ALTUS -- Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach was the keynote speaker at the third annual Agriculture Enterprise Conference held at the Southwest Technology Center Wednesday.
Several presentations on alternative crops for Southwest Oklahoma were presented by guest speakers, including canola production, grape and vineyard production and establishment, truck farming opportunities, dairy and alternative cattle feed and insect issues with alternative crops.
Rodger Kerr, Dianna Thompson and Gary Strickland, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H/CED, Jackson County extension office coordinated the conference. Kerr is the director of the Business and Industry Division and Thompson serves as the small business development coordinator at SWTC.
According to Kerr, SWTC and the OSU extension office have partnered on hosting the conference for the past two years and it has been well attended by those involved in agriculture in Southwest Oklahoma.
"We have had lots of compliments by those attending that the conference was both educational and informative," said Kerr. "Gary and I plan on continuing hosting future conferences as long as those attending feel it is a worthwhile venture."
"I want to echo what Rodger is saying. The conferences has been extremely beneficial to those involved in agriculture in Southwest Oklahoma and I certainly want them to continue," said Strickland.