Consumers across the state and nation are blessed with an abundance of safe, healthy and affordable choices to feed, clothe and fuel their families. The farms and ranches that dot the Oklahoma landscape are home to producers who have devoted their lives to making those choices available.
Extreme environmentalists and animal rights groups have focused their sights on Oklahoma in an attempt to put an end to its strong production agriculture industry. Consumers have a vested interest in joining the fight. Families spend less of their hard-earned income on groceries in the United States than anywhere else in the world because farmers and ranchers are able to access the latest technology to safely and efficiently produce the nation’s food and fiber. If these extremists are able to succeed in influencing our way of life in Oklahoma, as they have done in many other states, consumers will ultimately suffer in the form of higher prices and fewer choices to feed and clothe their families.
Kellie Muller, Jackson county producer and mother of four explained, “As a farmer, I appreciate the technology growth like the ability to use drip irrigation to conserve our natural resources or the GMOs to cut back on pesticide use. As a mom I look for safe, affordable food to feed my family. I am confident the food we raise meets those standards and will continue to do so.”
Supporting production agriculture is about protecting opportunities and choices for future generations of consumers and producers.
Muller added, “I also have hopes of my kids coming back to the farm to produce safe and affordable crops for the world and not being regulated out of business by the government.”
“It is our responsibility as Oklahomans to do everything in our power to ensure our future ag producers get the complete toolbox with extra room to add new, scientifically proven tools as they are discovered.” Said Karen Krehbiel, CPA, business owner, mother and fourth-generation producer in Caddo County.
“In fact… I believe I have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the proverbial toolbox!” Krehbiel concluded.
Protecting production agriculture in Oklahoma will also protect consumer choices now and into the future from extreme environmental and animal rights organizations. It will ensure that current and future producers have the ability to use the best technology and production practices they can access and continue to provide consumers with an abundance of safe, healthy and affordable food and fiber choices.