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1999 Master Agronomist

Trey Lam

Trey was born near Pauls Valley, OK He grew up on the family Washita River bottom farm working with his father until he graduated from high school. Trey left Oklahoma to attend college at Yale University, graduating cum laude, in 1982. After graduation, Trey worked as a commodity merchant for Cargill before returning to Pauls Valley in 1985 to become a partner with his father in Lam Farms and later becoming the owner/operator.

The Lam Farm is a very diversified 1500-acre operation that places strong emphasis on crop rotation. His farming system is built around alfalfa, corn, soybeans, wheat, and a small cow/calf herd. Soil testing is an essential component in his cropping system. Trey has raised registered and certified wheat and soybean seed for commercial sale and currently grows foundation soybean seed for OSU, His production of wheat and soybean seed led to his involvement in the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association where he has served on the board of directors and as president.

Lam Farms has a long history of participating in OSU research and demonstration. He has made land available for the Plant and Soil Sciences Department to conduct numerous alfalfa and  soybean variety, seeding rate, fertility and herbicide studies. Trey hosts the annual Garvin county alfalfa meeting and regular spring tours. He attends field days, meetings and workshops to keep the Lam Farm progressive and innovative. He feels that planning and keeping accurate farming records are an important part of being a success in today's agriculture. Many of his neighbors look to Trey and his dad, Jess who received the Master Agronomist Award in 1997, for guidance and advise in solving production agriculture problems.

Trey has served on the Garvin county PPAC, SW District, and State Advisory Council for Cooperative Extension and was Vice President of the Oklahoma Alfalfa Hay and Seed  Association. He has served as president of the Oklahoma Soybean Association and was the vice  chairman of the Oklahoma Soybean Board of directors, which makes the decisions on spending check-off dollars for research, education, and promotion. Trey served on the Search Committee for the Associate Dean for the Agriculture Experiment Station and currently serves on the Dean,s
Agricultural Advisory Board. He is a member of a National Committee investigating the use of IMP to solve stand persistence in alfalfa.

Trey is a very active member of the Pauls Valley First United Methodist Church, and a number of various civic and community organizations.


Ron Limon

Ron graduated from Haskell High School in 198l. He was active in the FFA program and received the State Chapter Farmer Award. Additionally he served as president of his Senior Class and was chosen to attend Boys State. He continued his education at Connors State College and obtained his Associate Degree before going on to major in Agronomy at Oklahoma State University, where he received his bachelors Degree in 1982. While attending OSU, he worked part time at the Agronomy Research Farm working with weed science and soybean breeding programs. Ron was an active member of the Agronomy Club and the Crops Judging Team.

After graduating in 1981, he returned home to farm with his father, Jack who received the Master Agronomist Award in 1964. When Ron joined his father in 1981, they were farming approximately 1700 acres raising soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and a small cow/calf herd in Wagoner county. Today the farm has more than doubled in size (approximately 3400 acres) and they have added cotton and corn to their farm enterprise and a Pioneer seed dealership. There is no status quo for Ron. Ron would say he was "born with farming in his blood". He is a third generation farmer and is always looking for a value-added opportunity.

While he has spent a great deal of time and effort in making his farming operationone of the best in Eastern Oklahoma, he has found time to serve his community and various farm organizations. Ron has served on the Rural Water and Coweta community education boards, and served as a board member and President of the Wagoner County Farm Bureau and the Oklahoma Soybean Association. In 1985,dRon was selected to be a member of the Class II Ag Leadership program.

Ron is extremely cooperative and makes himself and farm available for a number of different research and demonstration test plots. In 1997, Ron hosted a Sustainable Agriculture In-Service Training Tour consisting of OSU Extension and USDA/ARS personnel. OSU has conducted two cotton variety tests and numerous tours on the Limon Farm. From seed to herbicides, there is always a test plot demonstration on the farm. Ron also produces Registered Choska soybeans for the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association. This allows Ron and his farming neighbors to take a good look at what is available and what works the best for them in their area.

Ron is especially supportive of Oklahoma State University and the Cooperative Extension programs. He is an active participant on grower panel discussions at cotton,soybean, and corn production meetings held in Wagoner County. Ron is a member of the First Baptist Church of Coweta.