Award Winners » Distinguished Service
Gayle has always been many things to many people in the pork industry. She has been a friend, a mother, a wife, a mentor, an exporter, a community activist, a conservation enthusiast and a believer in both the health and well-being of the people and animals with which she works.
She is married to Myrl Mortenson, the managing partner of Hanor – which is the parent company of Roberts Ranch of Oklahoma. Myrl will gladly tell you that she has been involved in every decision he makes and all aspects of the business. She will tell you she is happy to be Myrl’s right-hand.
“Who is more deserving than someone who has been involved with every aspect of our company and helping the pork industry in Oklahoma and around the world grow?” Myrl said. “She’s involved in all of the decisions but she is the one who realizes that we always need to be involved as pork producers to be giving back to the communities we live in. She’s the kind of person, it’s never about her, it’s about what is best for mankind.”
Gayle’s attention to detail serves her community well. She helps to donate to food programs to combat the high levels of food insecurity in the area. She helps connect people who can trim bushes and shrubs with the people in the community who can’t. According to okPORK Board of Directors President Keith Reiner there is no job which is too big for Gayle to be willing to assist.
“Gayle is a country girl,” Reiner said. “She isn’t afraid to roll up her sleeves and get dirty if something needs to be done. I tried to remember the first time we met and I can’t. It’s like I’ve always known her. She’s just that kind of person, you feel like she’s your friend you haven’t seen in 20 years even though you just met.”
The detail with which Gayle sees the world served the pork industry around the world when she worked as the exporter for PIC. In that position she oversaw the shipment of thousands of animals to China and around the world. They helped provide the equipment for the modern farms and get thousands of animals exported while operating under the highest health and wellness requirements. There is no doubt that Gayle Mortenson has been a friend to the pork industry – in Oklahoma, across the country and around the world.
“No one knows these stories about Gayle and I am glad everything she has done for the industry will be brought to light,” Reiner said.
Joe Neal Hampton2015
After more than 15 years of advocating for the Oklahoma agricultural industry Joe Neal Hampton was honored with the okPORK Distinguished Service Award.
“Joe Neal helped us with things dealing with the legislators in our area and our county commissioners with our roads,” said Jeff Mencke, Roberts Ranch of Oklahoma’s sow production manager. “It was a very beneficial relationship from that standpoint. In our area it was very important that we continue to build relationships with the people that were influential and could get the word out that we are a good company and do the right thing.”
Not only does Hampton give thanks for his mentors, but people give thanks to him for helping them to learn more about how to deal with people. His ease of conversation helped others to learn to talk to people in the same fashion.
“What I learned from Hampton was that a natural style and ease of dealing with people was more beneficial than the so-called hard sell,” Mencke said.
Throughout the years thatHampton worked with Roberts Ranch and with the pork industry in Oklahoma, he continued to be helpful with issues throughout agriculture. He continued to attempt to bring the different agricultural sectors together and he believed in seeing the different agricultural groups supporting each other.
“I am very honored,” Hampton said. “I am very humbled. It’s hard to imagine the industry folks thought that much of me. I just really can’t believe it. And I appreciate it.”
After more than 15 years of advocating for the Oklahoma agricultural industry Mike Dain was honored with the okPORK Distinguished Service Award.
“They had the Great Plains Farm Show and I would fill in there,” Dain said. It’s kind of how I learned to do a little more of the ag stuff – because although I was familiar with ag, it was a different world by then. Within six or eight months I was the program director and the morning disc jockey at KICT and did fill in work on the ag stuff.”
After working in radio for several years in Kansas, Dain and some colleagues started their own network in Oklahoma. Laughing, Dain called QuinStar “kind of a pipedream,” but explains he was there for five years before he began working with Clear Channel.
One only needs to listen to Dain talk about the agricultural media’s role to realize he is a dedicated and loyal friend to agriculture. He stresses that agricultural reporters are not investigative reporters. He continued by saying that while ag advocates are willing to face the tough issues, they are often able to be positive about telling what the industry is going to do to fix any problems.
