Okmulgee County Farm Bureau was presented with the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau John I. Taylor Award on Saturday, Nov. 9 during the organization’s 78th annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Named after OKFB’s first president, the award serves as the organization’s highest county honor.
Okmulgee County was honored for excelling in the program areas of public policy, local affairs, service to members, membership, Women’s Leadership Committee and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee.
“We’re very blessed in Okmulgee County that we have a very active group,” said Jim Meek, Okmulgee County president. “Our Women’s Leadership Committee is dedicated to making their communities better, and in the last few years, we’ve got our Young Farmers and Ranchers going. We’ve been very blessed that we have good officers and we’ve had good participation.”
Throughout the past year, Okmulgee County Farm Bureau focused their efforts on recruiting new members and promoting agriculture in their community. The group hosted membership drives at county livestock shows to encourage students and parents interested in agriculture to join Farm Bureau.
Okmulgee County members also educated area students about agriculture by sponsoring the OKFB Foundation for Agriculture commodity trailer at local schools during agriculture week, informed state legislators about the issues affecting farmers and ranchers during the OKFB Leadership Conference, and shared agriculture issues and information on its Facebook page.
“Members in Okmulgee County are always willing to do what it takes to support agriculture, both locally and in the state,” Meek said. “We’re just proud that we can have an impact in Oklahoma.”
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.
Download a high-resolution photo of Okmulgee County Farm Bureau President Jim Meek (center) receiving the 2019 Oklahoma Farm Bureau John I. Taylor Award from OKFB President Rodd Moesel (right) and Executive Director Thad Doye (left).