Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/1/2020, 10:19 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.

Boxed Beef Values continue to fall- Choice Beef last Friday dropped another $6.22 to $363.34 while Select Beef fell $4.02 at $340.07.  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.
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, June 1, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In celebration of National Dairy Month, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) and state and regional checkoff teams around the country are showcasing dairy's resilience and community impact during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The efforts begin on June 1 - World Milk Day - with a "Raising Gallons" video that DMI created in partnership with state and regional checkoff organizations. The video features Olympians, NFL players, famous chefs and others raising a gallon of milk to show their appreciation for dairy farmers while supporting the checkoff's goal of getting nutritious dairy to food-insecure Americans through its Feeding America partnership.

The video fittingly is kicked off by Pennsylvania dairy farmer and DMI Chair Marilyn Hershey and concludes with Feeding America's Director of Dairy Supply Chain Partnerships Jerod Matthews, who encourages consumers to post their own "raising gallons" photo using #UndeniablyDairy. MilkPEP will match donations to its GiveAGallon campaign up to $100,000.

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HarvestThe Combines Are Rolling in Southwest Oklahoma- Active Harvesting Over the Weekend 

No real details yet- outside of the fact that the combines pulled into a lot of wheat fields at the end of this past week and into the weekend in southwest Oklahoma- and active cutting was/is underway.

It is anticipated that harvest will be active from the Red River to I-40 almost simultaneously this week.

Thus far- hearing reports from Grandfield, Tipton, Hobart and other communities via Facebook- here's one picture from Frederick Harvesting on Facebook of a quick stop for the combine to off load their bounty:

We expect details from Mike Schulte and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission later today on our website- and will have a full harvest report in tomorrow morning's email!

A battle over a farmer's right to use and care for his own land is one step closer to being resolved. A determination by the director of USDA's National Appeals Division admonishes the Natural Resources Conservation Service for failing to obey its own rules, favoring a farmer who battled NRCS for more than a decade. The decision is a welcome signal that concerns from across the countryside about NRCS conservation compliance are being heard.

In 2010, the NRCS determined that Illinois farmer Kurt Wilke and his family could not maintain and farm their land, claiming it contained wetlands, despite documentation to the contrary. An administrative judge ruled against the NRCS, but the agency repeatedly filed the same findings, forcing Wilke to fight the issue in court four times over more than a decade. Each time, an administrative judge ruled in Wilke's favor. Wilke's case is not unique. In 2019, the American Farm Bureau Federation called on USDA to ensure fair treatment of farmers and ranchers by NRCS, highlighting Kurt Wilke's case and others. AFBF called for due process in enforcement of conservation and a transparent decision-making and appeals process.

AFBF welcomes the NAD director's decision, which clears the way for Wilke to be reimbursed for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred while fighting for fair treatment. The NAD director found that the NRCS ignored its own standards in determining what constitutes a wetland, stating, "NRCS's decision to disregard evidence affected the accuracy of its calculation." The ruling continues, "Because NAD determined that NRCS's scopes and effect analysis did not follow federal regulations or established procedures, NRCS cannot now argue that it did so.

During an Oklahoma Farm Bureau webinar this week, U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) said he expects changes in the meat packing industry following the coronavirus pandemic's impact on producers and consumers. Today's Beef Buzz features some of the more interesting comments from Cong. Lucas, who is not shy about speaking his mind in supporting animal agriculture.

Speaking about some of the lessons learned from the pandemic, Lucas said four companies controlling 80 percent of the processing is a problem.

Lucas quoted from accepted agricultural economics principles.

If they (companies) are not rational in how they treat their suppliers, they are going to pay a price, Lucas said. He noted it is acceptable for companies that have a product and a window of opportunity to maximize returns.

It's called enlightened self-interest, Lucas said. But, when you go past enlightened self-interest, that's called greed and it will generate a response, Lucas said.

The Executive Council of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today called on the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to withdraw proposed tax rules that would raise taxes on farmers and ranchers across the country.

The proposal would implement Section 199A(g) of the new tax code; these provisions were passed by Congress to fix the so-called "grain glitch" in 2018 and the Treasury Department recently sent them to OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The request came in a letter sent today to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Acting OMB Director Russell Vought.

