Oklahoma Farm Bureau members will have an opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions Nov. 9 during the organization’s 78th annual meeting in Oklahoma City. The sessions will cover popular issues facing agriculture and rural Oklahoma and will begin at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. following Friday’s opening general session. Learn about the breakout sessions, along with times and locations, below.
The Value of Rural Residency Programs
Chris Benge, OSU Center for Health Sciences
3:15 p.m. – Room 16
With primary care physicians in short supply in rural Oklahoma, discover how federal policies affect the establishment of rural residency programs and potential policy recommendations for overcoming these challenges.
Increasing Access to Specialty Care in Rural Oklahoma
Dr. Joe Johnson, OSU Center for Health Sciences
4:15 p.m. – Room 16
Through the OSU-CHS Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Care Outcomes), clinicians in rural and underserved communities can provide specialty care to people right where they live.
What’s Next in Cattle Markets
Dr. Derrell Peel, OSU Agricultural Economics
3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. – Room 17
One of Oklahoma’s leading agricultural economists shares the opportunities and challenges facing cattle producers in 2020 and beyond.
Everything You Need to Know About Industrial Hemp
Michael Nepveux, American Farm Bureau Federation and Caroline Nelson, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. – Room 18
Have questions about industrial hemp? Join experts from American Farm Bureau Federation and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry as they unpack the latest regulations, laws and other issues surrounding the new crop.
Exploring Animal Identification
Dr. Rodd Hall, ODAFF
3:15 p.m. – Room 19
State Veterinarian Dr. Rodd Hall shares an update on the cattle traceability system in Oklahoma and the U.S., a proposed timeline for transitioning to electronic cattle identification and a proposal to shore up loopholes in Oklahoma’s ability to successfully trace cattle in case of a disease outbreak.
Mark Tague, AgBoost
What if you could breed for what you really need? In this session, learn more about OKFB member benefit AgBoost that allows producers to view and compare the genetic profiles of their herd to enhance breeding decisions.
Why Farm Bureau?
Jordan Cook, Amy Harris, Brittany Hukill and Travis Schnaithman
Designed for Collegiate Farm Bureau members, this session will feature a few of OKFB’s most seasoned Young Farmers & Ranchers members will share about their careers in agriculture and why they have chosen to make Farm Bureau involvement a priority.