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Eastern Oklahoma Ag Trade Show

Eastern Oklahoma Ag Trade Show

Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service addresses audience
Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, addressed drinking water quality issues that poultry farmers commonly face.

Laotian poultry farmers visit with a Kubota Tractor salesman
Laotian poultry farmers visit with a Kubota Tractor salesman at the trade show. One of the farmers purchased this tractor for use on his poultry operation near Stigler, Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission Region IV Board Member Virginia Kidd (far left), Oklahoma State Conservationist Ron Hilliard and Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations Pooh Vongkhamdy, visit with ag producer
Oklahoma Conservation Commission Region IV Board Member Virginia Kidd (far left), Oklahoma State Conservationist Ron Hilliard and Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations Pooh Vongkhamdy (far right) visit with an agriculture producer at the trade show.

NRCS Oklahoma Grazing Land Specialist Steve Glasgow visits with a producer
NRCS Oklahoma Grazing Land Specialist Steve Glasgow visits with a producer at the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) booth. The GLCI and NRCS booths were two of over 40 booths vendors put up at the event.

Ron Hays, with the Radio Oklahoma Network and the Daily Farm and Ranch Report
Ron Hays, with the Radio Oklahoma Network and the Daily Farm and Ranch Report, spoke to the audience about current issues facing agriculture producers, including the Farm Bill that is currently in legislation.

The Second Annual Eastern Oklahoma Ag Trade Show was held at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds just south of Poteau, Oklahoma on Wednesday, April 30, 2008. Approximately 600 people attended the event, according to Kenneth Risenhoover, Natural Resources Conservation Service, District Conservationist in Poteau.

Speakers discussed topics of interest for both poultry and livestock operations. Energy Alternatives were discussed by Dr. Jim Britton with OK Farms; Dr. Susan Watkins with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service spoke about Drinking Water Quality; and completing the morning session topics, Environmental Stewardship was presented by Paul Bredwell, Vice President of Environmental Programs for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

The key note speaker during the lunch break was Ron Hays, a very well known broadcaster with the Oklahoma Farm & Ranch Radio Network, providing the latest information in Farm and Ranch news.

The afternoon sessions focused on livestock issues. The topics and speakers were as follows: Commercial Fertilizer Alternatives by Chris Rice, Southeast Area Agronomist with the OSU Cooperative Extension Service; Fire Ant Control by Wayne Smith, OSU Cooperative Extension Fire Ant Specialist; and Foot and Mouth Disease by Dr. Dave Sparks, OSU Veterinarian.

Over 40 exhibitors were on hand at the event. Display booths ranged from Ag chemicals, farm equipment and supplies, metal and fencing supplies to feed and seed dealers, lending institutions, and government services. 

This event was sponsored by the Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, and Sequoyah County and Talihina Conservation Districts, OSU Cooperative Extension Service, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, OK Farms, Kerr Center, Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, and the Oklahoma Grazing Lands Conservation Association.

By Dee Ann Littlefield, public affairs specialist, Waurika, OK
NRCS May 2008

Last Modified: 05/16/2008

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