2016 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 18. Corporations
§18-951. Prohibition on forming - Exceptions.

18 OK Stat § 18-951 (2016) What's This?

A. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state and shall be the prohibition of this act that, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 5 of this act, no foreign corporation shall be formed or licensed under the Oklahoma General Corporation Act for the purpose of engaging in farming or ranching or for the purpose of owning or leasing any interest in land to be used in the business of farming or ranching. A domestic corporation may, however, be formed under the Oklahoma General Corporation Act to engage in such activity if the following requirements are met by that domestic corporation:

1. There shall be no shareholders other than (a) natural persons; (b) estates; (c) trustees of trusts for the benefit of natural persons, if such trustees are either (i) natural persons or (ii) banks or trust companies which either have their principal place of business in Oklahoma or are organized under the laws of the State of Oklahoma; or (d) corporations owned by no shareholders other than those described in paragraph 1 (a), (b) or (c) of this section and meeting the requirements of paragraph 3 of this section.

2. Not more than thirty-five percent (35%) of the corporation's annual gross receipts shall be from any source other than (a) farming or ranching or both, as the case may be, or (b) allowing others to extract from the corporate lands any minerals underlying the same, including, but not limited to, oil and gas. Provided, however, in the event a corporation does not comply with the thirty-five percent (35%) annual gross receipt test, then, in that event the corporation may furnish records of its gross receipts for each of the previous five (5) years, or for each year that it has been in existence if less than five (5) years, and the average of said annual gross receipts shall be used in lieu of the corporation's annual gross receipts for purposes of complying with this section.

3. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, there shall not be more than ten shareholders unless said shareholders in excess of ten are related as lineal descendants or are or have been related by marriage to lineal descendants or persons related to lineal descendants by adoption or any combination of same. For a corporation incorporated for the purpose of breeding horses, there shall not be more than twenty-five shareholders.

4. Certificates of incorporation for domestic corporations which intend to engage in farming or ranching or owning or leasing any interest in land to be used in the business of farming or ranching shall initially be approved by the State Board of Agriculture concerning the purpose prior to filing in the office of the Secretary of State. No stated purpose is to be disapproved by the Board of Agriculture unless such stated purpose violates existing civil or criminal code.

B. The Secretary of State shall provide the State Department of Agriculture a list of corporations registering in the state that list farming or ranching or owning or leasing any interest in land to be used in the business of farming or ranching at least weekly.

Amended by Laws 1986, c. 292, § 156, eff. Nov. 1, 1986; Laws 1991, c. 38, § 2, emerg. eff. April 3, 1991.

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