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The Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture

The State Board of Agriculture consists of five members appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Oklahoma State Senate. Members shall be farmers with practical experience for at least five of the previous ten years and lived on and operated a farm after reaching 21 years of age. The state is divided into four agricultural districts and a member is appointed to a four year term from each of the districts. An at large position is appointed by the Governor to be the President of the State Board of Agriculture and serves at the pleasure of the Governor. The President also serves as the Commissioner of Agriculture.

Blayne Arthur, Secretary and Commissioner of Agriculture

On January 14, 2019, Blayne Arthur was sworn in by Governor Kevin Stitt as the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture—the state’s first female to hold the position. She acts as Governor Stitt’s chief advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food and forestry, and holds the titles of Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture and the President of the Oklahoma State Board of Agriculture.

Secretary Arthur grew up in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where her family raised horses, shorthorn cattle, wheat, alfalfa and soybeans. Arthur and her two sisters, Dr. Rosslyn Biggs and Chelsea Evans, were active in 4-H and FFA, focusing primarily on showing horses and shorthorn cattle — both statewide and nationally. Arthur’s mother, Dr. Peggy Clark, worked for the USDA as a veterinary medical officer. Her father, David Spencer, owns and operates Spencer Livestock, LLC., a family-oriented operation focusing on show horses and cattle, based out of Chickasha.

Upon graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics, Sec. Arthur took a role in small-business financing for Rural Enterprises, Inc. In 2009, the then-Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach hired her as the department’s social media coordinator. When Secretary Jim Reese was elected in 2011, he offered her the position as the Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, where she stayed from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, she served as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation until her appointment by Governor Stitt.

She is the 2016 Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Distinguished Service Award Recipient; remains active in Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Diamond Hats, American Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma Beef Council, and Ponies of the Americas; and selected for multiple honors including Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Class XV, a Journal Record 2011 Achievers Under 40 honoree, and the 2014 Oklahoma Agricultural Woman of the Year.

 Secretary Arthur married Jerrod Arthur in 2006 and they have two children, Kelton and Kennedy, who both enjoy showing cattle and horses. The Arthurs lives east of Stillwater and raise show cattle for 4-H and FFA members.

Phone: (405) 522-5488

Ed HurlimanEd Hurliman, Broken Bow

Ed Hurliman, Broken Bow, is a registered forester with more than 40 years of experience in managing privately-held land for wood products and wildlife-based recreational purposes. After a career with Weyerhaeuser forest products company, he founded Hurliman Forestry Services. This successful private forestry consulting business performs tree planting and silvicultural services for landowners. Hurliman is also active in his community including service on the Board of the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center.

Phone: (580) 212-0078

Jay Franklin
Jay Franklin, Vinita

Jay Franklin and his wife, Susanna, farm near Vinita, including land that was settled by his family in 1870.  The operation currently focuses on row crops and wheat, and has been exclusively no-till since the mid-80s.  Franklin’s prior experiences include serving as a member of the United Soybean Board, Oklahoma FSA State Committee, Craig County Conservation District, and Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.  He currently serves as Vice-President of the US Soy Federation.

Phone: (918) 256-7977

Britt Hilton, Gate

Britt Hilton, Gate, owns and manages a cow-calf and stocker operation in the Panhandle. Hilton comes from a family with a long tradition of agriculture. His great-great grandfather settled in the area in the late 1800s. Hilton earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Oklahoma State University. He and his wife, K’dawn, raise, cattle, wheat and sorghum within their farm and ranch operation. They have two sons, Jax and Cal. Britt is active in the community, including service on the Beaver County Farm Bureau Board and the Gate/Knowles volunteer fire department.

Phone: (580) 334-0964

Karen Krehbiel
Karen Krehbiel Dodson, Hydro

Karen Krehbiel is a self-employed agricultural producer and business owner from the Hydro/Hinton area in northern Caddo County. She owns and manages a diverse 2,200 acre multi-generational farming operation raising wheat, milo, peanuts, alfalfa and sheep and selling center pivot agricultural irrigation systems as well as registered and certified seed wheat. Krehbiel holds a CPA certificate and maintains a private accounting practice. She has been active in several farm and agricultural organizations and has served on the board of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association. Krehbiel continues to serve on the Caddo County Excise and Equalization boards.

Phone: (405) 542-6361