Pictured from left to right: Daren Stephens, Kayla Hook, Allison Jones, Cassie Alcorn, and Chris Widener. —Courtesy photo

Mar 26, 2018

Panhandle State Communications

Block and Bridle Travels to National Convention

Goodwell, Okla. — Members of the Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s Block and Bridle chapter traveled to the 98th National Convention hosted by the University of Florida’s Block and Bridle Chapter in Orlando, Fla.

The mission of Block and Bridle is “to promote the improvement and increase the interest among students of Animal Science and to bring about closer relationships among men and women pursuing some phase of Animal Science as a profession.”

The mission is accomplished through the following objectives:
1)To promote a higher scholastic standard and a more complete understanding of Animal Science among student members.
2)To promote animal agriculture through development of a program of activities that will supplement students’ study of the animal sciences in colleges and universities.
3)To enhance professionalism of students who will one day be leaders in the animal agriculture industry.
4)To bring about a closer relationship among all students pursuing some phase of animal agriculture as a profession.

The convention ran from March 1-3 starting with a welcome dinner with Trent Loos as the Keynote speaker followed by the annual business meeting.

On March 2nd, there were industry tours of Florida. Panhandle State members traveled to the Disney properties to tour the warehouse system and learn about the logistics of suppling food and beverages to the Disney properties in Florida as well as their cruise ships. Next, the group traveled to Central Seafood, a seafood processing facility that is a major supplier to Disney and is progressive in their food safety processes. The tour culminated at Buckhead Meats, again a major supplier to Disney but also a supplier to many premier restaurants, hotels and institutions. Buckhead also engages in a unique process offering a large selection of dry aged Prime beef and other branded beef products. Additionally, students were able to observe state of the art slicing and portion control production.

On the final day student delegates were able to attend a number of break-out sessions ranging from: preparing for graduate school, equine production and management, global agricultural systems, genetic technology, business management and more. The convention culminated with a banquet, awarding of scholarships and chapter awards, and a dance.

The students attending were: Kayla Hook, Cassie Alcorn, Allison Jones and Chris Widener. The convention allowed the students to see agricultural production in a different portion of the United States. Attendees were also able to network with their peers from other institutions and professionals from different segments of industry.

The 99th National Convention will be hosted by Louisiana State University in New Orleans in conjunction with the NCBA National Convention followed by the 100th Convention hosted by Iowa State the following year.

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