Oklahoma Farm Bureau has named Steve Thompson as the farm organization’s senior director of public policy.
In his new role, Thompson will lead OKFB’s public policy team as they work to implement Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy goals at both the Oklahoma Capitol and in Washington, D.C.
“Steve has a heart for serving Oklahoma’s agriculture community, and his depth and breadth of experience working on agriculture issues make him an ideal leader for our policy efforts,” said Rodd Moesel, OKFB president. “With Steve at the helm of our public policy department, we are excited to continue serving our members’ interests in the policy arena.”
Thompson, who was raised on a Lincoln County farm his family settled in the land run of 1891, joined OKFB’s public policy department in February as an assistant director of public policy.
“I’m excited to build upon the relationships and accomplishments that Sen. Ron Justice earned for Farm Bureau members as our policy department continues to advocate for Oklahoma agriculture,” Thompson said. “Oklahoma Farm Bureau is known for active engagement and respectful advocacy on behalf of our members. The policy team will continue to work hard every day as we strive to uphold this tradition.”
Prior to joining OKFB, Thompson served as director of government relations and ag programs for American Farmers and Ranchers. Thompson also worked for nine years at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, first as legislative liaison, then as associate commissioner. He studied agricultural education and agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University.
Thompson also serves as a livestock show superintendent at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and Tulsa State Fair. He received the okPork Ambassador Award from the Oklahoma Pork Council in 2019, the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association in 2007 and the Honorary State FFA Degree in 2018. He and his wife Jana have one son, Will, and they reside in Yukon.