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Vol. 3 – No. 18
September 5, 2003

Current Events

Bull and Heifer Sale: The Oklahoma Beef Incorporated’s All Breed Bull and Heifer Sale will take place October 16 at noon 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.

 Tree Symposium Slated: The 9th Annual Oklahoma Tree Symposium will take place September 12 at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center, 400 N. Portland Ave., on the OSU/Oklahoma City campus. This year’s theme is “You’re Getting Shade All Over My Grass: Insights Into the Integrated Management of Woody Ornamentals Where Turf is of Predominant Importance.” The event will focus on the difficulties of design, selection, and care of woody ornamental plants, especially trees, in a predominately turf-oriented culture. Registration is $10. For more information contact Carroll Emberton at 405-942-5276, or Toby Goodale at 405-789-3930.

 Water Quality Conference: The Southern Region Water Quality Conference will be held in Ruidoso, NM, October 19-22. The conference will feature an outstanding program of workshops, presentations, and tours, all designed to help bring new programming materials back to county or state programs. The program will have content for all areas, including youth, rural development, agriculture, and family and consumer sciences, as well as specific content from many disciplines. Travel to this conference will be paid by the Southern Region Water Quality Grant. Several slots are still available. Priority will be given to county staff who wish to attend. Call Pat Bridger at 405-744-8414 if you are interested in attending this conference. Details are available at http://spectre.nmsu.edu/water/welcome.html 

 Ornamental Plant Materials Conference: September 24 and 25 are the dates of the Ornamental Plant Materials Conference. The event is hosted by OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. 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.


Kids Learn About IPM: The Southwest Technical Resource Center for School IPM (http://schoolipm.tamu.edu/) is an EPA-sponsored partnership between OSU, Texas A&M, and New Mexico State University in an effort to foster IPM in schools and child care facilities. Pat Bolin, IPM Coordinator, and Jim Criswell, Pesticide Education Coordinator, are the OSU contacts for this Resource Center. Recently, the Center awarded two school districts with its first School IPM Pride Awards for excellence. First place and $1,000 went to the La Vega, Texas, Independent School District (ISD). Second place and $500 went to the Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Texas, ISD. For more information, visit http://www.pctonline.com/news/news.asp?ID=2064

 Greer County On the Move: During the week of September 8, the Greer County Extension office will begin moving to a new location. The new address will be 108 S. Pennsylvania St., Mangum, OK 73554.  This is located just east of the courthouse square. The phone number will remain the same; however, phone service will be temporarily interrupted at some point during the move. Jeff Dill, CED, can be reached on his cell phone, 580-471-8835, if needed. 

 Conference A Big Success: There was a great crowd at the Wheatland Stocker Conference that took place recently in Enid. Cattle producers enjoyed the symposium taught by Derrell Peel, Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. He spoke about the Traceability of Stocker Cattle. Gerald Horn, Professor, Forage Utilization, Department of Animal Science, was on hand to share information regarding wheat research.

 In-Service Training Update: Please review your in-service training pre-enrollment and make your final selections. A few changes may be necessary based on closed or cancelled sessions. Final selections should be made by September 22. The following in-service training sessions have exceeded the maximum number of enrollees; therefore, the enrollment for these sessions has closed.  No more enrollees will be accepted for the “Beef Cooking School – Fairview - February 6, 2004,” or “Bread, Cereals, Rice, Pasta – Core Training – OSU Campus – June 17, 2004.”

Due to low pre-enrollment numbers the following in-service trainings have been cancelled:

Family Economic Well Being Basic Training – Fairview – February 6, 2004

Adopting Healthy Behavior – Fairview – February 5, 2004

Adopting Healthy Behavior – McAlester – February 17, 2004

Ag in the Classroom Updates – Weatherford – October 21, 2003

Pork Quality Assurance – OSU – August 21, 2003

Stream Hydrology Trailer – McAlester – March 25, 2004

Value & Importance of Oklahoma Forests & Woodlands – Sallisaw – February 19, 2004

Integration of Forest, Range & Wildlife Habitat Management on Forests & Woodlands    

   Throughout Oklahoma – Clayton – October 14, 2003

If you were pre-enrolled in one of the cancelled training sessions, you may want to select another training opportunity for professional development.  If you have questions, contact the state specialist, district staff or Joyce Martin, Director, Staff and Program Development.

Silver Anniversary: The Oklahoma County Master Gardeners will celebrate their 25th anniversary on September 27. The group will be dedicating a new teaching/demonstration garden at the Oklahoma County Extension Office, 930 N. Portland Ave., in Oklahoma City. The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oklahoma Master Gardeners started in Oklahoma County and the group is pleased to celebrate a quarter century of volunteerism.

 OQBN Sets Sales Dates for Remainder of 2003: The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network has scheduled sale dates for the remainder of 2003. Sales will take place on the following dates: OKC West, El Reno, November 5; Woodward, November 11; Welch, November 13; Enid, November 18; OKC West, December 3; and Welch, December 4 and 18. A sale also will be held in Idabel and one in Tulsa, but those dates are yet to be determined. The OQBN is owned and operated by beef producers for the benefit of beef producers and consumers. Development of this network is a joint effort of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. More information is available on the OQBN Web site at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/exten/oqbn/.

 Condolences to: The family of Evelyn (Brooks) Garrett, who passed away September 2 in Oklahoma City. Funeral services were held on September 4. She retired as the Garvin County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences in 1984.

College Corner

Brown Bag Teaching Discussion: The CASNR Committee on Effective Teaching invites all interested faculty and graduate students to attend a Brown Bag Teaching Discussion on September 18. The discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m. in 102 Agricultural Hall. Kristopher Giles, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, will lead a discussion on “Peer Assessment for Teaching Improvement.”

 Teaching Enhancement Symposium: The 2003 Southern Region Teaching Enhancement Symposium will take place September 27-29 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The theme will be “Reaching Out to New Student Audiences.” Information regarding the conference is available at http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/srts/index.html. Those individuals who are interested in attending should contact the Academic Programs Office at 405-744-5395.

Congratulations to: Trent McKnight, who was named the Outstanding Member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. McKnight graduated in May with an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics. During the graduation ceremony he was recognized as one of OSU’s Outstanding Seniors. He is pursuing graduate studies at the London School of Economics.

Personnel Actions


None to report


Martha Albright, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Cimarron County, effective 9-1-03 (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


Janice A. Brendle, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Greer County, effective 8-22-03

 Jack A. Eckroat, Post Doctorate Fellow, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 8-31-03

 Jeffrey E. Gazaway, Extension Assistant, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 9-22-03

Coming Events

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 19-20: Shooting Sports Coaches Certification Training (Woodward)

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)

October 6: 4-H Exhibit Release, Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

October 7: OHCE Leadership Training, Western Side (Enid)

October 9: OHCE Leadership Training, Eastern Side (McAlester)

October 15-17: Northwest District 4-H Youth Leadership Conference (Woodward)

October 22: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (Enid)

October 23: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (Chickasha)

October 25: National Congress Orientation (Oklahoma City)

October 25: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Trap Shoot (Guthrie)

October 29: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (Tulsa)

October 30: Healthy Communities 101 In-Service (McAlester)

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