"The COVID-19 crisis has strained the agriculture value chain to near the breaking point. As a result farmers and ranchers across the country have suffered tremendous economic losses; these impacts reach across commodity and threaten to undermine the economic sustainability of hundreds of thousands of producers," the letter states. "While the U.S. Department of Agriculture is developing programs to help offset a part of these losses, it would seem counter to the public interest for taxes to be raised on farmers."

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This weekend marks the first anniversary of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final rule allowing American drivers to fuel up with E15, a fuel blended with 15 percent ethanol, year-round. The rule, issued on May 31, 2019, lifted summer restrictions and represented the culmination of a decade-long campaign that began with Growth Energy's 2009 "Green Jobs Waiver" petition, which first opened E15 to all model year 2001 and newer light-duty vehicles.

"COVID-19 may have slowed fuel demand in recent months, but the promise of E15 remains stronger than ever as we mark the first anniversary of year-round sales," said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. "This was a landmark victory for our members, congressional champions, retail partners, and consumers across the country who fought by our side to lift outdated barriers to higher-octane, lower-carbon fuel options.

"As motorists begin returning to the roads, E15 is poised for rapid growth. In fact, a survey by Pilot Flying J shows that 65 percent of U.S. drivers are reporting big plans for extra summer travel once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. And we already know that customers who try E15 are coming back again and again to take advantage of this more affordable, cleaner fuel. Last summer alone, E15 sales jumped 46 percent on a per-store basis from the previous year thanks to year-round sales.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's (OCA) 68th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place at a new location - Marriot Tulsa Southern Hills Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 24 and 25th. 

OCA Convention has long been noted for a large trade show and a great line-up of educational speakers and workshops. The most important elements of this event are the policy making opportunities during committee meetings and the OCA General Business meeting. The culmination of the two-day event is the awards banquet where outstanding cattlemen and their accomplishments will be recognized and celebrated.

"We understand the uncertainty that many are feeling at this time. OCA staff is working with the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriot to ensure a safe event even if it means some modifications are necessary," said Michael Weeks. "On the other hand, I know that many of us are ready to gather with fellow cattlemen, discuss industry topic, create OCA policy and see and hear about cutting edge products and techniques."

OCA Convention registration will open June 1. To register, visit Trade Show booths are still available. If you are interested in participating as a trade show exhibitor call Taylor at 405.235.4391.

To read more about OCA Convention, click here: 

The old Baptist Preacher is now sitting at the feet of His Lord- George Stone is one of those larger than life folks that I got to know in my earliest years as a farm broadcaster here in Oklahoma.

In 1977 when I arrived in Oklahoma- I knew very little about Farmers Union- but quickly learned about this general farm group that was roughly the same size as the Farm Bureau in our state at that time. Stone was in the twilight of his long tenure as President of the state group- having served from 1956 to 1980 as President of the OFU- 1980 saw him elected to serve as President of  the National Farmers Union.

One thing I learned about George early on was his very astute handling of financial matters at first the state level- and then in the 1980s when he ran and was elected as the National President of the National Farmers Union- NFU was in bad condition financially and George went about the business of pulling the group back from the brink of economic disaster. 

Stone, after serving as NFU President, came back to Oklahoma and was elected to the State Board, serving for several more years before retiring from active Farmers Union service.

In 2000, he was selected to become a member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame- click here for the tribute paid to him at that time.

One name that I associated with George in those three or four years that he served as President of OFU when I first got to Oklahoma was Czar Langston- the CEO of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Coops- it seems that George and Czar had a friendly rivalry about which group could have the best attended Convention Banquet each year- it was all about bragging rights between the two Ag Leaders of that day and I was told the competition developed int eh 1960s and 1970s when both were running their respective organizations.

News of his death came from the AFR/OFU this past Friday- and you can click here to read their wonderful comments on this very special leader that helped shape a more prosperous rural Oklahoma during his lifetime.

By the way- one of most recent pics of George that I had taken came at the 2019 AFR/OFU convention when I caught him talk with the then current President of the National Farmers Union- Roger Johnson-

Rest in Peace George!

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