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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, March 13, 2017
NW Okla WIldfires 42% Contained- Help for Ranchers Hit by Wildfires Continues to Pour In
Good news from George Geissler of the Oklahoma Department of Ag- the Northwest Oklahoma Complex Fires are now 42% contained- and acreage burned is holding steady at just under 780,000 acres.
With that said- a lot of folks have stepped up and are helping.
We reported on Friday on our website that Love's Travel Stops has partnered with Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma to fund relief for fire victims. I spoke with Jenny Love Meyer of Love's about the company's commitment to assisting our neighbors in the Northwest part of the state during these difficult times.
"We've been a part of the Woodward community for 40 years and we understand that local farmers are extremely important to the area," said Love Meyer. "Giving farmers the tools they need to feed their livestock during this difficult time means more than feeding animals; it means protecting the community our employees have come to know and love."
The three organizations have furnished gift cards for fuel to those transporting donated hay to the affected area. Click here
for instructions on how to donate or deliver hay. Gift cards will be distributed at the hay drop off locations.
In addition to funding transportation of the donated hay, Farm Credit also will provide 0 percent interest agricultural operating loans for those directly impacted by the fires.
Governor Mary Fallin
is also working to help ranchers feed their livestock with rangeland now in ashes. On Friday, Fallin joined the Governors of Texas, Kansas and New Mexico in writing a letter to Acting USDA Secretary Mike Young
to temporarily lift grazing restrictions on CRP land. Learn more on this story, here
Learn more about the relief efforts being made to help farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires burning across NW Oklahoma and listen to my interview with Jenny Love Meyer, by clicking or tapping here
THIS MORNING- I want to point your attention to a couple of stories from over the weekend from our colleagues at News9- Deanne Steine reports on the generous spirit
of Earl Livingston with Livingston Machinery near Ft. Cobb.
He has already made a couple of trips to the northwest to deliver hay- and is planning a convoy on Wednesday to take more.
And early this morning- Justin Dougherty of News9 is writing about Jess McCabe
of Pearl Texas- who has organized over 20 tons of feed and nearly one thousand bales of hay are set to be delivered to Beaver County tomorrow. At least seven semi-trucks have also been donated to help deliver the supplies.
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|"More Schools Need 4-H and FFA Programs" According to Independent Study Conducted by Oklahoma Youth Expo
The Oklahoma Youth Expo recently released a study the organization decided to conduct, based upon what parents and the business community of Oklahoma want from the public education system. Tyler Norvell, executive director of OYE told me in a recent interview that the idea to do the study came to him about a year ago while talking to a gentleman about the issue. Apparently, no one has ever thought until now to do such a study. After hiring a professional company to conduct several focus groups, the study has concluded and the final report has been submitted.
"The thing that I took away - they said, 'We don't know what 4-H and FFA and Livestock shows are, but we know they need to be in more schools,'" Norvell said, paraphrasing from the study's report which revealed focus group participants viewed 4-H and FFA as "leadership factories.
"That meant a lot to me that they see the value in these programs."
Norvell has submitted the report to the Oklahoma legislature on behalf of the OYE, under the terms that the organization has no, and is not offering any solutions to the issues raised in the study, only that they felt the study was warranted and hoped it would aid policymakers in their decisions moving forward to improve the educational system for all Oklahomans.
You can listen to my interview with Norvell or take a look at the full report for yourself, by clicking here.
|Oklahoma's Jimmie Musick Offers His Take on the Most Pressing Policy Issues as NAWG's New Vice President
We want to send out a big congratulations to our friend Jimmie Musick of Sentinel, Oklahoma - it was announced last week during the Commodity Classic that Musick has been elected to serve as National Vice President for the National Association of Wheat Growers. Our Associate Farm Director Carson Horn was on location in San Antonio covering the Classic and had the chance to catch up with Musick, who offered a few thoughts on the priorities NAWG will be fighting for during Farm Bill negotiations over the coming months.
""We've absolutely got to have crop insurance," Musick said. "It's the difference between being in business or being out of business for a lot of our farmers. The other thing as always is trade."
Musick says with all the wheat still on hand from last year's harvest and more on the way, it's imperative for the health of the wheat industry to move some product. He notes that currently there is a lot of market opportunities out there for wheat, that just need to be tapped into. He hopes the Trump administration will strive to forge some strong trade partnerships in the near future and he says NAWG will be actively encouraging these efforts along the way.
