AFR Honors Francie Tolle with Ag Advocacy Award as She Prepares to Take on National Role with RMAMon, 19 Feb 2018 06:45:14 CST
Francie Kucera Tolle has always considered herself a farmer and rancher. Growing up on the family’s Grant County, Okla., farm, she learned first-hand the many sacrifices farmers had to make in order to feed their family and the families of many others. Today, Tolle has dedicated her career to serving the agriculture industry.
This strong compassion and agricultural background has led to the American Farmers and Ranchers selecting Tolle, who as been serving as the Regional Director of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, to receive the coveted AFR Ag Advocacy Award.
“Francie has contributed a great deal to agriculture in Oklahoma and across the nation,” said Terry Detrick, AFR president. “When she was on our staff, we respected her knowledge and wisdom on crucial farm policy issues.”
Francie and her husband, Chuck Tolle, continue the farming legacy today in Grant County with their two sons, Cole and Clint.
Francie’s journey from a young farm girl to a national advocate for agriculture has been sprinkled with many accomplishments and contributions to agriculture. In addition to her efforts as legislative policy analyst for AFR, she has worked as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers, Agricultural Liaison to Congressman Brad Carson, Director of Agritoursim for Oklahoma, and State Director of the Farm Service Agency.
And Tolle is taking on a new challenge- moving from the Oklahoma City office of the RMA to the RMA hedquarters office in Kansas City, where on February 20th- she takes on the role of the Director of Product Administration and Standards Division for the Risk Management Agency- telling Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director and AFR Communications Director Sam Knipp that in this brand new role that she will be overseeing national policy for Crop Insurance- including work on policy underwriting as well as loss adjustment. She adds that she will be working with national farm organizations and the House and Senate Ag Committees in charting the direction of crop insurance going forward.
Hays and Knipp talked with Tolle on Saturday night about her thoughts on crop insurance as it is today, policies that are being embraced by the livestock industry and how we best answer those critical of the federal role in crop insurance. You can hear that conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
“Being recognized by AFR as an advocate for agriculture is a huge honor for me,” Tolle said. “I always try to do what I think is best for our agricultural producers.”
Last year Tolle received the Significant Women in Agriculture award from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. When receiving the award she was quoted as saying her greatest accomplishment is building a legacy with her family to make sure that others will value and appreciate agriculture as a result of their stewardship. “My goal is to leave a legacy,” she said.
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