~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday April 28, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Fairview FFA's Madison McGolden Named Star Farmer of Oklahoma for 2010
-- Ethan Morris of Atoka- the 2010 Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness
-- Cole Childers of Altus- the 2010 Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement
-- Fundamentals Continue to Look Good for Yearling and Calves
-- More From the Oklahoma FFA Convention- We Get to Know National FFA Officer Alex Henry
-- National Soils Report Released
-- Express Ranches Grass Time Sale Set for This Friday April 30
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Fairview FFA's Madison McGolden Named Star Farmer of Oklahoma for 2010
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Fairview FFA member Madison McGolden was born the same year as her family's first lamb crop, and since then her passion for FFA and sheep has grown right along with her. McGolden's devotion to agriculture has earned her one of Oklahoma FFA's highest honors: the 2010 State Star in Agricultural Production- or as it has been called traditionally- the Star Farmer for Oklahoma FFA.
Her supervised agricultural experience program was rated the best agricultural production program among the 683 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 84th State FFA Convention on April 28. With the honor, McGolden received the Governor's Trophy as well as a $2,000 cash award sponsored by Davis Farms of Guthrie, Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma and Sirloin Club of Oklahoma.
Through her SAE program, McGolden currently owns 72 ewes, 31 lambs and one ram. "I remember walking barefoot to the barns, feeding the baby lambs, and then trying to set them up like those lambs were my show lambs," McGolden said. "As a little girl, I was intrigued by how proper feeding affected the lambs, how different rams portrayed different traits in their offspring, and how just a simple vaccination would prove to be beneficial."
Read more about Madison and also check out the video that we produced about her for the Stars Over Oklahoma presentation last night. You can watch that by clicking on the link below.
Click here for more on the 2010 Star Farmer of Oklahoma- Madison McGolden.
Ethan Morris of Atoka- the 2010 Oklahoma FFA Star in Agribusiness
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Atoka FFA member Ethan Morris does not have a season of rest. For every season he works on one of his four agribusinesses, making profit as well as learning valuable skills in the business world, and his unwavering dedication to his businesses has led him to the 2010 State Star in Agribusiness award.
Morris found success throughout all of his entrepreneurships. His businesses include a business building cement feed troughs, a firewood operation, a Bermuda grass sprigging company, and a hay sales business. Morris' supervised agricultural experience program was rated the best agribusiness program among the 683 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 84th annual State FFA Convention on April 28. In addition to the honors, Morris received the Governor's Trophy as well as a $2,000 cash award sponsored by Blue & Gold Sausage Co.
Click on the link below to learn more about Ethan's program- and you can also watch our video produced for the Stars Over Oklahoma presentation last night on stage.
Click here for more on your 2010 Oklahoma Star in Agribusiness- Ethan Morris
Cole Childers of Altus- the 2010 Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cole Childers is a big guy- with a big grin and wonderful personality that has most certainly made him a natural in helping customers at JF Feeds in Altus, where his supervised work program developed to the point where Cole was named the Star in Ag Placement for Oklahoma FFA at the 84th annual convention last night in Oklahoma CIty.
Childers' supervised agricultural experience was rated the best in agricultural placement among the 683 FFA members who received the State FFA Degree during the 84th annual State FFA Convention on April 28. In addition to this honor, Childers received the Governor's Trophy and a $2,000 cash award sponsored by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives.
Click on the link below and learn more about Cole Childers- and watch our video salute to this Altus FFA member- the video that was seen in the Stars Over Oklahoma Presentation on stage in Oklahoma City last night.
Click here for more on Cole Childers- your 2010 Oklahoma FFA Star in Ag Placement.
Fundamentals Continue to Look Good for Yearling and Calves
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Feeder Cattle Prices have followed along closely with the strength in the slaughter cattle market this spring- and Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel believes that the yearling market remains fundamentally very strong.
One key to this strength- the profits being booked by feedlot operators. They have money to bid up the price of yearlings- and in many cases that is exactly what is happening. Another key is that the overall supply of yearling cattle remains tight- and based on cattle inventory numbers from earlier this year, that won't change anytime soon.
