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Newly-elected state leaders to address Farm Bureau members at annual meeting

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members gathered for the organization’s 77th annual meeting Nov. 16-18 will hear from Gov.-Elect Kevin Stitt, Lt. Gov.-Elect Matt Pinnell and Attorney General Mike Hunter.

Stitt is scheduled to appear in a pre-recorded video during a general session on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, while Pinnell and Hunter will address members on-stage during the opening session on Friday, Nov. 16.

All three state leaders were supported and endorsed by the OKAgFund, OKFB’s political action committee.

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More than 80 percent of OKAgFund-supported candidates elected

The committee was 100 percent successful in backing statewide candidates who were elected including Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt, Lt. Gov.-elect Matt Pinnell and Attorney General Mike Hunter.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with new Gov. Kevin Stitt and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “These bright, capable new leaders have proven already that they are good listeners and are very interested in rural Oklahoma. We hope to work with them as they solidify their visions and develop their plan of action for our great state. We believe they will work to understand the needs of agriculture and rural Oklahoma and work with us to grow all of Oklahoma.” 

In the 2018 election season, the OKAgFund gave $132,750 to support a total of 114 candidates. The committee also endorsed 33 total candidates.

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Congressional delegates earn Friend of Farm Bureau Award

Five members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation recently were honored with the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Friend of Farm Bureau Award for their efforts to support Oklahoma farmers and ranchers during the 115th U.S. Congress.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, along with Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Frank Lucas, Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell, received the award after being nominated by Oklahoma Farm Bureau and approved by the American Farm Bureau Federation board of directors.

“As Oklahoma farmers and ranchers endure low commodity prices, uncertain export markets and a challenging farm economy, we’re thankful to have these five congressional delegates working on our behalf on Capitol Hill,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “Each of these lawmakers not only understands and values the concerns of Farm Bureau members, but also works to remove any barriers that hinder Oklahoma agriculture from continuing to produce safe and affordable food for the world.” 

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Foundation announces name change to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

With the support of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members and friends throughout the agriculture industry, the foundation has worked to promote agriculture, educate consumers, and support rural communities since its founding. However, the foundation board believed the foundation’s ties to Farm Bureau needed to be strengthened.

“The name Farm Bureau is prominent in our rural communities because our members have been active and engaged across our state for generations,” said David VonTungeln, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture president. “When the foundation steps in to support education, nutrition, disaster assistance and more, we want to make sure the familiar name of Oklahoma Farm Bureau is visible for all to see.”

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is supported by Farm Bureau members through optional membership dues, along with larger financial contributions from various individuals, businesses, county Farm Bureaus and friends. 

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Mielke named vice president of communications and public relations

In the position, Mielke will guide the communications efforts of Oklahoma’s largest general farm organization in an effort to promote agriculture and OKFB’s member-focused grassroots advocacy.

“For more than a decade, Dustin has faithfully served our members by communicating the incredible work of the Oklahoma agriculture community,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “I’m excited to see Dustin’s continued leadership in our communications department as they work diligently to strengthen Farm Bureau’s voice for farmers and ranchers.” 

Mielke has worked in the OKFB communications department for 12 years, most recently serving as senior director of communications. In his time with the organization, Mielke has worked on a wide array of projects and efforts, including publications, photography, design, media relations and digital communications.

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OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting details and schedule released

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state are invited to gather with fellow members at OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

As the organization’s largest annual gathering, the annual meeting provides an opportunity to celebrate Farm Bureau achievements, elect OKFB leaders, set policy for the next year, fellowship with friends from around the state and more.

This year, OKFB leaders and staff are eager to incorporate a few exciting changes to the convention’s schedule. 

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OKFB Legal Foundation, other ag organizations file application in support of private property rights

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, along with a coalition of agricultural organizations, this week filed an application supporting private property rights in a lawsuit between county commissioners and oil and gas companies. 

 The Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association recently sued the Kingfisher County commissioners in the Oklahoma Supreme Court after the commissioners banned oil and gas companies from placing temporary produced-water pipelines in bar ditches along county roads. The OKFB Legal Foundation, along with Kingfisher County Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Farmers Union, Kingfisher County Farmers Union and the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, filed an amicus curiae application in the case to protect the rights of landowners.

“Private property rights are vitally important to those of us in agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “Farmers and ranchers work hard to care for the land. Our goal in filing this motion is to ensure our friends in the oil and gas industry also are protecting the land that’s so crucial to our way of life.”

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OKAgFund endorses Stitt for governor, expands support for other candidates

A grassroots committee comprised of OKFB members from around the state, the OKAgFund contributed an additional $29,500 in financial support to statewide candidates. The committee increased financial support for eight candidates and gave first-time financial support to 25 candidates.

“As farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahomans, we aim to support like-minded candidates who value the rural way of life,” said Coy Farmer, chairman of the OKAgFund. “We are proud to stand with these candidates who we believe will work to ensure a strong future for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

The OKAgFund also announced endorsements for seven other candidates including Matt Pinnell for lieutenant governor and Leslie Osborn for labor commissioner. Senate candidates endorsed include Mark Allen, Senate District 4; James Leewright, Senate District 12; Josh West, House District 5; Tom Gann, House District 8; Scott Fetgatter, House District 16; Kenton Patzkowsky, House District 61; and Rande Worthen, House District 64.

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WLC, Foundation partner to donate accurate ag books to teachers

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and OKFB’s Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation have partnered to sponsor the 2018 Bushels for Books program, which awards teachers and school librarians bushel baskets of accurate agriculture books to be used in their classrooms and libraries across the state.

Selected by the OKFB WLC, the books will cover various agriculture topics based on the grade levels receiving the books. Most books are elementary age appropriate.

Applications are now available online, and must be submitted no later than Sept. 14 to marcia.irvin@okfb.org or mail to Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Attn: Marcia Irvin, 2501 N. Stiles Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.

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YF&R award applications due Oct. 1

Each year, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers recognize members for their achievements through several awards presented at the OKFB Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 16-18, 2018 in Norman. OKFB YF&R members are encouraged to apply for the awards, due to the home office by Oct. 1.

The YF&R Achievement Award is presented to OKFB’s top young farmer and rancher, and is based on his or her efforts in production agriculture and leadership achievement. 

Applicants must be Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18 and 35 who are actively engaged in production agriculture and receive a majority of his or her income from production agriculture.

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