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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Friday March 18, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- ANCW President Elect Tammi Didlot Helping Implement Three Major Programs Aimed at Promoting Beef
-- Destinee Johnson of Frederick FFA Shows Supreme Champion Ewe at 2011 OYE
-- Pork Industry to Aid Japanese Recovery
-- Cheryl Hyde of Lexington Named Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
-- Next Week- PORK!
-- Next Week- PEANUTS! (and lots more on the calendar)
-- This weekend at the OYE (Remeber to check out our Pictures)
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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ANCW President Elect Tammi Didlot Helping Implement Three Major Programs Aimed at Promoting Beef
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President Elect of the American National Cattlewomen, Tammi Didlot of Oklahoma, is a busy lady these days- and we caught up with her at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo during the "This One's From the Girls" event put on by the Diamond Hats organization. Didlot is a member of that group, as well as a national officer of the ANCW. We talked with her about the three major programs that the Cattlewomen are working on here in 2011.
Those programs include the National Beef Ambassador program, the National Beef Cookoff and the new national "Telling Beef's Story" campaign.
You can hear more about all three of these programs- and also hear why Tammi has been motivated to serve. We have our full conversation with Tammi as a special long form cyberspace Beef Buzz- which combines two days worth of Beef Buzz segments on our statewide radio network.
Click on the LINK below to hear our conversation with Tammi- and to read more about the three program areas that Tammi and other members of the American National Cattlewomen are working hard on.
Destinee Johnson of Frederick FFA Shows Supreme Champion Ewe at 2011 OYE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Youth Expo 2011 Ewe show was held on Thursday- over 400 ewes were evaluated by Jerry Hensler of Nebraska- and by early evening, he selected his top Commercial Ewe as the Supreme Ewe Champion for the 2011 OYE. That ewe was shown by Destinee Johnson of Frederick FFA- she wins a $3,000 scholarship from the OYE- reserve Supreme Champion was the Reserve Commercial Champion shown by Amber Cox of Morrision FFA- Amber gets a $2,000 scholarshipas Reserve Supreme Champ.
The bronze medallion winner picked up $1,500 in scholarship money- the
ewe selected is owned by Kolton Schulein of the Deer Creek-Lamont FFA
Chapter- Kolton's Ewe was the Champion Dorset.
Pork Industry to Aid Japanese Recovery
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council have partnered with the U.S. Meat Export Federation to provide pork for victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern sections of Japan. The goal of the outreach program is to ensure that food requiring little or no preparation - such as pre-made lunch boxes - can be provided to people who have been displaced. Conley Nelson, a pork producer from Iowa and a member of the National Pork Board, says - U.S. pork producers are pleased that we can become a small part of the effort to help alleviate the suffering of those affected by the earthquake.
On behalf of U.S. pork producers and importers, the National Pork Board has allocated 100-thousand dollars from the Pork Checkoff to provide pork product and to help get it distributed to those in need in Japan. Estimates are that more than a half million Japanese residents are without adequate food and shelter. Food shortages are expected to last into the summer months.
USMEF chair-elect Danita Rodibaugh says, "I am proud that U.S. pork producers and importers through the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council are the first to step forward and provide seed money for this critical initiative. Rodibaugh adds that they are hopeful that others will join them and offer their support for the people of Japan who have been great friends of U.S. agriculture.
Cheryl Hyde of Lexington Named Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ag in the Classroom has announced their 2011 Teacher of the Year. Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom coordinator Dana Bessinger says that "we have many great teachers across this state, but Cheryl Hyde of Lexington has the distinction of being this year's Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year." Cheryl Hyde teaches 2nd grade at Lexington Elementary. She has taught for 11 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher. She had been Lexington Elementary Teacher of the Year and has received grants from AITC and Lowes.
Mrs. Hyde incorporates AITC through out her curriculum during the entire year. She uses her smartboard to teach AITC Language Arts lessons. Her goal is to teach one AITC lesson per week. She has personal experience with Agriculture. Her family raises beef cattle, grains, and harvests pecans. They raise field corn, rye, wheat, and sorghum for feed or silage. She brings those various crops into her classroom to give her students hands-on experience with them. They make Bread in a Bag and Butter, ice Cream from the milk that comes from her family's dairy farm. She gets local commodity groups to come to her school and give the students hands-on experience milking a cow.
Bessinger adds that Hyde's family also has been a teaching resource in her classroom. Her son is a 4-H member and he comes to her classroom and helps teach many AITC lessons like, History of Branding, Making Biodegradable Packaging, and Dying Cotton. She incorporates a school wide Ag Day every year. She also started a school garden for the entire school to use. Her second grade students leave her classroom knowing the definition of Agriculture and can identify many of the concepts that go along with it.
Next Week- PORK!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Pork Congress is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at the Reed Center in Midwest City. More than 150 pork producers, allied industry members and guests will meet for educational programs, an awards luncheon, industry trade show, business meeting and silent auction.
The day will being at 9 a.m. with an update from OPC, National Pork Producers Council, and the National Pork Board. Then Dr. Cindy Blackwell, associate professor of Agriculture Communications at Oklahoma State University will talk to producer about how they can communicate effectively about what they do and also combat the scare tactics the anti-agriculture activists use. Dr. Wes Jamison, associate professor of Communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University, will talk about how activist groups frame the public debate on issues and how that ultimately impacts public policy decisions by legislatures and through public initiatives.
During the awards luncheon, Rob Brenneman, president and CEO of Seaboard Foods, will be inducted into the OPC Hall of Fame for being a disciplined leader who has guided Seaboard Foods' place as the largest Oklahoma pork producer. Terry Peach, past Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, will receive the OPC Distinguished Service Award for guiding all Oklahoma agriculture groups to work together and speak with unity.
Next Week- PEANUTS! (and lots more on the calendar)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2011 Oklahoma Peanut Expo is happening Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Quartz Mountain Resort (17 miles north of Altus)- it's a collaborative effort of the Oklahoma Peanut Commission, OSU Extension and Sheller interests in the state. This year's theme is "Planning for 2011, It's Going to be Nuts!"
Some meeting highlights will be; Peanut Market Outlook, OSU Peanut Team, Supply and Demand, Peanut Promotion and Education Update, Water Rights Issues and Management and Legislative Update Panel. Click here for more details and a contact number about the 2011 Peanut Expo.
AND- there are a lot of other events on the agricultural calendar that we invite you to check out for the next couple of weeks- click on the LINK below to jump to our calendar and take a good look!!!
This weekend at the OYE (Remeber to check out our Pictures)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's the big weekend coming for the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- the showing of the three market species that has traditionally made up the heart of what is called the "world's largest junior livestock show."
By Sunday night, we will be ready to watch the judges select the Grand Champion Steer, Barrow and Market Lamb. Also on Sunday night, the All State Academic Team will be honored by the Youth Expo- with thousands of dollars of scholarships to be handed out by the Expo. Click on the LINK below for the full schedule of what show is going on when over the next few days in Oklahoma City at the 2011 OYE.
AND- CLICK HERE for our Flickr set of pictures from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- we will be updating the pictures several more times over the weekend and we invite you to come in and enjoy looking at the show through all of these pictures- from the Goat show of last weekend right through the Sale of Champions coming Monday March 21.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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