“Ag advocates are going to try to tell the correct story – or the truth,” Dain said. “You can’t ignore the bad stuff; you have to try to be balanced. It’s very difficult to do; you don’t want to alienate both sides.”
A friend, an advocate and now an okPORK Distinguished Service Award recipient – it goes without saying it was a good day for the Oklahoma pork industry when Dain decided to move to Oklahoma. For all of the reasons mentioned and more, okPORK chose 2014 as the year to honor Dain with the Distinguished Service Award for all of his hard work.
After more than 15 years as a lobbyist for the Oklahoma Pork Council, Bart McSpadden will be honored with the okPORK Distinguished Service Award. As the son of Clem McSpadden, Bart McSpadden was raised with politics not only in his life but in his blood also. When he ceased practicing law a few years after his graduation from law school, he took the opportunity to follow a life-long passion for politics and went to work as a lobbyist at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
McSpadden spent his first session lobbying at the Capitol with his father in 1996. It was a time when the pork industry in Oklahoma was seeing unprecedented growth and families were being given the opportunity to stay on the farm through partnerships with larger companies.
“I started to see the value of the pork industry,” McSpadden said, “not just to Oklahoma, not just economically. It was keeping families here, together and doing what they really wanted to do. Unfortunately, there were clouds forming on the horizon.”
The legislative session of 1997 began what Bart calls the “Hog Wars.” There were interests across the state, who banded together to shut down the pork industry in Oklahoma.
McSpadden described the next two years as a “fight for our lives.” In those two years he was given the opportunity to meet the faces of the Oklahoma pork industry and began to understand his father’s words about how working with okPORK has never been about dollars but about the people.
Building past the battles lost during the late ‘90s, he focused on trying to turn the tables, which took time and planning. McSpadden watched the atmosphere at the Capitol change. Brad Henry was elected governor in 2002 and the Republican Party took over the house in 2004. With those changes they – McSpadden and Roy Lee Lindsey, the Executive Director at okPORK – began putting together a plan to rebuild Oklahoma’s pork industry.
“Ultimately, three of the five items in our plan were introduced as legislation in 2006,” Roy Lee said, “and we introduced another in 2007. So, when we got to the time we thought we would start this project, we had already completed 80 percent of what our goals were when we set out. All of that progress was really due to Bart’s leadership.”
Each day McSpadden brings the dedication with him as he works for okPORK. Every day he works to build a foundation for Oklahoma’s pork industry to be able to not only grow but to flourish. For all of the reasons mentioned and more okPORK chose 2013 as the year to honor McSpadden with the Distinguished Service Award for all of his hard work.
Throughout his many roles in agriculture and agribusiness, Terry Peach has never forgotten his roots and has remained a farmer and rancher at heart.
Peach graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Agricultural Education in 1972. He taught agricultural education at Cashion High School for one year.
“That year teaching agriculture was one of the most rewarding experiences for me,” Peach said. “I truly enjoyed going to shows with the 4-H and FFAers. They were looking for attention and someone to spend time with them and help them set goals for the future.”
In that year teaching agriculture, Peach developed the conviction that Oklahoma’s youth should be given an opportunity to remain in Oklahoma and engage agriculture for a career.
Peach returned to his family’s farm and also owned and managed a feed store in Woodward. In 1979 he added an oilfield supply business.
During this time he was a member of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce and served on their board. He directed the Northwest District Livestock Show, establishing a trophy auction to increase the premium money returned to the youth. And, Governor David Walters appointed him to the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
“While on the Woodward Chamber I realized that we in agriculture needed to engage in every organization and opportunity we can to ensure we have bold leadership and people will step up and say what our opinions are,” Peach said.
Peach was soon called upon to be a bold voice for Oklahoma when he was hired to be the State Director for the Farm Service Agency in Oklahoma in 1993.
“At FSA, I learned a lot about how the farm programs were actually developed and created,” Peach said. “I learned you can actually help develop programs if you engage with the people in Washington, D.C.”
Peach advocated changing the livestock feed program because he realized ranchers who were good managers of their feed supplies and maintained proper stocking rates were actually penalized and ineligible for the program.
