Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 9/18/2017 7:08 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, September 15th.
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, September 18, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Last week, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Oklahoma State Fair, officially opened the Made in Oklahoma Store at the State Fairgrounds, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The 3,600 sq. ft. store front, located inside the newly built Bennet Event Center, features nearly 50 Made in Oklahoma member companies highlighting their locally made products.

Tandy Kidd, an ODAFF marketing coordinator for the Made in Oklahoma program, joined me in studio this past week, to discuss this new outlet for MIO members.

"We have anything that you can imagine," Kidd said. "Everything from skincare products, soap, lotion, foods - all the way down to home décor, furniture... really anything you can just imagine, is made and processed here in Oklahoma."

Kidd says the Made in Oklahoma program itself, established during the late 1980s, has continued to grow throughout the years.

"There is no cost to be in the Made in Oklahoma program," Kidd said. "Currently, we have about 400 different companies that are within the Made in Oklahoma program. The Made in Oklahoma Store, was kind of the brainchild of Secretary Jim Reese and (Oklahoma State Fair President and CEO) Mr. Tim O'Toole. Our first year, we had a little over 100 sq. ft. in 2014, and each year we kind of progressively went forward. Last year we had a little over 900 sq. ft. and then this year we really made a large leap and we have over 3,600 sq. ft. of solely Made in Oklahoma products for consumers to purchase."

The store hours are the same as the Bennett Event Center, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Oklahoma State Fair continues through Sunday, September 24. If you're headed to the State Fair this year, be sure to stop by and check it out. In the meantime, read more or listen in to mine and Tandy's conversation about the MIO program and its new store, by clicking here.

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is leading the US Department of Agriculture in its efforts to assist victims in Florida with an immediate need for food in locations ravaged by Hurricane Irma, where food resources are scarce.

A news release issued by the USDA last Friday, announced that packages of American grown and produced nutritious USDA Foods will soon be made available across hurricane-stricken areas in Florida.

"In the wake of this historic storm, many Floridians face major challenges finding food for their families, and the nutritious USDA Foods provided in these packages will help address that need until the area has recovered to a point where a longer-term solution can be put in place," Perdue said.

The Disaster Household Distribution program was approved to start Sept. 14. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will work within its food bank network to serve people located in presidentially declared disaster areas.

Given the widespread damage throughout the state of Florida, it is estimated that several thousand families will benefit from this program.

Additional Hurricane Irma related actions have been undertaken by USDA in recent days. For a more complete look at how the USDA is working to assist the victims of Hurricane Irma, click or tap here to review a list of the USDA's ongoing relief efforts. 

A native of Holland and fifth-generation dairy farmer now living in Frederick, Okla., Anita Van der Laan, today owns and operates an 8,000 head dairy in Oklahoma with her husband, Pieter.

The two actually grew up just 30 miles from each other in Holland, but never knew each other until meeting one Thanksgiving in Texas later in life after moving to the US. The couple married in 1990 and together, starting with just 40 cows of their own, built up two dairies and a family over the last 27 years.

And it has been a very eventful few decades for the Van der Laan family, to say the least. Anita credits her cows, one in particular with saving her life. Anita discovered she had breast cancer, after being prompted to see a doctor by a painful, attention-grabbing head-butt from one of her cows named, Gemma. She says had Gemma not brought her attention to the lump, she might not be here today.

Then in June 2011, their dairy was hit by a small tornado. The contractor had just completed the remodeling and repair work in October when an EF-4 tornado devastated their dairy on November 7, 2011. They lost over half of their baby calves, 450, and many more cattle were injured.

The Van der Laan's leaned on their friends and neighbors, many of whom she says she didn't even know, that came to help her family and livestock in that time of need and eventually were able to get back on their feet.

Today dairies across the country are selling out and going out of business, so one can't help but wonder what makes the Van der Laans continue to dairy.

