Luther, OK – Carson Wheeler was selected to serve on the newly created Oklahoma Agriculture Youth Council. More than 200 incoming high school seniors applied for the position that involved a two-round process of interviews, resumes and essays. Only 20 students were selected.
This council was created by Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur to develop future agricultural leaders in Oklahoma through professional development, industry exposure and experiential learning.The Council consists of upcoming high school seniors representing the agriculture industry from across the state.
“The Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is extremely proud to invest in the future of Oklahoma agriculture through these young leaders,” said Sec. Arthur. “I am excited to see the impact the first Agriculture Youth Council has on our industry.”
In his application essay, Wheeler wrote that he comes from a family with generations of involvement with farming and ranching. “I want to serve to get a better understanding of the careers available in the agriculture industry. I was selected to attend the 2017 4-H Ag Summit in Washington D.C. where I learned about different research projects and the future of Agriculture. This sparked my interest in the research of new and innovative ways to farm and ranch more efficiently and economically,” he said.
A youth who has spent many a summer hauling hay, Wheeler also has earned several opportunities to travel across the United States on agricultural leadership programs.
Wheeler has been president of the Luther 4H Club for five years and has been on the Oklahoma County 4H leadership team for three years. He is a champion goat showman winning several awards on the state and national level. Home educated, Wheeler will begin his senior year of high school this fall and is the son of Brandy (and JT) Langston and Mark Wheeler of Luther.
The council will be a year-long term, with approximately 8 sessions throughout the year. Sessions will include visits to Oklahoma agricultural companies and organizations, opportunities to learn about the legislative process and job shadows with industry professionals. In addition, students will participate in leadership and professional skill development activities and receive information regarding preparing for college.