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OKFB YF&R names high school discussion meet winner

Emile Mittelstaed of Amber-Pocasset High School was named the winner of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers high school discussion meet held Tuesday, July 18, in Stillwater.

Held in conjunction with Oklahoma State University’s Big Three Field Days, the event attracted 15 competitors from across the state. The high school discussion meet allows high school students to participate in an event that promotes basic discussion skills, develops an understanding of agricultural issues and explores how groups can pool knowledge to solve problems. 

Tess Haddock of Glenco High School and Emily Kennedy of Edmond High Schools received second and third place, respectively. Elizabeth Schneider of Seiling High Schools was the fourth finalist.

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OKFB August Area Meetings schedule announced

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has announced the details for its upcoming August Area Meetings, which serve as the kickoff for the organization’s grassroots policy development process.

“August is one of the most exciting times of the year because it signals the beginning of another year of fighting for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “I look forward to hearing from our members as they cultivate ideas to lead agriculture into the future.” 

All OKFB members are encouraged to attend their area meeting, which provides an opportunity to discuss organizational policy with fellow members and OKFB leaders. Members also will learn about the state of the organization and hear a review of the year’s legislative and regulatory victories. Below, find a schedule of meetings.

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OKFB hails EPA WOTUS repeal

June 27, 2017—“After years of battling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers today applaud the agency’s decision to rescind the rule. 

“Clean water is crucial to farmers and ranchers because our very livelihoods depend on it. The WOTUS rule had nothing to do with clean water, but instead was an enormous land grab that created great confusion for farmers and ranchers. 

“Where the previous EPA blatantly ignored the concerns of farmers and ranchers, President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are now working to aid farmers and ranchers in producing high-quality and affordable food for the world.

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State legislators honored with 2017 OKFB 100 Percent Club

More than 80 members of the Oklahoma Legislature have been named members of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 100 Percent Club for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2017 legislative session.

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is thankful to have excellent representation as we continue to fight for our members at the state Capitol,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We applaud these lawmakers for their efforts to protect agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

Legislators were scored on three measures including SB 147, SB 326 and SB 593. Authored by Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz and Rep. Casey Murdock, SB 147 allows municipalities to waive the three-mile setback for concentrated animal feeding operations. SB 326 by Sen. Eddie Fields and Rep. John Pfeiffer prohibits the importation and possession of exotic swine in Oklahoma. Legislators too were scored on SB 593, which encourages wind energy development by removing a loophole allowing individuals to register for construction of a private airport to prevent the development of wind turbines.

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Irvin named senior director of membership and organization

“Marcia has served Farm Bureau faithfully for more than 40 years,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “I know she will continue to improve our membership programs and offerings.”

Irvin, who began her career with Farm Bureau in 1977, has served OKFB in a variety of capacities. She most recently worked as the interim director of membership and organizational programs and the Women’s Leadership Committee coordinator.

“Farm Bureau’s various programs provide an outlet for our members to help us in our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans,” Irvin said. “I’m excited about this new opportunity as our organization moves forward.”

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High school seniors attend Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference

Ten Oklahoma high school seniors spent three days learning about leadership, team building and agriculture at the sixth-annual Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture conference June 14-16 in Oklahoma City. 

The ten students were:

Hosted by Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee, the OYLA conference is designed to prepare high school students for a future career in agriculture and to advance youth leadership.

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OKFB names senior directors of communications

“As the voice of Oklahoma agriculture, communicating with members and the public is critical to the success of Farm Bureau,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “Dustin and Hannah have done a tremendous job, and will continue to do so as they work to enhance our various communications efforts.”

“Sharing agriculture’s story has been a longtime passion of mine, and I’m excited to continue that work for our Farm Bureau members in a new capacity,” Mielke said. “We have so many great things happening in Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and it is vitally important we share these stories to ensure our industry thrives into the future.”

Mielke, who holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University, has more than 11 years of experience with the organization’s communications department. He grew up in the small agricultural community of Conrad, Montana, and resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Li.

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Yates named OKFB vice president of field services and membership recruitment

“I am confident in Mark’s ability to lead field representatives as they fulfill the vital role of communicating with county Farm Bureau leaders and members,” said Monica Wilke, Oklahoma Farm Bureau executive director. “In his new position, Mark will help guarantee a bright future for our organization by working side-by-side with county Farm Bureaus to strengthen and broaden their membership.”

Yates began his OKFB career in 2016 as director of field operations for the public policy division, where he worked to educate urban communities about agriculture and Farm Bureau at various community and civic organizations. 

“Farm Bureau would be nothing without its members,” Yates said. “I look forward to creating new and innovative membership initiatives as we continue to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans.” 

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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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