oin us for an interactive discussion on water resources and the role of USDA’s Southern Plains Climate Hub. Meet Clay Pope – farmer, rancher, and former Oklahoma house representative – for a real-world look at climate change adaptation, natural resource preservation, and how advanced stewardship methods add value to agricultural operations.
Agriculture faces many challenges due to climate change. Preservation of natural capital like the soil and water on which agricultural production depends is a prime mission of USDA’s Climate Hubs program. Climate Hubs work with local partners to develop and deliver information and assistance to the people who directly manage natural capital – the farmers, ranchers, and citizens at the heart of food systems.
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Clay Pope served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1994 through 2004 and as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts from 2004 to 2014. Prior to his service in the Legislature, Mr. Pope served as Agriculture and Trade Assistant to Congressman Glenn English in Washington D.C. During his tenure in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Clay served as chairman of the Agriculture and International Trade Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and as Vice chairman of the Oklahoma House Agriculture Committee. He also served on the Intergovernmental Advisory Panel to the United States Trade Representative, representing state legislatures.
Clay has received numerous honors including the Farm Bureau Legislative Meritorious Service Award, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Representative of the Year, The Oklahoma Farmers Union Legislative Leadership award, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts President’s Award and was named Agriculture Man of the Year for Oklahoma by Progressive Farmer magazine in 1999. In 2005 Clay was named a ‘Graduate of Distinction’ from the College of Agriculture at Oklahoma State University and was named the Oklahoma Conservationist of the Year by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in 2009. In 2013 he was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a regional Emmy Award for his outreach and educational work in conjunction with the Ken Burns documentary The Dust Bowl.
Clay is a farmer and rancher and holds a B.S. in Agriculture Communications from Oklahoma State University. Clay, his wife Sarah and his four children live on their family ranch near Loyal, Oklahoma. In 2014 He and Sarah formed CSP,LLC a full service consulting company that focuses on natural resource issues. They are currently facilitating the work of the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub.