Rodd Moesel Wins Runoff Election Over Incumbent Tom Buchanan to Claim the Job of President of the Oklahoma Farm BureauSat, 11 Nov 2017 22:08:05 CST
Oklahoma County horticulturalist Rodd Moesel was elected president of Oklahoma Farm Bureau by voting delegates at the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 11 in Norman, Oklahoma.
The central Oklahoma small business owner has represented District Three on the OKFB board of directors for seven years. He was re-elected to serve his third term in 2016.
“It’s very gratifying, and it’s unusual because I am unconventional,” Moesel said. “I know I’m not the traditional farmer. Oklahoma’s very much a cow-calf and grains state.”
Shortly after hearing his name called as the run off election winner over incumbent Tom Buchanan- Radio Oklahoma Ag Nework Farm Director Ron Hays was one of the first reporters to talk with the new President. Click on the LISTEN BAR at the bottom of this story to hear Moesel's comments. (also shortly after the election winner was declared- Hays caught the picture here of outgoing President Buchanan and Incoming President Moesel at the back of the General Session room)
Moesel and his wife, Dona, own and operate American Plant Products and Services in western Oklahoma City. The grandson of dairy farmers and lifelong Farm Bureau members, Moesel grew up on a vegetable farm and greenhouse operation. He first became involved in the farm organization as a 4-H member.
“I’ve always felt that horticulture is one of the best ways to relate to our urban friends,” Moesel said. “The same issues you face in planting and harvesting a tomato crop when you’re fighting bugs, weather and temperatures are the same issues farmers face with their whole crop. I think the garden and horticulture experience is a great way for people to relate to issues agriculture faces.”
Moesel outlined several priorities as part of his vision for the organization including creating more cooperation with state agriculture groups, retaining relationships with state and federal elected officials, and ensuring Farm Bureau has the right people in place to serve members.
Moesel has been a member of the Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s Advisory Committee for more than 20 years, has served as Oklahoma 4-H Foundation president, and co-chairs the OSU Foundation agriculture fundraising committee.
He is a graduate of the Oklahoma Agriculture Leadership Program, Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma. He also is one of two Oklahoma representatives on the National Council of Agricultural Research, Education and Teaching.
David VonTungeln of Canadian County was elected to fulfill the remaining two years of Moesel’s term as District Three Director. VonTungeln will represent Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan and Oklahoma Counties.
Board, committee leaders elected
OKFB delegates re-elected three board members for Districts One, Four and Seven.
Alan Jett of Beaver County was re-elected to serve a three-year term on the OKFB board of directors representing District One, which encompasses Beaver, Cimarron, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Texas and Woodward Counties.
Jimmy Wayne Kinder of Cotton County was also re-elected to represent District Four on the OKFB board of directors. District Four includes Carter, Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Johnston, Love, Marshall, Murray, and Stephens Counties.
OKFB members in District Seven re-elected Keith Kisling of Alfalfa County to serve another three-year term on the OKFB board of directors. District Seven includes Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, Kay, Major, Noble and Woods Counties.
The OKFB Women’s Leadership Committee re-elected two board members: Linda Fox of District One and Mignon Bolay of District Seven. Sandra Berry of Stephens County was elected to serve a three-year term representing District Four, and Misty Dowell of Seminole County will represent District Eight.
The OKFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee elected Brent and Jennifer Howard of Jackson County to serve as chairman for a one-year term. Brent and Jenny Haken of Payne County were elected as vice chairmen. Additional new committee members include: Brice Hicks, District One; Brittany Krehbiel and Logan Hukill, District Three; Josh Anderson, District Four; Hunter Shaufelberger, District Five; Steve and Mindi Clark, District Seven; Corey Holman, District Eight; and Baylie Cooper and Blake Rea, At-Large.
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