Texas County Farm Bureau was honored with Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s Lewis H. Munn Award on Saturday, Nov. 17 during the organization’s 77th Annual Meeting in Norman, Oklahoma.
Also known as the Farm Bureau Builders Award, the award is presented each year to the county that conducts the strongest program in a chosen area. This year, the program area was safety.
“(Winning the award) was a total surprise,” said Leon Richards, Texas County Farm Bureau president. “I was shocked when we won it. We worked very hard at it. Particularly our county secretary, Cheslea, really worked on scheduling the safety people to come out. We sure appreciate and thank her for all the hard work she’s done.”
Texas County hosted a variety of safety trainings this year for its members and the community, including fire safety, school bus safety, bicycle safety and DUI prevention.
“Hopefully, if it saves just one life, it’ll be worth all the work that goes into it,” Richards said.
The award is named after the second president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau, whose philosophy centered on building strong county programs.
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.
Texas County Farm Bureau President Leon Richards of Turpin (left) accepts the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Lewis H. Munn Award from OKFB President Rodd Moesel during the organization’s awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the 2018 OKFB annual meeting in Norman. The Lewis H. Munn Award recognizes a county Farm Bureau that excels in a chosen program area, which changes each year. Texas County won the award for their safety activities.