OKFB President Rodd Moesel Talks About The Schedule of Virtual Events For Farm Bureau Leadership WeekMon, 01 Feb 2021 16:09:04 CST
This is Farm Bureau Leadership Week and Rodd Moesel, president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, is enthusiastic about the new virtual sessions planned for OKFB members.
Moesel was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
The farm group has one virtual program a day including three days, Tuesday-Thursday, featuring state and federal elected officials.
Tuesday will be a video session with House and Senate leadership, Speaker Charles McCall and Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat.
Each one will go about 30 minutes and Moesel said they will each give their views of what we will be facing this year.
The Governorís State-of-the-State on Monday was all about the budget.
Thankfully they addressed much of the budget challenges last session, so the pain was less this year, Moesel said.
He (Gov. Stitt) wants to make a real effort to reduce rules and regulations to stimulate growth on our farms and ranches, Moesel said.
Wednesday will feature the mayors of Tulsa and Oklahoma City discussing property taxes.
This is our most controversial program, Moesel said.
This is a good discussion for the leaders of our two major cities to learn something about us and vice versa, Moesel said.
We had a long visit about all the different interrelationships between rural and urban and how we really do count on each other, Moesel said.
The OKFB President said they ended the discussion with a heart-to-heart about the municipal governmentís desire to start tapping the ad valorem tax so theyíre not totally dependent on sales tax.
Our top priority for this session is to protect the sales tax exemption for agriculture, Moesel said.
Sales taxes are intended to be at the last point of sale, not where you are growing or manufacturing a product, Moesel said.
There is some movement on rural broadband expansion at the state and federal level and we are anxious to get rural broadband for all rural Oklahomans, Moesel said.
The farm group has a new advocacy guide booklet to help members navigate the legislative process.
We have a new text message service whenever there is a bill of interest to agriculture and rural Oklahoma, Moesel said.
Weíre encouraging folks to know their legislators before they need them for an issue, Moesel said.
We want to make it as easy as possible for folks, Moesel said.
Moesel said the other big subject this week is having Cong. Frank Lucas on Thursday to update us on federal issues.
Itís going to be interesting to get an update from him and learn who the new players in D.C. are and their approach on trade and different farm programs, Moesel said.
The links for each day of OKFBís leadership week is on Facebook and OKFBís website.
You can click here to learn more about Oklahoma Farm Bureauís leadership week events.
We certainly invite all folks who care about rual Oklahoma to tune in and watch these events, Moesel said.
You click on the listen bar below to hear more of KCís interview with Rodd Moesel.
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