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Food industry leaders hold meeting at FAPC


The Industry Advisory Committee of Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center met June 2 at the FAPC to discuss food and agricultural issues.

"The Industry Advisory Committee offers counsel, makes decisions and takes leadership action to ensure the FAPC makes sound short- and long-term plans to accomplish its mission and objectives," said Roy Escoubas, FAPC director.

David Howard, chair of the committee and president and owner of Unitherm Food Systems in Bristow, Okla., presided over the meeting.

"The committee meetings give us an opportunity to discuss important issues and challenges facing the FAPC," Howard said. "The meetings are vital in order to keep us informed, so we are able to provide the necessary leadership."

During the meeting, committee members had the opportunity to converse with Jim Reese, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, and Bob Sternberg, OSU provost.

Also, the committee heard project updates about equipment, food safety, food processing, media and communications, and training and education from FAPC faculty and staff, and company presentations from Barbara Crain of Wagon Creek Creamery in Helena, Okla., and Suan Grant of Suan Foods in Oklahoma City.

The governor, the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Oklahoma Senate each appoint four members to the FAPC Industry Advisory Committee. The vice president, dean and director of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources serves as a non-voting member and also appoints three members to the committee.

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