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Commerce Department Study Cites Agriculture as One of the Top Industries Fueling Oklahoma Wealth Creation, Reese Says

Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:44:40 CST

Commerce Department Study Cites Agriculture as One of the Top Industries Fueling Oklahoma Wealth Creation, Reese Says
Rain and snow in the last two weeks have been a blessing for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers says Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. He says the states ponds and lakes could certainly use more, but the weather patterns seem to be changing for the better. He joined Ron Hays on the latest "In the Field" report on News 9.

Reese said another positive factor for Oklahoma producers is the inclusion of the agriculture sector as a wealth creator in a recent study on Oklahoma's economy carried out by the state's Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez.

"We all know, those of us in agriculture, know that we're the second largest industry in the state of Oklahoma, with oil and gas probably having more of an economic impact. But agriculture is second. Some people look at it as kind of a static industry and this study looked at every job code, every job in the state of Oklahoma, and look at all aspects of it, about 50 different data codes and determined that agriculture is one of the top five industries-agriculture and biosciences--to change and improve the wealth of the state of Oklahoma and Oklahomans."

He said one of the largest areas for potential growth in the future is in food manufacturing in Oklahoma.


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