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Monday, February 29, 2016
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the OACD Meeting This Morning- Noble Foundation's Bill Buckner Talking
Soil Health Institute
The 2016 Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Annual
Meeting is underway at the Reed Center in Midwest City- and one of
the morning speakers to those assembled in the name of Conservation
is the President and CEO of the Noble Foundation, Bill Buckner.
Buckner has been one of the key players in organizing and launching
the Soil Health Institute in recent days- and he will be likely
explaining why the need for this entity as well as where he is hoping
the soil health movement will be going in the near future.
We caught up with Mr. Buckner at the tail end of this past Friday's
Texoma Cattlemen's Conference in Ardmore- which was sponsored by the
Noble Foundation, and we talked about this virtual institution and
the direction it may be taking in figuring how what soil health is,
what we need to know about it and how we take the knowledge we learn
and turn it into better soil health to feed the world in a
here for our conversation with Bill Buckner- and click
here for the agenda of the OACD meeting that is happening
today and tomorrow in Midwest City.
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okPORK Inducts Auctioneer
Butch Young Into Their Hall of Fame- and Hands Out Other Honors
The newest member of the okPORK Hall of Fame is auctioneer Butch Young,
who was so honored at the 57th Annual Oklahoma Pork Congress in
Norman this past Friday evening.
"He was always working for the breeder," Kim Brock, okPORK
Hall of Fame member said. "His knowledge of the industry is very
important, but it was his wit, his personality, his entertaining
value as an auctioneer that I always thought made him the very
more here about Butch Young and see the video tribute shown
Friday night at the Pork Congress banquet.
Others that were honored by the Oklahoma Pork Council at this year's
Pork Congress(Click on their name to see more details)-
Mortenson was presented the Distinguished Service Award for
State Representative Ben
Sherrer of Pryor was named the Outstanding Legislator by
Peterson of Guymon was selected as the Pork Ambassador for
the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference- Roger Bernard of Informa Economics
on Policy and Politics
was one of the featured speakers at the Fourth Annual Texoma
Cattlemen's Conference in Ardmore on February 26th. Bernard has been
talking Washington politics and policy issues impacting agriculture
for decades- and over the last five years, has been a policy analyst
for Informa Economics.
We have known Roger for probably 35 years- since the early 80s when
he was starting his career in ag journalism on the radio. In recent
years, he has teamed up with Jim Wiesemeyer at Informa and they are
the Washington Watchers for the Informa group.
Ahead of his presentation at the Texoma Cattlemen's Conference, we
talked with Roger about a variety of topics- including the GMO
Labeling Debate in the Senate, TPP Prospects in Congress in 2016,
WOTUS, the Cottonseed Arguments and Elections and Agriculture.
here for our story and a chance to hear a wide ranging
conversation that we had with one of the smarter DC watchers on the
food and agricultural beat.
Oklahoma Lopez Foods Gifts
$100,000 to OSU's Food and Ag Products Center
State University is a little further
down the road in being a leader in food safety thanks in part to a
generous gift from Lopez Foods.
The Oklahoma City food manufacturer has provided a $100,000 gift to
support OSU's food safety program in educating and preparing students
for food safety careers and providing companies with food safety
"OSU's food safety program is a wonderful opportunity for the
university, students and food industry," said John Patrick Lopez,
chief operating officer for Lopez Foods. "We did not want to
pass up the opportunity to help support the first undergraduate food
safety program in the nation and to help fill the need for food
safety careers in the industry."
Read more about the Food Safety Program and the Lopez gift by clicking
or tapping here.
Farm Shows wants to thank everyone who came to
the 2015 Tulsa Farm Show. The show has grown tremendously over
the past 22 years- and 2015 was the best yet!
Now is the time to
put on your 2016 calendar the date for the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show,
coming April 14,
15 and 16, 2016. Contact Ron Bormaster
at (507) 437-7969 for more details about how your business or
organization can be a part of the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show!
Click here for more
details about the 2016 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest
in the BQA Program Just a Few Mouse Clicks Away- and It's Free
More cattle producers from across the country are getting trained in
the best cattle management practices available today. The Beef
Quality Assurance (BQA) program has gained fresh momentum in recent
years- especially with the offering of free certification again
through sponsorship from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI).
National Cattlemen's Beef Association's BQA Associate Director Chase DeCoite
said this is a great partnership that allows NCBA to extend the great
benefits of BQA to more beef and dairy producers in offering online training
and continuing education within the cattle industry. Free online BQA
certification is once again available through the fifteenth of April.
We talked with Chase about the program back at the Cattle Industry
Convention- and we feature his comments this morning on our Beef
Buzz- as a reminder that you can get this important training for free
if you go on line. Click
here for our Beef Buzz with Chase.
And By the Way-
if you prefer to do a non online BQA training- those are out there as
well- in fact, the Noble
Foundation has one coming up a week from today- click
here for details on that live and personal BQA training
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Lincoln to Local-
Farm Bureau's John Collison Talks Bills Moving On- Or Not
This past week
at the Oklahoma State Capitol- we saw bills either moving forward out
of Committee- or heading for file 13- Oklahoma Farm Bureau's John Collison
offered an update on this past week and what may be happening this
week on Lincoln Ave at the State Capitol in the farm organization's
latest Lincoln to Local video update.
update is available
Also- last week,
Farm Bureau featured some comments from Oklahoma State Senator Mike Schulz on
a bill he is involved with- SB1018. This would allow the state
of Oklahoma to issue temporary driver licenses to guest workers that
are working on farms and ranches in the state- here's the video of
Senator Schulz explaining the bill and the process to try to get it
to the desk of Governor Mary Fallin:
This N That- ICYMI Drake
Boyce of Oklahoma FFA, Express Reminder and Commodity Classic Week
In Case You Missed It- our guest Saturday morning for our In the
Field TV segment that we do for KWTV News9 featured Drake Boyce, the
State President of the Oklahoma FFA.
If you don't do 6:40 AM on Saturdays- you can check out what we
talked about with Drake- in fact you can see the video and then also
hear the additional off camera audio interview by clicking
We wanted to remind you that the 2016 Spring Bull Sale of Express Ranches
is coming this Friday, March 4th- details
are here- and whether you attend the Express sale or not- if
you are a cattle producer, you will want to go and listen
to our conversation with Express Ranches President, Jarold Callahan,
about how to work with all the production data available from most
seedstock producers about the bulls they have raised and are
selling. Genomic EPDs is changing the accuracy of the
information we have- which means it is more important that ever
before to understand which EPDs are of the most importance for your
Later this week- we will be covering the 2016 Commodity Classic
and reporting back to you from New Orleans. Commodity Classic
now includes the joint gatherings of the National Association of Wheat
Growers, National Sorghum Producers, American Soybean Association and
the National Corn Growers Association.
They have a huge trade show planned this year- and we will be
focusing our coverage mainly on the wheat, soybean and grain sorghum
For the first time ever, we are pleased to have a sponsor of our
Commodity Classic coverage- BASF-
they invite producers to grow smart with BASF, and get the most, acre
after acre, season after season.
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