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OALP Reflections

We wrap up our visit with the OALP members and find out how being in the program has helped each of them.
OALP Reflections

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Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program

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Show 1134: OALP Reflections

Air date: August 21, 2011

 

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ROB MCCLENDON:  NOW EACH OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WE TALKED TO TODAY ARE MEMBERS OF THE OKLAHOMA AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AND I WANT TO TAKE TIME TO VISIT WITH EACH OF YOU.  TELL ME, WHAT YOU BROUGHT AWAY FROM THAT PROGRAM, AND SHANNON, LET’S BEGIN WITH YOU?

SHANNON:  I, TO START OF WITH I JUST WANT TO SAY IT’S A GREAT PROGRAM AND I THINK ITS ONE THAT I DEFINITELY WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHO’S INTERESTED IN AGRICULTURE TO BECOME INVOLVED IN.  THE PROGRAM AS A WHOLE HAS A COUPLE OF MAIN CRITERIA, OBVIOUSLY IT’S TO ESTABLISH LEADERSHIP ADVOCACY IN YOUNG POTENTIAL LEADERS IN OKLAHOMA; BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING I THINK IT’S THE EXPERIENCE TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT AND SEE OUR STATE.  WE’VE TAKEN A TRIP TO D.C., WE’RE ACTUALLY GONNA DO AN INTERNATIONAL TRIP TO IRELAND AND SCOTLAND WE’RE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT.  BUT, WE GET TO SEE SOME NEAT THINGS THAT I’M LIMITED, I LIVE IN THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF THE STATE, THINGS THAT GO ON IN THE SOUTHWESTERN PART OF THE STATE ARE SOMEWHAT FOREIGN TO ME.  AND THEN, I THINK THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE BUILD, UH, THE AMOUNT OF TIME, THE PEOPLE, THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT ARE MADE; THESE ARE GONNA BE LASTING FRIENDSHIPS.  AND, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR AGRICULTURE LIKE I DO.  AND IT’S REALLY INSPIRING, YOU GET REALLY INSPIRED WHEN YOU SPEND A COUPLE DAYS EVERY MONTH WITH THESE PEOPLE.  SO OVERALL, THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE’RE GONNA TAKE FROM THIS, BUT I THINK TO REALLY BE ADVOCATES AND CHAMPIONS FOR AGRICULTURE AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT WE’VE MADE ALONG THE WAY, PROBABLY SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT I’LL TAKE AWAY FROM THIS EXPERIENCE.

ROB:  BLAYNE?

BLAYNE:  I THINK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR ME BEING INVOLVED IN THE OALP PROGRAM IS THE INCREASED AWARENESS I HAVE, NOT ONLY ABOUT AGRICULTURE HERE IN OKLAHOMA, BUT ALSO AGRICULTURE ACROSS THE NATION.  I THINK IT ALLOWS US ALL TO BE A LOT BETTER STEWARDS OF THE LAND, A LOT BETTER ADVOCATES FOR AGRICULTURE, AND IT WILL HOPEFULLY HELP US WITH THE NETWORK THAT WE’VE DEVELOPED DO A LOT BETTER THINGS FOR OKLAHOMA.

ROB:  SO BRIAN, HOW ABOUT THE ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVE?

BRIAN:  ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVE; I, I’M REALLY PRIVILEGED TO BE AN EXTENSION SPECIALIST AT OSU.  I’M IN EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE MULTIPLE TIMES A YEAR, PANHANDLE, SOUTHEAST AS IN BROKEN BOW LAST WEEK; IT’S JUST SOMETHING I DO.  BUT I’M STILL, I’M ISOLATED IN MY LITTLE AREA, SOIL FRAGILITY, NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT, PRECISION AGRICULTURE.  IN THIS PROGRAM WE SEE LAMA PRODUCTION, WE SEE GROWING RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, WE SEE GROWING CANIFF FLOWERS, WE ARE SEEING THINGS THAT ARE TAKING US BEYOND OUR OWN LITTLE WORLD, NOT JUST OUR OWN COUNTY AS DANIELLE SAID, OUR ISOLATED WORLD; BUT, INTO ANIMAL PRODUCTION.  I’M NOT AN ANIMAL AGRICULTURALIST, A GREEN CROP SPECIALIST; WE WORK A LOT IN ANIMAL AGRICULTURE, SEE A LOT OF THAT.  WE’RE SEEING SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE JUST OPENING OUR EYES TO THE WORLD, OPENING OUR EYES TO THE STATE; WHICH THEN, WILL TAKE US TO THE WORLD.

ROB:  WELL I WANT TO THANK EACH OF YOU FOR BEING HERE.  AND THANK YOU ALSO, FOR INVESTING THE TIME INTO THE OKLAHOMA AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM THAT I BELIEVE IS GOING TO MAKE OUR STATE A BETTER PLACE.  THANK YOU MUCH.