OK Farm Bureau's New President Rodd Moesel Shares His Vision for the Future of the OrganizationThu, 16 Nov 2017 15:02:33 CST
Oklahoma Farm Bureau’s new president, Rodd Moesel of the Oklahoma City area, sat down this week with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, to get acquainted and talk about his vision for the state’s general farm organization. You can hear their complete conversation, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“I’ve had a long-term affection for Farm Bureau and have been involved for many years,” Moesel said, explaining how he became interested in running for the organization’s top leadership role. “A few years ago, several people talked me into running for the board and have just had a wonderful board to work for in recent years. So, the interest has continuously built through that and I’ve seen all the good work Farm Bureau does and want to make sure it continues to grow and prosper.”
He says what first motivated him to initially get involved was during a recent crisis a few years ago when the insurance side of the organization ran into some trouble with a depleted surplus of capital. Moesel stepped up at that time to offer his help. Though, still with about $25 million still owed in borrowed funds that helped to dig the group out of their financial hole, Moesel says that chapter is almost behind them and closing the book entirely remains a top concern.
“Insurance accounting is a lot different than accounting at my greenhouse business or in the regular business world. And since we’re a mutual company it’s even more interesting,” he remarked. “One of our main commitments on the insurance side is to get that paid off.”
Other priorities that Moesel says he is focused on for the future, includes building a closer working relationship with county level organizations and other entities in the ag industry, advocating for the rebuilding of the state’s infrastructure where needed, most importantly growing agriculture’s voice and influence in the state.
“We need to get a lot more folks involved and more of the ag community involved,” Moesel said. “We truly do want to be the voice of agriculture and cooperate with all the other groups to magnify our voice and multiply it.”
Moesel will join Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays for his weekly In the Field segment on KWTV News9 in the Oklahoma City area on Saturday morning at 6:40 a.m.
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