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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday November 3, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Congressman Frank Lucas Wins Reelection and Will Likely Be the Next Chairman of the House Ag Committee
-- State Question 744 was brusied and abused as voters said NO
-- Newest Member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Promises to Work With Congressman Lucas on Ag and Rural Issues
-- How Red Can You Get?
-- Nationally- It's Bye Bye Blanche and Hello Prop B
-- Oklahoma Ag Expo Kicks Off Today In Oklahoma City
-- Gray Land & Cattle Getting Ready for their Annual Production Sale
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Congressman Frank Lucas Wins Reelection and Will Likely Be the Next Chairman of the House Ag Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a night that can be considered historic nationally because of the Republicans capturing the majority in the US House, history is also being made as the likely next Chairman of the House Ag Committee will come from Oklahoma for the first time ever. Several national news organizations are predicting that the Republicans will end up winning about 60 seats held right now by Democrats for the next session of Congress that begins in January.
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas easily won reelection in the third district of Oklahoma- which covers almost half of the total land mass of Oklahoma- and is in line to take that position from current Chairman Collin Peterson, who will become the ranking minority member of the Committee, if he chooses to stay in a leadership role on the Committee.
The expectation that Congressman Lucas will step into this major role was called the "story of the night" by Tyler Norvell, who lobbies for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Norvell and other farm leaders in Oklahoma are very excited about this new high profile role for the Roger Mills County rancher.
Lucas himself expressed excitement about the opportunity to be the
Chairman- and looks forward to helping shape the next farm bill to be
written in either 2011 or 2012. Lucas says that there will be fewer
dollars to work with- but pledges that he will work hard to protect the
interests of farmers as this bill is developed.
Click on the LINK below and hear our exclusive conversation with the incoming Chairman of the House Ag Committee, Congressman Frank Lucas.
State Question 744 was brusied and abused as voters said NO
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Voters overwhelmingly rejected State Question 744 Tuesday. The question was rejected with over 81 percent of voters against the proposed constitutional amendment to dramatically increase public school funding.
State Question 744 would have required the state within three years to meet the average per-student spending of surrounding states. A fiscal analysis of the proposal projected an increased cost to the state of $1.7 billion over three years. Supporters said something needed to be done to fix the state of education in Oklahoma. Opponents, however, said there was no way for the state to pay for SQ 744.
At first, the No campaign was an uphill battle with more than 60 percent in favor of the measure, but some said the tide really changed when the man known to many as the education governor, Brad Henry, decided to lead the call to defeat 744. Henry, who has been a staunch supporter of common education, announced his opposition to the proposed amendment, saying it would reduce funding for critical state programs. In addition, both candidates for Governor strongly voiced their opposition to the State Question as well.
All agricultural groups in the state lined up in opposition to State Question 744- and that included Oklahoma Farm Bureau. We talked to their Vice President, Bob Drake of Davis on Tuesday evening as the 80% no vote was being confirmed at the state GOP Watch party. Click on the LINK below for our conversation with Drake about this measure that voters said was the wrong solution to fixing problems within common education.
Newest Member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Promises to Work With Congressman Lucas on Ag and Rural Issues
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Republican James Lankford has been elected to hold the U.S. House 5th District Seat. Lankford, a 42-year-old political newcomer, defeated Democratic candidate Billy Coyle and Independent candidate Clark Duffe.
Lankford said as the U.S. House 5th District Seat holder he wants to challenge the "status quo in Washington" and career politicians. "They are not the only ones who are passionate about our country," Lankford said. "There are a lot of us who are passionate about the issues and ideas, and want to work."
Click on the LINK below and you can not only hear our conversation with him at his watch party in northwest Oklahoma City- but you can also see our YouTube Channel segment of Congressman Elect James Lankford praying for wisdom in the days ahead. I do hope that God will serve up a double portion to not only to our newest member of Congress- but on all of our other elected officials as well.