To listen to Carson's interview with NAWG's newly elected Vice President Jimmie Musick of Sentinel, click here
|Integrity Beef Sustainability Project Presents Opportunity to Put US Roundtable's New Metrics to the Test
We've been talking with John Butler of the Beef Marketing Group a lot lately. That's because he seems to be everywhere these days - his name becoming synonymous with sustainability. Not only does Butler serve as chairman of the US Roundtable on Sustainable Beef, he is also now participating in the Integrity Beef Sustainability Pilot Project, a two-year long program that will follow cattle through the supply chain from the producer all the way to the end consumer. While the pilot project is totally separate from the Roundtable, some of the Roundtable's work will be incorporated into the project. Butler says this is an opportunity to put the new indicators and metrics developed by the Roundtable to the test.
"We're very excited to have the knowledge that the Roundtable has developed and begin to see if we can't execute," he said, "if we can't actually put cattle in a system and ultimately get a product, that is focused on sustainability."
By using the metrics and indicators developed by the USRSB during this two year pilot project, Butler says he looks forward to finding out if they actually work as intended while looking to identify opportunities to increase efficiency.
"I'm hoping that we can verify in fact that we can create efficiency by taking these cattle from the Integrity Beef program and actually capitalizing on the good work that has been done at the ranch level," Butler said. "So, now McDonald's has a product that sort of has a Good Housekeeping seal of approval inside and maybe then they can have more success enhancing the trust of our product with their consumers."
Listen John and I talk about his hopes for the Integrity Beef Sustainability Project, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here
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|Emily Oakley of Cherokee County Recognized as One of Oklahoma's Significant Women in Agriculture
Emily Oakley is the second to be named as a Significant Woman in Agriculture by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. She has brought a world of passion for organic foods to 3 acres in Cherokee County in northeastern Oklahoma.
Oakley, a city girl from Tulsa, never planted a seed before her high school and college courses grew her awareness of global environmental issues and their connection with agriculture. Attending Oklahoma State University's Science Academy opened her eyes and gave her a desire to work with small-scale farmers to build sustainability.
That desire blossomed into a drive to become a small-scale farmer herself in spite of opportunities to stay in graduate school at the University of California Davis where she received her master's degree in International Agricultural Development. Graduate school emphasized policy-making over hands-on farming, but Oakley saw her future differently. Feeding people the highest quality fresh vegetables she can grow is her policy.
She returned to Oklahoma and eventually bought land east of Tulsa in Cherokee County where she and her husband, Michael Appel, grow more than 25 different types of vegetables on 3 acres including a hoop house full of tomatoes.
The Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture project is a collaborative program between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University to recognize and honor the impact of countless women across all 77 counties of the state, from all aspects and areas of the agricultural industry. The honorees were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of 14 industry professionals.
to continue reading the complete story on Oakley's recognition as a Significant Woman in Agriculture.
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U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford
released last week, information on the services available
to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires affecting northwestern Oklahoma.
"My thoughts and prayers are with our friends and neighbors in Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties who are reeling from the effects of three separate wildfires," Inhofe said. "Senator Lankford and I are working to ensure that everyone who has been affected by the wildfires has access to the resources and information available to them through FEMA, USDA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service."
"All of Oklahoma stands with our friends and neighbors in northwest Oklahoma battling the devastating wildfires-they are not alone," Lankford said. "A number of fire relief resources have already been made available as they walk through a literal firestorm."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a number of specific programs to provide assistance to Oklahomans impacted by the wildfires. The type of assistance available is dependent on factors unique to each individual. It is important to review all available options to determine which program and type of assistance fits your situation. To view a list of the available assistance options, click here
|From the OYE- Supreme Champion Commercial Gilt Shown by Garrison Straka of El Reno
of El Reno saw his pig slapped by the judge on Saturday afternoon- meaning that he had the Supreme Champion Commercial Gilt at this year's OYE.
Straka's Division Three Champion that was named Supreme Champion of the 2017 OYE Commercial Gilt Show will lead off the Night of Stars Gilt Sale this coming Wednesday evening. A total of 115 gilts will be offered in a live auction where bidders from multiple states will come and participate at State Fair Park for the best females of the more than three thousand that were shown from Thursday through Saturday afternoon.Click here
for the Night of Stars lineup.
And you can click or tap here
for our story that showcases the top winners of the 2017 Commercial Gilt show- and if you want to jump back to Friday- click or tap here
for the Purebred Gilt lineup as well.
We remind you that our coverage across our media platforms from the 2017 OYE is a service of ITC, your energy superhighway.
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