~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 20, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Long time Farm Lender and Youth Supporter loses fight with cancer.
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Lori Peterson pleased with early progress at State Capitol!
-- What about $4 to $6 Billion in Ag Disaster Relief???
-- District Meetings for OCA getting underway!
-- Conservation Leaders heading for 70th Annual Meeting of OACD starting this Sunday!
-- Back to the Statehouse- Tolbert claims process of working with landowners could take 18 years!
-- Welcome to KITO-FM and KGND- AM!
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Long time Farm Lender and Youth Supporter loses fight with cancer.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Chief Executive Officer and President of Farm Credit Services of East Central Oklahoma, Hub Ariola, passed away this past Sunday after a battle with cancer. Hub was 50. Services will be Wednesday February 21st at 11:00 a.m.
Services are being handled by:
Floral Haven Funeral Home
6500 S. 129th E. Ave.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
The funeral will be held at the:
Arrow Heights Baptist Church
3201 S. Elm Place
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
The web site for Farm Credit Services of East Central Oklahoma offers the following as a brief bio for Hub. "Hub Ariola is no stranger to agriculture. The Watonga native was raised on a farm and cattle operation in the small Western Oklahoma town. He moved off the farm to pursue a college career at Oklahoma State University and graduated with a bachelorís degree in agronomy in 1978. Ariola went to work for Farm Credit in June of that same year, and has since worked in numerous Farm Credit offices across Oklahoma and in Dodge City and Pratt, Kan. Ariola was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Farm Credit Services of East Central Oklahoma, ACA in 2002."
Hub has been well known for his active support of youth and young adults in their pursuit of excellence in farming and ranching. That includes support well beyond the call of duty for FFA and 4-H contests, speech competitions and even programs like the recently completed Oklahoma Young Cattlemen's Leadership Program- he and Farm Credit Services of East Central Oklahoma were sponsors for these young men and ladies.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Lori Peterson pleased with early progress at State Capitol!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OFB Lobbyist Lori Peterson tells us that private property issues along with an eminent domain issue are at the top of the list of priorities for the general farm organization here in 2007 at the State Capitol. Legislation addressing those issues continue to move forward as we are now a couple of weeks into the legislative session. We have linked our full conversation with Lori on our website- and that link is below.
Peterson tells us it appears that HB 1434 has been set aside for this session- this is the James Covey proposal that would have required producers to register any use of 2-4-D anywhere in the state from May through October- I have heard from cotton producers who wanted this legislation saying they needed it to protect their crops from spray drifts- and I have heard from the OCA saying this is a priority for them to see this measure be killed. It appears that for this session anyway- that second line of thought has prevailed.
Peterson, who talked with us last night during the 2007 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference, says there should be enough money in the state's coffers to get the most needed items done- including the possible supplemental allocation of $2.9 million dollars for OSU Extension and the Experiment Station that was derailed last year at the end of the session- we have been told by OSU officials that this is will allow the OSU Division of Agriculture to continue forward to start bringing staff levels back up in several depleted areas in both segments that help the University carry out its Land Grant status.
What about $4 to $6 Billion in Ag Disaster Relief???
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Those are higher numbers than what we were hearing ten days ago when last we talked with Oklahoma Third District Congressman Frank Lucas as he spoke to the Oklahoma Farmers Union. Last night the group was changed- this time he was speaking with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- but his message was about the same on Disaster Aid- namely that the "window of opportunity" is very real for Ag Disaster Aid this spring. The BIG CHANGE was in the numbers- Lucas was talking three billion dollars or a little more ten days ago- last night he was talking four, five and maybe even six billion dollars for disaster help in either 2005, 2006 and perhaps 2007 being added in as a choice for producers to make.
The Congressman tells me that the 2007 language is one of the unique things in his measure- he's still pushing to get that included in the measure that will go forward- but is uncertain if that will happen or not.
