OK Cattlemen Start New Tradition with a Successful Winter Policy Meeting Tackling the Big IssuesWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:39:35 CST
Yesterday, the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association hosted the first of what is likely to become a new tradition, with its Winter Policy Meeting. Executive Vice President of OCA, Michael Kelsey, spoke with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the need and purpose of this meeting, meant to supplement the organization’s existing grassroots policy-making process.
“Our leadership decided back in November, let’s start a new policy process,” Kelsey recalls. “We had been building up to this because policy anymore today is so changing - you need to be flexible.”
Kelsey emphasized that point, explaining that up to now approximately 2,200 bills have been filed ahead of the legislative session here in Oklahoma, that he says had to be combed through by OCA’s policy team to figure which pieces of legislation were pertinent to the state’s cattle industry.
The meeting, strategically scheduled just before Oklahoma’s legislative session, is coincidentally just in front of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention as well, allowing members to determine their positions on NCBA policy as well. Overall, Kelsey and the executive board believe any additional time given to members speak intentionally about the policies that affect their day-to-day business, to an already brimming schedule at their convention where policy discussion traditionally takes place, will do nothing but benefit the association.
“Convention is full with a lot of networking opportunities to trade show and so forth…” Kelsey reasoned. “We’ll still have policy-making opportunities, but based upon what I saw yesterday at our meeting, I think this one’s going to really take on the life and the bulk of policy and allow us to address those big issues.”
Learn more about OCA’s new Winter Policy Meeting and some of the priorities that surfaced at this meeting, in Hays full discussion with OCA Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey. To listen to that conversation, click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below.
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