And Then There Were Three- Rodd Moesel Announces His Candidacy to Run for President of Oklahoma Farm BureauMon, 06 Nov 2017 03:12:08 CST
And then there were three. Another member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Board of Directors has decided to join the race for the Presidency of the general farm organization. Tom Buchanan had indicated early on that he planned to run for reelection as President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau- then last week, we heard from District 4 Director and Current Vice President of the group, Jimmy Wayne Kinder of Walters, that he plans to challenge Buchanan for the job of President of the organization. Click or tap here for his earlier announcement.
Sunday evening, we got word from District three Board Member, Rodd Moesel of Oklahoma County, that he is also a candidate for the job of President of Farm Bureau as well. Moesel and his wife Dona, have sent a letter electronically to Oklahoma Farm Bureau leaders around the state- and he has provided the Oklahoma Farm Report with a copy as well. His announcement follows:
"Over the last few weeks we believe it has become clear that Oklahoma Farm Bureau would best be served by new leadership as we make plans to select our new executive director, rebuild our important field services team, fight the pending lawsuit and develop our vision and direction for the next 25 years as we head toward our centennial. Dona and I have spent the last week visiting and praying about whether to join the race for President and have decided that we think our experience and skills may be a good fit for the challenges currently facing Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
"My grandparents Frank and Sara Nee Ball were dairy farmers and lifelong Farm Bureau members at Yukon. I was born in Enid but grew up in my grade school years on a vegetable production farm and greenhouse operation at Pauls Valley before Dad and Mom bought a greenhouse and garden Center in Oklahoma City. I worked with Farm Bureau from my 4-H days and then was active in leading state questions to limit property tax increases where Oklahoma Farm Bureau was our most important partner. A few year later we led the effort to make Oklahoma a “pick-up” state and to limit state estate taxes, again with the active support of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Dona and I started, own and operate American Plant Products & Services on the west side of Oklahoma City.
"I was blessed to start and lead the Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Small Business for its first 4 years and included agriculture as a key part of the programming. Seven years ago, I joined the State Farm Bureau board representing the great members of District III and have worked hard to use my business experience to help our outstanding insurance staff and the rest of the state board to stabilize the company and make significant payments on the expensive surplus notes. I have been honored to serve on the OSU AG Dean’s Advisory Committee for over 20 years, to co-chair the Agriculture fundraising committee for the “Pickens Match” at the OSU Foundation, to serve as President of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, to graduate from Leadership Oklahoma City, Leadership Oklahoma and the amazing Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program. I am one of two representatives for Oklahoma on National CARET, the Council of Agricultural Research, Education and Teaching.
"I will work hand and hand with the state board to switch from a combative intimidation style to a cooperative style with other state agriculture groups. We will work hard to select the right new staff to lead us in the future. We will rebuild our service staff to be active with their Counties to develop county plans of action and to rebuild membership. We believe strongly in transparency and will work hard to rebuild our member confidence and commitment to the organization.
"I believe Dona and I have a reputation for straight talk and fairness and we will try to use those skills in leading Oklahoma Farm Bureau.
"We ask for your support and are anxious to hear your ideas and comments as we work together to rebuild Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Please call me at the office 405-787-4833 or my cell 405-919-8883 if you want to visit before we reach the State Convention in Norman later this week. We look forward to seeing you at the 75th Annual Convention!"
Delegates will gather at the Embassy Suites in Norman for the 75th Annual Meeting of the group this Friday and Saturday. They will work on policy as recommended by the Resolutions Committee on Saturday morning(November 11th) and then we are told the selection of a State President will be made on Saturday afternoon, complete with nominating and seconding speeches and the vote of the delegate body. It is expected that we will know who will serve as President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for the next two years by late afternoon.
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