The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual event to celebrate the area harvest with a Harvest Luncheon on Wed., Oct. 18, at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture.

The serving line begins at 11:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 12 p.m.
Dr. Sukant Misra, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs at Texas Tech University, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon. Misra is responsible for, along with the Vice Provost of International Affairs, the oversight of the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Previous to that, he served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) from 2002 to 2014. He has served Texas Tech in various faculty and administrative capacities since his initial employment as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in 1993. Prior to joining Texas Tech, he was a researcher at the University of Georgia for three years. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Analytical and Applied Economics from Utkal University, India, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He obtained a second Master of Science degree in 1986 and his doctorate in Agricultural Economics in 1989, both from Mississippi State University.

Misra has experience in managing and coordinating many large, faculty-driven, research programs and international initiatives and has many contacts at international institutions, including leading universities in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Romania, Tajikistan, and Turkey. Misra has visited over 25 countries and has worked closely with faculty and administration of many international institutions. He is currently responsible for the overall coordination of a university-wide effort to open TTU’s first international degree-awarding campus in Costa Rica.

Tickets are $40. Chamber members receive a discounted price of $30. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Chamber office at (806) 761-7000. Deadline for reservations is noon on Tues., Oct. 11. Sponsorships are also available by contacting Kyle Jacobson at or (806) 761-7000.

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce represents almost 2,000 businesses and over 79,000 employees on the South Plains which accounts for over $2 billion in annual household earnings in Lubbock and West Texas. The Chamber has twice earned the distinguished 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a two-time Chamber of the Year recognized by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

(News release from the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce)