Oklahoma Farm Bureau will kick off its policy development season with area meetings, in each of the state director districts during July and August.

"The primary objective of the area meetings is to allow members and leaders to bring up issues of concern for possible policy development consideration," said Matt Wilson, OFB executive director.

Farm Bureau governmental relations staff members will brief those in attendance on issues that are expected to come to the legislative forefront, on the state and national levels.

"We have changed the meeting format this year to focus more on policy development. We would like to give our county members and leaders ample time to discuss their concerns on important issues," Wilson said.

Each of the area meetings is scheduled to last approximately three hours. A meal will be served at all of the area meetings. County Farm Bureau members and leaders are encouraged to attend the meeting hosted in their state director's home district. An RSVP to members' respective county office one week prior to the date of their district meeting would be appreciated.

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau area meeting schedule, listed by state director district, includes:

--District 1, Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m., at Legend's Steakhouse, in Guymon; or Friday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., at the Woodward Vo-Tech, in Woodward.

--District 2, Thursday, July 26, 5:30 p.m., at Quartz Mountain Lodge, at Lake Lugert.

--District 3, Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30 p.m., at the Canadian County Farm Bureau office, in El Reno.

--District 4, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m., at the Lake Murray Lodge, at Lake Murray State Park.

--District 5, Monday, Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., at Pete's Place, in Krebs.

--District 6, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m., at J.L.'s BBQ, in Pryor; or Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m., Jasper's, in Tahlequah.

--District 7, Friday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., at the Cherokee Station, in Cherokee.

--District 8, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Pontotoc County Agri Plex, in Ada.

--District 9, Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:30 p.m., at Joseph's, in Drumright.

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