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Giving Tuesday- Your Gift Can Make a Difference- Choose Who You Invest In Wisely

Tue, 27 Nov 2018 05:53:28

Giving Tuesday- Your Gift Can Make a Difference- Choose Who You Invest In Wisely These are the personal thoughts of Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays on Giving Tuesday.

On this #GivingTuesday- there are many good groups and causes that could use the resources you can give them. I have three that surface to the top for me.

One is the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. The OALP was established almost forty years ago as Oklahoma State University stepped up to the challenge issued by the Kellogg Foundation that several states accepted- and established Class One of the OALP- designed to take young agricultural leaders aged 25 to 40 and help them understand the "big picture" of how agriculture in their home town and county and state fit into the larger scheme of things- and how to make a difference locally, statewide, nationally and even internationally in the farm and ranch community.

I was a part of Class One- one of five individuals who was not a farmer or rancher who was selected. That group of thirty has set the tone for what the program is all about. Within their sphere of influence- they have made a difference and the OALP experience helped sharpen their skills in accomplishing great things.

One member of Class One that we talked with in recent days is John Pfeiffer, serving this year as the President of the American Angus Association. I asked John why he invests his time in service- he spoke of his belief that you should give back to the industry. And he spoke of his Class One experience from the early 1980s and how it has taught him that (in this case) Angus breeders need to learn that their cattle operation does not stop at their front gate. "They have to learn that the industry does not stop at their front gate. And I think Ron when you and I went through that first Ag Leadership Program together, that was the big message I got- I kinda was living in a world that hey, everything was good where I was at- we have to learn that it doesn't stop at our gate and so we have to learn to take part in these other organizations and provide to help make things get better."

You can hear John's rsponse to my question about giving back by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below

OALP is now up to Class 19- over 500 graduates like John Pfeiffer have had similar big picture lessons regarding service- You can support OALP by jumping on the Oklahoma State University Foundation website- OSUGiving- and in the search box on the front page- type in either 21-35700 or "Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Fund" and follow the directions to submite your gift.  For alums- your gift will be matched by the Noble Research Institute up to a max of $20,000.

I also highly recommend you consider a gift to the Oklahoma FFA Foundation and/or the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation- we have posted a personal message from the Executive Directors of both of these groups on our website this morning- click or tap here to check that out.



Ron talks with John Pfeiffer about why he gives his time to serve.
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