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Oklahoma Agricultural Hall of Fame
Clint Roush PhotoClint Roush-2016

Dr. Clint Roush is a fourth generation Custer County farmer and rancher, but his involvement with Oklahoma      agriculture is much broader than the production of wheat and cattle. From the classroom to the boardroom, the barn to the bank, the Arapaho, Oklahoma, resident’s influence can be seen all across western Oklahoma and beyond.

After earning a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, Roush started influencing the next generation of agriculturists by teaching and consulting at Oklahoma State University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in subjects including many aspects of agriculture finance. Even after he was no longer a professional educator, Roush maintained a relationship with OSU by working with the Bill Fitzwater Endowment Cooperative Chair and the Oklahoma Farm Credit Endowed Chair.

Roush also plays a key leadership role in the agriculture financial sector serving as an advisor on many local, state and national boards. In this capacity, he has become a knowledgeable and committed advisor. He has consistently demonstrated his focus on rural Oklahoma and America; repeatedly striving to be a trusted representative for all rural consumers while providing a consistent value on the owner investment in cooperatives.

His work on the risk committees of U.S. AgBank and CoBank , then on the merger of the two, improved the long term interests of stockholders as well as farmers and ranchers. Roush was also involved with the merger of three Farm Credit entities that became Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma. This action provided a more efficient one-stop loan service for customers and improved the financial soundness and risk bearing capacity of the association.

The economic activity Roush has helped foster in western Oklahoma has contributed greatly to the quality of life in that area. His vision, leadership and tireless commitment to the agricultural industry has made a lasting impact on countless farmers and ranchers, along with the communities that depend on them. Roush and wife Pat have three children and 14 grandchildren and are now planning the intergenerational transfer of the family farm.