Ok Pork Inducts Former Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey Into the Oklahoma Pork Hall of FameSat, 07 Aug 2021 10:24:38 CDT
During the Awards Luncheon at the 2021 Oklahoma Pork Congress, the Oklahoma Pork Council honored their former Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey by inducting him into their Oklahoma Pork Hall of Fame. Lindsey was the Executive Director for the group for 22 years, before accepting a similar role with the North Carolina Pork Council- becoming their CEO in January of this year.
After the luncheon, Lindsey talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the honor and about the first six months of his transition from Oklahoma to North Carolina.
About the Award- Lindsey says "this is really not my award, I think that this is their award. If I look at where our industry was in 1998- and the perception of the industry, we were on the front page every day." Lindsey says it was not a positive perception- but hog producers doing the right thing- being good stewards of the land and good care takers of their animals and good members of the community allowed that perception to gradually change in those early years. He adds "that allowed us to turn the tide in that public perception battle who we were and how we were perceived across the country- Roy Lee didn't do that but the people did and so I see this as a recognition of the work the industry has done not necessarily what I have done."
Lindsey and Hays also talked about his first few months in North Carolina- the second largset hog production state in the US- and right along the eastern seaboard where the scruntiny of the public and media are at a much higher level versus Oklahoma.
But- the challenges are similar to what he dealt with in Oklahoma- "we're still talking about environmental impact of our industry and how we are good stewards of the land and how do we tell that story and share that story with folks. We're talking that we take good care of our animals and are a safe and wholesome food supply. Same things as we talked about in Oklahoma but just a much bigger audience and much bigger industry to represent."
You can hear the entire conversation with Roy Lee Lindsey by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
Several Oklahoma ag industry colleagues of Lindsey were in attendance at the Oklahoma Pork Congress on Friday- and Ron Hays talked with Oklahoma Secretary of Ag Blayne Arthur, Executive Vice President Michael Kelsey and Senior Director for Public Policy at Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Steve Thompson. Click here to hear their comments and memories about working with Roy Lee during his more than two decades in the Oklahoma ag community.
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