Oklahoma business briefs for March 13, 2014

Oklahoma business briefs for March 13, 2014
Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2014
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Ethics award nominees sought

The Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium is seeking nominations for its annual OK Ethics Awards, which recognize successful companies that stay true to the highest ethical standards, and others that impact schools or the overall community. Applications, which are available at okethics.org, are due by 3 p.m. March 27. Winners will be announced at an April 24 luncheon. Bama Cos. Chief Executive Paula Marshall will keynote the event at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, and her speech will be live-streamed to Oklahoma City guests at the Petroleum Club. Awards will be presented in both locations and will include remarks by OK Ethics co-founder Jim Priest, who will receive the Executive Pilot Award. Past Compass Award recipients include ONEOK, Linde Process Plants, Devon Energy and Kimray Inc. Past applications and a video of past winners and judges sharing their tips for successfully completing the nomination process are available at okethics.org

Specialty crop grants available

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has funding available for grants designed to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Grants are available for projects that develop new and improved specialty crop seed varieties, enhance food safety, expand marketing of specialty crops or increase child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops. Applications must be submitted by April 18. Grants must impact the specialty crop industry as a whole and cannot be used to solely enhance an individual farming operation. Any projects that promote or enhance the specialty crop industry in Oklahoma are eligible to apply. Specialty crops include many fruit, nut, vegetable, herb and cut flower crops. Online resources include a Specialty Crop Grant Program application, grant application manual, an example of a previously funded project and an evaluation form. Go to www.ag.ok.gov/mktdev/scg.htm for details. For information, call Jason Harvey at 522-5563 or email jason.harvey@ag.ok.gov.