A once dedicated agronomist in the Oklahoma Panhandle will retire at the end of the year as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.
Mark Hodges, a Forgan native, has served as a voice for the wheat industry and it's producers.
He's communicated the Commission's goals for wheat promotion, utilization, and research.
Hodges played a key role in pushing through the agreement that transitioned the Oklahoma Panhandle Research Station from 33 acres in 1992 to a 500 acre research and education facility in 1995.
With his help, the Goodwell Research Station saw $350,000 worth of improvements to the irrigation lines and systems along with the buildings at their locations.