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Vol. 3 – No. 17
August 22, 2003

Current Events

Bull and Heifer Sale: Mark your calendars for the Oklahoma Beef Incorporated’s All Breed Bull and Heifer Sale. The sale is slated October 16 at noon. The event will take place at the OBI sale facility located eight miles west of Stillwater on Highway 51. For more information contact John Evans, Extension Animal Breeding Specialist, at 405-744-6060, or jle@okstate.edu.

 Ornamental Plant Materials Conference: OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is hosting an Ornamental Plant Materials Conference September 24-25 in Stillwater. The conference is geared toward industry professionals, as well as home gardeners. The registration deadline is September 15. For more information contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404, or email at steph@okstate.edu.


 National 4-H Week: National 4-H Week is October 5-11, 2003. All counties should have received the National 4-H Week Kit on a computer CD. It is full of great ideas for special events, as well as marketing and publicity tools. The kit also is available online at http://4hweekkit.fourhcouncil.edu/ for county staff and volunteers to access for use in promoting this special time of the year. Media outlets need to get your events and activities for National 4-H Week and Oklahoma 4-H Month (October) on their calendars now. It is the perfect time to send out press releases and pitches to the media.

 Healthy Families Programs Garner Grants: The Oklahoma State Department of Health, Office of Child Abuse Prevention, will continue to fund the Healthy Families programs in Canadian, Delaware, and Texas counties. The combined total of the three contracts is $299,076.

            Texas County will receive funding for the Oklahoma Parents as Teachers program. A State Department of Education grant in the amount of $35,000 has been awarded to Guymon Public Schools. The school system then subcontracts with OCES to provide the program, which serves a consortium of seven local school districts in the county.

            The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a new contract with OCES for the state office to perform Child Abuse Prevention Statewide Network Coordination. Funding will be approximately $40,000.  The work will focus on providing support to 17 District Child Abuse Prevention Task Forces, facilitating a state home visitation programs advisory committee, planning the annual Healthy Families/Child Abuse Prevention state conference, providing training for Healthy Families programs, and planning Child Abuse Prevention Month and other public awareness activities.

            In FY'03, approximately 155 families with 161 children were provided 2,148 home visits and 82 parent education and support group sessions by the OCES Healthy Families and Parents as Teachers programs. Participant surveys indicated a high level of satisfaction with the helpfulness, service, quality, and increased knowledge.

New Fax Number: The new fax number for Pushmataha County is 580-298-9969.

 Highfill and Barnes Honored: Greg Highfill, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, and Kent Barnes, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, recently were presented with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Distinguished Service Award during the group’s annual convention.  A few of their contributions to the cattle industry include their leadership in the Oklahoma Steer Feedout, Junior Steer Feedout, various other youth programs, the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, and numerous other local, regional, and statewide educational events.

 Solid Waste Program Receives Funding: The USDA Rural Development Utilities Service will provide funding for one year for Solid Waste Management programs. The principal investigators will be Sarah Kimball, Extension Rural Development Specialist, and Gerald Doeksen, Regents Professor. The programs will assist local communities with identifying problems, improving efficiency of programs, and remediating illegal dumps. The services provided will be in the form of workshops, web page updates, reviewing county solid waste management plans, and other technical assistance

 Scholarship Winners: Marlene Buck, Grant County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Sonya Rickman, Pottawatomie County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, are the recipients of the W.F. Taggart Scholarships, each in the amount of $200.

 Publications Award: The Food and Agricultural Products Center won the Special Publications Category of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association awards competition. The entry was the 2002 Center Annual Report. Mandy Gross, Communications Specialist at the Center, was the coordinator of the publication.

 Pesticide Safety Education Program: The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF), sponsored five workshops across the state to inform Structural Pest Control firms of the new Wood Infestation Report. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the firms of the new rule and how to comply. ODAFF staff reviewed the procedures while PSEP personnel provided support information and educational materials related to the issue. More than 365 applicators attended the meetings. This represents more than one-third of all structural pest control applicators in Oklahoma.

            In addition, PSEP hosted technical and sales representatives from Whitmire-Micro Gen at the Pinkston Education Facility. Kevin Shelton, Extension Coordinator, hosted 18 of the Whitmire’s national sales and technical representatives at a four-day training program. The program updated them on liquid and bait termite management techniques, construction identification, and application of both liquid and bait systems.

 Quiz Bowl Competition: The Department of Agricultural Economics sent 11 students to the Quiz Bowl Competition at the American Agricultural Economics Association’s meeting in Montreal, Canada. The students comprised two teams and they competed among a field of 36 teams. At the end of three rounds of play, OSU had two of the eight undefeated teams remaining. At the end of the competition, one of the OSU teams finished second overall. Also, at the same meeting, the Aggie-X club was selected as the Outstanding Club in the nation for their activities during the year. Derrell Peel, Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, served as coach and advisor to the group.

 Graduate Student Wins Competition: Nanditha Gande, an Animal Science graduate student who is doing research with the Food and Agricultural Products Center, placed first in the Institute of Food Technologists Food Microbiology Division’s John C. Ayres Graduate Student Paper Competition. Gande’s poster is titled “Radiant heat (pre-package), alone and in combination with submersed water (post-package) pasteurization for reduction of Listeria monocytogenes on the surface of roast duck, turkey bologna, deli ham, and roast beef.”

            In addition, the Food Science Quiz Bowl Team won the South Central Regional IFT Quiz Bowl Contest that took place in Dallas. This honor allowed the team to participate in the National IFT Quiz Bowl Competition in Chicago. The team is part of the Food Industry Club, which is an Animal Science organization.

College Corner

Personnel Actions


None to report


Roger L. Williams, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Cherokee County, effective 8-1-03 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

 Jack D. Wallace, Area Extension Livestock Specialist and Interim CED for Hughes County, effective   8-1-03 (was Area Extension Livestock Specialist, Southeast District)

 Lewis A. Parnell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Wagoner County, effective 8-1-03 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

 Christopher K. Rice, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist and Interim CED for LeFLore County, effective 8-1-03 (was Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District)

 Cindy S. Conner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Garfield County, effective 8-1-03  (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development)

Mark S. Gregory, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist and Interim CED for Grady County, effective   8-1-03 (was Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southwest District)

 Alan R. VanDeventer, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Comanche County, effective 8-1-03 (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development)

 Debra A. Greene-Garrard, Assistant Extension Specialist, Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, effective 8-18-03  (was District Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist)


George C. Thomas, III, Training Specialist, Technology Services and Support, effective 7-25-03

Michel M. Haigh, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communication Services, effective 7-31-03

Leigh M. Heldermon, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Grady County, effective 8-1-03

Lori Shipman, Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 8-15-03

Scott R. Gillin, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Cimarron County, effective 8-25-03

Travis Battles, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, effective 8-29-03

Pamela D. Edwards, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Beaver County, effective 9-5-03

Coming Events

September 4: Annual Equine Sports Medicine Mini-Conference (Stillwater)

September 10: 4-H Exhibit Entry and Judging Day, Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 12-28: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 15: State 4-H/FFA Wheat Show Recognition Banquet (Oklahoma City)

September 21-25: Galaxy Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah)

September 23: 4-H Exhibit Entry and Judging Day, Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 25: October 5: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 27: 1st Annual Horse Owner’s Symposium (Stillwater)

September 29: 4-H Exhibit Release, Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)


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