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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday March 18, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas Talks About the Need to Stop EPA
-- Lawmakers Learn from 4-H and FFA at the Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- Voluntary Efforts of Oklahoma Landowners Earn High Water Quality Improvement Marks
-- NCBA President Steve Fogelsong Joins an Impressive Speaker Lineup at the TSCRA Meeting This Weekend
-- OBI All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale Set for Next Thursday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas Talks About the Need to Stop EPA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ranking Member Frank Lucas encouraged all Americans to call Congress and voice their concerns about the direction of our country during a live broadcast on the Agritalk daily radio show. The broadcast was part of AgriTalk's annual Ag Week in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Lucas told the national talk show "We have many challenges ahead of us. To defend the resources committed in the farm bill. To keep the EPA out of our barnyards and off of our fields. We have a challenge to make sure the administration and the leadership in Congress don't re-create one-sixth of our economy in the form of health care. "It is time for every citizen out there to call his or her Member of Congress. Make your voices known.
Click on the link below to read more on this story- and to listen to some of the Q&A between Congressman Lucas and host Mike Adams, who was caught speechless for just a moment by the Roger Mills County rancher using some good ol Oklahoma scientific terminology.
Click here for the Frank Lucas on Agritalk conversation from Wednesday.
Lawmakers Learn from 4-H and FFA at the Oklahoma Youth Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Wednesday is a transition day at the Oklahoma Youth Expo- and it's also a day where some of the young people get the opportunity to interact with state lawmakers from their home area during the annual Legislative Show at the OYE.
Over 60 lawmakers were at the State Fairgrounds on Wednesday evening- and most of the competed in a friendly way by showing a lamb, pig or calf, after receiving instruction from the 4-H or FFA owner of the animal.
There were species winners and one overall winner of the 2010 event. Dr. and State Rep. Brian Renegar of McAlester was declared the top swine showman, Senator Ron Justice of Chickasha won the Sheep Showman Award and Rep. Shane Jett of Tecumseh was the best Calf Showman. In the "Show- off" of the final three- Senator Ron Justice was declared the winner.
Click on the link below and read more- plus we have audio with Senator Justice on the instruction he got on how to show his lamb and his calf- plus we have our Flickr page link there on that story as well- we have over 350 pictures up on the set of 2010 OYE Pictures- take a look and enjoy!
Click here for more on the Legislature Day Festivities at the Oklahoma Youth Expo
Voluntary Efforts of Oklahoma Landowners Earn High Water Quality Improvement Marks
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The dedicated work of farmers, ranchers and other landowners to control non-point source pollution in Oklahoma by using voluntary programs administered by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and local conservation districts is paying off according to new water quality numbers recently released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recent analysis of nutrient and sediment reduction numbers from across the nation shows that Oklahoma now ranks among the top five states in reducing contamination in our streams and rivers, an accomplishment Senator Ron Justice (R-Chickasha), Chair of the Oklahoma State Senate Rural Caucus, said all citizens of the state should be proud of. "All Oklahoman's should take pride in this accomplishment," Justice said. "When given the chance and when given technical and financial help from the state and federal governments, Oklahoma's agriculture producers and other landowners have been willing to step forward and do what needs to be done to protect our water."
Water quality numbers released at the beginning of March show that over 10% of the total amount of nitrogen reduced from water nation-wide was accounted for by reductions in Oklahoma. Of total national reductions of phosphorous in water, over 16% of all reductions happened in Oklahoma and a significant reduction of soil particle delivery to the state's waters was shown as well. When reviewing these numbers in comparison with the levels of non- point source pollution reduced by other states, Oklahoma was shown to be one of the top five states in the Nation in total nutrient and sediment reduction in the surface water of the state while receiving less than 1% of all Federal EPA non-point source pollution funds.
According to Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, this water quality success was achieved through voluntary cost-share efforts similar to those used by Conservation to address soil erosion since the dust bowl of the 1930's. Through Funding from the EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 program, the Farm Services Agency (FSA) Conservation Reserve Enhanced Program (CREP), Farm Bill Conservation Programs administered by the NRCS, State Conservation Programs administered by the Conservation Commission and with local leadership from conservation districts, Pope said farmers, ranchers and other landowners are working to protect our natural resources.
Click here for more on the latest EPA numbers on water quality showing Oklahoma making significant progress.
NCBA President Steve Fogelsong Joins an Impressive Speaker Lineup at the TSCRA Meeting This Weekend
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong is among the special guests scheduled to speak at the 133rd Annual Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Convention in Fort Worth, March 19-21. "NCBA is a strong advocate for the Texas cattle industry in Washington, D.C.," TSCRA President Dave Scott said. "Lawmakers in Washington are not always friendly to the cattle industry, so it is good to know we have a strong team in Washington working on our producers' behalf. Mr. Foglesong will discuss a number of issues impacting Texas cattle producers, including trade and the estate tax."
Fogelsong will be speaking to the Board of Directors session on Friday afternoon. Foglesong, a cow-calf producer from Illinois, was elected as NCBA president in January.
We have more on the TSCRA convention that gets underway tomorrow and runs through Sunday- click on the link below for more on this meeting of this organization that has cattle producer members mostly in Texas- but several in Oklahoma as well.
Click here for more on the TSCRA meeting starting tomorrow in Ft. Worth
OBI All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale Set for Next Thursday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Next Thursday, March 25, 2010, the OBI All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale is scheduled to begin at 12 noon at OBI in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The Bull Test Station will be selling 151 Performance tested bulls including 120 Angus, 10 Semmentals, 10 Herefords and 11 Maine-Anjou. Performance data will be provided for each bull.
In the sale catalog- which we have a link to on our auction listing at www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com- the link to that is below- the OBI team writes "We pride ourselves in offering the very best in professional service to our member breeders as well as other seedstock producers who desire to use our facility to glean individual performance information on their bulls. Our goal from the very start of Oklahoma BEEF, Incorporated has been to provide a standardized, highly credible post-weaning gain testing environment to accurately measure the genetic merit for post-weaning average daily gain, weight per day of age and yearling weight of seedstock bulls."
For more information, contact Tim Stidham, Test Station Manager at 405-624-1181- or go to our auction listing linked below.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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