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*For Immediate Release*
Exploring Opportunities
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-09-05
by Laura Dahl

Robert Whitson, Oklahoma State University’s Vice President, Dean and Director of Agriculture, made a return visit to Texas County this week to thoroughly explore the area’s agricultural industry. The visit was coordinated by Roy Ehly, who chairs the Texas County Ag Supporters Committee, and the ambitious agenda kept Dr. Whitson and his wife, Linda, busy for three days.

His stay in Texas County included a number of service club meetings, facility tours, receptions, and meetings with agriculture industry leaders to discuss current issues. On Thursday afternoon, Dr. Whitson participated in a round table discussion with what he called a “blue-ribbon panel” of experts. Representatives from a variety of local agricultural concerns including wheat, beef, pork, sunflower, cotton, grapes and honey bees as well as agricultural leadership and rural housing presented short, topical issues for discussion.

Following the round table, Whitson said he had learned a lot, and plans to explore ways in which OSU might provide research data for alternative crops in the area. He also expressed the need for help from local producers, who can help anticipate needs and determine what research is necessary.

For well over 60 years, OSU’s Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center (OPREC), has provided expertise and research data to the local agricultural industry. The director of OPREC is a part-time faculty member at OPSU. Whitson said he is interested in exploring ways OSU might provide research and extension and partner with OPSU to enhance the existing strong alliance.

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