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Ag Groups Agree- Tell Oklahoma Senate to Pass Right to Farm Proposal

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:46:36 CDT

Ag Groups Agree- Tell Oklahoma Senate to Pass Right to Farm Proposal The Oklahoma Senate may vote on the so called "Right to Farm" measure, HJR 1006, as early as Wednesday. A coalition of Agricultural groups in the state have written a letter to all State Senators, asking for their support of the measure. In the letter, the 11 groups say "Advances in technology have afforded many industries the opportunities to do a better job in producing their products. Agriculture is no exception. Oklahoma needs to secure the ability to continue to produce food, fiber and shelter within the modern agriculture community while emphasizing the importance of proper animal husbandry. As organizations with grassroots membership, we understand and take very seriously the stewardship of the animals entrusted to us. We value the responsibility to raise food and have committed to do so with integrity and efficiency."


The groups add that the advancements in technology have allowed Oklahoma farmers and ranchers to have a part in feeding the world- and conclude that HJR 1006 will help protect their ability to do so.


The full text of the letter is below.


Midday Tuesday, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke with John Collison of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau about HJR1006- and you can hear his comments supporting the proposed constitutional amendment by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.


Click here to see the text of the bill as will be considered by the Senate this week.

Here's the text of the letter sent to all Oklahoma Senators:




April 15, 2014

MEMO TO: Senate Members

SUBJECT: HJR 1006


This week you will be considering HJR 1006, a bill that gives Oklahomans the opportunity to place within the State’s Constitution important provisions protecting Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers. We respectfully request your support for HJR 1006.


Advances in technology have afforded many industries the opportunities to do a better job in producing their products. Agriculture is no exception. Oklahoma needs to secure the ability to continue to produce food, fiber and shelter within the modern agriculture community while emphasizing the importance of proper animal husbandry. As organizations with grassroots membership, we understand and take very seriously the stewardship of the animals entrusted to us. We value the responsibility to raise food and have committed to do so with integrity and efficiency.


Many of our volunteer animal management programs, such as Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance, utilize modern agriculture practices and technologies to ensure better animal handling and health. Because our members have adopted enhanced practices, our ability to produce safe, high quality and affordable food has improved directly benefiting consumers. Indeed, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers feed the world and we are proud to do so.


Please feel free to call upon any of us to provide you with information you may need as you consider HJR 1006.

Sincerely,


Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association

Oklahoma Pork Council

The Poultry Federation

American Farmers & Ranchers

Oklahoma Farm Bureau

Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association

Oklahoma Sorghum Association

Oklahoma Wheat Wheat Growers Association

Oklahoma Ag Coop Council

Whitetails of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association





   
   

Ron Hays talks with John Collison about HJR 1006 and why it needs to pass.
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