Our Beef Buzz programs the last two days have been with OSU Economist Dr. Derrell Peel. Click here for the Tuesday Beef Buzz, which focused on the slaughter cattle marketplace- and the strength that has brought profits back into the feedlots. Dr. Peel says that a significant test of beef demand comes up shortly as we see how well beef moves during the Memorial Day holiday period- the traditional start of the summer grilling season.
Today's Beef Buzz continues this theme- except we talk about yearlings and calves- and how well prices for these animals may hold up in the immediate future. Click on the link below to jump to today's Beef Buzz, as heard on great radio stations all across the state of Oklahoma.
Click here for the Wednesday Beef Buzz- with comments from OSU Extension Economist Dr. Derrell Peel.
More From the Oklahoma FFA Convention- We Get to Know National FFA Officer Alex Henry
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had the opportunity to sit down with the Eastern Region National Vice President of the National FFA organization, Alex Henry from the state of Michigan. Henry is in Oklahoma for the 2010 Oklahoma FFA State Convention, and will be speaking at the Wednesday morning General Session, as well as leading one of the Leadership Seminars later in the day.
It's actually Alexandria- but she says she seldom hears her name in full unless her mother uses it and she knows she's in trouble. Henry is a student at Michigan State University, with a double major in Ag Communications and Ag Education. She hopes to resume her studies after her year as a National FFA officer. She tells us she would like to become an agricultural advocate in the PR arena after graduation.
Click on the link below- and sit back and enjoy the conversation that we had with this bright, articulate national leader of the FFA organization. She's a good example of not giving up if at first you don't succeed. She tried for a National Office in the fall of 2008 and did not make it. But, she moved past that rejection and again ran in October 2009- and this time heard her name called as one of the six national officers of the youth organization. With people like Alex Henry around- the future is bright for agriculture here in the US.
Click here to listen to our Podcast featuring Alex Henry, National Eastern Region Vice President of the FFA.
National Soils Report Released
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Soil erosion on cropland has declined by more than 40 percent during the past 25 years. More than one-third of all development of U.S. land occurred during the same period. This information is contained in the latest National Resource Inventory for Non-Federal Lands, which was released at an event marking the 75th Anniversary of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. NRCS is charged with ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges.
In releasing the survey information, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said - the NRI results are significant because they provide a scientifically-based snapshot of the nation's natural resources and the ability to track trends in natural resource use and condition.
Key findings show that total cropland erosion declined by about 43 percent. As of 2007, cropland acreage totaled 357-million, a 15 percent decrease over the period. Still, about 40 million acres of land were newly developed, bringing the national total to about 111 million acres. The report found: the total area of developed land in all states, except Alaska and Hawaii, is approximately equal to the combined surface area of Illinois, Iowa and Michigan.
Click here for the report as issued by the NRCS on Soil Erosion in the US.
Express Ranches Grass Time Sale Set for This Friday April 30
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Express Ranches will be holding their Grass Time Sale on Friday, April 30, 2010 at the ranch in Yukon The sale will begin at noon, selling 800 head including:
Spring-Calving Reg. Angus Females
Yearling Commercial Heifer Carrying AI Service
Commercial 2-Year-Old Pairs
Spring-Calving Lim-Flex & Limousin Females
Fall-Calving Lim-Flex & Limousin Females
Angus & Limousin Show Heifers
In the sale catalog, the Express Ranch team talk about how they develop bulls for sales like this one coming up - "All bulls are developed on a high roughage ration from weaning until sale time in large traps allowing them to get out and be bulls! We feed to obtain optimum performance while not sacrificing longevity! While extreme weights are impressive, we feel keeping cattle sound and functional are equally important. We have spent countless hours developing a feeding program that not only allows us to amplify the genetic potential, but keeps the cowman in mind that purchases him."
Click on the link below for more information about the Grass Time Sale at Express Ranches on April 30. On our Auction listing- we have the link to either the PDF version of the catalog or the web version where you turn the pages.
Click here for details of the Express Ranches Grass Time Sale Coming Friday April 30 in Yukon, Ok.
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