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Oklahoma business briefs for Jan. 30, 2020

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Crop grants available

Funding opportunities aiming to enhance the specialty crop industry within the state are now available, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has announced.

The dollars, coming through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program administered by Agriculture Marketing Services division of the US Department of Agriculture, are available to nonprofits, local, state and federal government entities, for-profit organizations and colleges and universities.

“The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is a great opportunity to fund research, education, and outreach projects that benefit Oklahoma’s fruit and vegetable producers,” said Jason Harvey, spokesman for the Oklahoma agriculture department.

To be eligible, projects must enhance the competitiveness of an Oklahoma specialty crop, and they must benefit a specialty crop segment as a whole. Grant proposals are due at Oklahoma’s agriculture department at 5 p.m. on March 25, officials said.

OERB hits training milestone

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has trained 17,000 teachers to use free energy curricula the organization offers to promote oil and gas-related science, technology, engineering, math and arts skills to their students, it has announced.

Officials said the organization celebrated reaching that milestone as part of a workshop it held this month for more than 100 teachers at Cushing High School.

The organization hosts 14 workshops to train teachers interested in using its curricula annually. Participating teachers receive free supplies associated with each course, plus a $50 stipend for attending the workshop.

“We take pride in working on behalf of the Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas to continue to provide quality resources for Oklahoma educators,” said Terra Argo, OERB’s education director. “Reaching 17,000 teachers has been a huge success and we are excited to continue to further grow our program.”

CLR dividend announced

Continental Resources directors declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share on its common stock, payable Feb. 21 to shareholders as of Feb. 7.

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Williams declares dividend

The directors at Williams Cos. Inc. have declared a regular dividend of 40 cents per share on the company’s common stock, payable March 30 to holders as of March 13. The payout is a 5.3% increase from Williams’ first-quarter 2019 quarterly dividend of $0.38 per share

Cypress Energy declares dividend

Cypress Energy Partners L.P. directors declared a cash distribution of 21 cents per limited partner common unit, payable Feb. 14 to unitholders as of Feb. 7.

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SPP announces appointments

Members of regional grid operator Southwest Power Pool elected Bronwen Bastone of New York City to the company’s board, effective this week.

“Bronwen brings a deep understanding of human capital management and will help us maintain the expertise we need to stay competitive in our rapidly changing industry,” said Nick Brown, SPP’s CEO.

The organization also selected Lanny Nickell, most recently the organization’s senior vice president of engineering, as SPP’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.

“I’m very pleased for Lanny to serve as SPP’s next chief operating officer. His commitment to SPP and our culture will serve him well in this critical role as we look forward,” said Barbara Sugg, the organization's CEO-elect.

Staff reports

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