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County Farm Bureaus to continue the grassroots policy development process

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members across the state will gather for their annual county meetings over the next few months.

The county annual meetings will continue the organization’s grassroots policy development process, which began with August Area Meetings. Members will have the opportunity to discuss organizational policy with fellow members and county leaders.

All OKFB members are encouraged to attend their county’s annual meeting. If you have questions about annual meetings, please contact your county office. 

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Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation helps fight childhood hunger statewide

The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation donated $27,395.55 to fight childhood hunger statewide. The donation benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Program, which includes the Backpack Program.

Earlier this year, Oklahoma FFA members were encouraged to donate livestock shown at the Oklahoma Youth Expo to the Beef for Backpacks and Pork for Packs program. This program provides protein sticks for the Food for Kids Backpack Program statewide. FFA chapter members were also asked to add 25 cents to each fundraising package they sold for their chapter and contribute that 25 cents to fight childhood hunger in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation collected the proceeds and also facilitated the donation of livestock to the Oklahoma Food Banks.

“I love this program because it encourages kids to help other kids,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation helps these young leaders by providing the resources they need to give back to help others. We are honored to be a part of this program.”

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Signatures needed: Help ditch the WOTUS rule

Tell the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency you support the repeal of its 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule! Visit your county Farm Bureau office to sign the petition. Your signature will support step one of a two-step process to repeal and return the rule to its pre-2015 language.

Finalized in August 2015, the WOTUS rule granted regulatory control to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over virtually all waters, no matter how small or seemingly unconnected. The agencies could have regulated any low spot where rainwater collects, including common farm ditches, ephemeral drainages, agricultural ponds and isolated wetlands in and near farms and ranches. The rule would have given the agencies new authority to regulate land use. 

Your signature on the petition says you support step one, rescinding and returning the 2015 WOTUS rule to what it was prior to 2015.

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OKFB WLC to host fall conference Sept. 15-16

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee will host its annual fall conference Sept. 15-16 at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City.

The two-day conference will feature a variety of speakers, informative sessions and fun activities. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring any historical Farm Bureau memorabilia to display in celebration of OKFB’s 75th anniversary. Conference attendees are also asked to come dressed in 1942 attire. Judges will award the best-dressed individual with an award at dinner on Friday.

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Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, OKFB Legal Foundation to host annual Shotgun Shoot

The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation will host their second-annual Shotgun Shoot Fundraiser Friday, August 25 at Quail Ridge Sporting Clays in McLoud. 

The event will feature a full morning of fun, food and friendly competition for the four-person teams as they tackle a variety of shooting challenges on the course.

Sponsorships are available at four different levels:

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Oklahoma Farm Bureau Names Interim Executive Director

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named life-long farmer and rancher Thad Doye interim executive director. 

The Lawton native’s career with Oklahoma Farm Bureau began as a field service representative in June 1998. He completed a fellowship with the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP), then became vice president of field services. 

Doye will continue to serve as the crop insurance specialist for Oklahoma Farm Bureau. He also works with the Oklahoma Food Bank and Farming & Ranching Foundation through the Pork for Packs and Beef for Backpacks Program. The Lawton native holds a degree in agriculture business from Cameron University.

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Comments wanted: Help EPA ditch the WOTUS rule

Applauded by farmers and ranchers, the Environmental Protection Agency announced in late June its decision to rescind the Waters of the U.S. rule. The agency also said it will look carefully at the definition of waters of the United States and propose a new rule.

Farmers and ranchers support clean water and work hard to protect natural resources. But the WOTUS rule had more to do with land than water. It was a land grab, pure and simple, that:

The rule has never been implemented because it was halted by both a federal district court and a federal court of appeals; but those court orders are only temporary. 

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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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