OCA's Michael Kelsey Urges Farm and Ranch Community to Get Involved with the Yes Campaign for SQ777Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:48:50 CDT
With the primary elections on our minds this week, many in the agriculture community may be wondering where we stand in regards to the campaign to approve State Question 777, Oklahoma's Right to Farm. SQ 777 will amend the state consitution to provide language that many believe will ensure farmers and ranchers protection from future unwarranted laws and regulations. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey tells us that proponets of the question are active in working to gain a "yes" vote.
Kelsey encourages farmers and ranchers to get involved with the campaign. "Number one is to raise funds", Kelsey says. He believes that every $20 or $25 check is important to help gain passage. He adds that those with high-visibility roadside locations can help by requesting a large 4x8 sign, which will be available after the 4th of July. Funding for those signs will be greatly appreciated as well.
"We know that our advisaries are going to come with their message of deception and falseness and they will be well funded to do that", he says. "They want to continue placing restrictions on livestock producers and they're well funded in order to do that." Kelsey warns that it is important that supporters of 777 are also well funded in order to defend our position.
He continues that it is important to inform everyone in your rural community as well. "One of the things that will hurt us is if we assume rural Oklahoma is voting for this", he says. "Share that message with your local folks and neighbors." Kelsey advises that you can share that message by starting the conversation in your community, placing a bumber sticker on your vehicle, or putting a sign up on your property.
His third message is to "share the message with your urban friends". It is important for urban friends and family near the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas to hear about the issue and to be encourage to vote "yes." "It is vitally important that we do that right now".
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talk with Kelsey about State Question 777, Oklahoma's Right to Farm.
Story developed and written by Kalee Horn.
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