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Agriculture

February 14, 2013

Gov. proclaims Farm Bureau Week

PRYOR — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a proclamation designating Feb. 18-22 as Farm Bureau Week.

The week is part of a statewide observance during which county Farm Bureaus will host receptions, open houses and other events inviting the community to participate.

“This is a time for us to discuss rural issues and explain how Farm Bureau can help improve the lives of rural Oklahomans,” said Mike Spradling, Oklahoma Farm Bureau president.

The state organization will kick off the week with its annual leadership conference, Feb. 18-19, at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City. Keynote speakers include U.S. Representatives Frank Lucas, R-OK, and James Lankford, R-OK, AFBF President Bob Stallman and Lawton businessman Bill Burgess. Also, Oklahoma FFA President Brandon Baumgarten will welcome the group to the conference.

“Farm Bureau is a general farm organization with its roots strongly intertwined with the history of this great state,” Spradling said. “We understand the importance of representing our members’ interests in a clear, responsible manner.

“We’ve been successful in guarding against ad valorem tax increases on agricultural land, reforming estate tax laws, protecting private property rights and obtaining increased funding for rural roads and bridges.”

The Sand Springs rancher adds he expects Farm Bureau to continue to play a major role in Oklahoma’s economy.

“We must stay actively engaged and remain involved to make sure the voice of agriculture is heard,” Spradling said.

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