Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/25/2019, 6:27 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. offered 
461 head Wednesday with 124 head cattle actually selling. 
Click here to see their complete market results. 

Feeder steers and heifers 2.00-5.00 lower on Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Click or tap here to jump to yesterday's 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 25.
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 25, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

One Featured Story: Congressman Frank Lucas Talked Farm Bill Implementation, Trade and More at His Town Hall in Guthrie

Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas easily has the most geography of anyone in the Oklahoma House delegation- with roughly forty nine percent of the state in his Third Congressional District. That means his efforts to make it to every county every year for a Town Hall meeting is a challenge. During the current Easter holiday recess, the Congressman visited with folks in ten counties in northwest and north central Oklahoma- and the last of those sessions was yesterday afternoon in Guthrie. 

I was able to catch the Congressman before he went in and talked issues with the folks gathered- and while no longer on the House Ag Committee- Lucas remains very interested in the Farm Bill Implementation process- talking Industrial Hemp Rules, the rampup of a FMD Vaccine Bank and more. On the Hemp language in the 2018 Farm Bill, Congressman Lucas says it will be a while before the Federal Rules are completed by USDA that were called for in the Farm Law that was signed by President Trump just before Christmas. He expects those rules to be in place in time for the 2020 growing season.

The same is true for Title One provisions, including the changes that the 2018 law makes to the PLC and ARC safety net programs. He praised the work that was done that will allow farmers to be able to choose PLC or ARC annually for their safety net- once the rules are written and in place. Lucas did offer praise for USDA's efforts to date in working to implement the 2018 Farm Law- but says it takes time once the bill has passed the House and Senate and Signed by the President for implementation to be completed.

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to our conversation with Congressman Lucas as he talked farm bill implementation, Trade and more with yours truly.

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Two Tyson Getting Out of Plant Based Beyond Meat But Signals Plans to Starting Their Own Alternative Protein Product Line

Tyson Foods Inc. has sold its 6.5 percent stake in Beyond Meat as the maker of plant-based protein products prepares for a public offering next week. Tyson's investment arm originally purchased a 5 percent stake in the startup in October 2016, before increasing that to 6.5 percent. While Tyson is giving up its share of Beyond Meat, it still has a stake in meat alternative startups like Jerusalem-based Future Meat Technologies and Memphis Meats, which boasts Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Cargill Inc. as investors. In addition, Tyson also has plans to launch its own alternative protein product soon and expects to conduct market testing this summer.

Citing growing concerns in society related to health, animal welfare and the environment, Tyson claims that consumers are starting to look for more plant-based meat alternatives. Startups like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods are tapping into that demand by offering beef-like versions of the veggie burger and other meat products. Pulling from Nielsen data included in Tyson's release, supermarket sales of meat alternatives surged 19.2 percent to $878 million for the year ended Jan. 5, 2019.

"Regular meat isn't going away though," the release states, "with U.S. government data showing per capita beef consumption is growing despite the rising popularity of alternative meat products. Global demand is also rising."

Click here to read the complete release from Tyson Foods on our website to learn more.

Three Oklahoma National Stockyards Under New Management, Kellie Payne Named General Manager

Yesterday, it was formally announced that Kelli Payne has been named the new General Manager of the Oklahoma National Stockyards by the organization's board of directors. Payne is the sixth person and first female to hold this position in the stockyard's 109 year history.

Payne brings over twenty years of management experience to the historic stockyard, plus an extensive background in the cattle industry. 

"We are excited about the energy Kelli brings to the organization.  We know she has what it takes to carry on the legacy that was forged before her" stated Chris Bakwin, Chairman of the National Stockyards Company. 

Payne, a fifth generation farmer and rancher from Mustang, Okla., holds a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science, Livestock Merchandising, from Oklahoma State University.  She also serves as Board Chair of Stockyards City Main Street, Ag In The Classroom Advisory Council, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Cattlemen's Leadership Academy Class 26, Oklahoma Cattlewomen's Association, Sirloin Club, West OKC Rotary, Stockyards Urban Design Committee, and coordinates many of the parades and events in Stockyards City. Rob Fisher, past President of the Oklahoma National Stockyards for almost twenty years, will serve as an advisor to Payne as the transition begins.

Click here to review the full announcement on our website.

Four Oklahoma Elk Farm Quarantined After Confirmed Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Found at Facility

Through routine surveillance, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have confirmed a case of Chronic Wasting Disease at a Lincoln County elk farm in a two-year-old bull elk that died as the result of an injury.

