Richard Castle | 2000

Richard Castle served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Pork Council from 1971 through 1998, a total of 28 years and holds the record for the longest tenure as President, a total of eight years.  He also held many other offices in the organization.  He also served a six-year term on the Federation Council of the National Pork Producers Council.

Richard was highly regarded for his superb diplomacy and outstanding leadership. During periods of inadequate funding, he led the Oklahoma Pork Council in accomplishing its goals in ways that did not take a lot of dollars.

Richard, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, was also a Director on the Board of the Oklahoma Swine Breeders Association for several years.  Other activities include serving as  State Chairman of the Swine Committee for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Board of Director of the Alfalfa County Farm Bureau and the Alfalfa County Extension Advisory Board.  He is a dedicated community leader, a former President of the Jet, Oklahoma Lions Club and a great supporter of 4-H and FFA programs.

Richard and his wife, Cecilia have three grown children, two daughters and a son.  Richard, his son, Kent, and his brother, L.E., still operate a large commercial swine enterprise that was started in the early 1960s.