The Public Policy Division of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau focuses on both policy development and policy implementation.
Policy development begins in each of the 77 county Farm Bureaus where an idea to improve the law for agriculture producers and rural Oklahomans starts to take shape. Policy Development staff may begin extensive research of current state and federal laws. This idea in combination with information obtained through research is submitted by a county Farm Bureau to become part of the policy development discussions at the state resolutions meeting. From there, these carefully drafted and well thought-out proposals go before the voting membership of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau at the annual meeting for further discussion and debate before becoming a part of Oklahoma Farm Bureau policy. A true grassroots organization, Oklahoma Farm Bureau policy becomes the focus for policy implementation in the upcoming legislative session.
Policy implementation begins as soon as the policy is finalized at the annual meeting. Once policy priorities are set by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Public Policy Division staff begins to request legislation to be filed in the upcoming legislative session. In recent years Oklahoma Farm Bureau has successfully passed legislation in the areas of private property rights, including increasing fines for trespassing and hunting without permission, animal care and handling, and improved Right to Farm laws.
To keep our members and the public up to date with the latest policy news and information that affects Oklahoma agriculture and rural Oklahoma, our Public Policy department has created the OKAgPolicy website and social media tools. These platforms provide detailed information about policy proposals and issues that OKFB members vote upon each year through our grassroots policy development process. Check out OKAgPolicy.org or our OKAgPolicy Facebook page and Twitter account for the latest in public policy news.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Public Policy division has created interactive maps that illustrate Oklahoma state senators and representatives who will be term-limited in upcoming state elections through 2020. You can zoom in and select a district to see the current senate or house member and when they will be term limited.
The information from these maps was compiled from the Oklahoma State Senate maps and the Oklahoma House of Representatives GIS office. Care has been taken to ensure accuracy, but to verify in which districts you reside and who your state legislators are, use the Oklahoma Legislature’s Find my Legislator tool.
Oklahoma State House of Representatives term-limit map
Oklahoma State Senate term-limit map
OKFB selects Steve Thompson to lead public policy efforts
Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Steve Thompson as the farm organization’s
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