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OCA Priorities for 2016 Includes Passage of State Question 777 and a State Beef Checkoff

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:20:51 CST

OCA Priorities for 2016 Includes Passage of State Question 777 and a State Beef Checkoff The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association (OCA)board of directors approved a set of priority policy issues that will drive the association's policy work in 2016 at their annual winter board meeting earlier this week in Oklahoma City.

According to OCA President Charlie Swanson "These priorities clarify the policy initiatives of OCA for 2016.”

The initiatives include:

protecting the tax policies important to cattle producers such as sales tax exemptions and ad valorem tax priorities

successful passage of State Question 777 - Oklahoma's Right to Farm

elevating cattle theft penalty legislation and investigating industry practices that would protect producers from cattle theft

successful passage of a Oklahoma beef checkoff

continued pressure to eliminate WOTUS and successful passage of TPP

"The 2016 legislative session, while overshadowed by a very large budget gap, will provide opportunities for work on several of these policy priorities. Additionally, Oklahoma's Right to Farm and a state beef checkoff will be substantial positive steps toward securing the future of beef production in Oklahoma," Swanson said.

The OCA board of directors also enthusiastically sanctioned the 2016-2020 OCA Strategic Plan which was presented by the Executive Committee.

"The Oklahoma cattle industry is positioned to grow and thrive,” said Swanson. “Yes, the cattle market is volatile and uncertain, but cattle producers are resilient and committed to their work of producing beef."

The Strategic Plan outlines key objectives that will provide growth for the Oklahoma beef cattle industry.

"We invite all Oklahoma cattle producers to join OCA in making Oklahoma's beef cattle industry the best it can be," Swanson added.

The OCA represents more than 5,500 Oklahoma ranching families and is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership, the theft reward program or activities call 405-235-4391 or visit www.okcattlemen.org.



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