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Amber-Pocasset student wins YF&R High School Discussion Meet

Jackson Caves from Amber-Pocasset was named the winner of the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau High School Discussion Meet held July 16 in Stillwater.

Cassidy Baughman of Ardmore placed second in the contest, followed by Ryan Clark of Henryetta placing third and Sydney Williams of Calera placing fourth.

“Through this discussion meet, we hope the skills these students gain in preparing and participating in the event will serve as a valuable opportunity no matter their path,” said Brent Haken, YF&R chair. “We as the YF&R committee are honored to do what we can in preparing the next generation of agriculturalists.” 

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OKFB members receive additional $500 toward Ford, Lincoln vehicle

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members can now receive an additional $500 toward the purchase of an eligible Ford and Lincoln vehicle using the Ford Farm Bureau Conquest Cash now through Sept. 30, 2019. 

To apply for the Ford Farm Bureau Conquest offer, OKFB members may download a certificate at FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com and take it to an authorized Ford dealer for redemption.

Bring proof of competitive vehicle information to your dealer to be enrolled in the program at the time of vehicle purchase.

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OKFB hosts 10 high school students for leadership conference

Ten high school seniors from across the state recently participated in Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 25-28, 2019.

The 10 students were Tori Booker, Altus, Jackson County; Jaden Brunnemer, Cushing, Payne County; Ryan Clark, Henryetta, Okmulgee County; Laramie Coffey, Morrison, Noble County; Zachary Evans, Mangum, Greer County; Abby Jeffrey, El Reno, Canadian County; Sarah Knowles, Keota, Haskell County; Callee Lester, Cheyenne, Roger Mills County; Dassie May, Shawnee, Pottawatomie County; and Katelynn Williams, Yale, Payne County.

“The students that participated in our OYLA conference are some of the best and brightest our state has to offer,” said Brent Haken, OKFB YF&R chair. “We always appreciate the chance to invest in the agriculturalists of tomorrow.”

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Lucas joins OKFB as summer intern

Camryn Lucas has recently joined Oklahoma Farm Bureau as a summer intern. 

She will travel with field representatives, learn the inner workings of the public policy team, assist the communications team with various projects, participate in grassroots membership meetings and more.

“I am excited to learn what advocating for agriculture looks like and means on a larger scale than what I am able to do on my own,” she said. 

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OKFB to kick off grassroots policy development at August Area Meetings

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members are encouraged to gather together during the organization’s annual August Area Meetings held Aug. 5 through Aug. 29 throughout the state.

The meetings signify the kickoff of the OKFB grassroots policy development, as well as an opportunity to learn about the latest organizational activities.

Plan to attend your district meeting, and make sure to invite your fellow Farm Bureau members, as we continue the great tradition of providing a grassroots voice for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.

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2019 Legislative Year-in-Review: Highlights for agriculture and rural Oklahoma

As the first gavel dropped in the Oklahoma House of Representatives to kick off the first session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature, the chamber was abuzz with a sort of energy that filled the air: optimism. With a new governor, more than 50 new legislators, a budget surplus and a new hope for state government, the 2019 session began with excitement that carried through much of the legislative process.

Throughout the session, Oklahoma Farm Bureau continued to work for and defend the priority issues set forth at convention last year including legislation dealing with agriculture, taxes, water and rural health care. 

For questions or more information, please contact the OKFB Public Policy Department at (405) 523-2300.

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OKFB, ag leaders urge Congress to ratify USMCA

Oklahoma agricultural leaders including Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel discussed the importance of ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers at an event on May 23 at the organization’s office in Oklahoma City.

The event was a stop along the Farmers for Free Trade coalition’s Motorcade For Trade, a movement across 11 states in support of the ratifying the USMCA.

The USMCA, which was agreed on between the three countries to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, is currently awaiting approval by Congress. The agreement allows trade to continue to Mexico with no tariffs and provides new market access of dairy and poultry products to Canada. 

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Nash joins OKFB as summer communications intern

Rebekah Nash joined Oklahoma Farm Bureau as the 2019 summer communications intern in mid-May. 

“I have always had a passion for informing the public about agricultural practices,” Nash said. “So, an opportunity like being an intern for Farm Bureau will allow me to do this on a large scale.” 

Nash grew up on a small show pig and grain operation, specifically corn and soybeans. With a diverse knowledge of agriculture, she is able to tell producers’ stories in a way that makes sense to the public.

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Seiling student receives $1,000 Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers scholarship

Darci Peach, a Seiling High School senior, has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

The scholarship is presented to high school seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture at an accredited Oklahoma institute of higher learning.

“These nine scholarship recipients are the future of rural Oklahoma and the agriculture industry,” said Brent Haken, OKFB YF&R chairman. “As fellow young farmers and ranchers ourselves, the OKFB YF&R committee is proud to support these bright students as they pursue their academic endeavors to be involved in one of the most rewarding industries today.”

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Cheyenne student receives $1,000 Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers scholarship

Dixie Boyce-Smith, a Cheyenne High School senior, has been awarded a $1,000 college scholarship from the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

The scholarship is presented to high school seniors pursuing a degree in agriculture at an accredited Oklahoma institute of higher learning.

“These nine scholarship recipients are the future of rural Oklahoma and the agriculture industry,” said Brent Haken, OKFB YF&R chairman. “As fellow young farmers and ranchers ourselves, the OKFB YF&R committee is proud to support these bright students as they pursue their academic endeavors to be involved in one of the most rewarding industries today.”

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