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ISSUE DATE: 12/19/2011

Student leader gives back

By Kylene Scott

It's rare when a college student wants to give back to his peers, but for one Oklahoma State University student it was about all he could think about.

Riley Pagett, a Woodward, Okla., native, just finished serving as the 2010-2011 National FFA president. He is a 2008 graduate of Woodward High School, now attending OSU majoring in agricultural communications with a minor in religious studies.

Backstory

Although he lived in town growing up, his family did have a small cow-calf operation in northwest Oklahoma. That was where his love for agriculture was cultivated. Pagett described his early farm experience as a clubhouse.

"You know when you are a kid and kind of feel like you're conquering the world—that's what it was for me," Pagett said. "As I grew older it became more of a responsibility and a family activity where I could be with my dad and my mom and my sisters and do something for the greater good."


NEWS

Army Corps of Engineers to alter approach
Artificial windbreaks important in winter
Beef leads growth in state agricultural exports
Brownback recognizes conservation accomplishments
Fuel tax will generate funds to repair rural roads, bridges
Iowa Farm Bureau elects new leaders
Kansas Workforce Summit set for January
NCBA: Study confirms beef's role in a heart-healthy diet
Nebraska students to tour Taiwan
Officials protest proposed farm labor rules
Picking up where the super committee left off
Proposal would reduce Kansas income tax rate
Student leader gives back
Three scientists named to ARS Science Hall of Fame
USDA awards food safety grants to universities
USDA makes advisory board appointments
USDA to reinstate several reports

CROPS

Conference to focus on building vibrant, sustainable communities
Controlling whiteflies with help from nature
Crop report shows big decreases for cotton
CSP sign-up under way
Equipment will benefit cotton farmers
Extension offers review course for Certified Crop Adviser exam
Farm Bureau vice president re-elected
Field testing for Phomopsis tolerance
Kansas Corn praises crop insurance rerating announcement
New NAYC members selected
One-sample grain-testing program to focus on consistency
Progress made on sunflower rust research
Scientists use insect cadavers as biological control agents
Spraying weeds in cold weather
Texas corn grower attends U.S. Grains Council mission to Asia
U.S. soybean farmers mark 20 years of checkoff work
USDA announces renewable energy funding
Wheat Foods Council reinforces importance of healthy eating
Women in Agriculture Conference is Feb. 9

LIVESTOCK

Aim for pain-free, stress-free cattle procedures
Annual UNL Horsin' Around Conference Jan. 14-15
ASI seeks help in reviving Sheep Inventory Report
Beef Quality Assurance meeting held
Businesses recognized for support of Iowa's beef industry
Bylaw changes address KLA governance structure
Composting helps swine farm improve biosecurity
Copper wire, dairy equipment theft reported
Dairy Forum, Trade Show returns to Springfield
Economist: Strong cattle market expected in 2012
Embryos on the Snow auction returns to Denver
Extension specialist: Time to shop for cattle feed
Heifers stolen near Stafford
Horse energy needs vital to sound feeding management
Iowa beef producers go on trade mission to Japan
Iowa Pork Congress set for January 2012
Laramie man receives national 4-H award
Managing pneumonia in dairy cattle
Marketing animals abroad
MBCIA names Cattleman of the Year
NAILE Gelbvieh Show participation increases
NALF hires new communications director
National Hereford Queen crowned
NCBA invites youth to compete in 2012 contests
Nebraska feedlot honored
New beef products are quick, convenient, and tasty
Oklahoma Farm Bureau pleased with horse legislation
Producers reminded to participate in cattle survey
Project helps livestock producers improve air quality
Ranchers elected to lead KLA
Resource for goat nutrition management launches
Reward offered in cattle theft case
Reward offered in series of cattle shootings
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo 2012 calls for presenters
Show-Me Beef University set for January
Southwest Beef Symposium to focus on opportunities in beef industry
Southwest Missouri Beef Cattlemen honor family
Swine research information available
Technical softness across the board
Tying a hackamore
Using beef cow leasing as a transition planning tool
Vilsack announces American Lamb Board appointments

EDITOR

Editor's note
Fat rats get cancer
Horse slaughter issue shows animal rights groups were wrong
Miracles every day
Speculate

COLUMNS

For Sen. Roberts, farm bill proposals created sense of deja  vu
Hope from the heartland
Just a scoop full
My journey home to better health
Wading through the noise for a real Christmas

MARKETS

Ada feeder cattle auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay trade moderate to active
High Plains slaughter news
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay selling steady
North Arkansas livestock sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Soybeans higher, wheat closes lower
Texas direct feeder cattle report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Oklahoma Carbon Initiative reaches milestone

FAMILY

A ray of sunshine and a pot of gold
AgriLife Extension hires new 4-H agent
AgriLife Extension recognizes outstanding 4-H members, volunteers
Colonial Okeson has many regal features
Controlling houseplant pests
Cows don't know it's Christmas-By Joe Kreger
Electronic waste is a fast-growing problem
Extension to host 'A Healthier Way' program
Horticulture tips for December
Kansas Grassroots Conservation Campaign raises $2.7M
Lighting switch cuts costs, reduces emissions
Meditation for 12-19-11
Miss Rodeo America crowned
Preventing fire damage
Spring Market Gardening School begins Jan. 17
Take steps to ensure pets stay safe this winter
Tall fescue helps protect peach trees from nematodes
The Main Event: A hearty helping of holiday flavor
UNL Extension offers Master Gardener training
Very last minute gift ideas
You too can love brussels sprouts
Youth attend National 4-H Congress

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