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Vol. 2 – No. 22
November 1, 2002

Current Events

Watermelon and Cucurbit Meeting Slated: Mark your calendar for December 5 and plan to attend the 2002 Oklahoma Watermelon and Cucurbit Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. This year's meeting will expand the former Statewide Watermelon Meeting to include other cucurbits of importance to Oklahoma such as squash, muskmelon, cucumber, and pumpkin. Meeting topics are being selected to address the needs of both existing growers and agricultural producers who are considering the production of these crops for the first time. Growers, marketers, and Extension Educators with cucurbits in their counties should consider attending this meeting. Past meetings have focused on providing technical and marketing information for existing growers. This year’s meeting will also emphasize cucurbits as alternatives for producers needing to diversify. Information will be valuable to Extension Educators who work with these growers. For more information, contact the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 580-889-7343.

Horticulture Industries Show: Plans are underway for the 22nd Annual Horticulture Industries Show slated January 10-11, 2003, in Springdale, Arkansas. The meeting will be beneficial to commercial growers, homeowners, Master Gardeners, and others who are interested in horticulture. There will be a variety of workshops, including herbs, sustainable agriculture, farmers markets, pecans, grapes, vegetables, and ornamentals. For more information, contact Lynn Brandenberger at 405-744-5408.


Early Out Authorization: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has made application to CSREES for early retirement authorization for those employees who are covered under the federal civil service system. If granted, the open season would likely extend from June 1 through September 30, 2003. OCES participants in the federal retirement system who have accrued 25 years of federal service are eligible regardless of age or are at least 50 years of age and have accrued at lease 20 years of service.

Sign Up Now: Sigma Phi is an organization that supports and promotes the Extension profession. All Extension professions, including state and field staff who have five or more years of service, are invited to join the organization. New member dues are $40. Current member renewal dues are $35. Checks should be made to ESP and mailed to Janie Morrow, Oklahoma County Extension Office, 930 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73107-6120. For more information, contact Karen Armbruster, ESP President, at 580-327-2786.

Murray County Extension Office Has New Home: Employees in the Murray County Extension Office are busy unpacking in their new offices. The Murray County Rural Economic and Workforce Development Center is the name of the new building constructed to house the Cooperative Extension Service, Murray County Industrial Authority, the first branch office and computer lab of the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, the NRCS, and the Conservation District of Murray County. Located on Highway 7 between Sulphur and Davis, the county’s two largest communities, the $400,000 facility is being considered a pilot idea for combining entities that can work together to enhance rural economic development and educational opportunities for people in the county. State Legislator Danny Hilliard and Senator Johnnie Crutchfield were instrumental in establishing this model for rural Oklahoma. The building was officially dedicated on October 24 with more than 350 people attending the ceremony. The new address for the Murray County OSU Extension Service is 4000 Highway 7 West, Sulphur, OK 73086.

Centennial Celebration: Murray County 4-H members are celebrating the 4-H Centennial with the dedication of a monument on the grounds of the new Murray County Rural Economic and Workforce Development Center. The granite monument, designed by county Extension staff, stands more than 6 feet tall and bears the 4-H emblem in green. Twenty-seven alumni and former Murray County 4-H Hall of Fame winners each sponsored $100 to purchase the monument. Official unveiling took place on October 24.

A Successful Event: The Cherokee Prairie’s Rancher’s Night Out was a big success. The organization hosted an educational program on October 15 in Vinita. Registration was limited to 150 producers and the event drew so much interest, a second date had to be scheduled. The Cherokee Prairie is a special project reaching small ranchers located in four counties in Northeastern Oklahoma.

4-H’ers Invited to Participate: The National Young Farmer Education Association (NYFEA) is inviting 4-H club members, ages 13 and up, to take part in the group’s national meeting scheduled December 12-14 in Oklahoma City. NYFEA would like to have 200 4-H youth to attend the reception on the final day of the meeting, followed by the group’s closing banquet and concert. The banquet is free for 4-H members. The event will take place at the Cox Convention Center. The goal of NYFEA is to ensure young people seek a career in agriculture or an agricultural-related field. This event is an opportunity for NYFEA to show their support for the Oklahoma 4-H program. For more information, contact David Sorrell at 405-744-5390.

Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Oklahoma had good participation in the “On the Road to Sustainable Agriculture” conference that took place recently in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. More than 40 Oklahomans attended the conference, which included two days of tours, several speaker panels, farmers’ markets, and posters. The group was able to see a variety of enterprises, value-added situations, education and research activities, and urban-rural interface, to name a few.

Congratulations to: Heather Winn, Cherokee County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and her husband, Brian, on the birth of their son, John Ross. He was born October 12 and weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces. John Ross is welcomed home by big brother Tyler.

Congratulations to: Stacy Rich, Program Assistant, Tillman County, and her husband, David, on the birth of their son, Corbin Ray. He was born October 28 and weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Condolences to: The family of Ervin Williams, Jr., retired Extension Plant Pathologist, who passed away October 29. Funeral services were held November 1 at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Stillwater.

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Coming Events

November 2: National Congress Orientation (Oklahoma City)

November 4: Investing For Your Future (Tulsa)

November 4: Alfalfa County Listening Session (Cherokee)

November 5: Crossbreeding Systems for Beef Cattle (Stillwater)

November 5: Basics of Selection and Expected Progeny Difference in Beef Cattle (Stillwater)

November 5: Nutritional Needs of Moms and Babies (Guymon)

November 5: Diabetes in the Hispanic Population (Guymon)

November 5: Regional Ag in the Classroom Training (Lawton)

November 5: Custer County Listening Session (Weatherford)

November 5: Grape Management Workshop (Fairview)

November 6: Women-Specific Health Issues (Tulsa)

November 6: Nutrition in Aging (Beaver)

November 7: Stream Hydrology Model in Water Quality Education (Woodward)

November 7: Heart Healthy Cooking/Cooking for Diabetics (Major County)

November 7: Cimarron County Listening Session (Boise City)

November 7: Cotton County Listening Session (Walters)

November 7: Harmon County Listening Session (Hollis)

November 7: Latimer County Listening Session (Wilburton)

November 7: Tulsa County Listening Session (Tulsa)

November 8: Home-Based Business (Tulsa)

November 12: Lincoln County Listening Session (Chandler)

November 12: Payne County Listening Session (Stillwater)

November 12: Stephens County Listening Session (Duncan)

November13: Nutritional and Health Promotion (Oklahoma City)

November 13: Microsoft Outlook Training (Enid)

November 14: Water In-Water Out: Private Water Supply and Wastewater Systems in Rural and Suburban Homes (Stillwater)

November 14: Weight Management (Oklahoma City)

November 14: Microsoft Outlook Training (Woodward)

November 14: Grady County Listening Session (Chickasha)

November 14: Haskell County Listening Session (Stigler)

November 14: Murray County Listening Session (Sulphur)

November 14: Noble County Listening Session (Perry)

November 14: Rogers County Listening Session (Claremore)

November 14: Texas County Listening Session (Guymon)

November 14: Tillman County Listening Session (Frederick)

November 14: Woods County Listening Session (Alva)

November 15: 4-H Volunteer Core Competency Training Unit 3 (Ada)

November 15: Jackson County Listening Session (Altus)

November 19: Women-Specific Health Issues (Ada)

November 18: Blaine County Listening Session (Watonga)

November 18: Hughes County Listening Session (Holdenville)

November 18: Johnston County Listening Session (Tishomingo)

November 18: McIntosh County Listening Session (Eufaula)

November 18: Major County Listening Session (Fairview)

November 19: Riparian Management—County Educational Programs (Muskogee)

November 19: Creek County Listening Session (Kellyville)

November 19: Grant County Listening Session (Medford)

November 19: Kingfisher County Listening Session (Kingfisher)

November 19: Logan County Listening Session (Guthrie)

November 19: Okmulgee County Listening Session (Okmulgee)

November 20: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

November 20: Garfield County Listening Session (Enid)

November 21: Northeast District CED Meeting (Muskogee)

November 21: Talking With TJ: Teamwork and Conflict Resolution (Oklahoma City)

November 21: Bryan County Listening Session (Durant)

November 21: Oklahoma County Listening Session (Oklahoma City)

November 22: Northeast District Area Specialist Agent Meeting (Muskogee)

November 22: Delaware County Listening Session (Jay)

November 26: Ottawa County Listening Session (Miami)

November 29-December 3: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)

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