“Stakeholder input is vitally important, and all research and Cooperative Extension scientists with interest are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in this planning process, as well as the subsequent proposals,” said Mike Smith, program co-coordinator and OSU Regents professor of horticulture. “Outcomes of this meeting will prove beneficial as proposals are submitted to various agencies.”

The meeting is funded by a grant from the SCRI and matching funds from pecan grower organizations in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Georgia. USDA scientists are eligible to participate in the proposal preparation, but their salaries cannot be used as matching funds in the proposals.

USDA established the SCRI program to solve critical industry issues through research and Cooperative Extension activities.

Anyone seeking additional information about the Feb. 13-15 meeting should contact Weckler by e-mail at paul.weckler@okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-8399, or Smith by e-mail at mike.smith@okstate.edu or by phone at 405-744-6463.