NORMAN — Sen. John Sparks of Norman is among fifteen of the state’s top agricultural advocates who will receive the Oklahoma Farm Bureau 2013 Champion Award during the OKFB Leadership Conference, Feb. 17-18, at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board of Directors is recognizing the state leaders and legislators for going above and beyond to protect and improve agriculture and rural Oklahoma during the 2013 legislative session.
“As the state’s largest agricultural organization, we are committed to preserving the livelihood and legacy of our fellow farmers and ranchers,”OKFB President Tom Buchanan said. “It is an honor to distinguish these state leaders who share our vision and who continue to help make positive strides for Oklahoma agriculture.”
In addition to Sparks, Gov. Mary Fallin and the following legislators will be recognized for their outstanding efforts: Sen. Mike Schulz, Altus; Sen. Eddie Fields, Wynona; Sen. Bryce Marlatt, Woodward; Sen. Kim David, Porter; Sen. Larry Boggs, Wilburton; Sen. Kyle Loveless, Oklahoma City; Speaker T.W. Shannon, Lawton; Rep. Mike Jackson, Enid; Rep. Dale DeWitt, Braman; Rep. Don Armes, Faxon; Rep. Jerry Shoemake, Morris; Rep. Steve Martin, Bartlesville; and Rep. Skye McNiel, Bristow.
Nominations for the awards were received from county Farm Bureau boards and the OKFB Board of Directors.
“As a farmer and rancher in central Oklahoma, I have seen firsthand the positive impact Sen. Sparks has made on our state’s agricultural industry,” OKFB District 8 Director John Grundmann said. “We appreciate his service and his passion for rural Oklahoma.”
Oklahoma Speaker T.W. Shannon recently praised the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling on Senate Bill 1062, Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation reform bill.
SB1062 changes Oklahoma’s current judicial workers’ compensation system to an administrative system. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the new system is constitutional and does not violate the Oklahoma Constitution’s ‘single subject rule’.