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YF&R to host legislative day March 4-5

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members ages 18 to 35 are invited to attend the Young Famers and Ranchers Legislative Day held March 4 and 5 in Oklahoma City.

The event is an opportunity for YF&R members to network with one another, learn about Farm Bureau policy, and promote agriculture and rural Oklahoma at the state Capitol.

The event will begin with an evening at Top Golf on March 4 at 6 p.m. On Monday, March 5, members will head to the state Capitol to be briefed by the OKFB Public Policy team before visiting with state legislators.

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Ron Justice named OKFB’s vice president of public policy

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Ron Justice vice president of public policy. 

In his new role, Justice will direct the advocacy of Farm Bureau member policy at the state Capitol and throughout Oklahoma.

“From his time as an extension agent to serving in the state Senate, Ron has always been a staunch advocate for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re honored to have him take the helm of our policy efforts, and look forward to all he will accomplish for our farmers and ranchers.”

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OKFB announces John Deere member benefit

John Deere now offers GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards to Oklahoma Farm Bureau members. OKFB members receive discounts, special low rate financing, and all other benefits associated with GreenFleet Platinum 2 status.

It's easy to become a GreenFleet member, too: just sign up for John Deere GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program using a valid member ID and zip code for membership verification, and become a Platinum 2 level by visiting www.JohnDeere.com/FarmBureau.

OKFB members are eligible for the following benefits as Platinum 2 status members: 

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Fallin declares Feb. 19-23 “Oklahoma Farm Bureau Week” in Oklahoma

In her proclamation, Fallin praised Farm Bureau for its dedication to agriculture, the base for Oklahoma’s economic prosperity.

“Farm Bureau has maintained a rich legacy of protecting farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahomans over the past 75 years,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re proud to share our efforts to bolster the agriculture industry with our friends, neighbors and communities this week and throughout the year.” 

Observed annually, the week provides county Farm Bureaus an opportunity to promote the organization in communities throughout Oklahoma.

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County Farm Bureaus to celebrate Oklahoma Farm Bureau Week Feb. 19-23

County Farm Bureaus across the state will celebrate and promote the grassroots organization during Farm Bureau Week held Feb. 19 through Feb. 23. 

The weeklong celebration provides county Farm Bureaus an opportunity to promote the organization in local communities. Many county offices will host an open house to allow those interested in Farm Bureau to stop by and learn more about the organization.

Listed below are a few of the events held during Farm Bureau Week. To submit your county’s activities, please contact Hannah Davis.

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OKFB to host informational ELD meeting Feb. 26 in Okmulgee County

Farmers, ranchers and agribusinessmen are invited to attend an educational meeting on the electronic logging device and hours of service mandate held Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds.

Hosted by Okmulgee County Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Okmulgee County Fair Board and Okmulgee County Extension, the  meeting will cover the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate and hours of service requirements for agriculture. 

Representatives from the FMCSA and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop S will lead the meeting and answer questions.

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What OKFB policy says about the Step Up Oklahoma plan

A group of business, civic and community leaders last month released a proposal to fix Oklahoma’s continual budget problems called Step Up Oklahoma, which includes a number of revenue measures and government reforms.

The plan was touted by Gov. Mary Fallin in her eighth and final State of the State address on Monday, and has been supported by various individuals and organizations across the state.

Oklahoma Farm Bureau is committed to policy that advances not only rural Oklahoma, but also the entire state. Below, find OKFB policy on the specific tenants of the Step Up Oklahoma plan being considered by the state legislature.

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OKFB leaders to gather March 5-6 in Oklahoma City

County Farm Bureau leaders from across the state are invited to attend the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference held March 5 and 6 in Oklahoma City.

Held annually, the conference is an opportunity for county leaders to discuss current issues affecting agriculture and rural Oklahoma, learn more about their role as county board members, and interact with state lawmakers and elected officials.

The two-day event will be held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. While members are not required to register, hotel rooms must be reserved by Feb. 14. Rooms are $143 per night and may be reserved by calling 405-272-3040. 

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Property taxes, rural healthcare among OKFB priorities in upcoming session

As the 2018 legislative session begins next week, property taxes and rural healthcare are among the leading issues for Oklahoma Farm Bureau as it represents its members at the state Capitol.

Farm Bureau members oppose any and all increases in ad valorem–or property–taxes. Property taxes are used to fund county roads and bridges, libraries, career and technology education, county government and public schools. OKFB expects to see legislation progress to grant municipalities access to those funds.

Many cities and towns have seen a decline in sales tax revenue over the past several years, leading to a push for an expansion of property taxes in Oklahoma. OKFB opposes expanding the use of property tax dollars, as it could lead to unlimited property tax increases.

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OKFB YF&R to award $1,000 scholarships

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is now accepting applications for its annual $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors who will pursue a higher degree in agriculture after graduation.

Nine $1,000 scholarships, one from each OKFB state board district, will be awarded to high school seniors pursuing a career in agriculture at an Oklahoma institution of high learning as a full-time student. 

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 13, 2018. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

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