How Red Can You Get?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~With all statewide races of this election cycle grabbed by the GOP- it means that the Republicans will control the Governor's office and all of the cabinet appointments that go with Mary Fallin being our first woman Governor. It also means that offices like the Attorney General's office may well be a place that agricultural interests will feel more at home. Republican Scott Pruitt won the AG position with over 60% of the vote- and is less likely to chase after animal agriculture as Drew Edmondson did over the last several years as he hired out of state trial lawyers and pursued a court judgment against Oklahoma poultry growers and those Arkansas companies that contract with them to raise chickens for them.
The Republicans also have gained seats in the State Senate and State House- and State Representative Dale DeWitt, who could be the Appropriations Chair this coming year, told us last night at the GOP Watch Party that this vote brings a lot of pressure on the majority party to perform well for the good of the state of Oklahoma.
The races in the state House and Senate brought a few surprises, according to Tyler Norvell of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. He points to former State FFA President Josh Brecheen defeating Senator Jay Paul Gumm in the District 6 of the State Senate (southestern Oklahoma) as one big surprise of Tuesday night. Click on the LINK below to see the entire list of unofficial results of the 2010 November Elections in the State.
Nationally- It's Bye Bye Blanche and Hello Prop B
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As expected, Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln went down to defeat, as she received only 38% of the vote and lost to John Boozman by 150,000 votes. Lincoln has served over the last year as the Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, and numerous ag groups have expressed regret that Senator Lincoln won't be there as a champion for production agriculture in the next Congress.
A significant number of the House Ag Committee Democrats were beaten
last night- including some well know long time members of the House that
were known in agricultural circles. Both of the statewide seats that
belong to North Dakota and South Dakota are changing from Blue to Red, as
Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota
have received pink slips by the electorate.
In Missouri, it was bad news for animal agriculture as Prop B narrowly passed- which is considered a victory for extremist animal rights groups. Missouri animal agriculture groups opposed Prop B- as did the Missouri Farm Bureau. Click here for a two pager that they produced in opposition to this measure, which won by about 60,000 votes. It passed in the St. Louis and Kansas City metros, plus the Boot Heel for some reason- the rest of the state was a solid NO. Click here to see the map of the Prop B vote- it's fascinating. Obviously, trying to tell agriculture's story with just sound science is not good enough- it's at best a starting place. HSUS has been successful in getting their nose under the tent in Missouri animal agriculture.
Oklahoma Ag Expo Kicks Off Today In Oklahoma City
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 Oklahoma Ag Expo of the Oklahoma Agri Retailers Association and the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association jumps into high gear this morning at the Clarion Meridian Hotel and Convention Center on the west side of Oklahoma City. Featured luncheon speaker later today is Meterologist Gary England of News9 will talk about the climate change debate- Gary calls his talk "The Big Climate Scare."
Over Wednesday and Thursday- there will be twenty two presentations made on a wide range of subjects- everything from spray drift to the Mesonet to Winter Canola as an alternative to wheat to herbicide resistance as it currently stands in Oklahoma.
Click on the LINK below for the complete agenda of the 2010 Oklahoma Ag Expo.
Gray Land & Cattle Getting Ready for their Annual Production Sale
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr. Charles and Karen Gray are excited about the cattle offering they have assembled for their 15th Annual Sale at the Gray Land and Cattle Company- at the Ranch on the north side of Edmond, Oklahoma. To get to the ranch for sale day, Friday November 12, go north of Oklahoma City on Interstate 35 and take exit 146- Waterloo Road- and go east. The sale time is twelve noon.
The Grays will be offering 50 service age bulls, 20 Registered Hereford Females and 25 Commercial Black and Red Baldy Females.
Several states are always represented in the crowd on sale day for
their seedstock sale- and Charles Gray tells me that he has heard from
more than one out of state buyer that they travel to his sale because they
can always buy more quality for the dollars they spend in the bulls they
purchase from the Gray sale than they can back home.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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