In response, the departments are implementing emergency measures to monitor and protect the state's wild and farmed cervid herds. ODAFF has quarantined the breeding facility and the ODWC will be testing wild deer in the area near the facility for the presence of the disease. The commercial hunt area adjacent to the area has been quarantined as well. The State Veterinarian has issued a stop movement order for all in-state cervid transports for 30 days in order to assess the situation.
This fatal neurological disease impacts the brains of elk, deer and other cervid species. There is currently no vaccine or treatment for the disease. Importantly, there is no known documented health risk to humans or livestock. This is only the second confirmed case of CWD in Oklahoma since the first case discovered in 1998.

Click here to read the complete notice from ODAFF for more details on this developing story.


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Five What Will It Take to Improve the Way Cattle Futures are Traded? Dr. Joe Janzen Has a Few Ideas

Dr. Joseph Janzen is an ag economist from Kansas State University who presented at a recent conference on agricultural futures in Kansas City, hosted by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. While touching on both grain and cattle markets, Janzen focused on the limits in our agricultural futures trade - pointing out some significant differences between grain and cattle futures.

According to Janzen, with grains the limits basically change with the ebb and flow of price. In cattle futures, they have not been changed in 15 years or more. This has led to the situation the industry finds itself in now where the limits are buying all the time causing a loss in price discovery and increased uncertainty. Janzen says this is probably going on at significant expense to those who use the markets. Overall, he contends that the market's policies and rules should be made more flexible and adjustable to fit the market's condition as it happens. His hope is that his ideas will prompt serious discussion among stakeholders and spur real action that will improve the way in which the markets function.

"It's helpful to have a robust discussion about how we set the rules of the game and to consider the trade offs for different participants," he explained. "Because, ultimately, these markets exist for the participants and for the public at large who use prices that are set in this market as a signal, so we want to make sure everyone's voice is heard and that we set the rules of the game in a way that's the most fair to the most people."
Listen to Janzen explain his position on how the ag futures markets can be improved and review his full powerpoint presentation delivered during the aforementioned conference, by clicking here to jump to yesterday's Beef Buzz.

Six Pecan Council Partners with Retail Dietitians to Promote American Pecans in Supermarkets

While the American Pecan Council's marketing efforts have promoted nutrition from the start, the APC has recently decided, based on new research that paints nutrition as a powerful motivator, to put an even greater emphasis on highlighting pecan's nutritional benefits. To this end, the APC has engaged retail dietitians to promote the power of pecans right where Americans buy their groceries and have provided special toolkits to help them tell the pecan story. The toolkit comes with a suite of tools including ideas for in-store activations and social media posts, key messages about pecans, recipe cards, and more. These resources were designed to give these dietitians a variety of ways to share the pecan's versatility and nutrition with shoppers.

Since this program's launch this past January, 50 toolkits have been sent to corporate and local retail dietitians in 17 states across the country - and the response to-date has been overwhelmingly positive. In the first three months of this program, APC has already seen dietitians activate with 23 in-store demonstrations or promotions and anticipate at least nine more in the coming weeks.

A release from the APC states, "We're excited to continue these partnerships in the coming months, and look forward to seeing even more supermarket dietitians use the toolkits in their stores. With their help, we can show consumers the many benefits of The Original Supernut and move pecans from a once-a-year purchase to a year-round staple and nutrition powerhouse."

Read more about this exciting new promotion by the American Pecan Council, by clicking or tapping here.

(Please note- I sit on the American Pecan Council as their Alternate Public Member)
Seven Check Out Bryant Hague of the Edmond FFA Chapter, Your 2019 Central Area Star in Ag Production

Yesterday, we featured Bryant Hague of the Edmond FFA Chapter, your 2019 Central Area Star in Ag Production. Bryant is spotlighted for his work in three different areas including beef production, forage production and specialty vegetable. All in all, Bryant manages a herd of 32 head of cattle, hays 75 acres of grass and last year tended a half-acre pumpkin patch which he sold locally.

Through his diversified operation, Bryant says he has learned a lot of practical skills in agriculture and expanded his knowledge about all facets of production.

In addition, Bryant dabbles in several other areas that his FFA chapter offers, including the Agriscience Fair, Agribusiness and the Mechanics team. After graduation he plans to pursue an animal science pre-vet degree at Oklahoma State University.

You can read more or hear Bryant tell his own story as a production agriculturist, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website to listen to our full conversation. While you're there, check out the other finalists we've featured so far and be sure to check back each day this week for more.

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