Comanche County Farm Bureau, Cotton County Farm Bureau and Stephens County Farm Bureau each recently donated $10,000 to the State Question 777 campaign. The Cotton County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee also contributed $500 to the campaign.
At August Area Meetings during the past few weeks, county Farm Bureaus across Oklahoma were challenged to donate $10,000 to the SQ777 campaign. Although it will not appear on the ballot until November 2016, it is important to raise money early as out-of-state interests such as the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other anti-agriculture activists will pour money into Oklahoma to prevent the measure from passing.
“We are proud of the Comanche County, Cotton County and Stephens County Farm Bureaus for investing in the future of agriculture in Oklahoma,” said John Collison, OKFB vice president of public policy and media relations. “To be successful, the State Question 777 campaign must have support from Farm Bureau members and agriculturalists across the state.”
SQ 777, or the Right to Farm, is a state constitutional amendment to protect Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers from unreasonable government interference and attacks by out-of-state interests. If approved by voters, farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma will have additional constitutional protections they currently lack and need.