Oklahoma Farm Bureau Works on Policy Positions as State Resolutions Committee GathersTue, 20 Oct 2015 20:59:41 CDT
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau continues the process of developing its policy positions for the coming year- as a group of farmers and ranchers from across the state have gathered for a couple of days of work on resolutions that have been submitted from the County Farm Bureaus. The Annual State Resolutions Committee meetings are a prelude to the delegate business session that is held each year at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention that is held in November. The proposals from the counties started being formulated back in late summer at the grass roots level.
According to John Collison, Vice President of Public Policy for the general farm organization, the ideas submitted by the Counties cover a wide range of subjects and help to shape state and national policy priorities for the coming year. Collison says top of mind as they members meet is considering strategies that will help Farm Bureau and other farm groups properly fund the upcoming vote on State Question 777 as the the farm community works to pass this Right to Farm Constitutional Amendment in November 2016.
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Collison as the sessions kicked off on Tuesday afternoon. The Committee will be wrapping up their work by midday Wednesday- and will take their body of work to the state convention in downtown Oklahoma City November 13th and 14th for the delegates from all seventy seven counties to vote up or down.
State policies that are adopted become the "play book" for the organization to advocate for at the state capitol in 2016- while national policy positions that are adoped will be carried to the national Resolutions Committee of the American Farm Bureau to be considered for the delegates from across America to consider in January 2016 in Orlando, Florida.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to Ron and John talk about the process and some of the major topics that will be themes may be developed into resolutions to be considered next month.
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