Rep. Duel: Deadline Week; Agriculture

We finished hearing House bills on the House floor last week. In total, we passed 477 House bills.

Now, we will send our approved House Bills to the Senate and then start to consider Senate bills.

I passed seven bills out of the House and will carry three Senate bills.

Last week, legislators from across the state joined Oklahoma’s future farmers and ranchers for the Oklahoma Youth Expo, the world’s largest junior livestock show.

I had a great time participating in the OYE legislative showmanship event. I proudly showed a swine with Savannah Ingle from Guthrie FFA!

During the first session of the 59th legislature, agriculture is a top priority. Oklahoma has the best products from the best producers, and we are finding ways to share our products worldwide. Now, more than ever, we must support local producers and locally sourced products and encourage the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

The agriculture industry is one of the pillars of Oklahoma’s economy. For example, Oklahoma is home to over 77,000 farms and 129,619 agriculture producers. Over 34.2 million of Oklahoma’s acres are farmland.

Ag education programs like 4-H and FFA create opportunities for Oklahoma’s youth to build life skills and grow students into dedicated, committed young adults who appreciate the value of hard work and determination.

Several significant agriculture bills passed the House floor, and I am going to highlight a few: House Bill 1420, House Bill 1772, and House Bill 1589.

House Bill 1420, authored by Rep. Archer, is a Department of Agriculture request bill and replaces the words “cow” and “goat” within the Oklahoma Milk and Milk Products Act with the phrase “hooved mammals.”

House Bill 1772, authored by Rep. Kane, exempts farmer’s market vendors who sell frozen meat kept refrigerated or on ice from having to purchase a food establishment license.

Last, House Bill 1589, authored by Rep. Grego, defines “Oklahoma Certified Meat” as meat from an animal bred, born, raised, and processed within the state.

I will always be a strong advocate for agriculture at the Capitol.

I am thankful and honored that the constituents of House District 31 have entrusted me with the responsibility of serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any concerns at 405-557-7350 or

Rep. Collin Duel, a Republican, serves District 31 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which covers Logan and Oklahoma counties.


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