Farm Bureau honors state lawmakers
Four state legislators were honored Feb. 16 by the state's largest farm organization for their dedication to rural Oklahoma and the agriculture industry. Oklahoma Farm Bureau presented its prestigious Meritorious Service awards to Sen. Don Barrington and Reps. Dale DeWitt, Danny Morgan and Phil Richardson.
"These legislators have demonstrated a strong voting record for agriculture and rural issues," said Mike Spradling, OFB president. "They've earned it!"
The awards are based on a county Farm Bureau's nomination and evaluation of the lawmakers' adherence to the values and issues important to rural Oklahoma.
Sen. Barrington was nominated by Comanche County Farm Bureau for his work on agricultural transportation legislation. Barrington is chairman of the Public Safety and Homeland Security committee.
Rep. DeWitt, nominated by Kay County Farm Bureau, has dedicated his career to improving the agriculture industry and was noted for his work to enhance Oklahoma's Right to Farm law. DeWitt is chairman of the Appropriations on Natural Resources committee.
Caddo and Grady County Farm Bureaus nominated Rep. Phil Richardson for authoring multiple rural bills including two that increased fines for trespassing and hunting without permission on private property. Richardson is chairman of the Wildlife committee.
Rep. Danny Morgan received strong approval from Lincoln County Farm Bureau. As House Minority Leader Morgan gives rural issues a high priority and has an open door policy for Farm Bureau members.
The meritorious service awards were presented during the annual Farm Bureau legislative and leadership conference in Oklahoma City.