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Vol. 10 – No. 21
October 22, 2010


Current Events

OK-FIRE Training Sessions Continue: There are several OK-FIRE training opportunities that will take place throughout the remainder of 2010. Additional information can be found at http://okfire.mesonet.org or by contacting J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Coordinator at 405-744-6353, or e-mail at jdc@okstate.edu. Upcoming sessions will take place:


  • Oct. 27, Altus, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Oct. 29, Sayre, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Nov. 3, Duncan, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Nov. 4, Sulphur, beginning class, afternoon
  • Nov. 5, Sulphur, advanced class, morning
  • Nov. 10, Woodward, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Nov. 11, Alva, beginning class, afternoon
  • Nov. 23, El Reno, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 1, McAlester, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 2, Antlers, beginning class, afternoon
  • Dec. 3, Antlers, advanced class, morning
  • Dec. 8, Jenks, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 9, Sallisaw, beginning class, afternoon
  • Dec. 14, Enid, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon
  • Dec. 16, Stillwater, beginning class, morning; advanced class, afternoon

There is Still Time to Register for Tree Care Conference: Gardeners have until Oct. 25 to register for the Tree Care Conference slated Nov. 3 at The Botanic Garden located west of Stillwater. Early registration is $80, which includes lunch, and must be postmarked by Oct. 25. Extension Educators, Master Gardeners, OBGA members, and students with student ID may pre-register at the discounted rate of $55. After Oct. 25 the registration is $125. For registration information, please contact Stephanie Larimer at stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu, or at 405-744-5404.


OALP Class XV Explores Southwestern Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) had its second seminar in southwestern Oklahoma Oct. 13-15. Class XV participants learned about cotton, irrigation, wheat shuttle trains, hunting, native pasture management, range chickens, sheep, grapes, the wine industry, agritourism, no-till farming, cannas, sweet potatoes, peanuts, watermelons, greens, and hot peppers. OALP alumni in the Hydro area hosted class members in home-stays one evening and had great interactions. The community service project was moving the Hydro Food Pantry into its new location in the old high school, installing shelves, and sorting and stacking food and supplies.  The class is looking forward to Seminar 3 at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore and the surrounding area on November 17-19.

Environmental Education Grants Now Available: The Oklahoma Environmental Quality Education Committee invites qualified individuals to apply for a grant to promote enthusiasm in young people for learning about the environment and natural resources. You must be an Oklahoma teacher, public or private (Pre K – 12), school environmental club, youth group leader, and/or organization with a youth component to apply for the grant. For more information about this grant opportunity, please go to http://www.deq.state.ok.us/pubs/lpd/eegrant10.pdf.

Applicants may apply for amounts from $100 up to $1,000 per grant. A total of $14,000 will be awarded in early 2011 to winning applicants. Eligible categories include:

  • Environmental club projects
  • Green school efforts
  • Edible school gardens
  • Outdoor classroom revitalization
  • Recycling and composting programs

Deadline for submission of grant applications is Dec. 1, 2010. Recipients will be selected by December 31, 2010. Examples of previous applications are available at: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/mainlinks/eepage.htm.

Congratulations to: Pat Thompson, Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development, on the birth of her granddaughter. Ellie Verona Reece was born Oct. 13, weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Her parents are Lance and Rebekah Reece.

Congratulations to: Mandy Gross, Manager, Communications Services, FAPC, and her husband, J.W., on the birth of their daughter. Keeley McKenna Gross was born Oct. 20, weighed 7 pounds, 11.5 ounces, and was 22 inches long. She is welcomed home by big sister Oakley.




Lyndall Stout, Sr. TV/Producer/Director, Agricultural Communication Services, effective 10-18-10

Blayr Beougher, Web Designer, NREM, effective 11-1-10

Title Changes

Damona Doye, Regents Professor/Sarkeys Professorship, effective 7-1-10

Derrell S. Peel, Professor/Breedlove Professorship, Ag Economics, effective 7-1-10

Kristy Spalding, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Washita County, effective 11-1-10


Catherine Shuffield, Assistant Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, effective 11-12-10



October 23: Northwest District 4-H Fall Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)
October 26: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 27: Nutrition and Health Core Training 4: Diabetes (Centra)
October 27: OK-FIRE Training (Altus)
October 27-28: OCES Secretary Conference (Stillwater)
October 29: FEWB Impact Team Fall In-Service (Chickasha)
October 29: OK-FIRE Training (Sayre)
November 3: Northeast District 4-H Update (Muskogee)
November 3: Nutrition and Health Care Training 5: Osteoporosis (Centra)
November 3: Tree Care Conference (Stillwater)
November 4: 4-H Club Management System (Oklahoma City)
November 4: Healthy Oklahoma Impact Team Fall In-Service (TBD)
November 4-5: 17th Annual Totusek Lectureship (Stillwater)
November 5: 4-H Risk Management (Centra)
November 9-11: After the Harvest – A Focus on Wheat (Stillwater)
November 10: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
November 10: Nutrition and Health Core Training 6: Cancer (Centra)
November 12: Office 2007 (Centra)
November 15-16: Essentials for Healthy Home Practitioners (Stillwater)
November 16: Web Soil Survey (Claremore)
November 16-17: 65th Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference (Stillwater)
November 17: Web Soil Survey (Ada)
November 17: Nutrition and Health Core Training 7: Food Allergies and Food Intolerance (Centra)
November 17: Northwest District Annual 4-H Youth Development Update In-Service (Woodward)
November 18: Web Soil Survey (Enid)
November 18-19: Southeast District FCS Educator In-Service (TBA)
November 19: Southwest District FCS Educators Fall In-Service (TBA)
November 26-30: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)
December : Nutrition and Health Core Training 8: Drug-Nutrient Interaction (Centra)
December 1: Healthy Communities 101 in 2010 and Beyond (Oklahoma City)
December 4: Northwest District Share-the-Fun (Fairview)
December 8: Northeast District FCS In-Service (TBA)
December 8: Navigating the OCES-FCS Nutrition Website (Centra)
December 10: Pictures from the Web: Taking and Editing (Centra)
December 10: Southwest District 4-H Update and Holiday In-Service (Lawton)
December 12-14: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)
December 16: Northwest District FCS In-Service (Enid)
December 16: Statewide Cucurbit and Other Vegetable Production and Marketing Meeting (Chickasha)
December 17: Web Soil Survey, Southwest Area (Cordell)


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