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Vol. 1 - No. 2

Current Events

Biotechnology and Food Safety In-Service: The one-day workshop "Biotechnology: The Science and The Issues in Food Safety" will take place Tuesday, July 31, at OSU-OKC, 900 N. Portland Ave. Registration is required. This in-service training will provide participants with science-based information on the safety of genetically engineered food crops. Featured speakers include Dr. Steven Taylor, nationally recognized food allergist; Dr. Mark Davies, Oklahoma City University philosophy professor; Dr. Jim Horne, Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Shay Sunderland, Monsanto Corp.; Trey Lamb, Garvin County producer; and several OSU specialists. For more information, contact Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420 or by e-mail at bolinp@okstate.edu.

Bobwhite Quail Field Tour and Symposium: Kingfisher County Extension and OSU will host the "Success on the Land" field tour and symposium August 2-3 at Kingfisher. Registration is $50 for both days or $25 for a single day. The fee covers the cost of daily meals, refreshments, and conference materials. Registration is required. To register, contact the OSU Department of Forestry at 405-744-5438. A registration form also is available on-line at http://www.okstate.edu/OSU_Ag/asnr/fore/BQSymp2.htm. For more information, contact Fred Guthery at 405-744-5438.

Beef Quality Summits Slated: The Oklahoma Beef Industry Council, in cooperation with OSU, will conduct two Oklahoma Beef Quality Summits. They will take place at the OSU Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center on August 13-15 and August 15-17. The summit will focus on the effect of producer management decisions on the quality and consistency of the end product. Each summit is limited to 35 participants. For more information contact OBIC at 405-840-3777 or 1-800-235-5403.


Program Activity Reports: The on-line Program Activity Report (PAR) is currently being revised to be a better reporting system and more user friendly. If you have data to submit for the program year ending June 30, 2001, it must be entered by Tuesday, July 31. After July 31, the old PAR system will be shut down. As soon as the new PAR input system is available for use, everyone will be notified. We plan to have the new system in place in early August.

OCES Annual Conference Set: The Extension Administrative Group decided to hold the next OCES Statewide Extension Conference in January, 2003. Staff and Program Development Director Joyce Martin will be looking for dates and facilities. She will share the information as it becomes available so everyone can mark his or her calendars.

Program Specialist Interviews Set: Recia Garcia of Woodward County and Laverda Johnson of Choctaw/Pushmataha will be interviewed for the NW District FCS Program Specialist position August 1-2. Campus interviews will take place August 1. District interviews will take place August 2 at the Woodward County Fairgrounds.

Mandatory E-Mail Address: A few weeks ago, a letter was sent to all Extension personnel directing everyone to use their "@okstate.edu" address for e-mail correspondence. If you are not using the "@okstate.edu" address when sending e-mail, please begin doing so immediately. The use of this common address helps to market us as an organization, as well as strengthening our affiliation with Oklahoma State University. It also greatly simplifies the very complicated process of doing listservs and other group workplace systems.

National 4-H Council Updates Available: Now is the time to sign up if you would like to receive electronic mail with updates and opportunities from National 4-H Council. This is open to anyone who wants to tap into this source, so feel free to share it with leaders and families. Everyone can sign up from now until October 2 to receive "Clover Connection News" at http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/cesweb/paspage.asp (login: cesuser, password: run).

Join Up Now: If you deal with Extension agricultural issues and are not a member of the Oklahoma Association of Extension Agricultural Agents, you might want to consider joining. Bob LeValley of Woods County currently serves as OAEAA president. He and others are already working on next year's OAEAA annual meeting and professional improvement conference that will take place July 10-12, 2002, at Oklahoma City.

Sky-High Service: Ever need an aerial photo of an area? Extension Aquaculture Specialist Marley Beem reports that while Internet site "Terraserver" does not yet have complete coverage of Oklahoma, it is making speedy progress toward that goal. "Terraserver" can be accessed at: http://terraserver.homeadvisor.msn.com/default.asp.

Condolences: Wilda Schaefer, retired Extension educator, passed away recently. Funeral services were held July 16 at Stillwater's First United Methodist Church.

Yirsa Making Progress: Blaine Yirsa of the Nowata County Extension Office has been recovering at home from a slight stroke he suffered a few weeks ago. He returned to the county office on July 17 and worked part of the day. He is making great progress and expects to resume his duties as soon as his doctor advises accordingly. We are looking forward to Blaine's speedy and complete recovery.

From the Heart: Canadian County's Brad Tipton extends his appreciation to the OCES family for all the cards, e-mails, thoughts, and prayers during his recovery from an injury to his left eye. Brad says, "Knowing that many people are concerned about your well being is very comforting when a difficult situation arises. All those prayers and wishes for a speedy recovery have contributed to what doctors at the Dean McGee Eye Institute call a miraculous healing. It's great to have a family of professional associates who are truly interested in your health and safety."

Newsletter Distribution: As the first issue of Extension News demonstrated, copy sent as an e-mail message lost all formatting, making the newsletter difficult to read. Rather than send the copy via e-mail, Extension staff will receive a message whenever the newsletter has been posted to the Intranet at http://intranet.okstate.edu/newsletter. You will be able to access the newsletter by clicking on the address. Dwayne Hunter and Robert Jones are examining ways to send the newsletter via e-mail without losing the formatting.

Personnel Actions


            Kimberly A Lewis, Research Engineer, Biosystems & Ag Engr., 6-4-01  (50% Extension)

            Kirk D. Christie, Asst. Extension Specialist, Ag Economics, 7-9-01          


            Lydia G Howard, Ext. Educ., FCS/4-H, Osage County, 6-29-01

Title Change:

            Karen D. Armbruster, Ext. Educ., FCS/4-H & Interim CED, Woods County,

7-1-01 (was Ext. Educ., FCS/4-H, Woods County)

            Gary L. Strickland, Ext. Educ., Ag/4-H & CED, Jackson County, 7-1-01  (was Ext. Educ., Ag/4-H, Jackson County)

            Roy A. Ball, Ext., Educ., Ag/4-H & Interim CED, Craig County, 7-1-01  (was Ext. Educ., Ag/4-H, Craig County)

            John A. Eckroat, Post Doc Fellow, Plant & Soil Sciences, 7-1-01  (was Assistant Extension Specialist, Plant & Soil Sciences)

Coming Events

July 23: Oklahoma 4-H & FFA Wheat Show Judging (El Reno)

July 25: OSU Cooperative Extension Water Well Workshop (Calvin)

July 25-27: State 4-H Congress (OKC)

July 28: Western Oklahoma 4-H Air Rifle, Air Pistol & Archery Shoot (Woodward)

July 31: "Biotechnology: The Science and The Issues in Food Safety" in-service training (OKC)

August 2-3: "Success on the Land" field tour and symposium (Kingfisher)

August 9: Extension Administrative Group meeting (Stillwater)

August 13-15: Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 14: Extension Administrative Group meeting (Stillwater)

August 15: 4-H Project Leader Training (Woodward)

August 15-17: Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 23: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Woodward)

August 24: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)

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