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ISSUE DATE: 03/29/2010

FFA chapter finds a different gold in canola

By Jennifer M. Latzke

The members of the Hinton FFA Chapter, in Hinton, Okla., are no strangers to gold. From the blue and gold of their official dress, to the trophies and plaques that line the walls, this chapter knows how to compete and win.

But for this central Oklahoma chapter, a different hue of gold captured their attention in 2009--the golden blooms of winter canola. From the fall of 2008 to the late spring of 2009, Hinton FFA members participated in the first Genuity Roundup Ready Winter Canola FFA Yield Contest, sponsored by Monsanto. With a local wheat farmer as a guide, seed provided by Monsanto, and a curriculum designed by Oklahoma State, these youth learned about this new crop and competed to see how well their experimental fields could yield. And in the end, the Hinton FFAers out-performed the competition, for an $8,000 golden reward.


NEWS

Boswell chairs subcommittee hearing on Commodity Exchange Act in 2008 farm bill
Bringing better grapes a step closer to reality
Commissioner Staples salutes farmers, ranchers during National Agriculture Week
Everyday environmentalists: farmers and ranchers celebrate 40th anniversary of Earth Day
Former Mississippi County staff chair inducted into Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame
Kinky Friedman loses agriculture commissioner race
N.M. cooperatives to share in funding
National 2010 Ag Day Essay winner named
Nebraska grain co-op plans expansion
Nebraska Power Farming Show expands to three days
NIFA air quality projects to help prevent and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Report shows clean energy can power rural America
RMA announces availability of $8.6 million for partnership agreement grants
UNL to host Bonus Ranching Seminar at Chadron State College
USDA forecasts rise in 2010 farm income
USDA seeks comments on new rule to enhance food safety
USDA to measure economic well-being of farms and ranches
Use equipment, technology to manage risk

CROPS

87th Greene County Soils and Crops Conference is April 6
AgriLife Extension offering rainwater harvesting course
ASA supports USSEC as international marketing contractor for soybeans
California ag secretary stresses unity
Commodity leaders offer perspectives
Conservation Day at the Capitol 2010
Cover Crops Workshop for High Plains is March 29 at Sidney
Estimating ethanol yields from CRP croplands
Farm-scale biodiesel production: taxes and financial incentives webinar scheduled
FFA chapter finds a different gold in canola
Learn chemical application techniques at Southeast Area Extension breakfast
Live grain rescue demo a highlight of Ohio Safety Congress and Expo
Nation's first shelterbelt planted 75 years ago
NCFC launches advocacy center
NCGA president: Growers are producing more with less
Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council elects new officers
NMSU conducts advanced water treatment research with Bureau of Reclamation
Oklahoma ranked among the best states in controlling non-point source pollution
Report: USDA lax in watching organics market
UNL specialist recognized by Great Plains Soil Fertility group
USB seeks U.S. soybean farmers for See for Yourself program
Waterways Council honors Grassley
Where agriculture reigns: Small farms have major impact in Arkansas
Winter precipitation improves 2010 pre-plant soil moisture conditions

LIVESTOCK

Agency to help with wolf-related livestock losses
Bailey proud of state's success in reducing pollution from poultry
Beef is big economic engine in Southwest Missouri
Dairy Cow Camp prepares future dairy leaders
Dairy Cow Camp prepares future dairy leaders
Give cattle magnesium supplements to help prevent tetany
Hoop houses and composting workshop in
Houston Brahman sale averages $11,525
ISU professor named top educator by NAMP
Maximize success through yearling bull management
NCBA supports transparency in nutrition labeling
NMSU vet to discuss reproduction disease
S.D. plant seeks to build rendering plant
Tryptophan-enriched diet reduces pig aggression

EDITOR

Don't kill innovation
Kansas farmers and ranchers set priorities
Tear down this wall

COLUMNS

BASF supports agricultural education with scholarships
Campaign aims to alleviate hunger in U.S. communities
For the 2012 Farm Bill, crop insurance moves to center stage
In other agribusiness news....
Just a Scoop Full
The magic box
The posse is forming
Tractor Supply donates to 4-H through clover displays

MARKETS

Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado crop report
Colorado livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Fort Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Kansas hay trade slow to moderate
Limited hay sales trending steady
McAlester livestock market report
Most classes of hay selling steady
Newell livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock sales report
Salina cattle auction report
South Central direct sheep
Soybeans, wheat close higher
Springfield dairy sales report
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joseph feeder pigs
Texas crop report
Texhoma livestock sales report
Tulia livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward cattle sales report

RANGE

Hay shelters help protect producer investment from winds
Healing native rangeland may require combination of burning and rotational grazing
Weed-free hay, forage inspection certification training set

FAMILY

Applications available for Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute
Cold storage facilities now eligible for USDA Facility Loan Program
Comments sought on Oklahoma Forest Resource Assessment
Cool season crops should be planted soon
Easter entertaining with whole grain recipes
Eating right during National Nutrition Month
Forestry professor honored by arboriculture society chapter
Grow your own vegetables, save money
Jones far from common
Marshfield Farmers Market Planning Set for April 3
Meditation for 3-29-10
Mice are not the only cheese lovers
New 4-H curriculum program will help students know local government
NMSU fruit specialist hosts jujube trees workshop at Alcalde
Veggie gardeners need know-how to succeed
Whole grain foods are key to a healthy lifestyle

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