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Agricultural Freedom
What EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Will Mean for Farmers

May 15, 2017 - 3:07pm CDT

By Jayson Lusk The appointment of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was met with predictable cheers from energy entrepreneurs and jeers from some environmental advocacy groups. Much less discussed are the reactions from farmers an... READ MORE

How Soda Taxes Hurt Farmers

May 8, 2017 - 9:25am CDT

Proponents of sugar-sweetened-beverage taxes suffered a defeat on May 2 when 58 percent of Santa Fe residents voted against the proposed policy. Advocates of the so-called soda tax, which would have added a tax of about 25 cents to a 12-ounce soda, promised to earmark new tax receipts for use in edu... READ MORE

OCPA Joins Coalition To Free Farmers And Ranchers From Excessive Federal Government Intervention

April 12, 2017 - 1:39pm CDT

Agricultural policy is an important issue that impacts all Americans. That’s why it’s vital that government does not place excessive or burdensome regulations on America’s farmers and ranchers. The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) joined a coalition of 14 other organizations to free farmer... READ MORE

For Many Oklahoma Farmers, Trade Is a Big Deal

February 1, 2017 - 11:10am CST

By Jayson Lusk Trade has emerged as one of the hot-button issues in modern politics. To be sure, much of the discussion has centered on the impacts of trade on manufacturing jobs; however, it is important to consider the impacts of trade—and potential changes in trade policy—on other sectors of the... READ MORE

Agricultural Regulation a Serious Concern for Producers

December 6, 2016 - 11:50am CST

By Levi Russell Agricultural regulation is an important issue for rural America. The Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are the primary regulators affecting the food supply chain from farm to fork. For row crop and cattle ... READ MORE

Revitalizing Oklahoma’s Rural Communities

November 11, 2016 - 1:02pm CST

Revitalizing Oklahoma’s Rural Communities By Steve Anderson In recent months I have written several articles about a rural revitalization program for Oklahoma that mirrors the Rural Opportunity Zone (ROZ) program in Kansas, a program I helped to create. ROZ was the first economic plank in Governo... READ MORE

‘Food Movement’ Agenda Not the Best Path Forward

November 2, 2016 - 2:38pm CDT

By Jayson Lusk The change in presidential administrations is likely to usher in a new set of policy ideas and proposals.  In the case of food and agriculture, the new president does not have to look far, as prominent food writers have already been making an aggressive case to retool the way the... READ MORE

Unleashing the full power of Oklahoma’s agriculture sector

November 1, 2016 - 9:54am CDT

I have written several articles outlining the enormous impact on Oklahoma’s economy that could result from moving agricultural acreage currently committed to the stock bulk crops (such as wheat and corn) to high-value vegetable, melon, and potato crops.   For many years agricultural experts have di... READ MORE

Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

September 26, 2016 - 3:01pm CDT

By JAYSON LUSK SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 Stillwater, Okla. — There is much to like about small, local farms and their influence on what we eat. But if we are to sustainably deal with problems presented by population growth and climate change, we need to look to the farmers who grow a majority of the cou... READ MORE

Free Market Friday: Dodd-Frank harming Oklahoma banks

September 16, 2016 - 8:56am CDT

The White House Council of Economic Advisors recently released a report claiming the Dodd-Frank financial services law of 2010 is not harming community banks. Not so, say the bankers, the General Accountability Office, and the clear numbers. When government policies help an industry, it is more li... READ MORE

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