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Emily Shuping (second from left) was honored as a 2022 Early Career Achievement Award winner. He is pictured with Cynda Clary (left), associate dean of the Ferguson College of Agriculture, Rick Reimer, president of the Ferguson College of Agriculture Alumni Society Board, and Thomas G. Coon, vice president and dean of OSU Agriculture. (Photo by Genesee Photo Systems)

Shuping selected as Ferguson College of Agriculture Alumni Early Career Achievement Award winner

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Media Contact: Jami Mattox | Agricultural Communications Services | 405-744-8061 |

Oklahoma State University’s Ferguson College of Agriculture Alumni Society has selected Emily Shuping of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, as a 2022 Early Career Achievement Award winner.

The award winners are selected annually by the college’s alumni society for their outstanding achievements in the early years of their careers.

“Emily is a shining example of the mission of the Ferguson College of Agriculture of expanding minds and inspiring purpose,” said Rick Reimer, president of the Ferguson College of Agriculture Alumni Society Board. “She uses her skills and talents to help small businesses in our state succeed, and those small businesses are the backbone of our economy.”

Shuping received her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness 2015 and her master’s degree in international agriculture in 2019 from the Ferguson College of Agriculture. While at OSU, Shuping was vice president of the Student Organization for International Agriculture. She was also an OSU Presidents Honor Roll recipient and a member of the Alpha Beta Chi service sorority.

“My time at OSU has impacted my career deeply, both as a student and an alumnus,” Shuping said. “The connections I have made through the Cowboy family have opened many doors and provided me with opportunities to grow as a professional. The education I received as a two-time graduate of the Ferguson College of Agriculture gave me the tools necessary to be successful in my career from the very start.”

In her role with MIO, Shuping works closely with coalition members and the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center to assist Oklahoma food and beverage companies in bringing new products to market. She helps coalition members understand their markets and develop strategic marketing plans. She also creates business development opportunities that introduce companies with businesses and consumers across the nation. Shuping connects companies to resources across the globe and develops creative solutions for Oklahoma companies to fill gaps and pivot their processes to keep the food supply chain moving.

In addition to her career at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Shuping is co-owner of EJL Cattle Company, a stocker cattle operation located in northwest Oklahoma. She is a member of Class XX of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program, a two-year program that works to further develop agricultural leaders across the state.  She was honored as a 2021 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry by the Shelby-Griffin Report and serves as an inaugural class member of the Oklahoma Grocers NextGen Leadership Program. She is a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.

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