cattle from other nations for several years. However, if President Trump is serious about reconsidering import decisions, NCBA and its members strongly request the White House to take another look at his decision to allow fresh beef imports from nations like Brazil, where there continue to be concerns with foot-and-mouth disease and USDA's decision to reopen the American market to Brazilian beef."

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