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AWARDS Agribusiness of the Year 2018 ANNUAL CHAMBER AWARD RECIPIENTS Each year, the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce seeks to recognize those who have made a signifi cant impact in the Stillwater community. Ten annual awards are presented to deserving businesses and individ- uals who promote a positive business experience and civic environment and have a powerful impact on both the Chamber and the community. Payne County Stockyards T he love for agriculture in the state of roots planted in Perkins and are involved in Oklahoma makes it a special and unique the community and want it to thrive. place. Agriculture helps boost our economy, provides our state’s commodities and cre- of agriculture in Oklahoma is cattle. Cattle is responsible for the largest part of agricul- tural income in this state. The Payne County Stockyards are directly involved in the economic benefi t of agriculture to our state as well as to families. The Stock- yards were built and founded in 2016, making it one the newest facilities in the state. They serve as the premier cattle market exchange for North Central Oklahoma. The facilities were made possible by the Rains and Collums families. Both families already owned family businesses, but after the old stockyard burned down due to a kitchen fi re, they merged together and turned it into Payne County Stockyards. They have their the premier sale to help support the kids and keep the livestock industry going,” said Brad Chapman, General Manager of the Stockyards. “These guys keep sponsoring the industry and “When people are trusting you with their animals, they want someone who is going to promote their livestock in an honest and trustworthy way,” Chapman said. “We stand behind the breeders and raisers of cattle, so we represent the good quality livestock and really push for them.” pushing for kids to get involved in agriculture.” The Stockyards also play a part in boosting This family-owned stockyard is dedicated to ways for families to be a part of agriculture. upholding its values consistent with its certifi - cation through the Livestock Marketing Asso- ciation. It has employees working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the best treatment for all livestock in their possession. The exceptional care and time they spend in Each year, a cattle-grading contest is held, and people come from all over the United States. Many kids in the community are involved in FFA or other agricultural clubs. The Stock- yards help the young generation learn fi rst- hand about small farmers and the life they live. keeping the quality of life high in their live- “There is no better business to be raising your stock continues to make Payne County Stock- family in than the agriculture setting,” yards a competitive business. The honesty of the workers also makes breeders and farmers more likely to go to them. Chapman said. BY K A MIK A R AL STIN ates jobs. One of the most important parts “They buy tons of animals that come through 43