"I love the industry, I love the people, I love promoting our wonderful product," she said. That's just what I love to do. I don't know what I would do without it."
Continue reading Van der Laan's story about her life and what makes her a significant woman in agriculture, by clicking over to our website for her complete profile by ODAFF.
BUZZGrowing China's Market a Work in Progress That'll Take Time But the Reward Will Be Worth the Wait

While US beef has been approved for import into China for some time now, developing that market is still a work in progress. The first shipments of US beef are actually just now reaching China's shores. However, at the end of this month, the US Meat Export Federation will be showcasing US beef in some of China's largest cities. USMEF's Dan Halstrom spoke recently with me about these events and his outlook on the future of the Chinese beef market.

"We're actually holding three different showcases, or kick-offs," Halstrom said. "One in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou at the end of September."

Each event will host approximately 300 professionals from the trade industry, including import distributors, retailers and especially members of the food service sector - who Halstrom says desperately want US beef. A range of cuts will be featured at the events for tasting, accomplishing the critical task of getting the product in their mouths. These events are the best way, Halstrom says, at refamiliarizing China's food industry with our product. As that process continues, producers and packers back home are ramping up their efforts to produce cattle that qualify for the strict regulations under which beef destined for China's market must adhere to. All this effort is being done to nurture a new market into eventual maturity, which he believes holds great potential.

The potential is big on the value side. This market is not going to be the biggest volume market," Halstrom said, explaining that this market could grow exponentially over the next ten years or so, particularly in variety meat purchases. "The variety meats in my mind, the USTR did a wonderful job negotiating this agreement. This is the hidden benefit of the agreement."

Listen to my guest, Dan Halstom, and I discuss the market potential of China and how the USMEF plans to develop that potential, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.

Sponsor Spotlight

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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show. 
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2017- the dates are December 7th, 8th and 9th.  Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.  

OkFBExecDirOklahoma Farm Bureau Adds Closing Date of October 27th in Their Search for New Executive Director
The details of the job description announcement of a week ago from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau as they look for a new Executive Director remains the same as what was provided to us about a week ago- with the exception of an end date for the search.

The Farm Bureau's HR department has set October 27th as the deadline for resumes to be submitted to the general farm organization- saying "Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Inc. will consider qualified applications/resumes received by October 27, 2017, the closing date for this position's job posting. However, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Inc. reserves the right to reopen the application process as may be necessary upon sole discretion of the company."

To read the complete job posting-
click or tap here.

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NobleNoble Research Institute's Dr. Twain Butler Named 2017 Crop Science Society of America Fellow

Noble Research Institute Professor Twain Butler, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). Election as a CSSA Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

Butler will be formally presented with the award at the Crop Science Society of America annual meeting in October. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.

Butler was commended by his Noble colleagues and praised by one who said, "Butler continues to distinguish himself as one of the top researchers in agricultural science. Amongst other things, he has demonstrated leadership in applying sensor technology to forage research."

Butler's research is focused on tall fescue, alfalfa, wheat and bermudagrass grazing systems to determine the optimal forages for the Southern Great Plains, and is also the project manager for a national cover crop research initiative.

Butler has authored or co-authored 66 refereed journal articles, 72 abstracts, 16 reviewed proceeding papers, eight extension publications, one grower guide, three book chapters and one patent application. He has served as an associate editor for Agronomy Journal and Crop Science. In addition to his involvement in the Crop Science Society of America, Butler is active in the American Society of Agronomy.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Butler, his research and his recently bestowed.
A couple of Oklahoma Graphics- and a heartbreaking picture from the Texas High Plains as high winds and hail have likely wiped out thousands of acres of Texas Cotton- and based on heavier rainfall totals in southwest Oklahoma- there could be some issues for our huge Oklahoma Cotton Crop as well.

First- the rain from over the weekend- not a lot in west central and northwest Oklahoma shown here- but it is raining in those areas as we send this email:

For the next nine days (courtesy of Jed Castles at News9)- more heat this week to help with those heat units for the Oklahoma cotton crop- and then a taste of fall by this time next week:

Finally- from the tweets we have seen from Plains Cotton- BAD NEWS in the form of wind and hail on cotton in the south plains of Texas- a lot of fields may be impacted- here is a picture of one that was looking great- then 30 minutes later was gone- tweeted out by @Billy_Tiller from the Lubbock area:


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