Marty and Crystal Williams Win Oklahoma Farm Bureau YF&R Achievement Award for 2014Sun, 16 Nov 2014 05:28:26 CST
Marty and Crystal Williams of Noble County were named the winners of the 2014 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. They were recognized as OKFB's top young farming and ranching couple at the 73rd annual convention on Nov. 14 in Tulsa. After they were presented the award, Farm Director Ron Hays was able to talk with Marty Williams about their farming operation near Red Rock- and about the winning of the award. You can hear their full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Marty said the YF&R Achievement Award is one of the reasons the couple chose to become involved in Farm Bureau.
"I saw how neat it was at my first convention I attended to be honored for the work that you do," Marty said. "It was really neat to continue to strive toward that goal, but more than winning the award, we wanted to represent Oklahoma."
Marty and Crystal grow a variety of crops including wheat, corn, grain sorghum, canola, soybeans and native grass pastures on their farm near Red Rock. The couple also manages a cow/calf operation.
"There is always a crop," Marty said. "Sometimes there are five or six or even seven different crops. But we do it so we can feed the world."
The Williams couple has been active in Farm Bureau for eight years and has served on the state YF&R Committee and the state resolutions committee. Crystal is active in her homeschool co-op and also teaches art classes, while Marty serves on numerous conservation and co-op boards.
As Achievement Award winners, the Williams family received a John Deere Gator HPX 4x4 courtesy of GEO 720 and P&K Equipment, a chainsaw donated by Smith Farm and Garden in Tulsa and an expense-paid trip to San Diego for the 2015 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.
The couple will compete on a national level for the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award during the AFBF Annual Meeting.
"Our biggest goal is to bring home the trophy for Oklahoma," Marty said.
OKFB's Young Farmers and Ranchers Program is open to both men and women, ages 18 to 35, who hold a membership in his or her county Farm Bureau.
The Communications team at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau prepared a video highlighting the Williams- you can watch it by clicking on the play button inside the video box below
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