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OKFB joins opposition to SQ 788

Oklahoma Farm Bureau this week has joined a group of statewide business, medical, faith and community leaders in opposing State Question 788 on the June 26 primary ballot.

OKFB policy, which is written and voted on by grassroots members across the state, opposes the legalization of marijuana.

“After deep consideration of our grassroots policy and the language of the state question, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board voted to oppose State Question 788,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We have tremendous concerns about the impact of the measure on our state, especially in rural areas. Though we understand the arguments for medicinal marijuana, we believe State Question 788 is essentially recreational marijuana, is bad policy for our state and lacks significant regulations.”

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OKFB WLC to host fall conference Sept. 28-29 in Edmond

The two-day conference will feature special speakers, educational breakout sessions, a trade show, entertainment, fellowship and more.

Find a tentative agenda and the conference registration form on the OKFB website at okfarmbureau.org/women.

To attend the conference, complete and return the registration form to WLC Coordinator Marcia Irvin no later than Aug. 27. 

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OKFB announces AgBoost® software as new member benefit

AgBoost shows ranchers the genetic profile and attributes of a single animal or the entire herd. Interested to know that one of your animals scores 60 percent in marbling, 90 percent in average daily gain, but only 30 percent in pregnancy rate? Now, you can breed with that information at your fingertips.

It takes an average of three to four years to determine the quality of a calf for breeding purposes. Producers spend resources maintaining the animals, only to learn later which ones have poor breeding characteristics. AgBoost removes the guesswork and waiting. Send a small hair sample and see the results on your phone, desktop or in the field.  

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members can:

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OKFB WLC $500 nurse's scholarships applications due July 1

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Committee is accepting applications for its 2018 nurse’s scholarship program now through July 1.

The annual scholarship program awards three $500 scholarships to students studying nursing at an accredited college, university, vo-tech or trade school. Applicants must be Oklahoma Farm Bureau members or a member of a Farm Bureau member family.

The WLC understands the important role nurses and health care professionals play in ensuring a high quality of life for all residents across our state, and especially rural residents. With the cost of education increasing yearly, the committee is proud to provide three students with scholarship funds to help pursue their dreams in nursing.

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OKFB WLC, Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation now accepting donated crops for books program

As wheat harvest continues across the state, Oklahoma farmers are invited to donate bushels of harvested crops to the Bushels for Books program.

A partnership of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, the program each year accepts donated crops and monetary contributions to provide Oklahoma schools with bushel baskets of agriculture books.

To donate harvested crops, farmers present a completed Bushels for Books form to their local co-op or grain elevator to designate the amount of bushels they wish to donate to the program. 

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OKFB YF&R now accepting applications for youth leadership conference

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is now accepting applications for its Oklahoma Youth Leading Agriculture program held July 23-25, 2018 in Oklahoma City.

OYLA is a unique three-day summer leadership conference designed for high school students completing their senior year in 2019. 

The conference will include special leadership classes, exciting speakers, team building, fellowship, and visits to agriculture-related industries. Selected students should be among the top, well rounded students in their class, and should have an interest in furthering their education at the post-secondary level.  

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YF&R to host summer conference July 13-15 in southwest Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will host its annual summer conference July 13-15 at the Quartz Mountain Resort in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma.

OKFB members ages 18-35 are invited to attend the three-day conference to meet fellow young farmers and ranchers from across the state, tour local agricultural facilities, and learn more about YF&R leadership opportunities and programs.

All conference participants will be entered into a drawing to win a free trip to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 OKFB Congressional Action Tour.

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OKAgFund endorses, funds candidates in state elections

The OKAgFund, Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s political action committee, has endorsed 22 candidates and donated to 71 candidates running for election in statewide, state Senate and state House races. 

Comprised of OKFB members from across the state, the OKAgFund identifies candidates who demonstrate beliefs and actions that are consistent with OKFB’s policies, regardless of political affiliation. While the OKAgFund contributes financially to several state campaigns, an endorsement is the highest level of support the committee gives to chosen candidates. 

“With so few people involved in agriculture, we must elect state leaders who value the needs of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” said Coy Farmer, OKAgFund chairman. “After careful consideration of all candidates by Farm Bureau members across the state, the OKAgFund is proud to support candidates who we believe will stand for agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

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OKFB disappointed in House farm bill vote, Moesel says

“Oklahoma Farm Bureau is deeply disappointed in today’s House vote on the 2018 farm bill. Agriculture is the backbone of our state’s economy. When farmers and ranchers succeed, our rural communities prosper and our economy thrives. 

“The commodity and conservation programs within the farm bill provide stability to our state’s farmers and ranchers that directly impact their planning and everyday business decisions. The farm bill’s failure creates an unreliable business environment for farmers and ranchers in an already struggling farm economy.

“With so many Oklahomans suffering from hunger, the farm bill’s nutrition programs are absolutely vital. Our state’s most vulnerable residents will suffer without the assurance the nutrition programs in the farm bill provide.

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Jackson County member named to state water board

Representing all geographic areas of the state and diverse groups of water users, the OWRB board of directors define policy and conduct the state’s water business.

“A plentiful water supply is absolutely critical to the success of Oklahoma agriculture,” said Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “As a family farmer with direct experience in conserving and using water, Matt will serve the OWRB well as it decides how to best steward our state’s most important resource.”

A fourth-generation farmer, Muller grows cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, mungbeans and Bermuda grass hay on his family’s farm near Martha, Oklahoma. Farming in often drought-stricken western Oklahoma, Muller has relied largely on innovative water conservation methods.

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