77 Series: Pushmataha County
Antlers for a Reason
My father worked for a long time building the Pushmataha
County Hospital. I worked there too for some time; the doctors and the nurses
and employees were what drove the Antlers economy. This is a massive ordeal our
state is experiencing currently; the loss of industry. The loss of industry is
one thing, but not replacing what was lost is what is destroying our country.
Antlers was a second home to me for a large part of my life and I am determined
to bring about the change that me and my elders used to discuss when I was younger;
my mentor, who was a 32nd Degree Mason and a renowned physician, taught me to
fly and we would explore the county looking for economic opportunity; at least
that was what I was looking for when we were practicing maneuvers at 8,000
feet. I am older now and have the experience necessary to bring about the
change we so desperately need, and I remember everything about our time in the
air. Pushmataha County has a great deal of timber, and the
industry is doing well. They are responsible and planting more trees than they
cut down and I want to make sure the area is seizing all of its economic
potential from the valuable raw material; this goes for any Oklahoman county
that has a timber industry. Production and industry have very important
components that must be balanced for our state to receive the most economic
gain. Our production is essential, it is what keeps people working and our
timber industry is incredible because our forests are a perpetual source of raw
materials. What I am concerned about is the amount of timber leaving and the
amount of timber refined through the process of milling. Production must equal
industry in our state; otherwise, we lose economically.
I want to instill confidence with the people in Pushmataha County; the Choctaw Nation is working diligently to bring in industry throughout the Choctaw Territory. Together, we will work to keep this going as we bring in industry by breaking down barriers. Currently, however, they are more jobs in our communities and we truly need our citizens to seek employment with any number of our new businesses. I have experience in Human Capital Management and we may need to utilize this valuable software in order to place people with jobs throughout the state. The jobs are there and I know that the people are wanting to work; it is up to people like myself to utilize methods, such as HCM technology, to connect our people with the available jobs.
It is essential that I perform this intricate research of each economy in Oklahoma. I am aware that my scope will be much larger as a United States Senator; what I wish to have is a solid understanding of my state, each county, so that I know how to best represent their needs in Washington D.C. We will be writing a lot of legislation that expands industry and our legislation will include entire regions, such as the cotton belt and our distribution corridors. I am the voice of Oklahoma and I guarantee you that once I am in the United States House of Congress, I will make a lot of friends.
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. I have been designing an economic endeavor to increase the health and life expectancy of our people in Oklahoma’s second congressional district. I named this Project D2 and I will have a project for all five congressional districts.
Upon researching the county, the largest employer was the hospital. There were twice as many people working for the hospital than the county’s manufacturing and construction industries. I understand how construction would not be as prevalent in the area, but manufacturing should always have a higher workforce, unless the hospital is a major health service complex; the health complex in Oklahoma City is an example where there can easily be a higher percentage of health service employment. So what we need to focus on in Pushmataha County is what can be done and with what resources.
Agriculture is always an option and believe it or not there is a market for mushrooms grown in various trees. The profit potential is substantial and we have the forest acreage to experiment with growing different types of marketable shitake mushrooms. The process involves drilling small holes into our pine trees and planting spores. We will have to experiment with yields and the dehydration process, but this can prove to be an agriculture industry within our forested acreage in the state. The use of cooking with shitake mushrooms is not wide spread and rarely found in Oklahoma, but the rest of the world loves them; some believe the mushrooms actually cure cancer by making a soup broth with the stems. We may push to have our forests replanted with eucalyptus trees as this would be the ideal tree for the rarest and most valuable shitake mushroom cultivation.
As far as other industry, like hog and poultry, I would like to see Oklahoma’s third congressional district expanding this enterprise because they have the meat processing plants; once we break down market barriers, the people of that congressional district will have a whole new industry. There is not a lot of oil and gas activity in this area either so we will need to bring in factories that produce goods for the world. The tribes of our state are bringing in businesses every day and we will make sure they find a home in cities like Antlers. When I visit
Asphalt mining in Jambo and Sardis was once a realistic enterprise; I believe we should look into this old industry as well. Part of Oklahoma’s industry expansion involves the creation or rebuilding of railways. These will prove valuable and economically stimulating when our timber milling expands to meet our production levels and we begin manufacturing goods. These industrial projects will require legislation and that is what I am illustrating to my fellow Oklahoman’s through this campaign; I want them to see my vision and support me to make the changes necessary on the federal level to ensure that our economic opportunities are effectively seized; I want to hold the pen that keeps our raw materials for our own refining and expands market entry for our people to build our industry.
*September 16 2019 update: National Mushroom Month: