Cherokee Wheat Farmer Kenneth Failes Reappointed as Board Member of the Oklahoma Wheat CommissionWed, 01 Jun 2016 20:38:16 CDT
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Reese, recently re-appointed Kenneth Failes to a five-year term on the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board. Failes, a wheat producer from Cherokee, will represent District I, which includes Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Major counties. He was nominated by fellow wheat producers in May for consideration by Secretary Reese.
“We are excited that Kenneth Failes has been re-appointed to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission board,” said Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. “His knowledge and experience with wheat production as a farmer and active roles held with the OWC Board and U.S. Wheat Associates Board will continue to make him a valuable leader for the wheat industry on both state and national levels.”
Failes responsibilities as a member of the commission include working with the other members to develop and oversee the implementation of policy and programs, approve budget expenditures, direct the funding of research, market development and public education, represent district producer interests, and promote Oklahoma wheat.
Failes received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University and is also a Certified Master Agronomist. Kenneth’s previous roles as an agronomist and crop advisor has been instrumental in helping producers with crop quality and concerns within the Northwest area of the state. It is beneficial to have his knowledge on a national level when making decisions on new scientific wheat traits to study for increased yield and quality,” Schulte said.
Kenneth and his wife, Marcia, currently run Failes Family Farm L.L.C. and Kenneth is an elder at Driftwood Christian Church. He joins current commission members Tom Stephens, Guymon; Michael Peters, Okarche; David Gammill, Chattanooga and Don Schieber, Ponca City. Failes has been serving as Chairman of the Commission.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission promotes greater utilization of wheat in both domestic and international markets through research, market development and public education.
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