In 2003, Peach was called upon to represent Oklahoma agriculture in a new way when Governor Brad Henry appointed him Secretary of Agriculture for the state. In this role, Peach was able to set policy and create a vision for what agriculture in Oklahoma can be. His first goal was to help all the agriculture groups come together with a unified voice.
“I could see while I was at FSA that agriculture’s voice at the state Capitol and even in Washington D.C was deteriorating,” Peach said. “The worse thing we can do is for each ag group to go out speaking different opinions.”
“He brought the ag groups together and made us realize we agree on way to many things to bicker about the few things that keep us separate,” said Roy Lee Lindsey, Jr., OPC executive director. “He helped us work on the things that we all agreed on and we are a stronger group because of it.”
Peach brought a practical approach to policy setting at the ODAFF. He focused on promoting business and business growth in his decision making.
“Terry was an agriculturalist first,” said Rick Maloney, former director of marketing at ODAFF. “As we made policy decision, his first rule of thumb was to look at what was the impact to the producer or to rural communities.”
“Terry was always willing to look at the rules for the swine industry and say let’s keep what makes sense for protecting the environment and the public but let’s look at things that can make things easier for the pork industry and change them,” Lindsey said.
One way Peach brought support to Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers was the development of a state-of-the-art Agriculture Laboratory that serves to assure the quality of agricultural products sold, to protect the environment, to diagnose animal diseases and to assure the correctness of all weights and measures. The $11.3 million dollar facility with 37,000 square feet of space opened in 2008 and serves all of Oklahoma agriculture.
“I don’t think we would have that lab if not for his persistence in moving that forward,” Maloney said. “What that lab can do for producers will be of monumental importance.”
Peach realized the importance of the export market to Oklahoma agriculture. He was an ambassador for the state to market our products throughout the world. Under his leadership, the ODAFF sponsored many trade trips to other countries to showcase Oklahoma agricultural products.
“Terry let the state know the strength and that came from agriculture,” Lindsey said. “He reminded people that the majority of Oklahoma is still rural and agriculture is a significant contributor to the state.”
Peach always operates with an easy-going, humble manner and developed many friendships with those in the agriculture community. Most of them refer to him simply as Terry, not out of disrespect, but because he is so easy to work with.
“I’ve developed a true friendship with Terry and appreciate our good working relationship,” Lindsey said. “He’s been a tremendous help as we’ve worked on policy for our industry these past eight years.”
Peach said he feels Oklahoma’s pork industry is a shining example of value-added agriculture. He expressed his appreciation for the industry and how they take raw Oklahoma products and produce a retail-ready product.
“Receiving this award is very humbling because I don’t think it was particularly anything I did,” Peach said. “I think I was here at a good time and I have a good staff behind me in this department that took my vision and made it reality. I’m just fortunate enough to get credit for the hard work that those in this division have done.”
“Howdy, neighbors.” With this signature greeting, Ron Hays has been the voice and advocate for Oklahoma farmers and the agriculture industry since 1977. He has been recognized for excellence in serving farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and surrounding states for more than thirty-five years.
Ron grew up on a farm in Kentucky that focused on raising Duroc hogs and swine production has always been near to his heart. He attended the University of Kentucky where received one of the first Agricultural Communications degrees from that university. He began his career at KFH radio in Wichita, Kan., reporting farm news.
In 1977 Ron moved to Oklahoma and established the Oklahoma Agrinet. The Agrinet is a unique network of radio stations that carried Ron’s farm broadcast several times each day. Ron’s reports quickly became a trusted source of news for rural Oklahomans, particularly farmers and ranchers.
Ron joined the Radio Oklahoma Network and Griffin Communications in 2005. “Ron on RON” has become the top rated ag radio network in the state of Oklahoma, and Ron offers the best and most comprehensive coverage dedicated to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.
Ron touches farmers and ranchers with more than just his popular daily radio reports. He also writes and sends a daily e-mail that goes to some 2,700 key agricultural leaders each morning. Ron hosts a Saturday morning television segment on top rated KWTV News9 called “In the Field with Ron Hays” which takes a look at a key agricultural story during the KWTV Saturday morning news block.
