Billy Gibson of Pontotoc County was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Award during the OKFB 75th Annual Convention Nov. 11 in Oklahoma City.
The award honors OKFB members who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Farm Bureau organization.
Gibson has been in agriculture for nearly 42 years and served several terms on the Oklahoma Farm Bureau State Board of Directors as well as on the Pontotoc County Farm Bureau board since 1978. He is active in a cow/calf and stocker/feeder operation in addition to his contributions to the pecan industry.
He has attended 23 national Farm Bureau conventions and served as a delegate five times. Gibson said Oklahoma Farm Bureau members and staff were at the heart of his dedication to the organization.
“This was quite a surprise,” Gibson said of receiving the honor. “The people I met and got to work with made it worthwhile.”
Gibson is also a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association and an AFBF Research Foundation Executive Club Member.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Annual Meeting is the organization’s largest gathering of farmers and ranchers every year. At the event, members vote on grassroots policy, elect leaders and award outstanding individuals. OKFB has a presence in all 77 Oklahoma counties and serves as the voice of agriculture and the rural way of life. To learn more, visit www.okfarmbureau.org.
(L to R) Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan and OKFB Executive Director Monica Wilke present Billy Gibson with the 2016 Distinguished Service to OKFB award. Gibson is joined by his wife, Janet, and family.