Norman City Leadership's Hardcore COVID-19 Restrictions Among The Reasons Why Farm Bureau Cancelled Annual Meeting, Says OKFB President Rodd MoeselWed, 23 Sep 2020 15:19:38 CDT
Cancelling the annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau meeting was a difficult but necessary decision, said OKFB President Rodd Moesel during an interview this week with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.
The annual meeting was scheduled for November in Norman but during the recent September OKFB Board of Directors meeting, they voted to cancel the in-person event.
Itís very disappointing to me for two reasons, Moesel said.
It means weíre standing pat on our resolutions for this year, he said, as a key part of the annual meeting is the business or resolutions session.
Fortunately, Farm Bureau was able to have a successful round of meetings in August in every Farm Bureau district, where members gathered to discuss possible changes in resolutions.
Even though most members agreed the current resolutions would hold up until next year, Moesel said there are always new issues that come up during the year.
The second thing is missing the chance to visit and network with our friends from around the state, he said.
The Norman City leadership and the mayor have been hardcore about the number of people that could gather together, Moesel said.
A virtual business meeting has been scheduled to replace the in-person meeting.
Legally we have to do the minutes, treasury report, the finance committee has to report, there are just a variety of things we have to do on an annual basis, Moesel said.
On a positive note, Farm Bureau members can access it anywhere they have Internet access, including the tractor of combine cab.
In addition, they can join together in any of the nine districts to view the virtual meeting.
Members in three of the nine districts will need to elect new representatives for the state board of directors.
Alan Jet and Jimmy Kinder are term limited and Keith Kisling is retiring.
The OKFB board also voted to oppose State Question 805
We came out unanimously opposed to SQ805, Moesel said.
We question whether all the changes required by SQ805 should be made to our Constitution, he said.
Especially concerning for the farm group is the fact over 500 prior felonies could not be brought into account.
The list of crimes Includes cattle rustling, property theft and similar crimes which would be treated as first-time occurrences as prior crimes would not be allowed to be brought into the decision before the judge and jury.
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