~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday October 22, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Stop Animal Movement Exercise Today in Oklahoma and Kansas
-- McKenzie Walta Advances to Final Four in National FFA Prepared Public Speaking
-- Also From Indianapolis- We Talk About the State of the FFA Nation with National Advisor Larry Case
-- Ryan McMullen's House Seat Goes Republican in Southwest Oklahoma
-- Oklahoma Department of Ag in the Spotlight at the Chicken Litter Litigation
-- Meanwhile- Oklahoma Conservation Commission to spotlight water quality improvement success stories.
-- No Trick- Just a Treat- The Shorthorn 500 Sale Happens Halloween
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Stop Animal Movement Exercise Today in Oklahoma and Kansas
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This morning, a joint exercise between Oklahoma and Kansas officials will begin at 9 a.m. near Turpin, OK and Sitka, KS. The exercise will involve officials stopping vehicles transporting livestock or suspected of transporting livestock. Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry animal health and law enforcement agents say people transporting livestock will be delayed as little as possible in the exercise. The exact locations of the exercises are three miles north of Turpin, OK on Highway 83 and the intersection of Highways 160 and 183 near Sitka, KS.
The Stop Animal Movement exercise will last approximately four hours.
In the exercise, Oklahoma and Kansas officials are trying to prevent an imagined outbreak of foot-and- mouth disease from affecting animals in their states. Foot-and-mouth disease is a highly contagious disease of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, deer and other cloven-hooved animals that causes blisters on the mouth, teats and soft tissue of the feet. Infected animals have difficulty eating and walking. While it is painful for infected animals, it does not pose a significant threat to human health.
The exercise, titled SAMS-KO, or Stop Animal Movement Statewide KS-OK, is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Oklahoma and Kansas are members of the Multi- State Partnership for Security in Agriculture, a consortium of 13 states that work together to protect the food and agriculture sector by sharing information and building interstate response capabilities. The partnership contracted with SES, inc. of Merriam, Kansas, to design and conduct the exercise to test the plans and coordination needed to successfully stop and screen livestock and livestock-related traffic involved in interstate commerce.
Foot-and-mouth disease was last identified in the United States in
1929. It is a primary concern for animal health officials because it could
have potentially devastating economic consequences due to disrupted trade
and lost investor confidence.
McKenzie Walta Advances to Final Four in National FFA Prepared Public Speaking
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mckenzie Walta has been in a national contest finals before here in Indianapolis. A couple of years ago, she represented Oklahoma in the National Creed Speaking Contest- and came in second. Last year, she was part of the Kingfisher Parliamentary Procedure team that made the final five in the national competition, also here in Indy. This fall, she is hoping that the third time is a charm as she has come to this city with a speech about a genetically modified animal and its future in reducing water pollution in this country.
Walta advanced twice in the speech competition of Wednesday here in Indianapolis, which puts her into the finals of a National Contest once again as she touts the virtues of the Enviropig. In watching both of her performances on Wednesday, she dominated her rounds, as no one came close to matching her ability to quietly and calmly answer questions on her speech.
Walta will face off with this speech against three other contestants later this morning here in Indianapolis- and she will make her pitch one more time for this Canadian developed piggy. We talked with McKenzie about the speech and her involvement in FFA in advance of the contest- and we have a link to that conversation below. And, be watching our Twitter feed today- either directly on Twitter- or by going to our website and looking at the latest Tweets on the bottom right hand side of any page on our website. You will see the special widget there that has Ron_on_RON at the top and the latest messages we have posted from Indianapolis and the 2009 National FFA Convention.
Also From Indianapolis- We Talk About the State of the FFA Nation with National Advisor Larry Case
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National FFA Advisor Larry Case has been around a few of these national meetings- 26 of them to be exact- and he says that while the bells and whistles have changed- a lot of what is instilled into the lives of young people is still the same. Belief in yourself, leadership skills, public speaking and more are all a part of what Ag Education and FFA are all about.
After his address to the opening session, we sat down and talked with Larry Case for a few moments about where FFA has been- where it is and where it may be headed. Case is excited about trying new ideas and extending FFA into areas it has never been before. He believes that there is lots of opportunity along the food chain from the farm to the consumer's stomach- and that's where the FFA s- right in the middle of delivering food, fiber and even biofuels to consumers here in the US and globally.
We asked him about one of the concluding thoughts he shared with the
audience this afternoon- he told members as he addressed them "I am Proud
of You." He tells us that he has used that statement a lot in recent
years- and it is not just a line- but a heartfelt opinion of the young
people that make up this organization. He told us, "when you watch them in
action, they blow you away."
