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OKFB to EPA, Corps: WOTUS must be clear, reasonable

On behalf of Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan this week urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule.

The EPA and the Corps have proposed a rule to rescind the 2015 WOTUS rule and restore it to pre-2015 language, thanks to a June 2017 executive order from President Donald Trump. The current rulemaking is the first in a two-step process, as the second step will clarify the definition of “waters of the U.S.”

“Oklahoma doesn’t need additional murky regulations from the EPA and the Corps, creating misunderstanding and uncertainty,” Buchanan said in OKFB comments. “Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers are the best stewards of their land and water; their livelihoods depend on it.”

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WLC hosts annual fall conference in Oklahoma City

More than 60 Farm Bureau women gathered for a weekend of fun and fellowship at the annual Women’s Leadership Committee fall conference Sept. 15-16 in Oklahoma City.

The two-day conference incorporated much of the organization's rich history with a theme honoring OKFB’s 75th anniversary.

“Our fall conference is a wonderful time for Farm Bureau women from around the state to gather for a time of learning and fellowship,” said Kitty Beavers, OKFB WLC chair. “As we celebrate 75 years of Oklahoma Farm Bureau this year, we all enjoyed reminiscing on our beloved organization’s history and accomplishments.” 

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YF&R announces winners of annual State Fair livestock judging contest

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers hosted more than 1,000 agriculture students during their annual State Fair livestock judging contest Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Oklahoma City.

FFA and 4-H members in junior and senior categories judged eight categories of livestock with two classes of questions.

“Our YF&R committee loves providing this chance for our state’s agriculture students to hone their livestock judging skills,” said Travis Schnaithman, OKFB state YF&R Chairman. “Many of our committee members grew up judging livestock, and we know the decision-making and reasoning skills students learn through the contest.”

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OKFB annual meeting details, tentative schedule released

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state will meet at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Norman Nov. 10-12 for OKFB’s 76th annual meeting.

The OKFB awards program will take place on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. The featured entertainment is scheduled for Nov. 11 following the annual OKFB banquet at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme is “75 Years Strong” in celebration of the accomplishments and success of the organization’s past 75 years protecting and unifying Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

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More than 450 OKFB members ask EPA to ditch WOTUS rule

More than 450 Oklahoma Farm Bureau members recently urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule.

County Farm Bureaus collected more than 300 signatures over a two-week period, while other members submitted written comments at the organization’s annual August Area Meetings.

Finalized in June 2015, the WOTUS rule has been despised by farmers, ranchers and landowners across the country. The rule vastly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, granting the EPA and the Corps regulatory authority over virtually all waters including any place rainwater collects such as farm ponds, ditches and puddles.

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OKFB Legal Foundation and Oklahoma Farming & Ranching Foundation host annual shotgun shoot

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation and the Oklahoma Farming & Ranching Foundation held their second-annual shotgun shoot fundraiser Friday, Aug. 25, at Quail Ridge Shooting Sports near McLoud.

Nine four-person teams turned out for the event as shooters tested their shooting skills on a 10-station course.

The first-place team included shooters Carson Miller, Hunter Pence, Jerimy Pence and Baylee Pence from the Altus area. The group won a four-person waterfowl hunt courtesy of Stuart Ranch of Waurika. Jerimy Pence and Hunter Pence also were recognized as high individuals of the event.

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Policy development process begins with statewide August Area Meetings

Hundreds of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members across the state recently began the organization’s grassroots policy development process with its annual August Area Meetings.

Meetings were held in each of OKFB’s nine districts to begin discussions on potential additions or revisions to organization policy. 

As the state continues to grapple with budget shortfalls, many Farm Bureau members voiced concern over the potential for various tax increases. The state Legislature’s consideration of a fuel tax increase, along with its willingness to evaluate tax exemptions and credits, are both causes of worry for farm and ranch members.

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YF&R to host annual livestock judging contest at the Oklahoma State Fair

Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers committee will host students from across the state at the group’s annual Oklahoma State Fair Livestock Judging Contest on Sept. 14 at the state fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on Sept. 14 in Barn 3. The contest will begin at 10 a.m. in Barn 8. Contestants may compete on a team or as individuals. The entry fee will be $5 per person or $20 per team.

The contest will include market and breeding classes of beef cattle, sheep and swine. Awards will be presented in the two divisions with prizes of money, plaques for high individuals and teams, and jackets for the top teams.

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OKFB launches 75th anniversary website

Oklahoma Farm Bureau is proud to announce the launch of the organization’s 75th-anniversary website filled with fun and historical information about the people, places and programs that formed Oklahoma’s largest farm organization.

This website showcases information gathered throughout 2017 as the staff pored through the OKFB archives of newsletters, photos and correspondence to unearth treasures of information on the organization’s past.

Here are a few key features of the new site: 

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2017 OKFB WLC Nurse’s Scholarship winners announced

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee selected three students to receive $500 scholarships to study nursing.

The annual scholarship program awards three $500 scholarships to students studying nursing at an accredited college, university, vo-tech or trade school. Applicants must be Oklahoma Farm Bureau members or a member of a Farm Bureau member family.

The three students receiving 2017 OKFB WLC Nurse’s Scholarships are:

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