By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – A growing membership organization that helps Canadian County’s farmers and ranchers was recognized this week for its advocacy efforts.
Canadian County Commissioners have declared Feb. 15-19 as “Farm Bureau Week” in Canadian County.
Commissioners on Feb. 16 presented a signed proclamation to Canadian County Farm Bureau President David VonTungeln recognizing the week-long observance.
A non-profit general farm organization, the Canadian County Farm Bureau has 2,616 member families – and counting – across Canadian County.
The farm bureau has served Canadian County’s farmers and ranchers since March 7, 1942.
“The Canadian County Farm Bureau – through its concern for both producers and consumers – has helped develop a basic understanding of the complex structure that puts food on the tables of all Americans and most of the world,” said County Commission Chairman Jack Stewart, reading from the proclamation.
“The Canadian County Farm Bureau has dedicated itself and its members to maintaining agriculture as an honorable and respected profession, which has been the base for much of the economic prosperity in Canadian County and the State of Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is a statewide agriculture membership organization that promotes the betterment of the conditions of those engaged in agricultural pursuits.
The Canadian County Farm Bureau expects to grow to some 2,800 member families by the end of 2021.
Stewart, Canadian County’s District 3 county commissioner, called the Farm Bureau “a great organization” that “does a lot” for Canadian County.
“You advocate for the right things,” Stewart told VonTungeln. “We appreciate your organization.”
When Canadian County finances were tight and gross production revenues dropped, Stewart said local Farm Bureau officials offered to help advocate for county commissioners.
A Canadian County farmer and rancher for more than 40 years, VonTungeln is a member of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau board of directors and president of its Foundation for Agriculture. He is a member of Redlands Community College’s Board of Regents.
VonTungeln farms on his family’s centennial farm that produces cattle, wheat, alfalfa, milo, soybeans, and forage crops in Calumet. He also works as a veterinarian.