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Wednesday, March 14, 2018
|Oklahoma's Congressman Frank Lucas Named US Wind Champion by American Wind Energy Association
Oklahoma's Third District Congressman Frank Lucas has been named a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115th Congress by the American Wind Energy Association for taking action in support of American wind energy, at an event hosted by NextEra Energy, a major energy generation and development company.
"Congressman Lucas is a true champion for American wind energy workers and his constituents in Oklahoma's Third District who rely on wind farms to support their families and communities," said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. "His support for wind furthers Oklahoma's proud legacy of energy production, boosts rural economies, and creates more American jobs."
Wind power in Oklahoma supports 9,000 in-state jobs, seven factories supplying the wind industry, and over $12 billion in cumulative private investment through 2016 - making Oklahoma the second leading state in wind power capacity.
"Oklahoma is a leader in wind energy, and investment in this technology has fostered tremendous economic development in rural communities throughout Oklahoma's Third District," said Congressman Lucas. "The wind energy industry drives job creation here at home and continues to play a critical role in energy security and availability for America." Click or tap here
to read more about this award that recognizes Rep. Lucas' contributions to the wind industry.
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|Transition Day at OYE from Breeding Animals to Market Animals
The conclusion of the breeding animal shows at the 2018 OYE came on Tuesday afternoon as the Supreme Champion Commercial Breeding Ewe was selected- the best of more than 400 Commercial Ewes that were a part of the 2018 competition.
Brantlee Cox of Morrison FFA was the owner of the Supreme Champion Ewe- she set up her ewe one final time in the Big House for us to grab a quick photo-
Her one thousand dollar scholarship is an extra special one as the OYE management named it the Kent Boggs Scholarship in honor of the retiring Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA- who is also stepping down as the head of the sheep division of the OYE at the end of this year's show
Even as the breeding animals were wrapping up- the first of the market animals were being shown- Barrows are spread out over a three day stretch because of the numbers at the show in 2018- the first first five breeds were shown on Tuesday- here are the Champions from Day One
Berkshire- Dalton Dunkin, Woodward FFA
Chester White- Jack Gustafson, Cleveland County 4-H
Duroc- Seth Shulanberger, Barnsdall 4-H
Polands- Jenna Fielder, Maysville FFA
Spots- Rachel Palmer, McCurtain County 4-H
Our thanks to OTC for powering our coverage of the 2018 OYE- click here to learn more
about their work in carrying power across the US
I also want to let you know that we have added lots more pictures into our FLICKR Album
for the 2018 OYE- click here
to jump over and check out the over 1,100 pics now online.
|Rayli Cunningham of Laverne FFA Wins 2018 Supreme Purebred Heifer Honors After Overcoming Wildfires of 2017
Last year, over 1,200 heifers were exhibited at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. This year, OYE lived up to its reputation as the World's Largest Junior Livestock Show with a record 1,430 heifers that came and were a part of its female show which concluded Monday evening with the selection of mukltiple Supreme Champions. Earning the top prize as Supreme Purebred Heifer was the Champion Angus shown by Rayli Cunningham
of Laverne FFA. I caught up with Rayli ringside for an interview after her big win.
Rayli talked about her heifer which she exhibited at OYE the year before and placed third overall Angus. She explains how lucky she was to even get to compete last year as her family's life was being turned upside down along with many others in northwest Oklahoma where wildfires were blazing across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Just a few days before the show last year, Rayli and her family were working to save what they could.
"We got out of school at noon that day and my dad said, 'you need to come home and start moving cattle,'" she recounted. "We lost 6,000 acres of land that day and my show heifer was actually in the midst of it all. It was like three days before OYE last year. I was blessed with some amazing friends who took her in for me for a couple of days because I did not have the time to rinse my heifer like she needed to be rinsed because we had other priorities."
Rayli says that trying time and wildfires changed her life. At last year's show, OYE started a relief fund for juniors affected by the fires and Senator Eddie Fields' family donated a calf to be auctioned off during the Sale of Champions to raise additional funds. Rayli was one of the recipients of those funds. Click here
to jump back a year ago to reflect on that effort by the OYE family.
"I really appreciate all the people that donated and the girl that auctioned off her steer at the premium sale," she said, "that really touched my heart."
Hear Rayli Cunningham and I discuss her big win at OYE with her Champion Angus Heifer - click or tap here.
|Wheat Producers Facing Tough Call on Nitrogen Application - OSU Extension Keeps Farmers Advised
Oklahoma wheat producers managing their crops for yield and grain quality are facing tough decisions right now about if, when and how much to fertilize at this critical juncture of the growing season. The good news is producers still have time to act. However, the window for fertilizing is quickly closing. Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension experts see three different scenarios taking shape.
First off, in cases where there is a good plant stand overall, producers need to evaluate the crop's current yield potential, which could still be decent, and should apply enough nitrogen to achieve it.
