~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 13, 2006A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Voluntary Animal ID, Manure not a Hazardous Waste and OSU Regents should have majority of farmers and ranchers- Policy Set by Oklahoma Farm Bureau
-- Oklahoma's Weather Outlook- a more arid climate dead ahead!
-- AFBF President Bob Stallman talks policy and more in Tulsa
-- Dennis and Elaine Flaming Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year
-- Water Conference Underway Today in OKC
-- One week to go on the LAGP!
-- You can watch the North American Livestock Expo live via webcast!
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Voluntary Animal ID, Manure not a Hazardous Waste and OSU Regents should have majority of farmers and ranchers- Policy Set by Oklahoma Farm Bureau
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Over a hundred resolutions were worked on Saturday at the 65th Annual Convention of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- held this year in Tulsa. Vice President of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Bob Drake of Davis, served as the Resolutions Chairman so he and President Steve Kouplen ran the Policy setting setting sessions Saturday morning and again Saturday afternoon.
There were really no new, surprising positions, set by delegates from across the state. Besides the issues we mentioned in the headline above- Oklahoma Farm Bureau came in as opposed to HR 503, stating that "OFB should vigorously oppose any legislation that would give any domesticated animal "human rights" and privileges." They also came out in favor of increasing the subsidy level for federal crop insurance.
We talked with Steve Kouplen of OFB at the end of the policy making session on Saturday afternoon-and we have that conversation linked below.
Oklahoma's Weather Outlook- a more arid climate dead ahead!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~That troubling outlook was offered by News on 6 KOTV's Travis Meyer during the OFB meeting in Tulsa. Meyer believes that Global Warming plus the long term cycles of hotter and drier weather that were evident in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s add up to Oklahoma becoming warmer and drier- something that he believes may have already started.
Meyer has a small cattle operation in addition to his duties with the Griffin Communications TV station in Tulsa- and he says that he believes that increasing greenhouse gases are a reality- and they are affecting weather patterns. He adds that El Nino is also a factor- and that he believes that the current El Nino will remain fairly strong through at least until next summer. That may help keep us warmer and drier this winter.
You can hear Meyer's comments by clicking on the link below.
AFBF President Bob Stallman talks policy and more in Tulsa
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President of the American Farm Bureau, Bob Stallman, spoke at the opening session of the OFB in Tulsa and told us before he spoke to the group that he believes that a farm bill extension may be more likely with the Democrats seizing control of the Congress this past week.
He says that Democratic Control will also make an Ag Disaster Aid package more likely- but he's not sure if that will come during the Lame Duck Session or will come sometime early in 2007. On the issue of defining what manure is and is not- he says that he does not see that happening during the Lame Duck- but that AFBF and other groups are committed to educating lawmakers on this and will keep pushing for passage in 2007.
We have the full interview up on our website and we have that direct link below.
Dennis and Elaine Flaming Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Fairview couple was the named the Farm Bureau's Farm Family of the Year at the 65th annual convention of the OFB. Farm Bureau says this award goes annually to the couple that best represents farming and the spirit of Oklahoma Agriculture. Dennis operated a custom harvesting business for years, but now stays home and is busy taking care of their wheat and cattle operation- and he and his wife Elaine are also now busy operating a winery that opened just this past fall- after they began cultivating grapes in 2001.
Other honors handed out at the Farm Bureau meeting included the Distinguished Service Award for service to agriculture that went to Keith Kisling of Burlington; the YF&R Achievement award that goes annually to the top young farmer or rancher in the state- that honor bestowed upon Monte and Danielle Tucker of Beckham County and the Excellence in Agriculture that goes to the young farmer or rancher that does not derive the majority of his or her income from the farm- but have shown excellence in their efforts in agriculture and for Farm Bureau- that award for 2006 going to Ryan and Marcie Luter of Noble County.
The Farm Bureau's YF&R also had their state Discussion Meet- and choose the winner here in the state that will go on and represent Oklahoma at the AFBF convention in Salt Lake City- that job belongs to Mason Bolay of Noble County. By the way, the Tuckers will also represent Oklahoma at the national level in January in Salt Lake City as well.
Water Conference Underway Today in OKC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 27th annual Governor's Conference on Water will be held at the Cox COnvetnion Center in downtown Oklahoma City this afternoon and tomorrow. One of the highlights of the afternoon session today is a panel that will include four views of the water needs of the state in the days to come. Terry Peach of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture will present the "ag" view about water needs while Clay Pope of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is scheduled to give a Conservation perspective on water. I would bet that Clay might point to some of the success stories of conservation programs reducing pollution problems in the state- especially in some of the highly sensitive eastern watersheds of our state.
Speaking of those watersheds- Oklahoma's Attorney General Drew Edmondson will have a chance to defend his lawsuit against the Poultry companies on Tuesday morning as he offers his views on the issues related to water. I would imagine he will also spend some time and talk about some of the ideas floated in the past about selling water from one region to another- or even out of state sales.
The Tuesday morning session will also have Ken Crawford giving a Drought update and outlook for the state- while the latest on the Oklahoma comprehensive water plan will be considered as well. We have a link on details of the conference below.
One week to go on the LAGP!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We'll check in with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture later today and see how many animal units have now been signed up for the Livestock Assistance Block Grant Program that has $6.5 million to hand out to livestock producers here in the state.
Deadline to get your application in is a week from today- November 20th!!!!!
Click below and that will take you to our web page and if you look right under the "Howdy Neighbors" you will see the link to be taken to the application form to fill out and get back into the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. If you have questions, the number to call is 405-522-6105 at the ODAFF.
You can watch the North American Livestock Expo live via webcast!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 33rd annual North American International Livestock Exposition is underway in Louisville, Ky and they bill this 13 day event as the "World's Largest Purebred Livestock Show." It's a big day today and tomorrow for the American Angus Association, as they have their Bull Show today and Heifer show tomorrow- with their annual Angus Association meeting planned for this afternoon.
You can view their breed shows- and for that matter- all of the Beef Cattle breed shows live via webcast by going to the link we have provided below- and following the instructions. It's the next best thing to being there.
Also going on today is the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest- and we will be watching for how well the OSU team does in this major competition.
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