Phyllis Holcomb of Creek County was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Award during the 2017 OKFB Annual Meeting Nov. 10 in Norman, Oklahoma.
The award honors OKFB members who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Farm Bureau organization.
“I have dedicated my life to the farming industry,” Holcomb said. “It’s just been in my heart and soul since I grew up.”
A longtime Farm Bureau member, Holcomb has served on the Creek County Farm Bureau board of directors, the OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee and the OKFB state board of directors.
“Farm Bureau does so much to help each farm family, legislatively and on their own farms and in their communities,” Holcomb said. “It’s just been a great organization since it was started in 1942. If you look back at the history, where would farmers be without each of us?”
Serving on numerous Farm Bureau committees and attending numerous conventions and conferences, Holcomb has advocated for agricultural policy on behalf of family farmers and ranchers on both the state and national levels.
“I was blown away,” Holcomb said of receiving the honor. “It’s so much appreciated.”
Holcomb has spent more than 30 years educating Oklahoma’s youth on the importance of agriculture and rural Oklahoma Holcomb has served as a 4-H leader and is an active supporter of FFA and 4-H programs throughout the state.
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.
Phyllis Holcomb (second from right) receives the 2017 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to OKFB award from AFBF President Zippy Duvall, OKFB President Tom Buchanan (left) and OKFB Interim Executive Director Thad Doye (right) along with members of her family during the awards session at the 76th annual OKFB convention in Norman on Friday, Nov. 10. Holcomb was recognized for her time serving Creek County Farm Bureau and OKFB in a number of capacities, including OKFB District 9 State Director.