Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 3/25/2019, 6:02 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 ior 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 22
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Monday, March 25, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: OGI Awarded Three Million Dollars by Kansas Court for Brown Bagging of Gallagher Wheat by Kansas Wheat Seed Dealer

A federal court in Kansas awarded to Oklahoma Genetics, Inc. more than three million dollars in damages for intentional infringement of the Plant Variety Protection Act. The judgment was against MK Farms and Dustin Kelley, also known as Dustin Sherwood. The defendants did not appeal the largest PVPA judgment in the United States.

According to Mark Hodges, Executive Director of OGI, the judgement has gone final with that decision to not appeal- and the process of identifying and collecting assets that add up to the $3.1 million dollar judgement has begun.

The Plant Variety Protection Act prohibits unauthorized sales of seed including the Gallagher wheat variety developed by researchers at Oklahoma State University. This hessian-fly resistant variety is popular across much of Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. 

"In our effort to create a level playing field and respect those seedsmen who are working hard to deliver an excellent seed product to the farming community, we believe it is important to stop willful infringers," said Hodges. 

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to our conversation with Mark about this historically large PVP Act case in terms of dollar amounts. 

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TwoThe Curtain Came Down on the 2019 OYE with a $1.25 Million Dollar Pay Day to the 212 Youth in Sale of Champions

The 2019 Oklahoma Youth Expo is complete- including another tremendous Sale of Champions. A total of seventy one Market Steers were a part of the Sale of 212 animals- and the top Market Steer for 2019 was shown and owned by Cierra Collins of Tillman County 4-H. It was the second year in a row that the Grand Champion Steer came from Tillman County. This year's steer- the Champion Chianina- sold for $85,000. A consortium that included the Bank of Western Oklahoma, AFR, Livestock Nutrition Center, McAfee & Taft, Express Ranches, OKC Chamber, BancFirst, LNL Farm Supply, Frazier Bank and the Mavericks purchased the 2019 Steer- the first animal sold in the Sale of Champions. Click or tap here for details of the Steers that topped the 2019 OYE.

The Sale included sixty five Market Barrows- and the top Market Barrow of 2019 was shown and owned by Madilyn Norvell of Amber Pocasset 4-H- and he sold for $25,000- purchased by Westgate Market Place. The Barrow was the Champion Hampshire for the 2019 show. Click or tap here for more details on the top Barrows at this year's OYE.

 A total of forty six Market Lambs were a part of the Sale- and the top Market Lamb of 2019 was shown and owned by Lydia Straka of Yukon FFA- who also had the Grand Champion Lamb two years ago in 2017- this year's lamb sold for $15,000 with the buyers including the State Fair of Oklahoma, CSTK Trailers and OAEC. The Lamb was declared the Crossbred Champion enroute to winning the Grand Championship. Click or tap here for our story about the top Market Lambs at the show of this past week.

Finally, a total of thirty Market Goats were a part of the Sale- and the top Market Goat of 2019 was shown and owned by Addyson Schneberger of Carnegie 4-H. Addyson's goat was the Division Four winner and it commanded a final bid of $15,000 from the Diamond Hats and McDonalds. Click or tap here for more on those op Market Goats for 2019.

Two FLICKR links for you- click or tap here for the FLICKR album we put together of some of the memories from the Sale of Champions- and click or tap here for our Album with our 2,000 pictures that covers a slice of the action from the start of breeding gilts arriving to the Sale of Champions on Friday.

Thanks once again to ITC, your energy superhighway for sponsoring our reports from start to finish.  

We did Recaps each day this past week which provides lots more details about the show- click here for the Saturday Day After Edition- and you can jump over to the Blue Green Gazette on our website- for the more than two dozen stories posted on this year's Oklahoma Youth Expo.

Pete McClymont, executive vice president of the Nebraska Cattlemen joined National Cattlemen's Beef Association Senior Director of Policy Communications Ed Frank last week on the Beltway Beef Podcast to discuss the devastation across his state caused by rampant flooding that has resulted from a recent "bomb cyclone" that has significantly impacted beef producers there.

According to McClymont, the situation has been brewing since last fall as ample amounts of moisture and snow accumulated throughout the winter. McClymont remarked that once the bomb cyclone hit, it was a "perfect storm" that created a devastating situation within just 12 hours.

