Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/8/2020, 5:03 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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Boxed Beef Trade is getting closer to the Pre COVID-19 Levels- Choice Beef on Friday, June 5 stood at $261.48- off by $10.78 while Select Beef was off $13.99 at $246.42- click here for the complete report from USDA Market News.

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, June 8, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

April proved to be a solid month for U.S. beef and pork exports despite COVID-19 related interruptions in production and declining purchasing power of some key trading partners, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were below last April's large totals but still topped $600 million in value. Pork exports remained well above year-ago levels but slowed from the record pace established in the first quarter.

"Considering all the challenges the U.S. red meat industry faced in April, export results were encouraging," said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. "Exporters lost several days of slaughter and processing due to COVID-19, and shipments to Mexico and some other Latin American markets declined due to slumping currencies and the imposition of stay-at-home orders. But despite these significant headwinds, global demand for U.S. beef and pork remained strong."

While May export results will likely reflect similar obstacles, Halstrom noted that red meat production continues to recover, setting the stage for a strong second half of 2020.
"International customers are relieved to see U.S. production rebounding, solidifying our position as a reliable supplier," he said. "This helps address a major concern for buyers, as COVID-19 has disrupted meat production in many countries - not just the United States. Demand remains robust for U.S. red meat, especially at retail, but USMEF is actively working with our foodservice customers across the globe to help ensure a strong recovery for the restaurant, catering and hospitality sectors. Many are adjusting to an entirely new business climate, and the U.S. industry assisting them in this process can help ensure that U.S. pork, beef and lamb will be featured on their menus."
April beef exports were down 6% from a year ago to 98,613 metric tons (mt), with value falling 11% to $600.9 million. But exports achieved outstanding growth in Japan, where U.S. beef is benefiting from reduced tariffs under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, and trended higher to China following late-March implementation of the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. For January through April, beef exports totaled 433,316 mt, up 5% from a year ago, valued at $2.66 billion (up 3%).

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 Leading academics across four continents have joined U.S., Canadian and international organizations representing millions of farmers, producers and veterinarians to sign an open letter pushing back against misinformation around animal agriculture during the pandemic.

Signatories -- including the Animal Agriculture Alliance, World Veterinary Association, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) -- clarified that domestic livestock production is safe and has not played a role in the spread of COVID-19, despite recent unfounded claims.

The letter calls for governments and authorities to reassure consumers around the safety of meat, milk, eggs and fish while also working with farmers and veterinarians to share lessons and expertise around animal health.

Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur issued the following statement in response to last week's ruling by the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate EPA's registrations of the herbicide Dicamba:

"As Oklahoma farmers are in their busiest season of doing what they do best-producing food and fiber-the decision by the Ninth Circuit to vacate the registration of Dicamba products brings on tremendous uncertainty and confusion at this most critical time.

Right now, Dicamba is still available for sale and use in Oklahoma and will remain so until federal officials tell us otherwise, but we need to hear from EPA on what farmers can expect in the coming days and weeks. Despite economically challenging times for agriculture, our farmers have invested in these tools for this year's crop and time is of the essence as our state's soybean and cotton crops go in the ground.

Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock also sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler regarding the Ninth Circuit vacature of three dicamba labels earlier this week.
"The immediate nature of the decision and mandate has already created chaos in our industry," said Coppock. "Growers are now without options at the worst possible time in their production year."

Over the weekend- the National Corn Growers Association also released their comments on the ruling and their hope to see EPA respond quickly- 

"The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is disappointed by the 9th Circuit's decision to vacate the Environmental Protection Agency's federal registrations for three dicamba products, Xtendimax, FeXapan, and Engenia. Farmers rely on EPA's science-based process for developing appropriate and safe guidelines for the use of crop protection products. 

"NCGA urges the EPA to immediately appeal this ruling and obtain a stay of this overreaching court order. This decision to remove a weed control option, especially in the middle of the season, adds yet another challenge to an already difficult time and sets a concerning precedent."

Should the U.S. export beef but not import foreign beef? The question first gained traction during the BSE outbreak in 2003. Dr. Glynn Tonsor, K-State livestock market economist has studied the issue extensively and explained on today's Beef Buzz why you can't have one without the other.

