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Pruitt brings new day for farmers and ranchers, OKFB president says

“In the past, the EPA has disregarded its constitutional role, and given itself authority far beyond Congressional intent. The agency’s onerous regulations have hindered economic growth and placed undue burdens on U.S. farmers and ranchers.

“Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has proved time and time again his ardent commitment to following the rule of law. As a longtime friend of family farmers and ranchers, Pruitt will ensure the EPA preserves our environment while remaining within its constitutional jurisdiction.  

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau congratulates Pruitt on his prestigious new role and looks forward to working with the EPA under his leadership. We also would like to thank Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, along with Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford for their undeniable support of Pruitt.”

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Two OKFB members selected for national policy committee

Two Oklahoma Farm Bureau members, Roger Maschino of Guymon and Adam Bohl of Chattanooga, have been appointed to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation Issues Advisory Council in Washington, D.C.

Nominated by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and appointed by AFBF President Zippy Duvall, both members will travel to D.C. in February to meet with fellow AFBF members before visiting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“Being selected for the council is a humbling honor,” Maschino said. “It’s exciting to think I may have a small voice in directing the future of agriculture in the United States.”

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Pottawatomie, Seminole County Farm Bureaus to host HD 28 candidate forum

The Pottawatomie and Seminole County Farm Bureaus will host a public forum with the ten candidates seeking House District 28 Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Seminole County Farm Bureau office.

Open to the public, the forum will allow House District 28 voters to meet the candidates and hear about their legislative priorities. Food will be provided for all attendees.

“As voters and citizens, it’s important for us to meet our candidates and make an educated decision on who we send to the state Capitol,” said Syd Morgan, Seminole County Farm Bureau board member. “Our forum is the perfect opportunity for House District 28 voters to hear directly from the candidates wishing to represent us.”

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OKFB praises Senate EPW vote in favor of AG Scott Pruitt for EPA chief

Feb. 2, 2017 – “For years, farmers and ranchers have faced costly and overreaching regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. 

“As farmers and ranchers, we believe in protecting the environment; in fact, we are among the best stewards of the land, air, water and environment. But many times the EPA has unnecessarily regulated family farmers and ranchers, hindering our efforts to maintain production of the world’s most abundant and highest quality food supply.

“The EPA is in need of an administrator who will protect the environment without inhibiting economic growth. We believe Attorney General Pruitt is the right person for the job. He believes in sound science, is committed to a transparent rule-making process, and understands how regulations affect the lives of Americans.

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OKFB honors nine state leaders with 2016 Champion Award

Nine of Oklahoma agriculture’s top advocates will receive the 2016 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Champion Award during the OKFB Legislative Leadership Conference March 6-7 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.

Presented by the OKFB board of directors, the award honors state leaders and lawmakers who went above and beyond to defend agriculture and rural Oklahoma in the 2016 legislative session.

“Representing thousands of farmers and ranchers across our state, Oklahoma Farm Bureau is committed to furthering agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We sincerely appreciate the leadership and efforts of this group during the 2016 legislative session.” 

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OKFB to host Legislative Leadership Conference March 6-7 in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Farm Bureau leaders from across the state will gather in Oklahoma City March 6-7 for the annual OKFB Legislative Leadership Conference.

Held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, the two-day conference will feature state and federal agricultural policy updates, a reception with state leaders and lawmakers, and more. OKFB also will present its 2016 Champion Awards to nine state leaders.

No registration is required to attend, but hotel rooms must be reserved by Friday, Feb. 3. Reserve a room by contacting the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown at 405-239-3900, or contact Tasha Duncan at 405-523-2300.

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Congressional Action Tour registration open through Feb. 24

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will interact with key Trump Administration leaders, as well as Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation, during the OKFB Congressional Action Tour March 28-April 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

With a new administration in the White House, trip attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear directly from leaders in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Attendees also will hear from Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation including Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, and Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas, Tom Cole and Steve Russell, who will outline their priorities under the new administration. 

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Farm Bureau backs Oklahoma AG Pruitt for EPA

Family farmers and ranchers from across the country overwhelmingly supported the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency administrator at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting this week in Phoenix, Arizona.

Farm Bureau members representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico on Tuesday urged Pruitt’s confirmation by adopting a resolution as the organization set its policy for the year.

“We spent eight years with our legal team fighting the EPA when they came against our farmers,” said Zippy Duvall, AFBF president. “Now, it looks like we might be helping our EPA hold to what they want to do and that’s regulatory reform and taking the burden off of farmers and ranchers and small businesses.”

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Oklahoma Farm Bureau honored for excellence

Oklahoma Farm Bureau earned five Awards for Excellence at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 98th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show held Jan. 6-11 in Phoenix, Arizona. The awards recognized the state’s excellence in membership achievement and implementation of outstanding programs serving members in 2016.

“At Oklahoma Farm Bureau, we strive to fulfill the organization’s purpose of serving as the voice of rural Oklahomans,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “These awards represent our staff’s hard work and dedication to serving our members. 

The Awards for Excellence were awarded to state Farm Bureaus that demonstrated outstanding achievements in six program areas. Oklahoma Farm Bureau applied for five of the six categories and received all five awards, including Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Policy Development and Implementation; and Public Relations and Communications.

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OKFB encourages members to sign up for action alerts

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has launched a new action alert tool to help members advocate for agriculture and rural Oklahoma at the state Capitol. Members now can sign up to receive an alert when legislators need to be contacted about an issue.

“Our success as an organization centers on member engagement,” said John Collison, vice president of public policy. “We encourage all members to sign up and utilize the action alert tool. A phone call from a constituent can make all the difference.”

The tool also will provide members the ability to receive a weekly e-newsletter, track legislation, view legislator scorecards, and comment on federal regulations. 

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