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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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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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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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Haven, Swartz join OKFB Public Policy

Bray Haven and Zac Swartz recently have joined the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Public Policy Division as associate directors of public policy. The two will help advocate for Farm Bureau policy at the state Capitol.

“Bray and Zac certainly will be an asset to Farm Bureau members across the state as they help serve as the voice for agriculture and rural Oklahoma,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re excited to see all that the Public Policy team will accomplish this year for our members.”

Haven is a longtime Farm Bureau member who grew up in Cheyenne, Oklahoma. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University in 2017 before joining the Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association as a field representative.

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Payne County member selected to serve on AFBF YF&R Committee

Rachel Pickens of Payne County Farm Bureau recently was appointed to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.

“Through her involvement in Farm Bureau, our state and her local community, Rachel has demonstrated a passion for sharing the story of agriculture and our organization,” said Rodd Moesel, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president. “She works tirelessly to develop her own leadership skills while taking the time to commit herself to helping others grow as well.”

The Payne County member has been involved in Farm Bureau in a number of capacities, serving as Payne County Farm Bureau YF&R vice chairman and on the OKFB YF&R Committee, as well as competing on the national level in the AFBF YF&R Discussion meet and Excellence in Agriculture events.

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Women’s Leadership Committee, Foundation present agriculture books to teachers

Six Oklahoma teachers were presented with a basket of agriculture books during the OKFB Annual Meeting Nov. 11 in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee partnered with the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation to sponsor this year’s Bushels for Books program, which donates a bushel basket of accurate agriculture books to teachers and schools across the state.

“The Foundation is dedicated to educating others about our state’s farming and ranching community,” said Jeramy Rich, president of the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation. “We’re proud to support teachers across the state in educating the future of Oklahoma.”

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OKFB hosts successful 76th annual meeting

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state met in Norman Nov. 10-12 for the 2017 OKFB Annual Meeting where they elected new leaders, set organizational policy for the coming year, and recognized the contributions of outstanding members with numerous awards. 

Voting delegates at the meeting elected Rodd Moesel of Oklahoma County to lead the organization as president for the next two years. David VonTunglen of Canadian County was elected by members of District Three to fulfill the remaining two years of Moesel’s term on the state board.

Three state board members also were re-elected to represent their districts for a three-year term. Alan Jett of Beaver County was re-elected to the board representing District One, Jimmy Wayne Kinder of Cotton County was re-elected to represent District Six and Keith Kisling of Alfalfa County was re-elected to serve District Seven.

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OKFB members elect Oklahoma County horticulturalist Rodd Moesel as president; other leaders elected

Oklahoma County horticulturalist Rodd Moesel was elected president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau by voting delegates at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 11 in Norman, Oklahoma.

“It’s very gratifying, and it’s unusual because I am unconventional,” Moesel said. “I know I’m not the traditional farmer. Oklahoma’s very much a cow-calf and grains state.”

Moesel and his wife, Dona, own and operate American Plant Products and Services in western Oklahoma City. The grandson of dairy farmers and lifelong Farm Bureau members, Moesel grew up on a vegetable farm and greenhouse operation. He first became involved in the farm organization as a 4-H member. 

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