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OKFB women to host Youth Safety Day June 2

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee will hold their annual Youth Safety Day on Friday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OKFB home office in Oklahoma City.

The 2017 Youth Safety Day will host students grades 5-9 from across the state of Oklahoma and offer a wide variety of safety lessons related to everyday life. Participants will learn about rollover prevention from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, tractor safety, the life-saving flight crews of Air Evac Lifeteam, ATV safety and much more.

Safety day will begin with registration 9 a.m. with safety lessons starting at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for participants.

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OKFB YF&R Golf Classic to be held May 12

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will hold their 15th annual YF&R Golf Classic Friday, May 12 at SilverHorn Golf Club in Oklahoma City.

The annual scramble-style tournament opens with check-in at 11:30 a.m., and golfers will tee off at 1 p.m. Several prizes will be awarded, and lunch will be provided. All proceeds from the event will be given to benefit the OKFB Legal Foundation.

Registration is being accepted now through May 5 for teams and individuals. The cost is $350 per team of four golfers or $90 per individual.  Mulligans can be purchased for $10 each, with a limit of three per person. Tournament costs must be paid in advance. 

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OKFB partners with Love's Travel Stops, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma to fund fire relief

 In the wake of devastating wildfires throughout northwest Oklahoma, Oklahoma Farm Bureau has partnered with Love’s Travel Stops and Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma to fund relief for fire victims.

The three organizations have furnished gift cards for fuel to those transporting donated hay to the affected area.

“It’s in these times of disaster that we see the true spirit of Oklahomans. As farmers and ranchers, it’s our duty to help each other when in need,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We consider it a privilege to play a small part in the relief efforts.”

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OKFB commodity tour to visit central Oklahoma May 3-5

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will travel to the Heart of the Arbuckles in central Oklahoma during OKFB’s annual commodity tour May 3-5.

The three-day tour will feature history, way of life, customs, industry and commodities of the south-central area. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit a variety of farms and agribusinesses, including Valley View Pecans, Red Oak Farms, the Noble Foundation and much more.

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

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Oklahoma Farm Bureau provides resources for giving and those receiving wildfire relief

If you would like to donate relief effort funds, please make checks payable to Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation and put "Fire Relief" in the memo line and send to 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

If farmers and ranchers need hay, please reach out to the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252.

Emergency donations and information is available below. The immediate needs are hay and trucking services to transport hay. Below are the drop-off points if you would like to donate hay. 

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OKFB members hear from state leaders during legislative conference

Farm Bureau leaders from across the state gathered to discuss policy for agriculture and rural Oklahoma during the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legislative Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City March 6-7.

The two-day conference gave Farm Bureau members an opportunity to learn about statewide policy issues and visit with state leaders and legislators.

Nine individuals named OKFB Champions were honored during a reception with Farm Bureau members and more than 40 other state leaders and legislators. OKFB Champion Award recipients included former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz, House Speaker Charles McCall, House Speaker Pro Tem Harold Wright, Sen. Don Barrington, Sen. A.J. Griffin, Sen. James Leewright, Sen. Bryce Marlatt and Rep. Casey Murdock.

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OKFB offers statement regarding wildfires in northwest Oklahoma

“Our hearts go out to the Oklahomans and others who have been affected by this serious wildfire situation,” said Tom Buchanan, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “We must stand by the farmers, ranchers, and rural residents who have experienced serious threats to their homes and livelihoods. These are the good people providing our food, fiber and fuel every day, and today our neighbors in northwest Oklahoma need us to band together with them.”

For those who would like to make donations toward wildfire relief efforts, OKFB is guiding Oklahomans to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation Relief Fund. Donations can be made online at www.okcattlemen.org.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation is also encouraging hay donations for livestock of farmers and ranchers whose property has been damaged or who may have been displaced. If you are interested in donating or learning more about in-kind donations such as these, please call the Oklahoma State University Harper County Extension Office at (580) 735-2252.

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'Get Out of My Space' theme promoted during Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week

Farm Bureaus across the nation are recognizing Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week (March 5-11) by encouraging respect for spaces around farm equipment and tasks.

“Get Out of My Space!” is the theme of the week, noted Kalena Bruce, chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. Grain bins, grain wagons, manure pits, tractor seats and livestock flight zones are all “spaces” on farms and ranches that require caution to avoid injury.

“It’s easy to take these spaces for granted when you work around them every day on the farm and ranch, but it only takes a split-second for disaster to occur,” Bruce said.

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Blaine County Farm Bureau offering two $2,000 scholarships

Blaine County Farm Bureau is now accepting applications for two $2,000 scholarships for students attending Watonga, Geary, Okeene or Canton public schools who plan to pursue a higher education degree in agriculture after graduation.

Students applying for the scholarship must be a graduating high school senior, must have a 2.5 GPA or better, and must enroll full-time in an agriculture program at an accredited Oklahoma institution of high learning. Scholarships will be given after proof of a second-semester enrollment in an agriculture program.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2017. For applications, check with your school counselors or visit the Blaine County Farm Bureau at 101 E. Main Street in Watonga. Mail completed applications to: Blaine County Farm Bureau Ins. Co., Attn: Cindy Bills, 101 E. Main St., Watonga, OK 73772.

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OKFB praises executive order on WOTUS rule

Feb. 28, 2017–“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is delighted today by President Trump’s executive order to overhaul the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, which is a perfect example of regulatory overreach by a rogue federal agency.

“The WOTUS rule, which defined the waters protected under the Clean Water Act, would have vastly expanded EPA jurisdiction by giving the agency authority over creek beds, ponds and even ditches. Farmers and ranchers across the country, along with Farm Bureau and hundreds of other agricultural organizations, opposed the rule because it would have unnecessarily stifled the production of safe and affordable food.  

“Under the prior administration, the EPA ignored the concerns of the agricultural industry and even used taxpayer funds to lobby in support of its own rules. We look forward to working alongside the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he reviews the rule. We trust Pruitt will work to protect the environment, while also preserving private property rights. We especially want to thank Sen. Jim Inhofe for his tireless work to ensure reasonable regulations.”

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