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Haven, Swartz join OKFB Public Policy

Bray Haven and Zac Swartz recently have joined the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Public Policy Division as associate directors of public policy. The two will help advocate for Farm Bureau policy at the state Capitol.

“Bray and Zac certainly will be an asset to Farm Bureau members across the state as they help serve as the voice for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re excited to see all that the Public Policy team will accomplish this year for our members.”

Haven is a longtime Farm Bureau member who grew up in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University in 2017 before joining the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association as a field representative.

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Payne County member selected to serve on AFBF YF&R Committee

Rachel Pickens of Payne County Farm Bureau recently was appointed to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

“Through her involvement in Farm Bureau, our state and her local community, Rachel has demonstrated a passion for sharing the story of agriculture and our organization,” said Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “She works tirelessly to develop her own leadership skills while taking the time to commit herself to helping others grow as well.”

The Payne County member has been involved in Farm Bureau in a number of capacities, serving as Payne County Farm Bureau YF&R vice chairman and on the OKFB YF&R Committee, as well as competing on the national level in the AFBF YF&R Discussion meet and Excellence in Agriculture events.

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Women’s Leadership Committee, Foundation present agriculture books to teachers

Six Oklahoma teachers were presented with a basket of agriculture books during the OKFB Annual Meeting Nov. 11 in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee partnered with the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation to sponsor this year’s Bushels for Books program, which donates a bushel basket of accurate agriculture books to teachers and schools across the state.

“The Foundation is dedicated to educating others about our state’s farming and ranching community,” said Jeramy Rich, president of the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation. “We’re proud to support teachers across the state in educating the future of Oklahoma.”

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OKFB hosts successful 76th annual meeting

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state met in Norman Nov. 10-12 for the 2017 OKFB Annual Meeting where they elected new leaders, set organizational policy for the coming year, and recognized the contributions of outstanding members with numerous awards. 

Voting delegates at the meeting elected Rodd Moesel of Oklahoma County to lead the organization as president for the next two years. David VonTunglen of Canadian County was elected by members of District Three to fulfill the remaining two years of Moesel’s term on the state board.

Three state board members also were re-elected to represent their districts for a three-year term. Alan Jett of Beaver County was re-elected to the board representing District One, Jimmy Wayne Kinder of Cotton County was re-elected to represent District Six and Keith Kisling of Alfalfa County was re-elected to serve District Seven.

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OKFB members elect Oklahoma County horticulturalist Rodd Moesel as president; other leaders elected

Oklahoma County horticulturalist Rodd Moesel was elected president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau by voting delegates at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 11 in Norman, Oklahoma.

“It’s very gratifying, and it’s unusual because I am unconventional,” Moesel said. “I know I’m not the traditional farmer. Oklahoma’s very much a cow-calf and grains state.”

Moesel and his wife, Dona, own and operate American Plant Products and Services in western Oklahoma City. The grandson of dairy farmers and lifelong Farm Bureau members, Moesel grew up on a vegetable farm and greenhouse operation. He first became involved in the farm organization as a 4-H member. 

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OKFB honors members, counties during annual meeting awards program

Oklahoma Farm Bureau presented its top awards to members and counties during the organization’s 2017 Annual Meeting Nov. 10 in Norman, Oklahoma.

The awards recognize individuals and counties for leadership, service and excellence within Farm Bureau and the agricultural industry.

Awards and winners are listed below, along with a link to a press release, photo and more information.

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Tulsa County member named Farm Bureau's top young farmer and rancher

Selman won the award for his dedication to improving and growing his farm, which consists of pecan orchards and cattle in Tulsa County. Selman, along with his wife Katrina, also harvest pecans for other farmers and landowners in the area, and he sorts and stores pecans for the wholesale market.

Together, the couple are raising a family the farm where Chad Selman grew up, continuing the family’s legacy of agriculture and rural life.

The Selmans’ passion as young farmers have spurred them to modernize the family’s pecan farm, including the use of computer-controlled sorting machines.

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Stephens County farmer wins award for excellence in agriculture, Farm Bureau

Dell Farris was named the winner of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award on Nov. 10 at the 2017 OKFB Annual Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma.

“It’s a real honor,” Farris said of receiving the award. “I’m proud to be able to represent Oklahoma, my family and Stephens County.”

A fourth-generation family farmer and rancher, Farris raises cattle and grows wheat and hay with his father and grandfather in Stephens County, Oklahoma. Farris works off the farm as a banker where he specializes in production agriculture loans. 

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Holcomb honored with Distinguished Service to OKFB award

Phyllis Holcomb of Creek County was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Award during the 2017 OKFB Annual Meeting Nov. 10 in Norman, Oklahoma.

“I have dedicated my life to the farming industry,” Holcomb said. “It’s just been in my heart and soul since I grew up.”

A longtime Farm Bureau member, Holcomb has served on the Creek County Farm Bureau board of directors, the OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee and the OKFB state board of directors.

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Jackson County member wins YF&R Discussion Meet

Howard competed against four other participants in three rounds of debate-style discussion where performance was evaluated on the exchange of ideas and information on pre-determined topics. Participants were judged on their ability to offer constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.

“The discussion meet is just great in the aspect of it really gets you thinking about questions that are current events and currently major issues affecting farming and a lot of times affecting the younger generation,” Howard said. “It’s really nice to have an opportunity to have input as we affect policy for the state level.”

An attorney specializing in tax and estate planning, Howard also assists with his family farm northeast of Altus, Oklahoma.

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