AFR Sends Their Man Tackett to Washington Representing Okla Ag Interests at NFU Policy MeetingThu, 11 Jan 2018 11:20:17 CST
Dustin Tackett of Ft. Cobb, Okla., is in Washington, D.C. this week representing American Farmers & Ranchers on the National Farmers Union policy committee meeting. This committee reviews policies submitted by each state affiliate organization prior to the NFU convention scheduled for March in Kansas City this year. AFR’s Sam Knipp corresponded with Tackett via telephone for an update on this week’s proceedings. Listen to an audio clip of their conversation, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“It’s been beneficial to me, to be able to represent Oklahoma and its interests,” he said, “and I think overall it will be a positive experience when I get finished.”
According to Tackett, the committee took time to review a variety of issues that have cropped up in recent years here in Oklahoma. He reports that the committee is also taking the initiative to revise its current policy language to align with that of the cotton industry’s Cotton Council, regarding provisions they would like negotiated into the next Farm Bill.
Tackett says the committee has also addressed issues related to other specialty crops and the Agriculture Mediation Program. He says the experience has been eye-opening, allowing him the opportunity to learn many different perspectives from across the country on a variety of ag issues. Tackett returns to Oklahoma after the committee adjourns this Friday.
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