April 21- We had a conversation this past week with Dr. Wendy Vaala of Intervet about considerations for protecting your horse from West Nile here in 2008- Click to listen to Ron and Dr. Vaala discuss what you can do to protect your critters.
March 25- we talked with Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts on what is happening from a Conservation perspective here in 2008- including the need for thirty million dollars to rebuild infrastructure that has damaged in 2007. Click here to listen to Ron and Clay talk legislative issues!
We talked during the Oklahoma Youth Expo with John Sampson of Midwest Farm Shows about how things are coming in putting together the 4th annual Southern Plains Farm Show!!!
January 21, 2008- From the recent AFBF meeting in New Orleans, we did a team interview with Dr. Bob Young, Chief Economist of the American Farm Bureau- click here to listen!
Janaury 17, 2008- Dr. Kim Anderson talks with us about the latest run up in wheat prices- about a buck being added to the price of hard red winter wheat over the last four trading days. What should your strategy be?
January 7, 2008- We talk with Mike Spradling- President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau about national and state issues as we begin 2008- as well as some of his organizational goals as the new head of the general farm organization.
December 19- We talk with Michael Marlow of Monsanto about the 2008 Winter Canola Crop that is in the ground and growing.
December 17- We wanted to share with you a conversation we had a few weeks ago with Danny Peeper of Wheeler Brothers about a crop they believe has tremendous potential for Oklahoma as an alternative to continuous wheat- Sesame. Click and listen.
17- Ron Suppes is the Chairman of US Wheat Associates- he is a wheat farmer from Kansas and he same to Oklahoma and spoke to the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers in recent days- Click and listen to our conversation with Ron.
December 7- It is the opening day of the Tulsa Farm Show- and we have our annual opening day conversation with John Sampson linked here.
December 5- Matt Case with Alltech tells us that they have a lineup of animal health products that help deal with a lot of the problems that livestock producers have with natural solutions. They have a big Calf Country Profit Tour planned for December 11-13 across Oklahoma- we have the locations of each of those meetings listed on our calendar page.
December 4,2007- We talked with Dr. Jeff Edwards of OSU about those wheat management practices that can enhance yield- and then those practices that help preserve yield- and then we also chat for a moment about the status of the 2008 crop.
November 28- Dr. Kim Anderson talks with us about the current wheat market- and maybe the better part of valor in wheat marketing at this time is to do nothing at all!
November 27- Latest Oklahoma Rural Development News is available from Brent Kisling and his team- click here to review their November newsletter.
November 13- KWTV News9 reporter Melissa Maynarich is reporting on “Hormone Milk” this evening on the 10 PM News and we had the chance to check out what she was reporting about- it appears that she did her homework and saw through an “email scam” making the rounds from those that worried about technology used in production agriculture. Click here to listen to the conversation that I had with Melissa on her story.
November 9- The 66th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau gets underway today in downtown Oklahoma City- and we had a chance to sit down and visit with Steve Kouplen- outgoing President of the general farm group about this year’s event and some of the policy they will be working on this Sunday. ALSO- be watching as Steve will be our guest Saturday morning on KWTV News9 on our In the Field Segment at around 7:40 am.
November 7- Oklahoma’s Third District Congressman Frank Lucas is in a position to move higher in the Republican pecking order of the House Ag Committee after the 2008 elections- assuming he runs and wins his seat for another term. In fact, he could become the top Republican on the Committee in 2009- we have a special audio update on that with comments from the Congressman.
November 5- We talked with Dr. Jeff Edwards of OSU about where we stand with getting the 2008 Oklahoma wheat crop in the ground- and growing- Click and Listen!
November 2- We talk with Dr. Bob Whitson of Oklahoma State about the life of Paul Jackson of Apache- who was remembered this week at the OALP Advisory Board meeting in Stillwater.
October 31- Here is a conversation that we have had with Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council about his recent trip to Europe- what he learned about the competitiveness of US Pork Producers and why he fears that if the Senate Farm Bill becomes reality as it relates to the packer ban on livestock ownership- that competitiveness may become a thing of the past.
October 23- The Texas Cattle Feeders have wrapped up their annual meeting and we talked about a wide variety of the issues that are of importance to the organization with Ross Wilson, President of the organization.
October 22, 2007- One of the folks we had the chance to visit with at the TCFA meeting in San Antonio was the top hired hand of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association- Scott Dewald. Click and take a listen to our conversation about issues at this meeting- as well as issues OCA is watching at the state level.
October 18- Dr. Jeff Dahlberg of the National Sorghum Producers is another of the speakers from the 2007 Oklahoma Biofuels Conference that we visited with during this annual meeting.
October 17- Two of the opening session panelists at the 2007 Oklahoma Biofuels Conference sat down and talked with us after their presentations. Click here to listen to comments with Ray Huhnke of Oklahoma State and Click here to listen to our conversation with Steven Rhines of the Noble Foundation from Day One of the Oklahoma Biofuels Conference.
October 16- Conservation leaders will be meeting with Governor Brad Henry about $30 million in Conservation damages from the rains of 2007- conservation structures in the state absorbed the shock of these record rains and buffered us from incredible flood damage and more- but now we must repair that damage for future protection.- we talk with Clay Pope of the OACD about this damage.
