February 2, 2015
The HSUS Oklahoma Agriculture Advisory Council
Local farmers, producers and other agriculture professionals join with The HSUS to foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship
Meet the members of the HSUS Oklahoma Agriculture Advisory Council, part of our emerging system of state agriculture councils.
Sen. Paul Muegge farms with one of his sons and supports environmental causes, with a particular interest in monitoring the growth of industrial agriculture.
His 12 years of service in the Oklahoma State Senate ended in 2002. During his final eight years in office, Sen. Muegge chaired the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and participated in two national task forces.
In 1998, Sen. Muegge received the “Public Official of the Year” award from “Governing Magazine” in recognition of the ground-breaking hog and poultry legislation he pushed through the state senate. That legislation established regulations that addressed factory farming issues that corporate agriculture had brought to Oklahoma. As a result, he was given the opportunity to serve on a task force at the Harrison Institute for Democracy and Trade at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Muegge also served on the National Conference of State Legislature’s Rural Development Task force for two years. And at the close of his days in the senate, it was his great honor to participate in a legislative exchange at a 2002 legislative conference in Munich, Germany.
In 2004 Sen. Muegge was honored with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for “courage in standing up to the powerful hog industry … in order to protect the environment and the health and well-being of [his] constituents.”
Today, Sen. Muegge has retired from consulting and resides in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Nancy.
Adam Price is the operations manager for the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, a marketplace where sustainable farmers and producers can sell and distribute their products statewide.
Adam also serves on the Board of Directors of the OFC and has been actively involved in the organization since 2008. Although he's not a farmer, much of Adam’s work involves growing and maintaining a distribution network that benefits sustainable farmers throughout Oklahoma. Ultimately, Adam believes that we need many more people to take up the practice of sustainable farming, and he would like to help create a system that will encourage more Oklahomans to begin farming as an occupation.
Adam is also involved in various other sustainability and urban agriculture initiatives in the Oklahoma City metro area, which is his home. He would like to see sustainable, humane agricultural practices grow in both the rural and urban environments.