Education, Agriculture

Politicized teaching feared with ‘climate change’ standards

The inclusion of “climate change” material in Oklahoma’s new science standards for public schools, beginning as early as middle school, has business leaders concerned classrooms could become politicized and schools weaponized against economically foundational industries.

Ray Carter
March 6, 2020
Agriculture

Taking Oklahoma agriculture and ranching to the next level

One of Susan Bergen’s favorite mantras says that “Life is 360 degrees.” It’s a philosophy you might expect from the OCPA trustee, who’s the daughter of a Sierra Club naturalist mother and a manufacturing entrepreneur father.

Staci Elder Hensley
July 16, 2018
Agriculture

What EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will mean for farmers

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.

Jayson Lusk
May 15, 2017
Budget & Tax, Agriculture

How soda taxes hurt farmers

These values do highlight the fact that whatever benefits are produced by these sorts of public health initiatives, they must be weighed against the cost.

Jayson Lusk
May 8, 2017
Agriculture

OCPA joins coalition to free farmers and ranchers from excessive federal government intervention

Agricultural policy is an important issue that impacts all Americans.

April 12, 2017
Agriculture

For Many Oklahoma Farmers, Trade Is a Big Deal

For U.S. agriculture, trade is a big deal. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) data show that the U.S. exports about 20 percent of all agricultural output both in terms of volume and in terms of dollars.

Jayson Lusk
February 1, 2017
Agriculture

Agricultural Regulation a Serious Concern for Producers

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 producers that dominate the landscape of the Great Plains, the EPA’s rules have the biggest direct effects. While these regulations are designed to provide many benefits, they come at a cost. Individual regulations are evaluated on cost/benefit grounds prior to implementation, but the costs of the overall regulatory burden on agriculture are not well understood.

Levi Russell
December 6, 2016