By Tom Buchanan, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Oklahoma is a rural, agricultural state with a multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. It would seem logical for agricultural producers to have the right to produce food and fiber using the latest research-proven techniques. That is why Oklahoma Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm group, supports HJR 1012, co-authored by State Rep. Scott Biggs and State Sen. Jason Smalley. The resolution, which has already passed in the Oklahoma House, would place on the 2016 general election ballot a proposal to amend the Oklahoma Constitution guaranteeing the right to engage in certain farming and ranching […]
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Oklahoma Farm Bureau submitted comments to the National Park Service regarding the Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trails Feasibility Study and Draft Environmental Assessment. OKFB is concerned with the planning and implementation of the proposed national historic trail and the potential impacts for landowners and agriculture as well as the overall potential cost. We have included below Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s comments on the draft, which outline in detail OKFB’s grassroots-developed policy, our concerns with the feasibility study and the overall proposal. We have also made available a PDF of these comments in their original format. March 13, 2015 Ms. […]
During a March 17 hearing by the U.S. Senate subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle credited Farm Bureau for pressuring his organization to divulge the fact only about 6 percent of the more than $1.7 million raised in past several years actually went to animal shelters. Pacelle was reacting to questions from Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the subcommittee and chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Sen. Inhofe asked Pacelle to respond to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s request for fund raising details in Oklahoma. Below are the YouTube clips […]
Oklahoma Farm Bureau thanks the Oklahoma House of Representatives for passing HJR 1012 Tuesday, which would give Oklahoma voters the opportunity to constitutionally protect farming and ranching in the state of Oklahoma. “Agriculture is of vital importance to our state and our nation, not just as a major economic driver, but also as a matter of national security,” said John Collison, OKFB’s vice president of public policy and communications. “We thank the house for taking the first step in passing this joint resolution, which would ultimately allow Oklahomans to ensure a future for an industry that is vital to our […]
Since it snowed or rained across most of Oklahoma last week, I will give you all a break from talking about water for just a bit. However, this is not to say in any way shape or form that the recent rain and snow has anything to do with fixing our long-term solution to drought in Oklahoma. This week I want to discuss an issue at the Capitol with you that many of you are intimately familiar with. This problem comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors. It has been moving in from Texas at an alarming rate and […]
Why is Oklahoma House Bill 1104 important to Oklahoma agriculture? Rep. Scott Biggs visited with us recently about the reasons why wild hogs need to be eradicated in our state. Below, we have included Rep. Biggs’ comments as six reasons why the “the pig bill” is good for agriculture.
The Oklahoma House of Representative passage of HB 1747 is being hailed by Farm Bureau as good for rural Oklahoma. The bill allows for the creation of 25 Rural Opportunity Zones. Beginning in 2016, this bill would allow for a five-year tax exemption for anyone who moves from out-of-state into a county projected to see a population loss. The bill’s primary author is Rep. Tom Newell. During our conversations with House Speaker Jeff Hickman, a co-author of the legislation, we know he realizes the importance of rural Oklahoma and the impact the area has on the state’s economy.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Congressional Action Tour is scheduled for April 12-16, 2015, in Washington, D.C. This tour gives OKFB members an opportunity to visit with legislators and federal leaders about issues of importance to rural Oklahoma. Members wil have the opportunity to hear from American Farm Bureau on a variety of issues along with visiting Congressional Representatives and Senators. The trip will also feature a Legislative Reception and an option tour of Monticello. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. The deadline for the Congressional Action Tour is March 2. For more information, contact Sara Rogers at […]
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Leadership Conference scheduled for Feb. 16-17, 2015, has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Several other Farm Bureau week activities have also been canceled for today so be sure to check with your local Farm Bureau office for an update on events and activities. OKFB will let you know as soon as possible of the updated date for the Leadership Conference.
Nine of the state’s top agricultural advocates will receive the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 2014 Champion Award during the OKFB Leadership Conference, Feb. 16-17, at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board of Directors is recognizing the state leaders and legislators for going above and beyond to protect and improve agriculture and rural Oklahoma during the 2014 legislative session. “It is the responsibility of Oklahoma Farm Bureau to protect the livelihood and legacy of our fellow farmers and ranchers,” said Tom Buchanan, OKFB president. “We are honored to recognize these state leaders who continue to […]