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OKFB Leadership Conference draws large crowd with prominent list of speakers

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered for the OKFB State Leadership Conference held Feb. 18-19 in Oklahoma City.

The two-day event provided members with the opportunity to hear from state officials and leaders from around the state, learn about the latest Farm Bureau news, and receive information on details regarding the regulatory issues affecting agriculture.

More than 220 members in attendance had the opportunity to hear from Gov. Kevin Stitt as he discussed what he has been doing since taking the office. Having already visited nearly 20 state agencies, one of the first governors to do so, Stitt emphasized his belief that Oklahoma can be top ten in many areas.

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State legislators honored with OKFB 100 Percent Club

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members recently honored members of the Oklahoma Legislature with its 100 Percent Club Award for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2018 legislative session. The lawmakers were scored on a handful of legislation important to Farm Bureau policy. 

“Accomplishing our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans wouldn’t be possible without the support of these legislators who stood for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re thankful for the work of our 100 Percent Club Award recipients who supported sound agriculture and rural policies throughout last year’s legislative session.”

Senators with a 100-percent voting record with OKFB include Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Sens. Mark Allen, Randy Bass, Michael Bergstrom, Larry Boggs, Josh Brecheen, Michael Brooks, Bill Brown, Kim David, Tom Dugger, Eddie Fields, Jack Fry, A.J. Griffin, David Holt, Darcy Jech, Chris Kidd, James Leewright, Kevin Matthews, Casey Murdock, Lonnie Paxton, Roland Pederson, Dewayne Pemberton, Anastasia Pittman, Adam Pugh, Marty Quinn, Mike Schulz, Ron Sharp, Frank Simpson, Jason Smalley, John Sparks, Anthony Sykes, Roger Thompson. 

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OKFB presents state leaders, legislators with 2018 Champion Award

Fifteen of Oklahoma’s top advocates for agriculture and rural Oklahoma were honored with the 2018 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Champion Award during the organization’s leadership conference held Feb. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. 

The award is presented to state leaders and lawmakers who went above and beyond in 2018.

“By standing up for the best interests of our state’s family farmers and ranchers, these 15 Oklahomans have supported policy to better our great state,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re pleased to honor them for their service to agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

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County board trainings to be held across the state

Oklahoma Farm Bureau will hold ten training and educational sessions across the state for county Farm Bureau board members to learn and grow as leaders in their local communities.

Each training will focus on the duties and responsibilities of county Farm Bureau board members and help answer questions about being a Farm Bureau leader using American Farm Bureau’s FB University training materials. Members are encouraged to bring ideas to share to help their fellow leaders grow and develop programs in their home counties.

One session will be held in each Farm Bureau district, and two sessions will be held in district one. The sessions will be held from February through April, and county Farm Bureau board members are welcome to attend the session most convenient for them.

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OKFB proud to sponsor OSU wheat pasture field day

Oklahoma Farm Bureau is proud to be a sponsor of the 30th annual field day at Marshall Wheat Pasture Research Unit to be held March 8, 2019.

“Oklahoma is well known for wheat and cattle production,” said Paul Beck, associate professor, animal and food sciences. “The 30 years of research at the OSU Marshall Wheat Pasture Research Unit has provided most of what we know about the best practices for dual-purpose wheat production. This field day will provide overviews about what we have learned in the past and glimpses of exciting current research.”

Registration for the event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Marshall Wheat Pasture Research Unit located 1.2 miles west of the intersection of Highways 51 and 74. For those interested in participating in the field day, please register no later than March 1. Lunch will be provided.

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County Farm Bureaus to celebrate Oklahoma Farm Bureau Week Feb. 18-22

County Farm Bureaus across the state will celebrate and promote the grassroots organization during Farm Bureau Week held Feb. 19 through Feb. 22. 

The weeklong celebration provides county Farm Bureaus an opportunity to promote the organization in local communities. Many county offices will host an open house to allow those interested in Farm Bureau to stop by and learn more about the organization.

Listed below are a few of the events held during Farm Bureau Week. To submit your county’s activities, please contact Hannah Davis.

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Matthews joins OKFB as associate director of public policy

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Robyn Matthews an associate director of public policy in OKFB’s public policy division.

“I look forward to working at the Capitol helping promote what the Farm Bureau members want and believe in,” Matthews said. “I hope to educate legislators on how certain policy might affect agricultural producers and to be a source of information as to why these topics are important to Farm Bureau members.”

A native of Oklahoma City, Matthews attended Oklahoma State University where she majored in public relations. With an interest in politics, Matthews became involved with several local campaigns soon after graduation. After gaining more hands-on experience, Matthews joined the Oklahoma Credit Union Association where she served as a legislative assistant and political action committee coordinator.

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Legislative leaders slated for leadership conference

Four leaders of the Oklahoma Legislature are scheduled to appear on a panel during the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference on Monday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel near downtown Oklahoma City.

House Speaker Charles McCall, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, House Minority Leader Emily Virgin and Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd will discuss leading agriculture and rural issues in a forum led by OKFB President Rodd Moesel. 

The legislative leaders join a lineup of other speakers including Gov. Kevin Stitt, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur, Solicitor General Mithun Mansinghani and others.

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Winter 2019 issue of Oklahoma Country now available online

The most recent issue of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Oklahoma Country magazine is hitting mailboxes and is now available to read online.

The Winter 2019 issue shares the unique stories of all nine farm and ranch families honored by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee at OKFB’s 2018 state convention. Learn more on how these agricultural families make living in rural Oklahoma a great place to live, grow and thrive.

More highlights from the Winter 2019 issue of Oklahoma Country:

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Gov. Stitt, state leaders scheduled for OKFB Leadership Conference

Stitt is scheduled to speak on Monday, Feb. 18 at 1:45 p.m. He will be joined at the conference by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur and state legislative leaders.

The annual conference provides OKFB leaders an opportunity to discuss important agriculture and rural policy issues, meet with state leaders, and develop leadership skills within the organization.

A conference agenda may be found on the OKFB website. For information about attending the conference, please contact OKFB Public Policy Coordinator Emmy Karns at (405) 530-2681.

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