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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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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A Constitution Day compromise?

September 13, 2016 - 1:13pm CDT

What is the best way to protect the environment in Oklahoma? Is it through local partnerships, where landowners, local industries, and state or local government work together? Or should we surrender power to Washington, D.C., letting people who may have never set foot in Oklahoma tell us what to do?... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Give the feds the bird

September 9, 2016 - 8:56am CDT

Congress threatened to stop it, a federal judge delayed it, but, in the end, it was local leaders in Oklahoma and neighboring states who stopped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the lesser prairie chicken as endangered. Such a listing, under the Endangered Species Act, would have ext... READ MORE

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Voters' Guide to Ballot Measures: State Question 777

September 1, 2016 - 1:20pm CDT

[ State Question 777 ] Limiting Regulations of Farming and Ranching Description: This measure would add a new section to Article 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution. It would declare that “the rights of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be foreve... READ MORE

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