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Monday, October 29, 2018
| Featured Story: President Donald Trump Gets Enthusiastic Reception at 91st National Convention of the FFA
President Donald Trump was greeted with much enthusiasm from FFA members from across the country at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Saturday. the President told the young people in the room that there was no group better prepared for real life than FFA members.
"You know that success only comes through hard work and perseverance. You know that very well."
He made reference to the FFA Creed- "The FFA Creed has taught you to believe in self reliance and honest dealings- to never give up in the face of hardship. And as farmers you have it both ways- you have hardship- and you have great, great, great success. Most of all, that Creed promises that if you will hold true to the best traditions of our national life- if you cherish our freedom, our values and our country- there is nothing that you can not achieve- nothing."
Click or tap here to read more of our story of what the President spoke of- and we have both the audio and the video available for you to check out in our Top Ag Story of the morning.
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| Meet Your 2018 National FFA Proficiency Award Winners From Oklahoma
Here in 2018 at the 91st National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this past week, Oklahoma had 21 finalists vying for national honors in the Proficiency categories- and four of them were named national champions on Friday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The four winners placed Oklahoma third on a state basis- behind Georgia and Ohio.
The winner in the 2018 Fruit Production Entrepreneurship/Placement category was Seth Stone of the Chandler FFA Chapter. Stone works for his family's 150-acre pecan orchard where he helps with the daily and annual maintenance of 175 young trees and approximately 1,500 producing trees.
Click here to listen to our complete conversation with Stone recorder moments after his big in Indy.
The winner of the 2018 Home and/or Community Development Entrepreneurship/Placement is Wyatt Hancock of the Oologah FFA Chapter.
After losing his grandmother to cancer, he started volunteering with Tenaciously Teal, a non-profit that provides comfort during health care treatments. He's organized five events to collect items for care packs and blankets that have been given to patients. He assembled more than 800 cancer care packs with items needed to support those experiencing chemotherapy.
Click here to listen to our complete conversation with Hancock.
The winner in the 2018 Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship/Placement category was Kelby Rudd of the Stillwater FFA Chapter.
Kelby leads guided hunts on public and private properties for Stillwater Outfitters. The locations, a 180-acre high fence preserve, an 800 acre high fence preserve, and a 2,000 acre low fence area, offer hunts for elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, turkey, and ram.
To hear my full interview with Rudd, click here.
The winner of the 2018 Sheep Production Entrepreneurship/Placement category was JaLeigh Oldenburg of the Mulhall- Orlando FFA Chapter.
JaLeigh began her supervised agricultural experience when she was five years and her father gave her ten ewes. These ewes became the genetic nucleus of her stock as a Southdown breeder. She focuses on producing complete sheep with plenty of muscle and structural correctness. Oldenburg plans to obtain a degree in animal science while growing her own sheep flock.
You can listen to our full interview with Oldenburg, by clicking or tapping here.
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|Ridge Hughbanks Achieves Dream of National Office- And More High Achievers to Spotlight
I think this picture sums up the excitement and pure joy that Alva, Oklahoma FFA member Ridge Hughbanks felt Saturday afternoon when his name was called out as a nominee to hold the Central Region National Vice President slot on the 2018-19 National FFA Officer Team:
The outgoing Central Region National Vice President Piper Merritt of Owasso greeted Hughbanks as he headed for the stage to take his place for the first time with the other National Officers that he will serve with for the coming year.
Hughbanks is the immediate past President of the Oklahoma FFA- and it is only the second time ever that Oklahoma has been able to place a National Officer on teams in consecutive years- the first time was back in 1976-77 James Bode of Geary National President followed in1977-78 when Dee Sokolosky of Owasso Western Region Vice President.
Click or tap here to read more and to hear Ridge's first reaction following his move to be a part of the National Officer team.
It turned out to be a GREAT Convention for the Kingfisher FFA Chapter- they claimed not one- but TWO National Team Championships this past week- the National Champion Ag Issues Team and the National Champion Livestock Judging Team.
There are also several other high achievers that came out of the Career Development contests- we have details on all of them if you click or tap here.
Oklahoma FFA also did VERY WELL in the national FFA Agriscience Fair- with Stillwater FFA and Edmond FFA each claiming a National Champion in a couple of the Agriscience Divisions.
Oklahoma racked up a total of Gold Emblems in the Agriscience Fair- we have a full list of all of the Oklahoma participants at the 2018 Agriscience Fair- click or tap here for all the details.
One of the National Runner Up teams from Oklahoma got a special, well deserved shout out with a feature article posted by the National FFA-
The article describes how special these folks are-
Matt Sitton and Wren Cavins, both 16, were the second place winners in Division IV Environmental Systems and Natural Resources with their aquaponics agriscience project.
