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Oilseed Commission To Fund $65,000 In Research

The Oklahoma Oilseed Commission was established in 2010 to benefit the canola and sunflower industries of Oklahoma and is solely funded through an assessment on producer sales. These oilseeds are a rapidly-growing sector of Oklahoma’s agricultural industry. Since its inception, the Commission has strived to support a robust research program throughout the state using the assessment funds to maximize the direct benefit to growers.

For the 2012-2013 growing season, the Oklahoma Oilseed Commission is pleased to announce that it will sponsor nearly $65,000 in Oklahoma canola research through Oklahoma State University. Research will cover a wide range of production issues including soil fertility, insect control, and disease control. This research will not be limited to university research stations, but will also be spread across the state in farmer fields. Our goal is to provide practical results that producers can observe first-hand.

Additionally, all research results will be consolidated into a convenient report available to growers online, at Extension offices, and at grower meetings throughout the year.

The Commission strongly encourages canola and sunflower producers to provide feedback and suggestions on areas of concern as to where we should focus our efforts. I can be reached by my direct e-mail at and contact information for all of the commissioners can be found at our website – . This is YOUR Commission and your input is vital to help Oklahoma continue on its path of success in oilseed production.

Brent Rendel, Chairman

Working for the Oklahoma Oilseed Industry

The OOC was created by the Oklahoma Oilseed Resources Act which has the purpose of developing programs that will enhance oilseed production, oilseed research, promoting market development and education, and improving profitability of Oklahoma oilseed producers.

Following are some of the responsibilities of the OOC:

  • Collect and disseminate information relating to oilseed production;
  • Identify and coordinate industry-wide programs for oilseed, oilseed resources, oilseed market development, oilseed promotion, and education relating to oilseed;
  • Collect information from oilseed producers and users for purposes of planning and prioritizing expenditures of Commission funds;
  • Protect or represent the best interests of the industry; conduct production, utilization, and policy research that affects the oilseed industry and benefits the profitability of producers; disseminate reliable information; and implement programs to increase the commercial value of Oklahoma oilseed.
  • District 1 – Kelly Chain, Canton, OK
  • District 2 – Alan Mindemann, Apache, OK District 3 – Lee Leeper, Alva, OK
  • District 4 – Brent Rendel, Miami, OK
  • District 5 – Brent Thompson, Pauls Valley, OK ODAFF – Jamey Allen, ex officio, OKC, OK