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Farm Bureau praises Sonny Perdue confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture

April 24, 2017–“Oklahoma Farm Bureau today congratulates Sonny Perdue on his vital new role as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Now more than ever, farmers and ranchers need a powerful voice for agriculture in Washington, D.C. As a farmer and agribusinessman, Perdue understands firsthand the needs and challenges facing agriculture and rural America. We have faith Perdue will work hard on behalf of farmers, ranchers and consumers across the country.

“We also commend Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford for their support of Perdue and American farmers and ranchers.”

 

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Blaine County Farm Bureau awards three $2,000 scholarships

The Blaine County Farm Bureau recently awarded three $2,000 scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to pursue a higher education degree in agriculture after graduation.

After reviewing several outstanding applications, the Blaine County Farm Bureau board awarded the three $2,000 scholarships to Koby Smith of Okeene, Dalton Cash of Fay, and Garrett Parker of Watonga.

For the past three years, Blaine County Farm Bureau in Watonga has awarded scholarships each year to two qualified students. With a number of commendable applications for this year’s scholarship, the board made the decision to award one additional scholarship this year with the hope of supporting another student’s dream to pursue an agricultural career.

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OKFB honors legislators with 2016 100 Percent Club award

Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week presented numerous legislators with its annual 100 Percent Club award for support of farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma during the 2016 legislative session.

“This honor is presented to those legislators who stand with Farm Bureau in its core mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We’re grateful to these state lawmakers for their leadership and service at the state Capitol.”

The award was presented to 53 current House members and 37 current Senate members for a 100 percent voting record with Farm Bureau-supported legislation.

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OKFB praises Sen. Inhofe, President Trump for USDA emergency grazing authorization

 Oklahoma Farm Bureau today applauds Sen. Jim Inhofe’s work to provide relief to farmers and ranchers affected by the devastating wildfires in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Inhofe, President Donald Trump this week directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres affected by the wildfire.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau has stood by the farmers, ranchers, and rural residents impacted by the devastating wildfires in Oklahoma. I am proud to say that President Trump is standing by them too, with his decision to allow grazing on CRP lands during this emergency,” said OKFB President Tom Buchanan. “While there is no silver bullet, this action will go a long way to providing the immediate relief and support Oklahomans need to recover and rebuild from this disaster.”

To reduce the concentration of livestock near the burned areas, livestock owners who suffered damage during the March 2017 wildfire now are permitted to graze livestock on CRP land in other counties, or even other states. 

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OKFB supports ag youth at 2017 OYE Sale of Champions

Oklahoma Farm Bureau purchased premiums on livestock as the organization supported Oklahoma’s agriculture youth during the 2017 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions Friday, March 17 in Oklahoma City.

Before the start of the 2017 sale, OKFB received the 2016 OYE volume buyer award for purchasing the most premiums at the 2016 sale with 34 animals.

This year, OKFB partnered with fellow agricultural and rural organizations and individuals in purchasing the premiums for 27 animals.

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OKFB dedicates new plaza in commemoration of 75th anniversary

Oklahoma Farm Bureau recently announced the celebration of the organization’s 75th anniversary in 2017. To commemorate this milestone, OKFB dedicated a new plaza March 7 in a private event at their headquarters located near the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. 

With 95,000 members statewide, Oklahoma Farm Bureau is connected to County Farm Bureaus in all 77 Oklahoma counties. The plaza contains 77 pillar sculptures, each one in the shape of one of the state’s counties. Each sculpture also contains soil from the county it represents.

“The new plaza is beautiful, but my favorite thing about it is the connection it makes between Oklahoma Farm Bureau and our members across all 77 counties,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “This is a tribute to their dedication to the farming and ranching lifestyle that provides the food, fiber and fuel that powers Oklahomans’ lives. We look forward to our next 75 years of serving them.”

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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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