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ALL AROUND OKLAHOMA

Top left: Gov. Kevin Stitt addressed OKFB members on day one of the Leadership Conference held Feb. 18-19 in Oklahoma City. Top right: Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur meets Pontotoc County Farm Bureau member Bill Gibson.

Two-day OKFB Leadership Conference hosts prominent line up of speakers

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klahoma Farm Bureau members from across the state gathered for the OKFB Leadership Conference held Feb. 18-19 in Oklahoma City. The two-day event provided members with the opportunity to hear from officials and leaders from around the state, learn about the latest Farm Bureau news, and receive information regarding the regulatory issues affecting modern 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 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. “I was elected to do things differently,” Stitt said. Newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur, an OKFB member, shared her optimism for the future of rural Oklahoma as she explained new programs geared toward creating more opportunities while

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realizing that it is difficult to be a part of production agriculture with the current rules and regulations in place. 00164178 “When I go home, I live with a guy who spends all his time in a barn, on a tractor or with cattle,” Arthur said. “When we make changes at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, I understand how it will affect producers.”

Other speakers in attendance included Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, Speaker of the House Charles McCall, Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd, House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready, Solicitor General Mithun Mansinghani and Texas legislative consultant Todd Kercheval.

YF&R members visit state Capitol for annual legislative day Left: More than 40 young farmers and ranchers from across the state visited with their local legislators during the YF&R legislative day held Feb. 18. Following their state Capitol visit, members attended the Leadership Conference held in conjunction where they were able to hear from several prominent Oklahoma legislators.

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Oklahoma Country is the official magazine of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Our spring issue highlights two Oklahomans making a name for themselves...

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Oklahoma Country is the official magazine of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Our spring issue highlights two Oklahomans making a name for themselves...