PERSPECTIVE OKLAHOMA FARM BUREAU
February 21, 2014
Women’s Leadership Team celebrates Our Food Link The OKFB Women’s Leadership Team donated $3,000 in food products to the Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City and the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa, Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, as part of the new AFBF Our Food Link initiative. The members also cooked and served a meal for the families staying in the Oklahoma City location. Our Food Link is a year-round program that county and state Farm Bureaus use to provide consumers of all ages and backgrounds with information about today’s agriculture. This includes helping people connect with sources of clothing, food, shelter and energy in their communities. Activities range from outreach at supermarkets or farmers’ markets to hosting interactive booths at community events, speaking with lawmakers and neighbors about food or visiting a classroom to help students understand agricultural topics. As a grassroots organization committed to enhancing and strengthening the lives of rural Americans, supporting RMHC is a good fit because the charity helps families maintain the strength needed to care for seriously ill or injured children undergoing medical treatment, by providing them with a “home away from home.” And with
LEFT – OKFB Women’s Leadership Team member Lowayne Piercey prepares taco meat for a dinner served at the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City, Feb. 11. Chairman Kitty Beavers and OKFB’s Marcia Irvin also helped with the meal.
RIGHT – OKFB Women’s Leadership Team member Lena Henson delivers groceries to the Ronald McDonald House in Tulsa, Feb. 12, to commemorate AFBF’s Our Food Link initiative. The group donated more than $3,000 to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa charities. specialized medical care not often available in rural areas, Farm Bureau members have often found Ronald McDonald Houses to be an invaluable resource. For more information on Our Food Link with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Team, contact Marcia Irvin at (405) 523-2405.
OKFB hosts welcome back reception for legislators FAR LEFT – OKFB President Tom Buchanan (left) visits with Sen. Ron Justice (center) and Brian Hackler of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe’s office during a legislative reception at the OKFB headquarters, Feb. 5. LEFT – OKFB’s John Collison and Rep. Wade Rousselot discuss issues the legislature plans to address during the 2014 legislative session. More than 90 legislators and guests attended the reception.
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OKFB Calendar Oklahoma Youth Expo Mar. 12-21 • Oklahoma City Contact: Jennie Bruning (405) 530-2696 YF&R Legislative Day Mar. 26 • Oklahoma City Contact: Holly Carroll (405) 530-2681 Ag Day at the Capitol Mar. 26 • Oklahoma City Contact: Jennie Bruning (405) 530-2696
By John Collison OKFB Vice President of Public Policy and Media Relations I can’t remember in recent history when a session has started slower or when we have changed out a speaker midway through the first few days. In a vote of the Republican caucus members, Rep. Jeff Hickman, of Fairview, was elected to the new role of Speaker of the House. Most members have at least a year to prepare for this role and the duties that come with it. Speaker Hickman had about 10 minutes of grace time before the realities of the job set in. This is a monumental task that he faces, but knowing the new Speaker, he will do just fine. Speaker Hickman was raised on farm in northwest Oklahoma and is a product of the rural school system. He knows what each one of you face from a day-to-day business aspect and has made the same
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choices you have when it comes to running a farm and dealing with the government. We are excited at Oklahoma Farm Bureau to have a speaker who knows what it is like to live and work in rural Oklahoma. Speaker Hickman will be up to John Collison full speed in no time, and we look forward to working together to move Oklahoma forward. As I mentioned, we have been off to a slow start. With the reorganization of the leadership, many bills have been put on hold. This is not to imply that the committee chairs are not doing their jobs, but some bills have been held back or authors changed. We have had good success so far in limiting the hearing of a few bills that deal with people trespassing on your land and also have been successfully educating people on the unintended consequences of a few animal rights bills. Unfortunately, while a few bad bills have been stopped, a few more remain. We saw a wind bill that limits where landowners can place wind turbines on their land pass out of a Senate committee. Let me be clear that while not all people agree on windmills, our policy does take the side of landowners. We will continue to watch these bills as they move along in the process. Being an election year and given the fact that a few members are termed out, running for leadership positions or running for higher office, we stand a great shot of seeing many things that are not “Main Street” normal this year.
OKFB offers new member benefit OKFB members now receive a 10 percent discount off Big Iron Online Auction’s standard selling service fees. Big Iron provides opportunities for buyers and sellers year-round, every week of the year to buy or sell equipment. Big Iron’s website allows visitors to access listings from anywhere in the world 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bidders have the ability to discuss specifics about equipment with the seller, or inspect the equipment themselves. With over 25 years of auction experience, Big Iron is more than just an online auction company, but a business partner to market your equipment. Find out more about Big Iron Online Auction at www.bigiron.com.
