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Join fellow members at OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting in Norman

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state are invited to gather with fellow members at OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

As the organization’s largest annual gathering, the annual meeting provides an opportunity to celebrate Farm Bureau achievements, elect OKFB leaders, set policy for the next year, fellowship with friends from around the state and more.

This year, OKFB leaders and staff are eager to incorporate a few exciting changes to the convention’s schedule. 

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County Farm Bureau annual meetings to begin soon

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members across the state will begin holding county annual meetings within their counties over the next few weeks.

These meetings serve as an opportunity for members to celebrate the year, discuss agriculture issues, create grassroots OKFB policy for the next year, and fellowship with one another.

For more information about your county annual meeting, contact your county office.

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OKAgFund Voter Guide: How to vote for ag and rural Oklahoma in runoff elections

Many voters across Oklahoma will head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 28 for runoff elections to determine the candidates who will advance to the general election in November.

The OKAgFund, the political action committee of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, has met over the past few months to identify the candidates who best represent the values of rural Oklahoma. 

Confirm your voter registration, find your polling place, and view your sample ballot using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool. Request an absentee ballot by Aug. 22 here. Early voting begins Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Aug. 28, polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Find the Summer 2018 issue of Oklahoma Country online now

The latest issue of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Oklahoma Country magazine arrived in mailboxes over the last two weeks and now is available to read online.

The Summer 2018 issue features a Mayes County dairy farm, highlights a special partnership between the agricultural community and the state’s food banks, recognizes the conservation efforts of an OKFB family, and introduces readers to the organization’s new executive director.

Also in the magazine, find:

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Three nursing students awarded $500 scholarships from WLC

Cade Baldwin of Stephens County, Cheyanne Gibbens of Okmulgee County and Logan Hukill of Caddo County each recently were awarded a scholarship to study nursing by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. 

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.

“Our committee chooses to support nursing students because we see firsthand the need for qualified healthcare professionals in rural areas,” said Kitty Beavers, OKFB WLC chair. “We’re grateful to play a role in helping these future nurses succeed in their careers.”

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YF&R names high school discussion meet winners

The other top four finalists included Rio Bonham of Madill FFA, Cade Jenlink of Timberlake FFA, and Jaycee Shelburne of Durant FFA.

“From learning more about agricultural issues to developing key discussion skills, the high school students that participate in this contest walk away with critical skills they’ll use well into the future,” said Brent Haken, OKFB YF&R vice chair. “As a committee, we’re proud to invest in these bright young leaders in agriculture.”

The high school discussion meet allows high school students to participate in an event that builds basic discussion skills, develops an understanding of agricultural issues, and explodes how groups can pool knowledge to find solutions. The contest was open to high school junior and senior FFA and 4-H members.

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YF&R members gather in southwest Oklahoma for summer conference

Organized and planned by the state YF&R committee, the highlight of the three-day conference was a day-long tour of various agriculture businesses and farms. 

The group visited Sesaco in Hobart, where all U.S.-grown sesame is cleaned, bagged and shipped around the country and around the world. While in Hobart, members visited the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, a historical foundation dedicated to telling the story of the U.S. military.

Jackson County Farm Bureau member Keeff Felty led the group on a tour through the Cotton Growers Gin outside of Altus, where cotton is cleaned and processed.

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High school students selected for YF&R youth leadership program

Twelve Oklahoma high school students recently were chosen to attend the Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture leadership conference to be held July 23-25 in Oklahoma City.

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

The students selected include:

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Join OKFB for annual August Area Meetings

The meetings signify the kickoff of the OKFB grassroots policy development, as well as an opportunity to learn about the latest organizational activities.

Plan to attend your district meeting, and make sure to invite your fellow Farm Bureau members, as we continue the great tradition of providing a grassroots voice for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.

Below, find the schedule of meetings.

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OKAgFund expands candidate support in preparation for August runoff

The OKAgFund board met Thursday, June 28, to give an additional $41,250 in financial support to political candidates running in statewide, state Senate and state House races ahead of the August 28 runoff primary election. The OKAgFund is the political action committee of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

The OKAgFund will meet in August to discuss contributions and endorsements for the general election.

“We saw a tremendous turnout of urban voters in Oklahoma’s June 26 primary election, which highlights the importance of the decisions we make on the OKAgFund board,” said Coy Farmer, OKAgFund chairman. “Rural Oklahoma is an important part of our state’s economy and heritage, and we are proud to give our support to political candidates who will help ensure rural Oklahoma and agriculture thrive.” 

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