We also talked with Congressman Lucas about the pot of money that is needed to be able to start writing the 2007 farm bill- and he fully expects an almost shocking number from the Democratic Leadership and the Budget Committee to be offered to the Committee to start the process. He says we should not panic if that happens- he has been told that they will simply have to go back and plead a specific higher number once that initial "lowball" is pitched. He did say that the $18 billion less than the 2002 bill assumptions proposed by the USDA may look "generous" compared to what the number that Speaker Polosi and her minions may propose in the next few weeks. Stay Tuned!
District Meetings for OCA getting underway!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last night, the first of six District meetings for cattlemen was held in Chandler. This trek across the state by the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is an annual way they hope to touch cattle producers that will never come for a statewide meeting like they hold in the summer.
Each of these meetings are formatted the same way- they include an evening meal sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, with the program including an Animal Health update from Pfizer, followed by an OCA Issues update. Supper at each of these meetings happens at 6:30 pm- with the program wrapping up by around 8:30 or so.
Five more of these meetings are planned this week and next. Tonight, OCA staff will hold their southwest District meeting at the Comanche County Fairgrounds in Lawton, on Thursday, they will be at the Claremore Expo Center in Claremore and next week, they have meetings scheduled in McAlester, Sulphur and Woodward. For information on these District events- you can call the OCA office in Oklahoma City at 405- 235-4391.
Conservation Leaders heading for 70th Annual Meeting of OACD starting this Sunday!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The theme of the 70th annual meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is "70 Years and Still Going" as conservation leaders from all 77 counties will be gathering Sunday February 25th through next Tuesday February 27th at the Biltmore Hotel on the west side of Oklahoma City at I-40 and Meridian. Co-sponsor of the meeting is the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
The gathering will hear from Immediate Past National President of the National Association of Conservation Districts, Bill Wilson of Kinta, as well as from Oklahoma's new Lt. Governor Jari Askins. Several "green" groups are included on the program on Monday, as Andy McDaniels of the Oklahoma Wildlife Federation and Mike Fuhr, State Director of the Oklahoma Nature Conservancy will discuss their positions on both state and national Conservation issues.
The group has a Legislative Reception and Dinner planned for Monday evening and will be hearing from Oklahoma House Speaker Lance Cargill Tuesday morning. We have linked their full schedule below that is on the Oklahoma Conservation Commission website.
Back to the Statehouse- Tolbert claims process of working with landowners could take 18 years!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HB 1300 advanced from the Environmental and Wildlife Subcommittee by a vote of 7 to 2 yesterday and now goes to the full Natural Resources Committee- this is a measure that would prevent exploratory lawsuits against agricultural producers that could be non point sources of pollution until a list of conservation practices had been allowed to be put in place to address the possible pollution- and those practices had the chance to take hold and work.
The bill by Rep. Jerry Ellis, D-Valiant, would prohibit lawsuits against agricultural based non point pollution locations until a variety of preliminary steps are taken, including a study to determine whether they are responsible for the pollution and development of a watershed implementation plan by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.
Environmental Secretary Miles Tolbert was at the subcommittee meeting held yesterday and did not address the House members- but was reported as saying afterwards that it would take 18 years to work through the list proposed by state lawmaker Jerry Ellis if this measure became law. It's uncertain if this measure could impact the current litigation brought by State Attorney General Drew Edmondson against the northwest Arkansas Poultry Companies as he claims that chicken litter is the basis of pollution in the Illinois River watershed. Ellis said the measure would not prohibit state officials like the Environmental Secretary and the Attorney General from filing lawsuits against non point source polluters- but would require officials to work with farmers, ranchers and poultry growers to resolve problems before going to court. The measure does say that "This language does not prohibit administrative or legal action against individual agricultural producers who are not complying with state law."
Welcome to KITO-FM and KGND- AM!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~These stations in Vinita have carried our news and weather products of the Radio Oklahoma Network for awhile now- but we are very pleased to welcome them as partners on our agricultural network as well!
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