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OKFB thanks 2017 annual meeting sponsors

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state will gather for the organization’s 76th Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma. Members will elect leaders, set organizational policy, recognize excellence, learn about upcoming policy issues and more. The convention also serves as a culmination of a yearlong effort to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary.

The OKFB Annual Meeting would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors listed below. Learn more about the annual meeting here.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance Agents
Oklahoma AgCredit
Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma
P&K Equipment
Willis Towers Watson

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Crystal Gayle to perform at OKFB Annual Meeting

State elected officials and community and industry leaders will join county Farm Bureau members for dinner and entertainment as the organization celebrates its rich 75-year history. 

Following in the footsteps of her older sister and country music legend Loretta Lynn, Gayle set out at an early age to be a musician. She released her first single in 1970 at the age of 19. “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” would soon make Gayle a crossover superstar, hitting No. 1 on the country chart and No. 2 on the pop chart in 1976. That smash led to several others, and Grammy and CMA awards followed Gayle throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Gayle was named the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” for two consecutive years, and became a Grammy Award winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her “Brown Eyes” hit. 

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Meet the speakers for the 2017 OKFB Annual Meeting

Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the state will gather in Norman Nov. 10-12 for the 76th Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. At the three-day convention, the organization will recognize member achievements, set grassroots policy for 2018, elect leaders and hear from state and industry leaders. Below, meet the lineup of speakers for the organization’s biggest annual event.

Opening General Session – Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Thomas G. Coon joined OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in July 2014. Prior to joining the administration at OSU, he served as director for cooperative extension at Michigan State University for nine years. At OSU, he serves as director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. 

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Buchanan defends private property rights at House interim study

On behalf of thousands of farmers and ranchers across the state, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan defended private property rights at an Oklahoma House of Representatives interim study on Oct. 10.

Hosted by the House Transportation Committee, the study examined the impact of “tall structures” within military training airspace throughout Oklahoma. Some argue building obstructions, including wind turbines or communications towers, could interfere with the U.S. Air Force’s ability to conduct operations and negatively affect Oklahoma’s military bases.

Restricting a landowner’s ability to develop or use their land is a taking of private property rights, Buchanan told the committee.

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YF&R to host discussion meet at OKFB annual meeting

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will host its annual discussion meet at the organization’s annual convention Nov. 10-12 in Norman, Oklahoma.  

The discussion meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting in which all participants are expected to discuss and actively contribute. Participants are evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic in three rounds of debate-style discussion. Participants are judged on their ability to offer constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.

The overall winner will receive a prize package including a trip to compete in the national discussion meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, in January. 

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Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall to speak at OKFB Annual Meeting

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, held Nov. 10-12 in Norman, Oklahoma. 

Serving as AFBF president since January 2016, Zippy Duvall is a third-generation farmer from Georgia. In addition to a 400-head beef cow herd for which he grows his own hay, Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, also grow more than 750,000 broilers per year.

Prior to being elected AFBF president, Duvall served for nine years as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau. Duvall’s long leadership history in his home state includes service on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee and Georgia Farm Bureau board of directors.

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Farm Bureau women, Foundation to donate books to teachers

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation have partnered to sponsor the 2017 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.

“Today’s students are our state’s future leaders,” said Kitty Beavers, OKFB WLC chairman. “As farmers and ranchers, we’re proud to provide teachers and students with the opportunity to learn more about their food through the Bushels for Books program.”

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.

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YF&R award applications due Oct. 13

Each year, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers recognize members for their achievements through several awards presented at the OKFB Annual Meeting in November. OKFB YF&R members are encouraged to apply for the awards, due to the home office by Oct. 13.

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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Three things to watch as state lawmakers head to special session

State lawmakers will head into special session Sept. 25 to address the $215 million budget hole created from the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s overturn of the state Legislature’s $1.50-per-pack cigarette fee. 

In February, legislators began the 2017 legislative session facing a nearly $900 million budget shortfall. A wide variety of revenue-raising measures were considered including a gross production tax increase, a cigarette tax increase, a fuel tax increase and a reduction in the earned income tax credit. 

Gov. Mary Fallin officially called the special session on Sept. 15, asking the state Legislature to address the immediate budget shortfall, find long-term solutions to continuing state budget problems, and uncover inefficiencies in state government.

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OKFB to EPA, Corps: WOTUS must be clear, reasonable

On behalf of Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan this week urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule.

The EPA and the Corps have proposed a rule to rescind the 2015 WOTUS rule and restore it to pre-2015 language, thanks to a June 2017 executive order from President Donald Trump. The current rulemaking is the first in a two-step process, as the second step will clarify the definition of “waters of the U.S.”

“Oklahoma doesn’t need additional murky regulations from the EPA and the Corps, creating misunderstanding and uncertainty,” Buchanan said in OKFB comments. “Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers are the best stewards of their land and water; their livelihoods depend on it.”

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