Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/2/2018 6:30 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.

Markets were closed on Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday. The items below reflect Thursday's market close.

Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick or tap here for the report posted Thursday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Thursday, March 29th.
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, April 2, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
KislingKeith Kisling of Burlington, Okla. Named Winner of Governor's Outstanding Achievement in Ag Award

On Wednesday, April 10th, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will assist Governor Mary Fallin in honoring the winners of this year's Governor's Excellence in Agriculture Awards during Ag Day at the State Capitol. Four deserving Oklahomans will be presented their award in recognition of a certain aspect of their career in the field of agriculture.
At the top of that list is Keith Kisling of Burlington, Okla. who will be presented with the Governor's Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award. The prestigious award honors leaders in the agricultural industry who exemplify personal values, performance and achievement. Recipients are recognized for having high standards of conduct, leadership, innovation and accomplishments in agriculture and as serving as a role model for Oklahoma agriculture's young people.
Kisling gave up his position as an ag teacher at Burlington High School just four years into his education career at the age of 28 and traded it for a job working the land instead. He leased as much land as he could, raising cattle and growing wheat.
As full-time farmers and ranchers, Kisling and his wife Marlene have built a thriving agricultural operation growing wheat, wheat pasture, cattle, irrigated corn, soybeans, alfalfa hay, grass hay and sorghum. The couple also operated a feedlot for stocker cattle.
Kisling has and continues to champion the ag industry not only locally and statewide, but nationally and internationally having served on several boards in the ag industry such as the Burlington Cooperative, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the US Wheat Associates, the Oklahoma and American Farm Bureau.
Kisling has advocated for agriculture on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC and around the world in exotic places such as Cuba and the World Trade Summit in Sharm El Sheikh and has been the recipient of a myriad of awards and honors from the agricultural community he has served for more than 50 years.
Click or tap here to read Kisling's full profile provided by ODAFF in its announcement of the winners for this year's slate of awards.

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BUZZRetail Shopping's Evolving Online Presence Poses Many Challenges, Opportunities for Beef Industry

Back in January, Don Close of Rabo AgriFinance, released a report on the changing landscape of retail shopping and how its evolution from brick and mortar storefronts to online venues is shaping and influencing the way the beef industry markets its products. Since the release of that report, Close told me recently during the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Convention in Fort Worth, that the rate of activity at which retail companies are launching online and delivery services or merging to incorporate similar amenities for their customers has rapidly accelerated.

"Target has bought one of the meal delivery services... You've got Walmart going in with the home delivery piece, now... HEB Grocery announced the meal kits for kids...," Close rambled off. "If anything, that whole thing is accelerating so fast and it's so fluid that it's really hard to say what the final outcome is."

Close points to research that show Millennials and beginning families with a number of small children have typically been the first to adopt these new trends. But, the latest studies indicate that the level of adoption goes much deeper into the age demographic than previously thought. Close says practically everyone across the age spectrum has widely accepted these new services. While Close worries some of these options, such as the home delivered meal kits, are by nature exclusive of beef given their price sensitivity - he says there is also some great opportunities that can be taken advantage of as well.

"I think the meal kits can offer beef to non-beef users or light beef users because they're seeing those high-glossy photos of those finished items every week," he said. "The other area I think is the key opportunity is on price point - I think it would give us an avenue to better utilize a lot of the underutilized cuts, a lot of the new cuts from the chuck that aren't really being utilized today. Any improvement we see there would be a direct passthrough to cut out values."

Listen to Close and I discuss the challenges and opportunities the changing retail landscape poses for the beef industry, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.

NIFAOSU Benefits from USDA / NIFA's Investment in Food Safety Outreach and Education Programs

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced last week the recipients of several grants and awards that will help to fund and provide food safety education for producers and processors affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Funding is provided through the NIFA's Food Safety Outreach Program.
This program supports projects that focus on the implementation of customized training to small and mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, and small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Awards are made under three categories: Multistate Education and Training Projects, Community Outreach Projects, and Pilot Projects.
Oklahoma State University was among the grantees announced under the category of Pilot Projects. In all, NIFA awarded 25 grants for this purpose totaling $4.7 million dollars. Of that total amount, OSU was awarded $18,632.
For details on OSU's project and those of the other grantees, plus a complete list of those awarded, click over to our website.

