The Oklahoma Farm Bureau board of directors Wednesday announced Thad Doye has been se|ected to serve as the farm organization’s new executive director.
Doye will lead OKFB’s staff, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Oklahoma’s largest general farm organization.
“We are excited to have a lifelong Oklahoma farmer and rancher serving Oklahoma Farm Bureau as our executive director,” OKFB President Rodd Moesel said. “Thad brings with him decades of experience in agriculture, Farm Bureau, and a servant’s heart that we know will help him build and grow our organization to better serve our state’s farming and ranching families.”
Doye was chosen by the OKFB board after a comprehensive national search.
“Oklahoma agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau have some exciting opportunities ahead, but we also realize we face some challenges,” Doye said. “Farm Bureau members created this organization to help improve agriculture and rural Oklahoma, and I will work with OKFB staff and Farm Bureau leaders to ensure our organization is making the future brighter for our state.”
A native of Lawton, Doye began his career at OKFB in 1998 as a field representative before being named vice president of field services and later moving to the position of crop insurance manager for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance. Doye was se|ected to serve as OKFB’s interim executive director in July 2017.
For the past several years, Doye has helped build the Oklahoma Farming & Ranching Foundation’s Pork for Packs and Beef for Backpacks programs by transporting donated animals that are processed into protein sticks for hungry Oklahoma children in cooperation with local food banks.
Before joining the OKFB staff, Doye served as a grassroots OKFB leader as vice president of the organization’s state Young Farmers & Ranchers committee and as president of the Comanche County YF&R committee. Doye was also a member of class 13 of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program. He received an agriculture business degree from Cameron University in Lawton.
Doye, and his wife, Marla, raised three children – Christann (Dilks), Chasen and Cortlin – on the family’s Comanche County farm where they grow wheat and cover crops and raise cattle.