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60th Oklahoma Cattlemens Convention Set for Thursday Through Saturday in Midwest City
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:43:33 CDT
The ongoing drought will certainly be one of the major topics of discussion during the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association that kicks off July 26 in Midwest City, but it won’t be the only topic on the table, according to the Executive Director of the OCA, Scott Dewald. We talked with Dewald about the upcoming Convention and Trade Show in our latest edition of the Beef Buzz.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Scott Dewald of the OCA on their annual convention and trade show.
“We started planning this thing back in January and February, lining up speakers in March. And I honestly thought that while the cattle market outlook has always been a popular function of our event, I thought this is one of those years that’s not going to be that complex or complicated of a deal so it may not have as much interest as usual. I spoke to the speaker the other day, Don Close, who used to be at Texas Cattle Feeders and is now with Bravo Bank and I said, ‘Don, I think your topic is going to be the most important topic of the day.’ It’s what’s going to happen with the grain markets, what’s corn and beans going to do. What’s going to happen in the wheat market? What’s going to happen in the cattle market? What’s going to happen with demand?
“All these things are very, very topical. So, it’s surprising that over the course of four months, you have a huge shift as you see the drought in the Midwest particularly affecting the grains.”
“In November there’s going to be an election, balloting on the six state questions, one of which is to lower from five percent down to three percent the cap on how much ad valorem taxes can go up. I see no reason why we wouldn’t 100 percent support that notion on that state question. We’ll obviously have a discussion about the state questions and what they’re going to be faced with when they get to the ballot box in November.
“I think there will also be a lot of discussion in the hallways, not necessarily in our business meetings, about the politics and what’s going to happen with the 2nd Congressional race? What’s going to happen with some of the state House races and some of the Senate races? What’s going to happen with the presidential election? I think there’s going to be a lot of discussion about that.
“We’ll continue to have discussions about water and what’s going to happen with the water issues. Of course, until the task force that the governor and the chiefs have put together on water and who essentially owns it in the far southeastern part of the state, there’s not a lot of things we can do or say, but we do need to be fairly informed on that."
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