Ron is a past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, is a winner of National Farm Broadcaster of the Year, and has won the prestigious Oscars in Agriculture three times. He was inducted in 2007 into the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the first full-time farm broadcaster to receive that honor.
In his more than thirty years of service to Oklahoma agriculture, Ron has served on the OSU Dean of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee, is the current Chairman of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Advisory Committee, and has produced the annual Stars Over Oklahoma Audio-Visual presentation of the Oklahoma FFA Convention for more than 20 years.
Ron has literally traveled more than a million miles in covering the business of agriculture, reporting to and for the farmers and ranchers of Oklahoma. Through all the years Ron has remained close to the rural community. They know he cares and understands their needs. That is why when they hear “Howdy, neighbors” they know it is someone who has earned their trust.
The Oklahoma Pork Council and Oklahoma’s pork producers proudly honor Congressman Dan Boren with the 2009 Distinguished Service Award.
Congressman Boren was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2002 and was the first freshman representative to be elected by his colleagues to be the Democratic Caucus Chairman. In the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Boren was a strong advocate of rural Oklahoma and agriculture. He supported Oklahoma pork producers whenever he had the opportunity and attended the OPC Legislative Tour in the Panhandle to learn more about Oklahoma’s pork industry.
Congressman Boren was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and House Natural Resources Committee. He is also a member of the Congressional Blue Dogs Caucus and works closely with his colleagues to curb unnecessary government spending and keep Congress fiscally responsible.
As a strong advocate for rural communities, Congressman Boren’s top priorities are job creation, improving education and rural health care and making Oklahoma’s small business environment more conducive to growth. Boren sees pork producers as small business that are creating opportunities in his district. To support pork producers, Boren voted against his party in favor of free trade agreements that expand the global market for U.S. pork.
Boren is an avid outdoorsman and hunter and was recently appointed to the board of directors for the National Rifle Association.
Boren is the son of former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator David Boren and his late grandfather Lyle H. Boren represented southeastern Oklahomans in the U.S. Congress from 1937-47. Carrying on his family’s tradition of excellent public service, Boren serves by the values instilled in him at a young age – values of faith, hard work and personal responsibility. Dan his wife Andrea and their daughter Janna reside in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Fred Little has been an advocate for Oklahoma’s pork industry for many years. His involvement in agriculture began on a diversified farm near Ditch Valley, a community north of Rosston, Oklahoma. Growing up, Fred was very involved in his family’s beef cattle, dairy cattle, horse, sheep, and swine operations.
In 1955, Fred graduated from Rosston High School and then attended Oklahoma State University where he was a member of the livestock judging team. Fred worked for the American Breeders Service as a district sales manager for 15 years and returned to work on the family farm.
In the mid-1990s, Fred made connections with the Oklahoma Pork Council staff and became an important resource for them in northwestern Oklahoma. Fred spent a great deal of time making phone calls advocating for Oklahoma’s swine industry. He also helped OPC staff set up meetings with leaders in many northwestern Oklahoma communities
Fred also reached out to Murphy Family Farms and Land O’ Lakes while they were considering locating a large amount of their pork production in northwestern Oklahoma. He organized a group of local leaders and educated them about pork operations and the benefits pork production could bring to northwestern Oklahoma. This group of leaders then actively recruited pork integrators to the area.
Additionally, Fred was a voice for the pork industry and all of agriculture at the State Capitol while legislators considered key pieces of legislation. Fred has a respected working relationship with all agricultural organizations.
Fred and his wife Joyce still live on the family farm. Two of Fred and Joyce’s sons and their families also live on the family farm. They enjoy going to basketball games to watch their grandkids and can easily be persuaded to help with almost anything in the community.
Oklahoma’s pork producers and the Oklahoma Pork Council are grateful to Fred Little for his service to the pork industry and proudly honor him with the 2007 Distinguished Service Award.
