Since Israel literally made the desert bloom it is only fitting that Agritech Israel is one of the world's most cutting
edge exhibitions in the field of agricultural technologies. The OKlahoma Israel Exchange (OKIE) attended Agritech
2012 (the exhibition is held every three years). This year OKIE sent another delegation to the 2015 exhibit held April
28 - 30 at the Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center in Tel Aviv. Those attending reaped the benefits of visiting
booth after booth filled with state of the art advances touching on all aspects of farm innovation.
One facet of the OKIE mission is to cultivate an exchange of technology in agriculture between Oklahoma and Israel.
Through the efforts of our office in Jerusalem, Itzsak Esquira, an Israeli agricultural expert and consultant lead a tour
to visit drip irrigation at work and see first hand a wastewater treatment center.
Esquira introduced the group to beneficial insects, new plasticulture products, research on new strains of wheat and
the most advanced treatment for wastewater and its applications for fruit and vegetable crops. The relationship with
Mr. Esquira has deep roots - he has visited many produce farmers around our state and has been a keynote speaker
at the Annual Plasticulture Conference, headed by Micah Anderson with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
Food & Forestry (ODAFF). This year Anderson was a participant in Agritech 2015 along with Oklahoma Wheat
Commissioner Kenneth and his wife Marcia Failes, and Susan Robertson, OKIE Executive Director. The four joined
over 35,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors who displayed the latest technologies in the farming world. The trip
represents a growing partnership between Oklahoma and Israel in the field of best practices that will yield more
robust Oklahoma crops.
OKIE - Jerusalem Music Centre Partnership a Great Success
In December, the Jerusalem Music Centre held a training workshop for Israeli band conductors from across Israel. The
goal was to help improve the musical experience and strengthen the rapport that is necessary between conductors and
band members for a cohesive performance.
Dr. Joseph Missal, a world-renowned band conductor from Oklahoma State University, was chosen to lead this
workshop. Dr. Missal is a world-renowned band conductor. At OSU he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic
Band, and Chamber Winds and guides all aspects of the OSU Band Program. He also directs the graduate conducting
program, and serves as Chairman of the Wind and Percussion Division. His ensembles have performed all over the
world, and he has been in Israel before and has a very good reputation here.
OKIE was excited to be a partner with the Jerusalem Music Centre, offering this opportunity to the more than 70 youth
bands from across Israel.