Ervin Mitchell of Beaver County was recognized with the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Farm Bureau Award during the OKFB 74th Annual Convention Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City.
The Distinguished Service Award honors OKFB members who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Farm Bureau organization. Mitchell has been in agriculture for nearly 70 years and served on the state Farm Bureau board of directors for nine years.
“As far as I’m concerned, Farm Bureau members are the cream of the crop,” Mitchell said.
At 88 years old, Mitchell farms with his son and grandson in Beaver County. The family operation produces wheat, corn and grain sorghum, along with some cattle.
“[The award] makes you realize maybe you had an impression on Farm Bureau,” Mitchell said. “It makes us real proud. We really appreciate it.”
Mitchell served as president of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, president of the National Conservation District for two years, and served on the Oklahoma Water Resources Board for 21 years.
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.
Ervin Mitchell of Balko, Okla., was named the winner of Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service award to Farm Bureau at the 2015 OKFB annual meeting Friday, Nov. 13 in Oklahoma City. Mitchell was recognized for his years of service as he represented agriculture and conservation across Oklahoma and in Washington D.C.