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Irvin named senior director of membership and organization

“Marcia has served Farm Bureau faithfully for more than 40 years,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “I know she will continue to improve our membership programs and offerings.”

Irvin, who began her career with Farm Bureau in 1977, has served OKFB in a variety of capacities. She most recently worked as the interim director of membership and organizational programs and the Women’s Leadership Committee coordinator.

“Farm Bureau’s various programs provide an outlet for our members to help us in our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans,” Irvin said. “I’m excited about this new opportunity as our organization moves forward.”

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High school seniors attend Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference

Ten Oklahoma high school seniors spent three days learning about leadership, team building and agriculture at the sixth-annual Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 14-16 in Oklahoma City. 

The ten students were:

Hosted by Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, the OYLA conference is designed to prepare high school students for a future career in agriculture and to advance youth leadership.

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OKFB names senior directors of communications

“As the voice of Oklahoma agriculture, communicating with members and the public is critical to the success of Farm Bureau,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “Dustin and Hannah have done a tremendous job, and will continue to do so as they work to enhance our various communications efforts.”

“Sharing agriculture’s story has been a longtime passion of mine, and I’m excited to continue that work for our Farm Bureau members in a new capacity,” Mielke said. “We have so many great things happening in Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and it is vitally important we share these stories to ensure our industry thrives into the future.”

Mielke, who holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University, has more than 11 years of experience with the organization’s communications department. He grew up in the small agricultural community of Conrad, Montana, and resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Li.

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High school seniors selected to attend OYLA conference

Twelve high school seniors from across the state were recently selected to attend the Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 14-16.

The OYLA conference is a three-day annual event hosted by Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers to prepare high school students for a future career in agriculture and to advance youth leadership. 

Attendees have a full schedule for the conference, including a tour of Lopez Foods, a communications training session, a Capitol visit with Sen. Chris Kidd, and much more. 

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OKFB YF&R state committee member recognized as Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers state committee member Mindi Clark of Byron, Okla., was recently recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and Oklahoma State University.

Brought up in Braman, OK on a small farm that raised swine and cattle, Clark was always drawn to the agricultural lifestyle. Long before she had the agricultural success and knowledge she does today, she was spending her time pouring into others and serving the agriculture community. Now a wife and new mother, she continues to impact lives through agriculture every day.

“My first involvement in agriculture was showing livestock through 4-H and helping with livestock on the farm,” said Clark. “That led to me getting involved in FFA in the 8th grade. FFA provided me opportunities to compete in public speaking, livestock judging and to hold leadership roles in high school. I also worked at the local grain elevator during the summers. I think both of those experiences propelled my love for agriculture and stoked a desire for me to be a part of the agriculture community.”

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Yates named OKFB vice president of field services and membership recruitment

“I am confident in Mark’s ability to lead field representatives as they fulfill the vital role of communicating with county Farm Bureau leaders and members,” said Monica Wilke, Oklahoma Farm Bureau executive director. “In his new position, Mark will help guarantee a bright future for our organization by working side-by-side with county Farm Bureaus to strengthen and broaden their membership.”

Yates began his OKFB career in 2016 as director of field operations for the public policy division, where he worked to educate urban communities about agriculture and Farm Bureau at various community and civic organizations. 

“Farm Bureau would be nothing without its members,” Yates said. “I look forward to creating new and innovative membership initiatives as we continue to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans.” 

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YF&R members to visit Ardmore-area for annual conference

Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee has released a preliminary schedule of events for the group’s leadership conference July 13-15 in Ardmore.

The conference will include sessions and workshops at the Holiday Inn as well as on-site tours in the Ardmore-area, including Oklahoma Steel and Wire Company, the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery and the Sam Noble Research Institute in Ardmore.

The latest conference schedule is provided, and updated schedules will be available on the OKFB website as more details become finalized.


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OKFB WLC Safety Day canceled

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee’s Youth Safety Day scheduled for June 2 has been canceled.

We thank everyone interested in the event and apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Marcia Irvin for any questions at (405) 523-2405.

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YF&R golf tournament raises funds for OKFB Legal Foundation

More than $10,000 was raised for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation during the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Golf Tournament on Friday, May 12 at the Silverhorn Golf Club in Oklahoma City.

More than 70 golfers making up approximately 20 teams played in the annual scramble-style tournament. 

“We had a lot of fun at this year’s golf tournament, and we’re thankful for everyone’s contributions to the legal foundation,” said Travis Schnaithman, YF&R chairman. “We hope our donations will help the foundation continue to defend Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers in future legal issues.”

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2017 OKFB YF&R scholarship winners announced

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers selected nine Oklahoma high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships to study agriculture at an institution of higher education in Oklahoma.

“Agriculture plays such an important role in Oklahoma, and our Young Farmers & Ranchers committee is honored to help Oklahoma students continue their passion for agriculture,” said Travis Schnaithman, OKFB YF&R Chairman. “We hope this scholarship will help develop the next generation of agriculturalists who will go on to create the future of our industry.” 

The nine students receiving 2017 YF&R scholarships are:

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