~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday February 17, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Honors Four Lawmakers
-- State Senator Mike Schulz Pulls Bill Regulating 2,4 D
-- Final Installment Coming From the Poultry Industry
-- Attorney General's Office Decides Poultry Litter May Have Caused Death in Locust Grove Last Year
-- Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Talks With Agri-Pulse
-- On the Calendar- The Frank Lucas Roadshow and a Jim Mintert Market Crystal Ball Reading
-- For Great Agricultural Information in Central Oklahoma- Go to the Right Side of the Dial
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau Honors Four Lawmakers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~During their annual Legislative and Leadership Conference, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has announced the group's 2008 Meritorious Service Awards- presented to four state lawmakers last night- as nominated by county Farm Bureau organizations. Lori Peterson, Vice President for Public Policy for OFB, says the four awards were given "in appreciation of the lawmaker's efforts on behalf of Oklahoma Agriculture."
The four lawmakers include:
Senator Don Barrington of District 31. Barrington was nominated
by the Comanche County Farm Bureau and represents parts of Comanche,
Cotton, Grady, Jefferson and Stephens Counties.
State Representative Phil Richardson of district 56. Richardson
was nominated by both the Caddo and Grady County Farm Bureaus- and was
cited by the organization for his advocacy and sponsorship of stronger
trespass laws. Besides Caddo and Grady Counties- Richardson's district
also covers a part of Canadian County.
State Senator Mike Schulz Pulls Bill Regulating 2,4 D
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~One issue that won't be dealt with by state lawmakers in 2009 is increased oversight over the use of 2,4,D here in the state of Oklahoma. the sponsor of the Senate measure that would have called for those using the broad spectrum weed killer to let officials know the day and the conditions when they used the chemical has been pulled by its author, Senator Mike Schulz of Altus.
Schulz told us at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legislative Reception last night that he had thought about a compromise over the weekend- but had decided yesterday that it was not the way to go- and elected to not have the bill heard by the Senate Ag Committee yesterday afternoon.
We talked with Schulz about this measure, as well as his efforts to get a bill that offers some protections to animal agriculture in the state through the Senate. The link to our story on these Senate bills is below- click and check out our quick conversation with Senator Schulz.
Final Installment Coming From the Poultry Industry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At this evenings Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission meeting in Tahlequah, members of the poultry industry will present their final $275,000 check to the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission. This gift completes the $1.1 million donation pledged to the OSRC in 2005 to be paid over four years.
These monies have been used by the OSRC to help preserve and protect the Illinois River watershed. Efforts have helped control erosion, stabilize streambanks, acquire riparian easements and make other health and public safety improvements along the banks of the Illinois River in its watershed.
We have talked with Jackie Cunningham, Director of Community Relations for the Poultry Community Council about the gift and about some of the legal issues that continue to hang over the poultry industry by virtue of the Attorney General's lawsuit against the poultry companies of northwest Arkansas. Click on our link below for our story found on WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com
Attorney General's Office Decides Poultry Litter May Have Caused Death in Locust Grove Last Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson blames chicken manure used as fertilizer near a restaurant for causing a disease outbreak that led to the death of a man from Pryor, Okla. A six-page memo about the attorney general's investigation, provided to the Radio Oklahoma Network, describes how investigators last September began looking into the August death of Chad Ingle and illnesses of 313 other people who ate at the Country Cottage Restaurant in Locust Grove, Okla.
Edmondson claimed the restaurant's well was polluted by poultry litter, describing the material as a "possible source" of the bacteria. The AG's office took their investigative work (done by their own investigators- not the state agencies with the expertise in these areas) to several state agencies and pushed them to take further action. The Attorney General's representatives were especially unhappy with the Department of Agriculture and the meeting with State Ag Secretary Terry Peach- calling their meeting with the ODAFF officials "not constructive" with the attitude of the agency being "dismissive and disrespectful."
The Daily Oklahoman has an editorial on this subject in today's paper- and they take dead aim at Drew Edmondson in what they conclude is irresponsible action by the top law enforcement official in the state. Click on our link below for more on this developing story- and drop me an email if you want to see a copy of the five page internal report that the AG's office has written on their investigative efforts.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Talks With Agri-Pulse
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Our colleagues at Agri-Pulse had the chance to sit down and talk for about forty five minutes at the end of this past week with the brand new Secretary of Agriculture- Tom Vilsack, the former Governor of Iowa.
Vilsack sees traditional farm programs becoming less important- and more and more emphasis within USDA on rural development, organic agriculture and energy.
We have a link below to the Agri-Pulse front page and on the right hand column- you will see the link for their "Open Mic" and picture of Mr. Vilsack. Click on the start button provided and take a listen to where Vilsack hopes to take USDA as the Obama Administration takes shape.
On the Calendar- The Frank Lucas Roadshow and a Jim Mintert Market Crystal Ball Reading
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today is the second of two days of Town Hall meetings for Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, who is the ranking Minority member of the House Ag Committee. The schedule for Lucas today begins in Seiling at the Seiling City Hall at 10 AM, then on to Watonga for a 12:30 PM meeting at the Watonga City Hall- Kingfisher is the next stop at 2:30 PM at the Chisholm Trail Museum and finally he wraps up the day in Yukon at the Dale Robertson Senior Center at 4:30 PM this afternoon. As always, these meetings are open to the public- the Congressman usually will open with a quick overview and then will spend the balance of the time listening and interacting with those who show up.
A week from today- Will Cubbage tells us about the Osage County Stocker Cattle Conference that is being held at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska, starting at 6 PM. I guess you could say it's dinner and the markets, as they will have supper, along with Dr. Jim Mintert of Kansas State to offer a beef cattle market outlook, as well as have Bob Woods, northeast area Agronomist to talk about Complementary Forages in a Stocker System. The Osage County Cattlemen's Association will have a brief meeting that will follow the speakers- you can register by calling 918-287-4170.
As always- check our calendar at WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com for all of the latest farm and ranch happenings- lots to check on as we end into the final days of February- and we are starting to add a lot of March events as well. We have the link to the Calendar section of our website linked below.
For Great Agricultural Information in Central Oklahoma- Go to the Right Side of the Dial
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We are proud to have great radio stations all across the state that partner with us on the Radio Oklahoma Network. Our station with the most power on the AM dial sits right dead center in the middle of the state in Oklahoma City- KOKC at 1520 on the AM dial.
KOKC offers news and information and great talk shows throughout the day- and with 50,000 watts, they reach out across a lot of the state. KOKC takes four of our shows daily, as well as the daily feature produced by Sam Knipp and his Farm Bureau communications team- Agriculture First that is heard just before 7 AM weekday mornings.
KOKC carries our morning farm news around 6:40 AM, the daily Energy Report at 7:40 AM, midday Farm News at 12:25 PM and closing markets at 2:31 PM. We have more information on KOKC- including a coverage map of where you can hear them on our website- and it's linked below for your to jump to. Check it out!
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