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Vol. 3 – No. 13
June 27, 2003

Current Events

Bixby Field Day Slated: The Bixby Vegetable Field Day is slated Tuesday, July 1 at the OSU Vegetable Research Station, 13711 S. Mingo, Bixby. The tour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Featured will be a number of variety trials, including tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet corn, and 13 varieties of yellow crook neck squash. In addition, there will be a display planting of 35 non-bell type peppers, including several varieties of jalapenos. Other crops will include green beans, southern peas, watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. People who attend will learn more about growing techniques, crop production, variety selection, and various pest control techniques. For more information call 405-744-5404.


Excellence in Community Leadership Awards: Diane Nunn, a member of the Tishomingo Development Team, is the recipient of the Excellence in Community Leadership Award for The Initiative for the Future of Rural Oklahoma. She has been instrumental in all levels of community development as a volunteer. She currently serves as vice president of the team and is chairwoman of the Public Relations Committee. She coordinated the kick off celebration of Tishomingo’s participation in The Initiative project, and has worked with her committee to develop brochures promoting the city. The group currently is collecting data from a visitor’s survey to determine what attracts visitors to Tishomingo.

            The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program selected Virgil and Meribeth Slagell for the Excellence in Community Leadership Award. They are very active in both leadership and service, including public schools, the local hospital, church, and state agricultural organizations. They both are graduates of the OALP, and have taken an active role in organizing and implementing tours of the Hydro-area agricultural enterprises for subsequent OALP classes. Their ability to recognize a need and their willingness to serve where their talents are needed makes them a valuable couple in their community.

            Reeder Reese was nominated by the Kiowa County Leadership Program to receive the Excellence in Community Leadership Award. He has a keen interest and is dedicated to the residents of Kiowa County because he is a life-long resident of the area. He has been involved in various activities to help ensure the survival of Kiowa County. He is a member of the Kiowa County Industrial Development Authority Board, and was instrumental in securing the support needed to obtain an Initiative grant to start the KCLP.

            Dean Smith was nominated for the award by the Washita Valley Leadership Program. Although he and his wife, Linda, are known for their production of specialty crops, a crop of particular importance to them is hot peppers. Smith has been involved in “alternative” agriculture even before it became a buzzword. His interests in unusual crops and equipment have complemented each other and the result has been farming invention born of necessity. He has participated in Oklahoma Ag Leadership and is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma. He has served on the Dean’s Advisory Board and is a strong supporter for extension and research. He has been a key player in the Washita Valley Leadership Program since its inception in 1994.

Dennis Krueger was nominated for the Excellence in Community Leadership Award by the Washita County Leadership and Entrepreneurial Program. His leadership skills have been invaluable in the development and creation of the program. He has played a part in everything from writing the grant proposal for the program, and providing vision for the direction of the leadership class. His ability to “think outside of the box” is of great benefit to the leadership program in promoting and increasing its visibility in Washita County. He has taken on key roles with the Washita 2000 board, Cordell Main Street Board, and was a charter member of the National Economic Developer Association.

New Commander:  Ron Sholar, Extension Crops Specialist, has been appointed commander of the 90th Regional Support Command, headquartered in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Sholar now commands 17,000 Army Reservists in six states. He is currently a brigadier general in the Army Reserve and will be promoted to major general.

 Award of Merit: The Tulsa County Extension office won an Award of Merit in the National School Public Relations Association publications contest for “Mirroring Our Success,” the 2001-2002 annual report. Of the 920 entries, 79 won Awards of Excellence, 229 received Awards of Merit, and 237 won Awards of Honorable Mention. For copies of “Mirroring Our Success” contact Karla Jodoin, Communication Specialist, at 918.746.3725.

 Award of Honor: Stan Gilliland, Regents Professor and Sitlington Endowed Chair, has been named the recipient of the 2003 American Dairy Science Association Award of Honor. He accepted the award earlier this week at the ADSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Gilliland is an internationally recognized expert in the microbiology of lactic acid, especially the lactobacilli that are used as probiotics to provide health and nutritional benefits for humans and livestock.

 4-H Program Recognized: The Oklahoma County 4-H program recently took honors from the Colgate "Youth for America" organization as they received 4th place for their outstanding community service.  Oklahoma County 4-H was recognized for its continuing work with the Ronald McDonald House, where members planted and now upkeep the Butterfly Garden; the H.U.G.S. (hats, underwear, gloves and socks for kids who need them) program; and countless other community service programs. Oklahoma County 4-H won a cash award, which will help fund the H.U.G.S. program for next year.

 Wheat Market Commentary: The Kansas City Board of Trade has added commentary from outside sources to its website. Extension Grain Marketing Specialist Kim Anderson’s streaming video segments are available on the KCBT website at http://www.kcbt.com.

Congratulations to: Tara Bone, Sr. Unit Assistant, and her husband Sterling, on the birth of their son
Tanner Sterling. He was born June 12, weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

College Corner

Personnel Actions


None to report


Robert L. Woods, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Northeast District and Interim CED, Haskell County, effective 5-14-03. (Was Area Extension Agronomy Specialist)

Gena L. Mobly-Alexander, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Marshall County, effective 6-16-03.  (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

 William E. Burton, Area Extension Agricultural Economics Specialist, Northeast District and Interim CED, Nowata County, effective 5-14-03.  (was Area Extension Agricultural Economics Specialist) 

Phillip W. Pratt, Area Extension Plant Pathology Specialist, Northeast District and Interim CED, Tulsa County, effective 6-1-03.  (was Area Extension Plant Pathology Specialist)


Misty M. Britton, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, LeFlore County, effective 6-20-03.

 Jon Dickey, Graphics Coordinator, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 6-30-03.

 Paula A Dean, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Muskogee County, effective 6-30-03.

 James L. Arnold, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Pontotoc County, effective 6-30-03.

 Barry Fugatt, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Tulsa County, effective 6-30-03.

 J. Blaine Yirsa, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Nowata County, effective 6-30-03.

 Janice M. Curtis, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Carter County, effective 6-30-03


Douglas B. Enns, Applications Engineer, Biosystems and Ag Engineering - Stillwater campus, effective 6-30-03.  (was located in Durant)

Coming Events

July 1: Commercial Cattle Grading (Tulsa)

July 3-14: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

July 9-11: Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents AM/PIC (Oklahoma City)

July 10: Caddo/Grady County Livestock Judging Contest (Anadarko)

July 12: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Archery Shoot (Woodward)

July 13-15: Oklahoma Home and Community Education State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 15-17: OSU Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 17: HAY-DAY (Chickasha)

July 18-19: Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 21-23: State 4-H Congress (Oklahoma City)

July 22: State Wheat Show Judging (El Reno)

July 22-24: Youth Livestock Judging Camp (Stillwater)

July 24-26: Sooner State Dairy Show (Stillwater)

July 26: State 4-H Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Archery Shoot (Watonga)

July 29: Southeast District Leaders Conference (Atoka)

July 30-August 3: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship (Perry, Georgia)


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