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OKFB praises House passage of 2018 farm bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the 2018 farm bill, also known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel issued the following statement in response.

“Over the past five years, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers have faced one of the most challenging farm economies in history. Programs within the farm bill bring certainty to agricultural producers facing threats from low commodity prices, increasing input costs and devastating weather.

“We’re thankful for the support of Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Frank Lucas, Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell who voted in favor of the measure. As the U.S. Senate begins to consider the bill, we look forward to working with Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford to secure a final farm bill that brings stability to farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma.”

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OKFB joins opposition to SQ 788

Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week has joined a group of statewide business, medical, faith and community leaders in opposing State Question 788 on the June 26 primary ballot.

OKFB policy, which is written and voted on by grassroots members across the state, opposes the legalization of marijuana.

“After deep consideration of our grassroots policy and the language of the state question, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board voted to oppose State Question 788,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We have tremendous concerns about the impact of the measure on our state, especially in rural areas. Though we understand the arguments for medicinal marijuana, we believe State Question 788 is essentially recreational marijuana, is bad policy for our state and lacks significant regulations.”

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OKFB WLC, Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation now accepting donated crops for books program

As wheat harvest continues across the state, Oklahoma farmers are invited to donate bushels of harvested crops to the Bushels for Books program.

A partnership of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, the program each year accepts donated crops and monetary contributions to provide Oklahoma schools with bushel baskets of agriculture books.

To donate harvested crops, farmers present a completed Bushels for Books form to their local co-op or grain elevator to designate the amount of bushels they wish to donate to the program. 

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OKAgFund endorses, funds candidates in state elections

The OKAgFund, Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s political action committee, has endorsed 22 candidates and donated to 71 candidates running for election in statewide, state Senate and state House races. 

Comprised of OKFB members from across the state, the OKAgFund identifies candidates who demonstrate beliefs and actions that are consistent with OKFB’s policies, regardless of political affiliation. While the OKAgFund contributes financially to several state campaigns, an endorsement is the highest level of support the committee gives to chosen candidates. 

“With so few people involved in agriculture, we must elect state leaders who value the needs of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” said Coy Farmer, OKAgFund chairman. “After careful consideration of all candidates by Farm Bureau members across the state, the OKAgFund is proud to support candidates who we believe will stand for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

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OKFB disappointed in House farm bill vote, Moesel says

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is deeply disappointed in today’s House vote on the 2018 farm bill. Agriculture is the backbone of our state’s economy. When farmers and ranchers succeed, our rural communities prosper and our economy thrives. 

“The commodity and conservation programs within the farm bill provide stability to our state’s farmers and ranchers that directly impact their planning and everyday business decisions. The farm bill’s failure creates an unreliable business environment for farmers and ranchers in an already struggling farm economy.

“With so many Oklahomans suffering from hunger, the farm bill’s nutrition programs are absolutely vital. Our state’s most vulnerable residents will suffer without the assurance the nutrition programs in the farm bill provide.

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Jackson County member named to state water board

Representing all geographic areas of the state and diverse groups of water users, the OWRB board of directors define policy and conduct the state’s water business.

“A plentiful water supply is absolutely critical to the success of Oklahoma agriculture,” said Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “As a family farmer with direct experience in conserving and using water, Matt will serve the OWRB well as it decides how to best steward our state’s most important resource.”

A fourth-generation farmer, Muller grows cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, mungbeans and Bermuda grass hay on his family’s farm near Martha, Oklahoma. Farming in often drought-stricken western Oklahoma, Muller has relied largely on innovative water conservation methods.

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Kisling, Kinder honored with Governor’s Agriculture Awards

Gov. Mary Fallin presented two Oklahoma Farm Bureau members with her Governor’s Agriculture Awards May 9 during a ceremony hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry at the state Capitol. 

Keith Kisling of Burlington received the Governor’s Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture Award. This is the highest award given by the Governor to honor distinguished Oklahoma agriculture producers. The prestigious award honors leaders in the agriculture industry who exemplify personal values, performance, and achievement.  Recipients are recognized for having high standards of conduct, leadership, innovation, and accomplishments in agriculture and as serving as a role model for Oklahoma agriculture’s young people.

“This is a Kisling Farms’ award in my opinion,” he said. “I’m glad for the honor and it is really a big honor, but I couldn’t be up there if it wasn’t for my family.”

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Texas County Farm Bureau member Joe Mayer appointed to State Board of Agriculture

The State Board of Agriculture both promotes and regulates agriculture in Oklahoma. The board has regulatory authority over areas such as animal health, food safety and consumer protection including fertilizer and pesticides, forestry and wildfire management and environmental issues.

“Joe is a leader in the agriculture community whose knowledge and experience will prove valuable in his role on the State Board of Agriculture,” said Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “We’re proud to see our longtime member and friend chosen to serve our state’s farmers and ranchers.”

Mayer grew up on the cattle ranch his great-grandfather established in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1883. The ranch has grown into a large beef and small grain operation, which has received national and international recognition for innovation and willingness to embrace new technologies. 

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Nine students receive $1,000 YF&R college scholarships

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers committee has awarded nine high school seniors, one from each OKFB district, with a $1,000 college scholarship.

“Our scholarship recipients give us great hope for agriculture’s future in every part of this state,” said Brent Howard, OKFB YF&R chairman. “As fellow young farmers and ranchers, the OKFB YF&R committee is proud to support these young scholars as they develop into leaders in the agriculture industry.” 

The nine scholarship recipients are listed below, along with a link to an individual press release.

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Woodward student receives $1,000 Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers scholarship

Lexi Vanderwork, a Woodward High School senior, has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

The scholarship is presented to high school seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture at an accredited Oklahoma institute of higher learning.

After graduating in May, Vanderwork plans to study agribusiness at Oklahoma State University.

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