Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/26/2019, 6:21 AM

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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey traveled Tuesday with participants of the Midwestern State Departments of Ag summer meeting as they were in Stillwater on campus of Oklahoma State University. He addressed the MASDA summer meeting during lunch at the Wes Watkins International Center and just ahead of that, he spoke with us about the work the agencies he oversees at the USDA are doing to help producers that are dealing with the extreme amounts of rainfall in multiple states- from Nebraska eastward to Ohio and south into Oklahoma has experienced- as well as the work they are working on the second trade mitigation program now being rolled out by the Trump Administration.

"Certainly, a lot of stress around flooding and disaster relief. For a lot of us in the Midwest it's more prevent plant, stored grain losses - but it's also the hurricanes in the southeast, it's wildfires out the west...," Northey said. "Looking at those pieces we had a disaster bill, a disaster supplemental passed a few weeks ago and we will have about 15 programs that will come out of that. We do have some pieces of the Farm Bill itself, but a lot of the focus is on crop insurance. We're a few weeks away from having all the announcements out on that and getting sign up started."

In addition to those programs, Northey also remarked on the Market Facilitation Program, which has been revamped since it was last used to help mitigate farmers' struggles because of the Trade War during these economically challenging times. According to the USDA Undersecretary, MFP payments will be calculated differently than how they were previously done. This year, the formula will consist of only a single payment rate(figured at the County Level) and multiplied with the number of acres you planted this year, regardless of what crop you planted.

You can listen to our complete conversation by clicking or tapping here.

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During the spring of 2019, extensive amounts of rainfall created flooding in many parts of Oklahoma resulting in unprecedented destruction over a very large portion of northeastern and southwestern Oklahoma. In response to that, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oklahoma is offering a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding. The purpose of this initiative is for
cropland only for cover crop establishment to landowners who have been and continue to be impacted by this natural disaster. Producers should consider the impact this might have on crop insurance eligibility. FSA Prevented Planting guidelines must also be considered if applicable.

Those counties in Oklahoma designated eligible for the funding include: Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Creek, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Kay, Kiowa, LeFlore, Lincoln, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Noble, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Sequoyah, Wagoner, Washington and Washita counties.

The deadline to apply for this assistance is July 12, 2019. If you are in an eligible county and seeking more information about this "Cover Crop" program, click over to our website.


Dr. Barb Glenn has maintained a lifelong passion for the agriculture industry. A dairy cattle nutritionist by trade, Glenn says her career eventually morphed into government affairs. Today, she serves as the chief executive officer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, which drives agricultural policy on state and federal levels by connecting and fostering relationships among state and national ag leaders.

Glenn is visiting Oklahoma City this week for the Summer Meeting of MASDA being hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and  
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur.

 had the chance to catch up with Glenn to discuss a variety of issues the association is currently tackling from advocating on producers' behalf for disaster relief from the federal government to the association's top priority right now which is getting the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratified by Congress. To that end, Glenn maintains that ultimately resolving our various trade conflicts is in the best interest of our farmers and ranchers

You can listen to Dr. Glenn and I talk more in depth about those topics and more by clicking or tapping here.

Kelli Payne was recently named general manager of the Oklahoma National Stockyards, the sixth person and first female to assume that position in the world's largest stockyard's 109-year history. Earlier this week, Payne welcomed a visit from Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur and other state secretaries, commissioners and directors of agriculture from across the region who have gathered in Oklahoma City for a meeting of the Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture. We had the opportunity to speak with Payne about the stockyard and the influence it has on the cattle industry.

"I'm still humbled. I can't believe I've been asked to be in this position," Payne remarked before pointing out how the stockyard has managed to not only endure for more than a century as the industry has evolved over that time but also position itself as a leader in price discovery. "I think a lot of that is a testament to just the volume of cattle we have coming through here. Being a Monday sale, we open an hour before the board - and so something may happen on a Friday or toward the end of the week and affect the board. But we can get in there and hustle on Monday morning and maybe get that thing headed in a better direction."

Compared to other markets that have been forced to adapt to the Digital Age, Payne Oklahoma National Stockyards continues to remain a viable brick and mortar operation that offers its valued buyers a range of options in which to conduct business but maintains that live auctions are the purest path to true price discovery and generates the most dollars for producers.

Listen to the full discussion between Payne and I to hear more about the historical influence of the Oklahoma National Stockyards and how it is helping to shape the future of the cattle industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click 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.

The summer months can be a scary time for children in Oklahoma who are food insecure. Through the school year, schools and daycares provide proper nutrition for these kids. But adequate food may not be available when school is not in session.

During the summer months, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma work hard to provide for hungry kids in Oklahoma and distribute food through various programs. To help both food banks with these efforts, okPORK has launched an Into Action campaign. 

"One of Oklahoma's pig farmers' driving values is giving back to our community," said Nikki Snider, okPORK Director of Marketing and Communications. "And this value drives them to be involved with our food banks each year."

The Into Action campaign encourages Oklahomans to donate to one or both of the food banks in the form of either a monetary contribution and/or through volunteered time. You can learn more about this campaign and how you can get involved by checking out the full article on this story, here.

The American Farm Bureau Federation recognized 15 farm and ranch women leaders as graduates of the organization's Women's Communications Boot Camp summer session. The intensive four-day course completed by the agricultural leaders comprised hands-on sessions related to public speaking, working with the media and messaging. Among those to graduate from the program was Mignon Bolay of Oklahoma. 

Bolay and her fellow graduates received instruction during the camp on how to be effective in connecting with influencers at the local, state and national levels in order to advocate on the ag industry's behalf.

Bolay also had the opportunity to meet special guest speaker Anne Hazlett, senior adviser for rural affairs at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, who shared highlights of her journey to leadership, how to remain focused on reaching your goals and not being afraid of new opportunities and taking risks.

Click here to read more about Bolay's experience at the Women's Communications Boot Camp.

Seven OYE Hosts Summer Spectacular at the Totusek Arena in Stillwater

Several hundred youth and parents were on hand Tuesday for the Oklahoma Youth Expo's Summer Spectacular- a one day show ring training experience held at the Totusek Arena in Stillwater.

The sessions included breakouts by species to talk about getting the animals ready for the show ring as well as the nutritional needs of those animals that would get them looking their best for show day.

Also on the program- Oklahoma Pork Council Exec Roy Lee Lindsey spoke to the group- talking biosecurity and things the showmen and ladies can do in case of a disease outbreak.

To learn more about this event and about the Oklahoma Youth Expo, jump to their website by clicking or tapping 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 AgCreditthe 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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