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Oklahoma Produced Beef Sticks Headed for Oklahoma Troops in Afghanistan

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 13:52:07 CST

Oklahoma Produced Beef Sticks Headed for Oklahoma Troops in Afghanistan George Huggins says the Lord told him to figure out a way to feed the troops. And because he followed through on his dream- troops overseas that are a part of the Oklahoma National Guard- including the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team which is serving in Afghanistan- will be receiving regular shipments of Beef Sticks produced by the Beef 4 Battle Coalition. Huggins, a retired engineer from Blanchard, talked with us at the news conference on Tuesday where all of the coalitions members gathered along with officials from the Oklahoma National Guard. A symbolic first box of Beef Sticks was presented to Myles Deering, Adjutant General of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard. Huggins says it's his hope that the first shipments will reach the troops by Thanksgiving.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear from George Huggins as well as from Thad Doye, who is directing the project for the Oklahoma FARM Foundation and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

The Beef for Battle Coalition is a group of entities that share in a cooperative effort to donate beef sticks to the Oklahoma Military Department for shipment to soldiers in active duty.

With its convenient packaging and nutritional values high in Zinc, Iron and Protein, beef sticks give soldiers an extra boost as they defend America on the battlefield.

Coalition members include the Oklahoma FARM (Farming and Ranching Matters) Foundation, George Huggins, Chickasha Meat Co., Schwab and Co., and Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Ag Products Center (FAPC).

To learn more about the Beef4Battle Coalition- click here for their webpage found on the Oklahoma FARM Foundation website.

You can see more pictures from the Tuesday news conference that was held on the farm of Rick Davis of Guthrie- click here for our Flickr set of Beef4Battle pictures.


Ron Hays talks with some of the key players in the Beef4Battle effort.
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