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YF&R to award nine $1,000 college scholarships

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is now accepting applications for its annual $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors who will pursue a higher degree in agriculture after graduation.

Nine $1,000 scholarships, one from each OKFB state board district, will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture at an Oklahoma institution of high learning as a full-time student. 

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 2, 2019. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

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Rodd Moesel re-elected to AFBF board

Moesel will represent AFBF’s southern region which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. 

Also representing the southern region on the board are Jeff Aiken, Tennessee; Ronnie Anderson, Louisiana; Russell Boening, Texas; Gerald Long, Georgia; Mike McCormick, Mississippi; and Larry Wooten, North Carolina.

Find a full list of new AFBF leaders on the AFBF website.

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OKFB applauds USDA’s limited opening of FSA offices

Oklahoma Farm Bureau is thanking United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for providing a limited opening of Farm Service Agency offices in Oklahoma to assist agricultural producers with existing farm loans during the limited government shutdown. 

The USDA announced Wednesday that some FSA offices will be open to provide specific, limited services on January 17, 18 and 22.

The USDA also announced FSA staff may sign checks made jointly out to FSA and farmers “as an intermittent incidental duty” according to the USDA. This will allow agricultural producers to release the proceeds from FSA loan program checks.

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OKFB members help set American Farm Bureau’s 2019 policy

Five Oklahoma Farm Bureau members gathered with fellow farmers and ranchers at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention on Tuesday, Jan. 15 to adopt policies that will guide the organization’s work during its centennial year on key topics such as cell-cultured food products, trade, rural broadband access and rural mental health programs.

“As our organization has done for the last 100 years, grassroots delegates from across the nation came together to express a unified voice on issues vital to the success of our farms, ranches and rural communities,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said. “We continue to face a challenging farm economy and we stand ready to work with Congress and the Trump administration to address the issues important to our farm and ranch families.”

A number of OKFB-member resolutions were adopted by the delegate body including policy that calls for accurate labeling of cell-based food products, also referred to as “fake meat.”

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OKFB honored for excellence

Oklahoma Farm Bureau was honored with four Awards of Excellence at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention held Jan. 11-16 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The awards recognized excellence in implementation of outstanding member programs and membership achievement in 2018.

The Awards of Excellence were awarded to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrated outstanding achievements in four program areas. OKFB earned awards in all four categories including Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value. 

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Schwabauer named OKFB publications coordinator

In her position, she will assist with both design and production of OKFB’s written publications, lay out print marketing materials, take photos, produce graphic designs for visual aids, and provide additional support for written content. 

“Growing up in the Farm Bureau organization, I’ve seen first-hand what it can do for not only members, but their families as well,” Schwabauer said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of that and sharing the unique stories of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members.”

Schwabauer joins the OKFB staff after serving as the communications coordinator for American Farmers & Ranchers where she gained experience in photography, feature writing, social media, website management, and print publications. 

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Farm Bureau leaders invited to OKFB Leadership Conference Feb. 18-19 in OKC

Oklahoma Farm Bureau leaders from across the state will gather in Oklahoma City Feb. 18-19 for the organization’s annual OKFB Leadership Conference.

Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, the two-day conference will feature state and federal agricultural policy updates, organizational updates, a reception with state leaders and lawmakers, a visit to the state Capitol and more. 

Please contact your county Farm Bureau secretary to RSVP for the conference and to reserve a hotel room by no later than Jan. 16. For more information, please contact OKFB Public Policy Coordinator Emmy Karns at (405) 523-2300. More details will be released as they become available.

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OKFB applauds Stitt’s Secretary of Agriculture appointee Blayne Arthur

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel released the following statement praising Gov.-Elect Kevin Stitt’s decision to appoint Blayne Arthur as Secretary of Agriculture.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is delighted to endorse and support Blayne Arthur as Gov.-elect Stitt’s nominee for Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture.

 “Blayne is a well-known leader with a proven track record in both her prior position as deputy commissioner of agriculture and in her current service as executive director of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. We are looking forward to the perspective and leadership we know she will bring with her to this important position.

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OKFB praises final passage of 2018 farm bill

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel released the following statement after the U.S. House today passed The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 conference report, also known as the 2018 farm bill.

“All Oklahomans need the assurances that come from this bill, from the family farmers and ranchers producing our nation’s food and fiber to the everyday families working to put food on the table.

“The bill delivers provisions to support Oklahoma agricultural producers including risk management tools, international market development programs, and conservation and environmental stewardship programs. Additionally, the bill brings funding for cutting-edge agricultural research and extension, investments in rural Oklahoma and nutrition programs for low-income children, families and seniors.

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It’s time to pass the farm bill: Tell your congressmen to vote yes!

The 2018 farm bill is a critical piece of legislation that ensures Oklahoma farmers and ranchers can continue to produce food and fiber for the nation with confidence. 

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 help provide certainty to agricultural producers facing threats from low commodity prices, increasing input costs and devastating weather.

As the bill approaches its final vote in the U.S. House and Senate, it’s important to urge your congressmen to vote yes! Find the contact information for your congressmen and senators below or use the FB Action Alert on the farm bill.

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