Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/5/2019, 5:19 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.
Let's Check the Markets!  

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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. 

We now have our market reports from the Oklahoma National Stockyards, the Joplin Regional Stockyards and the Monday OKC Cow Market- click on the name of the sale location that you want to check out- we are posting these on our website to give you a permanent place to go and find that particular sale since you can not do that on the USDA website. has 412 cattle on their showlist for the Wednesday, June 5th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump to the website. 

At OKC West Livestock Auction in El Reno Tuesday, there were not enough cattle sold to create an accurate trend. Click 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 on Tuesday, June 4th.
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
   Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: EPA's Wheeler Signs Final Rule Exempting Reporting Under EPCRA for Emissions from Animal Waste

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler Tuesday announced the final rule amending the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, which exempts farmers. The amendments clarify that reporting of air emissions from animal waste at farms is not required under the law.

Wheeler says the change "allows emergency responders and farmers to focus on protecting the public and feeding the nation, not routine animal waste emissions."

The rule is the final piece in the implementation of the FARM Act, which passed Congress with bipartisan support last year and eliminated the need for livestock farmers to estimate and report emissions from the natural breakdown of manure.

For more information about the final rule signed yesterday by Andrew Wheeler, click over to our website to read the full story from the EPA.

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Two Cattle and Pork Groups Welcome EPA Adm. Wheeler's Exemption from EPCRA's "Frivolous Reporting Requirements"

Farm groups welcomed the exemption of livestock producers from required reporting under the EPCRA Act, part of a final rule signed by EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday.

Among those groups publicly offering their praise to Wheeler for his action in regard to this matter, was the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. NCBA President Jennifer Houston says Congress made "a common-sense decision" to exempt livestock producers, adding that NCBA is "glad to see EPA fully implement the law."

"The removal of this unnecessary burden will allow first responders to focus on real emergencies," Houston stated, "and will allow livestock producers to focus on feeding the world."

You can read Houston's full remarks, by clicking or tapping here to jump to the original statement on our website.

The National Pork Producers Council also welcomed the EPA action. National Pork Producers Council President David Herring says the measure was approved because "it was unnecessary and impractical" for farmers to report. 

Click here to read his complete statement as released on the NPPC website.
Three Flood Control Dams Nearing the End of Their Design Life- Urgency to Rehabilitate Structures Growing

On the latest episode of the Southern Plains Podcast, USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub Coordinator and host Clay Pope talks with Larry Caldwell, watershed specialist, Oklahoma Conservation Commission. 

The first dam built during the watershed program was constructed near Cordell in 1948. The majority of those 12,000 dams were built between the 1950s and 1970s at a rate of about two dams a week. Those dams were designed to have a 50-year lifespan. We are now at the time in the lifespan of those watershed dams will be expiring. It is said that one dam in Oklahoma will meet that expiration every two weeks.

With the recent floods in Oklahoma the performance of watershed dams are more important now than ever. The focus of the watershed dams has transitioned over to updating and maintaining the ones that are in place now. The necessity of these dams to work properly is going to become more and more important in the future. 

You can listen to Caldwell talk about the watershed programs over on our website - here

Four National Cotton Council Commend Congress and Administration for Long-Awaited Disaster Assistance

The National Cotton Council applauds Congress and the Administration for their support and approval of long-awaited and much needed disaster and recovery assistance for farmers that were devastated by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and other natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. 

The supplemental disaster assistance package which was approved on May 23, includes more than $3.0 billion in assistance for lost crops. Most of this will be administered through the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP) that was used in response to 2017 hurricane losses. The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days and USDA can begin the implementation and sign-up process. 

You can read more about the disaster assistance program over on our website by clicking or tapping here. 

Sponsor Spotlight

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans."  Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected.  Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
Five For World Milk Day and June, Dairy Farmers of America Turns Social Currency into Real Milk Money

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) kicked off the social media campaign #GiveMilkMoney on World Milk Day, June 1. This campaign will help raise awareness and provide relief toward summer nutrition gap felt by nearly 18 million students who rely on school lunches. 

"DFA is made up of hardworking family farm-owners and employees who understand the power dairy has towards helping those in need and its nutritional benefits," said Kristen Coady, vice president of communications at DFA. "As a dairy cooperative and an industry, we have a responsibility to help nourish the communities we are a part of and this #GiveMilkMoney initiative aims to do just that."

As a part of the effort to close the summer nutritional gap, DFA is bringing a new meaning to social currency by donating one gallon of milk for ever social post using #GiveMilkMoney. To bring the movement to life in Kansas City, custom milk money ATMs and a pop-up experience were located in the River Market in Kansas City, Mo. 

You can read more about the DFA's campaign by clicking or tapping here. 

Six OSU's Glenn Selk Talks About How to Reduce the Amount of Mold in Your Hay

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, talks this week about moldy hay and how to reduce it. 

With the recent heavy rainfall, many hay storage areas are standing in water or at best on wet, soggy ground. Wet hay creates many difficult decisions for the cattle producers that planned to feed that hay. 

Mold makes hay less palatable, which results in lower intake or animals refusing to eat the hay, Selk said. Poor weight gains or weight loss may result from the lack or nutrients. 

Another issue with mold in hay is mycotoxins which are toxins produced by the mold. Ruminants are more resistant to mycotoxins, but they could decrease feed intake, immunosuppression, liver disease, infertility or abortion. 

You can read more about the importance of reducing mold in your hay, by clicking or tapping here

Seven Food Industry Leader John Patrick Lopez Says Sharing Agriculture's Story is Everyone's Responsibility

No longer is it acceptable to stand idly by in the ag and food industry while antagonists of the industry speak out against animal-based production and diets. It has become the responsibility of all industry participants to push back on this rhetoric and share the story of the good work that is being done to feed the world. According to John Patrick Lopez, chief operating officer of the Oklahoma City-based McDonald's beef supplier Lopez Foods, that task extends throughout the supply chain, including his own business. The most powerful defense against that negative rhetoric he says is the industry's own efforts to increase its sustainability.

"If we don't tell our story, someone else will tell it for us and as a result," Lopez said, explaining the importance of getting out in front of the issues and promoting transparency within the industry. "We need to make sure the consumer understands that we are trying to be good stewards of the land and the animals we raise. We also need to be honest from a quality standpoint. We can't have consumers not feeling good about the products we provide as an industry. Sustainability is no longer just about using less water, less electricity, recycling... it's much bigger and we need to be mindful of it."

Most importantly, Lopez says this message needs to be delivered in a positive, proactive way that clearly expresses the industry's pursuit and commitment to continuous improvement.

Listen to my full conversation with Lopez to hear him share more about his views on the importance of sustainability and transparency in the agriculture industry from his perspective as a part of the beef supply chain, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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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