Tom Buchanan Leads Oklahoma Delegation to 2014 American Farm Bureau ConventionSun, 12 Jan 2014 12:10:40 CST
Jackson County Farmer Tom Buchanan is leading the 2014 delegation of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members here at the 95th American Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio. Buchanan was elected as the 10th President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau this past November at the annual meeting of the general farm organization. Buchanan told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays in an interview on Sunday morning that about eighty Oklahoma Farm Bureau members are in attendance at the 2014 meeting and most will spend at least some time at the annual Trade Show helping pass out Cinnamon Rolls and Fresh Bread from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission oven. Several times in recent years- the Wheat Commission has partnered with OFB to feature Oklahoma Hard Red Winter Wheat during the AFBF convention.
Buchanan says that when delegates star hammering out policy positions this coming Tuesday in San Antonio- he sees Immigration as perhaps the highest profile issue to be tackled by the delegates- he believes it is imperative that agriculture offer real solutions to lawmakers to make sure we have adequate guest workers to work the fields and harvest the crops across the United States- which means solving the immigration challenges is vitally important.
Hays and Buchanan also talked about the frustration of getting the farm bill across the finish line- the OFB President saying he was in Washington last week and that it appeared mid to even late week that a solution was almost in place. He Praised the House Ag Committee staff for putting in long hours to help conclude a deal that could pass the Farm Bill Conference Committee, both bodies of Congress and receive a signature from Presdient Obama.
Buchanan also offered his current assessment about the drought that continues to devastate southwestern Oklahoma. Buchanan, who manages the Lake Altus-Lugert Irrigation District, says that unless conditions change, 2014 will be the third consecutive year where no water will be released for irrigation purposes- unprecendented in the sixty year history of Lake Altus.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the full conversation between Hays and Buchanan. Click here for the AFBF Convention website to learn more about the 2014 gathering in San Antonio.
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