Head of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Retiring, returning to the Panhandle

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.

Hodges plans to return to the area to work on his Dad's ranch just north of Beaver, and serve as a wheat consultant.