Tyler and Beth Norvell were named the winners of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award on Nov. 13 at OKFB’s 74th Annual Convention in Oklahoma City.
“Farm Bureau has always been a huge part of agriculture and supporting young people, farmers and ranchers,” Tyler Norvell said. “It means a lot to represent this great organization at the nationals and to be honored at the state level.”
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 Norvells currently serve on the state YF&R committee and Tyler serves as a Grady County Farm Bureau board member. Both are highly involved in the agricultural industry, as Tyler serves as executive director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo and Beth serves as president of the Diamond Hats club. The family runs a few head of cattle and remains active in Tyler’s family farm operation. They reside in Tuttle with their two children Madilyn and Saylor.
“We have two daughters at home and we’re trying to raise them in the same way that we were, in an industry that we know is vital to this world and it’s vital of course to Oklahoma and to our country,” Beth Norvell said. “We’re doing our best to make sure that production agriculture and the meaning of it is not lost, at least in our family.”
The couple received a Polaris four-wheeler, courtesy of Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, Chisholm Trail Farm Credit and Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, an Icehole cooler, and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 10-13 in Orlando, Florida.
The Norvells will compete for the National YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award during the AFBF Annual Meeting.
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 John Grunewald with Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma present Beth and Tyler Norvell with the 2015 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture Award along with Kile Furr of Chisholm Trail Farm Credit and OKFB YF&R Chairman Zac Harris at the 2015 OKFB annual meeting Friday, Nov. 13. The Excellence in Agriculture Award recognizes young agriculturalists whose main income comes from sources other than farming or ranching.