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Join fellow members at OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting in Norman

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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County Farm Bureau annual meetings to begin soon

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members across the state will begin holding county annual meetings within their counties over the next few weeks.

These meetings serve as an opportunity for members to celebrate the year, discuss agriculture issues, create grassroots OKFB policy for the next year, and fellowship with one another.

For more information about your county annual meeting, contact your county office.

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OKAgFund Voter Guide: How to vote for ag and rural Oklahoma in runoff elections

Many voters across Oklahoma will head to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 28 for runoff elections to determine the candidates who will advance to the general election in November.

The OKAgFund, the political action committee of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, has met over the past few months to identify the candidates who best represent the values of rural Oklahoma. 

Confirm your voter registration, find your polling place, and view your sample ballot using the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool. Request an absentee ballot by Aug. 22 here. Early voting begins Aug. 23 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Aug. 28, polls will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Three nursing students awarded $500 scholarships from WLC

Cade Baldwin of Stephens County, Cheyanne Gibbens of Okmulgee County and Logan Hukill of Caddo County each recently were awarded a scholarship to study nursing by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. 

The annual scholarship program awards three $500 scholarships to students studying nursing at an accredited college, university, vo-tech or trade school. Applicants must be Oklahoma Farm Bureau members or a member of a Farm Bureau-member family.

“Our committee chooses to support nursing students because we see firsthand the need for qualified healthcare professionals in rural areas,” said Kitty Beavers, OKFB WLC chair. “We’re grateful to play a role in helping these future nurses succeed in their careers.”

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YF&R names high school discussion meet winners

The other top four finalists included Rio Bonham of Madill FFA, Cade Jenlink of Timberlake FFA, and Jaycee Shelburne of Durant FFA.

“From learning more about agricultural issues to developing key discussion skills, the high school students that participate in this contest walk away with critical skills they’ll use well into the future,” said Brent Haken, OKFB YF&R vice chair. “As a committee, we’re proud to invest in these bright young leaders in agriculture.”

The high school discussion meet allows high school students to participate in an event that builds basic discussion skills, develops an understanding of agricultural issues, and explodes how groups can pool knowledge to find solutions. The contest was open to high school junior and senior FFA and 4-H members.

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Join OKFB for annual August Area Meetings

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.

Below, find the schedule of meetings.

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OKFB lauds Senate farm bill passage

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel today issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate’s passage of The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042), the 2018 farm bill, by a margin of 86-11.

Encompassing crop insurance, farm programs, conservation, research, extension and nutrition, the farm bill serves as a vital tool for our farmers and ranchers in preserving the greatest food supply in the world as well as a source of food security for American consumers. 

We are grateful for all the senators who voted to advance the 2018 farm bill. Today’s act is a victory for American agriculture, but we understand much work remains as the bill moves to conference committee. We look forward to completion of a farm bill for farmers, ranchers, rural Americans and all consumers before the end of September.

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OKFB praises House passage of 2018 farm bill

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the 2018 farm bill, also known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel issued the following statement in response.

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

“We’re thankful for the support of Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Frank Lucas, Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell who voted in favor of the measure. As the U.S. Senate begins to consider the bill, we look forward to working with Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford to secure a final farm bill that brings stability to farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma.”

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OKFB joins opposition to SQ 788

Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week has joined a group of statewide business, medical, faith and community leaders in opposing State Question 788 on the June 26 primary ballot.

OKFB policy, which is written and voted on by grassroots members across the state, opposes the legalization of marijuana.

“After deep consideration of our grassroots policy and the language of the state question, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board voted to oppose State Question 788,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We have tremendous concerns about the impact of the measure on our state, especially in rural areas. Though we understand the arguments for medicinal marijuana, we believe State Question 788 is essentially recreational marijuana, is bad policy for our state and lacks significant regulations.”

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OKFB WLC, Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation now accepting donated crops for books program

As wheat harvest continues across the state, Oklahoma farmers are invited to donate bushels of harvested crops to the Bushels for Books program.

A partnership of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, the program each year accepts donated crops and monetary contributions to provide Oklahoma schools with bushel baskets of agriculture books.

To donate harvested crops, farmers present a completed Bushels for Books form to their local co-op or grain elevator to designate the amount of bushels they wish to donate to the program. 

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