~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday February 19, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau to hold their Winter Leadership Conference later today and tomorrow morning.
-- National FFA Week is in Full Swing!
-- Pesticide Collection Tomorrow and Thursday!
-- Soybean Growers are passing out their farm bill proposal.
-- Express Ranches invite you to their Spring Bull Sale March first and second!
-- President's Day- No Ag Futures and some offices are closed.
-- We're on the light side of things for President's Day!
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau to hold their Winter Leadership Conference later today and tomorrow morning.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2007 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference will be held February 19-20 at the Marriott Hotel on Northwest Expressway in OKC. County Presidents and other Farm Bureau leaders from across the state will be headed for Oklahoma City later today for the two day conference.
Farm Bureau Leaders will hear from both Congresswoman Mary Fallin and Congressman Frank Lucas- as well as from Republican State Legislative Leaders Lance Cargill and Glenn Coffee. They'll also get an update of OSU's legislative priorities from Oklahoma State University Dean of the Division of Ag Dr. Bob Whitson- plus a Highway Patrol briefing on truck and trailer rules and regs that impact farmers and ranchers.
OFB's State Lobbyist Lori Peterson will brief Leaders on Farm Bureau's current priorities at the State Capitol- we have linked below the current priorities as written by Lori for their web site. Eminent Domain legislation, water issues and pushing to get manure declared as NOT a hazardous waste are some of the issues that the general farm organization is especially interested in seeing advanced in Oklahoma City this spring.
National FFA Week is in Full Swing!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National FFA Week officially began on Saturday and runs through this coming weekend- and we salute the Oklahoma FFA Association and the more than 300 FFA chapters and over 24,000 members that make up the Blue and Gold here in the state. We have linked below a fascinating look at some of the names of "high achievers" in Oklahoma FFA history- it brings back a lot of great memories to think how many of these young people and others that were their peers I have interviewed down through the years.
Travis Snaithman of Garber is the current State President of the Oklahoma FFA- Travis is currently serving his second term as a State Officer and continues his education at Oklahoma State as a sophomore majoring in Agribusiness.
While the traditional thought about FFA is that it is still all about production agriculture- the organization has changed drastically over the last few decades to stay relevant- and it continues to succeed in a powerful and exciting way. It's now all about agriscience, horticulture, leadership development and Public Speaking- as well as things that have to do with production agriculture. One way to illustrate how the organization has been able to attract young people through its leadership building is to look at the three largest FFA chapters in the state- Sapulpa, Lawton and Moore- all in urban/suburban areas where production agriculture is mostly at least one or two generations removed from the average student. FFA remains relevant for thousands of young people- and makes them better prepared for the game of life- and we salute Travis and the other 24,000 plus members that wear the blue and gold jackets here in our state!
Pesticide Collection Tomorrow and Thursday!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The next Unwanted Pesticide Disposals are scheduled for tomorrow, February 20, 2007 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Farmers Elevator Company Drummond, OK and February 22, 2007 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at UAP Webbers Falls, OK. These Disposal Days are available to anyone that might have old or unwanted pesticides they would like to dispose of as this is a free service to get rid of these products correctly. This is for people in production agriculture (farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, and nurseries), certified applicators, and pesticide dealers. Please no homeowners at this time.
No questions will be asked as all farmers/ranchers and other participants will remain anonymous. This collection will take only pesticides no other hazardous waste will be accepted such as oil, paint, antifreeze etc. All pesticides will be taken no matter the size. There is no cost for the first 2,500 pounds of pesticides brought by a participant. Anything over 2,500 pounds will be charged to the participant at a $1/pound for all pesticides except mercury based pesticides, wherein participants will be charged $2.22/pound for disposal. Clean Harbors will accept payment in the form of check or credit card at the disposal site. No cash will be accepted!
We have a link below for the website that can tell you more about these disposal days for next week. Two more collections have been scheduled for April and are in the planning stages for Southeastern Oklahoma and Northeastern Oklahoma. We will have details of them as they become available. This program is a joint effort of OSU Extension, the Oklahoma Department of Ag and the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association.
Soybean Growers are passing out their farm bill proposal.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Another group this past week passed out their ideas on farm policy for 2007- ASA President Rick Ostlie says the soybean target price in the 2002 farm bill doesn’t provide an equitable safety net. According to Ostlie - Congress has a chance to change that - by correcting inequities in price and income support levels that currently exist. He says that will take adjustments to target prices and loan rates.
As you might expect- the ASA is calling for an emphasis on biodiesel research and development here in the U.S. They also want to see full funding for the so called Green Payments program- the Conservation Security Program.
We have a link below for you to review the key elements of what the soybean folks are wanting in farm policy- and it now appears that we will be hearing three distinct farm policy ideas when we travel to Tampa for the Commodity Classic in just another week or so as wheat, corn and soybeans will all be meeting at the same time under the Class banner- but they won't be "together" when it comes to their ideas on what would be a great 2007 farm bill.
Express Ranches invite you to their Spring Bull Sale March first and second!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches in Yukon have one of their biggest bull offerings of the year about ready to sell- and they will be offering a total of 500 Limousin and Angus Bulls over a two day period March first and Second at the Ranch just north of Yukon, Oklahoma. This will be their 13th annual spring bull sale!
The sale Schedule includes:
You can attend live- or the auction will be available through liveauction.tv on the Internet. We have a link below that takes you to the Express web site to tell you more about the spring bull sale- and it you go to the sale catalog that is available on line- you can get full information on how to register to be a buyer on the world wide web on sale day.
President's Day- No Ag Futures and some offices are closed.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With the President's Day Holiday- Federal offices are closed as are banks and the Commodity markets and stock markets are all taking a three day holiday weekend.
We're on the light side of things for President's Day!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We will crank back up to full speed tomorrow after the holiday with a look at Panhandle conditions and what one agronomist says could be the announcement that could level the playing field between corn and milo for real!
We will also have coverage from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference tomorrow and later into the week.
In the meantime- I have number one granddaughter and her mom in Oklahoma City for a few more hours until they fly out this afternoon to go home to California- so I have a priority engagement for the day- Enjoy your President's Day and the warming temperatures!
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