STILLWATER, Okla. (June 3, 2019) - The Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Persons Beef Judging Contest on May 31. The event encourages business professionals in the Payne County area to spend a morning learning about the agricultural industry in the community.
This year’s competition included steer and heifer judging, meat judging and a “mystery category” -- a wide array of tools used in the beef industry to be identified by participants.
“We are so appreciative of the Chamber’s Agribusiness Committee for putting on an event that showcases such an important industry for our community and for our state,” said Justin Minges, Stillwater Chamber President and CEO. “It gives a lot of us an excuse to get out of a suit and tie and learn about something we don’t encounter very often.”
With 16 teams in the competition, the stakes to win the new traveling trophy were high. The Payne County OSU Cooperative Extension team (pictured) won first place with 495 points, while the Chamber’s B team, appropriately named “Laughing Stock,” placed last with 382 points. The friendly competition challenged teams to test their knowledge on the processes that produce one of Oklahoma’s largest goods.
Other team names of note: Really Cool Bovinators, MisSteaks, Ribeye Carnivore Bankers and Clever Beef Pun.
Blayne Arthur, Secretary of Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, joined the group to discuss the importance of agriculture to the area and give an overview of the future of the industry. Arthur described agriculture as a “very important issue” to Governor Kevin Stitt.
“His background may not be in agriculture, but he understands its impact on our state and the need to make it a top priority while he’s in office,” Arthur said.
The purpose of the Agribusiness Committee is to promote agriculture in the region by focusing on community outreach and education. To learn more about the committee and how to join, visit stillwaterchamber.org.