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Fall 2018 issue of Oklahoma Country now online

The Fall 2018 issue features OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee Chair Kitty Beavers and her eight years of service to the organization, highlights McCurtain County member Brent Bolen and his commitment to raising chickens responsibly and ethically, showcases the strength of the OKFB Insurance family during difficult times, and provides an overview of the 77th OKFB Annual Meeting in November.

Also in the magazine, find:

Make sure to read the latest issue today! 

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Register for YF&R Discussion Meet by Nov. 9

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will host its annual discussion meet at the organization’s annual convention Nov. 16, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma.  

The discussion meet is designed to replicate a committee meeting in which all participants are expected to discuss and actively contribute. Participants are evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic in three rounds of debate-style discussion. Participants are judged on their ability to offer constructive criticism, cooperation and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions.

The overall winner will receive a prize package including a trip to compete in the national discussion meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January. 

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Farm bill expiration adds to farmers' uncertainty, Kinder tells KGOU

After House and Senate farm bill negotiators failed to reach a compromise on the bill by the Sept. 30 deadline, Oklahoma Farm Bureau District Four Director Jimmy Kinder shared how Oklahoma farmers and ranchers will be affected by the current bill’s expiration with KGOU Radio.

A wheat and cattle farmer near Walters, Oklahoma, Kinder explained that he and other farmers and ranchers in the state are facing uncertainty due to trade tariffs, low commodity prices and poor harvest yields.

“This layers on top of the tariffs that are going on with a lot of the ag commodities, so it just adds to all the uncertainty that we have out here on the farm,” Kinder said in an interview with KGOU.

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Foundation announces name change to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

With the support of Oklahoma Farm Bureau members and friends throughout the agriculture industry, the foundation has worked to promote agriculture, educate consumers, and support rural communities since its founding. However, the foundation board believed the foundation’s ties to Farm Bureau needed to be strengthened.

“The name Farm Bureau is prominent in our rural communities because our members have been active and engaged across our state for generations,” said David VonTungeln, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture president. “When the foundation steps in to support education, nutrition, disaster assistance and more, we want to make sure the familiar name of Oklahoma Farm Bureau is visible for all to see.”

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is supported by Farm Bureau members through optional membership dues, along with larger financial contributions from various individuals, businesses, county Farm Bureaus and friends. 

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Mielke named vice president of communications and public relations

In the position, Mielke will guide the communications efforts of Oklahoma’s largest general farm organization in an effort to promote agriculture and OKFB’s member-focused grassroots advocacy.

“For more than a decade, Dustin has faithfully served our members by communicating the incredible work of the Oklahoma agriculture community,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “I’m excited to see Dustin’s continued leadership in our communications department as they work diligently to strengthen Farm Bureau’s voice for farmers and ranchers.” 

Mielke has worked in the OKFB communications department for 12 years, most recently serving as senior director of communications. In his time with the organization, Mielke has worked on a wide array of projects and efforts, including publications, photography, design, media relations and digital communications.

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Farm Bureau women celebrate “Made in Oklahoma” at fall conference

More than 70 Farm Bureau women gathered at the 2018 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee Fall Conference Sept. 28-29 in Edmond, Oklahoma.

With a “Made in Oklahoma” theme, the conference helped celebrate the food and fiber grown, raised, and produced in Oklahoma. 

Julie Sears, a marketing coordinator for the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, shared about MIO’s work to promote local products over a lunch during the conference.

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House recesses without final vote on farm bill

House and Senate farm bill negotiators say they are close to a compromise on a final bill, but they won’t seal the deal before the current legislation expires on Sept. 30 and the House recesses for an extended break in the run-up to the midterm elections in November.

In a recent Zipline column, American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall explained that without a farm bill in place, farmers, already struggling with a sagging farm economy and uncertain trade situation, will soon face a new set of problems that comes with not knowing if the risk management programs they need to qualify for operating loans will be there.

“The sky won’t fall right away,” Duvall wrote. “The residual effects of programs that have been in place until now will keep working for a little while. But time will run out. And the longer it takes to get the new farm bill passed, the greater the harm to confidence in our farm economy. The proverbial runway is short—weeks at best.”

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Join OKFB for Celebrate Agriculture Day tailgate Oct. 6

OKFB will serve free food and drinks beginning at 11 a.m. on Oct. 6 at a tailgate located on Knoblock St. between Athletic and Elm Aves in Stillwater. Bring your friends and family for food, fun and fellowship with Farm Bureau! 

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OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting details and schedule released

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state are invited to gather with fellow members at OKFB’s 77th Annual Meeting to be held Nov. 16-18 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

As the organization’s largest annual gathering, the annual meeting provides an opportunity to celebrate Farm Bureau achievements, elect OKFB leaders, set policy for the next year, fellowship with friends from around the state and more.

This year, OKFB leaders and staff are eager to incorporate a few exciting changes to the convention’s schedule. 

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More than 1,400 students compete in YF&R livestock judging contest

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers committee hosted more than 1,400 students during its annual Oklahoma State Fair livestock judging contest Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

FFA and 4-H members in junior and senior categories judged eight categories of livestock with two classes of questions.

The top-placing teams in the contest were:

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