Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/7/2018 5:53 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 Carson Horn on RON.

MarketLinksLet's Check the Markets!  

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During Wednesday's sale of finished cattle on the - 568 head of cattle were offered with 0 actually sold. Click here to see their complete market results.

OKC West ended up with more than 15,000 head sold on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week- Feeder steers sold 3.00-5.00 higher. Feeder heifers traded 2.00-4.00 higher.- details are available here.

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 futuresclick or tap 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 on Wednesday, June 6th.
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
   Thursday, June 7, 2018

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
HazlettUSDA's Rural Development Lead Anne Hazlett Opens Opioid Crisis Dialogue with Oklahoma Leaders

The misuse of opioids has reached critical levels in recent years and Oklahoma's rural communities are feeling the impact of this nationwide crisis. USDA's Anne Hazlett, assistant to the secretary on rural development, Wednesday, hosted the Oklahoma Opioid Roundtable in El Reno to meet with local leaders, hear their concerns and discuss possible solutions. Hazlett took a moment to speak with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn about this issue and others she is working on in her role within USDA's Rural Development office.

"No corner of the country has gone untouched by this issue, but we know that rural communities have been particularly impacted," she remarked.

According to Hazlett, 64,000 people last year gave their life to opioid abuse, or roughly 174 people each day. That's more than the number of deaths caused by gun violence or car accidents. As this crisis rises to a boiling point in the state, its impact is beginning to affect the available workforce, thereby weighing on economic conditions in rural Oklahoma.

While USDA and its partners continue to fully wrap their arms around this problem - Hazlett says there are some initial program investment opportunities already available including a robust telemedicine program, which helps treat those without local access to treatment facilities; available grant funding for equipment and infrastructure upgrades; and programs that address some of the broader needs in fighting this crisis such as transitional housing and workforce development.

Hazlett admits that much of what needs to be done to address this crisis is beyond what USDA can offer, but reaffirmed her department's commitment to working on the front lines of the problem where it can to continue its mission to improve the lives of those in rural America and to cooperate with other entities that can provide the resources USDA cannot.

Read more or listen to their complete conversation covering this topic and more, by clicking here.

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BUZZUS Roundtable for Sustainable Beef's Metric System Put to the Test - Noble's Chad Ellis Explains

For the last several years, the members of the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef have collaborated to develop a set of metrics to help guide and measure the efficiency and sustainability of the US beef industry. Chad Ellis of the Noble Research Institute, a partner of the USRSB, says that while these discussions have been going on for some time now, no one has yet actually put them to the test - up until about a year ago when Noble and several other industry partners teamed up to launch the Integrity Beef Pilot Project. He talked about that program with us recently and gave a brief report of its progress.

"The pilot is going great. We're taking cattle from the Integrity Beef Alliance program with our ranchers here in Oklahoma and running those calves through the whole value chain," Ellis explained. "We're learning a lot."

Noble first decided to get involved in this program to essentially give producers a seat at the table and a voice in the discussions. Ellis says that much of what the USRSB has developed is already being done in some way by producers. These guidelines will simply formalize such practices and create a way of measuring the success of each segment of the beef pipeline. The pilot itself, will allow producers and stakeholders participating in it to offer feedback on what aspects of the guidelines are helpful and what isn't. More than anything, though, Ellis says it has significantly opened the lines of communications between the segments.

"What we're doing in this pilot is actually looking at these indicators and metrics that the Roundtable has put together and trying to determine - do these make sense and if so, how can we provide back information to the Roundtable where we can make adjustments and empower the producer and make them more successful and economical in the future."

Listen to Ellis and I discuss the progress of the Integrity Beef Pilot and how it complements the work being done by the USRSB, on today's Beef Buzz - click here. 
AITCDay Two of the Ag in the Classroom Summer Tour Was Another Home Run Along Historic Route 66

Yesterday was day two of the Ag in the Classroom 2018 summer tour across Oklahoma. The tour this year is focusing on northeastern Oklahoma- and Audrey Harmon with the Ag in the Classroom program at the Oklahoma Department of Ag provides us with more play by play of the teachers getting up close and personal with agriculture along Route 66:

"Day 2 of "Ag on Rt 66" with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom brought the opportunity for teachers to visit Miller Pecans where Jared Miller led a tour and explained how pecans are harvested, graded, and processed. Michelle Clogston and Michael Robinson with Oklahoma AgCredit came to present AITC with a matching donation from CoBank for the AITC teachers to attend the National AITC Conference. Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County Extension Director, greeted teachers and welcomed them to the county.

