Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Mike Spradling Talks Wrapping Up 2011 and Looking Forward to 2012Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:24:42 CST
As 2011 comes to a close, we reflect on all the activity of the year with Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling. Spradling discusses a variety of accomplishments, issues and weather conditions that farmers and ranchers in the state of Oklahoma had to face throughout the year.
Spradling says the weather and the environment was one of the most significant parts of 2011. With negative temperatures well into February, flooding in some areas, 100 degree temperature swing in one week, and a drought with excessive and prolonged temperatures, and more, Spradling says Oklahoma experienced a little bit of everything.
Also, when it comes to legislative issues, Spradling says the Oklahoma Farm Bureau is pleased with 2011. Oklahoma Farm Bureau had a total of 12 bills as priorities for this legislative session and managed to get all 12 of them signed by Gov. Mary Fallin. Spradling adds that while they were successful this year, they are still looking ahead at issues like the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan for 2012.
On a federal level, Spradling says they are concerned about regulatory issues, such as the EPA dust regulations and the changes to child labor laws by the Department of Labor. Both of these issues are definitely on the minds of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members and Spradling says they are priorities for 2012.
Click on the LISTEN bar below to hear more of our conversation with Mike Spradling on wrapping up 2011 and what we can expect from Oklahoma Farm Bureau in 2012. Also, you can hear even more from Mike Spradling on this weekend's News9 In the Field with Ron Hays on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
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