~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 21, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Kingfisher Ladies Advance to the Final Four
-- Riley Pagett of Woodward Still in the Hunt- and Meet an Agri-Entrepreneur!
-- Vilsack Rejects Congressional Requests for Economic Analysis of the GIPSA Marketing Rule During the Comment Period.
-- National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Fall Meetings Set to Begin Tomorrow
-- Dairy Farmers Are Pleased that Dominos Delivers- on Increased Cheese Consumption
-- EcoPass Set to Debut This Coming Week
-- OBI All Breed Bull Sale At High Noon TODAY in Stillwater
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Kingfisher Ladies Advance to the Final Four
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Kingfisher FFA Chapter is on a roll when it comes to national speech contests. In 2009, McKenzie Walta stood on the National FFA Finals Stage- and captured the National Championship in Prepared Public Speaking. Now, Tara Newton of that same chapter is ready to try to accomplish the same feat. Tara powered her way through the two preliminary rounds on Wednesday- and has earned her spot in the Final Four of the Prepared Public Speech Contest here in Indianapolis. Click here for our earlier story on Tara as she headed to Indianapolis and the national convention. By the way, the National Prepared Public Speaking Finals is not designed for those who are not "morning people" as it starts shorty after 7 AM Oklahoma time.
Along those same lines- Kingfisher FFA has a second national speech star in Ashton Mese in the Extemporaneous Speech Contest. Like Tara, Ashton rolled through two rounds on Wednesday- and will compete in the National Championship Final Four for the Extemp Contest around 9 AM Oklahoma time. Click here for our earlier story on Ashton and her preparation for this national competition in Indy.
Ashton had a curious second round draw, as the judges heard her deliver an excellent speech on how agricultural interests can best combate the junk science that seems to capture the fancy of the public when it comes to agricultural production and our food supply. The panel of eight judges seemed confused over who should ask the next question- and finally ran out of questions a full thirty seconds before the end of the five minute question time frame. That's very rare in a national contest here at the FFA convention- especially in the second round of the major speech contests.
Remember- we will be Tweeting real time results as they happen at these speech contests and in the other events that we are covering at this National FFA Convention- Click here for our Twitter feed- and check on the Blue Green Gazette page of our website on a periodic basis as we add things from Indianapolis- click on the LINK below for the jump to the Blue Green Gazette.
Riley Pagett of Woodward Still in the Hunt- and Meet an Agri-Entrepreneur!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One other great piece of news is the fact that the National Officer candidate that is representing Oklahoma- Riley Pagett of Woodward FFA- has made the one and only cut of National Officer Candidates.
After a couple of days here in Indy- they reduce the number of candiates by fifty percent in each region. That means there are now less than 20 vying for the six national officer slots for 2010-2011. Riley and the other national officer candidates now must wait until Saturday afternoon to learn if they will spend the next year of their lives living a FFA dream of travel around the US and internationally as well. Click here for our earlier story on Riley and look for an updated piece with him later today in the Blue Green Gazette as the officer selection process is all but done- now the candidates now watch and wait.
Later today, 22 Oklahoma FFA members will be competing in the National Proficiency Contest in their program categories. The 22 national finalists is the most of any state in the country- and Oklahoma's roster of Finalists shows a lot of promise to bring home several National winners.
One of those national finalists in the Profiency area is already a National winner- William Maltbie of Burlington has been named one of the ten National Agri Entrepreneurs for the 2010 National Convention. We have his story up on our website- and you can CLICK below and check it out.
Vilsack Rejects Congressional Requests for Economic Analysis of the GIPSA Marketing Rule During the Comment Period.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has declined a request by 115 House members for USDA to conduct a comprehensive economic study of livestock and poultry marketing reforms proposed by USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). In a letter to each lawmaker, Vilsack says USDA is not obligated to do additional cost-benefit analysis until after the period for public comments on the controversial rule ends.
According to Steve Foglesong, President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Secretary Vilsack's refusal leaves his fellow cattle producers asking, "What are they trying to hide? The GIPSA rule will further inject the federal government into the market and could very likely result in financial devastation to a critical part of our country's economy and in thousands of lost jobs at the time when economic growth and job creation are what we need the most. Click here for the full statement from Fogelsong on the NCBA website.
