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OSU honors three for agricultural contributions

Dave McLaughlin, Linda Shackelford and Bob Hamilton were honored for contributions to agricultural sciences.
BY DONALD STOTTS Published: April 20, 2013

— Oklahoma State University honored three people with the DASNR Champion award.

Dave McLaughlin and Linda Shackelford, of Oklahoma City, and Osage County's Bob Hamilton are the 2013 recipients.

DASNR is composed of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and two state agencies: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system.

“Our three honorees have exceptional records of providing meaningful and lasting benefits to Oklahoma and the region as part of the state's production, processing and related agricultural industries, in addition to being outstanding leaders in their communities,” said Mike Woods, the division's interim vice president.

McLaughlin worked for the George A. Hormel Company for more than a decade, when he left to start a business with Paul Allen in 1973. They launched Advance Food Company, focusing on the processing and delivery of protein foods for the Oklahoma City marketplace.

Advance Foods expanded over the years, achieving more than $750 million in sales annually. In recent years, Advance Foods combined with Pierre Foods, a partnership with sales revenues exceeding $1 billion.

McLaughlin was named to the first industry advisory committee of the division's Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center and continues to serve on the committee. McLaughlin and Advance Food Company funded the Advance Food Company/S.E. Gilliland Professorship in microbial food safety, and a number of scholarships in the department of animal science.

Shackelford was founding co-owner of TLC Florist and Greenhouses Inc., recognized by the gardening industry as one of the top 100 garden centers in the United States. Starting in 1980, she expanded the business to more than 150,000 square feet of greenhouse.

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