Though the global pandemic may pose some challenges to the way Oklahoma Farm Bureau typically engages with the state legislature, OKFB members still can – and should – play an important part in our work to speak for farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahomans at the state Capitol this year.
Though working with state lawmakers this year is likely to look different than normal, members can remain active and involved in the policymaking process by using some of agriculture’s trademark innovation and creativity. Below are four ideas for safely and effectively advocating for agriculture in the upcoming legislative session.
1. Sign up for Action Alerts
OKFB members can sign up to receive legislative action alerts through text message updates. When you sign up, OKFB will send you alerts when your voice is needed the most, empowering you to reach out to your senator or representative about the issue. Sign up by texting “OKFB77” to 52886 or on our website.
2. Visit with your legislators safely from home
Farm Bureau members typically visit with their legislators at the state Capitol or at events in their districts, but this year county Farm Bureaus are encouraged to schedule video calls with senators and representatives. Contact the public policy team or your field representative for assistance with coordinating these calls
3. Participate in OKFB’s weekly Zoom call
To keep members informed on Farm Bureau’s efforts at the state Capitol, OKFB’s public policy team will host weekly Farm Bureau member-only Zoom calls every Friday at noon to allow members to learn about the legislative process, ask questions and voice concerns. For more details on joining the call, contact your OKFB field representative.
4. Follow along on our online platforms
A vast array of updates will be available on our website and social media. Weekly Lincoln to Local videos will be posted to social media along with other legislative content. Detailed legislative updates will be posted each week to OKFB’s website at okfarmbureau.org. In addition to our online platforms, legislative information will be included in our biweekly newsletter to county leaders.
Farmers and ranchers are never ones to back down from a challenge. No matter what 2021 holds, we know Farm Bureau members will remain dedicated to working toward a better tomorrow for agriculture and rural Oklahoma. Please join Farm Bureau this year as the organization continues its work for Oklahoma farmers, ranchers and the rural way of life.