Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/15/2020, 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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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.

Boxed Beef Prices from Friday saw Choice Beef off $4.92 to $230.64 while Select Beef Fell 61 cents to $219.67- click here for the complete report from USDA.

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 15, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

It's just about time for the Oklahoma Farm Show coming up on June 18, 19th, and 20th at the Bennet Event Center on the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. The Oklahoma City Farm Show is the premier spring agricultural and ranching event for the southern plains area, with hundreds of exhibitors featuring over 1,000 product lines for three big days. I caught up with Show Manager Ron Bormaster to talk about the upcoming event.

Scheduling efforts have proven difficult due to Covid-19 precautions, but show manager Ron Bormaster says they have taken all precautions and are ready to put on a great show, "The show is looking good. We've done some social-spacing for every vendor that is in the show. I think we are going to have a great show."

Bormaster says this year's show will have a bunch of fun exhibits as they have added more space this year indoors and outdoors. He says you can expect some unique things, including a $1,000 show bucks drawing that occurs every day at 1:00 pm. They will also be doing cattle demo special that will give $500 per demo towards the purchase of any cattle equipment company that's in that demo.

The Show kicks off this Thursday morning at 9am. 

To hear more from Ron Bormaster about the show, click here: 

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To learn more, visit  Also, don't forget to like its Facebook page at for stories on Oklahoma's ranching families and great beef recipes.  

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 enrollment contract.

"The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are critical safety-net programs for farmers, helping producers weather market distortions resulting from natural disasters, trade disruptions and, this year, a pandemic," said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. "Contact your FSA county office today to complete enrollment before June 30. This can be done in concert with filing your acreage report and applying for other FSA programs."

To date, more than 1.4 million ARC and PLC contracts have been signed for the 2020 crop year. This represents 89 percent of expected enrollment. FSA will send reminder postcards to producers who, according to agency records, have not yet submitted signed contracts for ARC or PLC for the 2020 crop year.

The issue of sustainability and related challenges for the beef industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic was the focus of a presentation by Don Close, senior analyst-animal protein for Rabo AgriFinance, at the recent virtual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) symposium.
Close said the industry has been the focus of increased attention from the public and the government and this could have a lasting impact.

We've had plants closing, a whole lot of attention for employee living conditions, euthanizing animals, and delayed processing, Close said.

He said the increased awareness has brought attention from state and local health departments wanting to get into those plants.

With all this scrutiny we're going to have a level of attention the industry is not used to, he said.

The heightened attention is in addition to animal rights groups and consumer groups focused on the food supply chain.

American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) has named two state legislators 2020 AFR/OFU Legislative Advocates. This year's AFR/OFU Legislative Advocate Awards recognize Rep. Ty Burns, R-Morrison, and Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher.

The AFR/OFU Legislative Advocate Award is presented to state leaders that advocate for AFR/OFU Cooperative policies and work hard on issues that are important to the AFR/OFU membership during each state legislative session. Jech and Burns were recognized for their work during the 2020 legislative session.

"The 2020 legislative session was marked by unprecedented disruption, but these legislators were still able to successfully represent rural Oklahoma," said AFR/ OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. "We applaud the leadership of all our legislators and their service to Oklahoma. Darcy Jech and Ty Burns are two legislators who went above and beyond in 2020 and we're pleased to honor them with this award."

Sponsor Spotlight

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For more information, click here to go to our Oklahoma AgCredit website.

Taking a look at the latest Fire Situation Report for June 12 Shows a few fires have sprung up due to the high winds and heat.

· 8 Fires Burned 1,466.25 Acres

· Ames Fire (Major County) - 640 Acres, 50% Contained

· 180/Kiowa Rd Fire (Woods County) - 450 Acres, 75% Contained

· Additional Wildfire Activity Noted through informal reporting and media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: Accelerated drying spurred by warm and dry conditions and persistent winds in the absence of areal rains has served to ratchet up fire danger concerns across much of Oklahoma. Some showers and storms this morning will be followed by hot and dry conditions into next week. At present the highest fire danger will be over the weekend focused in the Oklahoma Panhandle and western Oklahoma. A Fire Weather Watch is currently in effect for the Oklahoma Panhandle.

To read more about the Oklahoma Fire Danger, click here: 

The first day of summer is June 20, and the warm weather calls for days spent poolside and evenings cooking on the grill.

While the summer months are known for cookouts, picnics and other fun-filled activities, meal preparation and food safety should still be at the forefront of the backyard chef's mind, said Ravi Jadeja, food safety specialist for the Oklahoma State University Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center.

Foodborne illness peaks during the warmer season, as the hot, humid weather serves as a place for harmful bacteria to grow, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

"Food safety isn't just for food manufacturing plants; it is important for consumers to be mindful of food safety in the home as well as preparing meals away from the home," Jadeja said. "Using good food-handling practices and cooking foods to proper temperatures are just a couple of reminders to reduce the risk of foodborne illness."

In Case You Missed The Last few Road to Rural Prosperity Podcasts...

We've had several really great Road to Rural Prosperity Podcasts lately and we wanted to make sure you didn't miss any of them. 

On our latest Podcast, Associate Farm Director KC Sheperd Visits with Deborah Clark to talk about the Carbon Cowboys and how they are tackling Regenerative Agriculture and grazing strategies. You can listen to that
podcast by clicking here: 

We also had the opportunity to catch up with Oklahoma House of Representatives and Speaker Pro Tempore Harold Wright on his 12 years in the Oklahoma Legislature, and his lifetime in the radio business.
You can listen to that podcast by clicking here:. 

And Finally we talked with Oklahoma State FFA Advisor, Jack Staats to talk about his lifetime in Ag Education and his next step after retiring from CareerTech.  To hear more from Jack Staats, click here: 

Don't forget you can always go back and listen to any of our Road to Rural Prosperity Podcasts by visiting our Sound Cloud page, or wherever you get your Podcasts. 

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 CouncilNational 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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