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OKFB applauds Stitt’s Secretary of Agriculture appointee Blayne Arthur

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel released the following statement praising Gov.-Elect Kevin Stitt’s decision to appoint Blayne Arthur as Secretary of Agriculture.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is delighted to endorse and support Blayne Arthur as Gov.-elect Stitt’s nominee for Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture.

 “Blayne is a well-known leader with a proven track record in both her prior position as deputy commissioner of agriculture and in her current service as executive director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. We are looking forward to the perspective and leadership we know she will bring with her to this important position.

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OKFB praises final passage of 2018 farm bill

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel released the following statement after the U.S. House today passed The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 conference report, also known as the 2018 farm bill.

“All Oklahomans need the assurances that come from this bill, from the family farmers and ranchers producing our nation’s food and fiber to the everyday families working to put food on the table.

“The bill delivers provisions to support Oklahoma agricultural producers including risk management tools, international market development programs, and conservation and environmental stewardship programs. Additionally, the bill brings funding for cutting-edge agricultural research and extension, investments in rural Oklahoma and nutrition programs for low-income children, families and seniors.

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It’s time to pass the farm bill: Tell your congressmen to vote yes!

The 2018 farm bill is a critical piece of legislation that ensures Oklahoma farmers and ranchers can continue to produce food and fiber for the nation with confidence. 

Over the past five years, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers have faced one of the most challenging farm economies in history. Programs within the farm bill help provide certainty to agricultural producers facing threats from low commodity prices, increasing input costs and devastating weather.

As the bill approaches its final vote in the U.S. House and Senate, it’s important to urge your congressmen to vote yes! Find the contact information for your congressmen and senators below or use the FB Action Alert on the farm bill.

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Senate approves farm bill, now on to the House

In the final stretch of the consideration of the 2018 farm bill, the U.S. Senate yesterday passed the 2018 farm bill conference report on a vote of 87 to 13. The bipartisan five-year legislation encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation and forestry policy. 

Both Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford voted in favor of the bill. The House is expected to vote on the conference report today.

“We’re thankful for the support of Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford in voting for the farm bill today,” Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel said following the Senate vote. “As the House also plans to vote on the legislation this week, we’re urging all of our members to call their congressman and urge a yes vote on the final bill. Time is of the essence, as farmers and ranchers need the assurance and certainty that comes with this critical piece of legislation as we close out the year.”

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Moesel: Farmers want free trade, not payments

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel recently was quoted in an article by The Oklahoman about the Trump administration’s Market Facilitation Program, which was created to administer payments to farmers struggling from ongoing international trade disputes. 

“But they don’t want the world to become a world where this is normal and this is an ongoing thing.” 

The Market Facilitation Program provides direct payments to producers of soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, hogs, shelled almonds and cherries. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2019. Learn more on the USDA website here.

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OKFB Foundation for Agriculture, WLC donate ag books to educators

Fourteen Oklahoma educators from across the state were awarded a basket of agriculture books for their classrooms during Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s 77th Annual Meeting held Nov. 16-18 in Norman, Oklahoma.

“Agriculture is one of Oklahoma’s leading industries, but few truly understand what it takes to produce our food, fiber and fuel,” said David VonTungeln, foundation president. “We’re thrilled to help our state’s educators teach the next generation about Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.”

Applications were accepted from teachers across the state, and winners were chosen by the WLC state board. The books cover various agriculture topics and were picked from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture's list.

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Bree Kisling earns $1,000 scholarship for Ag in the Classroom work

Chisholm High School senior Bree Kisling recently was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship through the Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture Ag in the Classroom Scholarship Challenge by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the organization’s annual meeting in Norman.

“The project allowed me to teach the next generation about agriculture, even if it was just in a basic way,” Kisling said. 

The lesson has prompted Kisling to explore other opportunities to engage elementary students in agriculture. 

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Farm Bureau members set policy for 2019

Extension services, the agriculture sales tax exemption and feral hogs were issues prioritized by Oklahoma Farm Bureau members as they worked to set the organization’s 2019 policy on Saturday, Nov. 17 during the OKFB annual meeting in Norman, Oklahoma. 

All 77 county Farm Bureaus submitted resolutions to the OKFB policy book which were reviewed by a statewide committee and voted on by the delegate body during the annual meeting. The policy sets the direction of the organization for the next year.

“It’s not just the power of our public policy staff, it’s not just the power of our board,” OKFB President Rodd Moesel said of the organization’s grassroots policy. “It’s the power of our members in all 77 counties meeting today and all of our members speaking out on these issues.

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OKFB's 77th Annual Meeting a success

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from all 77 counties met in Norman, Oklahoma, Nov. 16-18 for the organization’s 77th annual meeting where they recognized outstanding members with numerous awards, set organizational policy for the coming year, and elected new leaders.

The OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee recognized the organization’s top farming and ranching families with the District Farm and Ranch Family Recognition awards: Terry and Robin Bryant family of Dewey County, District One; Brian and Misty Johnson of Kiowa County, District Two; Lonnie and Sharon King of Caddo County, District Three; Russell and Jimmi Kriz of Comanche County, District Four; Jeff and Holly Cooper of LeFlore County, District Five; Bart and Kelly Wiedel of Muskogee County, District Six; Scott and Allison Armbruster of Alfalfa County, District Seven; Carrel and Louise Bryant of Pontotoc County, District Eight; and Arnold and Roselle Herrmann of Lincoln County, District Nine.

Alfalfa County was named the top county Farm Bureau as the winner of the John I. Taylor Award, while Texas County was recognized for its safety programs with the Lewis H. Munn Award. Various county Farm Bureaus also were honored for excellence as with Presidential Star Awards.

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WLC recognizes OKFB farm and ranch families

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee presented its District Farm and Ranch Family Recognition awards at the organization’s 77th annual meeting on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Norman, Oklahoma.

The program honors a farm and ranch family in each of OKFB’s nine districts who uphold the best traditions of Oklahoma agriculture and rural Oklahoma as they raise food and fiber for our state and beyond.

“Our farm and ranch families play a vital role in growing food, caring for the land and making our rural communities vibrant,” said Kitty Beavers, 2018 OKFB WLC Chairman. “Our Women’s Leadership Committee is proud to recognize these families’ hard work and dedication to agriculture and Oklahoma. Each of these families is a tremendous asset to Oklahoma as they continue some of the best traditions our state knows.”  

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