Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/29/2020, 6:33 AM

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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.
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 29, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 health crisis, its impact on community health and well-being, the 2020 Oklahoma State Fair has been canceled.

The safety and well-being of the Oklahoma State Fair's visitors, participants and community is the highest priority in producing "Oklahoma's Premier Family Attraction" each year. After extensive communications with our many partners including other state fairs, national touring acts, state and local officials, as well as public health agencies, it became clear to the Oklahoma State Fair's Board of Directors that cancellation was the prudent choice for 2020 and the correct course of action for the Oklahoma State Fair to do its part for community health and safety and to mitigate the potential spread of infection.

"The impact of the State Fair's cancellation will be felt far beyond the loss of our annual celebration," stated Timothy J. O'Toole, President & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. "We are tremendously saddened for the businesses, large and small, that rely on the income and exposure that the State Fair brings them each year. We are also heartbroken for our staff, who have worked so diligently on planning for this year's Fair; the competitors and exhibitors, who take part in our various creative arts, horse and livestock events; and of course, the general Fairgoers who look forward to attending the Fair each year.

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This Special Episode of our Road to Rural Prosperity features Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt with Updates on Covid 19, the health of oil and gas and agriculture in the state, SQ 802, and Chasing the Top Ten.

This special Edition of the features a June 26th conversation with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt-

I spoke with the Governor about the status of Oklahoma's reopening in response to Covid 19, his opposition to State Question 802, his ideas on helping the Oil and Gas Industry and Agriculture Recover and his Top Ten Report Card that he is developing.


The National FFA Organization announced Friday that the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo will be held virtually. The organization also extended its contract with the host city of Indianapolis from 2031 to 2033.

"We wanted to ensure that our members and guests had the full convention experience. After a discussion with the National FFA Board of Directors, the decision was made to move forward with a virtual experience for 2020," said Mark Poeschl, CEO of National FFA. "As we continued to plan for our national convention, it became clear that travel restrictions and public health concerns, among many other pandemic-related challenges, made hosting our in-person event impossible in 2020."

The decision to hold a virtual event in place of in-person was recommended by National FFA staff and affirmed by the board of directors.

Dr. Rod Hall, State Veterinarian warns that Vesicular Stomatitis is continuing to spread. The disease is spreading rapidly in south central Kansas so if you're in northern Oklahoma please pay particular attention and be on the alert for suspect cases and continue to report them to us. You can see the latest report below.

Vesicular stomatitis (VS) is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle and occasionally swine, sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas. Humans can also become infected with the disease when handling affected animals, but this is a rare event. Vesicular stomatitis has been con?rmed only in the Western Hemisphere. It is known to be an endemic disease in the warmer regions of North, Central, and South America, and outbreaks of the disease in other temperate geographic parts of the hemisphere occur sporadically.

The Southwestern and Western United States have experienced a number of vesicular stomatitis outbreaks, the most recent and largest VS outbreak occurred in 2015. Outbreaks usually occur during the warmer months, often along waterways. The time from exposure to the onset of clinical signs is 2-8 days. VS is a state reportable disease.

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Interacting with consumers after the pandemic has required a quick adjustment of allocating resources for beef producers and the beef checkoff funds said Alisa Harrison, senior vice president of global marketing and research for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

We're fortunate the beef checkoff has been around for more than 30 years, so we have built up a tremendous library of resources for consumers, Harrison said.

We're cooking far more at home now and consumers have realized they need our assets, she said.

They love beef and so this was a great opportunity for us to use a wealth of content we have built up over the years, Harrison said.

The NCBA official said one key to interacting with consumers is to understand what they are thinking.

We have been closely monitoring consumer attitudes and behaviors and what they need, she said, as well as monitoring retail needs because the whole supply chain was disrupted.

Earlier this week, U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas (R-OK), Fred Upton (R-MI), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize billions in funding to U.S. researchers who have been impacted by the pandemic.

While coronavirus-related research is now in overdrive, most other research has been slowed down or stopped altogether due to pandemic-induced closures of campuses and laboratories. Now, tens of thousands of graduate students, postdocs, principal investigators and other technical support staff are at risk of losing their employment and their work without federal relief. Additionally, with this research stopped, America may lose the benefits that come with new technologies and scientific insights.

"These researchers are essential to our nation's public health, national security, economic growth and international competitiveness," the lawmakers said in a joint statement. "Preserving our scientific infrastructure and protecting our innovation pipeline will help ensure U.S. leadership in the world and help us better respond to future pandemics."

Oklahoma Senator Roland Pederson is one of a handful of farmers who has made the regular drive from his farm near Burlington to the State Capitol over the last four years. Pederson is running for a second term in District 19- hoping to build the experience he has gained from his first term as a State Senator.

After finishing wheat harvest earlier this month- Pederson has been busy knocking on doors and making other campaign appearances in Enid and several surrounding communities. I caught up with Pederson over the weekend- just ahead of the Tuesday, June 30th Primary. Pederson is being challenged in the GOP Primary by David Mason.

Pederson calls his desire to run for a second term a "calling" and that he is convinced that his first four years has prepared him to be even more effective for his District and the State of Oklahoma if he wins the Primary and then the general election later this year.

Listen to our conversation with Roland by clicking here and jumping over to our webstory.

HitchAND Finally- An Original Supplier of Hogs to Seaboard Says NO More- Hitch Exits Hog Business

After being a part of the Oklahoma pork industry scene for twenty five years, Hitch Enterprises has called it quits. Hitch entered pork production in 1995 when Seaboard announced the opening of a pork processing plant in Guymon. Hitch Pork Producers, Inc. currently markets 325,000 hogs per year from a 15,000 sow farrow to finish operation. According to Hitch Enterprises CEO Jason Hitch, the hog operation has "not worked for four years" and that lack of profitability was dealt a final blow with the problems brought onto the overall pork industry with COVID 19.

Asked if the company would be selling the business to another operator, Hitch told me that they had tried selling off the pork operation over the last year with no success- and that they would be repurposing their swine buildings within the rest of their operations focusing on crops and beef cattle. He added that it was time for the family based business to let the pork operation go.

Hitch says that the legacy part of the the company, their beef cattle feeding business, will not be affected by the decision to end the Hitch involvement in the pork business. He told me that successful risk management had allowed cattle feeding in remain in the black- at least for the time being.

Hitch Enterpirses will continue to operate two feedlots in Texas County, with total capacity of just over 100,000 head.

Read more in our webstory by clicking here,

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