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XVII of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Graduates- Brings OALP
Alumni Total to 475
The members of the Oklahoma
Agricultural Leadership Program Class XVII met for
the fourteenth and final time as a group this past Saturday, as the
Program graduated another 23 young agricultural professionals in
ceremonies in Stillwater. The Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program
is open to men and women who are active in all aspects of Agriculture
and aspire to leadership roles. The program itself consists of a
series of seminars and study tours over a two-year-period. Among the
topics that are emphasized are leadership development, communication,
government operations, economics, agriculture, religious and cultural
The Class XVII Graduates bring the total number of graduates of the
program to 475 since its inception in 1982.
With the end of Class XVII- the time is now to consider being a part
of Class XVIII. Applications are now being accepted and must be
submitted by May first. Those applications will then be
reviewed- candidates will be asked to come to Stillwater for an
interview in early June- with those selected to be a part of the next
class to begin their journey in the program in August.
We talked with several of the latest grads of the program Saturday- you
can hear our report with them by clicking here and read more
about the program as well. And- we have a list of the 23 grads from
Saturday in our report as well that you can see.
As many of you know- I am an alum of OALP- Class One- and believe in
what the program is doing in helping prepare those of us in
agriculture for that next step in being a part of the leadership
community within Oklahoma agriculture and the rural areas of our
I am amazed that over the years- so many of the ag leaders you find
today across the board in Oklahoma- are fellow alums of OALP.
If you want to make a difference- this is a program that will build
you, stretch you and make you better in preparing you to be a servant
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With Wheat Crop at
Flag Leaf Stage- the Latest on Wheat Diseases with Dr. Bob Hunger
Oklahoma State University's Dr.
Bob Hunger, Extension Wheat Pathologist in the
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology has released his
latest wheat disease findings- released via email on Saturday, April
"Wheat has advanced in maturity across Oklahoma this past week
with flag leaves definitely emerging around Stillwater. From reports
I've received, I believe across the state wheat ranges from flag
leaves emerging to heads starting to emerge (although wheat in far
northwest Oklahoma and the panhandle may not be quite as far along).
I didn't hear specifics but was told that freeze damage has been
observed around Kingfisher in central Oklahoma. With frost/freezing
temperatures again last night, additional damage is possible.
Drought, although not as bad as last year, also is creeping back into
the picture. One producer from southwestern Oklahoma indicated to me
that "leaves are rolling-up at 2 o'clock in the afternoon."
I didn't see any wheat that looked stressed, but in several locations
had to dig 4" or more to find moist soil.
"In my trips this past week to central Oklahoma (Watonga) and to
more north-central Oklahoma (Blackwell), I could find stripe rust,
but it doesn't appear to me that it had advanced (become more
Read more of Dr. Hunger's observations- as well as reports that he
has received from neighboring states by clicking
Lincoln to Local
Features State Budget Talk With Earl Sears
Farm Bureau is posting a weekly YouTube about
happenings at the State Capitol during the 2016 State Legislative
Session- and this past week's Lincoln to Local featured State
Sears, who is the Chairman of the House
Appropriations and Budget Committee.
Sears says that while many people are frustrated that more action has
not already happened on the budget crisis that Oklahoma government is
facing- the Legislature is working on the problem- holding lots of
meetings, vetting lots of ideas and is working to develop a consensus
on what needs to be done.
He predicts that consensus will come by mid May- and that it will
reflect the reality of current revenues.
He did indicate to Farm Bureau's Hannah Nemecek that the Ag Sales
Tax Exemption is not going to be touched by lawmakers- that it is
safe- because it is beneficial to one of the economic drivers in
Oklahoma- farming and ranching.
You can take a look at this latest Lincoln to Local by clicking on
the Video Link here.
Merger That Gave Birth to
Oklahoma AgCredit Has Gone Well- Butch McComas Talks with Ron
Now a few months into its merger, Oklahoma AgCredit is hitting its
stride as the state's largest Farm Credit Association, according to
the organization's CEO Butch
Formerly two separate organizations - Farm Credit of East Central
Oklahoma and Chisholm Trail Farm Credit, Oklahoma AgCredit serves agricultural
producers and rural landowners with combined assets of more than $1
billion and a portfolio in excess of 5,400 loans.
"We formed a very strong financial organization," McComas
I caught up with Butch at Ag Day this past week at the State Capitol-
and you can read more about his thoughts on the merger- as well as
hear our conversation by clicking
And- for the patrons Oklahoma AgCredit, this week happens to be a
good week as Patronage Open Houses are planned for this Wednesday and
Thursday. Details about this year's payout of $4.35 million are
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cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and
outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute
demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make
City Farm Show a don't-miss event.
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Monsanto Urges Farmers to
Weigh in on Approval of Dicamba Weed Management Tools
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this past Friday
a 30-day public comment period regarding the in-crop use of dicamba
herbicide with Bollgard II® XtendFlex cotton and Roundup Ready 2
Xtend soybeans. This action represents another critical milestone
toward farmers gaining access to new dicamba weed-management tools.
Dicamba has a decades-long history of safe and effective use in the
U.S. and 25 other countries in corn, wheat, fallow and pasture land,
conservation tillage acres, as well as homeowner uses. Following
final approvals, farmers will be able to use dicamba in-crop with
soybeans tolerant to dicamba and glyphosate and with cotton tolerant
to dicamba, glyphosate and glufosinate.
"Stakeholder comments will really make a difference," said Kim Magin,
Monsanto's director of industry affairs. "Supportive letters are
important for regulators to understand the various perspectives from
farmers and agricultural stakeholders."
Details on how individuals can submit comments to the EPA - and
information on a tool that Monsanto has in place to help farmers and
others with their comments are available
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USDA Announces $90 Million
Available to Support Local Food Systems, Specialty Crop Producers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the
availability of more than $90 million in competitive grants to help
strengthen local and regional food systems, develop new market
opportunities for producers, and support farmers growing fruits,
vegetables, tree nuts, flowers and nursery crops (known collectively
as specialty crops).
These grants programs are administered by USDA's Agricultural
Marketing Service (AMS) and include the Specialty Crop Block Grant
Program, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and the
Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program.
"Over the past seven years, USDA has strengthened local and
regional food systems by investing in projects that recruit and train
farmers, expand economic opportunities for small businesses and
increase access to healthy foods," said Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack. "These grant programs make a real difference to
farmers, ranchers, and businesses in communities across the country,
revitalizing rural economies while also increasing access to fresh,
More details on these grants are available
Looking for April
Showers- and Not Finding Much to Report On
We have not hit desperation yet- but the worry is building as we get
into the first full week of April- the nine day forecast for central
and western Oklahoma is filled with spring like temps, the wind
sweeping down the plains and barely any chances of rain.
with News9 provides us the graphic this morning- and if you are only
interested in what rain may be ahead- you are not going to be very
Meanwhile, we get the why of the current weather patterns from Alan Crone with
the News on 6 in Tulsa- he explains in his
latest blog "The pattern remains active but the shower and
thunderstorm activity is limited due to the depth and quality of low
level moisture across the area. A front will clear the
area this morning, another front nearing Tuesday night and passing
across the area Wednesday morning, and a third passing Thursday
night, and a 4th system Sunday night into Monday of next
week. The 2nd system will have a chance for a few showers
and storms pre-dawn Wednesday. Severe weather is not
expected with this system. The last front in this series
for the 7 day planner will have a chance of strong to severe
It's that system next Sunday that could have some low level moisture
to work with- the question will be how much and how far into western
Oklahoma will it track?
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