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Oklahoma Agricultural Hall of Fame
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Paul Jackson-2003

Paul Jackson, successful wheat farmer, dedicated conservationist and extraordinary humanitarian from southwestern Oklahoma, was named to the Oklahoma Agricultural Hall of Fame by Governor Brad Henry on March 22, 2003. The sixth member of this elite group, Mr. Jackson's induction was enthusiastically endorsed for the honor.

Too young to join the service during World War II, he committed himself to feeding a nation at war by piloting a tractor rather than a fighter plane. At the end of the conflict he stayed with farming and planned to attend Oklahoma State University with an older brother.

A severe drought gripped the state when it was time for him to begin college and he chose to remain on the farm in order for his brother to finish his degree. In short order, his ambition to remain with production agriculture was more deeply rooted than his desire to attend the university. Mr. Jackson was married to his wife, Dosia in 1951 and they soon moved to Apache, Oklahoma where they raised wheat, livestock and ultimately four children.

His work in the field has been praised for decades by groups such as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association, and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. His commitment to helping young people and the disadvantaged, however, help set him apart from other notable agriculturists.

Aside from being a church leader, Mr. Jackson has worked tirelessly for groups such as 4-H and FFA as well as the Ag In The Classroom program. He is also a leader in Apex, a group that helps physically and emotionally handicapped people find jobs and improve their self-esteem.

"His lifetime of selfless service and dedication to his industry and community are equally exceptional and inspiring," Governor Henry said during the induction ceremony. Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach added that Mr. Jackson's record, "raises the bar for both producers and all people who would like to promote Oklahoma's young people."