Ralph J. "Butch" Choate2006
Ralph J. “Butch” Choate was born in Enid, Oklahoma to Jack H. and Jule J. Choate. He went to Hennessey Public Schools and graduated with honors in 1965. Ralph enrolled and spent one year at The University of Oklahoma before being drafted into the Marine Corps in the spring of 1966. Ralph went to boot camp at Camp Pendleton in California and one year after graduation he spent one tour lasting thirteen months in Vietnam.
Following his tour of duty, Ralph returned to Hennessey and enrolled at Phillips University in Enid where he completed his degree in May 1973. He was active in the Hennessey community as a city council member and businessman. Ralph owned and operated the Hennessey Ford dealership for fourteen years and worked with his father in the oil and gas industry.
Public service has always been important to Ralph. He was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1980. After one term in the House, he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1982 where he would spend eight years serving his constituents. He also served six years on the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and currently serves as a member of the board of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative in Kingfisher, Oklahoma.
Ralph has always been concerned about the viability of rural Oklahoma. He and his family met with and recruited PIC to come to Oklahoma for their expansion in 1994. This helped open doors for other pork producers to come to Oklahoma.
Following his tenure in the legislature Ralph continued to take an active role informing legislators about the benefits the pork industry brought to the Hennessey community and surrounding counties. He met with the Republican caucus to share with them the positive impacts the pork industry had in his area. He sent handwritten notes to his former colleagues in the legislature promoting the pork industry. Ralph also arranged and attended meetings and made countless trips to the capitol on behalf of the pork industry at his own expense.
Ralph continues to promote the pork industry today by donating the Turkey Creek Golf Course in Hennessey for OPC’s annual golf tournament. He also invites representatives of the pork industry and legislators to meet at the course to discuss pork industry issues and needs.
Today Ralph resides in Hennessey where he can be found operating the golf course. He and his wife, Jan, have one son, Judson, a daughter-in-law, Andrea and a granddaughter, Mackenzie.
Oklahoma’s Pork Producers and the Oklahoma Pork Council are grateful to Ralph Choate for his service to the pork industry and proudly honor him with the 2006 Distinguished Service Award.
Senator Jim Inhofe2005
United States Senator Jim Inhofe is a leading conservative voice in the Senate and is a strong advocate of common sense Oklahoma values including less government, less regulation, lower taxes, fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense.
Congressman Frank Lucas2004
Congressman Lucas represents Oklahoma's Third Congressional District. He serves on the Agriculture, Financial Services, and the Science Committees and has served in many leadership roles throughout the years.
Congressman Lucas is a fifth generation Oklahoman whose family has lived and farmed in Oklahoma for more than 100 years. He operates a farm and cattle ranch in Roger Mills County where he lives with his wife, Lynda, and three children.
Lucas has been a crusaderfor the agriculture industry since being elected to Congress. He was heavily involved in writing the Farm Bill. Lucas worked with members of the Senate and House to craft the farm policy legislation. He also authored the comprehensive conservation bill that helped to expand the farm bill's conservation programs.
Congressman Lucas has been a champion for the pork industry in Oklahoma and the United States. His district includes more than two thirds of teh pork production in Oklahoma. Lucas has always recognized teh importance of the pork industry to his district and represented the interests of Oklahoma's pork producers. He has been a leader in working to open foreign trade markets and creating an environmental policy that protects our lands and still provides an opportunity for our producers to be successful.
The Oklahoma Pork Council is honored to award Mr. Preston C. McPhail, the Oklahoma Pork Council Distinguished Service Award. Preston’s unrelenting desire to help children and their families cope with difficult times is exhibited most clearly by his commitment to the charities and fund raising efforts of the Ronald McDonald House and okPORK. The partnership of okPORK and the Ronald McDonald House is successful in large part because of the leadership and initiatives of Preston.
Preston committed his life to the service of others at an early age by joining the United States Army Reserve in 1960. In 1965, he transferred to the United State Air Force Reserve, retiring 30 year later as Lt. Colonel. Additionally, Preston has been a volunteer leader on numerous boards including the Ronald McDonald House, Great Plains Museum, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, March of Dimes, Association for the Care of Children, The Compassionate Friends, Oklahoma Alliance Against Drugs, Oklahoma Pediatric Cancer Association, Civil Air Patrol, Oklahoma Municipal League, Boy Scouts of America, Hospice of Lawton and many others.