Early reports have estimated that total damage to Nebraska's cattle sector add up to roughly $400 million with that total growing by about a million dollars each day. President Trump has approved a Disaster Declaration for the area, while locally 77 of the state's 93 counties are under declared emergencies. Vice President Mike Pence visited the state earlier this week and USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach will fly in today to tour the damage as well.

To make your contribution to the Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund or to listen to the full podcast with guest Pete McClymont of the Nebraska Cattlemen,
click here.

Four Oklahoma AgCredit is Giving Back a Record $6 Million to Members, Celebrate at Open Houses Next Month

Oklahoma AgCredit, the state's largest agricultural lending cooperative, is giving back a record $6 million to members! This Patronage equals 44 interest free days on eligible loans or a 12% rate of return on eligible loans held in 2018.

To celebrate their cooperative partnership with members, they will hold open house events at each location throughout April. These open house events usually involve staff serving lunch to customers, giveaways, picking up Patronage check(s), and entering to win a Traeger Junior Elite 20 pellet grill! 

Patronage Open House event dates listed in the article, click or tap here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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Hugh Aljoe is director of producer relations with the Noble Research Institute and according to Hugh, if you're intentional in your management decisions, then you'll enjoy more favorable outcomes when it comes to the success of your ranching operation. Simple, right? Luckily, he went a little deeper with that thought in speaking with us recently about how producers should formalize a well-thought out management plan for their cattle business. Essentially, he explained that you need to set goals for your operation and the only way to truly know if you're reaching those goals is to measure and track what you are doing and how you're progressing. If you do that and realize no progress is being made - then he says it is time to make some changes.

"We get so involved in the process, we forget about the metrics," he remarked, "and the metrics are what's important in order to obtain a goal."

Ultimately, Aljoe says the goal of every producer should be constantly focusing on improving their bottom line. That goal is met by making thoughtful determinations of whether or not your management practices are actually profitable or adding value. Boiled down even further - he says it is all about net return per acre.

A good place to start when thinking about all this, according to Aljoe, is by figuring out exactly what physical resources are available to you. In other words, what can your ranchland support? Once that is decided, he suggests building into your plan room for flexibility so that when the unexpected happens, you can pivot your operation and adapt to strenuous situations or opportunities when they arise. As your plan develops and matures, he says you can then start making those decisions that leverage your capabilities and maximize your operation's profit potential.

For more of Aljoe's advice on developing a management plan for your operation, listen to our full conversation featured on last Friday's Beef Buzz -
click here.

Six Passing of Mona Lee Brock Stirs Fond Memories of Deceased's National Farm Crisis Hotline Legacy

Oklahoma legend, Mona Lee (Bruster) Brock, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the age of 87. Brock is remembered fondly for her loving and dedicated work, volunteering for the Oklahoma Conference of Churches at the National Farm Crisis Center Hotline to assist at risk farmers and ranchers during the farm crisis in the 1980s.

Brock personally handled thousands of calls from desperate and suicidal farmers and ranchers who were losing their livelihood. As an advocate for farmers, Mona Lee was called "the angel at the other end of the line" by her friend and country music legend Willie Nelson. Mona testified before the Congressional and Senate Agricultural Committees and has spoken to numerous farm groups and organizations across the country. Mrs. Brock received numerous service awards and humanitarian accolades, the latest being a Citation in 2018 from the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Additionally, Mona Lee was featured in many Farm Aid documentaries and literatures.

Brock's funeral service was held over the weekend on Saturday, March 23rd at the Watts Funeral Home in Kingston. Click here to read her complete obituary.

Seven Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program

USDA announced Friday that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019. 

Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA), previously were determined by the 2014 Farm Bill to be ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy, a safety net program available through USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA).

"I'm pleased that dairy producers will now be able to take advantage of enrolling in both Livestock Gross Margin and the Margin Protection Program for 2018 coverage," RMA Administrator Martin Barbre said. "The 2018 Farm Bill gave dairy producers more options like these and when combined with the new Dairy Protection Program offered by RMA, that means more overall coverage for dairy producers."

Read the full article, by clicking or tapping here, to see if you're an eligible producer, and how these coverage programs can benefit your operation. 

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!

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