Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/18/2019, 6:19 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.
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 Friday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture March 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
   Monday, March 18, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: OYE Selects First 2019 Supreme Breeding Animal Champs

Already, we have had thousands of animals coming and then being loaded out over the opening weekend of the world's largest junior livestock show- the Oklahoma Youth Expo.  

Our thanks to ITC, Your Energy Superhighway for sponsoring our coverage of the 2019 event. 

As we reported to you at the end of this past week- the gilt show led off the 2019 OYE- and lots has been added to the mix since the opening of the show schedule last Thursday. 

The Supreme Champion selected at State Fair Park was in the Commercial Gilt category- and a pair of 4-Hers led the way as young Berkley McKay of Mulhall-Orlando 4-H took top honors- winning the Supreme Champion Commercial Gilt title. She earns the right to have the first slot at the Night of Stars Gilt Show on Wednesday evening in Barn 8- and online. 

The Reserve Supreme Commercial Gilt was shown by Adison Thompson of Noble.  Click or tap here for the full story on the Commercial Gilt show that concluded last Friday. 

Up next was the Purebred Gilt Show- and Al Schminke of Iowa lined up all eight breeds and then selected the Spot Champion as the Supreme Champion of the Show- owned and shown by Kade Pendley of Cyril FFA. The Reserve Supreme Champion was shown by Grace Lambert of Chattanooga FFA. Grace was exhibiting the Champion Berkshire Gilt.

Click or tap here for all the details from the Purebred show- including a complete list of the Breed Champs and Reserves.

Happening at about the same time as the conclusion of the Hog show was the Doe Kid competition- and that saw the Champ in the Heavyweight Division- Division Four- winning Supreme Honors- that Doe was shown by Sydney Bean from Newcastle FFA - whole the Reserve was shown by  Jaycee Watkins of Allen FFA.

Click or tap here for more details of the Doe Kid show that wrapped up Saturday afternoon. 

The Beef Heifers started showing on Sunday afternoon- and continue this morning in the Arena- we will have complete details on those winners tomorrow morning in our email- and later today on our website in the Blue Green Gazette

Besides the Beef Heifers wrapping up things today- the Swine Showmanship and Sheep Showmanship will be happening today- and the Breeding Ewe Show gets going today as well. 

And once the Heifers finish the show- they will be exiting Stage Left. 

BY THE WAY- we have been posting lots of pics up on our FLICKR page- we are up to 432 pictures thus far- and I want to give a shout out to OSU Ag Communications Senior Stanley Gaffrey for doing an exceptional job in taking pics for us Saturday- he will be back on the grounds today and again on Wednesday snapping photos that we are posting- you can grab any picture up there for personal use- drop me an email if you enjoy checking them out- we appreciate your feedback on that aspect of our coverage. 

Click or tap here for our 2019 OYE Flickr Picture Album!!!!

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TwoAgriculture Plays Big Role in Success of US Economy- New Website Showcases the Impact
A new study shows that agriculture plays a big role in the success of the overall U.S. economy. More than one-fourth of the nation's job total and more than one-fifth of the nation's economy are tied, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors. A coalition of 23 agriculture groups commissioned the economic impact study that came out last week. 

It's the foundation of a new website called Feeding the Economy. Among some of the bigger report highlights, it shows that the total number of food and ag job come in at 45.5 million. The total wages amount to $2.06 trillion, with total taxes on the income at just over $913 billion. Agriculture exports total $154.4 trillion. The total food and industry economic impact is $7.06 trillion. 

On the website, there is an interactive map that helps you pull up data for states and congressional districts. For Oklahoma, the group claims that agriculture helps provide 570,000 jobs with a total food and industry economic impact of $74.5 billion dollars.

To learn more- click or tap here for our complete story on this website and for the links to check other states as well as many Congressional Districts across the country.

It is an ongoing struggle for the beef industry when it comes to making sure consumers understand that taking good care of livestock includes the judicious use of antimicrobial drugs. NCBA's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Kathy Simmons talked recently with us about all that the industry has done over the years and continues to do in order to protect and keep producers' ability to use these necessary tools that allow them to produce the world's safest supply of beef.

