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AFR is an advertiser in Oklahoma Agriculture Magazine, a guide to Oklahoma’s farms, forests and food. This magazine is published in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and features stories about the state’s top crops, livestock, agribusiness, tourism and local products.

69th Annual Speech Contest

All District Contest registrations will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the contest briefing will begin at 4:30 p.m. Judges and speakers will then disperse to assigned classrooms for competition. Immediately following competition, a meal will be served. Awards, special recognition and final comments will conclude the contest.

Legislation for the 2013 Spring Session

During the 2013 session, 426 bills passed both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature and were either signed or vetoed by Governor Fallin.

Oklahoma Ag Groups Write Letter to Congress Supporting Farm Bill

Fifteen Oklahoma agriculture organizations have signed a litter of support for the House version of the 2013 farm bill. The groups sent the letter to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas last week.

The letter specifically supports the safety net provisions and the voluntary conservation programs written into the bill, H.R. 1947.

The letter's signers also said the believe passage of the current fam bill would give them some measure of certainty so that they could make long-range business decisions.

The bill is expected to be voted on this week, and may come up for consideration as early as Wednesday.

AFR President Responds to Farm Bill Extension

To address the so-called "fiscal cliff," Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act January 1, 2013. The new legislation is a combination of mandatory tax increases and government spending cuts and includes a modification of the estate tax and a short-term extension of most programs in the recently-expired 2008 Farm Bill.

In response to the passage of a short-term farm bill extension, AFR President Terry Detrick stated:

AFR Promotes Practical Skills with Youth Livestock Handling Competition

OKLAHOMA CITY-American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) continued its support of Oklahoma youth through the annual Tulsa Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills Competition Dec. 7, 2012. The competition showcased the skills of young 4-H and FFA members in practical, real-life cattle handling scenarios such as weighing for accurate dosage, vaccinating, and tagging calves in a hydraulic chute.

AFR State Committee Conducts Policy Focus Group

OKLAHOMA CITY-The American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) 2012 Policy Committee convened in Oklahoma City Dec. 6 to discuss proposed changes and additions to the organization's policy.

Committee members play an integral role in policy development. Policies formed, altered or approved during the committee meetings and then adopted by member delegates during the 2013 AFR State Convention Feb. 22-23 will govern AFR legislative efforts through the next year.

AFR Members Participate in AFR State Bylaws Process

OKLAHOMA CITY-The American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) 2012 Bylaws Committee convened in Oklahoma City Dec. 5 to discuss proposed changes to the organization's bylaws.

Topics deemed appropriate for vote will be brought before delegates at the 2013 AFR State Convention. The upcoming convention will be held in Norman Feb. 22-23.

2012 AFR State Speech Contest Winners Announced

OKLAHOMA CITY - American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) concluded its 68th annual AFR Fall Speech Contest series with the state competition in Stillwater, Dec. 1. More than 150 finalists from across Oklahoma showcased their public speaking skills for a chance to win at the state level.

2012 AFR Fall District Speech Contest Winners Announced

OKLAHOMA CITY-American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) wrapped up the 68th annual AFR Fall Speech Contest series this week. Each year, the fall contest series gives more than 500 Oklahoma youth from across the state an opportunity to display their public speaking and leadership skills.

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