Alfalfa County couple wins YF&R Excellence in Agriculture award
Steve and Mindi Clark of Byron were announced the winners of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award Nov. 10, at OFB’s 71st Annual Convention in Oklahoma City.
The award recognizes successful young adults ages 35 years or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business. Winners are chosen based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Oklahoma Farm Bureau and other community organizations.
The couple received a four-wheeler ATV, courtesy of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Chisholm Trail Farm Credit and Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, and an all-expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 13-16, where they will compete National YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award. The winner of the National YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award will b able to choose either a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado or 2013 GMC Sierra, courtesy of GM, and paid registration to the 2013 YF&R Leadership Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, February 8-11. Three national runners-up will receive a Case IH Farmall 45A, courtesy of Case IH, a $2,500 cash prize and STIHL Farm Boss, courtesy of STIHL.
Steve and Mindi raise cattle, wheat, alfalfa and row crops on their operation near Byron. Steve works as a certified crop advisor for the Burlington Cooperative Association, and Mindi is employed as an agricultural education instructor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in agricultural education at Oklahoma State University.
The couple currently serves as the Alfalfa County YF&R chairman.
John Grunewald, president of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma (left), and Brent Straub, 2012 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Chairman (right), present Steve and Mindi Clark of Byron, Okla., with the 2012 OFB YF&R Excellence in Agriculture award during the 71st OFB annual Meeting in Oklahoma City Nov. 10.
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Steve and Mindi Clark of Byron, Okla., winners of the 2012 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture award, pose with the four-wheeler they won for winning the award. The ATV was donated by Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma.
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