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First annual YF&R Shotgun Shoot to be held September 21

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will host its first YF&R Shotgun Shoot on Saturday, September 21 at Quail Ridge in McLoud, Oklahoma.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, which focuses on educating Oklahomans about the important role agriculture plays in our everyday lives.

Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. with shooting beginning at 9 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served to all participants. Prizes and door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the event.

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County Annual Meetings to begin across the state

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members across the state will begin holding county annual meetings within their counties over the next few weeks.

These meetings serve as an opportunity for members to celebrate the year, discuss agriculture issues, create grassroots OKFB policy for the next year, and fellowship with one another.

For more information about your county annual meeting, contact your county office.

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Ag leaders encouraged to participate in “Read an Accurate Ag Book Day” Sept. 6

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members are invited to share agriculture with students in their communities by participating in “Read an Accurate Ag Book Day” on Sept. 6, 2019.

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom invites agriculture leaders across the state to join in the celebration and help ensure young students across the state understand the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.

On Sept. 6, classrooms, school libraries, 4-H clubs, and FFA chapters across Oklahoma will read accurate agriculture books to spread the message of agriculture. All participants who register will have a chance to win a bundle of accurate agriculture books for the school. 

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Register to attend WLC Fall Conference Sept. 27-28

Oklahoma Farm Bureau women from across the state are invited to attend the 2019 Women’s Leadership Committee Fall Conference September 27 and 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Edmond.

The conference will feature motivational speakers, leadership training and the sharing of ideas for the WLC program of work. Fun and fellowship will set the mood for the conference, which includes outstanding speakers and presentations geared to empower members to take an active role in promoting agriculture for future generations of Oklahomans.

Each participant is asked to donate a minimum of one item towards the silent auction benefiting Bushels for Books, a program coordinated by the OKFB WLC to provide accurate agriculture books to elementary students across the state. The books distributed will cover a variety of agricultural topics that are appropriate for the grade level receiving the books.

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Carroll returns to OKFB as membership, foundation for ag director

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Holly Carroll director of membership and OKFB Foundation for Agriculture.

“I am excited to come back to serve the agriculture industry, which is where my passion lies,” Carroll said. “The Farm Bureau family has always held a special place in my heart, and I am excited to help Farm Bureau members as we educate consumers and promote our organization.”

Carroll hopes to increase educational activities for the OKFB Foundation for Agriculture while increasing funding for current and future programs.

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OKFB selects Steve Thompson to lead public policy efforts

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Steve Thompson as the farm organization’s
senior director of public policy.

In his new role, Thompson will lead OKFB’s public policy team as they work to implement Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy goals at both the state Capitol and in Washington, D.C.

“Steve has a heart for serving Oklahoma’s agriculture community, and his depth and breadth of experience working on agriculture issues make him an ideal leader for our policy efforts,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “With Steve at the helm of our public policy department, we are excited to continue serving our members’ interests in the policy arena.” 

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Women’s Leadership Committee awards four Nurse’s Training Scholarships

Joyce Taylor of Creek County, Jordan Roper of Custer County, Kylee Campbell of Alfalfa County and April Hale of Okmulgee County are the recipients of the scholarship.  

The WLC recognizes the significant role nurses play in ensuring a high quality of life for all Oklahomans, especially those in rural areas. With the cost of education rising yearly, the committee is proud to provide four students with scholarships to aid in their pursuit of a career in nursing. 

 “Our committee is passionate about investing in quality health care professionals in rural Oklahoma,” said Mignon Bolay, OKFB WLC chair. “We are proud to support these outstanding nursing students who will work to serve the needs of rural residents across our state.” 

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Tulsa County member pushes H-2A reforms at congressional field hearing

The hearing, hosted by U.S. House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Ranking Member Kevin Hern and Chair Andy Kim, aimed to highlight the challenges small businesses – including farms and ranches – face in trying to comply with federal regulations.

Selman emphasized the U.S. Department of Labor’s recently proposed rules to modernize the H-2A program, which is used by farmers and ranchers to secure reliable and skilled farm workers from foreign countries. The new proposed rules would streamline and simplify the H-2A application process.

“We need revision of the H-2A program to remove those things that don’t make sense and that are overly burdensome,” Selman said during his testimony. “The process should be simpler so it’s better for me as the producer and better for them as the workers.”

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Amber-Pocasset student wins YF&R High School Discussion Meet

Jackson Caves from Amber-Pocasset was named the winner of the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau High School Discussion Meet held July 16 in Stillwater.

Cassidy Baughman of Ardmore placed second in the contest, followed by Ryan Clark of Henryetta placing third and Sydney Williams of Calera placing fourth.

“Through this discussion meet, we hope the skills these students gain in preparing and participating in the event will serve as a valuable opportunity no matter their path,” said Brent Haken, YF&R chair. “We as the YF&R committee are honored to do what we can in preparing the next generation of agriculturalists.” 

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OKFB members receive additional $500 toward Ford, Lincoln vehicle

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members can now receive an additional $500 toward the purchase of an eligible Ford and Lincoln vehicle using the Ford Farm Bureau Conquest Cash now through Sept. 30, 2019. 

To apply for the Ford Farm Bureau Conquest offer, OKFB members may download a certificate at FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com and take it to an authorized Ford dealer for redemption.

Bring proof of competitive vehicle information to your dealer to be enrolled in the program at the time of vehicle purchase.

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