Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 3/20/2019, 6:55 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 Ron Hays on RON.

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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. 
had a total of 596 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, March 20th sale of finished cattle- details will be available after noon today by clicking here.

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, Steer and heifer calves sold 6.00-9.00 higher on limited comparable offerings. 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 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, March 19
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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   Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

In 2018, the Oklahoma Beef Council inked a promotional deal with NBA Basketball Star Steven Adams. That deal went public early this year- Part of the promotional efforts included a personal appearance by the Thunder Star- and the Beef Council made arrangements with the Oklahoma Youth Expo to have that appearance happen at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Adams spent close to two hours at State Fair Park- and was greeted by members of the Oklahoma Beef Council, who helped coordinate the encounters that Adams had with 4-H and FFA members. From there, Adams did pictures with goat and sheep exhibitors, walked over to the Beef Cattle Barn and talked with some of the exhibitors there, came back to the Super Barn for pictures and an encounter with hundreds of 4-H and FFA members and then finished his time at State Fair Arena as he took in a few minutes of the Beef Showmanship Contest. 

At that point, we had the chance to get a couple of questions in with Adams- and he expressed his amazement about all the things going on at the OYE - "it's amazing how these little humans are dealing with these beef animals" as he watched younger 4-Hers compete in one of the Beef Showmanship classes. 

Click or tap here for our story about Steven's visit to the OYE- you can listen to our Q&A with both Steven as well as with cattle producer Tom Fanning who helped in the facilitation of Steven's time at OYE.

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Tuesday night was a great night at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo as about one hundred state lawmakers, along with 25 celebrities, came and spent time learning the ins and outs of showing a calf, hog, lamb or a goat from one of the 4-H or FFA members involved with the show. Tyler Norvell, Executive Director of the OYE, says the Legislative event has grown and grown- starting with a dozen lawmakers just a few years ago to last night when a majority of the state legislature made time to be a part of the evening.

Each lawmaker and other dignitaries and supporters of the young people were matched up with a 4-H or FFA member and competed in one of the four classes of livestock. For the lawmakers, it was them being matched up with a youth from their home district when possible. 

Winning the friendly competition of the evening was the Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem, Senator Greg Treat of Northwest Oklahoma City (Pictured here). Also winning one of the divisions were US Senator James Lankford and Oklahoma House Ag Committee Chairman Del Kerbs

Click or tap here to read more and you can click or tap here to check out our FLICKR album dedicated to the Legislative/Celebrity Show of last night. 

Thanks to ITC, Your Energy Superhighway for their sponsorship for our coverage of the 2019 OYE.


Yesterday President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced their agreement to implement a duty-free tariff rate quota (TRQ) for wheat, a longstanding obligation under Brazil's World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. This agreement opens an annual opportunity for U.S. wheat farmers to compete on a level playing field for 750,000 metric tons (about 28 million bushels) of wheat under the TRQ. 

"We are grateful to the Trump Administration for championing the interests of U.S. farmers and specifically to Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney for prioritizing the issue of Brazil's TRQ commitment," said Chris Kolstad, USW Chairman and a wheat farmer from Ledger, Mont.

In some years, Brazil has imported as little as 115,000 metric tons of U.S. hard red winter and soft red winter wheat. That is why USW has worked toward implementation of Brazil's wheat TRQ for a decade.

"This is a big win for U.S. wheat farmers, the Trump Administration, and members of Congress who have pushed for action on this issue," said 
Ben Scholz, NAWG President and a wheat farmer from Lavon, Tex. "I'm glad to see Brazil fulfill its commitment and look forward to a stronger trading relationship between us. "

Click or tap here to find out more on the negotiations of the tariff rate quota.
Four China is Now Largest Beef Importing Country, Replacing the U.S. as Principle Driver of World Beef Prices

OSU's Dr. Peel tells us what he makes of the 2018 rank and share of countries from which the U.S. imports beef. Click or tap here to see the full article and table with rankings.

"Several factors explain the flat demand for imported beef in the U.S in the last three years. Australia continues to struggle with widespread drought coupled with livestock losses due to regional flooding. These are causing reductions in cattle inventories, beef production and exports. 

"Moreover, a recent article published in Australia notes that China is now largest beef importing country (including unofficial and official imports) and that China has replaced the U.S. as the principal driver of world beef prices. 
As a result there is less of a tendency for international beef supplies to flow to the U.S. 

"Simultaneously, several fast food chains have increased use of fresh hamburger thereby reducing the demand for frozen imported beef in the production of ground beef. U.S. beef imports are expected to decrease modestly in 2019."

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Five USDA Continues to Prevent African Swine Fever from Entering the U.S.

Last week, USDA-trained detector dogs played a major role in the seizure of roughly 1 million pounds of pork smuggled from China where there is an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF). The highly contagious and deadly disease affects both domestic and feral (wild) pigs and there is no treatment or vaccine available for it.

ASF is not a threat to human health and cannot be transmitted from pigs to humans. It is not a food safety issue. ASF is found in countries around the world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. More recently, it has spread through China, Mongolia and Vietnam, as well as within parts of the European Union. It has never been found in the United States - and we want to keep it that way.

Since prevention is our best protection against the disease, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is sharing information about the importance of keeping ASF out of the United States. It is vital for everyone to know about ASF and how to prevent it, while keeping the U.S. pig population healthy.

USDA is monitoring the recent outbreaks of ASF in Asia and Europe, and has proactively taken steps to increase our safeguarding efforts to keep the disease out of the United States. Read more on what these steps entail, traveler tips, biosecurity, and other information available on African Swine Flu by clicking or tapping here.

SixOKFB Foundation For Agriculture Accepting Donations for Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Late Winter Storms

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is accepting donations to help farmers and ranchers affected by late winter storms that brought high amounts of snow and rainfall, causing widespread flooding in Nebraska and neighboring states.

"Our hearts go out to our northern neighbors who have had their lives upended and their livelihoods threatened by these incredible storms and disastrous flooding," said David VonTungeln, OKFB Foundation for Agriculture president. "Even in these times of tragedy, we have witnessed farmers and ranchers going to extreme lengths to care for their animals and help their communities, and we at the foundation want to do our part to help provide relief on their long road to recovery."

Click or tap here for our full story and for details on how you can help those north of us hit so hard by the rising water and more. 

SevenNight of Stars Gilt Show Set for TONIGHT- Expectations High for Second Year of Online Bidding

The very best gilts shown at the 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo will be sold Wednesday evening(TONIGHT) in this year's edition of the Night of Stars Gilt Sale- live from State Fair Park in Barn 8.

Bidders will be on hand at the sale- and many more buyers will be joining a live version of the sale online and bidding as well. Blake Kennedy with Kennedy Ventures is responsible for the online production part of the sale- and he is confident that year two of the online part of the sale will be bigger and better than year one, when a limited number actually were sold online.

There will be the sixty top commercial gilts from this past week's 2019 OYE Commercial Gilt Show- and 55 purebred gilts representing the eight breeds that were exhibited at the OYE. The top five gilts in each breed will be sold- plus 15 of the best of the rest of the purebreds have been added to the show order as well.

Learn more about the sale and how to participate- either in person or online- click or tap here. 

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

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