During his tenure of volunteer service to okPORK Preston has been an ambassador for the pork industry. He has repeatedly donated his own time and resources to ensure OPC’s efforts were successful. Preston has willingly sacrificed his personal time for a number of years to ensure the partnership remained strong and the mutual goals were met.
Preston embodies the traits of leadership that are the essence of service. He has taught us the importance of being humble, gracious and persistent. His activities throughout the years have all focused on the goal of serving others and improving the lives of those around him. Preston’s vision and hard work has led to okPORK receiving awards and recognition from the Oklahoma State Fair including the 2000 Favorite Fair Food Award, the 2001 Cleanest Food Exhibitor Award and the 2002 Best Customer Service Award.
The Oklahoma Pork Council thanks Preston C. McPhail for the time, resources and talent he has donated to our industry. We thank him for the opportunity to work with him and congratulate him for his focus and tenacity. It is through this great spirit of service that Preston has accomplished his mission of helping others.
The Oklahoma Pork Council proudly presents the 2003 Distinguished Service Award to Quinton Gwartney. This award honors Quinton for his tremendous contributions to the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma swine industry.
Quinton and his family helped form the Oklahoma Pork Council’s pork catering enterprise in 1983. He and his wife, Bonnie, helped Dutch Miller, a former Oklahoma Pork Council Executive Director, numerous days each year with catering events including the Tulsa State Fair.
In 1995, through a joint arrangement with the Oklahoma Pork Council and its new Executive Director, Gene Parsons, Quinton took over the management of the Tulsa State Fair Pork Chop Shop. He conducted the operation with prestige and efficiency and rapidly became the favorite food vendor at the Tulsa State Fair. Quinton increased sales and profits with the catering business, benefiting the finances of the Oklahoma Pork Council. He is well known for his sincerity, honesty and dedication in all his endeavors.
Quinton is truly deserving of this award for his tremendous contributions to the Oklahoma Pork Council over the past 20 years. He is also active in his local church, community and school activities, while remaining an active swine breeder for many years.
Chef Dustin Crenshaw has a diverse culinary and management experiences with a solid reputation and loyal following in the Oklahoma area. He has held the position of executive chef at three of the most innovative restaurants in the Oklahoma City area. Currently, he serves as president of Jakin & Boaz, L.L.C. Restaurant Development Company, which provides restaurant-consulting services for companies in Oklahoma City. In addition, he has formed and currently orchestrates the “We’re Stronger, Together!” program.
Chef Crenshaw was awarded first place honors at Oklahoma City’s Taste of Elegance competition in 1995, 1996 and 2000 and second place in 1997. He has represented Oklahoma in the national Taste of Elegance competitions held in Washington D.C. and Chicago and has received the award for being one of the top eight in the country in the spring of 2001.
His most recent role was as executive director for an outdoor grilling philanthropy event named “The Independents Ball- A Grilling Experience.” All of the proceeds of this western themed event were given to the Inner-City Mission to assist their efforts in helping the homeless and low-income individuals of Oklahoma.
Dustin has lent a helping hand to the pork industry for numerous events and continues to be an integral part of the Oklahoma Pork Council’s foodservice endeavors.
The Oklahoma Pork Council proudly confers its 2001 Distinguished Service Award to Janine Parsons. This award is presented to Janine for her tremendous contributions to the OPC and the Oklahoma Swine Industry.
Janine is a professional who worked extremely hard to promote our product. She was instrumental in improving profitability of OPC events including the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, the Oklahoma Farm Show, the State Fair of Oklahoma, and the Spring Fair and Livestock Exposition. Janine taught us the importance of greeting customers with a smile and a kind word. She portrayed a professional image in what was many times a carnival atmosphere. She made changes in the menu and the preparation of pork, always striving to provide the best possible product at the best possible price.
Janine brought organization and efficiency to our operation. She developed a system that works and a product that sells. Among her many achievements, Janine was recognized by the 2000 State Fair of Oklahoma for providing the “Outstanding Food Product.” Her improvements are also evident as food sales records were set at each event.
