Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/10/2020, 5:21 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 Prices continued the lower trajectory seen since mid May- on Tuesday, Choice was off $7.58 to $247 while Select Beef was down $3.17 to $227.95- click here for the full report. (May 12 was the peak for Choice beef at $475- that report available 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
  Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Meat processors are feeling a lot of pressure to change their mode of operation after the pandemic caused a near collapse in the meat supply chain. The pressure is coming from several angles, most notably from Congress and the Department of Justice.

I spoke  with U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) this week about some of the things in the pipeline that could force change.

"My constituents have been concerned about the four packers controlling 80 percent of the packing industry for a long time," Lucas said.

Speaking from his ranch in Roger Mills County, Lucas said there are several concurrent investigations going on from separate branches of government.

The Department of Justice is demanding, not asking, demanding information from the four major packers for protentional antitrust violations, Lucas said.

He noted this is not the same USDA investigation started after the plant fire in Kansas last year.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the safe reopening of critical infrastructure meatpacking facilities across the United States. As of this morning, across the cattle, swine, and broiler sectors, processing facilities are operating more than 95% of their average capacity compared to this time last year. In fact, beef facilities are operating at 98%, pork facilities are operating at 95%, and poultry facilities are operating at 98% of their capacity compared to the same time last year.

America's meatpacking facilities are safely resuming operations following President Trump's Executive Order directing the facilities to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines specifically created for the meat and poultry sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conjunction with the CDC, OSHA, and state and local health officials have been working around the clock to ensure a safe and stable supply of protein is available for American consumers all while keeping employees safe.

"President Trump took decisive action to ensure America's meatpacking facilities reopen in a safe way to ensure America's producers and ranchers will be able to bring their product to market," said Secretary Perdue. "I want to thank the patriotic and heroic meatpacking facility workers, the companies, and the local authorities for quickly getting their operations back up and running, and for providing a great meat selection once again to the millions of Americans who depend on them for food."

Oklahoma Forestry Services has updated its Fire Situation Report and right now we still see burn bans in Cimarron and Texas Counties.

A rather moist May has shifted into a dry June. Drought severity has increased in the Oklahoma Panhandle and west-central Oklahoma as a result with extreme drought indices in Cimarron County where the area is 164 days separated from a wetting rain. Strong winds are in the forecast as a powerful cold front shifts downslope into the Oklahoma Panhandle later this morning and on into the body of Oklahoma this afternoon. While this cold front does bring some opportunity for rainfall in the Panhandle this afternoon, warmer/drier than normal conditions are expected through the near-term forecast period.

Today: A wind advisory is in effect for much of Oklahoma with a High Wind Warning across northwest Oklahoma and the
Oklahoma Panhandle associated with a strong cold front pushing into the state this morning and shifting southeast through Oklahoma into the afternoon. A dryline preceding the cold front will lower dew point temperatures resulting in low relative humidity values this afternoon. Hot temperatures and lagging rainfall have stressed wildland fuels in many areas prompting unseasonable fuels availability. While live fuel moisture values are expected to suppress fire behavior in general, firefighters should expect increased resistance to control.

To read more on the Fire Report, click here: 

Cow/calf producers need to be proactive and watch their breeding herd carefully for trichomoniasis and Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine clinical associate professor talks about detecting and treatment of this venereal disease.

Its found in most of our major beef cattle states- including in Oklahoma- ODAFF reports that over 13,000 bulls were tested for Trich in the state- and 56 positives were discovered while thus far in 2020- 7,282 bulls have been tested with 14 positives.

This disease can only be spread in a breeding act, Dr. Hanzlicek said. It's not a virus or bacteria, but rather a microscopic protozoan.

The bulls are usually the carrier, he said, but a small number of cows can also carry the parasite.

Making trichomoniasis especially troublesome is there is no way to visually tell if the bull is infected as he acts normal in every function, Hanzlicek said.

The only way to be sure if the bull is positive is to have a veterinarian test the bull.

The test is a simple, noninvasive test, Hanzlick said.

Producers can look for some obvious signs of infection in their herd only after the fact.

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When Erika Graham learned her husband had been diagnosed with diabetes, she was thankful for the information she learned through the Community Nutrition Education Programs that taught her about the impact healthy eating has on a person's health.

Graham, assistant director at Children of Joy Learning Academy, a family-run business in Lawton, Oklahoma, said the information she received from the nutrition education assistant who taught the classes was extremely valuable.

