Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/17/2019, 6:12 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. 
has a total of 1,578 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, April 
17th 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 were lightly tested with a higher undertone is noted, compared to last week. Click or tap 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 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 April 16.
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
   Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Featured Story:

The American Soybean Association expressed its disappointment on behalf of US soy growers this week, after the European Union voted to mandate that any future EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement talks will exclude agriculture. This announcement is particularly disheartening to the soy industry as the EU is a critically important market for US soy producers.

Davie Stephens, Kentucky soy grower and ASA president summed up the sentiment shared among his fellow producers in the industry in a release, stating that the high hopes they had of finally breaking down the EU's trade barriers in regard to agricultural trade with the US have been dashed as the EU's decision has now made the prospect of accomplishing that task "difficult if not impossible to address."

ASA maintains that the EU approach to biotechnology, gene editing and pesticide regulations are not consistent with internationally accepted science-based practices. In its release, ASA urged the Administration to push back on the EU's decision and insist agriculture issues be addressed in bilateral discussions on trade moving forward.

In 2017, the EU purchased approximately $1.6 billion in US soy imports. Read the full story on our website by clicking or tapping here.

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Two Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board Names Gregory Hanes as New CEO

Gregory Hanes of Colorado has been named CEO of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion & Research Board. Effective June 17, 2019, Hanes will transition from his current role as chair of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council to his new role at the helm of the CBB.

Hanes is well acquainted with the beef industry having served in prior roles with the US Meat Export Federation as vice president of international marketing programs and as the USMEF's liaison with the beef industry.

Chuck Coffey, CBB chairman from Davis, OK remarked on Hane's appointment stating that "Knowledge of beef producers and the overall beef industry is a must in this role. Greg is well-regarded - both here in the U.S. and abroad - for his background and understanding of promoting beef and building industry relationships. Most importantly, he is passionate about the beef industry. The Cattlemen's Beef Board is elated to have him as part of the team."

The Beef Board is a body which oversees the Beef Checkoff and works very closely with the USDA, state beef councils, contractors, beef industry leaders and cattle producers. As a result, the person who serves as the Beef Board's operational leader needs to function in many different roles and in many environments. According to Coffey, Hanes fits that description very well.

For more information about Hanes or the Beef Checkoff and its programs, click here.

BY THE WAY- at the recent Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention- we talked with Greg Hanes about US Beef Exports after this presentation at that meeting- you may enjoy getting to know Greg from listening to our conversation with him based on his role over the last year or so as the Vice President for International Programs with the USMEF- Click or tap here to take a listen.

Three NCGA Claims Proposed WOTUS Rule Balances Environmental Protection Efforts and Practicality

NCGA this week submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers on the Agencies' proposed rule revising the definition of waters of the United States, or WOTUS.

Click here to read them in full.

"Overall, NCGA supports the Proposed Rule," NCGA President Lynn Chrisp wrote. Chrisp also highlighted NCGA and state affiliates' work to balance environmental protection efforts while sustainably feeding and fueling a growing world, pointing to the benefits of the Soil Health Partnership and Field to Market as proactive efforts to help farmers fully utilize sustainability tools.

NCGA also submitted comments on the revised WOTUS rule as part of the organization's participation in the Agricultural Nutrients Policy Council (ANPC) and the Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC). 

Over the last four years, the Hemphill County Extension Service located in Canadian, Texas has built up an impressive beef cattle conference, originally as a continuing education opportunity for local producers - now catering to cattlemen across the country. Last year, the conference hosted producers from 11 states and 36 Texas counties. Coming up on April 23 and 24, producers will have the chance to attend the 2019 edition of the Hemphill Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Conference.

This year's conference has a full lineup of expert speakers, who Holloway says will be particularly beneficial to cow/calf producers and especially young and beginning producers in this area. Some of the featured guests on the agenda include Dr. Temple Grandin and TAMU's Dr. John Gill who will demonstrate stress-free cattle handling techniques; Troy Applehans, CattleFax analyst; TAMU's Dr. Cliff Lamb speaking on bovine reproduction; motivational speaker John O'Leary will offer his keynote address on life, and among several other speakers Oklahoma State University's own Dr. David Lalman will update attendees on his important research on EPDs.

In addition, this year's trade show is expected to be the best it has ever been and attendees have been promised they will enjoy "the best steak they ever put in their mouth," while there.

We sat down recently with the event's organizer, Andy Holloway, to talk about all that attendees can expect at the event later this month. You can hear that complete conversation to learn more about this event on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

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Five Introducing Duke Kelln of the Shattuck FFA Chapter, Your 2019 Northwest Area Star in Agribusiness

Yesterday, we featured Duke Kelln of the Shattuck FFA Chapter, representing the Northwest Area in this year's Oklahoma FFA Star Award Contest as a finalist in the Agribusiness category. Duke is recognized for being part of several businesses including a livestock fitting program, a commercial cow/calf herd, a metal shop, and on top of all those he's a feed dealer.

Kelln's cow/calf herd started in 2015 with 13 head and he's proudly up to about 25 now. As far as the feed dealer part of his business ventures, Kelln mostly deals with goat production feed or show goat products. What he is truly passionate about, though, is working in his metal shop building everything from trailers to picnic benches and livestock equipment.

Duke intends to continue developing his metal working trade after graduation in the welding program at Cowley College. You can learn more about Duke and his agribusiness enterprises and those of other contestants we've featured so far this week, by clicking or tapping over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

Six Extension Offers Producers Free Safety Training at Custom Harvest and Farm Safety Day, April 30th

Farmers, ranchers and property managers are invited to attend an upcoming Farm Safety Day at the end of this month in Woodward County. This special event will cover topics such as first aid, power line safety, safe transport of equipment and more. The agenda for the day is geared toward custom harvest crews but will benefit anyone involved in agriculture that uses large equipment.

This event, hosted by Woodward County Extension in cooperation with U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc., will be held April 30th, 2019 at the Woodward County Event Center & Fairgrounds in Woodward, Okla. Those interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP by April 19th.

For more information about this event, including agenda details and instructions on how to pre-register, click here.

Seven 2019 OSU Wheat Field Tours Start Next Week- And Canola Tours Happening, too

We are just a week away from the start of the OSU Wheat Field Tours that will run from April 23rd all the way to the end of May. There are a total of 32 of these events- including the annual Field Day at the Lahoma Station May 10th- the wagon tours start at 9 AM that morning and the tours will end with lunch. 

Here are details from the first of the events planned for next week:

April 23, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - Walters

This is a Replicated plot.

To get information on this Tour stop and for the exact location- call 580-875-3136.

April 25, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - Sentinel

This is a Demo plot, end with lunch.

To get information on this Tour stop and for the exact location - call 580-832-3356

April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - Chickasha

Field Day, Tours start at 9:30.

To get information on this Tour stop and for the exact location - call 405-224-2216.

Even more dates next month! For the complete list of all 32 tour stops in 2019, click here. 


We also want to remind you about the 2019 Canola Spring Tours- three locations will be featured- Lahoma and Pond Creek on April 23rd and then Miami on April 25th.

All three events are featured on our calendar- click here for details on the Lahoma and Pond Creek Stops

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma 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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