Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 19, 2020
AFR/OFU Cooperative adopts ag policies
Members of American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union elected board members and took stands on several issues important to its members during its recent annual convention.
Incumbent independent director Terry Peach, of Mutual, was re-elected to his northwest Oklahoma seat for a three-year term.
Mike Goodwin of Roberta, was elected to fill an independent director seat representing southeastern Oklahoma. John Ogden, of Oktaha, was elected to the independent director seat representing northeast Oklahoma, while Paul Jackson, of Ringling, ran unopposed for his independent director seat representing southwestern Oklahoma.
As for policies, the group advised lawmakers to oppose U.S. trade mitigation programs that compensate foreign-owned companies operating in the country. It adopted a policy opposing mandatory electronic animal identification systems, citing strong concerns about market manipulation, producer autonomy and data security.
It agreed to support an effort to maintain full-time extension educators in every county in Oklahoma, and adopted a stance demanding tougher enforcement of antitrust laws related to the packing segment of the U.S. beef industry, noting that just four companies control 80% of all beef slaughtered in the nation.
Besides holding elections and also adopting those positions, organization members also heard from speakers on various topics, enjoyed entertainment and were addressed by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Officials said AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union that provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities.
“We intend to build on our strong foundation and focus our efforts on the future,” said Scott Blubaugh, the cooperative’s president.
Matrix Service wins contract for multiple projects
Matrix Service Co. announced this week that its subsidiary, Matrix Service Inc., was recently awarded multiple projects by ExxonMobil as part of a long-term master service agreement.
Projects include the engineering, fabrication and construction of six 500,000-barrel tanks, four of which will be located at ExxonMobil’s Webster Station in Webster, Texas, with the remaining two at its Baytown Complex in Baytown, Texas.
Matrix Applied Technologies will supply geodesic domes for the Webster Station tanks and floating roof seals for all six, officials said.
WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS
Pecan workshop planned
The Noble Research Institute plans a workshop to help pecan growers boost their production at a pecan orchard in Wichita Falls, Texas, it has announced.
The event, titled Hedging to Increase Pecan Production, aims to teach pecan tree growers how to boost production on their crops.
Proper hedging, officials said, allows more sunlight into an orchard, increases tree densities and makes it easier to spray the trees to protect them against disease.
Topics that will be covered include when to hedge, how the use of hedging compares to complete tree removals, different types of hedging gear and economic benefits of hedging programs.
The workshop is planned for 1 p.m. March 10 at the Montz Pecan Orchard, 867 Old T Bone Road, in Wichita Falls.
There is no registration fee, but pre-registration at noble.org/events is required by March 3, officials said.