Dr. Susan Watkins, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service,
addressed drinking water quality issues that poultry farmers commonly
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 (far right)
visit with an agriculture producer at the trade show.
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
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