Oklahoma Wheat Commission board and staff presented the Oklahoma Wheat Commission’s “Staff of Life” award to Dr. Kim Anderson last Friday evening at the Oklahoma Crop Improvement Banquet in Oklahoma City.

Anderson is a professor of Agricultural Extension and Economics at Oklahoma State University (OSU) and has spent numerous years working on projects to help make the Oklahoma wheat producer and elevator owner/manager more profitable when selling grain into both the domestic and export markets.

The “Staff of Life” award is the highest honor given by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission to an individual who meets the criteria of dedicating many hours of service to our wheat industry in order to help make the Oklahoma wheat producer more profitable.

“Dr. Anderson has spent countless years of service in many different areas for Oklahoma Wheat producers. He has spent many hours helping the wheat producer or elevator owner/managers market grain while teaching grain grading schools. Each year he is responsible for the Oklahoma Junior Wheat Show competition that 4-H and FFA students take part in from all over the state. He has also made a lasting impression on students who walk through his classroom, making sure they have the skills they need--to be successful in the field of agriculture, after they graduate OSU,” said Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.

“It is clear to see why the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board felt he was deserving of this award. One can look back on his career and certainly say he has made a difference,” said Schulte.

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission works to promote greater utilization of wheat in both domestic and international markets through research, market development and public education. Five wheat producers representing designated districts across the state serve as the Oklahoma Wheat Commission’s board of directors. Current officers are, Tom Glazier, chairman, Loyal; David Gammill vice chairman, Chattanooga; Don Schieber, secretary-treasurer, Ponca City; Kenneth Failes, member, Cherokee; and Tom Stephens, member, Guymon.