Other highlights of the day included lunch that was grown and prepared by the Vinita FFA Chapter. These students have a garden and harvested the produce for our salad, served brisket, homemade strawberry cheesecake and so much more! What an honor to be served lunch by such hard working students! The lunch was hosted at Yazel Ranch, where educators were able to see a cattle sorting tub that was designed by Temple Grandin. State Agriculture Board Member, Jay Franklin, joined the teachers and shared about the responsibilities of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture.  Mark Yazel spent time explaining his cattle operation and his passion for agriculture. 

Toward the end of the day- the teachers were able to stop and grab a pic with one of Oklahoma's most famous citizens- Mickey Mantle- everybody was looking like champions:

Click or tap here to read more about day two of the Ag in the Classroom rolling educational event along Route 66.

PORKNew Pork Tariffs Could Produce Losses Down the Line, According to Virginia Tech Expert

More tariffs are expected from Mexico after the nation announced its 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork earlier this week. 
The list of tariffs from Mexico includes apples, cheeses, potatoes, cranberries, and "Tennessee" and bourbon whiskies, among other items.

Mexico is responding to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs enacted by President Trump and put into place last week, after exempting Canada, Mexico and European Union previously from the tariffs. The tariffs will impact just more than one percent of all U.S. exports to Mexico, but will have significant impact on targeted industries, including agriculture.

Virginia Tech agribusiness expert, Olga Isengildina Massa concurs stating in a release yesterday that Mexico's decision to slap new, higher tariffs on unprocessed pork may have a ripple effect on the entire U.S. pork industry.

"Mexico is one of our largest trade partners. The first layer of the industry that will be affected will be the packers, but they will have to pass along potential losses down the supply chain to producers," said Isengildina Massa. 

She is quick to point out, however, that futures markets overall are not too preoccupied with the news in the short term. "There may be hope that continued trade negotiations will be able to overcome this news," she said. "However, trade wars increase the costs of trading, so the total effect is usually negative." 

Click here to read the full release from Virginia Tech on our website.

Sponsor Spotlight

We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.

Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

GreenhouseGreenhouse Learning Center to Provide Cutting-Edge Educational Opportunities at OSU

OSU administration broke ground yesterday on a new project that will ultimately yield The Greenhouse Learning Center, a $6 million facility that will replace and improve functions of OSU's existing teaching greenhouses that have been in use for three decades or more. Students in OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will soon have access to a new facility that will better prepare them to enter the professional workforce. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2019.

Long-time partner and supporter of OSU's horticulture programs, Greenleaf Nursery, led by its president and CEO Randy Davis, a CASNR alum, committed $1 million toward this new project.

The Greenhouse Learning Center will feature six greenhouses, including an isolated entomology greenhouse, and head house, which includes a classroom, office space and plant-preparation area, as well as storage space for soil, equipment and chemicals such as fertilizer and pest-management materials. A large foyer will provide space for student club meetings. It also will house cutting-edge irrigation systems, intense climate and humidity control and other technology standard in today's horticulture industry.

An OSU statement says the facility will aid CASNR in recruiting and retaining faculty and students, supporting relationships in Oklahoma's horticulture industry which has a $150 million annual economic impact and growing its program to better prepare horticulture professionals.

To learn more about this project or how to donate to the new facility, click over to the original story here for more information.
SELKRemember to Plan Ahead for Your Cattle's Water Needs this Summer as You Start Weaning Calves

Many farmers and ranchers with fall-born calves will soon begin weaning their calves. Weaning alone can be very stressful on calves, especially when done during hot summer weather. In his article this week in the latest edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Glenn Selk of OSU, maintains that having a proper management strategy in place can reduce the amount of stress a producer must expose their calves to. One way to do this, he says, is with the fenceline weaning method, citing the success of one study conducted by a team of California researchers. He says what is most important when weaning during the summer, though, is ensuring cattle's access to an ample water supply.

"During the hot summer days, having adequate water available for the cattle is a MUST," he writes. "Experienced ranchers that utilize fenceline weaning have found that having plenty of water in the region where the cattle are congregated can be a challenge. Plan ahead before you begin the weaning process to be certain that sufficient water can be supplied to both sides of the fence."

For more of Selk's advice on this subject, click over to our website to read the complete article.
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