State lawmakers received a “taste of the country” April 15 during the annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau Farm City Festival at the Capitol. The event is sponsored by the OKFB Women’s Leadership Team, consisting of rural women leaders from throughout the state.
The rural leaders use the Capitol’s first floor rotunda area to set out a spread of freshly prepared food, much of it home baked. There were trays of fresh vegetables, sandwiches, cheese and fruit, cookies, cupcakes and brownies.
“We are here today feeding our legislators and their staff with good old, homegrown food and we want to show them our appreciation for their hard work,” said Kitty Beavers, Duncan, Okla., and chairperson of the OKFB Women’s Leadership Team.
The new farm bill, tax reform, regulatory overreach and immigration reform were key issues discussed this week by Oklahoma Farm Bureau leaders during a four-day lobbying effort in Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! “Bonus Cash” program with General Motors is available to members, effective immediately. While the $500 discount on the purchase or lease of a new GM car or truck is the same, the ability to stack the offer with one other private offer is new, and demonstrates Farm Bureau’s commitment to exceed member expectations.
During the 2014 legislative session, we will be featuring legislative updates with the public policy staff on different agricultural issues on our website. You can follow along with us here or you can follow along on social media using #okfb14.
We look forward to keeping you informed on these important issues throught the legislative session.
What is all the fuss over this water issue about? Is it the haves verses the have nots? Is it Oklahoma verses Texas? Maybe it’s the water consumers verses the water viewers? Is it east verses west?
As I talk to each of you around the state, I hear many different stories about what we should do with our water. That’s right, I said it. The surface water in the state belongs to all the people of Oklahoma. The reason it belongs to you and me, and not just a handful of people, is because we have each paid for it. A little known fact, or at least it seems that way, is that we all paid for the lakes and waterways of Oklahoma.
The federal and state governments years ago came together to build lakes for a number of different reasons: hydropower, flood control, irrigation and even recreation. The lakes were funded with taxpayer money and were built for the benefit of all. Over time some lakes and the water rights have been leased for different uses. You might be surprised to know the lake water you boat, swim, fish and enjoy is generally leased out to an entity for a different use. Let’s look at some facts on water in Oklahoma.