Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 2/19/2019, 6:02 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.

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February 20th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website.

OKC West Cow and Bull Sale was not available for Monday, February 18.

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 9,100 cattle on President's Day with Steer Calves Steady to $5 higher- with yearlings steady to $3 lower. Click or tap here for the complete report. 

Steer calves and yearlings were called steady at the Joplin Regional Stockyards on Monday- 4,500 cattle were on hand- click here for the complete 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 last Friday afternoon around 3:30 PM. A new report will be available tomorrow after markets reopen from being closed for the President's Day Holiday.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Friday February 15.
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
   Tuesday, February 18, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt was strongly supported by voters in rural Oklahoma- he was reminded of that by Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel as he walked into the room where Farm Bureau leaders from across the state were happy to welcome him to their Leadership Conference on Monday afternoon. Governor Stitt agreed with the Farm Bureau President- and thanked the farmers and ranchers in the room for supporting him, saying that he would not be standing before them as Governor if rural parts of Oklahoma had not supported him in a big way. 

After his comments to the Farm Bureau, I talked with the Governor about his early days serving as Governor of Oklahoma.

We asked the Governor about a couple of the key topics that he raised with the Farm Bureau leaders- including his drive to get oversight in place for the boards and agencies that are a part of state government. Stitt says "I'm just trying to get the accountability right so I can make sure so I can deliver on the committments and the results that Oklahomans expect."

You can hear the conversation that we had with the Governor by clicking or tapping here.

You can also check out his full remarks made to the Farm Bureau leaders by clicking or tapping here for our special Podcast of the Governor's address to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference. 

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Oklahoma Farm Bureau County Leaders from across the state have gathered at the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City. The opening afternoon on Monday was a lineup of the movers and shakers in state government, as speakers included the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the State Commissioner of Ag, the Insurance Commissioner and the House and Senate Leaders from both sides of the political aisle. 

I caught Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel between speakers on Monday- and we discussed the priorities of the general farm organization as the 2019 Session of the State Legislation is now taking shape after a couple of weeks are now behind us. 

Moesel mentioned one bill to the Farm Bureau Leaders gathered as one that the group is opposing as it is being considered by lawmakers here in 2019- a move to allow municipalities to assess ad valorem taxes. 

Moesel says that Legislative Leaders and the Governor have expressed support for the measure- so defeating it will be a heavy lift, but Ag Groups are raising concerns about the measure with lawmakers in the early days of the Legislative Session- hoping to either stop it or at least make the language more friendly for the farm and ranch community.

You can hear our quick visit with Moesel by clicking or tapping here- also in our webstory is the video streamed of the State Legislative leaders from the Monday afternoon session.

Three NFU President Wonders If 2018 Farm Bill Is Adequate In The Face Of Substantial Challenges Ahead

Between extended government delays and huge trade wars, it is clear we're experiencing a disruptive time for agriculture. There is public pressure to get something done. House Ag Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson will hopefully prove helpful as calls come in for Congress to take a look at the safety net in place for agriculture. 

"Net farm income is about half of what it was five years ago," says National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson. "I fear we may lose a new generation in farmers and ranchers."

Anyone who started in the last five years stepped into increasing cost, locked in high cost assets, and prices depressed. Staying power is difficult to be had by those who haven't had plenty of years to build equity. Disruption in trade, lost export markets, and a damaged reputation made Johnson question whether the Farm Bill passed late last year is inadequate to deal with the challenges we're facing. 

He and I recently had the chance to talk about his concerns. Checkout the article where you can hear the whole interview by clicking or tapping here.

Four Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur Seeks First-hand Industry Insight, Plans Statewide Tour

Recently appointed Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur plans to prioritize understanding the challenges facing producers by seeing agriculture in action. She will embark on a series of tours and interactive public events that will allow producers to share their successes and challenges with the Secretary in the agriculture industry and in their communities.

A major concern of Arthur's is the many talented members of the younger generation who grew up in agriculture but are leaving the industry to pursue other opportunities. She intends to speak with producers in order to identify solutions that will bring this demographic back to those rural roots and help them succeed. This trend is a growing concern nationwide.

During the American Farmers & Ranchers / Oklahoma Farmers Union Convention over the weekend, had the chance to catch up with Secretary Arthur to talk more in depth about this tour series, in addition to other topics of interest. You can listen to our complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is accepting suggestions and opportunities from the public. To submit your agriculture operation or your community for consideration, email or call 405-522-5509 by April 1 for more information. To extend an invitation to the Secretary, please send details of your operation, location, estimated time for tour, at least three photos of your tour property and a brief overview of what the tour would entail.

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Dr. Sara Place is one of the leading voices when it comes to telling the cattle industry story about sustainability. She's the Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research at the NCBA. On a regular basis, she is in front of stakeholder groups proactively providing information about the sustainable story for the beef cattle producers of this country. In a recent interview, she remarked on what a good story it is to share with both producers and consumers.

One of the hardest questions that Place has had to attempt to answer, though, is exactly what sustainability is. Defining the term has been a major topic of discussion just within the industry, let alone the world outside of agriculture. However, Place contends that it is simply another word for what is already being done by producers. She commends the industry for taking a strong and proactive role in working to make that definition - rather than deferring to the definitions of others. Essentially, the industry consensus is that sustainability means producing a safe, high-quality product and doing so with in a consciences way in respect to social and environmental responsibility while at the same time remaining economically viable. While that story is being shared more and more, the part of that narrative that is being left out is the industry's capability to "upcycle" otherwise worthless resources. In other words, producers use cattle to turn unproductive or unused rangeland and scrub into beef and other quality biproducts for human consumption.

"The cattle industry brings tremendous value to humanity in general, on the environmental side and the human nutrition side," she said. "Just the nutrition density of beef is a huge advantage. That comes back to that upcycling. These animals take resources that are not in competition with human food and turn it into a superior product with nutritional value and desirability."

Listen to the full discussion between Dr. Place and I on sustainability within the beef industry, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.

Six Current Indications Suggest Cull Cow Prices Are Likely To Hold Steady And Follow Patterns This Year

Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist analyzes the seasonal increases of cull cow prices and how they can fluctuate year to year. Read his full article by clicking or tapping here.

Though seasonal price patterns are among the strongest tendencies of cattle markets, cull cow prices in 2018 did not follow seasonal price patterns for the entire year. Cull prices were under pressure in 2018 largely as a result of increased cow beef supplies due to herd expansion in recent years. 

So far, boning cow prices have risen four consecutive weeks since mid-January. The increases are exactly as expected seasonally as cull cow prices typically increase sharply from January into February on the way to seasonal peaks in May. Cull cow prices are likely to follow seasonal patterns more closely in 2019.

Even if a sick animal fully recovers from a bout of illness, the damage has already been done. According to BI professional services veterinarian Dr. Doug Ensley, once livestock become ill they will never fully meet their true genetic potential. That is exactly why he says producers should be proactive in their herd health management and practice preventative strategies on their operations.

To help with that, BI offers a wide array of vaccines, dewormers and a deep breadth of knowledge that producers can lean on in addressing whatever problem issues they are experiencing specific to their businesses.

While having the right tools and know-how is of vital importance, one thing that is often overlooked - is the right timing - administering the right preventative tools at exactly the right time to maximize the pharmaceutical's efficacy and hopefully its return on investment.

With calving and spring breeding season coming up, Ensley says now is the perfect time for producers who have concerns to visit with their local veterinarians and ask for guidance on how to improve and upgrade their herd health programs. Listen to Ensley talk more about preventative herd health strategies with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn and learn more about how BI can help you in this regard, by clicking here.

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