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Agriculture and Bioscience

The 21st century has been called the "BioCentury" with modern "AgBioscience" representing perhaps the most promising area for advancement.

Oklahoma Agriculture and Bioscience - Plant in lab

Oklahoma has leveraged her long agricultural tradition and history of innovation with large investments in life sciences and agricultural research. This coupled with a skilled workforce, local capital and technical support has led to significant improvements in crop yields and agricultural management efficiencies.

A key component to Oklahoma's bioscience, agriculture and R & D momentum is the relationship between clinical researchers, academic institutions and the public and private sector. Oklahoma's core competencies are:

Research and Development
Food Manufacturing
Commodity Production and Distribution
Fertilizer Manufacturing

Research and Development

Oklahoma's bioscience sector is vibrant and growing and has emerged as one of the key economic forces in the state. With more than 500 bioscience-related businesses and organizations, the total economic impact of biosciences is more than $6.7 billion. Oklahoma's diverse bioscience sector is dominated by: Research, testing & medical laboratories; Medical devices & equipment; Drugs & pharmaceuticals; Agriculture feedstock & chemicals.

  • Oklahoma is recognized internationally for the strengths of its research institutions in select areas of human, plant and animal sciences, with strong emphasis in: Cardiology & Cardiovascular Biology; Immunology & Autoimmune Disorders; Microbiology & Infectious Diseases; Plant/Crop Sciences & Genetics; Vision Research/Ophthalmology;
  • The majority of bioscience venture capital invested over the past decade was in medical diagnostics;
  • The largest share of the state's recent bioscience patents have been in biochemistry, drugs and pharmaceuticals, and surgical and medical instruments;
  • More than 44,000 people are directly employed in Oklahoma's bioscience industry, for a direct economic impact of $1.95 billion;
  • The largest bioscience industry subsector in Oklahoma is research, testing and medical laboratories (3,420 jobs).

Oklahoma institutions at the forefront of medical advancements / bioscientific research include a large number of best-in-class research and development facilities:

  • Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore;
  • Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park, Oklahoma City;
  • Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, Tulsa;
  • Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City;
  • Oklahoma Technology and Research Park, Stillwater;
  • The Oklahoma Health Center (OHC) is a hub of research, health care, education, technology and community services organizations;
  • The OU Cancer Institute is Oklahoma's comprehensive academic cancer center;
  • The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center (HHODC) seeks to build on its outstanding core research and clinical programming to establish one of our nation's leading centers for study, education, prevention, and treatment of this disease;
  • The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City is one of the nation's oldest and most respected nonprofit biomedical research institutions. OMRF scientists are working to understand and develop more effective treatments for human disease, including heart disease, cancer, lupus and Alzheimer's;
  • The Dean McGee Eye Institute, which includes the Oklahoma University Health Science Center's Ophthalmology Department, one of the largest ophthalmology institutes in the United States;
  • Tulsa is home to the University of Tulsa's Institute of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology;
  • Oklahoma State University runs multiple bioscience research programs in involving plant, animal and human health. These include agricultural, veterinary medicine, biomedical and bioengineering programs. The research is funded by federal, state and private sources and involves the colleges of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Arts and Sciences and Engineering, including the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, the Bioenergy Center, and the National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity;
  • The University of Oklahoma's Advanced Center for Genome Technology has played an important role in revealing the essence of life processes. ACGT is actively engaged in the sequence and functional annotation of several genomes of health and agricultural importance. In addition to the genome center databases, the OU Bioinformatics Core Facility hosts the world's largest E. coli Gene Expression database.

Food Manufacturing

More than 610 companies make up Oklahoma's Food Manufacturing industry, which accounts for almost 2 percent of the state's employment base. Small companies make up the majority of Oklahoma's food manufacturing industry, which is extremely diversified. Some of the state's top employers in the Agriculture and Food Processing sector include:

Seaboard Farms, Inc
Tyson Poultry, Inc
Bar-S Foods Company
OK Foods, Inc
Advance Food Company, Inc

Increases in the state's food processing activities can be seen in dairy production, fruit and vegetable canning, soybean farming, snack food manufacturing, confectionary, and wineries.

Commodity Production and Distribution

Oklahoma's food industry is dominated by Commodity Production and Distribution. It is a strong sector among Oklahoma's industry mix and accounts for approximately 5.5 percent of American beef production. Oklahoma also produces 6.1 percent of American wheat, 4.2 percent of American pig products, and 2.2 percent of dairy products.

  • Oklahoma beef cattle, hogs and sheep produce 3.22 billion pounds of meat per year and animal slaughtering and processing accounts for 53.4 percent of the jobs in the industry;
  • Oklahoma's main crops include wheat, as well as large crops of sorghum, hay, cotton, and peanuts;
  • More than half of Oklahoma's annual farm receipts are contributed by livestock products, including cattle, dairy products, swine, and broilers;
  • Top Agriculture Products: 1. Cattle and calves; 2. Broilers; 3. Hogs; 4. Wheat; & 5. Dairy products;
  • 86,500 farms in Oklahoma and 35.1 million acres of farmland with an average farm size of 405 acres;
  • Oklahoma is fifth in the U.S. for cattle production and fifth in production of wheat.

Fertilizer Manufacturing

Oklahoma is one of the three largest fertilizer manufacturing states in the U.S.
Fertilizer is essential to domestic and global food production and U.S. fertilizer manufacturers provide considerable direct and indirect economic benefits to the Oklahoman economy.

Oklahoma's fertilizer industry has the second highest employment rate in the U.S., with an average economic output of just over 2 billion dollars.