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ISSUE DATE: 12/15/2008

Young pecan farmer finds strength in his roots

As Chad Selman stood in the middle of a central Oklahoma pecan grove and watched his workers bring in another harvest, he reflected on the challenges and the benefits of being a young farmer. Like the pecan trees he nurtures year after year, his commitment to farming runs as deep as their roots in the red Oklahoma dirt.

The family business began with Chad's father, Chuck Selman, with one tractor and one pecan grove near Skiatook, Okla. In addition to their own groves, the Selmans' pecan business has grown to include custom pecan harvesting for others. "We harvest and custom harvest 45 different pecan groves, and I have about 10 larger groves of my own," Selman said. "We pick in five different counties in Oklahoma."


NEWS

AFBF- Classic Thanksgiving dinner still affordable
Ag conference for women scheduled
Agency to study status of black-tailed prairie dog
AgriLife Extension economist- Take 'wait-and-see' approach on farm bill
Agriprocessors halts production at Postville plant
Arizona farmer reaps most joy from feeding poor
Barton Extension Council election winners
Cattle and horses pose highway danger, too
CFB warns against the consequences of regulating greenhouse gas under the Clean Air Ac
City dwellers learn ropes of rural life
Corn Palace expansion unlikely
Counties in Big Horn Basin oppose new wilderness
DHS issues final Environmental Impact Statement on proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
Economic instability affects all industries
Educator, state lawmaker named Distinguished Service to Ag winners at Iowa Farm Bureau annual meetin
EQIP and WHIP cutoff dates extended
Evidence of commitment needed for continued WTO talks
Farm Bureau delegates voice support for renewable energy
Farm Bureau honors two with Distinguished Service Awards
Farmers advised to buy fuel, fertilizer now
Farmers target EPA report they say might tax cows
Father's inspiration, winning LMA's Texhoma contest put Kansan Lynn Langvardt on his way to 2009 W
Fourth generation family farmer named 2008 Joslin Award Winner
Group seeks Pickens' wife's help to save rangeland
Hill re-elected Iowa Farm Bureau vice president
Kansas Environmental Program announces graduates for 2008
Kansas long sought NBAF
KAWS teams up with NRCS to enhance Playa Lakes Wetlands
Man rescues antique farm equipment
More women in charge on Wisconsin farms
NAMA Chairman John Miller selects committee chairmen
NCTA one step closer to realizing development goals
NDA schedules informational workshop on grain contracting
New farm and ranch on-line planning tool launched
NMSU Extension pilots nutrition curriculum for fifth grade students
Nominations sought for 2009 Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee
No-till conference set for OKC in February
Now is the time to prepare soil, order trees for windbreaks
Nutrition assistant joins Goshen County extension office
Officials back wind farm for northeastern Colorado
Oregon farmers reaps stability from wind
Prescribed burn workshop scheduled Dec. 16 in Henrietta
Prescribed burning workshop will help accomplish objectives
Professional organizations sign cooperative agreement
Ranching for Profitability Series set for January
Rural America at crossroads awaiting ag secretary
Sec. Polansky comments on KDA structural changes
Second annual Distinguished Lectureship on quail is set for Jan. 30 near Roby
Simple steps can improve health, life
Still time to register for the NE Kansas Family Farmers and Ranchers Conference in Marysville
Stillman IFB Woman in Agriculture award winner
Tarleton alumni receives distinguished honor
Temperatures may not be too frosty this winter
Turkey dinner still a bargain
Upcoming KSU ag events
UW research eyes sustainability of three crop, beef production approaches
Vilsack says he won't be next Secretary of Ag
West Texas counties added to fire ant quarantine
West Virginia farmer makes history
Wet weather hampered tobacco harvest
WKMA 2008-2009 scholarships awarded

