Oil man supports farmers: Jackson County native passionate about agriculture

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A Jackson County native whose name graces the home of the Indianapolis Colts has many passions besides pro football, racing and the oil products company that also bears his name.

On Wednesday night, Forrest Lucas talked about the Protect the Harvest campaign he helped create and finance during the Indiana Farm Bureau District 10 Fall Awards program at the Pines Evergreen Room in Seymour.

The program was created a couple of years ago to fight for and defend American families, farmers, hunters and animal owners from wha growing threat posed by the animal rights movement, according to the campaign’s website at protecttheharvest.com.

“This is the most serious thing in the world,” Lucas said Wednesday. “If we can’t feed ourselves, where are we going to be?”

Lucas, who breeds Simmental cattle at his ranch in the Ozarks, said there are about 30 animal rights groups that pose a threat to farmers, ranchers and hunters. The largest is the Humane Society of the United States, he said.

“You’ve all heard of PETA,” Lucas said of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “These guys are PETA on steroids.”

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