Summey competes in Collegiate Farm Bureau Discussion Meet Oklahoma State University Collegiate Farm Bureau member Keili Summey was one of the final four competitors in the 2014 AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, Feb. 9, in Virginia Beach, Va. Her final question was “How can we encourage young farmers and ranchers to stay involved with farm bureau even if they don’t hold an elected position?” Summey received a $1,250 scholarship from the CHS Foundation. She is currently attending Oklahoma State University and majoring in agricultural education.
Kutter Jewell (left), a sixth grade student at Burlington Elementary School, receives recognition for his winning entry in the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Storyboard Contest, Feb. 13. He is pictured with his teacher, Alfalfa County Farm Bureau member Terry Pederson. Jewell will have the chance to participate in Ag Day at the Capitol in March. Read more about Jewell’s entry and the AITC contest online at www.okfarmbureau.org.
OKFB’s Robin Landrum (left), First Oklahoma Ag Network’s Mike Dain, Logan County FB board member Paul Freundt, OKFB’s Jennie Bruning and Caddo County FB member Wayne Krehbiel discuss new member benefits at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau booth during the Oklahoma Soybean Expo, Feb. 12, in Stillwater.
Honer named director of commodities and safety services Todd Honer was recently promoted to director of commodities and safety services for Oklahoma Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies. Honer will be responsible for enhancing OKFB’s commodity and safety programs within the state as part of the organization and membership services division. “Todd has been a tremendous asset to Oklahoma Farm Bureau for many years, and we are so excited to have him fill this new role within our organization,” OKFB Executive Director Monica Wilke said. Honer has been an OKFB field representative in northwest Oklahoma for 21 years. He was born and raised in Alva, where he met his wife of 20 years. Honer attended NEO A&M and then received his bachelor’s degree in animal science/ agricultural education from Oklahoma State University. During his college career, Honer represented OSU as the Spirit Rider. When Honer is not busy with his Farm Bureau duties, he enjoys watching his three children play any kind of ball.
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National Cowboy Museum announces Spring Symposium The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces a symposium focusing on rural issues to be held in March. The program titled Surviving the Elements: Land & Water Issues of the West aims to increase awareness of drought and rural issues in the American West, by focusing on stewardship and conservation of land and water. Ranching and the iconic cowboy are both important aspects of the West and of the National Cowboy Museum’s permanent collections, exhibitions and educational programming. The two intertwined play an important role in building a better connection to the past, present and future of western resources. Surviving the Elements: Land & Water Issues of the West is a series of lectures and panel discussions on such topics as land and pasture management, water usage, conservation measures, livestock/herd management, new resource preservation and enhancement strategies. This educational series augments the story of modern day ranching told in the Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum aims to make an impact and be a change agent for rural issues by creating a conversation between farmers, ranchers and their industry partners to help create solutions. At the center of this conversation will be the symposium held each Friday in March 2014 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and features world-renowned experts on several topics. For more detailed explanations of the workshops or to register online, go to www.survivingtheelements.org. Reservations are required and the registration fee is $10 and includes lunch. You
can also register by calling 405-478-2250, ext. 280. Past Influences (March 7) • Should Ranchers Study History? by Jay O’Brien, rancher • The Culture of Water Law in the American West by Donald J. Pisani, Merrick chair of western American history, emeritus, University of Oklahoma • Dust Bowl and Beyond – A Lesson for the Future from Past Hard Times by Timothy Egan, author Current Trends (March 14) • The Challenge of Changing Climate: From the Cowboy to Today by Evelyn Browning-Garriss, climatologist • A Look at the Economics of Drought – Challenges for the Agriculture Industry and Affected Communities by M. Ray Perryman, Ph.D. economist • Drought and Rangeland Stewardship by Patrick E. Reece, Ph.D. range scientist, Prairie & Montane Enterprises Future Demands & Solutions – Part 1 (March 21) • The Oklahoma Mesonet: A Stateof-the-Art Network for Weather and Soil Monitoring, Ronald Elliott, Ph.D, registered professional engineer, Environment and Natural Resources, Emeritus, Oklahoma State University
• America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It by Robert Glennon, author and water resource expert • What is the Future of Rangelands? Natural Resources and What Can Be Done to Restore Them by Allan Savory, president & co-founder, Savory Institute Future Demands & Solutions – Part 2 (March 28) • How can you love the land and still use it? Chet Vogt, rancher, silversmith • Innovative Solutions for a Dry Future by J.D. Strong, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, executive director • The Farm Grandpa Gave Me by Seth Pratt, emerging leader and former western region vice president of the National FFA Organization The program is made possible by a grant provided by the Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), through a partnership with Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Oklahoma City, and the Coca-Cola Foundation has granted $100,000 to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in honor of the Browne Family.