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2017 OKFB YF&R scholarship winners announced

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers selected nine Oklahoma high school students to receive $1,000 scholarships to study agriculture at an institution of higher education in Oklahoma.

“Agriculture plays such an important role in Oklahoma, and our Young Farmers & Ranchers committee is honored to help Oklahoma students continue their passion for agriculture,” said Travis Schnaithman, OKFB YF&R Chairman. “We hope this scholarship will help develop the next generation of agriculturalists who will go on to create the future of our industry.” 

The nine students receiving 2017 YF&R scholarships are:

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OKFB, Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation partner with FFA to feed hungry Oklahomans

Every year, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation partner with FFA chapters and Oklahoma Food Banks to help fight childhood hunger in Oklahoma. Through the Oklahoma FFA’s Hunger Challenge program, FFA members across the state are encouraged to donate livestock to provide protein sticks for the Oklahoma Food Bank’s Food for Kids backpack program.

“Agriculture is the state’s second-leading industry, so it’s staggering to see hunger remain in our state,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “As the state’s largest general farm organization, feeding every Oklahoman is our responsibility. We’re honored to partner with Oklahoma FFA chapters in working toward a hunger-free Oklahoma.” 

The Beef for Backpacks and Pork for Packs–a collaboration between local farmers, manufacturers and processors–provide protein sticks for the Food for Kids backpack program.

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OKFB supports agriculture youth as state FFA convention sponsor

Oklahoma Farm Bureau was proud to support Oklahoma’s agricultural youth as a title sponsor of the Oklahoma FFA Association's 91st State FFA Convention and Career Show May 2 through May 3 in downtown Oklahoma City. 

“Investing in our state’s young people is one of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s most important endeavors,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “As a former member, I’ve both experienced and witnessed the positive impact FFA has on students.”

A longtime supporter of Oklahoma FFA, OKFB believes in the organization’s commitment to preparing and cultivating the state’s next generation of leaders. 

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Farm Bureau praises Sonny Perdue confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture

April 24, 2017–“Oklahoma Farm Bureau today congratulates Sonny Perdue on his vital new role as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Now more than ever, farmers and ranchers need a powerful voice for agriculture in Washington, D.C. As a farmer and agribusinessman, Perdue understands firsthand the needs and challenges facing agriculture and rural America. We have faith Perdue will work hard on behalf of farmers, ranchers and consumers across the country.

“We also commend Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford for their support of Perdue and American farmers and ranchers.”

 

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Blaine County Farm Bureau awards three $2,000 scholarships

The Blaine County Farm Bureau recently awarded three $2,000 scholarships to local high school seniors who plan to pursue a higher education degree in agriculture after graduation.

After reviewing several outstanding applications, the Blaine County Farm Bureau board awarded the three $2,000 scholarships to Koby Smith of Okeene, Dalton Cash of Fay, and Garrett Parker of Watonga.

For the past three years, Blaine County Farm Bureau in Watonga has awarded scholarships each year to two qualified students. With a number of commendable applications for this year’s scholarship, the board made the decision to award one additional scholarship this year with the hope of supporting another student’s dream to pursue an agricultural career.

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OKFB honors legislators with 2016 100 Percent Club award

Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week presented numerous legislators with its annual 100 Percent Club award for support of farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma during the 2016 legislative session.

“This honor is presented to those legislators who stand with Farm Bureau in its core mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We’re grateful to these state lawmakers for their leadership and service at the state Capitol.”

The award was presented to 53 current House members and 37 current Senate members for a 100 percent voting record with Farm Bureau-supported legislation.

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OKFB praises Sen. Inhofe, President Trump for USDA emergency grazing authorization

 Oklahoma Farm Bureau today applauds Sen. Jim Inhofe’s work to provide relief to farmers and ranchers affected by the devastating wildfires in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Inhofe, President Donald Trump this week directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to authorize emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acres affected by the wildfire.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau has stood by the farmers, ranchers, and rural residents impacted by the devastating wildfires in Oklahoma. I am proud to say that President Trump is standing by them too, with his decision to allow grazing on CRP lands during this emergency,” said OKFB President Tom Buchanan. “While there is no silver bullet, this action will go a long way to providing the immediate relief and support Oklahomans need to recover and rebuild from this disaster.”

To reduce the concentration of livestock near the burned areas, livestock owners who suffered damage during the March 2017 wildfire now are permitted to graze livestock on CRP land in other counties, or even other states. 

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OKFB supports ag youth at 2017 OYE Sale of Champions

Oklahoma Farm Bureau purchased premiums on livestock as the organization supported Oklahoma’s agriculture youth during the 2017 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions Friday, March 17 in Oklahoma City.

Before the start of the 2017 sale, OKFB received the 2016 OYE volume buyer award for purchasing the most premiums at the 2016 sale with 34 animals.

This year, OKFB partnered with fellow agricultural and rural organizations and individuals in purchasing the premiums for 27 animals.

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OKFB dedicates new plaza in commemoration of 75th anniversary

Oklahoma Farm Bureau recently announced the celebration of the organization’s 75th anniversary in 2017. To commemorate this milestone, OKFB dedicated a new plaza March 7 in a private event at their headquarters located near the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. 

With 95,000 members statewide, Oklahoma Farm Bureau is connected to County Farm Bureaus in all 77 Oklahoma counties. The plaza contains 77 pillar sculptures, each one in the shape of one of the state’s counties. Each sculpture also contains soil from the county it represents.

“The new plaza is beautiful, but my favorite thing about it is the connection it makes between Oklahoma Farm Bureau and our members across all 77 counties,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “This is a tribute to their dedication to the farming and ranching lifestyle that provides the food, fiber and fuel that powers Oklahomans’ lives. We look forward to our next 75 years of serving them.”

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OKFB women to host Youth Safety Day June 2

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee will hold their annual Youth Safety Day on Friday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OKFB home office in Oklahoma City.

The 2017 Youth Safety Day will host students grades 5-9 from across the state of Oklahoma and offer a wide variety of safety lessons related to everyday life. Participants will learn about rollover prevention from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, tractor safety, the life-saving flight crews of Air Evac Lifeteam, ATV safety and much more.

Safety day will begin with registration 9 a.m. with safety lessons starting at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided for participants.

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