Ridge Hughbanks joined Oklahoma Farm Bureau as the government relations intern June 1.
During his time at OKFB, Hughbanks will conduct research on the feasibility of expanding beef processing and packing facilities in Oklahoma. His work will help inform Farm Bureau members about the structural issues facing the animal protein industry as they develop grassroots policy in the fall.
Hughbanks will also consider ways that rural Oklahomans can expand business opportunities to serve rural communities around the state.
“I am ultimately most excited about learning the intricacies of the beef market and how OKFB can benefit producers all across the state with its resources and influences,” Hughbanks said. “I hope to play a role in what I know will be meaningful change for Oklahoma producers.”
As the fifth generation on his family’s farm in Alva, Oklahoma, Hughbanks will graduate from Oklahoma State University with a degree in agribusiness in May 2021.