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Haven, Swartz join OKFB Public Policy

Bray Haven and Zac Swartz recently have joined the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Public Policy Division as associate directors of public policy. The two will help advocate for Farm Bureau policy at the state Capitol.

“Bray and Zac certainly will be an asset to Farm Bureau members across the state as they help serve as the voice for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re excited to see all that the Public Policy team will accomplish this year for our members.”

Haven is a longtime Farm Bureau member who grew up in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University in 2017 before joining the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association as a field representative.

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Trump promotes rural development initiative in speech to Farm Bureau members

President Donald Trump unveiled a major initiative Monday designed to strengthen a rural economy that has lagged urban areas in recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2008. Trump signed two executive orders that fund and streamline the expansion of rural broadband access after an address to 7,400 farmers and ranchers gathered at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention.

In addition to economic development, Trump touched on issues of particular importance to agriculturists such as regulations, labor and trade. He praised farmers for their enduring values. “We are witnessing a new era of patriotism, prosperity and pride—and at the forefront of this exciting new chapter is the great American farmer.” Farmers, Trump said, “embody the values of hard work, grit, self-reliance and sheer determination.”

The president spent much of his address decrying the costs of excessive regulation and tallying the rules his administration has moved to eliminate.

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AFBF presents Sen. Jim Inhofe with Distinguished Service to Agriculture awad

The American Farm Bureau Federation presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Sen. James Inhofe during AFBF’s 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.

AFBF established the Distinguished Service Award in 1928 to honor individuals who have devoted their careers to serving the national interest of American agriculture. 

Sen. Inhofe is a longtime friend of America’s farm and ranch families and an eight-time recipient of AFBF’s Friend of Farm Bureau award. His commitment to protecting landowners’ property rights, preserving our natural resources, and reining in federal regulatory overreach has brought relief to farmers and ranchers across our nation.

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Crawley selected as state FSA committee chair

Oklahoma Farm Bureau District 5 State Director Gary Crawley was selected by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency Committee.

State FSA committees are appointed for a one-year term, which began on January 1, 2018. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. FSA committee appointees for State committees are selected by the USDA Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA's farm programs within delegated authorities.

Crawley and his wife, Wilma, raise cattle near Savanna in southeastern Oklahoma. Crawley retired after serving a long and distinguished career with the USDA FSA office in McAlester, working primarily in the farm commodity and loan program areas.

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OKFB to hold campaign school Jan. 26-27; registration closes Jan. 23

Oklahoma Farm Bureau will host a campaign management seminar Jan. 26-27 at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau home office in Oklahoma City.

The two-day seminar will provide helpful information for candidates seeking political office in upcoming elections. The seminar is open to candidates seeking office, their spouses and campaign managers. 

The seminar will feature a variety of topics presented by political experts who have a wide array of experience and knowledge working on campaigns and with elected officials.

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Doye receives recognition for work on packs programs

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Interim Executive Director Thad Doye received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Cooperation award at the NAAE annual convention in Nashville on December 8.  This award recognizes both individuals and organizations who have given outstanding support to agricultural education programs.

Doye encourages Oklahoma FFA and 4-H members to donate their livestock to the state’s Pork for Packs and Beef for Backpacks programs. Donated animals are processed into protein sticks that food banks add to backpacks sent home with undernourished schoolchildren. In the past four years Doye, FFA and 4-H members together have impacted over two million students. This year alone, 540 animals were donated, producing 953,526 protein sticks 

Doye serves as a liaison between students who are donating the livestock and the processing plants. He has driven thousands of miles over the past four years take animals to processing plants for FFA members, and sometimes houses animals in his own facilities until the processing plant is ready to accept the donation.

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OKFB members named to national beef board

Two Oklahoma Farm Bureau members were selected as one of 27 new members appointed to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue on Dec. 20.

Roger Mills Farm Bureau member Jimmy Taylor of Cheyenne and Grady County Farm Bureau member Blayne Arthur were selected to each serve a three-year term on the board, whcih is composed of 99 members. Taylor was nominated by OKFB.

Taylor and his wife, Tracy, have a cow-calf operation located between Elk City and Cheyenne in western Oklahoma.

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Payne County member selected to serve on AFBF YF&R Committee

Rachel Pickens of Payne County Farm Bureau recently was appointed to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

“Through her involvement in Farm Bureau, our state and her local community, Rachel has demonstrated a passion for sharing the story of agriculture and our organization,” said Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “She works tirelessly to develop her own leadership skills while taking the time to commit herself to helping others grow as well.”

The Payne County member has been involved in Farm Bureau in a number of capacities, serving as Payne County Farm Bureau YF&R vice chairman and on the OKFB YF&R Committee, as well as competing on the national level in the AFBF YF&R Discussion meet and Excellence in Agriculture events.

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Oklahoma YF&R members to compete at AFBF Annual Meeting in January

Three members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program will represent Oklahoma in national YF&R contests at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 5-10 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The third place finalists in each of the three AFBF YF&R competitive events will receive $2,000 worth of Stanley Black & Decker merchandise including PROTO, DeWalt, Stanley, Lenox and Irwin products, all courtesy of Black & Decker.

Second, third and fourth places finalists of the three events will receive a range of Case IH products, thanks to Case IH

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Join OKFB at the 2018 Tulsa Farm Show

Join Oklahoma Farm Bureau at the 24th-annual Tulsa Farm Show December 7-9 at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau staff will be on-hand in booth 712 to visit about the benefits of an Oklahoma Farm Bureau membership and to share the latest news and information about the organization.

Featuring a multitude of exhibitors, the show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 and Friday, Dec. 8 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

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