"We have had the nutrition education assistant here to teach about healthy eating to our teachers and to our students between the ages of 6 and 12," Graham said. "This program has really helped all of us make better food choices, incorporate more fresh foods into our diets and become more physically active."

Many of the educational programs offered through Oklahoma State University Extension provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and Community Nutrition Education Programs is no exception. CNEP, funded through two USDA grants, encompasses two programs: the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Currently available in 30 counties with 44 nutrition education assistants teaching and sharing the research-based information, CNEP's goal is to provide nutrition education to limited-resource individuals and families across the state. Menu planning and stretching a family's food budget also are core components of the class, along with physical activity, cooking at home and food safety. CNEP encompasses both adult and youth programs that can be taught on an individual or classroom basis.

In a letter today, America's top biofuel and farm advocates called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to offer answers on a new effort to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). During a Senate hearing last month, administration officials confirmed their consideration of retroactive small refinery exemptions (SREs) covering previous years. The "gap-filings" are designed to reconstitute a continuous string of exemptions for select oil companies "to be consistent with the Tenth Circuit decision," thus circumventing court limits on new oil industry handouts at the expense of farmers and biofuel producers.

"These 'gap filings' appear to be little more than the latest in a string of oil industry tactics designed to subvert the law and sidestep a court order to uphold the RFS," wrote Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, the Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Farmers Union, the American Coalition for Ethanol, and Fuels America.

"The biofuels industry has been hit especially hard by the sharp decline in fuel demand across the country, as residents follow local, state, and federal guidance to practice social distancing and minimize travel," added biofuel and farm advocates. "Over 100 biofuel plants fully idled or cut production, with ripple effects negatively impacting agricultural commodity prices, farmers, and the food supply chain. EPA inaction on court orders and prolonged SRE uncertainty continue to stifle investment in American biofuels and destabilize agricultural markets. Backfilling SREs to circumvent a court decision would exacerbate market uncertainty at a time when rural communities already face unprecedented economic challenges."

Summertime in Oklahoma means kiddos are out of school and have more time for outside-classroom activities. Ag in the Classroom offers some amazing ways to teach kids about all Agriculture topics.

Today we are featuring Ag Tech Tuesday where we are talking about the tasty mushroom! Did you know Oklahoma produces mushrooms?? J-M Farms is located in Miami, OK and has been in business for over 40 years! They grow Button, Crimini, Shiitake, and Portabella. You should be able to find them in a grocery store near you! Americans eat four pounds of mushrooms per capita a year. The Chinese eat about 22 pounds. The US is the 2nd largest producer of mushrooms, following China. You can check out fun videos and pictures on the J-M Farms website here: 

Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of certain fungi. They occur in all environments on the planet. Some mushrooms are parasitic. They colonize living trees or plants, extracting nutrients until the host slowly dies. Saprophytic mushrooms live off organic matter that has already died and begun to decay. Mushrooms like to live in dark, damp places. They feed off the decaying matter around them. As the mushroom grows, it develops spores. New mushrooms grow from these spores. The spores are so tiny you can't see them without a microscope. Millions of spores together look like fine powder. A mature mushroom will form as many as 16 billion spores.

FinallyAND FINALLY- Way Out into the Fall- In Person Events May Include OSU Rural Economic Conference and National FFA Convention

We have seen event after either cancelled or turned into a virtual format since mid March- and here in June, we are FINALLY seeing some things being confirmed as likely being In Person events once again- 

Closest on the horizon is the Oklahoma City Farm Show- IN PERSON at the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City NEXT WEEK- June 18- 20.  KC and I hope to see you there! 

Down the road- I discovered on the OSU Ag Econ website a few details of the 2020 OSU Rural Economic Conference- "he OSU Agricultural Economics Department is hosting the Rural Economic Outlook Conference at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center located on the OSU campus, Wednesday, October 14, 2020. The excellent lineup of speakers includes Dan Kowalski Knowledge Exchange Division, CoBank and Ambassador Gregory Doud, United States Trade Representative. Ambassador Doud has agreed to speak, schedule permitting. Details- Available Here.

AND- in touching base with the National FFA folks in Indianapolis- it appears that they are working on an "In person" National Convention this coming October- I was told more details of what that will look like should be revealed by around the first of July. We do know that many of the national contests that we have reported on down thru the years are not happening this year since the qualifying for them at the state level has proven to be impossible this spring. 

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