~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday December 8, 2008!A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma and Midwest Farm Shows!
-- Tara Burchfield and Dossanna Miller Win Tournament of Champions at AFR Speech Contest
-- Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Among Those Busted by K-State Wheat Police
-- House Speaker Chris Benge Rolls Back Committee Structure- Scrapping the Subcommittees Under an Umbrella Committee
-- More Pork Videos Up on YouTube
-- Tom Jones- No, not THAT Tom Jones- Talks Beef Checkoff on our Beef Buzz
-- What a Great Idea- a Made in Oklahoma Gift Basket
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Tara Burchfield and Dossanna Miller Win Tournament of Champions at AFR Speech Contest
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The American Farmers & Ranchers held their 64th Annual State Speech Finals on Saturday December 6th in Stillwater on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The district winners of more than 300 young people who competed around the state were involved in the competition on Saturday morning- including several young people who were in what is called their Tournament of Champions. These young people had won a state title in the contest last year but came back to compete in an extemporaneous event. Two winners were named- both from Fairview as Dossanna Miller won the junior division and Tara Burchfield won the Senior Tournament of Champions.
We have coverage from the state speech finals on our website- already up is an interview with Tara after the competition about winning the Tournament of Champions and this morning- we will be posting the winners in all of the categories in our Blue-Green Gazette portion of our website, WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com.
Click on the link below to jump to that section of our website- the Blue-Green Gazette, and you can check our visit with Tara and review all the winners- we have pictures of those called up on stage as well for you to see.
Oklahoma Wheat Farmers Among Those Busted by K-State Wheat Police
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A coalition of Kansas Wheat Industry groups have joined with K-State Extension to go after violators of the PVP-the Plant Variety Protection act, which is a federal law that protects the property rights of the breeding work done by private or public entities. In this case, it's wheat varieties like Jagger, Fuller and Overley that the Kansas Wheat Alliance is demanding royalties on- or warning those who attempt to sell seed wheat from these varieties that they may face hefty financial repercussions.
In recent days, the Kansas Wheat Alliance has announced at least three settlements they have negotiated with wheat producers who they caught selling seed wheat with authorization- and two of those cases involved Oklahoma producers.
One case was settled for $50,000- involving Clayton Fisher of Okeene who the KWA claims was selling Fuller wheat without permission. A second case involving an Oklahoma producer was settled for $30,000 for the admitted unauthorized sale of both Jagger and Overley varieties.
House Speaker Chris Benge Rolls Back Committee Structure- Scrapping the Subcommittees Under an Umbrella Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~House Speaker Chris Benge announced this past week a streamlining of the House Committee structure and named committee chairmen. Last session, the House operated with 10 standing committees and 26 subcommittees. Speaker Benge, in an effort to further streamline the committee structure, announced today that there will be 18 full standing committees in the House and seven budget subcommittees when the 52nd Legislature returns in February. "This committee structure will allow for a better allocation of staff and member time and resources," said Benge, R-Tulsa. "The changes will help both members and the public better understand where a bill stands at any given time."
New Committee Chairmen have been named by the Speaker as well. For folks that followed the Natural Resources Committee of last year- that was an umbrella entity over the Agriculture and Commerce, Wildlife and Environment as well as the Tourism and Recreation subcommittees. The Chairman of that Natural Resources Committee was Dale Dewitt of Bramen.
For 2009- Dewitt will assume the Chairmanship of one of the seven
appropriations subcommittees- called the Natural Resources and Regulatory
Subcommittee. There will continue to be an Agriculture and Rural
Development Committee (a full committee this year) that will be chaired by
Don Armes of Faxon. There will also be a Wildlife Committee in 2009- to be
chaired by Phil Richardson of Minco.
More Pork Videos Up on YouTube
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Pork Checkoff is using the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube to highlight what the pork industry is doing right through three new videos on the checkoff's YouTube channel(we have it linked below).
One of the new videos on the site is called "Pigs Go Green": Randy
Spronk, a Minnesota pork producer, and Brad Greenway, a South Dakota pork
producer, describe how they protect the environment, from fertilizing crop
ground with swine nutrients to maintaining air quality.
The third video is "Hungry Pigs" with Dale Norton and Gene Nemechek, a
swine veterinarian and National Pork Board member, explaining how pigs are
fed a balanced diet that provides the proper nutrition for each stage of
Tom Jones- No, not THAT Tom Jones- Talks Beef Checkoff on our Beef Buzz
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our Beef Buzz reports over the next few days will feature comments from Tom Jones, a cow calf producer from Arkansas, who sits on the Cattlemen's Beef Board and who is serving as the chair of the Administrative SubCommittee of the Beef Board. This is the body that has been working on the ideas floating around the checkoff of possible changes and enhancements.
Our Monday Beef Buzz features Tom Jones offering some of the market realities facing the beef industry in relationship to the checkoff that is now past its 20th birthday. A dollar collected in the late 1980s went a lot further than one collected here in 2008- and Jones explains that shortfall in our program today. We will continue to explore what the Committee developed with Jones as the week unfolds.
We have our latest Beef Buzz linked below- and we remind you that you can hear the Beef Buzz on many great radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network. And- we have not just our latest Beef Buzz on our website- but an archive that stretches back to 2006 of Beef Buzz shows- check them all out by starting with the link below.
What a Great Idea- a Made in Oklahoma Gift Basket
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked Made In Oklahoma and the MIO 2008 Gift Basket Directory on Saturday during our In the Field Segment as seen on KWTV News9 in Oklahoma City. Our guest was Jason Harvey, a marketing coordinator for Made in Oklahoma at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
You can see our segment and get the link to the Gift Basket Directory by jumping to our webstory at the link below- check it out.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We have had a nice rally in the overnight electronic markets with Kansas City Wheat jumping up 16 cents to $5.20 after losing almost ten cents on Friday. Corn, soybeans and cotton futures also have posted nice gains early this morning. Crude Oil is also up substantially after falling almost to $40 a barrel on Friday- a price as we send this is $43.52- up $2.65 a barrel.
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