Meanwhile, R-Calf USA is delighted with the Vilsack decision, although
they mix the House letter that Vilsack responded to and oppostion to the
rule by NCBA together in their statement. "R-CALF USA fully supports the
Secretary's decision," said R-CALF USA President/Region VI Director Max
Thornsberry. "The call for a new economic analysis by less than a third of
the House and NCBA was, pure and simple, an effort to delay - if not
completely derail - the long-awaited GIPSA rule. "
National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Fall Meetings Set to Begin Tomorrow
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Fall Wheat Conference is set to begin this Friday at the Hilton Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minn. The meetings will bring together grower-leaders and staff from NAWG, U.S. Wheat Associates and their affiliated state associations and commissions.
NAWG and U.S. Wheat policy committees will meet, as well as joint committees on biotechnology and trade. The two organizations' planning committees will also hold a joint session, as will the two organizations' Boards. The four days of meetings will be capped off with meetings of the two Boards of Directors and the NAWG Foundation's Board of Directors.
Discussions at NAWG meetings are expected to center around the upcoming
2012 Farm Bill; the industry's work toward the commercialization of
biotechnology in wheat; and ongoing concerns about Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) regulation of agricultural operations.
Dairy Farmers Are Pleased that Dominos Delivers- on Increased Cheese Consumption
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Dominos Pizza Chain has announced a special pizza promotion that goes through mid November that is helping mooove more cheese- and Susan Allen of Dairymax says that's a good thing.
"Pizza is important for dairy farmers because of the use of cheese," states Susan Allen, program coordinator for Dairy MAX. "About 25% of total cheese is used on pizzas. It takes 10 pounds of milk (or 1.16 gallons) to make a pound of cheese. More pizza sales equals more incremental cheese usage equals more milk sold; which helps dairy farmers here in Oklahoma and across the nation."
The Domino's Wisconsin 6 Cheese Specialty Pizza contains 82% more cheese than a regular one-topping pizza. A 14" pizza will contain 12.75 oz. of cheese; 41% of that is Wisconsin sourced. The national promotion runs October 13-November 13. Domino's anticipates that approximately 30% of all American Legends specialty pizzas sold during the promotional period will be Wisconsin 6 Cheese pizzas. Other pizzas in the line include Philly Cheese Steak Pizza, Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, Memphis BBQ Chicken Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Pizza, Honolulu Hawaiian Pizza, Fiery Hawaiian Pizza, and Pacific Veggie Pizza.
Domino's has been the catalyst for the entire Quick Serve Restaurant
Pizza Category. Their total cheese usage for January-July this year is 27%
ahead of last year. "This [Wisconsin 6 Cheese Pizza] is another example of
how working with and through partners is not only driving the partners
business but also the category in increased sales for dairy," said Mike
Konkle, general manager for Dairy MAX.
EcoPass Set to Debut This Coming Week
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This coming Monday- Secretary of Environment J.D. Strong, Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach will join Director of the Department of Tourism Hardy Watkins and Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) President Trey Lam along with other agriculture, Tourism and Conservation leaders in kicking off Oklahoma's new ECOpass program, a new partnership between Conservation and Tourism that allows People coming to visit Oklahoma a way to lower the environmental footprint of their trip while rewarding those farmers, ranchers and other landowners who undertake natural resource conservation on their land.
Secretary of Environment J.D. Strong, Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach will join Director of the Department of Tourism Hardy Watkins and Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) President Trey Lam along with other agriculture, Tourism and Conservation leaders in kicking off Oklahoma's new ECOpass program, a new partnership between Conservation and Tourism that allows People coming to visit Oklahoma a way to lower the environmental footprint of their trip while rewarding those farmers, ranchers and other landowners who undertake natural resource conservation on their land.
More details are to be released on Monday in a special ceremony on the EcoPass in Watonga.
OBI All Breed Bull Sale At High Noon TODAY in Stillwater
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OBI All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale is on tap for today, October 21, 2010 at OBI Test Facility just west of Stillwater on State Highway 51. Sale time is twelve noon. Operating since 1973, Oklahoma BEEF Inc. is now the second largest test station in the United States.
The sale begins at noon, selling:
To qualify for the sale, bulls must complete testing with an index ranking in the top 70% of their contemporary group and pass a breeding soundness exam. The link below will jump you straight to the OBI Bull Test Sale Catalog for today. Some great genetics are available at this year's sale- go and check it out.
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