Joe Mayer Inducted into Oklahoma Ag Hall of FameWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:25:32 CDT
Former Oklahoma Farm Bureau board member Joe Mayer received the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture Wednesday at the state Capitol. Mayer served as the District 1 Director from 1993-2002 on the OKFB Board of Directors.
"We are so pleased a Farm Bureau member and former director has been honored for his contributions to agriculture," said Tom Buchanan, president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. "Joe has contributed so much to the agriculture industry, and I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award."
Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Senior Director for Corporate Communications Sam Knipp caught up with Mayer Wednesday. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.
Mayer's Oklahoma heritage dates back to 1883 when his great grandfather settled in the Panhandle and his family has been there every since, where they raise cattle, corn and wheat. Mayer and his family are actively involved in all aspects of a prosperous grain and cattle business. He has been a pioneer in utilizing genetic testing in cattle to improve calving ease, docility, gainability and cutability.
Just as important as his agricultural production skills is his strong commitment to serve his community. Mayer has benefited his home area by serving on the Texas County Farm Bureau Board, Texas County Election Board, Texas County Excise and Equalization Board and the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board. He said his dedication to his community was how he was raised.
"You're supposed to make the world a better place for having been here," Mayer said. "I don't know if I did that, but I tried."
With his desire to serve his community and the agriculture industry, Mayer also demonstrates the impact an agricultural producer can have on the political front. He has helped elect political leaders with an interest in helping agriculture and has served on the Oklahoma Agriculture and Stabilization and Conservation Service and on many other state boards such as the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
Mayer is a hardworking, distinguished Oklahoman proud to serve his community, his industry and his country. His many contributions to agriculture and Oklahoma cement a strong foundation to build upon for future generations.
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