Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/10/2019, 5:03 AM

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OKC West sold approximately 2,000 head at yesterday's sale- click or tap here to view Tuesday's detailed sale 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 futures-  click 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 on Tuesday, April 9th.
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, April 10, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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With the deadline to file comments to repeal and replace the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule quickly approaching, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association kicked off a social media campaign this week aimed at encouraging cattle producers to take action. A series of short digital videos featuring NCBA members will be released on Facebook and Twitter until the comment period officially ends next Monday, April 15th, 2019.

In the announcement highlighting the campaign's release, NCBA Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager stated, "The 2015 WOTUS rule is complicated and illegal. If we want to get rid of this disastrous rule once and for all, we need cattle producers from across the country to engage on this issue and submit comments today."

The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently proposed a new water rule that would protect clean water and provide clear rules for communities to follow. If fully implemented, the new water rule would replace the 2015 WOTUS rule, which continues to create uncertainty and confusion for farmers and ranchers across the country.

Learn more about NCBA's effort to replace the current rule and find out how you can submit your own comments, by clicking here to jump to the original story on our website.

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The Department of Agriculture in response to a critical report from the Washington Post says the newspaper "deciding to reprint the talking points of special interest groups while claiming the agency declined interview requests."

USDA jabs back in the opening of its response: "The Washington Post says that democracy dies in darkness. If that's the case, then The Washington Post's story about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is a solar eclipse."

The Washington Post published a story titled, "Pork industry soon will have more power over meat inspections," which the pork industry and now USDA have criticized.

The story focuses on the proposed New Swine Slaughter Inspection System, first proposed in February after "a 20-year evaluation," according to USDA. Of the many facts disputed in the article, Washington Post reported: "the responsibility for identifying diseased and contaminated pork would be shared with plant employees."

However, USDA says under both the proposal and traditional inspection, establishment employees sort market hogs before FSIS inspection.

Click here to read the full op-ed by USDA / FSIS.

Chuck Knows Beef, an artificial intelligence entity, is the new spokesman for the beef industry. Since his official launch last month, Alisa Harrison of the NCBA says Chuck has had more than a million interactions and continues to learn how to provide consumers the most relevant information about beef. Harrison explains that this is all part of the process to grow Chuck's knowledge with a long-term goal in mind.

"The idea is to try to get Chuck into a retail store to help consumers while they're at the meat case," she said. "Being at the meat case is really where you start having those questions about 'what's that cut?' 'what can I cook with that cut?' And, so you can go to your smartphone right there and interact with Chuck Knows Beef and Chuck can help you through that solution. He's just only going to get smarter. He's only going to get better. It's very similar to the way a child learns and grows in their intellect."

For instance, if you are at the meat counter and there is a sale on tri-tips, you could use your smartphone to interact with Chuck and ask for recipes using tri-tips. Chuck would then offer several options and once you selected an option, Chuck will offer to send a shopping list for the recipe right to your phone - solving the age-old question of "what's for dinner?"

Listen to Harrison talk more about Chuck and how he works, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Yesterday, the USDA, the EPA and the FDA released a federal interagency strategy designed to address food waste. The strategy includes six key priority areas the agencies will work together on over the next year. Individually and collectively, these agencies will contribute to the initiative, encourage long-term reductions, and work toward the goal of reducing food loss and waste in the United States. These actions include research, community investments, education and outreach, voluntary programs, public-private partnerships, tool development, technical assistance, event participation, and policy discussion.

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue stated that, "As the world's population continues to grow to nearly 10 billion people by 2050... now is the time for action to educate consumers and businesses alike on the need for food waste reduction."

In the U.S., more than one-third of all available food goes uneaten through loss or waste. Food is the single largest type of waste in our daily trash.

For more information on the Trump Administration's Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative, click here.

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Also, don't forget to like its Facebook page at for stories on Oklahoma's ranching families and great beef recipes.  

Five NACD Awarded Grant to Further Pollinator Conservation Education

The National Association of Conservation Districts has been selected as the recipient of the David Rockefeller Fund Pollinator Education Initiative Grant through an agreement with the Pollinator Partnership.

NACD was selected in late February to facilitate the development of a guide to conduct a pollinator conservation field day. Through the agreement, NACD will develop outdoor learning experiences for students in grades K-8, designed to encompass urban, suburban and rural schools and learning spaces. Pollinator-themed outdoor activities will bring students in contact with local natural resource professionals to learn about the sustainability of natural resources and pollinator habitat.

NACD President Tim Palmer remarked that, "Conservation districts have a unique role in educating their communities, regularly emphasizing the significance of our hard-working pollinators. Expanding pollinator-related conservation education will further strengthen on-the-ground work to enhance our country's natural resources."

Click here to read the full story on our website to learn more about the NACD's new initiative.

Six Meet Sidney Hilburn of the Quapaw FFA Chapter, Your 2019 Northeast Area Star in Agriscience

Our coverage of the 2019 Oklahoma FFA Agriscience Star Award Finalists continues this week with Sidney Hilburn of the Quapaw FFA Chapter, representing the Northeast Area. She is recognized for her research in food production and processing systems. Since the 8th Grade, Sidney has completed three projects. Her first testing the shelf life of goat's milk; her second testing mushroom packaging to ensure a long shelf life; and her third testing different cooking methods for the maximum extraction of fat from beef and sausage.

Sidney's involvement with FFA goes far beyond her projects. She's currently serving as Quapaw FFA Chapter president and has served on the chapter officer team for several years. One of her favorite CDEs is Agriscience Fair, but prepared public speaking, extemporaneous public speaking are also events she's passionate about.

After graduation she plans to attend Oklahoma State University and major in Agricultural Business with a minor in Plant and Soil Sciences. From there she hopes to pursue an Agricultural Law Degree at the University of Arkansas.

You can learn more about Sidney and her experiments in Agriscience and those of other finalists we've featured, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

Seven Choctaw-Noble Project Explores Safety, Practicality of Drones in Rural Communities

In May 2018, the US-DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced 10 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) sites representing a mix of states, counties, cities and tribes. The purpose of the program is to accelerate safe UAS (i.e., drone) integration into the national airspace system. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma was one of the 10 IPP sites selected as well as the only tribal government lead participant. The Choctaw Nation entered into a key strategic partnership with the Noble Research Institute to evaluate the application opportunities of drone technology in our rural and agricultural communities. According to Noble, this strategic partnership has allowed them the opportunity to use the practical knowledge that producers provide to help steer the policies that regulate UAS in the agriculture space.

Research originally forecast that around 80 percent of the civil market for drones would be for agricultural purposes. According to the Noble Research Institute, this forecast heightened interest in the agriculture industry and spawned early investments and startups each seeking to "cash in" on the agricultural market for drone technology. Unfortunately, many of these initial endeavors lacked insight into the practical economics of agricultural production and lacked involvement of subject matter experts from the agricultural community.

However, Noble says there are other potential applications for drone technology in agriculture that were mostly ignored when the initial drone industry forecasts emerged. Although the overwhelming majority of early drone companies focused on crop applications, we are recognizing significant benefits for herd management. These applications range from using artificial intelligence and computer vision to accurately count and inventory herd animals to using a variety of sensors to help locate lost members of a herd quickly and efficiently.

The Noble Research Institute recently published an article on this partnership and the goals that have been established among its stakeholders. You can read it in full by clicking here.

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