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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, March 13,
General Warns Oklahomans of Misleading
Solicitations by National Animal Welfare
General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday
issued a warning to Oklahomans regarding
solicitations and advertisements by national
animal welfare organizations. Attorney General
Pruitt is concerned such groups are giving
Oklahomans the impression their donations are
assisting Oklahoma animal shelters, when in fact
the donations of Oklahomans may go toward
unrelated efforts like lobbying in other states or
at the federal level.
Pruitt said he is
looking into concerns over fundraising
advertisements in the wake of the May 2013
tornadoes. Those advertisements gave Oklahomans
the impression their donations would go to help
animals displaced by the storm as well as support
local shelters impacted by the storm. The concern
is the donations of Oklahomans made to national
animal welfare organizations in the wake of the
tornadoes may have gone instead to lobbying
activities. The attorney general's office has
consulted with central Oklahoma animal shelters
most impacted by the 2013 tornadoes who indicated
their organizations have not received assistance
from the national groups.
caring people and gave generously to assist our
friends and neighbors devastated by the deadly May
2013 tornadoes," Pruitt said. "In the wake of the
storm, there are concerns some national animal
welfare organizations may have misled Oklahomans
by giving the impression their donations would
help displaced animals and animal shelters in
Oklahoma. Our review has found the Oklahoma
shelters have not received assistance from
national groups. Our concern is that Oklahomans'
donations may instead have gone toward lobbying
activities in other states or at the national
level. We all want the best for displaced animals
and appreciate the work animal welfare
organizations do to provide care for dogs, cats
and other animals. But it's important to ensure
Oklahomans are not being deceived, and that the
donations they made to help Oklahoma-based animal
shelters are doing just that."
spoke with the attorney general about this issue
and you can listen to our conversation or read
more of this story by clicking here.
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for Consumer Freedom Applauds Oklahoma AG's
Investigation of HSUS
Coggin, senior research analyst at the
Center for Consumer Freedom, issued the following
statement today about Attorney General Scott
Pruitt's consumer alert regarding national animal
welfare organizations such as the Humane Society
of the United States (HSUS) fundraising in
"Attorney General Pruitt
should be commended for taking a vital step to
protect Oklahoma's animal lovers. The Humane
Society of the United States deceives donors with
tear-jerking and manipulative images of dogs and
cats, and then funnels the money to push a radical
animal liberation agenda aimed at attacking
farmers. According to its tax return, HSUS, which
isn't affiliated with local pet shelters, made
only one grant to support pet sheltering in
Oklahoma in 2012. HSUS should produce a full
accounting for the money it raised following the
Oklahoma tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy, and it
should be held accountable for its deceptive
Coggin's group also
launched an ad campaign urging donors who believe
their were deceived by the HSUS ads to contact
Pruitt's office. You can read more of this
story and watch the ad video by clicking here.
the Most of the New Farm Law Tops OACD's 2014
Agenda, Clay Pope Says
Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
finished its annual meeting recently and the
group's executive director, Clay
Pope, says they have a full plate for the
next 12 months and beyond.
He spoke with me
about some of those issues and says they will
spend a lot of their energy helping farmers and
ranchers take advantage of the state and federal
conservation programs that are out there to
address soil erosion, water conservation, water
quality and wildlife habitat. Many of those
programs are changing due to the passage of the
2014 farm bill.
"We need to make sure our
delivery system is as solid as it can be, help
producers to understand what the changes in the
law at the federal level are and them make sure we
have the resources to make sure those dollars are
getting on the ground and that we have the state
dollars to match on the federal side."
Click here to listen to my
interview with Clay Pope or to read the rest of
Announces Support for Smarter
Secretary Tom Vilsack today
announced $5.5 million in new grants to support
schools as they continue to provide school lunches
and breakfasts that give children the nutrition
they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of
schools are successfully meeting new meal
nutrition standards, serving meals with more whole
grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and
low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat. These new
grants provide support to schools to help them
achieve or continue to meet those standards. The
grants focus on implementation of Smarter
Lunchrooms strategies, a broad toolkit of
easy-to-implement, evidence-based practices
designed to increase consumption of healthier
foods and decrease plate waste.
have worked hard to serve more fruits, vegetables,
lean protein, low-fat dairy and whole grains at
mealtime. Strategies like Smarter Lunchrooms give
schools simple, actionable, low-cost steps that
help make sure that the healthy food on kids'
plates ends up in their stomachs," said Vilsack.
"These grants are part of USDA's ongoing
commitment to give states and schools the
additional resources and flexibility they need as
they help make the healthy choice, the easy choice
for America's young people."
Click here for more.
Farmers Remain Concerned About Land
adequate land to grow crops and raise livestock
was the top challenge identified again this year
in the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual
outlook survey of participants in the Young
Farmers & Ranchers program. That challenge was
identified by 22 percent of respondents, followed
by economic challenges, particularly
profitability, which was identified by 15 percent
of the respondents.
"For young people
today, securing adequate land to begin farming or
expand an established farm or ranch is a major
challenge," said Jake Carter,
AFBF's national YF&R Committee chair and a
farmer from Georgia. "Another major challenge is
figuring out how to excel-not just survive-in
today's economy," he said.
ranked as top concerns by young farmers and
ranchers included burdensome government
regulations and red tape, 12 percent; availability
of farm labor and related regulations, 9 percent;
water availability and urbanization of farm land,
7 percent each; and health care availability and
cost, 6 percent.
You'll find the rest of
this story on our website by clicking here.
and Heifers Help Kick Off 2014 Oklahoma Youth
was the first day that the gates were open for
animals to start arriving for the breeding classes
that begin showing on Friday at the 2014 Oklahoma
are proud to announce that our coverage of the
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2014 OYE, McDonald's.
were by State Fair Park early Wednesday afternoon-
and just a few animals had already shown up, with
OYE Executive Director Tyler
Norvell expecting the pace to really pick
up late afternoon and evening. Gilts for the
2014 Breeding Gilt show- purebred and commercial-
must be in place by this afternoon by 4 PM.
The show itself kicks off Friday morning at 8
begin arriving on Friday morning, with the beef
breeding classes to begin on Sunday at noon.
for our coverage- we will be setting up our FLICKR
photo page later today as we plan to post pictures
all the way to the Sale of Champions set for
Friday, March 21st.
checking our Blue Green Gazette section of our
website for updates as we post them the next
nine days or so. And watch for our updates on
Twitter, Facebook and in our radio reports on the
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network.
Two of Surviving the Elements Set for Friday at
the National Cowboy and Western Heritage
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
hosts the second of four symposium sessions
focusing on rural issues to be held in March. The
program titled Surviving the Elements: Land &
Water Issues of the West aims to increase
awareness of drought and rural issues in the
American West, by focusing on stewardship and
conservation of land and water.
two will begin at 9:00 AM Friday with historical
Browning-Garriss. Also appearing on
Friday will be Dr. Ray Perryman
who will be offering an Economist's view at the
Economics of Drought-Challenges for the
Agriculture Industry and Affected Communities- and
Drought and Rangeland Stewardship by
Patrick E. Reece, Ph.D. Range
Scientist, Prairie & Montane Enterprises
fee is $10 and includes lunch. Reservations are
required and can be by calling 405-478-2250, Ext.
280. Click here for the Symposium
website where you can also register online.
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