Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 2/27/2019, 5:23 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. has 
287 head of cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, 
February 27th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, steer calves traded mostly steady while heifers sold 5.00 to 8.00 higher compared to last week. Click here for the complete sale report.

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 26, 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 27, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
Russ and Jani Jackson of Kiowa County Named Recipients of 2018 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award

During the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts' Legislative Banquet this week, Russ and Jani Jackson of Kiowa County were named the second family in Oklahoma to receive the Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award - a prestigious award, named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold and given to exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters who have demonstrated their commitment to the land and its conservation. Leedey's Jimmy and Ginger Emmons were the first to receive the award in Oklahoma last year.

Sand County Foundation, the nation's leading voice for private conservation, created the Leopold Conservation Award which is given out in 14 states. In Oklahoma the $10,000 award is presented annually by the Sand County Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Noble Research Institute, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, and ITC Holdings Corp.

The Jacksons were recognized for converting the cropland acres on their ranch located at the base of the Wichita Mountains to a no-till system which has since noticeably improved the soil health, and reduced wind and water erosion. 

In addition, the Jacksons have worked closely with NRCS to develop a conservation plan on their property and added a great deal of diversity to their operation which has allowed their ranch to become more profitable and less labor intensive.

Click here to see a video showing the conservation efforts of the Jacksons on their operation in southwestern Oklahoma and to read more about the work behind this prestigious honor.

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BaldiesBaldies Shine When It Comes to 
Cow Weight Maintenance and Forage Intake

Stakes have never been higher to create value and efficiency throughout the production system - one way to do this is by utilizing heterosis. Recent work conducted by animal scientists with OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has documented the efficiency of the baldy female. 

"While there is substantial older data available on the question of heterosis, there is not much data available on the influence of crossing a breed known for lower feed intake - the Hereford breed - with the popular Angus breed," said Dave Lalman, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service beef cattle specialist with DASNR's department of animal and food sciences.

OSU's animal scientists took a closer look at total calories a cow consumes relative to her calf's weaning weight by researching maintenance energy requirements and voluntary feed intake, then comparing it to Angus cows.

The OSU study showed the black baldy cows averaged a better body condition score than the straight Angus cows. In fact, the crossbred cows maintained better body condition throughout both phases of the experiment. However, Lalman stresses, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution nor is it a suggestion that raising purebred animals is a bad thing. 

Read the exciting results of the study in the full article here.

Watch OSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dave Lalman talk about studies on breeding cattle for maximum feed efficiency in a short video produced by SUNUP 

Three Ag Groups Call on Congress to Protect the Key Element in the Federal Farm Safety Net- Crop Insurance

A coalition of more than 50 farm groups is asking lawmakers to safeguard crop insurance. The organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, warned in a letter to top-ranking House and Senate budget leaders this week that "An overreliance on budget savings from the agriculture community and from crop insurance will unquestionably undermine rural economies." 2018 farm profitability is expected to hit a low not experienced in more than a decade.

The groups also noted the public-private partnership that is crop insurance has been a consistent and reliable risk management tool for farmers, particularly at a time of heightened uncertainty in agriculture caused by natural disasters, trade disputes and government shutdowns. Crop insurance is important to lenders, too, because it provides them the assurances they need to continue to provide capital to farmers and ranchers.

With an emphasis on risk management and a basis in fundamental market principles, crop insurance protects American taxpayers. Collectively, farmers, who customize their policies to their individual farm and financial needs, spend $3.5 billion to $4 billion per year of their own money to purchase insurance from the private sector. Furthermore, on average, they must incur losses of almost 30 percent before their insurance coverage pays an indemnity.

The letter says farmers and lawmakers "agree that crop insurance is a linchpin of the farm safety net" and is crucial to the economic and food security of rural America. The groups concluded the letter urging lawmakers to oppose cuts to crop insurance during this year's budget process.

Four American Angus Association President John Pfeiffer Talks Angus Link and Angus Source with Ron Hays

John Pfeiffer is a seedstock operator from Oklahoma and currently President of the American Angus Association. He talked with us about some of the association's programs that have been rolled out in recent months - programs he believes will have a positive impact on both the breed and the producers buying Angus bulls. One of those programs he discussed, was AngusLink which he described as the association's feeder calf program that scores cattle on their genetic potential to perform in a quality graded market as well as a gain market.

Pfeiffer says this program will offer buyers more insight into the cattle they buy, and also help to set the Angus breed that much farther apart from the rest.

"At the sale barn, everybody thinks all black hided cattle are created equally," he said. "We're trying to differentiate black hided cattle and those that have the greater genetic potential to grow and be more profitable than those that don't."

In addition, Angus Source, is another program that has been repurposed. Pfeiffer explained how this program has pivoted from being the association's original feeder calf program into its PVP program. Pfeiffer points out, this is the only certified care and handling program out there that is available at present.

Listen to Pfeiffer and I discuss these programs more in depth and how they fit into the American Angus Association's long-term strategy, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five Association of Equipment Manufacturers Joins USMCA Coalition to Pressure Ratification

A group of industry and agriculture companies and associations have launched the USMCA Coalition, an effort to see the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement through ratification.

The USMCA Coalition is a collection of more than 200 organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, with an objective "to secure congressional approval" of the trade agreement.

AEM President Dennis Slater says completing the trade agreement will "guarantee North America's manufacturing competitiveness" and support 1.5 million jobs across the U.S. and Canada. Equipment manufacturers contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. Canada is the largest export market for U.S. manufacturers of heavy equipment and a more than $10 billion per year export market for U.S. equipment manufacturers.

Meanwhile, U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico quadrupled from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $39 billion in 2017, according to AFBF, and the two countries are top markets for U.S. grains, dairy products, meats fresh fruits, and vegetables. 

Click or tap here to read the complete story for more information.

Six High School Seniors Encouraged To Apply For First Ever Oklahoma Agriculture Youth Council

Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur has created a new ODAFF youth council with hopes of fostering a new generation of future agricultural leaders in Oklahoma through professional development, industry exposure and experiential learning.

According to Arthur, involved youth will have the opportunity to bring new ideas to the agency regarding policy development, regulatory functions and communication with consumers.

The council will be a year-long term, with approximately 8 sessions throughout the year. Activities include visits to Oklahoma agricultural companies and organizations, opportunities to learn about the legislative process and job shadows with industry professionals. In addition, students will participate in leadership and professional skill development activities and receive information regarding preparing for college.

High school seniors interested in learning more about the qualifications and expectations for participation on the council can find that information and apply by clicking here.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Steve Thompson 
assistant director of public policy in its public policy division. Thompson is well-known in the ag community for his leadership in policy and advocacy on behalf of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers and rural citizens across the state.

Thompson comes to OKFB from the American Farmers & Ranchers where he has served as director of government relations since 2011.

"I've worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Farm Bureau members advocating for agriculture and rural Oklahoma my entire career," Thompson said. "This opportunity to join the OKFB public policy team is something very special."

The Lincoln County native has strong Oklahoma roots in his pedigree as an OSU alum and professional experience at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, first as legislative liaison, then as associate commissioner. 
Thompson currently serves as a livestock show superintendent at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and Tulsa State Fair and has been honored for his community work by both the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and State FFA. 

Learn more about Thompson, his credentials and career, by clicking here.

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