Harrel named 2019 OK Ag Hall of Fame Inductee
During a special ceremony at the state capitol, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Mr. Jimmy Harrel as the recipient of the Governor’s Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture. The Elk City rancher became the 22nd inductee into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame, the state’s most prestigious agricultural award.
Harrel has always been a champion for agriculture. Over the years, he has worn many different hats—FFA member, rancher, rural servant, agriculture education instructor and owner of the Bank of Western Oklahoma, a premier agriculture lending bank. In each of these capacities, one thing has stayed the same: Mr. Harrel’s passion for the agriculture industry runs deep.
“We are proud of all our great Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, but we are exceptionally excited to honor Jimmy Harrel this year as an outstanding agriculturist and service-minded citizen,” Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur, said. “He raises the bar for all people who would like to promote Oklahoma’s young people.”
Harrel was nominated for this honor by Tyler Norvell with the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Norvell applauded Harrel for his commitment to their organization and the youth of Oklahoma.
“As a farmer and rancher himself, he knows agriculture is the backbone of our nation and has dedicated himself to investing and suppor...
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