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Thursday, May 2, 2019
On Wednesday, the winners of the four categories in this year's Oklahoma FFA Star Award contest were named during the 93rd Annual Oklahoma State FFA Convention.
Our stories of all four Stars include the Videos that were shown in the Fifth General Session yesterday afternoon- our thanks to JD Rosman of the Oklahoma Youth Expo for his hard work on the video production. I have produced the Stars Over Oklahoma A/V Presentation for the past thirty years.
Among those competing, Kellen Allison of the Waynoka FFA Chapter was named as the 2019 Oklahoma Star Farmer. Kellen was recognized for his impressive acumen in beef production and has set some lofty goals for his operation's future. You can learn more about Kellen and how he earned this prestigious award, by clicking over to the Blue-Green Gazette on our website.
In addition, Michael St. Clair of Bethel FFA was named the Oklahoma FFA State Star in AgriBusiness. Michael is well-known for his success as a first-generation farmer with a diversified ag operation. Chickens are Michael's passion, but he also tends a small cow/calf and breeding sow herd. He also manages a large garden as well. Continue reading about Michael, by clicking here to jump to his story on our website.
Also during the Convention, Jessica Kenville of Edmond FFA was named the 2019 State Star in Agriscience. Jessica received her award for her research conducted to study wheat root development as well as corn yield production. The goal of her research was intended to find an alternative fertilizer which could be effective and environmentally friendly. Keep reading about Jessica, by clicking or tapping here.
Finally, Seth McCaa of the Elmore City - Pernell FFA Chapter was named 2019 Star in Ag Placement. Seth was recognized for his work while employed at Coppin Ranch Hand Services, working for farmers and ranchers in his area. Seth has also retained employment at Diamond R Ranch, a multimillion-dollar race horse operation located in Pauls Valley. These jobs have allowed Seth to work daily with livestock and horses. Read all about Seth and his work experience in the ag industry, here.
To review all the finalist who competed in this year's contest, click over to the Blue-Green Gazette for a chance to comb through our entire coverage of the event.
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2019- the dates are December 12th, 13th, and 14th.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
The NRCS this week is reminding Oklahoma producers that the next deadline to sign up for the Conservation Stewardship Program is just days away. In order to be considered for funding this year, all applications must be submitted by May 10, 2019. Whether you're setting your conservation and management goals or striving to meet those you already have for your Oklahoma operation, there's a great chance that the staff of the USDA and NRCS can help via this program.
According to NRCS State Conservationist Gary O'Neill, there are a lot of producers who are considering making changes to their operations but aren't sure which direction to go. He suggests for those who are struggling with similar questions simply need to reach out to the NRCS office for guidance on how to develop that plan and then appropriately fill out a CSP application to take advantage of any opportunities the program can provide to help achieve those goals once they're set.
Over the course of the 2014 Farm Bill, 4045 CSP contracts were obligated on 4,212,000 acres in Oklahoma. Payments to date on these contracts total over $155,000,000. Nationally, USDA's NRCS plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in fiscal year 2019.
Click here to learn more about what Oklahoma producers should know about CSP and find out how you can fill out your own application to be considered for the program.
OK FFA Foundation's Chapter Trust Fund Tips $1 Million Mark With Help From Blue & Gold Sausage
Over the past two years, Brett Ramsey of Blue & Gold Sausage, who currently serves as chairman of the Oklahoma FFA Foundation, has overseen an effort spearheaded by FFA chapters across the state to raise money for what is known as the Chapter Trust Program. The funds invested in this program are earmarked to help defer some of the costs associated with the annual Oklahoma State FFA Convention. According to Ramsey, this effort resulted in tipping that endowment over the $1 million mark. In a conversation with Ramsey on Wednesday during the 93rd Annual Oklahoma State FFA Convention in Oklahoma City, he explained how that goal was reached with contributions from his company made as part of Blue & Gold's 50th anniversary celebration. According to him, the fund as it stands now, will generate approximately $50,000 a year to help pay bills for the annual State FFA Convention.
As a whole, Ramsey says the chapters statewide essentially doubled their annual giving to help meet this goal as well. He says the Foundation hopes to leverage this campaign as motivation for the association's sponsors to increase their annual giving as well.
Under the past leadership of the FFA Foundation's former executive director, Kendall Brashears, and his successor, Holly Blakely, the Foundation's corporate exposure has grown leaps and bounds as new companies come to realize the value of partnering with the Oklahoma FFA. Through this growing support, Ramsey says the Foundation's leadership hopes to eventually expand its reach beyond its original mission to underwrite the convention and help finance more programs and have and even greater impact of FFA members' experience in the organization.