Janine provided countless hours of support in the daily operation of OPC. From helping plan and organize the Oklahoma Pork Congress to assisting in the office with whatever was needed, Janine was a true blessing to OPC.
It is through this award that the OPC recognizes Janine Parsons for her contributions to our industry. It will never replace her honesty, positive attitude or smile. She serves as an example to us all as she embodies the “can do, will do” spirit.
Clem McSpadden has earned the title of one of Oklahoma’s premier citizens. Born, reared and educated in Oklahoma, he truly has “given back” to our state.
Clem was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate and was the first Senator elected by his peers to serve consecutive terms as President Pro Tempore. He was elected by an overwhelming majority to serve the Second District in the 93rd U.S. Congress, earning the distinction of being the first, first-term Congressman to be named to the all-powerful Rules Committee. In Congress, McSpadden was one of the original authors of the Rural Caucus, showing his concern and respect for rural Oklahoma and agriculture.
McSpadden and his wife, Donna, have held together ranch land first settled by his grandparents in the mid-1800s and have made it prosper.The McSpadden governmental relations firm was established in 1983 and, through common sense and integrity, is one of the foremost firms in Oklahoma. Clem and his son, Bart, represent clients throughout the United States. Clem believes in agriculture and in the early 1990s began representing the pork industry in Oklahoma, educating legislators about the industry and the economical/employment advantages which could buoy the state’s declining economy.
Clem McSpadden maintains a presence envied by all, and imitated by others, in his decency, intellect and honesty.
Senator Bruce Price1999
Senator Bruce Price of Hinton, Oklahoma, a 1965 graduate of Oklahoma State University, has been involved in Agri-Business for many years. He and his wife, Nikita, have been married for 35 years and are members of the First Baptist Church of Hinton.
Senator Price is a deacon in his church and is a past-president of the National Watermelon Association. He has served in the Oklahoma Senate since 1992. He is chairman of the Science and Technology and Federal Funds committees. He is vice-chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development and the Small Business committees. He is also a member of the Business and Labor, Finance, Tourism and Appropriations committees.
Senator Price has received previous awards from the Oklahoma Farmers Union, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Oklahoma Troopers Association, OSU Capitol Cowboys and the County Commissioners.
Bruce Price is a great friend of agriculture and the pork industry. He has the greatest respect of his fellow legislators and all of Oklahoma’s agriculture industry for his integrity and understanding of agriculture and agri-business. He has advised and helped the Oklahoma pork industry on many occasions in legislative matters. Senator Price is most highly deserving of the Oklahoma Pork Council Distinguished Service Award.
Representative Elmer Maddux1999
Representative Elmer Maddux is a farmer/rancher of 50+ years from Mooreland. Elmer and his wife Rita own and operate both of their parents’ family farms as well as other farms in both Woodward and Woods counties.
Elmer is a state legislator representing three counties: Woodward, Major and Woods. He has served ten years in the State House and begn his 6th session with the legislature in November of 1998. Currently he is serving on Agriculture, Appropriations and Budget, County and Municipal Government (vice chairman), Revenue and Taxation, Tules, and Small Business committees.
Elmer served two years in the U.S. Army, has served board positions on Federal Land Bank, Soil Conservation, Freedom School, Woodward County Excise and Equalization, and as an advisory to the Wichita District Bank Board. He served two years a a county commissioner before being elected as a state representative.
Honors received have been Jaycee’s Farm Family of the Year, 1969 and State Farm Family of the Year, 1970.
Elmer and his wife, Rite, have three children, two grand-daughters, and one great grandson. They are members of the First United Methodist Church in Mooreland where Rita is church pianist.
Elmer Maddux has tryly been a great friend to Oklahoma’s swine industry. He has helped and advised the Oklahoma Pork Council on many occasions in legislative matters. Elmer always has an open mind on any ideas that the pork industry has and worked diligently and unselfishly in their behalf. He was dauntless and fearless to do in his mind what was right. Elmer Maddux always exhibits the highest level of integrity.