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stories and photos by Dustin Mielke

the farm and ranch families of Oklahoma Farm Bureau

klahoma’s farm and ranch families grow and raise food, fiber and fuel for a growing world.” It is a saying we love to repeat. After all, Oklahoma’s agriculturalists help feed and clothe us as they make our modern lives possible. But in the rural communities spread throughout our state – from the shortgrass prairies of the panhandle to the stands of loblolly pines in the southeast – the impact our farm and ranch families make goes even further.

They are active members of their communities, serving in local schools and churches. They help their neighbors in times of need. They care for and tend to the vast expanses of rural Oklahoma. They make our state vibrant. To celebrate the great rural heritage sustained by our farm and ranch families, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee honored nine outstanding farm and ranch families – one from each OKFB district – with its 2018 Farm & Ranch Family Recognition.

Each family was honored at OKFB’s 2018 state convention in November with a photo presentation, and each family received a special sign commemorating their recognition along with a cash award. The stories of each family are featured on the following pages. And yes, these families grow food for a growing world. But they also make rural Oklahoma a great place to live, grow and thrive. Winter 2019 — 15

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Oklahoma Country – Winter 2019  

Oklahoma Country is the official magazine of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Our winter issue highlights the nine families honored with the OKFB Wom...

Oklahoma Country – Winter 2019  

Oklahoma Country is the official magazine of Oklahoma Farm Bureau. Our winter issue highlights the nine families honored with the OKFB Wom...