Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 5/6/2019, 5:49 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 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 Friday, May 3.
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, May 6, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

USDA-NRCS Chief Matt Lohr, visited OKC last week to attend the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest held Thursday night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Lohr, is a fifth-generation farmer from Virginia serving as the 16th Chief of NRCS and is the first in his position to have attended this contest. During his visit, we had the chance to speak with him about his role and his department's efforts currently, working to implement the new regulations provided under the 2018 Farm Bill.

When it comes to that monumental task, Lohr says his team is making some substantial strides towards its completion. According to him, the changes made by Congress in the legislation has an emphasis on urban agriculture, organic production and charges him and his team to find ways in which to make these programs serve a broader base of customers. Lohr's approach to crafting these rules comes directly from Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue's overarching mission to improve USDA's customer service. He says he and his staff are currently in the process of vetting ways in which they can make programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) more efficient and streamlined. To him, this process is an opportunity to help producers achieve their goals.

"I'm convinced farmers and ranchers want to do the right thing, but some of our practices are expensive. Good conservation is the right thing to do, but it also makes financial sense," he said. "So, really it's the perfect opportunity to incentivize our farmers and provide cost share dollars to help farmers do the good work they want to do."

You can listen to my complete conversation with Lohr to hear more of his remarks pertaining to the progress being made in implementing the guidance of the 2018 Farm Bill, and his views on other topics including the importance of soil health, by clicking or tapping here.

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Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis, or the Greenhouse Gas Guru as he is known on Twitter, is a strong proponent of telling the story of sustainability for the beef cattle industry. He recently pushed back against Patrick Brown, founder of one of the more high profile plant-based burger patty manufacturer The Impossible Burger, during an interview on NPR that took place earlier this week.

"Obviously he has a beef with beef so to speak," Mitloehner quipped about his interaction with Brown. "He said beef is the most destructive technology in use on this planet today and obviously I didn't agree with that. But he was extremely aggressive in that regard. I see people like him and others depicting the beef industry as the worst environmental culprit in the world. I mean, it's getting ridiculous."

Mitloehner says those who want to denigrate beef in this country do not understand the success story the US beef industry has been putting together for years when it comes to sustainability and relatively low greenhouse gas emissions. According to him, the US beef industry only accounts for 3.3 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions generated domestically. In contrast, those industries that consume fossil fuels account for 80 percent of emissions, 28 percent of that contributed by the transportation industry alone. Mitloehner points out that the beef industry has and continues to study its environmental impact and has pledged to make continuous improvements toward greater sustainability in response to consumers' environmental concerns. Regrettably, the beef industry's proactive efforts to increase its sustainability have not been effectively communicated to consumers, allowing activists like Brown the opportunity to spread false or misleading information.

You can read the entire story about the Greenhouse Guru over at our website by clicking here

Dr. Frank Mitloehner of the University of California-Davis, or the Greenhouse Gas Guru as he is known on Twitter, is a strong proponent of telling the story of sustainability for the beef cattle industry. He recently pushed back against Patrick Brown, founder of one of the more high-profile plant-based burger patty manufacturer The Impossible Burger, during an interview on NPR that took place earlier this week.

According to Mitloehner, Brown was very aggressive in his insistence that the beef industry is the "most destructive technology in use on this planet today." Taking issue with this statement, Mitloehner refuted Brown's claim, highlighting the many advances the US beef industry has made toward increased sustainability.

"I see people like him and others depicting the beef industry as the worst environmental culprit in the world. I mean, it's getting ridiculous," he said. "We are the leader in the world on the beef side. We are very advanced and it's high time for that information to get out because our 'special friends' are claiming the opposite is true."

Click here to listen to Friday's Beef Buzz to learn how Dr. Mitloehner is using the facts about greenhouse gas emissions to change the public's misconceptions about the beef industry that are being promulgated by activists.

Members of the Oklahoma FFA welcomed a special guest at their 93rd Annual State FFA Convention held in Oklahoma City recently. National FFA Advisor Dr. Steve Brown made the trip from Indianapolis to attend last week's event and interact with members and advisors from across the Sooner State. In speaking with us, Brown explained the importance of making such trips as often as possible in order to take a pulse on what is being done well in the organization and in which areas it can do things better.

According to him, after engaging with students during a special roundtable at the convention, he believes it of the utmost importance to the FFA organization to focus on better preparing and equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving technological landscape of the ag industry in order to ensure future global food security. Brown says this is a task the National FFA has already started to actively address and adds that the work being done in that regard goes hand-in-hand with the organization's ongoing efforts toward growth and inclusivity.

"I think the main thing is we offer opportunities for students and we engage those students - and not just those students that are highly energetic," he said, "but make sure we engage all students in a meaningful way - with a purpose so they learn something and go home with something of value."

Fortunately, Brown says that job is made easy by the students because they already know and understand the employment opportunities that exist in the ag industry. According to him, members of the organization view the FFA as a stepping stone to future success.

To continue reading about Dr. Brown's takeaways from his visit or to hear our complete conversation, click over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.

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Dr. Bob Hunger, Extension Wheat Pathologist for Oklahoma State University, continues to see the rise of wheat foliar diseases here in 2019 even as the crop nears maturity. 

"Reports and observations of foliar diseases increased this past week. Around Stillwater, wheat ranges from heads nearly or completely emerged to full kernel (watery). On this wheat, higher levels of leaf and stripe rust were observed in various trials and nurseries. There seems to be more chlorosis/yellowing associated with these foliar diseases than in most years.

Septoria also is widespread around Stillwater as it is around much of the state. At a field day on May first near Apache, OK in Caddo County (central OK), low levels of active stripe rust and leaf rust were observed on susceptible varieties, but by far the most prevalent disease was septoria. 

"Typically the leaf spot diseases (primarily septoria and tan spot) do not move much above the lower leaves, and by this time in May drier weather and higher temperature prevent these diseases from moving up the canopy. However, this year the extended and consistent cloudy, cool and wet conditions have obviously favored septoria to the point that septoria could be found on the leaf just under the flag (but not near as severe as on the lower and mid leaves). There is benefit from applying a fungicide sufficiently early to help manage septoria.

To read Dr. Hunger's full report on what he is currently seeing- click or tap here.

The cost of food safety is likely to increase in the coming years. The lack of reliable traceability throughout the food supply chain is the reason for this increase.

A new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division explains why the stakes are rising for food suppliers in a landscape of continuously evolving food safety challenges, technologies and regulations.

"Contrary to media reports and trending social media, there has not been an increase in food related outbreaks in recent years. This is particularly noteworthy given technology developments, which allow us to better detect food safety issues," said Crystal Carpenter, senior economist of specialty crops at CoBank.

You can read the rest of the story from CoBank by clicking or tapping over to our website.

The Oklahoma Junior Cattlemen's Association (OJCA) invites junior cattlemen from across the state to attend the 34th Annual Summer Preview Show. The theme set for 2019 is 'Hollywood . . . Join us on the Red Carpet'.

"This event is so much more than a steer and heifer livestock show" said Tiffani Pruitt, OJCA Coordinator. "There are many other opportunities for young cattlemen to learn, grow, connect with fellow junior cattlemen. Ultimately, my goal is to equip students with tools, experiences and skills that they can use to build a successful education and career."

In addition to a steer and heifer show, the three-day, family event features the along with competitions in public speaking, salesmanship, showmanship, livestock judging, quiz bowl and a special event known as 'cow camp'. Additionally, a fun evening of barnyard Olympics is sure to be a hit.

You can read the rest of the story about the upcoming OJCA event by  clicking or tapping here. 

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditHerb'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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