A Successful 2022 Stakeholder Conference is in the Books!

Gathered in the spirit of ‘Growing Together’; 256 members from 40 different states gathered to learn, grow and connect. Focused on the ideals of education, service, mentorship, community, partnerships and market access; the conference included fifty-two speakers, numerous breakout sessions, panel discussions and a first ever roundtable discussion. In addition, Oklahoma welcomed us on the first day with a closer look at their local agriculture industry to include a ‘All About Bees’ Workshop, ‘Traditional meets Today’ agriculture tour as well as a ‘Modern Ag in a Modern World’ tour. All were well attended.

We were honored to have Michael Paul Littlevoice conduct a tribal blessing as a part of opening ceremonies.

A sincere thank you to those providing support to our organization and making a successful conference possible. As you interact with the agriculture community in your area, please give appreciation to any sponsors and exhibitors to cross paths with. This year’s sponsors and their respective levels were:

Diamond: Kubota

Platinum: Farm Credit, 4Patriots, ADM

Gold: Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Silver: Vital Farms, Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma

Bronze: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service & National Veteran Business Development Council

Exhibitors included:

  • Wounded Warrior
  • Market Maker
  • Lazy C Cattle Co. LLC
  • Agrisafe
  • Barn2Door
  • BCS Two-Wheel Tractors
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
  • Kansas Association of Conservation Districts
  • Purdue University
  • Rodale Institute
  • Sure Crop Fertilizer
  • US Small Business Administration/VBOC
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Heroes to Hives
  • Frontline to Farm
  • USDA National Appeals Division
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • USDA Risk Management Agency
Breakout sessions on every topic were engaging, informative and hands-on. This session was focused on bee keeping and related equipment.