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OKFB urges Congress to protect farm program funding

As farmers, ranchers and rural communities grapple with a devastatingly weak farm economy, nearly 200 organizations – including Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation – are urging congressional budget writers to reject calls for additional cuts to farm bill programs.

The bipartisan, budget-neutral 2018 farm bill was built upon the previous farm bill, which made a significant contribution to deficit reduction, the groups pointed out in a letter sent Wednesday to House and Senate Budget and Appropriations committee leaders.

“These difficult cuts in 2014 resulted from hard choices made in partnership with agricultural leaders and were designed to substantially reform the farm safety net, conservation initiatives and nutrition assistance – ultimately reducing the financial support provided to America’s farmers and ranchers,” the coalition wrote.

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OKFB now accepting applications for youth leadership conference

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is now accepting applications for its Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture program held June 25-28, 2019 in Oklahoma City.

OYLA is a unique four-day summer leadership conference designed for high school students completing their senior year in 2019. 

The conference will include special leadership classes, exciting speakers, team building, fellowship, and visits to agriculture-related industries. Selected students should be among the top, well rounded students in their class, and should have an interest in furthering their education at the post-secondary level.  

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OKFB announces new member benefit discount on Ford, Lincoln vehicles

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members now can save on purchases of eligible new Ford and Lincoln vehicles through the organization’s new member benefit partnership with Ford Motor Company.

To take advantage of the savings, OKFB members can print a special savings certificate at FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com or visit their authorized Ford or Lincoln dealer for qualifications and complete details. You must be an OKFB member at least 30 days prior to using the Farm Bureau Bonus Cash. 

“Ford Motor Company remains dedicated to expanding our Farm Bureau association and we are extremely pleased to now include the Oklahoma Farm Bureau,” said Kevin Cour, U.S. retail operations director. “Ford continues to support the ever-important sector of agriculture and farming for what it means to those wholly committed to feeding the nation – and the world – in regularly challenged economic and environmental conditions. If we can help this vital group of hard-working Americans to own an F-150, the nation’s best-selling truck for 42 years, our nation’s farmers get equipment that can work as hard as they do.”

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Thompson joins OKFB public policy

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Steve Thompson an assistant director of public policy in OKFB’s public policy division.

Thompson owned and operated an agribusiness policy consulting firm for one year before taking on the role of director of government relations and ag programs for American Farmers & Ranchers in 2011. At AFR, he focused on state and federal legislative advocacy, youth leadership programs and grassroots policy development.

“I’ve worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Farm Bureau members advocating for agriculture and rural Oklahoma my entire career,” Thompson said. “This opportunity to join the OFB public policy team is something very special.

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State legislators honored with OKFB 100 Percent Club

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members recently honored members of the Oklahoma Legislature with its 100 Percent Club Award for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2018 legislative session. The lawmakers were scored on a handful of legislation important to Farm Bureau policy. 

“Accomplishing our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans wouldn’t be possible without the support of these legislators who stood for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re thankful for the work of our 100 Percent Club Award recipients who supported sound agriculture and rural policies throughout last year’s legislative session.”

Senators with a 100-percent voting record with OKFB include Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Sens. Mark Allen, Randy Bass, Michael Bergstrom, Larry Boggs, Josh Brecheen, Michael Brooks, Bill Brown, Kim David, Tom Dugger, Eddie Fields, Jack Fry, A.J. Griffin, David Holt, Darcy Jech, Chris Kidd, James Leewright, Kevin Matthews, Casey Murdock, Lonnie Paxton, Roland Pederson, Dewayne Pemberton, Anastasia Pittman, Adam Pugh, Marty Quinn, Mike Schulz, Ron Sharp, Frank Simpson, Jason Smalley, John Sparks, Anthony Sykes, Roger Thompson. 

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OKFB presents state leaders, legislators with 2018 Champion Award

Fifteen of Oklahoma’s top advocates for agriculture and rural Oklahoma were honored with the 2018 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Champion Award during the organization’s leadership conference held Feb. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. 

The award is presented to state leaders and lawmakers who went above and beyond in 2018.

“By standing up for the best interests of our state’s family farmers and ranchers, these 15 Oklahomans have supported policy to better our great state,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re pleased to honor them for their service to agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

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Matthews joins OKFB as associate director of public policy

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Robyn Matthews an associate director of public policy in OKFB’s public policy division.

“I look forward to working at the Capitol helping promote what the Farm Bureau members want and believe in,” Matthews said. “I hope to educate legislators on how certain policy might affect agricultural producers and to be a source of information as to why these topics are important to Farm Bureau members.”

A native of Oklahoma City, Matthews attended Oklahoma State University where she majored in public relations. With an interest in politics, Matthews became involved with several local campaigns soon after graduation. After gaining more hands-on experience, Matthews joined the Oklahoma Credit Union Association where she served as a legislative assistant and political action committee coordinator.

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Legislative leaders slated for leadership conference

Four leaders of the Oklahoma Legislature are scheduled to appear on a panel during the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference on Monday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel near downtown Oklahoma City.

House Speaker Charles McCall, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, House Minority Leader Emily Virgin and Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd will discuss leading agriculture and rural issues in a forum led by OKFB President Rodd Moesel. 

The legislative leaders join a lineup of other speakers including Gov. Kevin Stitt, Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur, Solicitor General Mithun Mansinghani and others.

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Gov. Stitt, state leaders scheduled for OKFB Leadership Conference

Stitt is scheduled to speak on Monday, Feb. 18 at 1:45 p.m. He will be joined at the conference by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur and state legislative leaders.

The annual conference provides OKFB leaders an opportunity to discuss important agriculture and rural policy issues, meet with state leaders, and develop leadership skills within the organization.

A conference agenda may be found on the OKFB website. For information about attending the conference, please contact OKFB Public Policy Coordinator Emmy Karns at (405) 530-2681.

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Oklahoma Ag Secretary Blayne Arthur to address members at leadership conference

Farmers and ranchers gathered at the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference on Feb. 18-19 will have an opportunity to hear from Oklahoma’s newly-appointed Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur.

Arthur was appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt in mid-December. A Payne County Farm Bureau member, she most recently served as Oklahoma 4-H Foundation executive director. She previously served as deputy commissioner of agriculture from 2012 to 2016. Alongside her husband and children, Arthur runs a cattle business providing show cattle for FFA and 4-H members.

“We’re excited to have someone who is directly involved in agricultural production and who works tirelessly to tell our industry’s story,” said OKFB President Rodd Moesel after her appointment by Gov. Stitt. “We trust Blayne will be a champion for agriculture and rural Oklahoma, and we look forward to working with her to ensure the future success of Oklahoma agriculture.”

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