Paul H. Hitch | 2008
Paul H. Hitch has been a longstanding advocate for the Oklahoma pork industry and agriculture within Oklahoma. Paul’s involvement in agriculture traces back to 1884 when his family settled in the panhandle of Oklahoma, running cattle. The Hitch family has been instrumental in developing Oklahoma’s agriculture industry since that time; it was Paul who made the decision to become involved in the pork industry.
Serving on the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001, Paul promoted the importance of the pork industry on Oklahoma’s economy. Paul’s work within agriculture has promoted a better understanding of Oklahoma’s pork industry by the Oklahoma legislature. By allowing legislative visits to his operations in Guymon, Paul has been instrumental in putting a face on Oklahoma’s agriculture industry in the panhandle and specifically the pork industry.
Paul has also been involved with the ProAg organization which promotes agriculture in Oklahoma. Paul along with other ProAg members developed the program during the conflicts over the pork industry in the Oklahoma legislature.
Paul’s other contributions to the agriculture industry in Oklahoma include being involved with the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Kansas Livestock Association and Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers.
Currently, Paul continues to operate Hitch Enterprises, Inc., in Guymon, Okla. He enjoys sharing the values that agriculture has instilled in him with his two sons and their families, who are continuing the family business.
For his commitment to the development and promotion of Oklahoma’s pork industry, the Oklahoma Pork Council proudly inducts Paul H. Hitch into the Hall of Fame.