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Vol. 2 – No. 16
August 9, 2002

Current Events

Character Critters Crawls to the Top: Cooperative Extension’s character education program has exploded in popularity and widespread effect. Currently, 38 counties are active in the program, involving 7,360 children and 1,199 teachers. In 2001 there were 2,170 children and 153 teachers involved in the program. Cooperative Extension Parenting Specialist Elaine Wilson says the Character Critters take-home activities are helping parents spend quality time with their children and get a better understanding of what is being taught in their kids’ classrooms. Additional information about the program is available on the Internet by logging on to http://fcs.okstate.edu/parenting and clicking on the Building Character link.

More Than an Egyptian Curse: West Nile Virus is all over the news. Cooperative Extension Specialists from Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Entomology and Plant Pathology, and Agricultural Communications Services got together in the spring with officials from various state agencies to develop a cohesive plan of action for when WNV made an appearance. Extension Educators who get questions about the virus should refer people to the State Department of Health’s West Nile Virus web site at http://www.health.state.ok.us. It really is the best place to start, with links aplenty to appropriate places of interest and information.

OSU Sends Nine to Capitol Hill: County Extension Educators represented the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service for its involvement with the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative during the Smart Marriages Conference in Washington, D.C., in July. The nine educators that attended the conference spoke with people from all over the world about their attempts to promote healthy relationships and decrease the number of divorces in our state. Educators attending the conference included Sonya Rickman and Cara Bigger, Pottawatomie County; Laverda Johnson, Choctaw/Pushmataha County; Cindy Griffith, Rogers County; Pam Varner, Cotton County; Janna Kelley, Pontotoc County; Amy Armstrong, Washington County; Ranel Lasley, Caddo County and Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist.


No More Free Tickets: Extension staff will not receive complimentary passes for the Tulsa State Fair this year. Only those individuals who are working official activities such as shows, contests and Caring for Planet Earth, will receive passes. Reduced-rate tickets are available for purchase. A four-day pass is $5, and a 10-day pass is $15. Extension staff may send in orders for the reduced-rate tickets when entries are mailed, or you may purchase them at the fairgrounds livestock office. More information about the reduced-rate tickets will be mailed to Extension staff at a later date.

Sustainable Agriculture Training Opportunity: The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture program is sponsoring a national conference titled, “On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture.” It is centered on two days of tours. Tours are built around themes, including urban sprawl, organic production, direct marketing, production systems in transition, limited-resource farmer opportunities, and environmental issues. The conference is scheduled for October 23-26 and will take place in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Through our Sustainable Agriculture training project and special fund from the Southern Region SARE PDP, we have the ability to send several producers or growers, county Extension Educators, and Area or State Specialists to the conference. Requests to attend or for more information should be sent to Ross Love, 245 Ag Hall, or 405-744-6550. Ross is also asking Extension Educators for nominations of producers, growers, or others who would be good candidates to send to the conference.

New Things in Beef Buying: A bred and open heifer sale is being added to the Oklahoma Beef, Incorporated Performance-Tested Bull Sale on October 17. The sale will kick off at noon. For more information, contact Cooperative Extension Beef Breeding Specialist John Evans at 405-744-6060 or via e-mail at jle@okstate.edu.

KOB Program Seeking Nominations: The entry deadline for the 12th Annual Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Competition has been extended from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service programs are eligible. The Environmental Improvement category focuses on projects, programs or campaigns designed to improve water or air quality, reduce waste, or prevent environmental problems. Beautification and Landscaping includes projects focusing on cleanup, planting, landscaping, maintenance, and historical preservation or restoration. The Education and Promotion category includes any type of information or promotional campaign designed to enlighten the public about the environment or recommended environmentally friendly practices. Entry forms are available by contacting Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Inc., at 405-844-6543, or via the Internet at http://www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com.

Personnel Actions


- Carla K. Ackley, Extension Educator, 4-H, Stephens County, effective 8-15-02
- Jennifer D. Sconyers, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 7-31-02


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- Greta L. Reasnor, Extension Educator, FCS/4-H, Haskell County, effective 8-15-02
- Amy J. Wallace Hart, Extension Educator, Ag/4-H, Harmon County, effective 8-9-02

Coming Events

August 9-10: Shooting Sports Training (Ada)

August 12-13: OHCE Planning Meeting (Oklahoma City)

August 12: Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 13: Western Oklahoma Woods, Wildlife and Pond Problems and Opportunities (Enid)

August 14: Modern Method for Termite Control (Stillwater)

August 14: Poultry Waste Management Video Training (Poteau)

August 14: Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

August 14: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Woodward)

August 15: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)

August 15: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Southwest District (TBA)

August 19: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Northwest District (TBA)

August 20: Northwest District Wheat Production Issues, Cow-Calf and Stocker Management, and Wheat Merchandising (Woodward)

August 21: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Southeast District (TBA)

August 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

August 21: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network and Cooperative Marketing Efforts in the Beef Industry (Oklahoma City)

August 22: Facilitator/Training Session for the Oklahoma Community Listening Sessions, Northeast District (TBA)

August 29: Improving Fertilizer-N Management and Potential Farmer Profit Using N-Rich Field Strips (Stillwater)

August 31: 4-H Dog Show (Nowata)

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