Ag leaders applaud Clem Rogers McSpadden Agricultural Complex
State lawmakers May 11 named the state agriculture building and new laboratory the Clem Rogers McSpadden Agricultural Complex. The move was met with enthusiasm by the state's top agricultural official.
"Clem McSpadden was the voice of agriculture and rural Oklahoma and he promoted both wherever he went," said Secretary of Agriculture, Terry Peach. "When people met Clem they knew they were dealing with a real agriculturist of the highest character and integrity. It's an honor for our facilities to carry his name."
The state's top livestock organizations added their approval as well.
"I'm grateful not only that this great Oklahoman is being honored in this manner but that his name is being lent to our state agricultural complex," said Scott Dewald, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. "I have never met anyone who actually knew Clem McSpadden that didn't like and respect him. That is the kind of person we want to memorialize agriculture in this state."
Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council said the state's pork industry supported the move.
"It would be very difficult to find an individual who gave more to Oklahoma--and especially rural Oklahoma and agriculture--than Clem McSpadden," he said. "He was extremely proud of his roots, his heritage, his affiliation with agriculture, and Oklahoma. Naming the ODAFF complex in honor of Clem is just a small tribute to a man who gave so much to Oklahoma."
The Clem Rogers McSpadden Agricultural Complex is located at 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd., in Oklahoma City.