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.
In 1981, the estate tax exemption was raised to $175,000.
In 1982, Oklahoma Farm Bureau delegates were critical of school curricula, which helped spearhead a resolution calling for a “return..Read More
In 1983, Oklahoma Farm Bureau succeeded in amending OKFB’s 1978 law to allow any mineral or surface owner to bring action..Read More
The year 1984 was described by many veterans of the legislature as one of the toughest years. The legislature was..Read More
In 1986, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau helped remove agriculture from the “fast track” foreclosure bill.
In 1986, Oklahoma Farm Bureau helped pass a bill on tort reform.
In 1987, the Oklahoma legislature passed a bill to help with the eradication of brucellosis.
In 1987, multiple laws dealing with economic development pass in the Oklahoma legislature.
In 1989, farmers and ranchers gained tax exemptions for farm machinery and repair parts using in custom agricultural operations.
In 1989, State Question 614 was recalled from the ballot.
In 1990, Oklahoma Farm Bureau members lobbied congressmen to pass a bill that protected private property rights.
In 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Rails to Trails Act was constitutional.
In 1991, a bill concerning private property rights was introduced in Congress.
In 1992, Oklahoma Farm Bureau supported a petition to amend the state constitution requiring a vote of the people to..Read More
In 1994, a petition was filed to cap ad valorem taxes.
Through a vote of the people, Oklahoma Farm Bureau helped pass a Right-to-Work amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution in 2001.
In 2004, the OKAgFund reported a 97 percent success rate in backing candidates for public office during primary elections.
In 2007, the state trespassing law updated in 2006 was expanded to include hunting and fishing without permission.
In 2012, House Bill 2573 passed, increasing fines for poaching.
To improve the chances that the Oklahoma Water Resources Board will consider policies affecting agriculture, the Legislature expands the board..Read More