~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday December 12, 2006A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Governor Henry intends to ask for another Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma early in 2007.
-- Where does Congressman Lucas fit into the House Ag Committee in 2007?
-- Getting closer to decisions in Stillwater regarding OSU Ag Division Department Heads.
-- Radio Oklahoma Network welcomes a pair of GREAT radio stations to our team!
-- Beef Checkoff tweaking its advertising message- so says Jay O'Brien
-- NO Daily Email Thursday and Friday of this week.
-- Oklahoma Wheat Growers Officers to be led by J.T. Winters of Mooreland.
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Governor Henry intends to ask for another Disaster Declaration for Oklahoma early in 2007.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Very soon after we turn the calendar page from 2006 to 2007, the Governor will be sending another request for a drought declaration for the state of Oklahoma. State Ag Secretary Peach says you ask for these declarations in six month time frames- and this will be the fourth such request made by Governor Henry in a consecutive time frame. Peach says it is really sad that Congress has not responded to the legitimate needs of Oklahoma farmers and others in similar situations around the country and provided disaster aid. He cites the comparison that has been used regularly that our disaster is no different than a disaster caused by a major hurricane- it just is in slow motion compared to the raging storms as they batter the coast lines.
Several Democratic state lawmakers also expressed their disgust with the lack of action in the just concluded Lame Duck Session of Congress. State Senator Jeff Rabon of Hugo has said this past week that the state must step forward with a comprehensive package for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, saying "there must be a sense of urgency to get this done at the state level." Rabon says the state should act quickly to assist farmers and ranchers with funding from the state's current budget surplus of nearly $100 million and with money from the Rainy Day Fund.
We talked with Secretary Peach about the disaster declaration game, as well as asked him to look ahead over the next several years to tell us what to expect from the second term of Brad Henry as it relates to agriculture. This conversation is linked below.
Where does Congressman Lucas fit into the House Ag Committee in 2007?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas was supposed to be on the program at the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Convention in Oklahoma City this past Saturday- but plane problems grounded him in Washington at the conclusion of the Lame Duck Session and he could not get back in time.
We were looking forward to getting an update from the Congressman about where he stands on Committee assignments for the House Ag Committee in 2007. It was announced by House Ag Committee Chairman Colin Peterson of Minnesota that Tim Holden of Pennsylvania, who was the ranking member on the committee that Frank Lucas chaired the last couple of years, Conservation and Research, will be the Vice-Chairman of the full Committee and will have his pick of Subcommittee chairmanships. Peterson told reporters that they are looking at a new subcommittee to be formed in 2007 that will include jurisdiction over Energy, Land Stewardship(Code for Conservation) and Research. The Congressman from Pennsylvania is expected to chair that subcommittee, and it is expected that Lucas will take the ranking minority seat unless term limits that the Republicans impose on themselves for committee leadership posts get in the way.
When last we talked with Congressman Lucas, he was excited about the prospects of being on this newly formed subcommittee as it almost certainly will catch a lot of action as we write a "greener" farm bill in 2007 that will include a significant Energy title as well. I would guess we would know where out Third District lawmaker will be placed in a matter of days.
Getting closer to decisions in Stillwater regarding OSU Ag Division Department Heads.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It is our understanding that we are getting closer to finding new Department Heads for both Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. The OSU Division of Agriculture is down to one candidate for a replacement for the retiring Dr. Don Wagner in Animal Science, while we understand we have two candidates that are considered "finalists" for Ag Economics.
The lone candidate being considered by OSU for the Animal Science position was originally one of three recommendations from the search committee- but one of those three apparently took the open Head of Animal Science position at Kansas State- while the third finalist withdrew in recent days after taking another position as well.
That leaves OSU with one finalist that is now a part of the Animal Science Department at Purdue University and has been advanced by the Search Committee, has been on campus, has met with the University and key players in the animal agriculture industry here in Oklahoma and now the University leadership is considering their options. This candidate has an OSU background, as he received both his Masters and Doctorate in Stillwater. He currently is involved in teaching and research that relates back to beef nutrition and management- and has also been active in extension, working with Indiana cattle producers on various value added and quality assurance projects. I have confirmation of who the candidate is from a couple of sources, but am waiting on the University before I report a name for either the Animal Science post or the finalists for the Ag Econ position.
Radio Oklahoma Network welcomes a pair of GREAT radio stations to our team!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two radio stations in western Oklahoma that farmers and ranchers have relied upon for decades are in the process of joining "Ron on RON" and will be places where you can hear Ron Hays greet the countryside with "Howdy Neighbors" on a regular basis.
KTJS 1420 AM in Hobart was a fixture in southwest Oklahoma before Hays came to the state in 1977 to establish a statewide ag radio network. KTJS was one of the original affiliates on that network- and is now changing horses to join the Radio Oklahoma Network and bring Ron Hays back on the air. Final details on programs being carried are being worked out- and we will have a schedule to share with you in a few days on when you can hear our agricultural information on KTJS at 1420 on the AM dial.
Another of those original radio affiliates that hooked up with Ron in 1977 was KWEY AM in Weatherford. We are pleased to announce that KWEY at 1590 on the AM Dial and KWEY FM at 95.5 on the FM dial joins the Radio Oklahoma Network family as of January 2, 2007!!! These stations are known as "The Coyote" and have been a major source of farm and ranch news for decades in west central areas of the state- on both sides of I-40 west of Calumet all the way to the state line. Look for our programming lineup on "The Coyote" in the next few days as well. We really appreciate the support and confidence that these radio stations are showing in our efforts to keep you informed on the latest farm and ranch news, as well as up to the moment market information. Let these fine stations know that they have chosen wisely- and if we are not on your local station yet- give the station manager a call- and tell them, "We want Ron on RON!!!"
Beef Checkoff tweaking its advertising message- so says Jay O'Brien
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jay O'Brien, the Chairman of the Cattlemen's Beef Board is joining us for a special four part series the balance of this week on our daily Beef Buzz on the Radio Oklahoma Network. On today's show, he tells us that the advertising message on behalf of cattle producers is being slightly adjusted to become more assertive in telling consumers about the great nutritional package that beef offers.
We have linked below to our web site and specifically to our Beef Buzz web page. Scroll down to today's date and click on that date to hear this program with Jay O'Brien. And- you will see that we have already loaded shows for the rest of the week with Jay O'Biren- so you have first chance at hearing all of his comments on some of the great things going on with the Beef Checkoff as we wrap up 2006 and jump into 2007!
NO Daily Email Thursday and Friday of this week.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Jan and I are getting away for a few days this week- and that means I will not be producing an E-Mail a couple of days here at the end of the week. We will have an E-Mail update for Wednesday- but will not have any normal email service either Thursday or Friday of this week.
As always, if some unusually important agricultural story should come up later this week- we will be offering you special coverage.
Oklahoma Wheat Growers Officers to be led by J.T. Winters of Mooreland.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The new officer team of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association has been elected by their board of Directors, with J.T. Winters of Mooreland being elevated to the position of President. The role of Vice President will be handled by Jimmy Musick of Sentinel, Secretary is Joe Caughlin of Tonkawa, with the job of Treasurer to be held by Clint Midemann of Apache and the Past President is, of course, Jeff Krehbiel of Hydro.
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