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The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center

The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), located in Stillwater, Okla., on the campus of Oklahoma State University, strives to keep the products, jobs and dollars home in Oklahoma. The FAPC offers large and small businesses, producers and entrepreneurs of Oklahoma, as well as other states, access to faculty and staff with expertise in business and technical disciplines.


The FAPC’s research laboratories, pilot-processing facilities, educational programs and seminars keep food and agricultural processors and entrepreneurs on the forefront of cutting-edge value-added processing and technology.


For questions, comments or inquiries contact:

J. Roy Escoubas | Director

(405) 744-6071


The Water Research & Extension Center

The DASNR Water Research and Extension Center will focus efforts for sustaining Oklahoma’s agriculture water supply, which is crucial to the state’s economy and the health and well-being of residents and the environment.


There is a strong need for development, delivery and accessibility of science-based information related to water management issues. These issues include improved soil management practices, irrigation methods, efficiency of farm water storage and transport of water, as well as an overall economic assessment of agricultural enterprises to allow owners and operators to manage existing water supplies more prudently.


For questions, comments or inquiries contact:

Kevin Wagner | Director and Thomas E. Berry Professorship in Water Research and Management

(405) 744-7093


The Biobased Products & Energy Center

The Biobased Products and Energy Center is a center created to better meet ever-increasing demands for the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource's (DASNR) scientific expertise regarding biofuels.


DASNR has been involved in biofuels development since the early 1990s, and formed a biofuels nonfood cellulosic team in 1998. DASNR has since been a national leader in examining and developing everything from potential biomass feedstocks to energy production systems, to economic, social and environmental considerations.

Division officials view the center as the next logical step in focusing multidisciplinary efforts related to biofuels development not only within DASNR but across the state and nation.


For questions, comments or inquiries contact:

Mari Chinn | Director, Biobased Products and Energy Center and Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

(405) 744-5431


Institute for Biosecurity & Microbial Forensics

The Institute for Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics (IBMF) assess current national capabilities in microbial forensics as related to plant pathogens and food safety.


They provide strategic planning, a long-range vision and prioritization of needs and resources related to plant and food-related microbial forensics and agricultural biosecurity.


The Institute for Biosecurity and Microbial Forensics has worked to establish a coalition of national and state investigators conducting research on crop and food biosecurity and forensics issues. They serve as a focal point for communication, cooperation, collaboration, funding initiatives, and outreach related to crop and food biosecurity and microbial forensics. IBMF also develops educational (coursework) and training (workshops) opportunities related to agricultural microbial forensics for students and stakeholders, in cooperation with OSU-CHS (Tulsa) and other State and National agencies and entities.


For questions, comments or inquiries contact:

Kitty Cardwell | Professor, Director

(405) 744-9948


Institute for Agricultural Biosciences


The Oklahoma State University Institute for Agricultural Biosciences (OSU-IAB) research initiative enables OSU to more effectively assist producers through the development of new or improved crops and crop production systems.


To optimize opportunities for collaboration with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma was chosen for the institute’s location. Research at the 33,000-square-foot facility focuses on basic and applied aspects of crop improvement through molecular biology, genetics, plant breeding and crop management. In addition to research laboratories and plant growth facilities, the IAB includes an auditorium and conference rooms equipped with state-of-the-art telecommunications systems for worldwide conferencing and distance education programs.


The IAB became operational in August, 2011, with research laboratories of professors Randy Allen and Million Tadege occupying the south wing of the facility. Program support leader Dr. Todd Baughman joined the OSU-IAB in October, 2011.


Construction of the Institute conforms to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. It adheres to the principles of sustainability through energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental quality.


For questions, comments or inquiries contact:

Randy Allen | Professor, Director

(580) 224-0626

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