Tuesday, July 22, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma First Gentleman Wade Christensen has served as the Chairman of the Spouses Leadership Committee (SLC) over the last year in conjunction with Governor Mary Fallin’s chairmanship of the National Governors Association (NGA) and led the spouses Summer Meeting program last week in Tennessee.
As chair, Christensen focused a number of the spouses’ business programs on the topic of agriculture, including a session titled “Agriculture and America’s Youth: Strengthening Communities.” During the sessions, spouses heard from several guest speakers and students on how agriculture has impacted their lives and empowered them to get involved in their communities.
First Gentleman Christensen is a fourth-generation farmer from Thomas, OK. His goal as chair of the SLC was to highlight the important role that farmers and ranchers play in not only feeding America, but also in strengthening the national economy, fighting obesity, impacting world hunger, and even influencing today’s youth to grow into strong leaders.
“Agriculture has always been a big part of my life,” said Christensen. “I wanted to share not only my story with the governors’ spouses but also the industry’s impact in each of their states. Agriculture is the lifeblood of the American economy, generating $400 billion in production each year in the U.S. Of that $400 billion, farmers and ranchers reinvest $370 billion annually back into their local economies through the purchase of fuel, feed, seed, fertilizer, and labor.”
Christensen said modern farms employ millions of American workers every year and that today’s farms are a part of the solution to many of the problems facing the world today.
First Gentleman Christensen’s year as SLC Chair concluded July 12, 2014 at the conclusion of the NGA Summer Meeting.