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OCA's Michael Kelsey Upbeat on Beef Day About End of Legislative Session Outlook for Rural Oklahoma
At Beef Day at the Capitol, I met up with Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association to talk about the event and the legislative session that is now winding down this month.

“We get a lot of folks who will tell us this is their favorite day of the year, from a food perspective, obviously, they love beef,” Kelsey said. “So, it just gives us an opportunity, for the Cattlemen’s Association to say, ‘hey we appreciate working with you, and we appreciate what you do.’”

Kelsey mentioned a few important highlights that need to be taken care of for cattle producers and Oklahomans in agriculture, the first on his mind being the medical marijuana issues.

“There are some really good pieces out there that deal with the permitting fee, that deal with the authority, establishing more regulations, some bonding, signage posting of the facilities, and so forth,” Kelsey said. “So, there is some really good stuff there.”

Kelsey said they also want to push those cattle are cattle no matter who owns them, where they are, or what they are eating.

“We have some assessors that are trying to tax cattle in feed yards and not on the wheat pasture and so forth, and there is no difference between those cattle,” Kelsey said. “So, cleaning up some of that stuff- we’ve got some momentum there. It is going to be a really good session.”

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