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Oklahoma Agricultural Hall of Fame
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Joe Mayer-2015

Joe Mayer grew up on the ranch his great grandfather established in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1883. His great grandfather had driven cattle from Texas to Kansas for about ten years before settling the ranch near present day Hardesty, OK. Today the Mayer Ranch has grown into a 35,000 acre beef and small grain operation noted nationally for innovation and willingness to embrace new technologies.

As a youngster growing up on the ranch his family encouraged him to be active in both the 4-H club and FFA, activities he had a natural affinity for. During his years as a student he represented his local club, county and state in a variety of leadership positions. To this day Mr. Mayer is an active supporter of these organizations and contributes a great deal of time and resources to agricultural youth organizations.

Creative innovations and embracement of science have earned Mr. Mayer national and international attention in the beef industry. In 2013 he earned the Certified Angus Beef® Commercial Producer of the Year Award for his work in improving his Angus cattle herd through careful breeding and record keeping as well as DNA testing to breed for specific traits. Through his efforts the Mayer Ranch has one of the highest percentages of cattle grading Choice and Prime as well as being eligible for the CAB® program.

Mr. Mayer served on Governor Frank Keating’s transition team and numerous other state and county task forces and commissions. He has also been director or chairman of many state and federal committees devoted to agriculture and private property rights. He notably served as Director of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Rules Committee and State Commission on Animal Waste during an extremely contentious period in Oklahoma agricultural history.

The Mayer family continues to work the ranch their great grandfather started 132 years ago. Joe and his wife, Mary Anne, married in 1971 and have three children, Paul, Katie and Margie. All three are still working for the family farm and ranch business.