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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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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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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 August Area Meetings schedule announced

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has announced the details for its upcoming August Area Meetings, which serve as the kickoff for the organization’s grassroots policy development process.

“August is one of the most exciting times of the year because it signals the beginning of another year of fighting for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “I look forward to hearing from our members as they cultivate ideas to lead agriculture into the future.” 

All OKFB members are encouraged to attend their area meeting, which provides an opportunity to discuss organizational policy with fellow members and OKFB leaders. Members also will learn about the state of the organization and hear a review of the year’s legislative and regulatory victories. Below, find a schedule of meetings.

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OKFB hails EPA WOTUS repeal

June 27, 2017—“After years of battling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers today applaud the agency’s decision to rescind the rule. 

“Clean water is crucial to farmers and ranchers because our very livelihoods depend on it. The WOTUS rule had nothing to do with clean water, but instead was an enormous land grab that created great confusion for farmers and ranchers. 

“Where the previous EPA blatantly ignored the concerns of farmers and ranchers, President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are now working to aid farmers and ranchers in producing high-quality and affordable food for the world.

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State legislators honored with 2017 OKFB 100 Percent Club

More than 80 members of the Oklahoma Legislature have been named members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2017 legislative session.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is thankful to have excellent representation as we continue to fight for our members at the state Capitol,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We applaud these lawmakers for their efforts to protect agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

Legislators were scored on three measures including SB 147, SB 326 and SB 593. Authored by Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz and Rep. Casey Murdock, SB 147 allows municipalities to waive the three-mile setback for concentrated animal feeding operations. SB 326 by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. John Pfeiffer prohibits the importation and possession of exotic swine in Oklahoma. Legislators too were scored on SB 593, which encourages wind energy development by removing a loophole allowing individuals to register for construction of a private airport to prevent the development of wind turbines.

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Irvin named senior director of membership and organization

“Marcia has served Farm Bureau faithfully for more than 40 years,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “I know she will continue to improve our membership programs and offerings.”

Irvin, who began her career with Farm Bureau in 1977, has served OKFB in a variety of capacities. She most recently worked as the interim director of membership and organizational programs and the Women’s Leadership Committee coordinator.

“Farm Bureau’s various programs provide an outlet for our members to help us in our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans,” Irvin said. “I’m excited about this new opportunity as our organization moves forward.”

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High school seniors attend Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference

Ten Oklahoma high school seniors spent three days learning about leadership, team building and agriculture at the sixth-annual Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 14-16 in Oklahoma City. 

The ten students were:

Hosted by Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, the OYLA conference is designed to prepare high school students for a future career in agriculture and to advance youth leadership.

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