The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Public Policy Division recently named Mark Yates its director of field operations.
In the new position, Yates will serve as the face of Oklahoma Farm Bureau at various community and civic organizations and events. He will work to educate urban citizens on the importance and impact of agriculture in Oklahoma.
“Oklahomans need to know the importance of agriculture in their every day lives,” Yates said. “I’m excited to serve as another voice representing agriculture and Farm Bureau.”
To educate urban citizens, Yates will become a fixture in larger Oklahoma cities including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Lawton, Stillwater and more.
“Urban citizens really need to hear the perspective of farmers and ranchers,” said John Collison, OKFB vice president of public policy. “Mark gives OKFB an extraordinary opportunity to join the larger, statewide conversation.”
A native of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, Yates received a bachelor’s degree in history education from East Central University. He also holds a master’s degree in secondary administration.
After 11 years in education, Yates said he looks forward to traveling and representing Farm Bureau across the state.
Yates resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Stacy and 18-month-old daughter Londyn.