Zoe is an advocate for all aspects of both agriculture and agribusiness. While growing up, she was a member of both 4-H and FFA. She has, and while the economics vary, continues to raise cattle, poultry, goats, hogs, sheep and horses. She lives on her family ranch in Lincoln County, and for over 15 years has managed her feed store in Oklahoma City.
As an Oklahoman in agribusiness, Zoe has watched her opponent sit complacent for the last three and a half years while the American farmer’s way of life has eroded under the Trump administration. They’re way of life has been destroyed because they’re going bankrupt. In an interview in March 2018, Frank Lucas said Trump had “put his thumb on a very important issue” though referring to it as "a shotgun approach". What he was referring to was the imminent threat of Trump's trade war with China. In the same interview Lucas said, “I represent . . . agriculture, the energy industry, and of course, the folks on Main Street. I cannot personally be involved in something that would create an all-out trade war."
In fact, Frank Lucas did or said nothing for almost two years while the Trump administration did just that. As expected, the American farmer suffered. After a failed bailout, Phase One of the China deal was reached in January. My opponent hoisted nothing but praise on the president for doing right by the American farmers. He never mentions the damage already done.
Not only were the farmers not in a good place to begin with, when the COVID pandemic hit our country, agriculture and agribusiness became essential. Yet the safety of the farmer, the butcher, the packer, the grower, the delivery driver had to come first. But how to do this? We never got clear answers and only got minimal help. There was no real plan from the top and the farmer was forced into chaos yet again.
Restaurants closed. Schools closed. The entire country shut down just as the farmer was ready to unload this year’s loads. The food supply was broken. Farmers were euthanizing livestock while grain growers sat on grains there was no demand for. Dairy farmers were dumping gallons upon gallons of milk while lines for those hungry were miles long across the county. Farmers have already spent money on next year’s crops. What if the demand isn’t there again? Listen folks. The COVID pandemic is threatening to wipe out the American farmer for good.
It takes a lot of generations to build a family farm. We’re in a time where if farmers can’t retire as planned due to these heavy burdens, not just crops will be lost, but the next generation of farmer will be lost. “As an Oklahoman in agribusiness, I am running for US Congress to revitalize the American agriculture business again,” said Zoe. “I will not sit complacent any longer, and neither should you, while our leaders continually misrepresent us.” There is no legislation Zoe will not support, or hesitate to introduce, that directly or ultimately will help the producers economically, educationally, or in their communities.