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OKFB urges Congress to protect farm program funding

As farmers, ranchers and rural communities grapple with a devastatingly weak farm economy, nearly 200 organizations – including Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation – are urging congressional budget writers to reject calls for additional cuts to farm bill programs.

The bipartisan, budget-neutral 2018 farm bill was built upon the previous farm bill, which made a significant contribution to deficit reduction, the groups pointed out in a letter sent Wednesday to House and Senate Budget and Appropriations committee leaders.

“These difficult cuts in 2014 resulted from hard choices made in partnership with agricultural leaders and were designed to substantially reform the farm safety net, conservation initiatives and nutrition assistance – ultimately reducing the financial support provided to America’s farmers and ranchers,” the coalition wrote.

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OKFB 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 June 25-28, 2019 in Oklahoma City.

OYLA is a unique four-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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OKFB announces new member benefit discount on Ford, Lincoln vehicles

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members now can save on purchases of eligible new Ford and Lincoln vehicles through the organization’s new member benefit partnership with Ford Motor Company.

To take advantage of the savings, OKFB members can print a special savings certificate at FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com or visit their authorized Ford or Lincoln dealer for qualifications and complete details. You must be an OKFB member at least 30 days prior to using the Farm Bureau Bonus Cash. 

“Ford Motor Company remains dedicated to expanding our Farm Bureau association and we are extremely pleased to now include the Oklahoma Farm Bureau,” said Kevin Cour, U.S. retail operations director. “Ford continues to support the ever-important sector of agriculture and farming for what it means to those wholly committed to feeding the nation – and the world – in regularly challenged economic and environmental conditions. If we can help this vital group of hard-working Americans to own an F-150, the nation’s best-selling truck for 42 years, our nation’s farmers get equipment that can work as hard as they do.”

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Celebrate agriculture during National Ag Week

Where does your food come from? If you’re like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that’s discouraging. The grocery store isn’t where food comes from – it’s just from where it’s distributed. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives…and what it really takes to have food on their dinner table.

Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of – and had friends or relatives involved with – agriculture. Today, that’s no longer the case. Agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life: food, fiber, clothing and shelter.

American farmers are working harder than ever, and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds more than 165 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is this nation’s No. 1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.

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Legislative update: Rural health care, taxes and private property rights

In the first month of the legislative session, Oklahoma Farm Bureau has seen movement on a number of issues important to members including legislation on rural healthcare, the agriculture sales tax exemption and ad valorem taxes.

To help increase health care access for Oklahomans who live outside the major metro areas, OKFB has voiced its support for legislation that would remove the physician supervision requirements for certified registered nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners. 

As Farm Bureau members are well aware, Oklahoma is facing a healthcare crisis that is impacting rural areas. Hospitals are shutting down. Physicians are retiring or moving away. In some cases, patients must drive hours for basic medical services. The legislation is a priority for Farm Bureau members, and public policy staff are hopeful it will become law.

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Thompson joins OKFB public policy

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Steve Thompson an assistant director of public policy in OKFB’s public policy division.

Thompson owned and operated an agribusiness policy consulting firm for one year before taking on the role of director of government relations and ag programs for American Farmers & Ranchers in 2011. At AFR, he focused on state and federal legislative advocacy, youth leadership programs and grassroots policy development.

“I’ve worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Farm Bureau members advocating for agriculture and rural Oklahoma my entire career,” Thompson said. “This opportunity to join the OFB public policy team is something very special.

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OKFB Leadership Conference draws large crowd with prominent list of speakers

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered for the OKFB State Leadership Conference held Feb. 18-19 in Oklahoma City.

The two-day event provided members with the opportunity to hear from state officials and leaders from around the state, learn about the latest Farm Bureau news, and receive information on details regarding the regulatory issues affecting agriculture.

More than 220 members in attendance had the opportunity to hear from Gov. Kevin Stitt as he discussed what he has been doing since taking the office. Having already visited nearly 20 state agencies, one of the first governors to do so, Stitt emphasized his belief that Oklahoma can be top ten in many areas.

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Oklahoma farmers encouraged by new Clean Water Rule, Moesel says

Oklahoma farmers are encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Clean Water Rule, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel said in a recent Gaylord News story. 

“We’re very encouraged,” Moesel said. “We’ve been working for several years to get the last rule, which we thought was a terrible overreach, moderated to where it made sense.”

The proposed rule replaces the Obama-era Water of the U.S., or WOTUS, rule that defined which waterways were regulated under the Clean Water Act. Farmers and ranchers across the country, including OKFB members, found the WOTUS rule to be burdensome government overreach.

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State legislators honored with OKFB 100 Percent Club

Oklahoma Farm Bureau members recently honored members of the Oklahoma Legislature with its 100 Percent Club Award for a 100-percent voting record with the organization during the 2018 legislative session. The lawmakers were scored on a handful of legislation important to Farm Bureau policy. 

“Accomplishing our mission of improving the lives of rural Oklahomans wouldn’t be possible without the support of these legislators who stood for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re thankful for the work of our 100 Percent Club Award recipients who supported sound agriculture and rural policies throughout last year’s legislative session.”

Senators with a 100-percent voting record with OKFB include Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat and Sens. Mark Allen, Randy Bass, Michael Bergstrom, Larry Boggs, Josh Brecheen, Michael Brooks, Bill Brown, Kim David, Tom Dugger, Eddie Fields, Jack Fry, A.J. Griffin, David Holt, Darcy Jech, Chris Kidd, James Leewright, Kevin Matthews, Casey Murdock, Lonnie Paxton, Roland Pederson, Dewayne Pemberton, Anastasia Pittman, Adam Pugh, Marty Quinn, Mike Schulz, Ron Sharp, Frank Simpson, Jason Smalley, John Sparks, Anthony Sykes, Roger Thompson. 

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OKFB presents state leaders, legislators with 2018 Champion Award

Fifteen of Oklahoma’s top advocates for agriculture and rural Oklahoma were honored with the 2018 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Champion Award during the organization’s leadership conference held Feb. 18-19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. 

The award is presented to state leaders and lawmakers who went above and beyond in 2018.

“By standing up for the best interests of our state’s family farmers and ranchers, these 15 Oklahomans have supported policy to better our great state,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “We’re pleased to honor them for their service to agriculture and rural Oklahoma.”

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