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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday March 16, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- First Grand Champion Selected at 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo- Chance Greenroyd Wins Market Goat Honors
-- More coverage from the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- Talking Healthcare, Crop Insurance, Cap and Trade and More with Congressman Frank Lucas
-- 2011 National Pork Board nominations
-- USDA's Vilsack Still Touting Benefits of Cap and Trade to Agriculture
-- Wet Fields Delay Seedbed Preparation
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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First Grand Champion Selected at 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo- Chance Greenroyd Wins Market Goat Honors
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Grand Champion Wether Goat was selected Monday evening by judge Marvin Ensor of San Angelo, Texas. His pick of the more then 1,000 market animals was owned and shown by Chance Greenroyd of the Noble FFA. We talked to Chance right after his animal was named the best of the 2010 show. Greenroyd has known success over the last year in a couple of major shows, having exhibited the Grand Champion Meat Goat at this past fall's Tulsa State Fair, and had the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat at the 2009 Oklahoma Youth Expo.
The Reserve Grand Champion Market Wether Goat was shown by Mercedes Hardin of the Hennessey FFA Chapter. Mercedes had the reserve Champion in Division IV of the 2010 Wether Show, just behind the animal that was selected as the Grand Champion.
Click on the link below for the rest of the Meat Goat Show information- and a chance to listen to our chat with Chance Greenroyd right after his Goat was selected to help lead off the Sale of Champions next Monday.
More coverage from the 2010 Oklahoma Youth Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have a lot more coverage already up on our website on what we call our Blue Green Gazette- and we invite you to go and check it all out. We have a bunch of pictures posted from Monday at the OYE- over 200 in fact- and the link to our Flickr page will be found there- as well as a conversation that we had with the Meat Goat judge Marvin Ensor of San Angelo, Texas.
We have the breeding class results from Monday- including info on the Gilt classes- Supreme Champion Gilt was a Duroc shown by Tanner Goodson of Yukon 4-H, while the Reserve Supreme Champion Gilt was the top Hampshire, shown by Rhylee Straka of El Reno 4-H.
Click on the link below for continuing coverage of the Oklahoma Youth Expo- all the way to Tuesday of next week with all of the results of the Sale of Champions set for next Monday afternoon at 4 PM.
Talking Healthcare, Crop Insurance, Cap and Trade and More with Congressman Frank Lucas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In and around our time at the Oklahoma Youth Expo yesterday, we spent a few minutes on the telephone with the ranking member of the House Ag Committee, Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas.
We talked with Congressman Lucas on Monday afternoon about a variety of issues- including the showdown that may be coming this weekend on healthcare, as well as the latest on the possibility of the Obama Administration trying to run a climate change measure through Congress if they are able to force a yes vote on healthcare.
Click on the link below to jump to our podcast page for this interview- click and listen to Lucas and his take on the frantic push by Democrats in an effort to get Healthcare passed through the House of Representatives.
2011 National Pork Board nominations
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The following is a Public Notice by the Oklahoma Pork Council and the National Pork Board.
The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2011 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2010, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Pork Congress and Annual Meeting which will be held at the Express Event Center, 8512 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, Okla. All Oklahoma pork producers are invited to attend.
Any producer who is a resident of Oklahoma and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the Checkoff deducted.
If you are interested in being a candidate, please prepare a short (1/2 page) biography telling about yourself and send it to the Oklahoma Pork Council, ATTN: Election Committee, One North Hudson, Suite 900, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, to arrive by March 18. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. For more information, contact the Oklahoma Pork Council by telephone, 1-888-SAY-PORK (729-7675) or 405-232-3781.
USDA's Vilsack Still Touting Benefits of Cap and Trade to Agriculture
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spent part of his time as he addressed the members of the National Farmers Union in discussing how properly structured climate change and energy legislation will benefit America's farmers and ranchers in a speech at the NFU 2010 convention in Rapid City, S.D. USDA also released a memo looking at assumptions in the FASOM model - developed by researchers at Texas A & M University that the Environmental Protection Agency - to study the impacts of climate legislation.
"USDA is committed to helping Congress design and implement a carbon offsets market that will provide significant income opportunities to America's farmers and ranchers," said Vilsack. "USDA and third-party analyses, as well as our experience in implementing conservation techniques, make it absolutely clear that properly structured legislation will avoid unintended consequences and provide enormous benefits to our agricultural economy, and our environment."
We have the link below to the full report written by Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber to Secretary Vilsack, as the USDA and the Obama Administration have not given up wanting to push through a massive Climate Change measure yet this year, especially if Healthcare can be finished and passed.
Wet Fields Delay Seedbed Preparation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that topsoil moisture supplies are now 95% adequate to surplus across Oklahoma- and with all parts of the state getting measurable rainfall this past week- those delays we headlined keep field work sluggish.
Small grain conditions continue to rate mostly in the good to fair range, with 12 percent of wheat and 13 percent of rye rated excellent. Warmer temperatures and sunshine are needed to accelerate growth. Wheat jointing reached 17 percent complete, six points ahead of last year, but one point behind normal. That is a bit of a concern, as we have freezing temps still in the forecast- both for tonight in some areas of northern Oklahoma Oklahoma, as well as this coming weekend on Saturday and perhaps Sunday night as well.
Wet conditions have hindered seedbed preparations in most areas of the State. Corn seedbed preparations have reached 30 percent complete, 16 points behind last year and five points behind normal. Sorghum seedbed preparation was at 11 percent while soybean seedbed preparation reached five percent complete, both running behind last year and the five-year average. Peanuts were the only row crop running ahead of normal, with just over a quarter of the seedbed preparation completed by week's end. Cotton seedbed preparations increased slightly from last week to reach 19 percent complete, 28 points behind last year and four points behind the five-year average.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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