Ahead of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention- Links to the Comments of All Three Presidential Hopefuls
The 2017 edition of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention and Trade Show is set to begin tomorrow at the Embassy Suites in Norman- I am looking forward to saying Howdy to many of you as we help kick off the opening General Session with a farm news and market update- I share the stage with Lt Governor Todd Lamb and with OSU Dean and Vice President for the Division of Ag, Dr. Tom Coon.
Featured speaker on Saturday is American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall- and then the attention turns to the delegates that will work on policy positions for the coming year for the organization on Saturday morning.
Saturday afternoon- those same delegates will decide who will be the President of Oklahoma Farm Bureau for the next two years. Incumbent Tom Buchanan is asking for two more years- I asked Tom if he wanted to provide us with a brief statement about why he wants to serve Farm Bureau as President for another two years- and here is his response:
"Oklahoma Farm Bureau is celebrating it's 75 anniversary a great milestone in itself. Oklahoma Farm Bureau can count many successes on behalf of Oklahoma Agriculture and rural Oklahoma over the past 75 years.
"I am very proud to be a member of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and greatly honored to have been given the opportunity to be the president as this milestone was reached by our organization.
"The challenges facing the members of Oklahoma Farm Bureau today are many, running from the erosion of private property rights, increased taxation, the changing demographics of Oklahoma, to the overburden some regulatory environment. I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with the members of Oklahoma Farm Bureau as we face and overcome these and other challenges."
for Buchanan's complete statement provided to us via email.
Earlier- we have posted comments from the two challengers to Buchanan-Jimmy Wayne Kinder
and Rodd Moesel.
Click on their names and you can see their complete statements as well.
Kinder speaks of wanting to give Farm Bureau members a choice as to who would help lead the organization and added "I know the frustrations of local boards and understand d the needs of county members. With your help, I would transition OKFB, into an organization that is more responsive to county leaders and their local efforts."
Moesel writes in his open letter to Farm Bureau leaders "Over the last few weeks we believe it has become clear that Oklahoma Farm Bureau would best be served by new leadership as we make plans to select our new executive director, rebuild our important field services team, fight the pending lawsuit and develop our vision and direction for the next 25 years as we head toward our centennial." He adds that "I will work hand and hand with the state board to switch from a combative intimidation style to a cooperative style with other state agriculture groups."