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FAPC advisory board tours Tulsa’s KOTV – News on 6

The Industry Advisory Committee of Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center met at Tulsa’s KOTV – News on 6 building to discuss food and agricultural issues and take a tour of the television studio. Griffin Communications, a subsidiary of Muskogee-based Griffin Foods, hosted the 16-member advisory board.

By Mandy Gross, FAPC Communications Services Manager

(Stillwater, Okla. – Dec. 5, 2017) The Industry Advisory Committee of Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center met at Tulsa’s KOTV – News on 6 building to discuss food and agricultural issues and take a tour of the television studio.

Griffin Communications, a subsidiary of Muskogee-based Griffin Foods, hosted the 16-member advisory board.

“It was an honor for Griffin Communications to host the committee meeting and show the television-based side of our business,” said John Griffin, president and CEO of Griffin Foods and advisory board member. “I was pleased with the outcome of the board meeting and enjoy working with the other committee members and center faculty and staff.”

Griffin Communications is an Oklahoma-owned and operated multi-media company that reaches more than 90 percent of Oklahoma households with its television stations, statewide radio network, Internet sites, digital outdoor network and mobile information distribution channels.

During the Nov. 2 meeting, FAPC Industry Advisory Committee members met with faculty and staff and heard updates about the center’s food safety programs, mobile app, 20-year celebration activities and events, and facility updates.

In addition, Tim Burg, director of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, discussed economic development business opportunities with the group.

“FAPC is fortunate to have an advisory board that is invested in the future of the center,” said Roy Escoubas, FAPC director. “The committee members understand the importance of FAPC and are continuously looking for ways the center can grow and better serve the food and agricultural industries.”

More than 600 companies make up Oklahoma’s food-processing industry, which accounts for almost 2 percent of the state's employment base, according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Small companies make up the majority of Oklahoma's diversified food industry.

In the last 5-year economic impact study on 75 Oklahoma food businesses, FAPC was credited with generating more than $18 million in annual sales revenue. These companies were located in communities across Oklahoma from Guymon to Tahlequah to Ponca City to Ardmore, generating more than 350 jobs in these communities.

Members of the committee are appointed by the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the Senate president pro tempore and the vice president, dean and director of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, of which FAPC is a part.

In addition to Griffin, other members of the committee include Edward Clements, Clements Foods; Erica Hering, Ralph’s Packing Co.; Scott Dvorak, Dvorak Farms; Joe Ford, Shawnee Milling Co.; David Howard, Howard Industries; Virgil Jurgensmeyer, J-M Farms; Rodger Kerr, Southwest Technology Center; Tommy Kramer, retired from Durant Industrial Authority; John Patrick Lopez, Lopez Foods; Max McDermott, deVine Water Co.; David McLaughlin, retired from AdvancePierre Foods; Philip Payment, Homeland Acquisition Corp.; Paul Schatte, Head Country Food Inc.; Mark Vaughan, Fresh Avenue Partners; and ex-officio Tom Coon, OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

The committee meets twice a year, usually in June and November. The June meeting is held at FAPC, while the November meeting is held off-site at the discretion of the committee.

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