Oklahoma Farm Bureau recently named Amarie Bartel as the organization’s new economic development coordinator.
Bartel will work to expand OKFB’s economic development efforts in rural Oklahoma, working with rural small business owners and entrepreneurs to help them grow their ideas and businesses through a variety of programs and resources.
“I’m really excited to act as part of a change agent for rural small business owners and agricultural innovators so that they can have prosperity in their future endeavors and feel like somebody in our state is in their corner cheering for them as they work to make their own dreams come true,” Bartel said.
Bartel joins OKFB from the Oklahoma National Stockyards with an array of experiences in both agriculture and economic development.
“That is where I really realized I had a love for the people in the agriculture industry and that I loved essentially getting to be a professional problem-solver and boots on the ground for our state’s producers,” she said.
Bartel said she is looking forward to working with the state’s largest general farm organization in her new role.
“I’m really attracted to the way Oklahoma Farm Bureau stands with and behind our state’s agricultural producers and agricultural innovators,” she said. “Sometimes it seems as though agriculture is many pieces of a puzzle, but at Farm Bureau, it seems like we bring all the pieces together.”
Originally from Cushing, Bartel earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and agricultural business from Oklahoma State University.