Mike Rooker of Dale begins term as Conservation Commissioner
Mike Rooker began serving a five-year term representing central Oklahoma on the Oklahoma Conservation Commission on July 2. Gov. Brad Henry appointed Rooker to the post in May and the state Senate confirmed the appointment the same month. His term officially began with him taking his oath of office at the beginning of the first monthly meeting of the Conservation Commission for the new fiscal year. Gov. Henry’s liaison Jeanette Nance attended the swearing-in and meeting.
Rooker, a life-long resident of Dale, has been a full time farmer since he and his brother took over the family farm when they lost their father in 1952. The operation included a dairy in which he also partnered with his brother until 1994. All the hay and grain for the operation was raised on the farm. He is currently co-owner of Rooker Farms, which includes a cow/calf operation and farming wheat, alfalfa hay, corn and soy bean crops.
Upon graduation from high school, Rooker received the Jr. Master Farmer Award, the Richards Award and the DeKalb Award. He was a member of the Conservation Leadership 2000 class and was named Ag Business Person of Shawnee the same year.
Rooker has served on the board of directors of the Shawnee Conservation District since 1994. Prior to that he served 15 years as a county committee member for the Farm Service Agency. Mike has served on the Sales Tax Advisory Committee for Shawnee twice. He also currently serves on the Cross Timbers Resource Conservation & Development Council.
Rooker’s hobby is restoring antique tractors and farm machinery and he serves as chairman of Shawnee Tractor and Engine Club’s Vintage Equipment Committee for SeptemberFest held annually at the Governor’s Mansion.
Mike and his wife Chris have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Conservation Districts in Area II
• Cleveland County
• Kay County
• Lincoln County
• Logan County
• Love County
• McClain County
• Murray County
• Noble County
• Oklahoma County
• Pawnee County
• Payne County
• Seminole County