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77 Series: Tillman County

                                                  Tillman County Sections

     My name is Bevon Rogers and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 as a Democrat. In order to support me in the Primary Election on June 30th, you will have to be a registered Democrat because Oklahoma has closed primaries. I have been closely examining each county in Oklahoma to discover where the weak links are in our state’s economy and I have compiled each economic essay in a project called the 77 Series. You can find the series on my campaign website, www.bevonforsenate.com. My primary focus is on Oklahoma economy, but in Oklahoma’s fourth congressional district, my focus is on building our industry through expansion in our meat processing industry. I am also focusing on industry expansion through enhancing our manufacturing layer within our state economy. We have a lot of work to do in Oklahoma, and we are well on our way with the five congressional projects I am putting together as my campaign for Untied States Senate in 2020.
     One of the major issues that we face as a state with lost industry is that when our surrounding states do have industry, we often lose our talent. I believe this to be the case in Tillman County as the population has seen significant decrease over the past fifty years; I bet a lot of Oklahomans from this area go to Texas in search of better opportunity; I know I did when I was raising a family and needed more than $11 an hour to provide. We are working to fix this problem we have in Oklahoma; the problem of not having good paying jobs and losing our talent as a result. Luckily, our Sovereign Nations have been investing like never before in bringing industry and new businesses to Oklahoma. What I want to do is bring all 77 Oklahoman counties and the 38 Sovereign Nations under one united vision so that we see Oklahoma reach its true economic potential; we all know that with our natural resources and our people, Oklahoma is one of the top states in the nation.
     Being the top state in the nation is not defined as the state with the highest domestic product. Rather, the best state in the United States means that the territory is the cleanest, most free from hazardous and life threatening waste; it means that our citizens have the highest levels of health and education and that our economy is strong and our industry is not interfered with; we must ensure we have full market participation and that we compete using everything we have. In 2020, technology is going to prove one of the biggest factors for our state’s success. It is going to be through technology that our processes and the organization of our businesses enable higher wages than our competing industries outside of the state. For counties like Tillman County and the county seat Frederick, it is important that we begin creating these types of jobs so we do not continue seeing population decreases as a result of work relocation.
     Farm consolidation is something we have witnessed in Oklahoma over the past one hundred years and it is not necessarily a bad thing. It becomes a bad thing when it results in less agricultural production. When the boll weevil infested our cotton crops, many farmers went bankrupt and sold their land to ranchers and oil and gas royalty holders. What transpired was a drastic increase in land ownership by wealthy land and mineral owners and there was no need to expand into cotton production when the South Central Oklahoma Oil Providence is your backyard. But we must understand that we need to be productive where ever possible and being so close to King Cotton, Tillman County really should focus on how the county and its communities can be more involved in the nation’s booming textile industry.
     We can increase our state’s participation in the cotton industry in two ways; we can produce more cotton, or we can partake in any number of the cotton refining and textile milling processes; we should start with the ones currently handled overseas, such as heat pressing and other stringing and weaving processes. In order to increase our cotton production, we must clear 320-640 acre fields. We need to dispose of the invasive tree species and reline the field parameters pine trees and other species with deep tap roots. These trees provide environmental benefits whereas the current growth does not. The pine trees not only will absorb carbon monoxide, but they contribute enormously to our underground aquafers due to their deep roots. I am unsure of the exact figures, but I recall a scientist saying the trees can deposit 200 gallons or so of water daily into aquafers; we will need this type of environmental engineering when we build our industry.
     Upon viewing Tillman County from an aerial view, the agriculture is rather organized and I can see where the fields still exist; the brush clearing needs are further north. I am also curious as to the agricultural industry in Frederick as it looks as though the area is developed and I will need to meet with the landowners to better understand the county's economic hardships. Something that could facilitate better use of our agriculture acreage is creating access to more water for the sections; some sections look much dryer than others and I believe establishing more effective irrigation to this area will prove beneficial and is added to Project D4. Moving forward, the counties that are experiencing setbacks due to access to water will be addressed. We have such an abundance of water in this state that it would not be a major undertaking to bring water to those areas that need it.
     As I conclude the essay on Tillman County, I want my audience to know that I am gathering information on every county and devising congressional district projects based on initial research. I will have to meet with farmers, business owners, and the labor force in these areas to most accurately assess the limitations our Oklahoman counties face. The 77 Series is nearly complete and I will use this economic project as a foundation to build upon. As our expanding industry meets legislative needs, I wish to be Oklahoma’s representative in Washington D.C.; I want to be the man in United States Congress that represents the needs of Oklahoma.


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