Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 4/11/2019, 5:42 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 Carson Horn 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.

Feeder steers and heifers sold mostly steady. Heifer calves mostly 2.00-3.00 higher  on Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Click here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report. offered 510 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results. 
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.
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
    Thursday,  April 11, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
Featured Story:
Oklahoma Producer Jimmy Emmons Shares Windshield Perspective a Year After the 2018 Wildfires

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the 2018 wildfires that spread across Western Oklahoma. We sat down this week with Dewey County producer Jimmy Emmons, to get his account of that day and the progress that's been made since in recovering from that tragic event. He still remembers the bittersweetness of that day. Emmons was in the Oklahoma City to receive the state's first Aldo Leopold Award in recognition of his efforts in conservation, but recalls the gut-punch that day turned into when he returned home. 

Emmons personally lost about 3,000 acres of rangeland, 23 miles of fenceline, a few cattle and an equipment shed. Overall though, approximately $15 million worth of infrastructure was lost in the fires along with a large amount of livestock, equipment, structures - and two lives as well.

Emmons was told later by Oklahoma Forestry Service officials, that the fire that day was burning 118 acres per minute as it went past his house that night. In April of 2018, over 367,000 acres were scorched in Oklahoma and nearly half the area of Dewey County. However, from all this, there have been positives that have also resulted from this tragedy.

"We have over 50 percent cedar control in Dewey County now" he said. "So that's very positive. Streams are running clear now of water that hasn't run. So the availability of water through the cedar control is back to where it should be. So that's really two great positives."

A year later and the recovery process is ongoing. Emmons and other victims of the wildfires continue to work with government agencies in rebuilding their lives and operations.

The NRCS provided more than $2 million in EQIP Financial Assistance dollars covering almost 50,000 acres to help farmers and ranchers with recovery efforts associated with the conservation needs on their farms and ranches in Oklahoma. NRCS offered a sign-up period for the land owners affected by the 2018 and 2017 wildfires in western Oklahoma again in 2019 for EQIP financial assistance consideration as well. At this time, 63 people have applied for funding consideration.

Click here to read the full story on our website or listen to Emmons share his account of the wildfires with our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn.

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Two Pork Checkoff Makes "Tough Decision" to Cancel World Pork Expo as Precaution Against Threat of African Swine Fever

Citing an abundance of caution, The National Pork Producers Council Wednesday announced its decision to cancel World Pork Expo 2019 as African swine fever continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia. World Pork Expo, held each June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, hosts approximately 20,000 visitors over three days, including individuals and exhibitors from ASF-positive regions.

David Herring, NPPC president, called prevention the "only defense against ASF," adding "while an evaluation by veterinarians and other third-party experts concluded negligible risk associated with holding the event, we have decided to exercise extreme caution."

The decision to cancel this year's World Pork Expo comes as more than 100 U.S. pork producers gather in Washington this week to meet with their members of Congress during NPPC's Legislative Action Conference. Pork producers are asking Congress to appropriate funding for 600 new U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspectors to further strengthen defenses against African swine fever.

In a statement from the National Pork Board, NPB President Steve Rommereim remarked that despite the the relatively low risk that World Pork Expo may have posed to the introduction of African swine fever to the U.S., all "risk needs to be managed. This is a serious global issue and we need to maintain our commitment and oversight to managing this disease spread."

Despite the cancellation, the National Swine Registry, Certified Pedigreed Swine, and the American Berkshire Association are still planning a live swine show during the week of June 2-8, 2019.

Beef Industry's Digital Strategy Beginning to Reach Maturity as Millennials and Gen-Z Come of Age

Right now, Millennials make up the largest segment of the population. They also happen to be the main demographic targeted by the beef industry currently - those parents between the ages 25 to early 40s. But, according to NCBA's Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Research Alisa Harrison, the industry is already thinking about the next generation of consumers - Gen-Z. While similar in some respects, the differences between the various age groups are strong enough that she says the beef industry and really any industry hoping to market to them is going to have to proactively lay the ground work for this emerging consumer segment.

Harrison says, for example, as tech savvy as the Millennial generation is, Gen-Z will be even more so and open to integrating their daily life with available technology. Hence the development of programs like Chuck Knows Beef, the beef industry's new digital spokesman powered by artificial intelligence technology. Chuck is part of a larger digital strategy that the beef industry has shifted to in order to reach today's modern consumer. The shift occurred a few years ago and Harrison says we are starting to see that investment mature.

"Going digital a couple years ago did a couple things for us. No. 1, it was more affordable. No. 2, it allows us to get real time feedback and metrics - allowing us to be very nimble and change very quickly. It also allows us to take wonderful content and use it over and over again," she said. "So, we're very proud the Beef. It's What's for Dinner. brand is on the cutting edge using artificial intelligence and some of the social media techniques that are available today to reach consumers."

