Oilseed Commission Report: A Looking Forward To A New Season

Fiscal Year 2011 Report to the President of the State Board of Agriculture

Commission elections: Under the initial terms of office stipulated by the Oklahoma Oilseed Resources Act, no commission district offices were up for election in FY2011. District 1 office will be up for election in FY2012.

Commission Meetings: The Oklahoma Oiiseed Commission (OOC) held five meetings throughout FY2011. Two of the five meetings were held in conjunction with oilseed grower events in Lahoma and Enid.

Significant actions for FY2011:

Administration and Personnel:

– OOC contracted with the Great Plains Canola Association to provide administrative and executive director services for OOC through the end of calendar year 2011. These services were donated free of charge to OOC for calendar year 2010. Kenlon Johannes currently serves as our executive director.

Promoting Market Development and Education:

– OOC provided funding to support canola demonstration plots at fifteen locations throughout Oklahoma. These plots were managed and coordinated by Oklahoma State University and displayed multiple varieties of canola available for commercial production in Oklahoma to growers. The plots were available for viewing throughout the growing season and each location held at least one field day with industry representatives and OSU educators and researchers on hand.

– OOC established a permanent website (OKoilseed.org) to give growers a central location for information regarding OOC activities and events.

– OOC coordinated with Oklahoma State University graphic arts students to develop a commission logo to be used in OOC promotional materials.

– OOC supported two key Oklahoma canola grower meetings with the commission chairman speaking as part of the agenda regarding OOC activities. The Commission held meetings immediately following each event to allow maximum grower participation and input.

Enhance Oilseed Production and Research:

– OOC provided funding to support an Oklahoma State University research project on the Biology and Management of Blackleg in Canola. Knowledge gained from this research was presented by OSU researchers to canola growers at several meetings in Oklahoma during 2011 and is also available through the commission website.

– OOC provided funding to support an Oklahoma State University research project on Late Season Aphid Management in Winter Canola. Knowledge gained from this research was presented by OSU researchers to canola growers at several meetings in Oklahoma during 2011 and is also available through the commission website.
Financial Report: Enclosure (1) provides the itemized income and expenditures reporting required by the Oklahoma Oilseed Resources Act. As FY2011 was the first full year of financial operations for the Commission, a great deal of emphasis was placed on keeping expenditures as low as possible while supporting Oklahoma oilseed market development, education, and research. Total income from assessment collections and donations was $45,421.02 while total expenditures were $14,542.30. Nearly 65% of FY 2011 OOC expenses went to directly
support oilseed research and education.

Looking Forward:

As we enter FY2012, weather impacts throughout the current calendar year are having major negative impacts on all crops, including oilseeds. While anticipated Oklahoma oilseed production is expected to be lower this year, prices have risen with the lower supply. Since the Oilseed Assessment is calculated on value of crop sales, the overall impact of the drought on collections should be mitigated somewhat. Based on our current financial position, OOC has approved a substantial increase in funding for research and education over the next 12 months. Additionally, OOC has begun the process of coordinating with the Great Plains Canola Association to identify a permanent Executive Director for the Commission.

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