October 12, 2007-During the final day of the Herbicide Innovations Tour put on the Bayer Crop Science folks, we talked with the global head of their Herbicide Research, Dr. Hermann Stubler of Frankfurt, Germany. Listen to our conversation with Dr. Stubler to see where he sees Crop Protection going in the days ahead- and the challenges we face.
October 11, 2007- We had the chance to visit with one of the participants of this Herbicide Innovations Tour being put on by Bayer Crop Science- Ron O’Hanlon, President of Crop Quest. Crop Quest is one of the leading Crop Consulting firms here in the southern plains. Click here to listen to our conversation with Ron about crop consulting here in our part of the world.
October 9, 2007- We are in Germany for the Herbicide Innovations Tour being put on by Bayer Crop Science- and this link will take you to our conversation with Clair Heinbuch of Bayer Crop Science and what strategy is in place for cereal grain marketing in our country- including the plans for Huskie, their newest cereal grain chemistry!
October 5, 2007- The Tulsa State Fair Junior Livestock Auction was held Friday midday- and we tell you about the payday for some of the top youngsters at this year’s event.
October 5, 2007- We talk with Abby Cash, Director of Agritourism for the state of Oklahoma about all the possibilities that come under the banner of Agritourism today.
September 30- This past Friday, a hearing was held at the State Capital in Oklahoma City to gather agri industry input on the use of hormone based chemicals- and the problems that some neighbors have had with those using those chemicals
incorrectly- click here to listen to our conversation with Senator Mike Schulz about this problem and what the State Legislature might consider in the 2008 Session.
September 28- Good Golly Miss Molly- Wheat prices are higher again today as we wrap up the month of September. Have we reached the point that we need to forward contract some of the 2008 crop? And what about this 15 cent a pound canola? Should we put some of our weedier fields into this crop for the 2008 harvest and break that weed cycle along the way? Well, Kim Anderson says in answer to those two questions- yes and yes- Listen to our conversation with the good Dr. Andreson by clicking here!
September 25- Here is the opening statement from Acting Secretary Chuck Conner in his Monday teleconference with reporters.
September 25- How will Conservation be treated when all is said and done in the 2007 Farm Bill? We are linking a feature from the Playa Lakes Joint Project with comments from Pheasants Forever on how they think things are going.
September 25- We talked with Scott Bulling in more detail after we did some TV with last Friday about the deadline for signing up for crop insurance for your wheat. Click here and take a listen!
September 21- We had the chance to visit with Oklahoma’s State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards on planting plans and progress with the planting of the 2008 Oklahoma Winter Wheat Crop now underway.
September 18- OSU Grain Marketing Economist Dr. Kim Anderson joins us today as we talk about the continued craziness in the wheat market.
September 17- Wakefield Farms of Beaver, Oklahoma is one of four farms around the country that have been selected as a National Environmental Stewardship Award winner for 2007 by the Hog Industry. We have talked with Terry Peach, Oklahoma’s Secretary of Agriculture, about this Seaboard Farm operation- and you can listen to our conversation with Secretary Peach about this state of the art effort to treat solid and liquid animal nutrients that Wakefield has in place.
September 17- The American Farmers and Ranchers are heading back to Washington this week- and according to Francie Tolle, their Policy Analyst- they are looking for a better deal for wheat producers. We talked with Francie about that and other farm policy priorities as the Senate prepares to write their version of the 2007 Farm Bill- click here to take a listen.
September 11- Comments from Mary Kay Thatcher of American Farm Bureau as we talk what might be in the Senate Farm Bill Proposal and the possible timing.
September 6- The Environment and Public Works Committee of the US Senate held a hearing yesterday on CAFOs and the subject of water quality and the State of Oklahoma’s efforts to sue the Poultry companies headquartered in northwest Oklahoma. Telling the Committee about his intentions was Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. Click here to listen to his testimony. Later in the hearing, he was questionsed by both Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer of California and then by ranking member Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma- Click HERE for those conversations with Mr. Edmondson. Another of the witnesses that testified before the committee was the National Chair of the Farm Bureau’s Young farmers and Ranchers Committee- Chris Chinn of Missouri- we have some of her comments for you to listen to as well- click here...
September 5-The price of wheat has soared in the US and around the world- and we talk with Dr. Kim Anderson of OSU about the bittersweet nature of this climb- local elevators have cash wheat bids well above $7, but few if any farmers have wheat to sell.
August 17- We talked in recent days to Gene Neuens with POP- Plains Oilseed Producers Coop- and Gene is excited about the local marketing opportunity that POP is able to provide farmers in this area for the 2008 crop that they will be planting this fall. Listen to our conversation with Gene and learn more.
August 15- We talked with Mark Hodges of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission on Tuesday before the Wheat Commission, Extension and Researchers review the facts of the 2007 Oklahoma Hard red Winter Wheat Crop. Click here to get your overview of what that review will include.
