Jim Reese was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin as the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture and sworn into office on January 10, 2011. He acts as Governor Fallin's chief advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food, and forestry. Reese serves concurrently as the Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture and is a member of the Board of Regents for the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical Colleges, the Commissioners of the Land Office and the Oklahoma State Board of Equalization.
Secretary Reese is a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College, where he earned an associate's degree in drafting and design. He later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. He still manages his farm near Nardin, Oklahoma, which he has operated since 1978.
In 1986, he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives and served in this office from 1987 to 2001. Reese was then selected to serve as the Oklahoma State Executive Director for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency.
Secretary Reese has been married to Margaret Lynn Lobmeyer Reese since 1985 and has four children--Joanna, Drew, Lainey, and Spencer.
Ed Hurliman, Broken Bow, is a registered forester with more than 40 years of experience in managing privately-held land for wood products and wildlife-based recreational purposes. After a career with Weyerhaeuser forest products company, he founded Hurliman Forestry Services. This successful private forestry consulting business performs tree planting and silvicultural services for landowners. Hurliman is also active in his community including service on the Board of the Oklahoma Forest Heritage Center.
Karen Krehbiel is a self-employed agricultural producer and business owner from the Hydro/Hinton area in northern Caddo County. She owns and manages a diverse 2,200 acre multi-generational farming operation raising wheat, milo, peanuts, alfalfa and sheep and selling center pivot agricultural irrigation systems as well as registered and certified seed wheat. Krehbiel holds a CPA certificate and maintains a private accounting practice. She has been active in several farm and agricultural organizations and has served on the board of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association. Krehbiel continues to serve on the Caddo County Excise and Equalization boards.