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Texas County Farm Bureau to host hot dog feed May 1 to kick off Guymon Pioneer Days

Texas County Farm Bureau will host a free open house and hot dog feed to kick off this year’s Guymon Pioneer Days on Monday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Members and non-members are welcome to attend the open house and enjoy free hot dogs, chips and drinks. The open house will be held at their office located at 121 NW 9th Street in Guymon.

As an event known well to rodeo fans, the Guymon Pioneer Days attracts nearly 1,000 contestants from around the country each year. In addition to all of the favorite rodeo competitions, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of events including a daily carnival, a parade, mutton bustin,’ horsemanship contests, pageants and more.

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Oklahoma teacher recognized as 2017 White-Reinhardt Educator Scholarship recipient

Zena Lewis, a teacher from Owasso Public Schools, was recently selected by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture as one of 11 educators to receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.

Sponsored by the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, the scholarship is awarded to educators for their exceptional efforts to encourage agricultural literacy. Scholarship recipients were judged on past use of innovative programs to educate students about agriculture as well as plans to implement information gained at the AITC conference in their own lesson plans and share the information with other teacher and volunteer educators.

The NAITC Conference helps educators from across the nation learn how to incorporate real-life agricultural applications into science, social studies, language arts, math and nutrition lessons. In addition, the conference brings together a diverse group of organizations and speakers to showcase their successful programs, address how to improve agricultural education and literacy and offer educational materials. The Agriculture Department coordinates the AITC program with the goal of helping students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society.

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Farm Bureau praises Sonny Perdue confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture

April 24, 2017–“Oklahoma Farm Bureau today congratulates Sonny Perdue on his vital new role as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Now more than ever, farmers and ranchers need a powerful voice for agriculture in Washington, D.C. As a farmer and agribusinessman, Perdue understands firsthand the needs and challenges facing agriculture and rural America. We have faith Perdue will work hard on behalf of farmers, ranchers and consumers across the country.

“We also commend Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford for their support of Perdue and American farmers and ranchers.”

 

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Blaine County Farm Bureau awards three $2,000 scholarships

The Blaine County Farm Bureau recently awarded three $2,000 scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to pursue a higher education degree in agriculture after graduation.

After reviewing several outstanding applications, the Blaine County Farm Bureau board awarded the three $2,000 scholarships to Koby Smith of Okeene, Dalton Cash of Fay, and Garrett Parker of Watonga.

For the past three years, Blaine County Farm Bureau in Watonga has awarded scholarships each year to two qualified students. With a number of commendable applications for this year’s scholarship, the board made the decision to award one additional scholarship this year with the hope of supporting another student’s dream to pursue an agricultural career.

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OKFB honors legislators with 2016 100 Percent Club award

Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week presented numerous legislators with its annual 100 Percent Club award for support of farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma during the 2016 legislative session.

“This honor is presented to those legislators who stand with Farm Bureau in its core mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We’re grateful to these state lawmakers for their leadership and service at the state Capitol.”

The award was presented to 53 current House members and 37 current Senate members for a 100 percent voting record with Farm Bureau-supported legislation.

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OKFB WLC provide lunch for legislators during Farm City Festival

Legislators at the state Capitol received a steak and baked potato lunch last week, courtesy of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee during the Farm City Festival.

Each year, the WLC state committee members provide legislators with a delicious lunch to help educate state legislators about agriculture.

“We want our legislators to remember where their food and fiber comes from and the importance of agriculture,” said Kitty Beavers, OKFB WLC chairman from Stephens County. “Agriculture provides everything from food, clothing, shelter, medicine and so much more. We want them to stay aware of that; the only way to do that is to keep in contact with them.”

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OKFB praises Sen. Inhofe, President Trump for USDA emergency grazing authorization

 Oklahoma Farm Bureau today applauds Sen. Jim Inhofe’s work to provide relief to farmers and ranchers affected by the devastating wildfires in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Inhofe, President Donald Trump this week directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres affected by the wildfire.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau has stood by the farmers, ranchers, and rural residents impacted by the devastating wildfires in Oklahoma. I am proud to say that President Trump is standing by them too, with his decision to allow grazing on CRP lands during this emergency,” said OKFB President Tom Buchanan. “While there is no silver bullet, this action will go a long way to providing the immediate relief and support Oklahomans need to recover and rebuild from this disaster.”

To reduce the concentration of livestock near the burned areas, livestock owners who suffered damage during the March 2017 wildfire now are permitted to graze livestock on CRP land in other counties, or even other states. 

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Farm Bureau women award AITC teacher of the year with gift card for school supplies

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee presented Debra Deskin, Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom’s 2017 teacher of the year, with a gift card to help purchase school supplies during Ag Day at the Capitol Wednesday, March 29 in Oklahoma City.

Deskin, a second-grade teacher at Orvis Risner Elementary with more than 13 years of teaching experience, brings agriculture into the classroom using lessons from the AITC curriculum. In the past, she has presented at two national AITC conferences and four state AITC conferences. In addition, she was selected as an Oklahoma AITC Teacher of the Year finalist three times. 

The Ag Day at the Capitol event recognized the Teacher of the Year along with winners of the 2017 AITC “Agriculture Puts the Puzzle Together” contest. The OKFB WLC donated gift cards to the other winners from across the state to be used to purchase school supplies.

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OKFB supports ag youth at 2017 OYE Sale of Champions

Oklahoma Farm Bureau purchased premiums on livestock as the organization supported Oklahoma’s agriculture youth during the 2017 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions Friday, March 17 in Oklahoma City.

Before the start of the 2017 sale, OKFB received the 2016 OYE volume buyer award for purchasing the most premiums at the 2016 sale with 34 animals.

This year, OKFB partnered with fellow agricultural and rural organizations and individuals in purchasing the premiums for 27 animals.

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Oklahoma County Farm Bureau to host open house in new office

Oklahoma County Farm Bureau will host an open house to celebrate their new location in Edmond at 10 a.m. on March 29, 2017. Ribbon cutting will be held at 11 a.m.

In an effort to better serve their members, Oklahoma County Farm Bureau recently moved to a new office located at 2924 Astoria Way, Suite 100, Edmond, OK 73034. The office location is on Coltrane between 15th Street and 2nd Street, just west of Highway 35. Please note these directions as the office does not appear in any maps yet. Although their office phone numbers will remain (405) 525-2607 and 405-340-5087, they have a new fax number: (405) 340-5028. 

Members and non-members are welcome to attend the open house and enjoy refreshments and drinks.

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