~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday October 30, 2006A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- 54,000 attend the 2006 National FFA Convention in Indy
-- Johanns says we are VERY close to a deal with Korea on Bone Chips
-- Sorghum Commission thinks maybe we have better yields this year than have been reported.
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau annual meeting heading to Tulsa!
-- It's now the OSU Department of Ag Ed, Communications and Leadership.
-- Boyer added to CBB to represent Oklahoma cattle producers.
-- The week ahead- out with October and in with November!
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54,000 attend the 2006 National FFA Convention in Indy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We wrap up our coverage of the 2006 National FFA Convention this morning here in our email and would point you to our blog of the event on our web site- we have it linked below.
The announcement on Saturday afternoon as the final session kicked into gear was that over 54,000 members and guests of the FFA had shown up in Indianapolis for their first attempt to host this annual gathering. It will be interesting to hear the reviews from our Oklahoma FFA Advisors and others who helped bring some 2500 from Oklahoma to the event.
Oklahoma can boost of the one of the most dominant performances of the entire convention- as the Livestock Judging team from Kingfisher blew away the rest of the teams- ending up some 80 points ahead of second place California at the Convention's Livestock Judging event. Chelsea Clifton was the high individual- while the other three members of the team placed second, fourth and fifth nationally! The other team members were Darin Annuschat, Logan Prichett and Mark Pringnitz. Chelsea was the scheduled to be the Oklahoma rep for Extemporary speaking- but decided to go with the judging team from her chapter- and led them to victory. She hopes to make another speaking run towards the goal of winning a national speech contest this coming year.
Johanns says we are VERY close to a deal with Korea on Bone Chips
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns expounded on his comments that he made to us earlier in the day last Thursday during the National FFA Convention as he talked at length with five radio broadcasters- yours truly included- and some interns for FFA after his evening remarks to the Blue and Gold.
Johanns tells us "we are engaged with Korea every day" and he says that he thinks we will have a clarification on this issue of how they will respond to any possible discovery of bone chips in boxes of boneless beef very quickly. He adds "I am not talking about weeks- I think we are right on the edge of sending beef to Korea."
The concern is obviously how they respond- and our companies are not willing to take the risk of an inspector finding something he finds unacceptable- and having a whole load impounded and possibly be out tens of thousands of dollars or more. You can hear the Secretary's comments on both Korea and Japan by clicking below on today's Beef Buzz from the Radio Oklahoma Network.
Sorghum Commission thinks maybe we have better yields this year than have been reported.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Sorghum Commission met in Stillwater, Oklahoma at the end of this past week where they received updates from work being done at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and from the USDA-ARS. OSU is working to expand their research on biofuels. They are one of five regional leaders for the SunGrant Initiative, which will provide funds for support of biofuels. The Commission also questioned USDA-NASS figures of 35 bushels for state yields, since many of the Commissioners are reporting good yields from around the state. In fact, a couple counties in the Panhandle of Oklahoma may have some of the best yields in many years.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau annual meeting heading to Tulsa!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On a regular basis- the Oklahoma Farm Bureau rotates their annual meeting from Oklahoma City over to Tulsa- the Tulsa venue happens every three or four years. Here in 2006, the Southern Hills Marriott will be the place November 10th through the 12th- and the meeting will be a most interesting one in that we will get some early feedback from the results of Election Day that happens a week from tomorrow on the 7th of November.
American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman will provide a good look at the elections from a national perspective and his thoughts on what the vote may mean for Disaster Assistance, a 2007 Farm Bill and more.
At the state level- OFB members will hear from whoever wins the Lt Governor race as both of the major candidates have agreed to come and address the group. Add the YF&R events- the policy discussions and some fun- and you have the makings of an outstanding Farm Bureau meeting for 2006.
It's now the OSU Department of Ag Ed, Communications and Leadership.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Alumni and professional organizations have given their input, the Board of Regents has voted and the third-largest academic department in Oklahoma State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Sciences now has a new name. “Our new name - the department of agricultural education, communications and leadership – more accurately describes our primary academic majors and areas of scholarship,” said James L. Leising, head of what was previously called the department of agricultural education, communications and 4-H youth development. Ag Communications is actually the largest component of the department- with 150 plus students enrolled this year.
The department has an enrollment of nearly 300 undergraduate students and more than 60 graduate students. In the college, only the departments of animal science and agricultural economics have larger enrollments. Leising said the rationale for “agricultural education” being listed first was based on the department’s large number of agricultural education alumni and graduates, as well as the visibility of the stakeholder group throughout Oklahoma. “The meaning of ‘agricultural education’ is broad and includes both formal and informal education in agriculture,” Leising said. “Agricultural education has been part of the university’s focus since 1920. All of society is affected by our food and fiber industries, and the ways in which we use land are becoming increasingly important to greater numbers of individuals, communities, organizations and governments.” Approximately 140 undergraduate students are currently enrolled in OSU's agricultural education academic program. Some students have double majors, which are available in animal science, agricultural economics and horticulture.
No one associated with 4-H seemed to have major problems with that group being deleted from the name of the department. “4-H has a presence in every department in OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, plus having 4-H be part of one academic department’s name was confusing to some people who wanted to contact the State 4-H Office,” said Charles Cox, State 4-H Program leader. The department also works closely with FFA and other youth development organizations, none of which were listed in the previous name.
Boyer added to CBB to represent Oklahoma cattle producers.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Thirty-five appointments and one interim appointment to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board were announced late last week.
Bill D. Boyer was appointed by Secretary Johanns to serve a three year term that actually starts February 3, 2007. That means that Bill will actually begin his three years on the Cattlemen's Beef Board at the conclusion of their annual meeting that will be held in early 2007 in Nashville and wraps up on the 3rd of February. Traditionally, this allows new board members to go and begin an education process of how the beef board operates and will allow them to then hit the ground running at their first official board meeting as a part of the 104 member body later in 2007.
The 104-member board oversees collection of $1-per- head on all cattle sold in the United States and $1- per-head equivalent on imported cattle, beef and beef products. In addition, the board contracts with established national, non-profit, industry-governed organizations to implement programs of promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications.
The week ahead- out with October and in with November!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We will quickly wrap up October this week with "all Treats and No Tricks" tomorrow as we examine the final weekly crop weather update of the month- we will have weekly updates through November before we go to the monthly summaries over the winter- and moisture profile will continue to be of great interest.
The head of the USDA Risk Management Agency will be in Oklahoma later this week- and we will share some of his comments with you- and we also will be getting geared up for the elections a week from tomorrow. Plus we plan on doing a weather outlook for the month of November.
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