Under a second scenario that could play out principally in southwest Oklahoma, some fields may be experiencing uneven growth, with a combination of already established wheat and wheat that has only started germinating and emerging with the most recent rains.
This is where nitrogen management gets complicated, says David Marburger, OSU Cooperative Extension small grains specialist. In most cases, Marburger believes those newly emerging plants will eventually put on a head. However, those plants will be delayed in their development, and the amount of grain produced by those heads will likely not meet their full potential.
Meanwhile, a third scenario is emerging in far northwest Oklahoma into the Panhandle, where it has not rained and plants coming out of winter dormancy will begin growing.
Brian Arnall, OSU Cooperative Extension precision nutrient management specialist suggests that plants in this scenario are going to quickly die if there's no water. He advises producers to have their N-rich strips down in case it does rain soon, but understands most farmers might be hesitant to spend the money if there's little to no yield potential.
For more of Marburger and Arnall's advice and information on wheat crop management strategies, read the full article from OSU on our website, by clicking here
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|Cattle and Pork Groups Applaud Decision to Delay Electronic Logging Device Mandate Another 90 Days
The US Department of Transportation announced yesterday that the Electronic Logging Device mandate will be delayed another 90 days for agricultural haulers.
Under this mandate, those transporting livestock affected by this rule would be subject to limited travel time with required periods of rest. These measures would be enforced with an ELD that is required to be installed under the mandate.
The National Pork Producers were quick to issue a news release praising the extension of the extension- and we talked at the end of the day at the OYE with Roy Lee Lindsey about the importance of getting an exemption on the Hours of Service portion of the regs for Oklahoma pork producers.
Lindsey explains that we ship millions of baby pigs annually to the midwest where corn is abundant and cheaper than in our state- and that the hours of service mandate in the ELD provisions could be devastating to how the pork production model has evolved in our state.
Click or tap here
to read more from the NPPC and to hear our conversation with Roy Lee on the subject.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association also applauded the move stating NCBA President Kevin Kester in a release that, "This is obviously good news for America's cattle haulers and producers, and will provide FMCSA (the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) more time to educate our livestock haulers on the ELDs while industry works on solutions to the current Hours of Service rules that simply do not work for those hauling live animals."
to learn more about the ELD mandate and NCBA's work on the issue.
|Farmers Business Network Revolutionizing How Farmers Conduct Business
At the recent Commodity Classic, our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn
had the chance to speak with Charles Baron
, co-founder of Farmers Business Network,
an online application that brings transparency to the agricultural market through data-sharing.
According to Baron, the company started three years ago and today has grown to support 240 employees across the nation and represents over 6,000 farms and 22 million acres of cropland throughout the US and Canada. He says the business continues to double in size each year as they help farmers find the best price for their inputs and even help procure the products they need.
Baron says FBN has generated enormous savings for their farmer members, thanks to their low overhead and online platform. He says thus far, their top farm saved $185,000 by using their services - just on their chemical bill.
As the company grows, Baron says there is still much more to come on the horizon insisting that FBN has only begun to scratch the surface of their business application and capabilities.
Listen to Carson's full conversation with Baron, recorded during the 2018 Commodity Classic, to hear more about how FBN can help you save money on your farm or ranch, by clicking here
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|This 'N That OYE Style- Speaker McCall Wins Showmanship, Lt. Governor Candidate Matt Pinnell and AFR Blood Drive
It was a HUGE number of lawmakers that were a part of the chaos that is known as the OYE Legislative and Celebrity SHowmanship Contest- the idea being that the lawmakers and others involved get schooled by the 4-H and FFA youngsters in how to correctly show an animal- and then the adults are "judged" as to how well they do.
It's always really cool to watch the young people do their teaching- and having to then trust these novices with their prized animals that they obviously love.
All four species are involved- and the winner named at the end of the evening was none other than the Speaker of the Oklahoma House- Charles McCall of Atoka!
We have set up a subset Album on Flickr of just the OYE Legislative Show- click or tap here to take a look- and be prepared to laugh a little and smile a lot- with all the pressure over how to fund a teacher pay raise- you can tell the lawmakers were glad to get out of the Capitol and rubbing shoulders with these rockstars- the 4-H and FFA members of the OYE!
During the OYE, I had the opportunity to talk with Matt Pinnell, a small business owner from the Tulsa area who is currently seeking office as Oklahoma's next Lt. Governor. He stopped by the Oklahoma Youth Expo earlier this week to visit with exhibitors and their families about his candidacy to fill the No. 2 spot at the state capital. Hear him explain why he decided to get involved in state politics and what he believes he can bring to the table, by clicking here to listen to our full interview.
We also wanted to recognize AFR and its Women's Cooperative Council for their efforts during OYE this year, hosting a blood drive in conjunction with the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Read about their success this year and the impact they're having, by clicking here.
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