Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 6/22/2020, 5:31 AM

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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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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 22, 2020 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Word came late Friday that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has rejected the petition from several environmental activists groups to immediately stop all use of several Dicamba products on millions of acres of soybeans and cotton. Earlier in the week- EPA defended its decision to allow farmers to continue to use the three vacated dicamba herbicides -- XtendiMax, FeXapan and Engenia -- and asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out a motion filed to hold the federal agency in contempt.

After word that the Court has sided with EPA and their plans to allow existing stocks of Dicamba to be used until July 31st- the American Soybean Association offered the following statement:

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has chosen to support the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) legal authority and deny a petition that sought to invalidate EPA's Cancellation and Existing Stocks Order issued June 8. Congress has provided for the certainty needed by growers in critical times - like planting season right now - by equipping EPA with the "existing stocks" authority it exercised in its June 3 guidance to growers.

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This week, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) joined his colleagues Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07) in introducing the PPP Access for Rural Hospitals Act The legislation would allow smaller hospitals that are part of a larger health care system to waive affiliation requirements to be eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program. The language is narrowly tailored to ensure rural hospitals, or those most in need, are able to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program.

"Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma's rural hospitals have provided critical care to thousands of families who call rural Oklahoma home. While facing unprecedented challenges and financial hardships, our state's rural doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers are fighting on the frontlines day in and day out helping keep our communities healthy. Their dedication and commitment to our communities is why it's critical now more than ever that Congress ensure our nation's rural hospitals have the resources and payroll assistance they need in order to keep our families healthy," said Congressman Lucas.

Lucas continued, "The PPP Access for Rural Hospitals Act would provide additional funding through the Paycheck Protection Program for our nation's rural hospitals and would ensure that those that are under the umbrella of a larger health care system are eligible to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans. I'm proud to join my colleagues Congressman Guest and Congresswoman Sewell in introducing this important piece of legislation as Congress works to ensure our rural hospitals are able to weather the financial uncertainty brought on by COVID-19."

The latest Southern Plains Perspective blog shows why having a drought plan in place is important.

Its summertime and the livin' ain't so easy if you live in an area experiencing a flash drought. Right now, in the Southern Plains, that includes parts of Southwest Kansas, the Western portions of the Oklahoma Panhandle, the Northwest parts of the Texas Panhandle and a stretch of territory covering parts of Central and Western Oklahoma. If the U.S. monthly drought outlook is right, there is a good chance that by July 1 this dry area could expand to cover most of Western Kansas, Central and Western Oklahoma (including the Panhandle), all of the Texas Panhandle and large chunks of West Texas. This could have a big impact on agriculture, and while we can't control the weather, we can be ready for it. We all need a drought plan.

Without a drought plan in place, a producer is often left crossing their fingers and hoping for rain. A plan won't fix everything, you will still feel the effects of a drought, but you can minimize your losses if you have a strategy to follow.

Obviously, the best time to prepare for extreme weather, be it drought, flood, hot, or cold, is before it happens. Ag producers need to plan ahead and do what they can to buffer or mitigate the effects of extreme weather. Even if you are getting a late start, however, you still can help better prepare your operation for what may lie ahead.

In response to rising public outcry for greater transparency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today disclosed that 52 new petitions have been received from small refineries seeking retroactive exemptions from their Renewable Fuel Standard requirements in 2011-2018. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, refiners are filing these "gap year" waiver petitions as part of a cynical scheme to circumvent the recent Tenth Circuit Court decision. In its January decision, the court overturned three exemptions and set a precedent for significantly curtailing the waivers going forward.

"Just when we thought we'd seen everything, the refiners have come up with another new scam to undermine the RFS. This 'gap year' waiver ploy is as surreal as it is appalling, and certainly the courts would frown upon EPA flouting another unequivocal decision," said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. "It is beyond absurd that refiners who didn't even ask for an exemption or claim hardship in the past are now asking for waivers dating all the way back to 2011. EPA should swiftly deny these waiver requests and immediately adopt the Tenth Circuit decision nationwide. The agency should stop trying to rewrite history and start trying to follow the law."

 To read more from RFA, click here: 

Growth Energy also expressed concern over the Gap Filling saying, ""This absurd maneuver is a blatant attempt to dodge the law at the expense of rural communities," said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. "EPA's dashboard confirms that the refiners hope to rewrite years of history, just to bypass the 10th Circuit Court and push more biofuels out of the marketplace. It's an insult to American farmers, biofuel workers, and to rural families struggling to rebuild in the wake of COVID-19 after years of regulatory abuse.

"EPA should reject this attempt to game the system. The last thing farm states need is another long legal battle fueling uncertainty in the agricultural supply chain. We agree wholeheartedly with Senator Grassley, who called on regulators to 'publicly dismiss these ridiculous petitions as soon as possible.'"

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 USDA's dietary guidelines impact many parts of our daily lives and Danielle Beck, senior director of government affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Assoc, is closely watching the process of regularly updating those guidelines. This week she participated in a webinar with the current dietary advisory committee and provided this update for today's Beef Buzz.

Beck said the USDA appoints a dietary guidelines advisory committee tasked with reviewing all the scientific evidence of what constitutes a healthy diet.

This is the cornerstone for all federal nutrition policy, Beck said.

The current committee has been in place almost a year and during this week's webinar meeting red meat continued to receive strong support from committee members.

The Oklahoma City Farm Show wrapped up this weekend at the Bennet Event Center on the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

Exhibits included all the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Oklahoma City Farm Show a don't-miss event. Associate Farm Director, KC Sheperd caught up with Alex Robles, The Sales director for Great Plains Kubota group to talk about all of the specials and events they have going on at their booth at the farm show.

Robles said they have the largest booth they have ever had, and they are excited about the turn out, 'For us this is something very normal, We've been here for a number of years, and we are giving away $1000 in Showbucks each day that you can spend with any of the farm show vendors.

The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report indicates the industry is almost back on track after suffering through months of the coronavirus impact, says Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Extension livestock market economist. Peel digested and analyzed the report during a late Friday interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.

Peel said the June report showed placements in May are about 99 percent of year ago, Peel said, and marketings in May are about 72 percent of year ago numbers.

The total number of cattle on feed was just down fractionally from a year ago.

Peel said this is about what he expected going into the report.

He said it is Important to keep in mind that the month of May had two less business days than a year ago so that could slew the numbers slightly.

RainAND FINALLY- Rainmaking Weekend Provides First Pushback to Drought 

Drought persists in many locales across Oklahoma on this Monday- after an active weekend of rainy weather- for example, the Panhandle got teased more than really rained hard on- and that has also been the case has not had at least a quarter of an inch of rain for twenty days or more- but still- a lot of folks- including many of their spring planted crops got a nice drink of water- and it is still raining this morning in eastern parts of the state as we send this email.

Here's the latest snapshot of rain received according to the Oklahoma Mesonet-  dating back to before the rains arrived in the state.
The graphic is clickable- to allow you to see the latest four day rainfall map in real time from the Mesonet.  
We did allude to days without rain- we also provide that map- and it's clickable as well so you can check real time the latest number of days we have gone without at least a quarter of an inch of rain- the current "Losers" with the most days include Buffalo, Weatherford and Cheyenne- all at 27 days and counting.  (When they update this map later today- it will have a lot fewer spots with the numbers on it- note that this is as of June 20) It appears that both Weatherford and Cheyenne have ended their streak this weekend. 
Chances of rain continue today into this evening in much of Oklahoma.  
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