Listen to our full conversation to hear more about the beef industry's digital strategy, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

A year ago, he was the Pro Tem of the Oklahoma Senate- and in the middle of the contentious Teachers' Strike that engulfed the state capitol- now he is in charge of the research facility in our state that focuses on the fastest growing crop in Oklahoma- cotton.  Former State Senator Mike Schulz was a cotton farmer before he was elected to the legislature- and now that he has term limited out of the Senate- he is back in Jackson County and back involved with the business of growing cotton.

In addition to Schulz- Emily Landoll has been named Assistant Station Superintendent of the Southwest Research and Extension Center located in Altus, Oklahoma. 

Along with Dr. Seth Byrd they have initiated several new improvements to the Altus station already. One project includes drip irrigation being installed on the center. Several other projects are in the planning station. 

Schulz and Landoll were featured in the first edition of the year of the regularly released Cotton Comments as cotton producers get ready to plant the 2019 crop.  Editor Jerry Goodson writes that even as we point toward the planting of the 2019 crop- our gins are still running- finishing the processing of the 2018 crop.  

He offers no direct speculation about how many acres we might see planted this spring- only that the acres in the the state have tripled in the last four or five years- and that more growth may be anticipated in 2019- the experts and pre planting guesses on that are all over the board. 

You can find these topics and a variety of other headlines including 2019 Dicamba Training, Insecticide Seed Treatments for Thrips Control, Oklahoma Boll Weevil Eradication Organization, planting strategies, the Oklahoma Cotton Denim Ball April 27, and others in the  Cotton Comments Volume 9 edition 1 April 10, 2019.

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Five Meet Tanner Stevens of theYukon FFA Chapter, Your 2019 South West Area Star in Agriscience

During the month of April, the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network and Oklahoma Farm Report is spotlighting the twenty Area Stars of Oklahoma FFA that are among the highest achievers in the organization. 

We continue our coverage with this year's South West Area Star, Tanner Stevens of the Yukon FFA Chapter. Tanner is being recognized for his research in the Agriscience Fair and work at the BlueSTEM Research Facility and USDA Grazingland Research Lab. Stevens had the opportunity to work with USDA scientists on a day to day basis. He had the opportunity to work on several projects within the facility including ruminant forage studies, bee, tree, and many plant studies.

"It has definitely taught me a lot about science and agriculture," said Stevens. "Recently, I got involved in a forage study involving a new type of gamagrass that was really unique and it's something that I'm really looking forward to be released to the public. It's a cross between Eastern and Native gamagrass."

Excited for the study's release, Stevens said this information will be something cattle producers should be very interested in because of its protein content, which rivals that of alfalfa, making it a quality forage feed. 

Currently Tanner serves as President of the Yukon FFA Chapter. You can hear his entire conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping here.

Six Made In Oklahoma Day at OSU Slated for April 26th - Part of FAPC's MIO Month Celebration

FAPC is partnering with University Dining Services and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition to support MIO Day at OSU on April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Student Union Plaza.

The focus is to promote more MIO companies, offer their products into campus dining locations and catering services, and introduce the companies and products to OSU students, faculty and staff.

"Made in Oklahoma Month is a great way to remind Oklahomans to support their local food products," said Andrea Graves, FAPC business planning and marketing specialist. "When you buy local products, you are putting money back into the state-keeping the products, jobs and money in Oklahoma, which is the main priority of FAPC."

Oklahoma companies representing the MIO Coalition will distribute complimentary samples of products, read more about the day and the more than 40 companies participating by clicking or tapping here.

One of the traditions of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program is for the current class to learn of their international destination that serves as the grand finale of the two year program late in their first year of the program. Class XIX has just learned where they go early next year.  

Some of the other Ag Leadership Programs around the US will have that destination built in and known as participant apply for that class- but the OALP has always waited until about the mid way point of the two year program before making a decision on a country to focus on. 

That allows the OALP Advisory Board and the Director, Dr. Edmond Bonjour, to choose a country that will be relevant to agriculture in our region- and to also ensure a safe travel experience for the group. 

It's has developed into a regular guessing game for each class as they wonder out loud where they may be traveling in that February time frame in the second year of their educational program. 

The 19th Class of the OALP will be heading to Chile in February 2020- and they learned that destination last night in the April class seminar that is underway. 

Now that they know where in the world they will be headed- they will spend some of their session time in the months ahead in learning more about the agricultural industry in that region and country- and point toward that two weeks in South America that will offer a global perspective to what Oklahoma Agriculture is all about. 

By the way- it's not too early to be thinking about applying for Class 20- either for you or for someone you know.  Learn about the OALP program by jumping over to their website by clicking or tapping here.

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