2005 Archive

NBQA Goals Hit Close to Home

Significant progress has been made since the first National Beef Quality Audits, but a review of the 12 current NBQA goals shows that the industry can do more.

Expo to Feature Outdoor and Wildlife-Related Activities, Information

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife is organizing the first Oklahoma Wildlife Expo. The event will be held on Aug. 27 and 28, 2005.

Farm Succession Planning is Critical

In the 2002 Census of Agriculture, the average age of mfarm operators was 55.3 years. Older farmers should spend time planning their retirement or succession plans.

Remember These Drought Management Strategies During the Rest of the Summer

Unless we have an atypically wet summer, many producers will be forced to implement some drought management strategies, if they have not already. Here are a couple of topics to keep in mind looking forward to the remaining summer.

Update: Ag Division Livestock Research and Demonstration Projects

I want to take this opportunity to provide a brief update on some of the research and demonstration projects that are ongoing in the Agricultural Division there are currently 55 projects underway.

Are You 'Chasing the Silver Bullet'?

"Chasing the silver bullet" is probably the most common mistake made by professional stocker producers.

The Ins and Outs of Deducting the Business Use of Your Vehicle

When you use a car or truck in your business, whether it is production agriculture or selling and installing air conditioners, what options do you have to deduct the costs incurred in owning and operating the vehicle?

Explanations for Some 'Fishy Questions'

As you might expect, a lot of questions regarding fishing are generated during the summer. The following are examples of some of those questions, followed by explanations.

Ag Divison Update: Staff Changes

Recent staff departures, reassignments and announced retirements have changed the make-up of the Agricultural Division's consulting teams.

Use These Tips to Manage Hoop House Soil Salinity

Though there are many benefits to growing crops in hoop houses, it is not completely without problems. At the Noble Research Institute, the most persistent problem in the hoop houses is accumulation of salt in the raised beds.