Sheriff’s Sale Revised
Sale Date Move to April 14th, 9:am
April 9, 2009 — To help Oklahoma companies, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and communities explore the many business and economic development opportunities involved with Oklahoma’s emerging wind industry, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will hold Wind Commerce 2009: the Future is Now, June 23-24, at the Embassy Suites Norman Ok.
This cross stands 25 ft tall on a hill west of Campo, Colo. in memory of Laverne Jenkins. An engraved stainless steel plate has been added that reads, In Memory of Laverne Jenkins, 1937-2008, Lifetime friend and business associate, Clyde and LaVada Rodgers. (Don’t forget you can view this photo in color online at www.campoco.org. under community news.)
Oklahoma City- If the groundhog’s prediction is correct Oklahoma livestock producers have a lot more winter to deal with this year and some may be in danger of running low on hay. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry’s online hay directory is available and up to date for both buyers and sellers.
“We’ve been receiving an increased number of calls from both buyers and sellers recently so we need to remind everyone about the directory,” said Glen Schickedanz, ODAFF market news coordinator. “The directory is kept up to date as we delete all entries after 60 days unless sellers tell us they still have hay for sale and wish to remain listed.”
The Oklahoma hay directory is online at www.oda.state.ok.us and the hay hotline is still open at 1-800-580-6543. Schickedanz can be contacted through the hay hotline or by email at email@example.com.
by C.F. David
Karl Keller, of Generation Energy, speaks to a crowd about wind generation and the company’s vision for Cimarron County.
Generation Energy’s spokesperson, Karl Keller explained to a capacity crowd at the Cimarron County Show on Tuesday afternoon, how his company discovered Cimarron County. Keller explained that his company was a member of the Oklahoma Wind Power Initiative, and that Cimarron County Commissioner John Freeman had found them on the O.W.P.I. website and invited them to look at Cimarron County. They were excited by what they found and have applied to the Southwest Power Pool to sell electricity. “You only had one negative, no transmission lines,” Keller said. But he added that the problem of transmission lines wasn’t insurmountable.
Oklahoma City-Oklahoma agriculture officials are warning horse breeders of a rare, contagious disease that can result in infertility in mares. Contagious Equine Metritis was confirmed last month in Kentucky and one Oklahoma mare has been identified as having been in contact with an infected stallion. The mare is under quarantine and is not considered a health threat of any kind.”This is a disease that poses no threat to humans but it could potentially pose a serious economic threat to our state’s horse industry,” said State Veterinarian, Becky Brewer. “It is transmitted between animals during breeding and at this time we have no documentation that it can be spread through artificial insemination.”Infected stallions can carry the CEM bacteria yet show no clinical signs of the disease. She said detecting the disease is difficult and requires multiple tests over a period of about a week to determine if a horse is infected. Infected horses can be successfully treated with antibiotics.”The most important thing for Oklahoma horse breeders to know at this point is that the disease is here and biosecurity measures are critical,” Brewer said. “We have no knowledge of any infected stallions in Oklahoma and owners should be cautious before shipping a mare out of state for breeding. “Breeders collecting semen for artificial insemination should also make sure they thoroughly clean and disinfect collecting equipment after each use,” she said. “This is how it is being spread and keeping this equipment clean is important.”CEM was first diagnosed in the U.S. in Kentucky in 1978 and then a year later in Missouri. Both outbreaks were quickly eradicated. More information is available on the USDA website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/hot_issues/cem/index.shtml.
Oklahoma City-An Oklahoma agricultural trade team led by State Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach, returned from Cuba this week saying negotiations have begun for future wheat sales as well as other commodities.
“In addition to wheat, the Cubans wanted to explore possible sales of forest products and dairy cattle,” Peach said. “There are some logistical areas that need to be worked out but we’re confident that we will make a delivery of wheat sometime in the coming months.”
With a warning that grazing restrictions on school land were being lifted but could be reimposed, the annual school land lease auction kicked off Tuesday morning.
There were 30 different units for lease varying in size from a few hundred acres to several thousand.
The auction itself was bland with only one unit inviting any bidding competition; the others sold for the minimum bid except for three parcels which received no bids. That property will be up for bid until December 31 and then available by sealed bid only.
Oklahomans could soon be zipping around town and up-and-down county roads on four-wheeled all-terrain and side-by-side utility vehicles under proposed legislation being studied at the state Capitol.
The House Transportation Subcommittee today held interim studies requested by state Representatives Wallace Collins (D-Norman) and Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) to determine the viability of licensing “street-legal” all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility vehicles (UTVs) and allowing citizens to operate them in town and on county and state highways.
Farmers, ranchers and other landowners should be careful when selling carbon credits generated by practices on their land and should closely review the terms of any carbon contract according to Clay Pope, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD). “Landowners throughout Oklahoma are being approached by numerous groups and individuals in search of carbon sequestration credits generated by land management practices,” Pope said. “While this is a great source of new income for landowners, you should always look at the details of the contract before you sign on the dotted line. The devil is always in the details and no one wants to get locked in a bad deal that may limit their ability for higher income in the future.”
The Cimarron County Conservation District is again sponsoring their annual poster and essay contests. The general theme for the 2008 contest is “Water is Life” which includes management practices, quantity and quality of water, wildlife, forestry, etc., as they relate to soil and water conservation.
The essay contest is for 6, 7, and 8 grade Cimarron Co. students and the poster contest is for K-12 grade Cimarron Co. students. The District will provide poster board for each student entering the poster contest. Entries must be received in the District office by 5 p.m. on 10/2/08.
Awards will be given for the top four entries in each division. The District’s first place entries in each division will be entered in the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts’ Area I contest in Cherokee, OK October 30. Winners at the Area I contest will be entered in the state contest in February 2009.
For contest rules and more information contact your school office or the Cimarron County Conservation District at 580-544-3048. You can also stop by the District office at 210 S. Cimarron in Boise City.
Jack L. Perkins
Chief Executive Officer, TRI-County Electric
Wind generation is in the news in our area frequently. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear at least one question about it myself. I would like to publicly answer a few of the more common questions we receive about wind generation. In addition, I make myself available to anyone whose question is not answered here. Our door is always open for our members at Tri-County Electric.