"For us in the cattle industry, cattle health and animal welfare are our No. 1 priorities and antimicrobial drugs are on tool we use in conjunction with good management practices and disease prevention to keep cattle healthy," she said. "So, it's important that antimicrobials are available for use for the prevention, control and treatment of disease and using these medicines in connection with our veterinarians."

The biggest hurdle in this battle, according to Simmons, is merely educating all those involved on what proper management of these drugs looks like. One of the most effective tools in this endeavor though, has been the Beef Quality Assurance program. Since the 80s, Simmons says the program has helped teach producers how to properly care for their animals without inadvertently misusing or overextending the utilization of antimicrobials. According to her, more and more producers have taken it upon themselves to get BQA certified, which in turn has increased consumer confidence in the beef industry.

You can learn more about the BQA program and antimicrobial stewardship, by clicking here to jump to last Friday's Beef Buzz with Dr. Simmons.

Ten years since its inception, the United Sorghum Checkoff has worked to expand the commodity's marketing power worldwide. According to USC Executive Director Florentino Lopez, those efforts are paying off. In a recent interview with Associate Farm Director Carson Horn, he hopes to continue to explore new opportunities in domestic markets and especially in foreign ones that are just beginning to develop - like Spain and Italy.

Here in the US, sorghum is used predominantly as a feed ingredient. But, new niche food markets are also starting to utilize the grain, being promoted as a non-GMO ancient grain high in fiber. The lion's share of the US crop though, typically goes to China which in recent years has purchased between 30 to 50 percent of the US crop equating to roughly $1.2 billion worth.

As the Checkoff continues to foster new international relationships, in is working to highlight sorghum's versatility. At the Commodity Classic in Orlando last week, the Checkoff featured sorghum-based vodka. Lopez talked, too, about the rise of sorghum beer and a specialty alcohol growing in popularity in China called Baijiu. Lopez reaffirmed the Checkoff's commitment to continued investment in such research, promotion and education projects to further grow producers' prof opportunities.

You can hear Lopez speak on the Checkoff's current work for yourself, by clicking here to listen to Carson's full interview with him.

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Five AFBF Endorses New Legislation That Provides Economic Boost to 4-H, FFA Students

The Student Agriculture Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 1770) would create a tax exemption for the first $5,000 of income students earn from projects completed through 4-H or FFA.

With this bill, 4-H and FFA students aged 21 and younger could keep more of the modest income they earn. The students can turn around and put the money toward higher education or future agricultural projects.  

"The long-term sustainability of agriculture depends on talented young people pursuing careers in farming and ranching, as well as related fields and food-chain professions," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

Click or tap for the full article here.
Six Know an Oklahoma Rancher, Farmer or Forester Who Goes Above and Beyond Caring For Natural Resources?

The very first Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award recipient was selected in 2017. Jackson Farms of Mountain View received the 2018 award. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. 

Nominate an Oklahoma rancher, farmer or forester you know who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources for the 2019 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at

For more information on the award, organizations which make this $10,000 prize possible, and when/where to submit applications, click or tap here.

Seven Don't Miss This World-Class Event, June 5-7, in Des Moines - See, Discover, Connect at World Pork Expo 2019

The 2019 World Pork Expo will take place June 5-7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, delivering three days of education, innovation and networking for pork professionals from across the United States and the world.

Each year, more than 20,000 pork producers and representatives visit the world's largest pork-specific trade show to attend educational seminars, learn about the latest products, services and technology within the trade show and share ideas and perspectives with their peers.

"Expo has something for everyone, regardless of your operation's size or whether you're an owner, grower, employee, veterinarian or allied industry representative. All aspects of the pork production cycle are presented at Expo," says David Herring, NPPC president and pork producer from Lillington, N.C. "It's a great place to see what's new, discover opportunities and connect with other pork professionals."

Click or tap here to get details on the expansive indoor and outdoor trade show, wide range of activities throughout the event, plus how to get registered.

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentOklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyNational Livestock Credit Corporation, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Herb's Herb Hemp Farmthe 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!

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