Farmers Oppose SQ777
News 9 in Oklahoma City recently interviewed Kim Barker, a family farmer and rancher in Oklahoma on why he opposes State Question 777:
“My family’s been on the farm for 123 years, five generations,” said farmer Kim Barker. “I’ve got the right to farm, that’s not what this is about.”
Barker said the term “Right to Farm” is extremely misleading, and this won’t protect him or other family farmers, but will empower corporate agriculture interests.
“This is not written by farmers for farmers,” Barker stated. “It’s written by corporations for corporations, and not Oklahoma corporations, but out of state and even international.”
Barker said the real agenda of those behind SQ 777 is clear from the second part of the question, where it declares that these rights get “extra protection” that not even all other constitutional rights have. That extra protection, it states, would be “a limit on lawmakers’ ability to interfere with the exercise of these rights.”