Beef Day at the Capitol Finds Hamburgers Being Served With a Big SmileWed, 17 May 2017 15:48:29 CDT
Oklahoma's beef cattle industry celebrated Beef Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, with several groups setting up informational booths around the rotunda inside the Capitol building in Oklahoma City, sharing the story of beef cattle production with lawmakers, capitol staff and visitors during the morning hours.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association cooked 750 burgers to serve at midday, with the beef being provided by Lopez Foods of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Cattlewomen served the burgers and fixings to lawmakers and others. The Oklahoma Beef Council, the animal science department at Oklahoma State and the Nobel Research Institute also took part in the day's activities.
Michael Kelsey, Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays at Beef Day, saying Beef Day offers a great opportunity to share with the state legislature how important the beef industry, as the largest segment of the agricultural economy in Oklahoma, is as an economic driver for the rural parts of the state- and really for the state as a whole. It's also a relaxed way to say Thank You to the lawmakers and their staffs for tackling the difficult issues in helping Oklahoma state government function.
Kelsey also talked with Hays about the final days of the State Legislative Session and the fact that State Lawmakers are totally about finding a budget deal- and that he sees it as danger time now and looking ahead for agriculture in protecting the Ag Sales Tax Exemption for farmers and ranchers.
You can hear their conversation about Beef Day and the Budget struggle lawmakers are in the middle of by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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