KinderJimmy Kinder of Walters, OK Named Winner Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award 

Jimmy Kinder of Walters, Okla. will be presented with the Governor's Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award for this year, on April 2nd at the State Capitol during the Ag Day Celebration. The award recognizes Oklahoma agriculturalists who are leaders in developing and adopting outstanding environmentally innovative agricultural practices. This award highlights the efforts of an Oklahoma agricultural producer who is a steward of the environment and is dedicated to conserving the natural resources of Oklahoma while helping to ensure a continued supply of food and fiber.
James (Jimmy) W. Kinder is a fourth-generation farmer and rancher from Cotton County and an early innovator in Oklahoma agriculture. His family farms 5,500 acres of wheat, canola, sesame and grain sorghum. They grow 2,500 acres of grass and run stocker cattle.
Kinder has implemented the agricultural production methods of no-tillage cropping, crop rotation, cover crops and stocker cattle grazing. His agricultural production system offers superior economic, agronomic, environmental and social benefits.
Some 20 years later, Kinder's production system has become an inspiration to other farmers and ranchers, using less to get more.
Kinder has always had a presence in the agricultural community, but in recent years he has elevated his profile, maintaining a presence in the media to educate and promote environmental stewardship. Kinder was featured in the New York Times article, The Food Chain: Fields of Grain and Losses and also participated in the Farm Foundation Forum on Soil Renaissance at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and later became a member of its roundtable panel. In addition, he is a member of the Soil Health Institute and represents rural water interests on the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality board among other positions of leadership in the rural community where he has demonstrated and advocated for responsible land and resource management.
Read his full profile provided by ODAFF for more details on his operation and record of leadership, by clicking here.

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GilbertRandy Gilbert of Tecumseh Named Winner of Governor's Outstanding Public Service in Ag Award

Tecumseh rancher and business owner, Randy Gilbert has always had one life motto, which to those that know him is not surprisingly, to lead by example. Through his business and time, he continuously gives back to his community and state, with agriculture being one of his top priorities. In recognition of his selflessness and devotion to the state's ag industry and the people that make it up - Gilbert this year will receive Governor Mary Fallin's Award for Oustanding Public Service in Agriculture.
Described as a true public servant, Gilbert has given his time through many roles, to include the Soil Conservation Board, Oklahoma Youth Expo board of directors, the American Farmers and Ranchers State board of directors, and as chairman of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation board of directors. He has also served on the State Board of Career and Technology Education for 16 years, a position appointed by the governor.
Through his experience teaching and relationships built across the state, he dedicates his time to enhancing agricultural education and serving as a voice for the industry on local, state and national levels.
Gilbert has received numerous awards from local and state organizations recognizing his efforts as well.
Aside from his long list of volunteer roles and his business, Gilbert still finds the time to be involved in production agriculture. With his wife Suzanne, he has 120-head of Limousin and crossbred cattle on about 1,200 acres. The farm also produces more than 600 bales of hay each year. The Gilberts have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Learn more of Gilbert's supportive work that has helped Oklahoma's ag industry thrive, by tapping here to read his full profile provided by ODAFF.

WatkinsLarry Watkins of Stillwater Named Posthumous Winner of Governor's Outstanding Ag Legacy Award

The Governor's Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award will be presented posthumously to Larry Watkins of Stillwater, Okla.. This award honors individuals who made significant life-long contributions to Oklahoma agriculture. This distinguished award recognizes posthumously the unique or extraordinary contributions these individuals made to Oklahoma and establishes role models for the agricultural industry.
Teacher, director, servant, spokesperson, leader, mentor - a man of many hats, Watkins played many roles throughout his life, all of which involved agriculture.
Watkins grew up in Purcell, Okla., where he was heavily involved in FFA. It was during this time that he discovered a deep passion for agriculture, which would serve as a foundation throughout his life. After serving his country, he returned home to teach agriculture, though he left the classroom after five years.
Watkins utilized his agricultural background as the director of the Agricultural Development Division for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Through his recruitment initiatives, the city became known as the Horse Show Capital of the World and brought in more than $9 million annually to the area. He also planned and managed the world's largest youth livestock show, now known as the Oklahoma Youth Expo (OYE), and the National Finals Rodeo.
In 1979, Watkins began a 30-year career with the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. In just five years, he was promoted to executive vice president and CEO of the company.
Watkins had a passion for horses and enjoyed ranch life on a property west of Stillwater. He bred and trained quarter horses and won a championship buckle in ranch sorting on a mare from his breeding program. Along with his wife Natalea, he supported Turning Point Ranch, a therapeutic riding center in Stillwater where horses are utilized to help children and teens with emotional, physical or mental disabilities. Watkins' mare, Chiquita, is the longest-serving horse in the program.
For more on Watkins' life and his service to the ag industry of Oklahoma, click or tap here to read the complete profile of him provided by ODAFF.

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WebinarICYMI - Tune into OSU Wheat Extension Team's Webinar Series TODAY for Answers to All Your Wheat Questions

Starting this Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., the Oklahoma State University wheat extension team will broadcast its first episode in a new series of Wheat Update webinars which will be featured for the next four weeks each Monday morning at 8:30 AM. 

These webinars will be less content driven and more focused on viewers' questions. The first ten minutes of each session will provide viewers a crop update. Then the remaining 50 minutes of the webinar will be used to field questions or to discuss topics provided by the audience through chat, Twitter (@osuplantsoilsci), and other social media platforms. 

Viewers are encouraged to send topics or questions to Extension Small Grains Specialist 
Dr. Dave Marburger or Dr. Jeff Edwards, professor and department head of Plant and Soil Sciences in advance of each webinar.

For more details on this webinar series, how to interact during them and instructions on how to access the webinar for viewing, click over to our website.
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