Dr. Clint Roush Inducted Into the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame, Winning the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in AgricultureThu, 31 Mar 2016 06:03:01 CDT
Dr. Clint Roush of Arapaho watched recently as an easy March breeze rolled across the lush Gallagher wheat that spreads a vibrantly green carpet between East and West Barnitz Creeks in western Oklahoma's Custer County.
That same gentle wind made the short hair dance on the back of an Angus feeder steer in the lot nearby.
On Wednesday during Ag Day at the state Capitol, Roush was recognized as the 2016 recipient of the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture. As the winner of this award, Dr. Roush becomes the 19th member of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame. After the award was presented, Dr. Roush talked with the media about the award and his lifetime involvement in the business of agriculture- you can hear his comments by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Roush's life has been an example of diversified stewardship. The fourth generation farmer and rancher is a steward of the land but he's also served as a steward of farm and ag finance students and as a steward of the ag industry itself, serving as a champion of cooperatives for many years.
Just days ago, as Roush stood up on that ridge near Arapaho, he explained he's not only a steward but that their family the generations before and those to come are partners with the land.
"I've often heard that generations of farmers come and go, and it seems like they come and go rather rapidly, but the land endures," Roush said. "Each generation has to make improvements, increase the productivity and maintain the environment so that the next generation can continue to farm."
Recently, as Roush, 69, looked out across the wheat, past the steers and over to a field of alfalfa, he talked not only about a treasured heritage but also of great opportunities. Roush grew up around his great grandparents and grandparents and was raised right here by his parents. Now, Roush and wife Pam Steiner Roush, the fourth generation of a farm family that came from Switzerland, have three children: daughter Cortney (Roush) and husband Jamie Oakes; daughter Sara (Roush) and husband Josh Brown and son Rusty and wife Chandra Roush. Clint and Pam also have 14 grandchildren and one on the way.
"The thing I like to think about in a multi-generation farm is the transfer of knowledge and the sharing of experiences from one generation to the next," Roush said. "They (great grandparents, grandparents and parents) shared their wisdom, they shared their experience. So each generation adds on additional information, additional knowledge and additional technology as the generations go through.
"I look forward to the time when future generations of our farming operation deal with the amount of information that's available, the new technology like precision farming and the use of drones."
In terms of leadership, Roush credits his parents Harold and Essie Roush, as well as those such as Tuffy Howell, his FFA advisor and vocational ag instructor, Dr. John Goodwin, his first advisor at Oklahoma State University, and Dr. James Plaxico, who was Head of the Agricultural Economics Department.
"(Dr. Plaxico) took a chance on me and got me involved in teaching Farm Financial Management, Agricultural Finance, and doing Extension work with farmers and ranchers and agricultural lenders," Roush said. "This again was a tremendous advantage, getting to know all the people that we work with across the state of Oklahoma in the farm finance and agriculture finance area."
Roush carried what he learned from those individuals and others into his own classrooms. His commitment to agriculture includes a combined 14 years of teaching and consulting experience in agriculture finance, farm financial planning, business management and strategic farm planning at Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
He has also been a steward of the ag industry through various forms of service.
Roush has held positions on the board of directors for nationally recognized institutions such as CoBank (2012 to present) and U.S. Ag Bank (2010-2011) and advisory council positions on the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank (1998-2003), Oklahoma State University Bill Fitzwater Endowment Cooperative Chair (2000 to present) and the Noble Foundation Agricultural Council (1998-2003).
Regionally Roush has served as director for the Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma (1988-2009), Clinton Oklahoma Farmers Cooperative (1995 to present), Custer County Rural Water District (2013 to present), Custer County Cattlemen's Association (since 2000), and is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.
"I give the credit to God's providence in our lives that puts us in the right places, at the right times, to meet the right people," Roush said.
Roush has consistently demonstrated his focus on rural Oklahoma and America.
A life-long commitment to the agricultural industry has translated into many hours studying the issues at hand and traveling to board meetings and other events. He has become an expert on board procedures, human capital policies, strategic planning and reviewing data that compliments his fully developed leadership skills.
His commitment ties right back to stewardship, and that's about much more than just good business.
"(Stewardship) has been a way of life in our family," Roush said.
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