OKFB Pres. Rodd Moesel Gives Sneak Peak of What's on Tap at the 2018 OKFB State ConventionThu, 15 Nov 2018 13:12:53 CST
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau will host its 2018 Annual State Convention this weekend in Norman, Okla. at the Embassy Suites Convention Center. In anticipation of this event, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays touched base with Rodd Moesel, OKFB president, to talk about what events and what issues will be on tap for members at this year’s meeting. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
According to Moesel, members from all 77 counties will be present at this year’s event to take part in the many meetings and discussion.
“We’re very excited about that. We’re expecting up to 700 on Saturday night for the banquet and good numbers for Friday and Saturday and into Sunday Vespers,” Moesel said. “So, we’re very excited about the next three days.”
With the general elections over and Oklahoma preparing to install several new government officials, Moesel says he will also be interested to see what issues arise in their policy meetings this weekend.
“It’s a surprise every year. There’s always an issue that we’re not expecting that stimulates lots of excitement on the resolutions floor,” he said. “But really, our whole emphasis this year is being stronger together.”
Moesel says the OKFB leadership and staff have been working hard to refocus the organization’s efforts after undergoing many changes recently. He says the board is putting particular emphasis on strengthening the ties and communication between OKFB’s state headquarters and the 77 county offices and their respective leaders. In addition, he says the board is attempting to develop stronger bonds with other agricultural groups around the state to further expand their advocacy efforts on behalf of rural Oklahoma. He contends the importance of fostering a cooperative spirit among all those stakeholders involved, citing the rural community’s recent demonstration of worth.
“I think the general election was a good indication of how important rural Oklahoma and agriculture is to our state’s leadership and what a big impact we had on the state elections up and down the board,” he remarked. “So, we’re trying to concentrate on that theme of all of us working together to do a good job or representing agriculture in rural Oklahoma.”
Several newly elected officials are expected to join members this weekend in Norman, including an appearance by Tulsa-area Congressman Kevin Hern; Mike Hunter, the newly elected State Attorney General; Matt Pinnell, our new Lt. Governor and a video appearance from Oklahoma’s new Governor, Kevin Stitt. These guests will be present during Friday’s Opening Session.
In addition, Friday’s session will also host a trade panel with international leaders and authorities on trade policy that will offer attending members insight into the current state of global commerce.
“So, we’re very excited about all the different things that are going to be going on over the next three days,” he said. “On top of all the programming, probably the best part of all is getting to network with one another and getting to renew friendships and visit with folks you don’t get to see so often. And - to see the different commodities and phases of agriculture in different parts of our state. So, that’s always one of the highlights.”
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