CROPS

'A Tale of Two Inputs' crops meeting to look at weed control, soil fertility
ASA Board calls for USDA investigation of National Soybean Checkoff Program
Boll weevil feeding habits now better understood
Commodity, general farm organizations urge immediate release of farm law regulations
Corn Growers' and suppliers' voices heard at VeraSun bankruptcy hearing
Forest Service weed-control plan challenged
Kansas Wheat Research Foundation offers scholarship in memory of Herb Clutter
KBFA, Solomon Valley RC&D hosting no-till session Dec. 19
K-State crops team takes second at two national contests
K-State entomologists work toward mitigating the spread of lyme disease
MGGA elects officers, sets policy direction for 2009
NCC congratulates Sen. Chambliss on re-election
Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board to meet
New barley is bad news for Russian wheat aphids
Pesticide applicator licenses expire Dec. 31
Proper seeding rates save production cost
SAKW to hold 58th annual meeting in Topeka
Sharpen your pencil prior to spring planting
Time short for soil sampling
UNL scientist- Soybean genome breakthrough is 'stupendous achievement'
USB responds to ASA call for Checkoff Program investigation
USGC- Ethanol co-product granted first-ever clearance in Australia
Watershed planning short course to be offered Jan. 12 to 16 in Bandera
Young pecan farmer finds strength in his roots

LIVESTOCK

57th Annual Bull Test update
Association sets annual meeting March 21
CCA concerned about hike in thefts
Champions named at 2008 National Angus Show
Economy weighing in on beef cattle markets
Important cattle topics front-and-center at 2009 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show
Iowa farmers slice into nation's cheese market
Irish won't halt beef sales despite dioxin scare
Junior Angus leaders raise the bar in Saint Joseph
KLA members told to stay involved in the climate change discussion
Livestock market expert predicts eventual brighter cattle outlook
Man charged with felony animal cruelty
Meaty topics to be covered at January's Beef Cattle Short Course in San Antonio
National Cattlemen's Beef Association realizes significant growth in 2008
NCBA wins flexibility in Clean Water Act CAFO Rule
OSU Stocker Receiving Management Conference set for January
Pork Checkoff and partners announce recipients of the 2008 Pork Industry Scholarships
Red Angus breeders team up to win GridMaster Award
Save money by registering now for the 2009 Iowa Pork Congress
Sedgwick Ranch's cattle merit Red Angus GridMaster Award
Sire Selection and Cow Herd Management Clinic Dec. 4 at Bridgeport
Texas A&M Poultry Judging Team wins fifth national championship
These states get A's for efforts to increase NCBA membership
Tri-State Cow-Calf Symposium Jan. 3 in Wray
Tuttle earns Red Angus GridMaster Award on two lots
USDA to conduct request for referendum on Pork Checkoff Program
USMEF- BSE seminar in Japan sparks editorial debate
Wolf killed after killing sheep

EDITOR

A big, big win
Reader frustrated with assumptions about 'gas tax'
The Christmas letter

COLUMNS

Cows pulling their load
CrustBuster/SpeedKing, Inc. Bulk Seed Tender
Equipment Technologies Apache Series sprayers
Just a scoop full
New adjuvant replaces crop oil concentrates
Re-lighting the Christmas spirit
Utility tractors offer performance features
Watch the signs to know what's coming
Worksaver, Inc Snow Blades

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo cattle sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock sales summary
Bids rebound across grain board
Clovis cattle sales report
Colorado feeder cattle sales
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle sales summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
Hay sales fully steady to mostly steady
Hay trade moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional livestock sales report
Kan-Neb "Pick of the Herds" Sale
Lexington cattle sales report
McAlester livestock sales report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock sales
OKC West livestock sales
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho cattle sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Sioux Falls sheep sales
Springfield livestock sales
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Onge livestock sales
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional sales report
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska livestock sales report

RANGE

Forage management important for beef producers

FAMILY

4-H Leaders from Ashland, Loup City, Bladen, Wauneta, Pleasant Dale and Kearney receive Farm Bureau
Artificial Christmas trees not eco-friendly
Be a savvy online shopper this holiday season
Berries and cherries and basil, oh pie!
Christmas trees are yearlong labor on Michigan farm
Citation's modern design can fill needs of many families
FFA contest held on Tarleton's campus
Gardening information for Colorado
Great cakes for the holidays
Holiday or not- Take time to enjoy family
Holiday SOS-Help for the first time host
Junior Master Gardener program plants seeds of horticultural interest within Latin America
Kansas FFA Alumni Association annual winter conference Jan. 31
Last year for Christmas tree farm
Make-ahead, bake-later cookies
Meditation for December 15, 2008
Meditation for December 8, 2008
Minnesota farms to harvest 500,000 Christmas trees
Pennywise for December 15, 2008
Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust Championship
Poinsettias add festive flare to holiday decorations
Presenting Prince, a new blueberry cultivar
Protect trees from winter burn
Smart gifts for the holidays
Some apples are for drinking
UNL family economist- Go green, simplify this holiday season to save money

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