Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue Visits Historic OKC Stockyards to See Oklahoma Agriculture in ActionThu, 01 Nov 2018 12:25:03 CDT
During his visit this week to Oklahoma for the Farm Production and Conservation Leadership Summit taking place in Norman, Okla., US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue stopped in at the Oklahoma City National Stockyards Wednesday afternoon to meet with 4-H and FFA members. On the sidelines, he took a moment to also speak with members of the media including Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays. He remarked on the inspiration that youth in agriculture instill in not only himself but all those who they encounter. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“They’re exciting kids to be around. They really inspire you. When you think about many of the things we hear about Millennials and their lack of work ethic,” he said. “You don’t see that with 4-H and FFA. These kids are well trained, well-taught and I want to give a shout out to the people who work with them on a weekly and daily basis. Those men and women who dedicate their lives as ag teachers or to our extension programs to help train these kids.”
Perdue was also impressed to have the chance to visit the historic Oklahoma City National Stockyards, remarking that it is important to step away from politics occasionally and really immerse yourself in the business you working for.
“I think it is important to really see agriculture in action and that’s what you see at the Oklahoma City Stockyard. Most people have no idea the amount of economic transactions that go through this place,” Perdue said. “Thirteen-thousand head of cattle run through here - $13 million just clicking through. That’s economic activity that goes to producers, growers, the processors and down to our consumers’ table - keeping us well-fed.”
Shifting gears a bit to address policy issues that are dominant in current conversations, Secretary Perdue offered his perception of the progress, or lack thereof being made on getting a 2018 Farm Bill passed. Perdue says politics have played a part in the legislation’s slow pace at crossing the finish line, but remains optimistic that producers will have a bill in place before the end of the year.
“I think you’ll see a Farm Bill after the election. There’s been a lot of political posturing and unfortunately, that crept into the Farm Bill prior to the elections. But, I think once the elections are over - people will come to the realization that farmers need a Farm Bill so they can plan for 2019 and go forward.”
The Secretary added that there is still a difference of opinion that exists among policy leaders regarding the Nutrition Title and President Trump’s advocation for reform. He says empowering able-bodied citizens with the ability to become self-reliant is part of the American dream and joins the President in advocating for those reforms to be made and included in the next Farm Bill.
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