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OKFB YF&R names high school discussion meet winner

Emile Mittelstaed of Amber-Pocasset High School was named the winner of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers high school discussion meet held Tuesday, July 18, in Stillwater.

Held in conjunction with Oklahoma State University’s Big Three Field Days, the event attracted 15 competitors from across the state. The high school discussion meet allows high school students to participate in an event that promotes basic discussion skills, develops an understanding of agricultural issues and explores how groups can pool knowledge to solve problems. 

Tess Haddock of Glenco High School and Emily Kennedy of Edmond High Schools received second and third place, respectively. Elizabeth Schneider of Seiling High Schools was the fourth finalist.

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OKFB YF&R members visit Ardmore area for annual conference

More than 30 young agriculturalists gathered in the Ardmore area for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers summer conference held July 13-15.

The event brought together YF&R members from around the state for two days of tours, agricultural information and fun with fellow agriculturalists.

“We had a great time at this year’s YF&R summer conference,” said Travis Schnaithman, OKFB YF&R state chairman. “Our members enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about agriculture and agribusiness in southern Oklahoma while expanding our perspectives.”

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Summer 2017 issue of Oklahoma Country now available online

The latest issue of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Oklahoma Country magazine arrived in mailboxes this week and is now available online for electronic viewing.  

The Summer 2017 issue includes a story featuring newly-elected Oklahoma legislators with Farm Bureau ties, the third installment in the OKFB 75th-anniversary series highlighting the 1970s and 1980s, a wrap-up of the 56th Oklahoma legislature session and much, much more!

Quick links to the Spring 2017 issue of Oklahoma Country: (links open document viewer in new tab/window)

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OKFB 75th-anniversary history book now available to order

Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s 75th-anniversary history book is now available for purchase through county Farm Bureau offices.

OKFB is proud to present our organization’s history through photos and stories gleaned from our archives. This hardcover volume by Dr. Bob L. Blackburn spans 140 pages and includes more than 170 photos chronicling Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau through the years.

To reserve your copy of the book, contact your main county Farm Bureau office through August 15. Once the order period has passed, we will distribute the books to the county Farm Bureau offices, where you can pick up your copy.

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OKFB August Area Meetings schedule announced

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has announced the details for its upcoming August Area Meetings, which serve as the kickoff for the organization’s grassroots policy development process.

“August is one of the most exciting times of the year because it signals the beginning of another year of fighting for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “I look forward to hearing from our members as they cultivate ideas to lead agriculture into the future.” 

All OKFB members are encouraged to attend their area meeting, which provides an opportunity to discuss organizational policy with fellow members and OKFB leaders. Members also will learn about the state of the organization and hear a review of the year’s legislative and regulatory victories. Below, find a schedule of meetings.

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OKFB hails EPA WOTUS repeal

June 27, 2017—“After years of battling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers today applaud the agency’s decision to rescind the rule. 

“Clean water is crucial to farmers and ranchers because our very livelihoods depend on it. The WOTUS rule had nothing to do with clean water, but instead was an enormous land grab that created great confusion for farmers and ranchers. 

“Where the previous EPA blatantly ignored the concerns of farmers and ranchers, President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are now working to aid farmers and ranchers in producing high-quality and affordable food for the world.

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OKFB WLC Nurse's Scholarship July 15 deadline approaching

The deadline for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee’s Nurse’s Scholarship is July 15. 

The annual scholarship program awards three $500 scholarships to students studying nursing at an accredited college, university, vo-tech or trade school. Applicants must be Oklahoma Farm Bureau members or a member of a Farm Bureau member family.

The WLC understands the important role nurses and healthcare professionals play in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents across our state, and especially rural residents. With the cost of education increasing yearly, the committee is proud to provide three students with scholarship funds to help pursue their dreams in nursing.

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State legislators honored with 2017 OKFB 100 Percent Club

More than 80 members of the Oklahoma Legislature have been named members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2017 legislative session.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is thankful to have excellent representation as we continue to fight for our members at the state Capitol,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We applaud these lawmakers for their efforts to protect agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

Legislators were scored on three measures including SB 147, SB 326 and SB 593. Authored by Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz and Rep. Casey Murdock, SB 147 allows municipalities to waive the three-mile setback for concentrated animal feeding operations. SB 326 by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. John Pfeiffer prohibits the importation and possession of exotic swine in Oklahoma. Legislators too were scored on SB 593, which encourages wind energy development by removing a loophole allowing individuals to register for construction of a private airport to prevent the development of wind turbines.

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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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