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Bolay honored as AFBF Women’s Communications Boot Camp graduate

Mignon Bolay, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee chair and Noble County Farm Bureau member, was recently recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation as one of 15 farm and ranch women leaders who completed the organization’s Women’s Communications Boot Camp summer session.

The intensive four-day course completed by the agricultural leaders comprised hands-on sessions related to public speaking, working with the media and messaging.   

“Women’s Communications Boot Camp is the experience of a lifetime,” said Isabella Chism, an Indiana row crop farmer and vice chair of the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. “It’s gratifying to see the increased confidence of these women leaders, all of whom are passionate advocates for agriculture. Graduates of this program are effective in connecting with influencers at the local, state and national levels.”

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Lucas joins OKFB as summer intern

Camryn Lucas has recently joined Oklahoma Farm Bureau as a summer intern. 

She will travel with field representatives, learn the inner workings of the public policy team, assist the communications team with various projects, participate in grassroots membership meetings and more.

“I am excited to learn what advocating for agriculture looks like and means on a larger scale than what I am able to do on my own,” she said. 

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OKFB joins ag, food groups in urging Congress to ratify USMCA

Oklahoma Farm Bureau today joined more than 900 food and agriculture companies and associations in urging Senate and House leadership to move quickly to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 200 state and county Farm Bureaus also signed the letter.

Signatories noted the International Trade Commission estimates the new agreement will add $68.2 billion to annual gross domestic product.

“Over the last 25 years, U.S. food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico have more than quadrupled under NAFTA – growing from $9 billion in 1993 to nearly $40 billion in 2018. NAFTA has significantly helped create a reliable, high-quality supply of food products for U.S. consumers, while supporting more than 900,000 American jobs in food and agriculture and related sectors of the economy,” the groups wrote. “USMCA builds on the success of the NAFTA agreement, and will ultimately lead to freer markets and fairer trade.”

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OKFB to kick off grassroots policy development at August Area Meetings

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members are encouraged to gather together during the organization’s annual August Area Meetings held Aug. 5 through Aug. 29 throughout the state.

The meetings signify the kickoff of the OKFB grassroots policy development, as well as an opportunity to learn about the latest organizational activities.

Plan to attend your district meeting, and make sure to invite your fellow Farm Bureau members, as we continue the great tradition of providing a grassroots voice for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.

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Ford sweepstakes offers members chance to win two-year lease

Through the Built Ford Proud Sweepstakes, Oklahoma Farm Bureau members can now enter to win the grand prize of a two-year lease on a new Ford vehicle through September 30.

Members can enter the sweepstake three different ways: go to www.fordspecialoffer.com/farmbureau/sweeps, attend an event selected by Ford or text the word SWEEPS to 46786.  

By being a Farm Bureau member, you can also earn $500 in Farm Bureau Bonus Cash off the purchase or lease of an eligible new Ford vehicle and $750 in Farm Bureau Bonus Cash off the purchase or lease of an eligible new Lincoln vehicle.

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YF&R to host summer conference July 12-14 in northeast Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee will hold its summer conference July 12-14, 2019 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Registration for the conference is $20 per person. Hotel rooms may be booked at the Hilton Inn in Bartlesville (205 SW Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, OK 74003) for $100 per night. Breakfast is included. To register and reserve your hotel room, send in a completed registration form to OKFB YF&R Coordinator Zac Swartz by June 26.

Those interested in attending should contact their county Farm Bureau for potential sponsorship opportunities. County Farm Bureaus sponsoring first-time attendees of the conference will be reimbursed the cost of hotel rooms by the OKFB YF&R Committee.

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OKFB introduces benefit to save on vacation rentals

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members can now save on getaways with TripBeat, which offers discounted vacation rentals worldwide.  

The new member benefit offers OKFB members seven-night rentals for $399 in select locations including Lake Ozark, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Gatlinburg, San Diego, New York City and many more around the globe. 

Members also receive 25% off of preferred weekly and short stays as listed on TripBeat’s website. This feature allows members to travel during peak seasons or to locations with high amounts of visitors and limited lodging.  

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2019 Legislative Year-in-Review: Highlights for agriculture and rural Oklahoma

As the first gavel dropped in the Oklahoma House of Representatives to kick off the first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature, the chamber was abuzz with a sort of energy that filled the air: optimism. With a new governor, more than 50 new legislators, a budget surplus and a new hope for state government, the 2019 session began with excitement that carried through much of the legislative process.

Throughout the session, Oklahoma Farm Bureau continued to work for and defend the priority issues set forth at convention last year including legislation dealing with agriculture, taxes, water and rural health care. 

For questions or more information, please contact the OKFB Public Policy Department at (405) 523-2300.

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OKFB, ag leaders urge Congress to ratify USMCA

Oklahoma agricultural leaders including Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel discussed the importance of ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers at an event on May 23 at the organization’s office in Oklahoma City.

The event was a stop along the Farmers for Free Trade coalition’s Motorcade For Trade, a movement across 11 states in support of the ratifying the USMCA.

The USMCA, which was agreed on between the three countries to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, is currently awaiting approval by Congress. The agreement allows trade to continue to Mexico with no tariffs and provides new market access of dairy and poultry products to Canada. 

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YF&R to host high school discussion meet during Big 3 Field Days

High school FFA and 4-H members are invited to compete in the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers High School Discussion Meet held Tuesday, July 16 at 2 p.m. during the Oklahoma State University Big 3 Field Days.

Held in Agricultural Hall on the OSU campus in Stillwater, the competitive event provides students with an educational opportunity to enhance their speaking, reasoning and presentation skills, all while analyzing issues in agriculture. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues, and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.

The meet simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Find a list of potential discussion meet topics on the OKFB YF&R High School Discussion Meet registration form.

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