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Vol. 3 – No. 22
October 31, 2003

Current Events

Thanks For A Job Well Done:  A special thank you is due everyone who has worked with our Extension supporters and local officials to make the transitions to the new staffing plan possible.  It now appears that 40 counties have agreed to partner with adjacent counties to share one or more educators. 

Cimarron – Texas                     Alfalfa – Grant

            Blaine – Kingfisher                    Roger Mills – Beckham

            Kiowa – Greer                         Harmon – Jackson

            Cotton – Jefferson                    Grady – Stephens

            Osage –Washington                  Love – Carter

            Marshall – Bryan                      Seminole – Hughes

            Creek – Okmulgee                   Nowata – Craig

            Ottawa – Delaware                  Wagoner – Muskogee

            Adair – Sequoyah                     Haskell – Latimer

            Coal – Atoka                           Pushmataha – Choctaw

Thirty-seven counties will continue to operate autonomously.  Included are Beaver, Caddo, Canadian, Cherokee, Cleveland, Comanche, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Harper, Johnston, Kay, LeFlore, Lincoln, Logan, Major, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Noble, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tillman, Tulsa, Washita, Woods, and Woodward.

The following 26 counties have appropriated additional funds to support their Extension programs.  Caddo, Canadian, Choctaw, Comanche, Cleveland, Custer, Ellis, Harper, Johnson, Kay, Lincoln, Logan, Major, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Pittsburgh, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Tillman, Wagoner, Washita, Woods, and Woodward

The whole organization can take pride in this outcome.  You have made the best out of a difficult situation.

Although agreements on staffing for the counties there is still much to be done before those plans are implemented.   In a separate e-mail message, all Extension personnel will receive (or have already received) a document that provides information on redeploying staff to new county positions and covers a variety of other topics related to that process.

FAPC to Host Marketing Workshop: The Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center is bringing “real world” marketing to the forefront as they host the Real World Marketing Workshop on November 5. The workshop will consist of speakers from business and industry who will provide valuable information regarding being successful in the food-marketing arena. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Center. Registration is $75, which covers lunch, refreshments, and workshop materials. For more information about the workshop, contact Jim Brooks, Business Marketing Specialist, at 405-744-6071 or brookjw@okstate.edu. Individuals who would like to register for the workshop can do so by completing the online registration form at http://www.fapc.okstate.edu/pages/marketingworkshop, or contacting Cecelia Brewer at 405-744-6071 or richc@okstate.edu.

Cucurbit Production and Marketing Meeting: The 6th Oklahoma Statewide Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting will take place December 11 at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. Featured guest speakers will include Mark Arney, Executive Director, National Watermelon Promotion Board, and an Apache, Oklahoma grower who holds the state record for giant pumpkins. The program, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include an on-site meal.  The program will include presentations on cucurbit varieties, marketing, nutritional value, irrigation, and insect, weed, and disease control.  Specific program contents can be viewed at www.lane-ag.org. Persons who are interested may request a copy of the program by calling 580-889-7343.


Risk Management Education Grant: Damona Doye, Extension Farm Management Specialist; David Lalman, Associate Professor, Beef Cattle; Derrell Peel, Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist; and Roger Sahs, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, have received a $107,800 grant from the USDA Risk Management Agency to fund risk management education for beef and specialty crop producers. One project component focuses on developing a beef cattle management guide with an emphasis on risk management to be delivered in local workshops. The second component focuses on development and delivery of software tools to help producers assess financial risks associated with production of horticultural crops, such as peaches, pecans, watermelons, strawberries, and wine grapes.

 Epsilon Sigma Phi Seeking "New" and "Renewed" Members: Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Cooperative Extension Professionals' Organization, offers unique opportunities for members from all levels and subject matter disciplines of the Cooperative Extension System. Membership is open to those Extension personnel and retirees who exhibit excellence in Extension programming.

 In Oklahoma, OCES staff with five years of experience are invited and encouraged to join. Membership dues for first time members are $35, and $30.00 for renewals.  Membership fees are due by January 1, 2004, to the State ESP Treasurer, Loveta Hammond 930 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK  73107-6120.  A lifetime membership for recent retirees is $150.00.

 Although annual meetings have not been held for ESP the past two years, your membership continues to benefit you as a professional. Opportunities to build leadership, communication, and teamwork skills through issues that affect OCES professional staff are first and foremost to the Epsilon Sigma Phi member. Additional benefits to members can be found on the National Epsilon Sigma Phi website at http://espnational.org. Plan now to send your new membership check to State ESP Treasurer, Loveta Hammond, by January 1, 2004. 

 Muske Reelected: Glenn Muske, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Home-Based and Micro Business specialist, has been reelected as chairperson of the National Family Business Research Team.  The team is currently in its second phase of studying family businesses with a focus on how communities may influence the development of successful family businesses.

 Schnelle REceives Grant: Mike Schnelle, Extension Ornamental Floriculture Specialist, has received a $2,000 grant from the J. Frank Schmidt Foundation to continue work on tree selection and promotion for Oklahoma.

Congratulations to: Jonathan Shaver, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and his wife, Iris Tzafrir, on the birth of their daughter, Amital Shaver. She was born August 16, and weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

 Congratulations to: Gina Schutte, Special Programs and Promotions Coordinator, State 4-H Office, and her husband, Shane, on the birth of their first child, Clayton Joseph Schutte. He was born October 16, weighed 10 pounds, and was 23 ½ inches long.

 Congratulations to: Kevin Gragg, Television Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications, and his wife, Fran, on the birth of their daughter, Danielle Frances. She was born October 24, weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 ¼ inches long. She is welcomed home by big brother J.T.

College Corner


Personnel Actions


None to report


Susan K. Pearson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Seminole County, effective 10-20-03 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and CED)


William G. Ross, Assistant Professor, Forestry, effective 11-30-03

Coming Events

November 1: State 4-H Trap/Skeet Shoot (El Reno)

November 5: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (El Reno)

November 6: Adopting Healthy Behaviors (Tulsa)

November 6: Stream Hydrology Trailer (Lawton)

November 7: Public Policy Institute (Ardmore)

November 10: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Tulsa)

December 11: Oklahoma Statewide Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting (Chickasha)

November 11: Oklahoma Forest Industry, Woodland Wildlife, and Pond Management (Sallisaw)

November 11: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Woodward)

November 13: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

November 13: Dual-Purpose Wheat, Aphids, and Nitrogen Management (El Reno)

November 18: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Enid)

November 22: 4-H Robotics Training (Stillwater)

November 23-December 2: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)

December 3: FCS/4-H Youth Development Statewide In-Service (Stillwater)

December 3: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (El Reno)

December 4: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

December 6: Northwest District Share-The-Fun (Fairview)

December 10: Junior Master Gardener Program (Southwest District)

December 11: Beef Production: Risk and Rewards (Stillwater)

December 16: Oklahoma Forest Industry, Woodland, Wildlife, and Pond Management (Broken Bow)

December 17: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Units 1,2,3 (Stillwater)

December 18: Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Sale (Welch)

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