ICYMI Video Conversation- Harry Birdwell and Ron Hays In the FieldThu, 15 Oct 2015 06:20:47 CDT
In Case You Missed It- This past weekend, Ron Hays talked with the Secretary of the Oklahoma School Land Office, Harry Birdwell, about the upcoming school land lease auctions for this fall that kick off October 19th in Beaver County. This year’s fall lease auctions will include a total of 464 tracts in 33 counties.
“Each October, state school land is leased for agricultural farming and grazing, as well as for recreational use” said Harry Birdwell, Secretary of the Commissioners of the Land Office. “Some leases are suitable for agricultural use and others are ideal for hunting, fishing or other personal enjoyment uses.”
Click on the PLAY button inside the video box below- and beneath the video box- read more about the upcoming lease auctions. Hays also talked with Birdwell off camera about the legacy of the School Land Commission- and you can hear their conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of the story.
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Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Birdwell about the legacy of the School Land Commission that stretches back to statehood- with the land that the Commissioners oversee found in what was Oklahoma Territory. Birdwell explained his desire since becoming the Secretary to make sure the land is adequately maintained so that it will be a valuable resource to generate money for education a century from now and more.
All leases are for a term of five years. Minimum bids are listed for each tract. Detailed lists are available from the Land Office at (405) 521-4000 or 1-888-35-LANDS. The information is also available on line by clicking here.
Leases in Beaver County will be auctioned at the Beaver County Fairgrounds at 2:00 p.m. on October 19th. Cimarron County leases will be offered at 9:00 a.m. October 20th at the Cimarron County Fairgrounds, and bidding for Texas County leases begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Texas County Fairgrounds in Guymon on October 20th.
Leases in Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Major, Dewey and Woods counties will be offered on October 21st at 10:00 a.m. at the High Plains Vo-Tech in Woodward. Leases in Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, Jackson, Jefferson and Tillman counties will be auctioned at 10:00 a.m. at the Great Plains Technology Center in Lawton on October 26th.
On October 27th, leases in Kiowa, Beckham, Caddo, Custer, Roger Mills and Washita counties will be auctioned at the Western Technology Center in Burns Flat beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Kay, Garfield, Alfalfa, Grant, Kingfisher and Blaine county lease auctions will be held October 28th at 10:00 a.m. in Enid at the Garfield County Fairgrounds.
Auctions will conclude in Stillwater at the Payne Expo Center on November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. with Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Pawnee, Payne, Logan and Noble counties.
Statewide, 745,000 acres are actively managed by the Land Office and revenue generated from lease auctions is distributed to Oklahoma schools and universities. Birdwell said more than $128 million was distributed to education beneficiaries by the Commissioners of the Land Office last year.
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