August 13- Does La Nina or El Nino mean more to Oklahoma weather? Well, it may surprise you to know that neither matter all that much- so says Research Meteorologist Dr. Jeanne Schneider of the USDA- ARS in El Reno. Listen to our conversation on weather and how it may impact what we will be doing in the future when it comes to our farming and ranching practices in the southern plains.
August 10, 2007- We just got back from the OSU Ag Technology Field Day, held in Chickasha yesterday. We talked with Dr. Randy Taylor of OSU who led the effort to put this event together and we talked about the event as well as some of the high tech stuff out there for farmers and ranchers.
August 9, 2007 It’s very busy August for Michael Marlow, who is the Monsanto Rep for Oklahoma- and it is his job to get out and meet with hundreds of producers, a few at a time, and preach the Winter Canola gospel. We caught up with him at one of his meetings in Kingfisher and talked about the opportunities that are there for this alternative to continuous wheat in central and western Oklahoma. Click here to listen!
August 6- We reflect on the weekend’s events in England, where they have an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease that MAY have come from a animal disease lab working with a forty year old strain of the disease- the exact same strain as seen outside the lab in this outbreak. I think it’s safe to say some agricultural groups are saying under their breath today- “told ya so” in regards to their concerns about a animal disease lab being set up at Ft. Reno.
August 2- Just got off the phone with Jay Truitt as we hashed out the latest snafu with South Korea over some T-bones being shipped from the Cargill Friona, Texas plant- by error. Click here to listen to Ron and Jay do an overview on the status of this latest problem.
July 28- During the Business Session of the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the group voted to explore how to help the state Department of Agriculture expand the number of rural crime investigators now on staff- especially for western areas of the state. We talked with State Ag Secretary Terry Peach on that subject after he answered questions during the debate on this resolution.
July 26: We have Asian Soybean Rust confirmed by USDA in two southeast Oklahoma Counties- Bryan and Choctaw. We just got off the phone with John Damicone, OSU Plant Pathologist who has been looking for more Rust since the first leaf showed up in a Sentinel Plot in Bryan County. Click here to listen.
July 24- It now appears that we will have the Farm Bill debate on the floor of the House on Thursday, July 24, and Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Colin Peterson, says that he still has the backing of Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to the Committee package crafted this past week. Fellow Farm Broadcaster Don Wick talked with Peterson in Washington last night about the Speaker’s commitment and you can listen to his comments by clicking here.
July 21- We have an interview that our own Ed Richards did with Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas on his reaction following the passage of the 2007 Farm Bill by the full House Ag Committee.
July 19- We had the chance to visit with Ross Wilson of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association while here in Denver and we talked farm bill, feedlots north versus south and the waiting game on feedlot air quality regs.
July 18- Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh held court in the General Session of the 2007 Beef Issues Forum on Wednesday- and afterwards, we talked with him about farm policy and if this year is the year for a farm policy revolution instead of evolution. He still sees a farm bill done this year, but it may not be there under the Christmas tree for producers under almost Christmas Eve.
July 18- We begin our coverage of the Mid Year meeting of the US Cattle Industry- and we talk today with Jay Truitt- lead lobbyist for the NCBA in their Washington, DC office.
July 13- It was a big day for the Division of Ag on Campus at OSU on Thursday- as the Food and Ag Products Center was renamed the “Robert M Kerr Food and Ag Products Center” in honor of the late State Senator Robert Kerr- who was one of the state lawmakers who fought for several years in getting this concept turned into bricks and mortar. The Center celebrated it’s tenth birthday yesterday and there was a study released that showed the value of the center to the state- we visited with Rodney Holcomb of the Kerr FAPC about the multimillion dollar impact of the value added efforts and you can listen by clicking here.
July 12- It’s a little after 4 pm central and we just got off the phone with Oklahoma Congressman frank Lucas- we talked about what may happen next week as Colin Peterson brings the full House Ag Committee together to work on a 2007 farm Bill- facing a massive floor fight if he doesn’t get support for his Committee’s work from House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Listen and hear what Frank Lucas thinks might happen.
July 12- While getting out in country with our radio guests from Mali this week- we had the chance to visit with dryland cotton farmer Roger Fischer of Tillman County- after he had visited with our guests, we stepped aside for a few moments to talk about how this 2007 growing season has treated him.
July 11-It’s all down to horse trading and poker playing- and Ron gives you an overview of where we stand on the farm policy debate.
July 9- OSU Grain marketing Economist Dr. Kim ANderson joins us today- as we discuss current marketing strategy in a year that we thought had promise for a big wheat crop- as the reality has come crashing down upon us of thousands of acres that won’t be harvested because of the prolonged wet spell that has resulted in sprouting, excessive weeds and more- take a listen to Kin’s thoughts.
July 2: The Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Colin Peterson, is planning to run two bills on a parallel track when the full committee marks up farm bill- one will be with the money available under the current current budget baseline- and a second that will be held int he wings will be a full fledged wish list of stuff they want if they can get the offsets. We provide an overview of some of the ideas of the Chairman in this regard and his thoughts on how this squares up with the outside the committee reformers led by Ron Kind of Wisconsin. In addition, we have the comments of the Chairman on reforms he wants to include inside the Committee’s Farm Bill proposal- you can get that by clicking here.