OkFB President Tom Buchanan Announces Candidacy for National AFBF Vice-PresidentWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:36:59 CST
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan is aiming to take his leadership nationally to the nation’s largest agricultural organization. In an interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, Buchanan announced his intensions to run for national vice president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The 2016 AFBF Annual Meeting will take place January 10-13 in Orlando, Florida. If elected, he said this will help put the focus on the needs and concerns of Oklahoma. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to the full interview.
At this year's convention, AFBF President Bob Stallman will be retiring after 16 years in the top leadership position. Four candidates have announced their intention to run for his position. The candidates include four state Farm Bureau presidents, including Barry Bushue of Oregon, Kevin Rogers of Arizona, Zippy Duvall of Georgia and Don Vilwock of Indiana. Buchanan said it appears the two front runners are Duvall and Vilwock because of the strong membership and agricultural industry in those two states, plus both individuals are also directly involved in production agriculture. Overall, Buchanan said any one of these four individuals will be great representatives of American Farm Bureau.
During the annual AFBF convention, delegates will be addressing a variety of policy resolutions. Buchanan said taxation is always a big issue on the national level that all ag groups and all states can get behind. Another key topic is federal government overreach through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He believes the organization has made headway over the “Waters of the United States” regulation and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Buchanan said these regulations are dramatically changing private property use in this country.
“That’s a real priority and a real focus of American Farm Bureau to correct that problem and put that decision making back at the state level and back at that private property owner level,” Buchanan said.
Hays will be covering the AFBF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Be listening and watching for coverage on the Radio Oklahoma Network and OklahomaFarmReport.com
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