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OCA Creating Awareness for 'Right to Farm' Initiative, State Question 777

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 14:56:56 CDT

OCA Creating Awareness for 'Right to Farm' Initiative, State Question 777

Oklahoma is more than a year away from voting on the 'Right to Farm' constitutional amendment, known as State Question 777. Oklahoma's agricultural groups are starting their planning and preparations for the 'Right to Farm' campaign. Oklahomans will vote on the measure in November 2016. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey said the effort is starting to build some positive momentum with planning, fundraising and creating awareness for the initiative.

"We're all in this together," Kelsey said. "Oklahoma agriculture has a great benefit from this and we want to continue to position Oklahoma agriculture positively in the future and we think this is one great step to do that."

Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays recently caught up with Michael Kelsey. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.

The first step of the campaign is communicating the purpose of the initiative. Kelsey said OCA will be talking about 'Right to Farm' amendment every chance they get through cattlemen affiliate meetings through their publications, along with speaking engagements with rural civic organizations like Rotary and the Lion's Club. He said he thinks this is building some positive momentum as an agricultural coalition, but he knows the adversaries will show up. Kelsey thinks these groups will show up make their presence known closer to the election, which makes it even more important to gear up early on.

"Anything we can do to suppress their message, because we know that message is going to be false, it's going to be coordinated in terms of trying to pick individuals off, siting certain entities within agriculture against others - pork versus beef, crops versus livestock, etc. and we've just not going to tolerate that," Kelsey said.

Coming up this month is the 63rd Annual OCA Convention and Trade Show in Midwest City. The conference will take place at the Reed Center July 23, 24 & 25, 2015. On Friday, July 24th, a panel will discuss State Question 777. The panel will feature Glenn Coffee, Representative Scott Biggs and Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork Council. The panel discussion will be moderated by Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.

Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Michael Kelsey of OCA
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