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Vol. 2 —  No. 7
April 5, 2002

Current Events

Success in the Making: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is reaching out to our state legislators in an effort to keep them better informed about successful programming. Each Monday, legislators receive a one-page report featuring a successful program, and they will continue to receive them throughout the legislative session. Three such informative reports have already been distributed, including Community Health Planning, Value Added Products (VAP) Cooperative in Alva, and State Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century. On Monday the legislators will receive information concerning the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network. Upcoming topics include Community Nutrition Education Programs (CNEP), Ag in the Classroom, Caring for Planet Earth, Stream Hydrology Trailer, and the Healthy Families Program. Beginning Monday, these informative reports will be emailed to each county Extension Educator on the same day they are distributed at the State Capitol.

WHEP Competitions: The Western Regional Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) contest will take place tomorrow, April 6, at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The Eastern Regional contest will be held on April 27 at Osage Hills State Park. The State WHEP Contest is slated May 18 in Stillwater. The senior team that places first will represent Oklahoma at the National WHEP Contest in July in Wooster, Ohio.

Master Gardener Day: Oklahomans will honor volunteer Master Gardeners during the first annual “Oklahoma Master Gardeners Day” slated April 20. This celebration will be held in conjunction with Yard Smart, and will take place at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center in Oklahoma City, located at 400 N. Portland Avenue. Each year, Master Gardeners across the state donate thousands of hours of their time, along with their experience and expertise, in an effort to make Oklahoma a more beautiful place to live.

Turf Bermudagrass Workshop: A spring dead spot disease workshop will take place at the OBGA Education Center on April 25. The workshop will focus on the biology of the fungus that causes the disease, and diagnosis and control using integrated pest management. Pre-registration of $16 is due by April 19. Registration on the day of the workshop will be $25. The registration flyer can be found at http://osu-ns03.cis.okstate.edu/tools/webtools.nsf/Images/hortworkshops/$FILE/deadspot.pdf, or go to the OSU Turfgrass Program homepage at www.turf.okstate.edu and click on the spread dead spot flyer link. For more information, contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-6777.


Update on James White: For the last several months, Dr. James White, Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development, has been in Houston undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer. He is able to come home to Stillwater for visits and is currently in town. He returns to Houston Saturday and will receive his final round of chemotherapy on Monday. Following this treatment the doctors will evaluate the CT scans and do an MRI to determine if surgery is necessary. If surgery is not required, James said he anticipates coming home in mid-May. If surgery is necessary, he said it would probably take place sometime during the first week of May. The best way for people to get in touch with him is through email at carolj52@hotmail.com. Many people have inquired as to how they can contribute to support Dr. White and his family during his treatment and extended care. A fund has been established at the American Exchange Bank in Lindsay. Anyone who wishes to contribute may do so by making checks payable to the James David White Medical Expense Fund, c/o American Exchange Bank, P.O. Box 128, Lindsay, OK  73052.

Musk Thistle Roundup: Get ready for the 2002 Musk Thistle Weevil Round Up. The event is schedule for May 8 in Noble and Kay counties, and May 9 in Rogers County. Check out the Musk Thistle Web page at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/weeds/muskthistle.html and you’ll find information about the Weevil Round-Up (this site will be updated as more details are firmed up), downloadable fact sheets and PowerPoint presentations, and a press release you can use to advertise this event in your own county.  For more information, contact Pat Bolin at bolinp@okstate.edu, or 405-744-9420.

Second in the Series: Dr. Gary Comstock has been selected as the second speaker for the 21st Century Agriculture and Rural Oklahoma Distinguished Speakers’ Series, which will be held April 26 in the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development Auditorium. Comstock is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Iowa State University and will be addressing the Division about “Ethical Issues in Agricultural Research and Practice.”

4-H Horse Camp: The State 4-H Family Horse Camp provides youth and adults the opportunity to learn more about horse camping. Slated May 24-26 at Foss State Park, the camp will cover safety, stabling, tying, environmental concerns, grounds keeping, trail riding, overnight camping, biodiversity, seed travel, happy watersheds, and camaraderie. Registration fee of $40 per person is due by May 10. For more information, contact Tommy Puffinbarger, 580-596-3131, Larry Klumpp, 580-362-3194, Mike Jeffcoat, 580-228-2332, Kevin Varner, 405-321-4774, or Pam Varner, 580-875-3651.

Congratulations to: Leigh Harrison, Grady County Extension Educator, FCS and 4-H Youth Development, on her marriage to Guy Heldermon (former Caddo County Extension Educator) on March 30.

Condolences to: Ross Love, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Assistant Director, and his wife, Kathy, on the death of her mother, Barbara Dickhaut. She passed away April 1. Funeral services were held April 5 under the direction of Gorsline-Ruciman Company, East Lansing, MI.


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Coming Events

April 6: Animal Science Banquet (Stillwater)

April 6: Northwest District 4-H Meats Educational Event and Judging Contest (Enid)

April 6: Southwest District Meat Judging Contest (Duncan)

April 6: Western Regional WHEP Contest (Wichita Wildlife Refuge)

April 6: In-Service—Adding Variety to Children’s Meals While Incorporating Food Activities in the Classroom (Pryor)

April 7: OSU Cowboy Classic Sale (Stillwater)

April 10-12: OEAFCS State Meeting (Guthrie)

April 10-12: In-Service—Aging and Memory Characteristics of the Cognitively Impaired (Guthrie)

April 10: In-Service—Family Resiliency Impact Team (Guthrie)

April 11-12: In-Service: Agriculture Educator Training (Robbers Cave State Park)

April 13: State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 16: State 4-H Forestry Competition (Robbers Cave State Park)

April 18: In-Service—Trainers to Teach “Adults as Learners”  (Okmulgee)

April 18: In-Service—Managing County 4-H Activities and Events (Okmulgee)

April 18: Field Day 2002, USDA ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory (El Reno)

April 18: Northwest District CED Meeting (Guymon)

April 20: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 20: 4-H Day at the OSU Softball Game (Stillwater

April 26: State FFA Interscholastic Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 26-27: 4-H discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 27: State 4-H Meat Judging and ID Contest (Stillwater)

April 30: Extension Supporter’s Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)


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