Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


DC Insider Steve Kopperud Harbors Mixed Emotions on the Political Agendas of Washington Leaders

Thu, 03 May 2018 11:20:09 CDT

DC Insider Steve Kopperud Harbors Mixed Emotions on the Political Agendas of Washington Leaders Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Steve Kopperud, a political consultant in Washington, DC that caters to various ag industry groups, during the Oklahoma Grain & Feed Association’s recent meeting. Kopperud remarked on several hot-button political issues related to agriculture that have been unfolding in recent weeks. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.


Regarding the next Farm Bill, Kopperud has taken a somewhat pessimistic stance on whether or not the legislation will be ratified before the 2014 version of the bill expires, saying that House Ag Chair Mike Conaway’s early to mid-May deadline seems unlikely with the level political polarization that has already enveloped the legislation.


“If I was a betting man, I’d say no. I just don’t see it happening. Maybe it’s a 60/40 chance, no,” he remarked. “The House just has some major mountains to climb before it gets a bill on the floor and approved and ready to reconcile with the Senate.”


While his view on the Farm Bill’s timeline may be pessimistic, his thoughts on a trade war with China aren’t.


“No, I don’t think there will be a trade war. That’s like both the US and China putting a gun to their head and pulling the trigger. I think it’s a lot of bluster,” he said commenting that China could not afford to cut off soybeans or sorghum and that the US could not afford to lose their business in those areas. “What I find very frustrating, though, is that the soybean guys, sorghum, pork - the guys that had nothing to do with the steel and aluminum issues - they’re the ones that are going to pay the price if we move forward.”


Kopperud also touched on some of the political strategy and climate in DC. It seems the opposition party has found a weak link in the Trump Administration and is focusing its efforts now at attacking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt at every turn to bring down a major Trump Cabinet player. Unfortunately, he says there is so much “sketchy stuff” on the record that it has made Pruitt “Ground-Zero” for Democrats’ push to oust another Trump supporter.


However, when it comes to our elected officials, Kopperud is again optimistic that if Republicans can secure a couple more legislative wins in the next few months, the GOP could probably maintain control of both Congressional bodies - and perhaps even strengthen its hold.



   





   

Hear the latest news from Capitol Hill on several hot-button issues from DC Insider Steve Kopperud.
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center Breaks Down Latest Beef Trade Numbers  Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:13:24 CST
  • Friday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:56:56 CST
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2018  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:50:13 CST
  • Ellen Coblentz of Chouteau, Okla. Recognized as a Significant Woman in Agriculture by ODAFF  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:39:05 CST
  • Friday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 14:00:07 CST
  • Farm Bureau Contends New USDA Broadband Program Will Boost Local Economies in Rural America  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:54:46 CST
  • CattleFax's Upcoming Webinar to Outline Beef Industry Analytics Firm's Market Expectations for 2019  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:25:15 CST
  • Noble's Dr. Myriah Johnson Defines What Antimicrobial Stewardship Means for Cow-Calf Producers  Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:20:50 CST

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    Find more about Weather in Oklahoma City, OK

       
       
    © 2008-2018 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.