Contact: Chancey Hanson, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

(405) 235-4391



Preservation of Rights of Farmers and Ranchers


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, AUGUST 15, 2013 - Each year during the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Convention and Trade Show, cattlemen from across the state gather to evaluate OCA policy and visit about current issues affecting the beef industry.


"To our members, as well as myself, caring for our cattle is not just a job, it's our livelihood," said Richard Gebhart, OCA President. 


The Oklahoma beef industry provides jobs, livelihood and most importantly, healthy food for consumers around the world.  OCA members provide the best possible care for their animals by utilizing sound management practices and adopting appropriate new technologies.


"Unfortunately, animal agriculture is under attack from extremist animal rights groups with agendas to eliminate animal agriculture.  It is very important for the OCA to have policy in place that gives our organization authorization to take measures to preserve the rights of farmers and ranchers," continued Gebhart.


The following gives the main points of the resolution written and accepted from the Beef Production committee during the recent 61st Annual OCA Convention.


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the OCA supports legislation that would preserve the rights of ranchers and farmers to engage in modern agriculture production. 


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the OCA will oppose legislation that would erode and/or eliminate the rights of ranchers and farmers to use management practices and technologies that are based upon sound science.


The OCA represents more than 5,500 Oklahoma ranching families. The OCA exists to support and defend the state and nation's beef cattle industry. The OCA officers, board of directors and membership encourages you to join us in our advocacy efforts to ensure less government intervention, lower taxes and a better bottom line. For more information about OCA membership or activities call 405-235-4391 or visit


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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108