Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/13/2019, 6:31 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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has a total of 785 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
February 13th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

OKC West had limited numbers of calves on Tuesday- prices were strong- 3.00-6.00 higher with demand expecially good for weaned calves that could go on wheat pasture. Click here for the Tuesday report.

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 February 12, 2019
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
    Wednesday,  February 13, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: Jack Staats Named Show Honoree for the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo

For over fifty years, the Oklahoma Youth Expo and the junior livestock shows that preceded it have named a Show Honoree. That tradition continues in 2019- and the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma announced their 2019 Honoree, Jack Staats, the Program Manager for Agriculture at Oklahoma CareerTech and State Advisor for the Oklahoma FFA.

Staats is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and was a successful Ag Teacher in three Oklahoma schools- Freedom, Buffalo and Alva. Staats joined what is now Oklahoma CareerTech in 2007, taking on the role of Program Manager for the Ag Education Program in Oklahoma and has served as the State FFA Advisor for one of the premiere state FFA programs in the country. 

After the presentation of the special Show Honoree jacket on Tuesday evening at the Sirloin Club banquet that preceeds the start of the Oklahoma Youth Expo, I talked for a few moments with Jack and learned what this honor means to him- and how important OYE is to him and the young people all across the state. 

You listen to our conversation and read more by clicking or tapping here.

Our Coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo will once again be a service of ITC Great Plains, Your Energy Superhighway- learn more about this high voltage, transmission only utility and their commitment to the communities they serve which is the cornerstone of their business-click here for their website. 

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Oklahoma to Experience Heightened Fire Danger Wednesday Across Central and Western Oklahoma

The western two-thirds of the state, counties west of U.S. Highway 75, can expect elevated fire danger on Wednesday due to high sustainable wind speeds and low relative humidity, which create the potential for large fires. 

Oklahoma Forestry Services released a warning this week, urging citizens to practice extreme caution while these conditions last. Citizens are asked to limit or totally avoid any activities that could spark a fire and to report any suspicious smoke or fire to the closest fire department.

Outdoor burning activities are especially concerning, says Oklahoma Forestry Services Director and State Forester Mark Goeller. If engaged in such activity, Goeller strongly advises you take time to ensure the fire is completely extinguished before walking away from it.

Additional cautions and ways to make your home more defensible can be found by clicking or tapping here.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a webinar for initial input on the 2018 Farm Law. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Risk Management Agency.

"Truly this is a Farm Bill that improves farm safety net programs, protects federal crop insurance, and preserves strong rural development and research initiatives. At USDA we are eager to hear from our stakeholders on policy recommendations, so we can start working on implementing these important Farm Bill provisions," said Northey.

The listening session will be held Feb. 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Jefferson Auditorium in the South Building located at 14th Street and Independence Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C. Members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments prior to the session.

Interested participants must register at by February 22, 2019, to attend. To learn more on submitting written comments or presenting orally at the webinar click or tap here.

In just one week, OSU Extension faculty will host its first-ever All Crops Conference, a compact two-day conference that will cover the full spectrum of crops produced in Oklahoma and related issues important to producers. Producers with diversified operations or those who are considering adding diversity to their operations, are invited to take part in this all-inclusive informative learning session. 

The schedule includes a general session to address issues that are important to producers no matter what their cropping preferences may be- topics like a review of the 2018 Farm Law, Soil Health and Feral Hog control.  Breakout sessions follow that drill down into more specific topics on a crop by crop basis. 

Click here for a look at the agenda of this year's program and who is scheduled to speak.

Early registration for this conference has closed, but late registration is still being accepted through Friday and walk-ins are welcome on the day of the event. The cost to register is $250.

For more information on this conference, including how to register, click here - or listen to Don Atkinson, host of the WheatSquared Podcast, speaking with OSU Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Josh Lofton about this event's details, by clicking over to our latest Perspectives Podcast.

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Historically, Canada and Mexico have been the US beef industry's third and fourth largest export market destinations. Those relations were built and established under the terms of the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and are anticipated to improve under the new US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement negotiated by the Trump Administration - if it can ever be ratified by the lawmakers of the three countries. We spoke recently with President and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation Dan Halstrom about his perspective on the viability of this agreement.

"The final blueprint was pretty positive. The beauty of it is compared to Asia, the product mix is entirely different. You have a lot of rounds and a lot of variety meats going to Canada and Mexico that are not going to Asia - they complement each other," Halstrom said. "All the more reason we have to have a timely conclusion to adopt the USMCA. The worse thing that can happen is a withdrawal from NAFTA and not getting a USMCA done because then we would be reverting back to pre-NAFTA duties of 20 percent on beef and we don't need that."

While the prospect of what could happen if the effort to ratify the USMCA falls through is frightening, Halstrom reassures that based on all he has been privy to, the outlook at getting the new deal across the finish line looks overall promising.
"We're optimistic and I think the ag industry is optimistic that we'll get a favorable outcome. But, we just have to make sure it stays on track," he said, remarking that the same goes in striking a deal with one of our largest potential markets, China. 

"The good news on China, is that the beef that's gotten in... the feedback has been phenomenal. We are struggling with these duties, but business continues and we're optimistic that progress will be made on a deal that's based on science and more sustainable for longer-term growth."

Listen to Halstrom and I talking more in depth about the USMCA and other trade agreements being negotiated by the US, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Six Oklahoma Cotton Industry Champions Elected to Leadership Positions within the National Cotton Council

Several fixtures of the Oklahoma cotton industry were elected this past week during the National Cotton Council annual meeting in San Antonio, to serve in various leadership positions within the NCC. Among them was Jay Cowart, Mark and Reid Nichols, and Austin Rose, all of Altus; Phil Bohl of Faxon and Jeannie Hileman of Carnegie.

Jay, Reid and Austin were elected to join 32 others from across the country on the NCC's Board of Directors by the various caucuses that gathered at the convention.

Austin, Mark and Jeannie were among those elected to serve as state unit officers for 2019.

In addition, Mark and Phil were elected to represent producers in Oklahoma as the 2019 State Producer Chairmen for the American Cotton Producers, part of the NCC.

To read more about the positions these industry leaders were elected to or to jump to a full list of people elected to serve with them on these boards, click here for the NCC Board roster, here for the State Unit Officers or here for the list of APC State Producer Chairmen.

The American Farm Bureau Federation reminds all farmers and ranchers that Feb. 14 will be the last day they can sign up for Market Facilitation Program payments in response to tariffs recently levied against American agricultural exports.

"The Agriculture Department has paid $6.4 billion to farmers and ranchers affected by retaliatory tariffs. A total of $9.6 billion has been set aside for payments on 2018 production," said Dave Salmonsen, AFBF senior director of congressional relations. "The other components include the trade promotion program, which has awarded $200 million to 57 different organizations to promote U.S. agricultural products worldwide. The program is also committing $2.1 billion to purchase products for donation. We urge farmers impacted by these retaliatory tariffs to take advantage of this program."

Farmers and ranchers can sign up for the MFP at their local Farm Service Agency offices.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentOklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Herb's Herb Hemp Farm, 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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