Ag Secretary Blayne Arthur Wants to Make 2020 a Better Year for Ag ProducersWed, 19 Feb 2020 11:58:17 CST
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur opened the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference earlier this week with an encouraging round of hope and optimism as she pledged to make 2020 a better year for farmers and ranchers.
Arthur outlined a series of priorities, including:
*Increasing food processing operations in Oklahoma
*Celebrating 20 years of the Made In Oklahoma program.
*Focusing on our state's natural resources
*Resolving agricultural labor challenges
*Staying ahead and reducing animal health challenges that arose in 2019
*Working with Lt. Gov. Pinnell to promote profit opportunities in rural Oklahoma with the new branding and marketing program.
"We want to see more processing of raw commodities that will increase profit opportunities for our producers," said Arthur. She added consumers love the made in Oklahoma products, so there is a natural connection there to be expanded.
The state's abundant natural resources will also be a focus for Arthur as she works with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission on controlling feral hogs, improving the prescribed burn program, and increasing the use of conservation practices.
Arthur praised Dr. Rod Hall, State Veterinarian, for helping control several animal disease challenges last year and expects to see fewer disease issues this year.
Sam Knipp had the opportunity to interview Secretary Arthur immediately following her presentation. You can listen to our complete interview with Blayne Arthur by clicking on the link below.
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