~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday April 26, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Austin Akins to lead new State FFA Officer Team in 2007-2008!
-- Porkers in the Pokey- but not in Oklahoma.
-- The busy week continues- Wheat Crop Report Today and Governor's Conference on Ag tonight and tomorrow.
-- Beef Buzzing with Jay Truitt of NCBA!
-- USDA continues aggressive plan to influence 2007 farm bill language.
-- Kansas Wheat Freeze Damage Now Visible-McPherson may be ground zero!
-- Commercial Female Sale Planned for this Saturday in Clinton, Oklahoma.
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Austin Akins to lead new State FFA Officer Team in 2007-2008!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Austin Akins of the Amber-Pocasset has served as the 2006-2007 State Reporter for the Oklahoma FFA- and state delegates have given him the votes to claim the top spot in the organization's officer team for the coming year. He will serve as President of the Oklahoma FFA in the coming year, leading a team of seven other young men and ladies who will make up the officer team. It's interesting to note that he never served as President for the Amber-Pocasset FFA Chapter, instead serving as first Chapter Reporter and then his senior year in High School, Chapter Secretary. (I guess he'll have to learn the President's part in the opening ceremonies- but I bet he can handle it just fine!)
Joining Austin Akins on the new officer team are the following young
These young people will be under the veteran leadership of Kent Boggs, who continues to serve as the Executive Secretary of the Oklahoma FFA, but they will be working with a new State Advisor. That person who will be taking the spot vacated by the retirement of Eddie Smith is Jack Staats, longtime Ag Education Teacher and FFA Advisor at Alva High School.
Porkers in the Pokey- but not in Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are hogs in several midwestern states that apparently got some of that tainted feed which contains salvaged pet food that has been linked to sickness and death in several cats and dogs. FDA officials have quarantined hogs in several states that apparently have gotten some of that feed. It's unknown if pork from an animal that has been fed tainted feed can be hard to humans that might consume it or not.
Here in Oklahoma, the Daily Oklahoman quoted Jack Carson yesterday as saying the ODA has no indication that we have any hogs that have been fed any of the tainted feed. Late on Wednesday, we did get further confirmation that one of the major hog companies that are involved in the Oklahoma hog industry, Smithfield, believes that they are clean.
Smithfield offered the following statement on the feed issue on
The busy week continues- Wheat Crop Report Today and Governor's Conference on Ag tonight and tomorrow.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association is underway this morning at the Marriott in northwest Oklahoma City, and at 10 am, they are scheduled to hear from crop scouts that have gathered information this week on the 2007 Oklahoma Winter Wheat Crop. These reports will be compiled and we will get a first guestimate as to the size of the 2007 wheat crop.
The first of two events that will make up the Governor's Conference on Agriculture in 2007 happens this evening and tomorrow. The Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Summit for the western half of the state will be happening right along I-40 at the P-Bar Ranch near Weatherford. This evening, they will have an opening reception with several Agritourism Success Stories that will be shared. Friday, they will have an excellent program lined up that will include more on the Agritourism model that the P-Bar Ranch has followed, an Alternative Fuels panel, the future of Oklahoma water and how agriculture fits into that future and even a look at Animal ID with State Vet Dr. Becky Brewer. On Site registration will be available for $35 for both days- there is a break if you are attending just tonight or just tomorrow.
Also happening this evening is the next in those Future of Oklahoma Water Public Hearings and Listening Sessions- check our website for more on this event and of several other events that will be happening next week as well.
Beef Buzzing with Jay Truitt of NCBA!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We continue our visit this week with Jay Truitt of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association- featuring Jay on our daily Beef Buzz show from the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Today, Jay talks with us about the cattle industry's view of what should be in the farm bill and things that should be dealt with in other venues- things like COOL and Concentration issues.
We have today's Beef Buzz linked below for you to hear- and we remind you that we have a large number of pervious Beef Buzz programs up on our web site for your to browse through and listen to at your convenience 24/7- check it out on our web site and look for the button on the left hand side of our main page that says Beef Buzz!
USDA continues aggressive plan to influence 2007 farm bill language.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The first farm bill legislative drafts from USDA are headed to Capitol Hill. U.S. Ag Secretary Mike Johanns announced that legislation for the Conservation and Credit Titles has been drafted. He says legislation to implement the rest of the Administration's farm bill proposals are on the way. In fact - he says he anticipates the Energy and Rural Development Titles will be ready for Congress sometime next week.
As previously announced - the Conservation Title calls for 7.8-billion dollars in additional funding - and a restructuring of programs. Johanns says the consolidation is designed to make USDA's conservation programs easier to access and administer. He says the entire conservation plan - including the restructuring and funding - is a direct result of producer input at USDA's Farm Bill Forums.
The Secretary also contends that what the Bush Administration is putting forward is fiscally sound. Obviously, the question mark for everyone is exactly what a Commodity Title might actually look like that would be written by Secretary Johanns and his team at USDA. There are some in various Agricultural commodity and farm groups that probably don't want to see it.
Kansas Wheat Freeze Damage Now Visible-McPherson may be ground zero!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The primary tillers on the wheat in much of central and eastern Kansas were badly damaged by the hard freezes that hit that area earlier this month. Dr. Jim Shroyer, Kansas State Research and Extension wheat specialist says - there is significant damage to the stems and heads of the primary tillers in many cases. He says - lodging from stem damage is a serious problem in the middle of the state. In general, he says, freeze injury tends to be most severe in early-planted fields, and least severe in late-planted wheat.
Shroyer says - yield reductions will vary considerably from one area to the next and even from one field to the next in a given county. He says - if the crop does re- grow from secondary and basal tillers - producers will probably notice that the crop has a very ragged appearance at harvest time.
Dr. Shroyer seems to be saying that McPherson- north of Wichita- may be ground zero. "There is significant damage to the stems and heads of the primary tillers in many cases. Lodging from stem damage is a serious problem in the middle of the state, especially in about a 60-mile radius around McPherson County," Shroyer said. "In general, freeze injury tends to be most severe in early-planted fields, and least severe in late-planted wheat. Western Kansas appears to have little freeze damage overall, and far south central Kansas has less damage than areas north and east of Wichita."
Commercial Female Sale Planned for this Saturday in Clinton, Oklahoma.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Rex Flaming, of Ranchers and Farmers Livestock Auction in Clinton, Oklahoma, will host a Commercial Angus Sale on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The sale will feature
300+ Replacement Heifers
150 Northern First Cow/Calf Pairs
75 Fall Bred Cows
65 Cow/Calf Paris (5-6 yr.)
30+ Cow/Calf Pairs (4-5 yr.)
10 Angus Bulls
50 Fall Calving Cows from Express Ranches
Buyers are asked to please pre-register. For more information, Rex can be reached at 580-331-8547.
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