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Tyler and Beth Norvell Among the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Members Competing in Orlando

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:50:05 CST

Tyler and Beth Norvell Among the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Members Competing in Orlando Tyler and Beth Norvell will represent Oklahoma at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting January 10-13 in Orlando, Florida. The Norvells have been selected to compete for the National Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful young adults ages 35 years or younger who are involved in farming, but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business. Winners are chosen based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations. The YF&R competition is based on an oral presentation and a written application. Tyler said the process is similar to competing in a FFA competition.

“We’ve been working a lot at home and on weekends trying to get that presentation just right,” Norvell said.

The Norvells currently serve on the state YF&R committee and Tyler serves as a Grady County Farm Bureau board member. Both are highly involved in the agricultural industry, as Tyler serves as executive director of the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Beth serves as president of the Diamond Hats club and she serves on the local Fair Board. The family runs a few head of cattle and remains active in Tyler’s family farm operation. They reside in Tuttle with their two children Madilyn and Saylor.

Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Tyler Norvell to talk about the upcoming national YF&R competition. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to the full interview.

Clint and Jessica Wilcox of Major County will compete on a national level for the AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award. Charlie Coblentz of Mayes County will compete in the national discussion meet contest.

YF&R is designed for couples and individuals that are 35 years and younger. Norvell said this gives young producers a special place to get involved within the organization and bring a different perspective. He said Oklahoma Farm Bureau has always put a special focus on the young farmers and ranchers. Today many of the state board of directors for Oklahoma Farm Bureau came up through the YF&R program.

AND- be watching Saturday morning as Tyler Norvell joins us for our In the Field segment as seen on KWTV News9 during their Saturday morning news block- our In the Field segment runs around 6:40 AM.


Ron Hays interviews Tyler Norvell about the upcoming national YF&R competition
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