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Oklahoma Agricultural Hall of Fame
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Rodd Moesel-2014

Growing up on a truck farm in Pauls Valley, OK, Rodd Moesel developed a love for growing plants early in life. Working alongside his parents from the time he could walk, he developed an affinity for horticulture that would shape his life and the lives of many Oklahomans. Inducted into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2014, his life always has always focused on agriculture.

When he was nine years old his family moved to Oklahoma City where his father enrolled him in the local 4-H club. As it happened, the 4-H club at that time met at the Governor’s Mansion where Henry Bellmon was serving his first term as Oklahoma Governor. Moesel credits this chapter in his life for much of his success.

“I was an introverted little kid and 4-H encourages people to reach out and make presentations and get involved,” he remembered. “I had grown up helping people and telling them how to grow things and I guess people were fascinated by a little kid who could tell them how to grow things.”

By the time he was in junior high school he was a regular guest on Oklahoma City television talking about horticulture, 4-H and other agricultural news. His notoriety later went national when presidential candidate, Richard Nixon invited him to Washington. After the election, Moesel spent another year in Washington as an aide to the president.

When he returned to Oklahoma to pursue his college studies at Oklahoma State University he turned back to horticulture to help pay for his education by building terrariums for local banks. “We made thousands of terrariums—they were very popular during that time and they paid my way through college.”

Rodd and his wife Dona own and operate American Plant Products where they design and build research greenhouses for universities and other teaching facilities across the United States. Their company also designs and builds commercial greenhouses for agricultural and ornamental crops.

Moesel’s leadership and mentoring have affected the lives of thousands of young people. He has served as chairman or board member of over 30 trade organizations and advisory boards and is an exemplary ambassador for Oklahoma agriculture nationally and internationally.