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OKFB sponsors ag youth at 2018 OYE Sale of Champions

Oklahoma Farm Bureau helped support the state’s agriculture youth by purchasing more than $43,000 in premiums at the 2018 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions held Friday, March 16 in Oklahoma City.

Before the sale, OKFB was honored as the 2017 volume buyer for purchasing the most premiums at the 2017 sale.

Farm Bureau purchased premiums on 19 animals, and also partnered with fellow agriculture and rural organizations and individuals to purchase premiums for 41 animals.

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Travel to Washington, D.C. with Farm Bureau April 16-20

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will travel to Washington, D.C., April 16-20 to promote agriculture and rural Oklahoma during the organization’s annual Congressional Action Tour.

The weeklong trip allows members to bring the concerns of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers to Capitol Hill. Members will meet with Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation, along with officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To register for the trip, submit the completed registration form and full payment to the OKFB Public Policy Division by March 30. 

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How will agriculture feed the world? It starts today

Today is no ordinary day for students at the local elementary school. Today, every child has the opportunity to glimpse what different professions have to offer. Today is career day.

The halls are bustling with even more rambunctious energy than usual. Spelling words and multiplication tables are the last of the children’s worries, such struggles have no place on a special occasion. The gym is packed with booths marketing everything from nursing to construction. After a morning of roaming from booth to booth, the future of America sits down in the cafeteria. As one little boy finishes the last of his beloved chocolate milk, he turns to his classmate and asks how they can make something so good. His classmate’s response? “They use brown cows.”

Although this scenario may seemed far-fetched, the reality remains that agriculture lies outside many of the young minds that will make up the future of this nation. Even in a small town in Oklahoma, agriculture remains obscure to young adults. In a place where the wealthiest person in the county owns the most farmland, one would assume that agriculture is an integral part of the community. However, there is a substantial disconnect between the current high school generation and the generation that produces the world’s food. This disconnect could prove to place a strain on the world’s food supply in the coming years. With the average age of a farmer rising to 58 years old, according to the most recent Census of Agriculture, it is clear young people do not think of food production as a career choice. This generational gap roots itself in a lack of understanding of agriculture and the vast array of jobs agriculture has to offer.

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16th Annual YF&R Golf Classic to be held May 4 in Guthrie

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will host its 16th Annual YF&R Golf Classic on Friday, May 4 at the Cedar Valley Golf Club in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the OKFB Legal Foundation, which defends the rights of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

Check-in for the annual scramble-style tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. with tee off at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, along with awards for longest drive and closest to the hole.

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Application deadline extended to March 20 for $1,000 YF&R scholarships

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee has extended the deadline for applications for its annual $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors who will pursue a higher degree in agriculture after graduation. Applications now must be postmarked by no later than March 20, 2018.

Nine $1,000 scholarships, one from each OKFB state board district, will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture at an Oklahoma institution of high learning as a full-time student. 

The deadline for applications has been extended to March 20, 2018. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 20, 2018. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

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Eleven state legislators honored with 2017 OKFB Champion Award

Eleven state legislators were honored with the 2017 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Champion Award during the OKFB Leadership Conference March 5 in Oklahoma City. 

The award is presented to state lawmakers who went above and beyond to uphold agriculture and rural Oklahoma in 2017.

“As a grassroots farm organization, we exist to fight for the betterment of agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We are proud to honor these 11 individuals who have worked tirelessly to support family farmers and ranchers across the state.”

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OKFB to host gubernatorial candidate panel at leadership conference

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will hear from candidates seeking to serve as the next governor of Oklahoma during the organization’s leadership conference held March 5 and 6 at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City.

At least four candidates will share their vision and goals for the state during the forum held March 5 at 3 p.m. Candidates also will have an opportunity to offer their views on agriculture and rural issues. 

“This year’s gubernatorial election represents a significant moment for the future of the state of Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re excited to provide Farm Bureau members an opportunity to thoroughly vet candidates that will represent the best interests of the agriculture community and rural Oklahoma.”

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Caddo County celebrates Farm Bureau Week by giving back to community

In celebration of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Week, Caddo County Farm Bureau donated more than $12,000 to senior nutrition centers, 4-H and FFA programs and fire departments throughout the county.

“We try to support the community in any way that we can,” said Wayne Taggart, Caddo County Farm Bureau president. “Our rural communities are really the ones that feed the nation. By giving back to our local communities, we can tie together those that produce the food and those that eat the food.”

Outside of funding from the county, the senior nutrition centers rely on fundraisers and donations from the community.

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Berry, Patton join OKFB as field representatives

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has recently named Haley Berry and Caylie Patton as field representatives.

In their new roles, the two will serve as liaisons between county Farm Bureaus and the state Farm Bureau.

“Growing up was nothing but faith, family, food and Farm Bureau,” Berry said. “I now look forward to serving as a voice for our members.”

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YF&R to host legislative day March 4-5

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members ages 18 to 35 are invited to attend the Young Famers and Ranchers Legislative Day held March 4 and 5 in Oklahoma City.

The event is an opportunity for YF&R members to network with one another, learn about Farm Bureau policy, and promote agriculture and rural Oklahoma at the state Capitol.

The event will begin with an evening at Top Golf on March 4 at 6 p.m. On Monday, March 5, members will head to the state Capitol to be briefed by the OKFB Public Policy team before visiting with state legislators.

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