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American Farmers and Ranchers Terry Detrick Discusses Lesser Prairie Chicken, Castor Bean and More

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 11:22:08 CDT

American Farmers and Ranchers Terry Detrick Discusses Lesser Prairie Chicken, Castor Bean and More American Farmers and Ranchers President Terry Detrick sat down to talk with us after attending the Lesser Prairie Chicken forum held earlier this week in Woodward, Okla. Detrick discussed with us three different topics that AFR are working on currently, including the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as an endangered species, castor bean production and the 2012 Farm Bill.


When it comes to the Lesser Prairie Chicken, Detrick says that there is no need for the federal government to become involved in the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken on the Endangered Species List. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife is working on different programs with farmers and ranchers to help the population of the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Detrick says if the government will allow the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife to work with Oklahomans, then they will be able to make a difference.


Regarding the castor bean production in Oklahoma, the American Farmers and Ranchers are suggesting that ricin, a toxic protein found in castor beans, be listed as an illegal substance. Ricin is lethal to humans, wildlife and livestock and can be used as a potential weapon says Detrick. If a castor bean is developed without ricin, Detrick says that will be a different story but until then, they are against the production of castor beans in Oklahoma.


Finally, with the 2012 Farm Bill a thought on everyone's mind recently, Detrick says now is not the time for agriculture to jump up and say what we are willing to give away because once agriculture starts giving, there will be no end to it. One item that is of importance in the new Farm Bill is the crop insurance and crop revenue assurance programs. Detrick says this is an issue that has been coming up from many Oklahomans across the state.


Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear Ron Hays and Terry Detrick discuss more on the Lesser Prairie Chicken, castor bean production, and the 2012 Farm Bill development.



   


   

Ron Hays and Terry Detrick discuss Lesser Prairie Chicken, castor beans and more
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