Ryan McMullen's House Seat Goes Republican in Southwest Oklahoma
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Just a few months after Ryan McMullenresigned from the Oklahoma House of Representatives to accept the job of the head of the Oklahoma USDA Rural Development Agency, his house seat went from blue to red. Newly-elected state Rep. Todd Russ formally took the oath of office yesterday in the Oklahoma House chamber. "Taking the oath of office is both an exciting and humbling event, and I am eager to begin the work of serving the people of House District 55," said Russ, R- Cordell. "During the campaign I promised to work to diversify and promote western Oklahoma's agricultural base, strengthen our schools, create more jobs, protect our rural hospital, and uphold our traditional conservative values. I will work hard everyday to keep those commitments."
Republican leaders were all smiles as the party's control of the Oklahoma House grew a little stronger. "Todd's election is further proof that times have changed in Oklahoma and the Republican Party's message of conservative fiscal policy and support for family values is one that resonates with voters in all parts of our state," said House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa. "Todd was a great candidate with a great work ethic and a winning message," said House Speaker- designate Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. "He will be a valued member of our caucus and an important voice for rural Oklahomans."
Russ owned and operated a commercial nursery business in Cordell for 14 years and has been involved in banking since 1983.
Oklahoma Department of Ag in the Spotlight at the Chicken Litter Litigation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The trial before Federal Judge David Frizzell continues- and the latest witness for the state has, under crossexamination, admitted that Oklahoma could have gone to court long ago to enforce water quality standards in the Illinois River watershed. The decision to not use litigation until 2005 came during poultry company attorneys' questioning of Teena Gunter, the deputy general counsel for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry.
From the Associated Press account of the proceedings from Wednesday, "Gunter described a state agency that seemed overwhelmed and understaffed, with only two poultry inspectors responsible for dozens of chicken houses in the 1 million-acre Illinois River watershed, which spans parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas."
The companies have maintained their contract growers - the farmers who
raise the birds - have broken no laws in their handling of the waste
because they received permits from Oklahoma and Arkansas to spread the
waste as an inexpensive fertilizer on fields or sell it to other
Meanwhile- Oklahoma Conservation Commission to spotlight water quality improvement success stories.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture producers in northeast Oklahoma are invited to attend a Hog Fry at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, October 27 at 6pm to help celebrate the success of voluntary, locally-led water quality efforts in the Spavinaw Creek, Honey Creek and Illinois River Watersheds.
"We want to invite all agriculture producers and anyone interested in northeast Oklahoma water quality to come out and join us next Tuesday," Shanon Phillips, Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission Water Quality Division said. "We'll have a good meal, enjoy some fellowship and discuss the water quality success stories that have been documented in the Watersheds of north east Oklahoma." According to Phillips, the best management plans developed by the Conservation Commission in cooperation with local conservation districts have resulted in sizable reductions in nutrients and bacteria in the various watersheds where local producers have taken part in various water quality programs including the clean water act Section 319 (319) program, the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Conservation Reserve Enhanced Program (CREP), and the USDA Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The program at the dinner Tuesday night will highlight these practices and celebrate the success they have shown.
"We are very excited to have the chance to say thank you to all those
producers in the area who have worked with us on these programs," Phillips
said. "Through 319, CREP, EQIP and other water quality efforts, farmer,
ranchers and other landowners have made are continuing to make a real
difference in addressing non-point source pollution through voluntary,
locally-led means. We hope everyone comes out to hear about the good work
going on in northeast Oklahoma.
No Trick- Just a Treat- The Shorthorn 500 Sale Happens Halloween
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Shorthorn 500 Sale is being planned for October 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm in the Bruce Brooks Sale Facility, Marietta, Oklahoma. A great set of top notch Shorthorn cattle will be offered during the Saturday sale.
Consigners/Sponsors of the SHorthorn 500 Sale include Double J Ranch, Chickasha, OK - Jim and Beverly Freed, Jeepetta Cattle Company, Crow Creek Farms, Lawton, OK - Steven and Jerrell Crow and the Brady Family Shorthorns of Marlow, OK.
For sale details, you can call call: 405-222-0399 or 405-820-9725. Click on the link below and it will take you to the catalog for this Shorhorn event coming October 31. At our link below- we have a link that will take you to the Shorhorn website, where the catalog for the Shorthorn 500 has now been posted you can look at it there or can download it as a PDF file.
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