Rodd Moesel Now the 17th Member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of FameFri, 28 Mar 2014 04:30:28 CDT
The Governorís Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture was presented as a part of the Ag Day celebration at the State Capitol on Wednesday during a special ceremony to Rodd Moesel of Oklahoma City. Moesel is the the 17th Oklahoman to be inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Fame by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry.A native of Oklahoma City, Moesel is the President and co-owner of American Plant Products and Services Inc. American Plant Products and Services Inc. is a wholesale company that raises foliage plants and sells greenhouse structures, equipment and supplies. His knowledge of the horticulture industry is well respected throughout the state and nation and has allowed him to contribute to a variety of agriculture organizations at both the state and national level.
In accepting this honor, Moesel credited his family for his love of horticulture and plants, telling friends and family at the presentation that greenhouse plants helped supply the money for his college tuition. Moesel had high praise for the 4-H program that he grew up in as a boy, saying his first 4-H club met at the Governor's mansion when Henry Bellmon was Governor. (The picture here is Rodd Moesel and Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese as Moesel accepts the Achievement Award from Secretary Reese.)
As an adult, a major influence in his life was his two years as a part of Class V of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. Moesel told the crowd that program challenged him to be involved and opened his eyes to the diversity of Oklahoma's agricultural community.
Moesel is extremely well-respected by his peers who have seen his dedication to the industry and to Oklahoma agriculture thrive over his lifetime. From his initial participation in the 4-H program as a youth where he took to heart the motto "to make the best better", Moesel has given selflessly of his time to serve on numerous boards and committees over the past 40 years. A few of these boards include the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board, the Oklahoma State 4-H Foundation and the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET). Moesel is also a graduate of the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program -Class V and Leadership Oklahoma- Class III.Moesel has been recognized with a multitude of other awards including the Green Industry Professional of the Year award from the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association in 2013, the State Alumni Award from the Oklahoma 4-H Program in 2007, the State Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association in 1996, the Oklahoma State Small Business Advocate Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1991, and the Oklahoma Master Florist Award from the Oklahoma State Florist Association in 1991.
After the presentation, Radio Oklahoma Farm Director Ron Hays and Farm Bureu's Sam Knipp talked with Moesel- you can hear that conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
And- the Oklahoma Horizon team did a video piece on Moesel and you can click on the play button in the video box below to watch their salute to the newest member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame.
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