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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 25, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Is It the Best FFA Fall Harvest Ever? You be the judge.
-- A National President- and an American Star Both Call Oklahoma Home
-- Kingfisher FFA Grabs National Title in Livestock Judging- Oklahoma Also Second in the Nation in Horse Judging
-- Kingfisher Ladies Double Down- Winning Prepared and Extemp in Indy
-- Oklahoma Grabs Eight National Championships in the Proficiency Awards for 2010
-- Texas Cattle Feeders Hit Oklahioma City for their Annual Convention
-- School Land Lease Auctions Today, Tomorrow and Wednesday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Is It the Best FFA Fall Harvest Ever? You be the judge.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma had yet another dominating performance in Indianapolis at the National FFA Convention this past week- and in many aspects, it is easily one for the ages. In 2009, I wrote that the 82nd annual convention was the "most incredible Convention I have ever been a part of." The accomplishments a year ago were legendary- but 2010 matches it- and in several categories goes well beyond last year and recent memory.
Let me offer a bit of historical perspective- then we have stories and
lots of links to our interviews and more that made up our coverage- they
When the dust settled in Indy on Saturday afternoon- here are the
We get to some of the details with lots of links below- Click here for our pictures from the 2010 National Convention as found on Flickr- and click on the LINK below for our Blue Green Gazette Page that has excellent coverage from the 2010 event- with more stories to be added in the next few days that we simply have not had time to write as of yet.
A National President- and an American Star Both Call Oklahoma Home
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma experienced a drought in the mid to late nineties and into the early years of this century without placing an Oklahoman on a National FFA Officer team. Travis Jett blasted in back in 2005-06 and ended that drought as he became National FFA President. Laila Hajii followed a couple of years later as a National Veep- running twice and winning the second time- and now Riley Pagett has followed that path- and was declared the National President of the FFA on Saturday afternoon. He was chosen to lead the officer team from a group of 36 National Officer candidates.
The national FFA officer selection process is intense and represents an
assessment of years of academic and extracurricular accomplishments made
by each student running for office. Nominees must first qualify on the
state level to represent their particular state FFA associations. They
then submit a thorough application, detailing their accomplishments and
contributions to the community, along with an essay explaining their
desire to be elected to national office. Once at the convention,
candidates participate in five rounds of interviews, take an in-depth
written test on the organization and agricultural education topics and
complete two writing exercises.
For the fourth year in a row- Oklahoma has secured one of the four American "Stars." This year, it was Rusty Kenner's turn as he was named the American Star in Agri-Business on Saturday morning in advance of the American FFA degree being handed out to several thousand FFA members. Click here for our story with Rusty that includes an interview that talks about his twin businesses of water well drilling and hay baling.
Kingfisher FFA Grabs National Title in Livestock Judging- Oklahoma Also Second in the Nation in Horse Judging
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A proud tradition at Kingfisher High School grew this past week in Indianapolis as Kingfisher FFA added yet about National Title to their Trophy Case- winning the 2010 National FFA Convention Livestock Judging Contest. A squad from Kingfisher also dominated the National FFA Convention Livestock Judging contest in 2006- winning the National Title that year as well.
This Kingfisher livestock judging team won their "triple-crown" as they
were named National FFA Champions this Friday, racing ahead of second
place Oregon by 69 points. High individual was Kyle Mueggenborg, 3rd high
was McKenzie Walta, and 7th was Josh Lippoldt and Audrey Gruntmeir placed
16th nationally. They were also the high-placing team in the written exam
and in sheep and goats.
In the Horse Evaluation- the Oklahoma Union FFA Chapter was second in the Nation- the team including Whitney Gibson, Emily Handke, Rebecca Gagan, and Dylan Hammons. Emily was the second high individual in the US in this Career Development Event.
Kingfisher Ladies Double Down- Winning Prepared and Extemp in Indy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the second time in as many years- Kingfisher FFA Ag Ed teacher Lori Burns was sitting in Finals Hall at the National FFA Convention- listening to one of her students in the National Finals of one of the two major speech contests that FFA conducts at the National level. In fact, she had to spend all Thursday morning in that room- as she had contestants in both of the contests- Prepared Public Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking.
In 2009- it was Green Eggs and Ham with McKenzie Walta. In 2010, it's Tara Newton who spoke on Animal Agriculture and Antibiotics. Tara's topic was perhaps a tougher subject, as she was dealing with a subject that has had a lot of time in the spotlight, evoking strong opinions from the judges the three times she spoke. She took it on- defended the need for antibiotics to be used in livestock production in this country and handled questions in a way that leaders of some of the major livestock groups could have learned a thing or two. We talked with Tara after her last presentation of the speech in Indy- click here to read that story and listen to our conversation with this remarkable young lady.
Equally remarkable this past week was the National winner in the Extemp contest from Oklahoma- Ashton Mese of Kingfisher. We talked ag issues with this young lady leading up to this contest- and she, like Tara, is sharp, articulate and has a unique ability to read about or discuss a subject- then be able to organize her thoughts and deliver a world class speech- on demand. Click here to watch and listen to Ashton's speech in the National Finals as she addresses Estate Taxes and Agriculture. All I can say is- Awesome.
Oklahoma Grabs Eight National Championships in the Proficiency Awards for 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Once again- Oklahoma had more National Proficiency Awards than any other state- winning eight titles while Illinois and California each won five. Click on the name below and jump to the story of these eight young people who's project and the presentation of it pushed them to this elite level.
Turf Grass Management-
William Maltbie of Burlington
Swine Entrepreneurship- Austin
Kindschi of Mulhall-Orlando
Texas Cattle Feeders Hit Oklahioma City for their Annual Convention
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Feedlot operators from across the Southern Great Plains Are moving into downtown Oklahoma City for the next couple of days for the 2010 Texas Cattle Feeders Association Annual Convention.
Monday's activities will include the annual Awards Luncheon where winners of TCFA contests and scholarships will be recognized. Miss Oklahoma, Emoly West, will be on hand for the luncheon to help with award presentations.
The opening General Session will feature the annual Chairman's Address to the organization- this year being delivered by Chairman Mike Engler of Cactus Feeders, based in Amarillo. We talked with Mike after he arrived in OKC on Sunday afternoon about how his feedlot members are faring here in 2010- hint- it's been a pretty good year- as well as discussing the many challenges that have come from big government.
Click on our LINK below to hear our full conversation with Mike Engler- we have it as a PODCAST in Ag Perspectives series that is available on our website, as well as via Itunes.
School Land Lease Auctions Today, Tomorrow and Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This morning at 10 AM- the next of the fall Oklahoma School Land Lease Auctions are planned- this one to be held at the Western Technology Center in Burns Flat- starting at 10 AM. Leases in Caddo, Washita, Kiowa, Beckham, Roger Mills and Custer Counties will be offered.
On Tuesday, the auction moves to the Chisholm Trail Pavilion at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid. The sale begins at 10 Am as well. Leases in Garfield, Grant, Blaine, Kay, Alfalfa and Kingfisher Counties will be offered.
This Wednesday- the third auction of lease auctions planned for this week will be happening at the great Plains Technology Center in Lawton- also at 10 AM. Leases in Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, Jackson, Jefferson and Tillman Counties will be offered.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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