NCBA Welcomes Legislation That Helps Livestock Haulers with Federal Hours of Service Reforms
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association welcomed the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate yesterday that helps livestock haulers by offering reforms for the federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules. The proposed reforms would ensure animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. S. 1255, the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act, was introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) with a bipartisan group of original cosponsors, including James Lankford (R-OK).
Colin Woodall, NCBA's senior vice president of government affairs remarked on the bill's introduction that "Hauling livestock is inherently different than hauling typical consumer goods, like paper towels or bottles of water. Live cattle cannot simply be left unattended in a trailer - especially in very hot or cold weather - for extended periods of time. This bill recognizes the unique needs of livestock haulers, and we are grateful for the continued support of Senator Sasse and the other co-sponsors."
NCBA helped secure a delay from the implementation of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for livestock haulers until September 30, 2019. However, the need for a long-term fix and increased flexibility for livestock haulers remains. In addition to working with allies on Capitol Hill, NCBA submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting changes to the HOS rules for livestock haulers.
For more details regarding NCBA's ongoing battle to reduce the negative impact of these regulations on livestock haulers, click over to our website to continue reading.
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Dairy Herd Liquidation Continues to Impact Beef Cattle Cull Cow Market
Liquidation in the dairy herd as a result of prolonged pressure on producer profit margins and current incentives in the cull cow market has significantly increased to the overall tonnage going through the beef pipeline as of late. Katelyn McCullock, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, has been watching what has been going on in the dairy industry. In a recent conversation, she says the industry has experienced very high volumes of dairy cows entering slaughter during the first part of 2019. In fact, March data shows dairy cow slaughter reached up over 300,00 head, the largest monthly volume since 1986.
This situation has placed an ample lean beef supply onto the market. Fortunately, we are nearing the start of the summer grilling season which should help metabolize the growing retail inventory and in turn maintain current price levels in the market. In the meantime, the global protein situation remains fairly uncertain which McCullock says is challenging for stakeholder confidence.
"We're expecting the summer quarter to be the lowest in values as current supplies of cattle on feed come through that system," she said. "We're still at very high levels for cattle on feed inventory total, but these prices should pick up into the fourth quarter on the fed side."
Listen to McCullock's complete outlook on the dairy industry's impact to the beef cattle industry, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
| Wheat Tour in Kansas Sees Much Better Wheat Than a Year Ago - 47 Bushel Wheat Average for Day Two
Day two of the Wheat Quality Council's 2019 winter wheat tour in 20 cars made their way from Colby to Wichita, Kansas, stopping in wheat fields along six different routes. One route included time in northern Oklahoma, as well.
The report session at the end of the day concluded that while there are concerns about many fields being well behind normal development because they were planted late- the crop could yield 47.6 bushels per acre based on the 200 stops along the way Wednesday. That is well above the 35.2 bushels per acre found along similar routes a year ago- and the five year average for day 2 of 39.3 bushels per acre.
One of the pictures from the tour we were able to grab from social media was this field in Pratt County which was pegged as having 56 bushel per acre potential:
Chris Kirby with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission traveled on the route that started in Colby and went due south into Oklahoma and then eastward to Medford before heading back into Kansas to arrive in Wichita last night. Chris writes "2 day total - 440 stops - avg yield 48.2 bu/acre compared to last years 601 stops and 36.8 avg bu/acre. It was a larger group of people last year thus increasing number of stops.
Click or tap here to read our full story- including all of Chris Kirby's comments from her Day Two of the Tour.
Elected Next Oklahoma FFA Association President to Lead New Slate of State Officers
Oklahoma was introduced to its new State FFA Officer Team Wednesday night at the 93rd Annual Oklahoma State FFA Convention held this week at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
The 2018-2019 State FFA President Cole Eschete of Rock Creek FFA retired his corduroy jacket just after installing his successor, Drew Hardaway of Battiest, who served this past year as the Southeast Area Vice President on the State Officer Team. Hardaway reacted in stunned surprise to winning the run-off election against former teammate Kenzie Cannaday.
"It's like a dream come true, you know," Hardaway said. "First president from Battiest FFA ever. Has a lot to show how much I've overcome these last few years."
Elected to serve with Hardaway as State FFA Secretary is Emily Kennedy of Edmond and Courtney Tillinghast of Owasso as State FFA Reporter.
Those candidates elected to serve as Area Vice Presidents are as follows:
Southeast VP - Krista Carroll of Tishamingo
Southwest VP - Bryce Waugh of Tipton
Central VP - Joseph David of Washington
Northeast VP - Tanner Taylor of Adair
Northwest VP - Cade Jenlink of Timberlake
Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was backstage last night to congratulate the new officers. He had the chance to speak briefly with the team's new president about his victory and what he hopes to achieve in the year ahead. You can listen to their individual reactions to last night's election results by clicking or tapping here.
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