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Vol. 10 – No. 22
November 5, 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:

  •  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

Focus of 2010 Cucurbit Meeting Expands to Include Other Vegetables: The 2010 Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting will take place Dec. 16, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. In response to developing market opportunities and producer interests, this year’s meeting will include topics that should be of interest to all vegetable growers including market gardeners and farmers market growers. Some topics to be addressed include weed control practices for use in vegetables, legal issues with vegetable marketing, vegetable disease control, vegetable variety information, findings of studies comparing organic versus conventional fertilizers, and results of a 2010 plasticulture demonstration. This event is intended to provide information that should be of value to Extension Educators, market garden growers, commercial farmers, and agricultural supply businesses. Not only will this program address numerous topics related to cucurbit fruits and vegetables (watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, pumpkins, etc.), the program will include other important vegetables as well. Please note that there will be a $10 registration fee for this year’s event. Registration is requested by Dec. 8 to ensure the noon meal. Additional details on the program and registration will soon be available at www.lane-ag.org or contact the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 580-889-7343, or by e-mail at jim.shrefler@okstate.edu



Please meet Lyndall Stout, Sr. TV/Producer/Director, and host of SUNUP, Agricultural Communications Services. You may view her video here.


Mills Named to Committee: Gale A. Mills, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Washington County, has been named to the Oklahoma Healthy Schools Advisory Committee as set forth by House Bill No. 2774.  She will serve as a representative from a statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that seeks to foster collaboration and encourage prohealth initiatives in schools.  She was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, Glenn Coffee, as a result of her nomination by Sen. John Ford. This committee will assist the State Department of Health in establishing and maintaining a program for the voluntary certification of schools that promotes wellness, encourages the adoption of healthy behaviors, and establishes safe and supportive environments.


NECV Slated in April 2011: The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV) is scheduled to take place April 18-21, 2011 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The theme is “Recruit, Ready, Retain.” The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for sharing the latest research and trends in volunteerism; gain innovative ideas for reaching new volunteers, and investigate the best practices for developing and retaining current volunteers; strengthen volunteer management efforts; gather tools and skills through interactive sessions and networking with colleagues; and develop means to utilize new resources. The deadline for submitting proposals is Nov. 12. Registration information will be available Jan. 18, 2011, with early registration due Feb. 18, 2011. For more information go to http://www.4h.uidaho.edu/default.aspx?pid=119530, or e-mail Doug Swanson, 4-H National Headquarters, at dswanson@nifa.usda.org.


OHCE Leaders Host Retreat: Oklahoma Home and Community Education leaders hosted a Leadership Retreat at St. Crispin’s Conference Center in Seminole Oct. 7-8. While there, FCS Extension Educators, FCS District Program Specialists, 4-H Extension Educators, and FCS Assistant Directors provided goals, procedures, protocol, professional image, and effective outreach to the OHCE leadership.


Congratulations to: Cindy Clampet, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Love County, and her husband, Ron, on the birth of their granddaughter. Ava Leanne Selzer was born Oct. 14, weighed 4 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 17 inches long. Her parents are Chuck and Katie (Clampet) Selzer.


Condolences to: Kendra Gibson, Nutrition Education Assistant, Johnston County, on the death of her mother. Lou Ellen Smith passed away Oct. 17. Funeral services took place Oct. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Sulphur.


Warren Receives Award: Jason Warren, Soil and Water Conservation Extension Specialist, has been selected to receive the 2010 Soil Sciences Society of America Division S6 Youth Scholar Award. He is being honored for the way his “balanced success in research, Extension, and teaching best exemplifies the soil and water conservation ideals of Division S6. Jason came to OSU in 2008.


4-H Educators Receive Awards: Educators from Oklahoma were recognized as award recipients during the 2010 National Association of Extension 4-H Agents meeting that took place in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 24-28.


NAE4-HA Southern Region Award Recipients 

  • Casey Sharber, Tom Manske, and Kyle Worthington: Excellence in Natural Resources/Environmental Education – Team 
  • Casey Sharber, Tom Manske, Kyle Worthington, April Adams, and Kevin Green: Search for Excellence in Teen Programming – Team
  • Greg Owen and Sarah Weeks: Denise Miller National 4-H Innovator Award
  • Tracy Lane, Charlotte Richert, Kim Arnold, Sue Gray-Melaugh, Phil Pratt, Brian Jarvis, and Bill Burton: Exhibit Award
  • Becky Walker: Periodical Publication, Individual 

NAE4-HA National Award Recipients

  • Lindsey Hix-Varner: Memorial Professional Development Scholarship 
  • Tracy Lane, Charlotte Richert, Kim Arnold, Sue Gray-Melaugh, Phil Pratt, Brian Jarvis, and Bill Burton: Communicator Award – Exhibit
  • Samantha Ephgrave and Donna Patterson: Achievement in Service Award
  • Kristy Spalding: Meritorious Service Award
  • Larry Klumpp: 25 Years of Service Award



Cody W. Linker, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Lincoln County, effective 10-29-10

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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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