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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Norvells, Wilcoxs and Charlie Coblentz Represent
Oklahoma Farm Bureau YF&R This Weekend in Orlando
coming weekend- the 2016 American Farm Bureau Convention will be
kicking off in Orlando, Florida. Several dozen Oklahoma Farm
Bureau members will be attending this year's convention- and two
young farm families and one young man will be representing the state
at the front end of the meeting in the national Young Farmer and
All three of the Oklahoma representatives won the right to go to
Orlando by winning at the state level this past November at the
Oklahoma Farm Bureau annual convention.
Jessica Wilcox of Major County will compete on a
national level for the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement
Award. This contest is designed for young farm or ranch families
whose primary livelihood comes from their production agriculture
of Mayes County will compete in the national discussion meet contest.
Tyler and Beth
Norvell will represent Oklahoma Excellence in
Agriculture Award competition. The award recognizes successful young
adults ages 35 years or younger who are involved in farming, but
whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural
business. Winners are chosen based on their involvement in
agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community
organizations. The YF&R competition is based on an oral
presentation and a written application. Tyler said the process is
similar to competing in a FFA competition.
"We've been working a lot at home and on weekends trying to get
that presentation just right," Norvell said.
I caught up with Tyler Norvell to talk about the upcoming national
YF&R competition. Click
or tap here to listen to the full interview.
AND- be watching Saturday morning as Tyler joins us for our In
the Field segment as seen on KWTV News9 during their Saturday morning
news block- our In the Field segment runs around 6:40 AM.
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Excellence in Agriculture Awards Nominations Sought
Oklahoma has a rich agricultural history thanks to
dedicated farmers. In 1998, the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in
Agriculture was created to recognize those who have
helped lead the industry while demonstrating exemplary personal
values and pursuing agricultural achievements in Oklahoma. Through
Feb. 12, the Oklahoma
Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF)
is accepting nominations for a total of four Oklahoma Excellence in
The award winners will be announced at a recognition ceremony on
March 30 at the state capitol as part of the state's annual Oklahoma
Ag Day celebration.
Examples of eligible agriculture enterprises for the Governor's
Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture nominee are: livestock
and crop production, agribusiness, forestry, horticulture and nursery
management. In addition to considering the nominee's production
agriculture involvement, the application also recognizes leadership
in agricultural and state organizations as well as additional awards
and honors. The winner will be someone with at least 25 years in
agriculture who derives the bulk of his or her income from
agriculture or has retired from an agricultural enterprise.
Previous award-winners have represented different areas of Oklahoma
as well as a variety of agricultural groups and commodities. Past
recipients have guided their families and communities to success by
excelling as dairymen, cattle ranchers, pork producers, wheat
farmers, conservationists and educators. Uniting previous Hall of
Fame inductees is their service to their community in addition to
their contribution to the agriculture industry.
In addition to the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in
Agriculture, ODAFF also presents the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award,
Legacy in Agriculture Award and Outstanding Public Service
in Agriculture Award. The Legacy in Agriculture Award is the only one
strictly for posthumous nominees. The deadline for all nominations
is Friday, Feb.
12 at 5 p.m. Click
or tap here to read more.
U.S. Farming and Ranching
Foundation Launches - Targeting Young People To Educate About
Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a
consumer-facing organization dedicated to leading the national
conversation about how food is grown and raised, announced today the
launch of the U.S.
Farming and Ranching Foundation (USFRF). The USFRF
will be a philanthropic nonprofit organization with a mission of
furthering agricultural education and understanding of agriculture
among America's consumers including young people and millennials.
"USFRF is a result of a collaborative effort led by the
agriculture and food industry to expand the dialogue with consumers
regarding food production in America," said USFRF inaugural
Blome who is also President & CEO of Bayer
CropScience LP. "This new foundation will further ag education
and consumer understanding about food, by developing
educational-based tools and interactive consumer programs, that serve
as a unified effort to reach Americans in ways in which they want to
learn about modern agriculture."
One of the foundation's initial projects is developing a curriculum
guide that will be made available to high school students nationwide.
The documentary film, FARMLAND, which gives viewers the opportunity
to step inside the world of agriculture for a first-hand glimpse into
the lives of young farmers and ranchers, will serve as the guide's
core. The curriculum will supplement efforts to bring to life many of
the themes covered in the film, and serve as an educational resource
for high school teachers interested in content focused on food
choices, agriculture, sustainability, entrepreneurship, food issues,
antibiotics, GMOs and crop inputs in agriculture, and
here to read more about the agriculture education effort of
Advances in Cattle Genomics
Allows Beef to Compete with Pork and Chicken
The genomic advances the cattle industry has made over
the last few years have been dramatic. That's according to Ryan Ruppert,
U.S. Sales Director for GeneSeek
Igenity. He said this is allowing the cattle industry
to be on a level playing field with competing meat sources.
