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Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation helps fight childhood hunger with donation to food banks he Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation recently donated $27,395.55 to fight childhood hunger statewide. The donation benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Program, which includes the Backpack Program. Earlier this year, Oklahoma FFA members were encouraged to donate livestock shown at the Oklahoma Youth Expo to the Beef for Backpacks and Pork for Packs programs. These programs provide protein sticks for the Food for Kids Backpack Program statewide. FFA chapter members were also asked to add 25 cents to each fundraising package they sold for their chapter and contribute that 25 cents to fight childhood hunger in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation collected the proceeds and also facilitated the donation of livestock to the Oklahoma Food Banks. In total, $22,464.35 benefited the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids program and was matched to help even more chronically hungry kids, thanks to the Food for Kids Match. As a result, children will be supported through the Food for Kids program for an entire school year in central and western Oklahoma. 00388476 The other $4,931.20

Chris Kidd, director of fundraising and public relations of the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation (third from right), presents a check for $27,395.55 to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Program, which includes the Backpack Program. of the donation benefits the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. “To know that the efforts of so many FFA members across the state is helping other children is very rewarding,” said Chris Kidd, director of fundraising and

public relations of the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation. “To know that this donation will be matched just makes it better. There isn’t a better youth organization in our state than the FFA.”

More than 450 Oklahoma Farm Bureau members ask EPA to ditch WOTUS rule ore than 450 Oklahoma Farm Bureau members recently urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. County Farm Bureaus collected more than 300 signatures over a two-week period, while other members submitted written comments at the organization’s annual August Area Meetings. Finalized in June 2015, the WOTUS rule has been despised by farmers, ranchers and landowners across the country. The rule vastly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, granting the EPA and the Corps regulatory authority over 44 — Oklahoma Country

virtually all waters including any place rainwater collects such as farm ponds, ditches and puddles. “Waters of the U.S. has been a blatant power grab by the federal government that flies in the face of personal property rights,” said Marc Harder, landowner and Canadian County Farm Bureau member. Under direction of a presidential executive order, the EPA and the Corps now are conducting a two-step rulemaking process to repeal and revise the rule. Many Farm Bureau members expressed their opposition to the rule because of its potential to inhibit the production of safe and affordable food.

“The only way agriculture can stay in existence and feed our country is for each producer to have the right to control their ground and ag practices,” said Kathy Boyd, a farmer and Texas County Farm Bureau member. Farm Bureau members also believe farmers and ranchers are the greatest stewards of the environment and should be trusted by the government. “The environment is no more valuable to anyone than to agriculturalists,” said Alfalfa County Farm Bureau member Terry Pederson, a farmer and rancher. “It is the basis of the progress, profitability and self-sufficiency of production agriculture.”

Oklahoma Country - Fall 2017  
Oklahoma Country - Fall 2017