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Mark Hodges Named Extending the Legacy Award Winner for 2018 by Oklahoma Wheat Commission

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:43:56 CDT

Mark Hodges Named Extending the Legacy Award Winner for 2018 by Oklahoma Wheat Commission This past Friday, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission named Mark Hodges as the 2018 “Extending the Legacy” award winner. This is the second year for the award to be given to honor an individual who has worked to foster innovation and growth, creating continued advancement for research and technology while also focusing on better trade and commerce for the Oklahoma Wheat industry.

“It is only fitting that Mark Hodges was selected for this award based on the advancements he has helped make for the Oklahoma Wheat industry with marketing efforts to Mexico and Latin America. The work he continues to focus on for the promotion of quality varieties with his current position at Oklahoma Genetics Inc. (OGI) for both domestic and international buyers has helped increase market share for our public research programs at Oklahoma State University,” said Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. “One can look back on his career as an area agronomist in the Panhandle, as Director at the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, and now in his current position as Director of OGI and Plains Grains Incorporated and not help but see the importance of his life’s work to the Oklahoma wheat industry.”

Hodges was surprised by the honor and told Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays "It does mean the world to me- being recognized by peers for the longevity of career- and we have been able to accomplish a lot of things- but it hasn't been in a vaccum" as he saluted the wheat producers who have served on the various boards of directors he has worked with at the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Plains Grains and Oklahoma Genetics. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the full conversation between Hodges and Hays as they reflect on Mark's career as an area extension agronomist, Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director, Director of Plains Grains and also of Oklahoma Genetics.

The “Extending the Legacy” award has been created to highlight the “Extending the Legacy” mural donated by our lead wheat breeder at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Brett Carver and his wife Terri. The mural, which is housed in the main entrance of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission office was commissioned by famous Oklahoma artist, Dr. Bob Palmer last year. The painting depicts the different eras of agriculture within the wheat industry over the last 140 years in Oklahoma. The work also places emphasis on OSU wheat research and extension programs that have made significant contributions from the past that will continue to move us into the future, thus “Extending the Legacy.”


Ron Hays talks with Mark Hodges about receiving the 2nd Annual Extending the Legacy Award
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