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ISSUE DATE: 01/31/2011

Criminals look to farms

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Farms and ranches can be pretty isolated from the outside world. For many who live and work in rural areas it’s one of the perks. Yet, it’s also that very isolation that appeals to criminals looking for easy scores. Although today’s rustlers may not face the hangman’s noose, in Oklahoma they face something just as formidable—the Investigative Services Unit of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Every year, theft and destruction of property is a multi-million dollar cost for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, said Col. Mike Grimes. Grimes is the chief agent for the Investigative Services Unit, which in 2010 investigated 247 reported cases of theft that added up to a little more than $4 million in stolen property. However, because of his unit’s unique investigative abilities, those 247 cases resulted in 274 criminal felony charges and more than $1 million in recovered property and even more in restitution for property owners.


AFBF hosts Discussion Meet
Ag foundation names teacher of the year
Ag Hall of Fame class to be honored
Ag policy positions approved at National Farmers Convention
Bill proposes to use Environmental Trust Fund dollars
Bringing the farm to students
Cargill turning over stake in Mosaic
Children learn how to stay safe
Cold winter bucks trends and predictions
Conference to support state agritourism
Criminals look to farms
Diversifying feedstock options reduces risk
Exhibit will feature 8 Wonders of Kansas
Farmington Science Center boosts Four Corners ag
Foundation for Ag announces Book of the Year
Groups hold Legislative Action Day
Iowa State Spring Ag Career Day set for Feb. 2
Kansas man dies in farming accident
Moran calls for changes to Cuban ag trade policy
NDA sponsors eighth annual poster contest
OFB collects for Feeding Oklahoma drive
OSU BioWinol project seeking public input
Photo contest winners showcase spirit of Colorado agriculture
Producers receive payments for bioenergy production
Radio broadcasts will explain Flint Hills Smoke Management Plan
Ranchers as ambassadors
Reward offered in vandalism case
Social media sweeps through ag community
Stallman outlines new spirit of ag advocacy
Strength is relative
Taco Bell defends its mixture of seasoned meat
Take charge of your future at Women in Ag Conference
Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo is March 9 to 10
Women Managing the Farm Conference is Feb. 11 to 12
World economy focus of National Farmers meeting


CAWG meets with Colorado congressional delegation
Corn producers support changing name of HFCS to corn sugar
Corn supply continues to tighten
Corn, soybean prices skyrocket
Discover the Waters of Nebraska builds awareness early
Drainage workshop to be held Feb. 16 to 18 in Chillicothe
Extension to host corn production meeting
Ford County Conservation District to hold annual meeting
Invasive Plant Ecology and Management short course set
Kansas Commodity Classic is Feb. 22 in Great Bend
Kansas farmers likely to face wind erosion this winter
MNGA to host annual meeting, show
NAWG names Moran 2010 Wheat Advocate
Nebraska sorghum seminars scheduled
New crops will save water without damaging economy
No-till, summer fallow stores water in central Great Plains
Researchers develop ways to control 'superweeds'
Soybean checkoff offers research fellowship
Soybean disease guide available online
Soybean farmers take trade mission to Mexico
Texas rice farmers prepare for year
Texas wheat outlook bullish
USDA announces dates of sorghum checkoff referendum
USDA invests in public wheat programs
Voluntary actions improve water quality in Okla. streams
Workshops to provide pesticide applicator training


Ag groups call for passage of KORUS-FTA
Controlling Johne's disease
Dry conditions still affecting wheat pasture cattle operations
Equine specialist to host meeting in Cody
Events shape sheep industry in 2010
Extension to host Beef Feedlot Roundtables
Extension to offer Beef Feedlot Roundtable sessions
Feeders win AngusSource Carcass Challenge
Flint Hills Beef Fest winners recognized
Gelbvieh breeders focus on performance testing
Gold Trophy Bison Sale at NWSS reflects industry optimism
Handle winter cattle care challenges
Hereford Herdsman of the Year honored
Jan. 31 is Livestock Indemnity Program deadline
Juniors parade champions in NWSS Gelbvieh and Balancer Show
Kansas Junior Meat Goat Day set for March 26 at K-State
Key issues discussed during roundtable
KLA members gain leadership experience
K-State to host Swine Profitability Conference
K-State to offer Animal Sciences Leadership Academy
Limousin, Lim-Flex cattle champions named
Livestock Marketeers honor new Hall of Fame members
NCBA supports expansion of international trade
Ranch Management University scheduled
Star Lake, Colyer take top honors in Hereford Yard Show
Stockgrowers pleased with governor's decision
Strategies developed for more efficient beef cattle production
Taiwan begins testing beef imports
Trent Loos to speak at livestock meeting
UNL to host Meat Goat Workshop
Watch livestock for fescue foot
WESTI Ag Days will cover brucellosis, crop issues
WRCA offers working ranch cowboy scholarship


Food chain not stretched to limit--yet
Sputnik speech
Up-to-date coverage


2010-11 WKMA Scholarships awarded
FFA chapters invited to Fight Against Hunger
Fungicide gives yield bump in corn, soybeans
In other agribusiness news....
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Men can't shop!
New corn released for 2011
New modem provides access to corrections
New technology simplifies crop insurance reporting
No Marine or dairymen left behind
Promotion benefits breast cancer research
Seven habits of top producers
Will this red tape nightmare ever end?
Youth scholarships available


Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Faith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction report
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids lower
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
Most hay prices steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Groups fear order may jeopardize grazing
Speaker challenges graziers' assumptions about mob grazing


AgriLife Extension offers low-cost gardening programs
Beautiful lawns start with planning
Call of the wild
Creating traction on ice
Cynthia warm and welcoming
Gardening tasks don't end in winter
Gardening Through the Years is focus of show
Go big for big game recipes
Have fun while exercising
Match de-icer choice to conditions, concerns
Meditation for 1-31-11
Oklahoma Proven plants selected for 2011
Prevent salt damage to home landscape
Rain, freeze sensors help avoid road hazards
Trees, shrubs will need extra water if winter drought continues
Working together to forest the state

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