Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 4/15/2019, 5:52 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 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 April 12.
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, April 15, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:
Secretary Perdue Announces Updates on USDA's Progress in Implementing the Farm Bill

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Friday the implementation status of the 2018 Farm Bill. According to a release from the USDA, after President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law on December 20th, 2018 - the USDA promptly began implementation of its key programs. It's noted that USDA held several listening sessions with stakeholders and the public, specific to each agency's respective mission areas.

"At USDA we are implementing the 2018 Farm Bill as quickly as possible," Perdue stated in the release. "We know the programs that are renewed and updated in this farm bill are critical to farmers, ranchers, and producers as they plan for the future." 

Perdue emphasized the importance of collecting stakeholder input throughout the entire process with the goal of streamlining programs' function and convenience for the people USDA serves. He insists progress has been made in implementing the provisions of the new Farm Bill with a focus on customer service and economic efficiency. 

"We still have a lot of work ahead of us" he said, "but we are diligently working on behalf of all of USDA's customers."

Click over to the original story on our website for a complete breakdown of the actions that have been taken in regard to each individual title of the Farm Bill and their various provisions.

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RaboRabobank Research Suggests African Swine Fever Much Bigger Problem Than Initial Estimates Showed

Production losses from African Swine Fever have exceeded initial estimates. When you combine the shortfalls in China with those in the rest of Asia where the disease has popped up, Rabobank says there are both challenges and opportunities for protein exporters. Rabobank says it expects China's pork production losses to total between 25 and 30 percent.

The disease is also in Vietnam, where productions losses will reach 10 percent. ASF has also reached into Cambodia and Europe. Animal protein companies that have the necessary supply, as well as access to Chinese and Asian markets, will likely benefit from the impact of ASF.

The European Union, the U.S., and Brazil appear to be in the best place to respond to the increased import demand for pork and other animal proteins in China and Asia. However, the disease outbreak in eastern Europe could potentially restrict the amount of available European exports.

The U.S. is a major pork producer, yet the tariffs in place on U.S. pork exports to China are restricting current trade opportunities. The U.S. is also a major poultry exporter but can't send shipments to China because of a ban that's in place thanks to avian influenza back in 2015.

Click or tap here to read the full story for complete details.


The National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Chief Environmental Counsel Scott Yager says it may seem obvious that farmers and ranchers depend on a healthy environment for their livelihoods. But up on Capitol Hill, radical environmental groups have tried to build a different narrative.  

In the debate over the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, for example, opponents of have tried painting livestock producers as the enemy of clean water.

Yager contends that's why cattlemen's comments for the proposed replacement of the 2015 WOTUS rule need to emphasize the importance of clean water and clear rules to farmers, ranchers and landowners. 

In today's Beef Buzz, Yager discusses why cattle producers should file comments on the Trump Administration's proposed water rule, and as a former EPA employee, he sheds some light on what happens behind the scenes when comments are filed on proposed rules.

The deadline to file comments with EPA is Monday April 15th-that's TODAY folksclick or tap here to jump over to the NCBA website where they make it easy for you to tell your story to the EPA and get your commennts included that will offset the huge number of comments that are coming in from environmental groups opposing the rewrite of the Waters of the US Rule out forward by the Trump Administration.

You can hear Yager's comments on WOTUS and why your comments WILL MATTER- click or tap here to get over to today's Beef Buzz and take a listen! 

Four First Case of Stripe Rust Discovered in South/Southwest Oklahoma in Wheat Field Near Jackson County

Oklahoma State University Extension Plant Pathologist Dr. Bob Hunger, released his latest wheat disease report for Oklahoma on Friday. According to him, the first observation of stripe rust in Oklahoma was made last week in the southern/southwestern part of the state in Jackson County. Another low incidence of this rust was found on wheat in a variety demo and in a producer's field near Altus. Reports of leaf rust and leaf spotting due to Septoria/Stagonospora were also made this past week but as low incidences - some in Caddo County.

Hunger says finding stripe rust this late and at this low of an incidence typically indicates that stripe rust will not be much of a problem this year in Oklahoma especially when coupled with limited reports of this rust in Texas. However, he cautions that leaf rust still has plenty of time to develop, especially if temperature and free moisture on leaves continues to be favorable.

Read Hunger's full report for observations made over the past week, by clicking or tapping here.


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Five Farm Bureau Cheers Senate's Confirmation of David Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior Department

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

"Farm Bureau welcomes the Senate's confirmation of David Bernhardt as Interior secretary. This is a tribute to the expertise and sound leadership he brings to the office.

"As deputy and acting secretary for the Interior Department, Secretary Bernhardt reinvigorated multiple-use management of America's public lands. This included regulatory efforts to reform implementation of the Endangered Species Act, streamlining the National Environmental Policy Act, promoting outcome-based grazing across our nation's rangelands and implementing policies to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the West. We look forward to continuing to work with Secretary Bernhardt and his staff on issues critical to farmers and ranchers."

Six Three Years Since Its Launch, BASF's Chip Shilling Shares the Successes of the Monarch Challenge

Chip Shilling is the Sustainablity Strategy Manager of BASF. He spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn about their Monarch Challenge program.

"Sustainability is huge and a lot of times the conversations are reducing chemical usage, and we certainly agree with that, but it's also beyond that. So you think about efforts around biodiversity like our Monarch Challenge, it also deals with stewardship" said Chip. "At the end of the day farmers really want to hand down their farm to the next generation."

Shilling hopes that their program is helping shift the mindset toward the plant and educating farmers on its importance to the monarch lifecycle. BASF has been giving away free milkweed to farmers to reestablish outside of field boundaries and/or educating farmers on preserving milkweed in place on their farms. Milkweed is critical as it is the only plant on which monarchs will lay their eggs, and it provides food for their larvae. 

Hear Shilling and Horn discuss the Monarch Challenge more in depth by clicking or tapping here.

Seven Congrats to the Winners of the Beef Advocate Contest- Held This Past Week at OKC West

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Beef Advocate contest hosted by the Oklahoma Cattlewomen's Association:

Junior Category-

1st - Calen Cox of Crescent
2nd - Mayson Garrett of Crescent
3rd - Jake Hendrich of Okarche

Senior Category-

1st - Natalie Richardson of Latta
2nd - Blake Hendrich of Okarche
3rd - Jett Berry of Ninnekah

Our own Carson Horn was there and did the interviewing of all of the contestants- allowing the judges in that part of the contest to see how each young person would handle an encounter with the media. 

Well Done Carson- and Congrats to all those young folks who participated in the 2019 Contest.

Here's a pic of the winners after all was done:

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock 
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