Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan Says He is Proud of Effort Made to Promote Right to FarmTue, 08 Nov 2016 23:11:22 CST
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Tom Buchanan is one of several farm group leaders in the state that has dedicated his summer and fall this year to defending and promoting the Right to Farm Amendment proposal- making the defeat of the State Question 777 hard to swallow for the Jackson County farmer. But in talking with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays as it became apparent that the State Question was going down to defeat- Buchanan used words like frustrated and disappointed- but he also offered a glass half full comment to Hays as he said "I'll tell you what- I'm very proud of the family farmers and ranchers across Oklahoma for stepping up to the plate and swinging at this pitch as it came across the plate."
Buchanan says that while the loss of the Right to Farm Amendment hurts- he is pleased with news that three Senatorial candidates with ties back to Oklahoma Farm Bureau have won big on election night- Lonnie Paxton winning in District 19 with 77% of the vote- Roland Pederson won with 68% of the vote in District 19 and Chris Kidd pulled 69% of the vote in District 31.
Buchanan says that the campaign for State Question 777 was truly an educational experience and he says that "What I have learned is that Oklahoma farmers and ranchers are doing an excellent job, but they have stayed on the farm and ranch doing that excellent job. But in the process of doing that, we have allowed our urban neighbors to get separated from us." He adds that those urban folks "don't know what we're doing, why we are doing it and most importantly, why it's good for them that we do what we do."
After it was apparent that State Question 777 was going to be defeated- one of the statements released by Oklahoma Farmers Care came from Tom Buchanan, who stated "On behalf of the more than 26,000 family farmers and ranchers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau wants to thank the thousands of Oklahomans who voted for State Question 777, Oklahoma’s Right to Farm. Family farmers and ranchers of Oklahoma work hard to provide the safest, most affordable food this Nation has seen. Although we are disappointed in today’s vote, we will not waver in our commitment to ensuring our family farmers and ranchers can continue to operate without fear from outside interest groups and provide consumers with choice when they go to the grocery store. This has always been the charge of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and we will continue in this endeavor."
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the conversation that Ron Hays had with Tom Buchanan at the Right to Farm Election Night Party in Oklahoma City.
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