First, Tonsor said it's hard to escape the fact we export far more pounds of beef than we import, leading to a favorable trade imbalance.

The BSE incident provides solid data to support Tonsor's deductions as the U.S. has had strong growth in the export market in the past 16 years.

We went from losing almost 80 percent of our exports due to BSE to actually gaining 20 percent in volume by 2019, Tonsor said.

Now add value of the beef exports and the argument gets even stronger.

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Giving back and caring for others is natural for dairy farmers, since their job is to care for their cows and the land to produce nutritious dairy foods for the world. Dairy farmers are just as committed to giving back through their work, as they are to giving back to the communities they call home. Dairy MAX's Passion for Pints blood drive is one way dairy farmers are supporting and giving back to their communities.  On Friday, we caught up with Susan Allen with Dairy MAX to talk about the plans in Oklahoma to work with the Oklahoma Blood Institute again here in 2020- click here for our conversation.  

Since summer is a time of year when blood centers need donations the most, Dairy MAX started Passion for Pints in 2013 by partnering with blood centers throughout National Dairy Month in June to help increase local blood donations. Since that time, more than 1,600 Passion for Pints blood drives have taken place, with nearly 192,000 lives impacted through the donation of 64,000 units of blood. "As dairy farmers we are proud of our local communities, which is why we support blood drives during National Dairy Month," said Jasper DeVos, dairy farmer from the Dairy MAX region. "It has been a challenging year for all of us, but we're all in this together."     

Passion for Pints drives began June 1 and take place at blood drive locations in Colorado, New Mexico, western Oklahoma, and Texas.

Today you can donate blood at the Central OKC Donor Center at 901 N Lincoln Blvd, in OKC, Or at the Mobile Drive setup at OU Medicine at 1200 Everett/Childrens Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information on the Passion for Pints drives, just go to 

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) today applauded the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral PASTURE (Pandemic Authority Suitable To Utilize Reserve Easements) Act of 2020 by U.S. Representatives Roger Marshall (R - 1st Dist., Kansas) and Angie Craig (D - 2nd Dist., MN). Companion legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Tina Smith (D-MN).

"Yesterday's introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral PASTURE Act is a welcome step toward providing grazing flexibility to livestock producers during the COVID-19 pandemic," said NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane. "As farmers and ranchers are keeping and feeding livestock for longer periods of time, Congress must ensure that producers do not face a forage shortage. Emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage is a relied upon practice for livestock and forage management. The PASTURE Act gives USDA the ability to open CRP acreage for emergency haying and grazing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"On May 15, 2020, NCBA and 35 of its state affiliates sent a letter to Congress urging action on this issue. NCBA looks forward to continued work with both Republicans and Democrats to ensure that cattle producers receive much-needed flexibility during this unprecedented time."

To read more from NCBA on the grazing legislation, click here: 

2020 has been a year of adapting and changes for many, and Superior Livestock is in that same position. We remain committed to continuing our full auction schedule and are dedicated to "bringing the market" to the nation's cattlemen with an auction every week and the Country Page, which offers cattle 24/7. At this time, we sincerely regret to announce that due to COVID19 circumstances and crowd restrictions, that are beyond our control, we will not be able to conduct our Week in the Rockies Auction at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado.

After seeking input from our Superior Representatives, Buyers and Local Governmental agencies we 
are pleased to announce that our Week In The Rockies offering will be broadcast live from SpringHill Suites in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

In a dedicated effort to abide by current CDC guidelines and manage anticipated crowd size we will also be broadcasting the Corn Belt Classic (June 11th), Tallgrass (June 18th) and Big Sky Roundup (June 24th & 25th) from SpringHill Suites ballroom instead of our Superior Livestock Studio.

Although we will miss the camaraderie, we are very thankful for our technology, which allows us to continue to operate and offer true price discovery for our valued consignors by exposing
their cattle to the same nationwide buyer base they are accustomed to. It does not matter where the auction originates from, we have the technology to bring the market to our consignors from any location.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Ag Mediation Program, Great Plains Kubota, Stillwater Milling Company, Oklahoma Cotton Council, 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!

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