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OKFB YF&R scholarship application now available

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is now accepting applications for their 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 April 10, 2017. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

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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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County Farm Bureaus to host events during Farm Bureau Week, Feb. 20-24

Farm Bureau Week kicks off Monday, Feb. 20 and will last until Friday, Feb. 24. This week allows Farm Bureau members to host different activities and events to help promote Farm Bureau within their communities. 

It is also a great opportunity for county Farm Bureaus to gain members and become active in the community. 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 across the state. If you would like to submit your county's activities, please contact Clarissa Walton at clarissa.walton@okfb.org.

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Winter 2017 issue of Oklahoma Country magazine now available online

The latest issue of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Oklahoma Country magazine arrived in mailboxes this week and is now available online for electronic viewing.  

The Winter 2017 issue features Roger and Idella Maschino, this year’s OKFB Farm Family of the Year. You’ll also read about the beginnings of Oklahoma Farm Bureau to celebrate our 75th anniversary. 

The magazine also features OKFB President Tom Buchanan’s Presidentially Speaking column, OFBMIC Executive Vice President and General Manager Gary Buckner’s Insurance Matters column, OKFB Vice President of Strategic Corporate Communications Becky Samples’ Brand News column, a focus on Oklahoma education in Lincoln to Local, a 2016 OKFB Convention Review, a Commodity Corner update featuring a glimpse at Oklahoma’s canola industry and much, much more.

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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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2017 Legislative Preview: A new era

After eight years of fighting off overreach from the federal government, November brought a new era for farmers and ranchers. Under the Donald Trump administration, we now have allies – rather than adversaries – in Washington. The nominations of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for EPA administrator and Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture give the agricultural community a seat at the table in policy discussions.

The changes in Washington are positive, no doubt, but the challenges Oklahoma is meeting as a state are undeniable. Facing a nearly $900 million budget shortfall, state revenue problems again will cast an overwhelming shadow on this year’s session. Everything from farming exemptions to ad valorem tax increases and expansions are to be talked about as lawmakers tackle the extreme budget crisis. Several bills have been filed concerning ad valorem tax increases, as cities and towns look for alternative sources of funding. Maybe cities and towns have a spending problem, rather than a revenue problem? The purpose of ad valorem tax is not to raise revenue for cities and towns. Municipalities, along with many other entities in Oklahoma must evaluate their spending habits, and look to the available and intended revenue in order to pay their bills. 

For years, farmers and ranchers have enjoyed a sales tax exemption on the purchase of inputs like feed, seed and fertilizer. We have defended the exemption for years, but now expect it to be on the table in budget considerations. Lawmakers must understand the importance of the sales tax exemption on the production of food and fiber in Oklahoma; we will make every effort to educate them on this issue. 

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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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Meet the newest Oklahoma Farm Bureau board member

Jim Meek of Okmulgee County was elected to serve his first term on the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board representing District 9 during the 2016 OKFB Annual Meeting Nov. 11-13 in Oklahoma City.

Meek has been a Farm Bureau member since 1976 and has served on the Okmulgee County Board for about 10 years.

“I gave it a lot of thought and thought it would be a good way to give back to the community, give back to the young people and get involved again,” Meek said of his decision to join the county board.

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Wichert awarded Volunteer of the Year

Long-time Major County Farm Bureau member and past Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee chairperson Clara Wichert was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award from the Fairview Chamber of Commerce during the Taste of Fairview event Jan. 23.

During the awards presentation, Wichert was commended for her extensive volunteer work for the Ag in the Classroom program, her leadership with OKFB, and other service activities.

Wichert has received many awards for her contributions to agriculture, including the OKFB Distinguished Service award and the National Ag in the Classroom Ag Advocate award. She developed an ag literacy program in the Fairview school district several years ago and has been involved with Ag in the Classroom since the first organizational meeting in 1981.

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