Peter Camfield has
charge of the nationally known School of Agriculture at Oklahoma Panhandle State University. One
of the many well maintained and attractive buildings on
the school campus is the Firestone Meat Lab where
Ag students receive training in many aspects of meat processing.
OPSU’s School of Agriculture
Continues to Step Up
-released by OPSU Campus
by Scott Puryear
Goodwell, OK - Since its founding in 1909, Oklahoma Panhandle
State University has served the needs of students, area residents,
and area businesses. In that nearly a century, agriculture
has always been one of the major focuses of the college and
the tradition continues under Dr. Peter Camfield, the Dean
of the School of Agriculture.
Camfield, who earned his doctorate at the University of Arkansas,
has taught at OPSU for nine years, and supervises a dedicated
faculty of 12 along with several student employees.
Currently, there are 125 students in the School of Agriculture;
majoring in Agricultural Business, Animal Science, Agronomy
or Agricultural Education. Many other learners take part in
There is well over a 90% placement rate of OPSU Ag graduates
directly into their field of choice, and many others have opted
to go on to graduate school at institutions like Oklahoma State,
Arkansas, and Michigan State. OPSU has a wonderful record of
placing individuals into prestigious graduate programs because
of the fine training (hands-on and otherwise) provided at the
Camfield is deservedly
proud of the many partnerships the School of Agriculture
is involved with. Large and small employers (local and otherwise)
have the benefit of former OPSU Ag students who are now productive
employees, many of them in leadership positions. In addition
to these organizations’ reliance
on OPSU graduates, they also benefit a great deal from the
research and functions performed at the University Farm as
well as the Firestone Meats Lab on the school’s campus.
Darren Stephens runs the meat lab, which is fully inspected
by the USDA and provides slaughter and processing services
and also operates a retail store. It is there that students
can get hands-on experience in meat processing to supplement
their classroom training.
The University Farm, managed by John Sircy, is also an extremely
important function of the School of Agriculture, and it operates
on yet another valuable partnership, this one with Oklahoma
State University Extension. According to Camfield, the farm
maintains 1,200 acres of pasture for beef, sheep, swine, horses,
and goats. They also grow their own alfalfa and other crops
Most of the competitors on the famous OPSU rodeo team are
students in the School of Ag, and that team has won the national
collegiate title four times in the last nine years.
In addition, OPSU has also hosted the longest standing Bull
Test in Oklahoma (54 consecutive years) and annually features
It virtually goes without saying that agriculture has been
the strongest component to the successful economy of both our
region and our country for many years. The School of Agriculture
at Oklahoma Panhandle State University has been integral in
that process and will continue to strive ahead in technology,
services, and quality graduates.