Matt Sitton has Down Syndrome and is an active FFA member who participated in Creed Speaking and shows sheep, among other activities.
"FFA offered him opportunities beyond what most other organizations would ever do," said Matt's mother Shelly Sitton. "It's finding ways to niche in our special needs individuals and people like Wren who take that opportunity and make things possible for them."
Dr. Sitton has blessed so many lives as she has been the lead professor and mentor for the Ag Communications program- and I am proud that she has been a dear friend for a lot of years- as she has to a lot of you.
You can read it all by clicking here.
|A two-day hearing held jointly by the Food & Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture over the regulatory future of cell-based meat or as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association calls it, "fake meat." NCBA President Kevin Kester of California was there during this hearing to testify, during which he specifically addressed what cell-based products should be allowed to be called when they hit the market.
"We're advocating that USDA be in control and have regulatory oversight for labeling and marketing claims. With USDA, product labels and marketing claims have to be pre-approved before they hit the market and wind up on grocery store shelves," he said. "FDA does not have that process. So, we've seen things now like soy milk competing against common milk. FDA did nothing about those false marketing images. So, we want to make sure we don't fall into that same trap that the milk industry had."
Danielle Beck, works for NCBA on policy issues in DC. She says moving forward, the FDA and USDA will be accepting public comments on this matter. She says NCBA, its members and its state affiliates and their members are all encouraged to submit their comments in support of USDA's jurisdiction over fake meat products. Very soon, NCBA will be providing sample draft letters that members can sign and send or edit and add to before submitting. These letters will be available on the organization's website during the public comment period which closes on November 26, 2018. NCBA President-elect Jennifer Houston, who was also there to testify, stated that no doubt, it has to be USDA that is granted jurisdiction.
"It has to do with the continuous daily inspection that our product being produced safely everyday goes through which is very unlike what FDA does," she said. "We feel like if these products are going to compete against us in the marketplace - they should be held to the same safety and regulatory standards that we have to do."
Hear more from Kester, Beck and Houston about why NCBA is fighting for USDA's jurisdiction over fake meat products and why it is important to the beef industry and its producers, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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This past week, Carroll Null of Hobart, was recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as a Significant Woman in Agriculture. Null and her family farms wheat, sesame, cotton and milo and has a 185-head cow-calf operation. While the farm is a big part of the operation, the main component is Null Seed Farms, established in 1960, selling registered and certified seed wheat across southwest Oklahoma and Texas.
Before joining the farm and business full time, Null taught elementary school until her retirement in 1980. Both Null and her husband, Larry, graduated from college in Stillwater - Carroll at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M) in its last class and Larry at OSU in its first class. The university changed names in between their graduations. Null majored in music, adding a double major in education after becoming serious with Larry. After moving around living the military life for a while, the Nulls returned to Oklahoma to farm in 1960 after Larry's father's passing.
Carroll and Larry have been married 60 years "and counting," she says. They raised two sons, who have now taken over the family operation along with their grandsons who are now returning to farm full time also. Carroll and Larry, both now 82, are "semiretired" and still are involved in the business and farm.
Read Null's complete life story by clicking here and learn more about what makes her a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.
As of today, USDA Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney will be in South Africa, leading a five-day trade mission to Southern Africa as part of USDA's ongoing effort to tap into new markets for US agricultural products. McKinney is joined by a group of US business and state government leaders seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities in the region.
In total, there are 34 US businesses represented in the visiting trade team along with delegates from the Kansas, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota and Utah departments of agriculture.
The mission will be based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, but participants will also have the opportunity to engage with potential customers from several other neighboring countries.
The Southern Africa region is typically a net importer of agricultural goods, but the majority of those imports currently come from Europe, Asia and elsewhere in Africa, according to McKinney. "We are excited about the potential to grow the United States' market share," he stated, "and cultivate new customers for high-quality, cost-competitive U.S. food and farm products."
Learn more about this and other USDA trade missions by tapping over to our website here.
| ICYMI - Ranchers Praise Possible White House Skipwith Nomination for US Fish and Wildlife Service Director
In case you missed it, the Trump Administration this past week made an announcement of its intention to nominate Aurelia Skipwith as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Currently, Skipwith serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks at the USFWS. Following that announcement, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's Public Lands Council released their own statement in response to Skipwith's possible nomination to this post, praising the White House for its sound judgement of Skipwith's credentials.
"We are extremely pleased that the White House is planning to nominate Aurelia Skipwith to lead the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," stated Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Federal Lands. "She has proven herself to be an open-minded and thoughtful leader on the most critical issues facing the Department."
Lane added that he has no doubts that Skipwith will bring that same enthusiasm to this position. Click here to read more about Skipwith and her nomination in Lane's complete statement on our website.
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