A May 2 renaming and dedication ceremony for the Oklahoma State University Tipton Valley Research Center offered nearby farmers, along with more than a handful of research scientists, dignitaries and a politician or two an opportunity to view the new facilities, which replaced the one destroyed by a 2011 tornado and also provided a chance to show groundbreaking research ongoing at the Southwest Oklahoma location.
Randy Boman, Oklahoma Extension Cotton Program Leader and Director of the Southwest Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Altus, welcomed participants and provided an overview of the history of the research station, created in 1938 as a cotton research substation.
Boman said rebuilding the structure offers a tremendous benefit to OSU research leaders who come from the Stillwater campus to evaluate test plots. The facility, a 50-foot by 100-foot enclosed structure has an additional 25-foot by 50-foot covered shed and includes an integrated office, laboratory and shop space. “It will serve the needs of researchers for many years to come,” Boman said.