Several leadership positions, including three state board members, were decided during Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s 73rd Annual Convention Nov. 14-16 in Tulsa.
Voting delegates to the annual meeting elected three state directors, chairman of the Women’s Leadership Committee and chairman of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
Alan Jett of Beaver County was re-elected to a three-year term on the OKFB board of directors representing District 1.
Jett is a rancher in Slapout, Oklahoma, where he manages a cow/calf operation.
“I’m looking forward to serving another year on the OKFB board of directors,” Jett said. “I’m honored that the members of District 1 would select me again to represent them on the state level.”
District 1 encompasses Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Texas and Woodward counties in northwestern Oklahoma and the Oklahoma panhandle.
Jimmy Wayne Kinder of Cotton County also was re-elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for OKFB representing District 4.
Kinder is a farmer in Walters, Oklahoma, where he grows wheat, canola, grain sorghum and sesame. He also manages a stocker cattle operation.
“Being able to serve as the voice of District 4 on the state board of directors is a great honor,” Kinder said. “I’m excited to represent them on state issues for the next three years.”
Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray and Stephens counties in south central Oklahoma represent District 4.
Keith Kisling of Alfalfa County was elected as a new director to serve a three-year term on the OKFB board of directors representing District 7.
Kisling is a farmer in Burlington, Oklahoma, where he raises wheat and alfalfa. He also manages wheat pasture cattle.
“I just want to make a difference,” Kisling said. “I plan on giving a lot of quality time to Farm Bureau.”
District 7 includes Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Major, Noble and Woods counties in northwestern Oklahoma.
Women’s Leadership Committee
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee also elected a chairman.
Kitty Beavers of Stephens County was re-elected to serve as chairman of the Women’s Leadership Committee for a two-year term. Beavers said she is looking forward to representing the women of Oklahoma Farm Bureau for the next two years.
“We are ambassadors for Farm Bureau and our women know that,” Beavers said. “We go and promote agriculture and let people know where their food and fiber comes from.”
The Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee also elected a new chairman for a one-year term.
Zac and Amy Harris of Kiowa County will serve as the YF&R chairmen for one year. The couple farms in Hobart, Oklahoma, where they have a diversified crop and livestock operation. They grow wheat, grain sorghum and canola, along with other crops and manage a cow/calf operation.
Zac said he is looking forward to continuing traditions with the YF&R.
“We are really going to try to keep the momentum going from the previous year and get people involved,” Zac said. “We also want to focus on education and letting people know where their food comes from.”