Connie Estes-Shelton receives Staff of Life Award
Don Schieber, District V, Oklahoma Wheat Commission; Michael Peters, Vice Chairman, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Kenneth Failes, District I, Oklahoma Wheat Commission and Mike Schulte, Executive Director, OWC present Connie Estes-Shelton
STILLWATER – The Oklahoma Wheat Commission presented the “Staff of Life” award to Connie Estes-Shelton last week at the Junior Wheat Show banquet. Connie Shelton is the Senior Agriculturist at the Oklahoma State University Food and Agricultural Products Center. The Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board felt it was important to award our top honor to Shelton who has been an integral part of the State 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show for many years. She has also been key to the work being focused on in regards to end quality use for milling and baking characteristics targeted in the OSU Wheat Variety Program. She has worked in the wheat industry as well as in the cotton industries with her main focus the past 25 years being the Lab Director for testing and analysis on end use quality characteristics for the OSU wheat breeding program.
The Staff of Life is the Oklahoma Wheat Commission most prestigious award. The Staff of Life is often referred to bread as the mainstay of the human diet responsible for feeding civilization for over 10,000 years.
For years, Connie has been responsible for the milling and baking testing and analysis of the State 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. And while Renee Nelson is currently in charge of this portion of the contest, from time to time she relies heavily on Connie when the lab is full of samples for testing on other projects. Shelton is a highly dedicated and super motivated individual when it comes to advancing better end use qualities for milling and baking in the world of wheat. She also has been an outstanding person to work with and the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board and staff and think she is extremely deserving of this award. “She has a calmness as well as coolness about her, but when looking at the work conducted in her lab you would have to have that type of personality in order to handle the workload. It is safe to say none of this would have been accomplished without the laboratory work of Connie Shelton and for this reason the Oklahoma Wheat Commission wanted to give her this award,” said Michael Peters, Oklahoma Wheat Commission Vice Chairman.