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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 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 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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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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Pruitt brings new day for farmers and ranchers, OKFB president says

“In the past, the EPA has disregarded its constitutional role, and given itself authority far beyond Congressional intent. The agency’s onerous regulations have hindered economic growth and placed undue burdens on U.S. farmers and ranchers.

“Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has proved time and time again his ardent commitment to following the rule of law. As a longtime friend of family farmers and ranchers, Pruitt will ensure the EPA preserves our environment while remaining within its constitutional jurisdiction.  

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau congratulates Pruitt on his prestigious new role and looks forward to working with the EPA under his leadership. We also would like to thank Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, along with Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford for their undeniable support of Pruitt.”

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Two OKFB members selected for national policy committee

Two Oklahoma Farm Bureau members, Roger Maschino of Guymon and Adam Bohl of Chattanooga, have been appointed to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation Issues Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

Nominated by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and appointed by AFBF President Zippy Duvall, both members will travel to D.C. in February to meet with fellow AFBF members before visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“Being selected for the council is a humbling honor,” Maschino said. “It’s exciting to think I may have a small voice in directing the future of agriculture in the United States.”

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Pottawatomie, Seminole County Farm Bureaus to host HD 28 candidate forum

The Pottawatomie and Seminole County Farm Bureaus will host a public forum with the ten candidates seeking House District 28 Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Seminole County Farm Bureau office.

Open to the public, the forum will allow House District 28 voters to meet the candidates and hear about their legislative priorities. Food will be provided for all attendees.

“As voters and citizens, it’s important for us to meet our candidates and make an educated decision on who we send to the state Capitol,” said Syd Morgan, Seminole County Farm Bureau board member. “Our forum is the perfect opportunity for House District 28 voters to hear directly from the candidates wishing to represent us.”

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OKFB praises Senate EPW vote in favor of AG Scott Pruitt for EPA chief

Feb. 2, 2017 – “For years, farmers and ranchers have faced costly and overreaching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

“As farmers and ranchers, we believe in protecting the environment; in fact, we are among the best stewards of the land, air, water and environment. But many times the EPA has unnecessarily regulated family farmers and ranchers, hindering our efforts to maintain production of the world’s most abundant and highest quality food supply.

“The EPA is in need of an administrator who will protect the environment without inhibiting economic growth. We believe Attorney General Pruitt is the right person for the job. He believes in sound science, is committed to a transparent rule-making process, and understands how regulations affect the lives of Americans.

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