Grassroots-led policy reforms
Grassroots policy development and implementation have long been a core function of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. From our first resolutions focusing on farmers’ contributions to help win World War II to today’s efforts to keep out-of-state special interest groups at bay, Farm Bureau members have crafted and implemented a myriad of policies to help Oklahoma’s farming and ranching communities.
Below are a few milestones in OKFB’s policy development and implementation efforts throughout our 75 years.
When the U.S. Supreme Court declares the Agricultural Adjustment Act unconstitutional, the American Farm Bureau Federation pressures Congress to pass..Read More
In 1941, Congress enacted a law pushed by the AFBF to support cotton prices at 85 percent of parity.
At the 1945 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention, delegates took up the topic of ad valorem taxes for the first time.
J.H. Cox, a Bryan County farmer, initiated the adoption of a resolution to ensure farm-to-market roads were built first along..Read More
In 1947, Gov. Roy J. Turner appointed a committee to study state taxes, especially estate taxes. The committee recommended a..Read More
The biggest legislative boost in 1949 was the recodification of state laws on agriculture.
Resolutions adopted at the 1950 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention mentioned abandoned minerals and wanted an ad valorem tax levied on..Read More
In 1955, Oklahoma Farm Bureau opposed the taking of private land to expand the Fort Sill artillery range. Within four..Read More
In 1956, the Farm Bureau’s idea of a soil bank to retire fragile land became a reality in Congress.
The first legislative success concerning agriculture sales tax was accomplished in 1957, when a bill granting sales tax exemption for..Read More
In 1961, Oklahoma Farm Bureau assisted in the passage of the state’s first egg grading law.
In 1961, Oklahoma Farm Bureau assisted in water law reform, a process which took about a decade to complete.
In 1965, fertilizer was added to the list of agricultural sales tax exemptions.
In 1967, farm machinery was added to the list of purchases exempt from state sales tax.
In 1968, Oklahoma Farm Bureau helped defeated the Scenic Rivers Bill.
In 1969, machinery repair parts were exempted from sales tax.
In 1970, Oklahoma Farm Bureau hired the first legislative staff member to help follow up on pending legislation.
In 1972, a sales tax exemption was granted to commercial applicators for fertilizer.
The year 1972 was considered a banner year. After many failures, Oklahoma Farm Bureau finally won legislative referral of our..Read More
In 1973, tax exemptions for poultry stock were granted to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.
In 1973, strong cattle prices led to increased cattle thefts. To help identify rustlers, legislators suggested livestock trailers be identified..Read More
In 1979, the Soybean Commission was created.
In 1979, President Jim Lockett and Executive Secretary Ken McFall participated in the Oklahoma Agriculture and Home Economics Coalition with..Read More