"In the past, groups like chicken and pork have been
incorporating genomics at this same level where they are looking at
commercial females and their commercial males at the same time with
genomics," Ruppert said. "Now beef producers can do the
same and it takes a generation interval that used to be around ten
years to make these changes to now we can do it in two or three
years. So that really puts us in the driver's seat now to start going
to our consumer and meeting some of the demands that they have."
Ruppert said major beef customers like Wal-Mart and McDonald's have
often requested certain attributes. Previously that would have taken
15 years to deliver on those requests. With genomics, he said the
beef industry will be able to make those changes in three to five
years. That could mean significant dividends to the beef industry.
Ruppert said by improving feed efficiency by two pounds on feeder
cattle that could save the beef industry $1 billion annually.
We are featuring Ruppert on the Beef Buzz for two days this week. Click
or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz. (part two will be
featured in the Thursday email)
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Pork Checkoff Opens Nominations
for the 2016 America's Pig Farmer of the Year Award
Pork Board is accepting applications for its 2016 America's Pig Farmer of the
Year award through March 13 at americaspigfarmer.com. The
award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in
raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and in sharing his
or her story with the public.
"It has been an honor to represent America's Pig Farmers,"
Schoettmer, a pig farmer from Indiana and the first
America's Pig Farmer of the Year. "I encourage people to
nominate excellent pig farmers who want to represent their farm and
Schoettmer has participated in several events since being named
America's Pig Farmer of the Year in October. This has included taking
part in a media tour in New York City and speaking at a congressional
briefing in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Humane
Third-party judges again will help determine the final award
recipient, with the winner announced during National Pork Month this
October. The U.S. public also will play a role in the final outcome
by viewing short video clips of the award finalists on their farms at
americaspigfarmer.com and by
voting for finalists through the Pork Checkoff's social media
outlets. The application deadline is March 13, 2016. Nominations
are open to any U.S. pig farmer, who is 30 years of age or older on
January 1, 2016. Click
or tap here to read more.
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Cattlemen's Association Calls for Clemency for Jailed Ranchers Dwight
and Steve Hammond
I know there is a tremendous amount of interest in the drama that has
played out in recent days in rural Oregon, where a ranch family has
been convicted by the Federal government for doing the right thing
for their land and the federal land that is adjacent their private
We have an article
on our website that we have posted from the Oregon Cattlemen's
Association that offers an update on their involvement and support
for Dwight and
According to the Oregon Cattlemen's Association, "On Monday of
this week, Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond left their homes
to report to a federal prison. Both ranchers are faithful, long term
Oregon Cattlemen's Association members. Many have asked where the
association stands on the Hammond's predicament.
"The Oregon Cattlemen's Association has declared that they do
not support illegal activity taken against the government but has, and
will continue, to support the Hammonds via avenues that are in
accordance with the law."
The Association has established a petition on the White House Website
calling for clemency for the Hammonds- you are invited to take a look
at that petition and sign it if you would care to do so. Click
here to jump over to that web location.
This N That- Pat Goggins,
Big Iron Wednesday and Congrats to OSU Livestock Judging Team
A Funeral Mass will be offered for Pat Goggins later
today in Montana- Goggins is a past President of the Livestock
Marketing Association and was well known for his editorials for
decades in his Livestock Industry publication Western Livestock
Our friends at the Northern Ag Network have posted an in depth
tribute to the life of Pat Goggins- and you can read about his life
that has greatly impacted the beef cattle industry by clicking
It's Wednesday- and that means the Big Iron folks will be busy
closing out this week's auction items - all 448 items
consigned. Bidding will start at 10 AM central
Click Here for the complete rundown
of what is being sold on this no reserve online sale this week.
If you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at 580-320-2718 and he
can give you the full scoop. You can also reach Mike via email
by clicking or tapping here.
In a tuneup for the National Western Livestock Collegiate Livestock
Judging contest this month in Colorado- the Oklahoma State University
Livestock Judging team competed in the Arizona
National in Phoenix on New Year's Eve- and they dominated.
The Cowboys won the High Team overall honors- and all of the top
placings belonged to OSU team members.
at the Arizona National was Tim Hubbard, Second was Cooper Bounds,
Third was Amy Wolff, Fourth was Logan Van Allen and Fifth was Maggie
The OSU Livestock Judging Team has been coached the last couple of
years by Blake
Congrats to Blake and his High Flying Cowboys!
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