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Vol. 4 – No. 23
November 19, 2004


Swine Center Dedicated: The new OSU Swine Research and Education Center located southwest of the Animal Science Arena on McElroy was dedicated on November 12. The state-of-the-art facility is believed to be the most unique, modern swine educational unit to be found anywhere. This unit will spearhead the development and demonstration of new technologies and afford superb training opportunities for students and for Extension programs. It will provide the means to conduct innovative research in the areas of nutrition, reproduction, environmental management, odor abatement, and solid and liquid waste treatment. Thanks to so many of you who joined us for the event.                                                                                                                                    D.C. Coston


Horticulture Industries Show Slated for January: The 24th Annual Oklahoma/Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show will take place January 14-15, 2005, at the Holiday Inn Civic Center in Ft. Smith, Ark.  The show will include two days of educational programs and trade show activities for people with horticultural interests in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and surrounding states. The theme for the annual show is “A Safe and Secure Food Supply Begins on the Farm.” For more information contact Ray Campbell at raycam@dasnr.okstate.edu; Donna Dollins, 405-744-6460; or the University of Arkansas, 479-575-2639.


NAE4-HA Was a Big Success: Thanks to each of you who contributed time, talent, and resources to make the 2004 NAE4-HA conference a success. Our guests were quite impressed with the visibility, hospitality, and wealth of knowledge shown by our folks in orange. One of our initial goals was to raise the standard for future conferences - thanks to you, we have achieved that goal.                                                                                                                            Susan Murray

IPM Minigrant Program: The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program at Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the IPM Minigrant Program, Fiscal Year 2005. A total of $50,000 is available to fund projects (extension or research/extension) that support the objectives of the IPM Program. For more information, visit the Web at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/minigrants.html, or contact Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420, or email at bolinp@okstate.edu.

 It is Time to Pay ESP Dues: Dues are $30 per year. New Member dues, for individuals with five or less years of Extension service, are $35. Life Member dues, if paid at the time of retirement, are $150; however, please note if you have already paid this year’s annual dues you only owe $120. Please send your payment by December 30 to Loveta Hammond, ESP Treasurer, Oklahoma County, 930 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK  73107.

MSU Web Site Offers Information: The Center for Invasive Plant Management (CIPM)(housed in the Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University) maintains a Web site, www.weedcenter.org, designed to serve as an information clearinghouse for land managers in the west. The site includes up-to-date noxious weed lists, databases, and image galleries, educational resources, case studies of restoration projects, information on ecological management, and much more. CIPM offers several annual grants that can be applied for online. Also on the site is a current list of other funding opportunities. Invasive plant information can be found for each state and province in the west. Visitors to the site also will find a "what's new" section. Any comments, additions, or corrections would be very much appreciated; please send them to the Web master via the Web site.

 Condolences to: Ray Ridlen, Extension Educator, Agriculture/Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, on the death of his mother, Lucille Ridlen. She passed away November 16.  No public services were held. Cards may be sent to the Oklahoma County office at 930 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK  73107.



OEAFCS Members Recognized: Thirteen active Oklahoma Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences members, two lifetime members, and the state advisor attended the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., October 3-6. Susan Moffat, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County; and Ginny McCarthick, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and CED, Johnston County, were recognized for Distinguished Service.  The Oklahoma team consisting of Glenn Muske, Hong Yu, Kristy Spalding, Michael Woods, and Phillis Cothren, placed second in the Educational Technology Division for their project titled, "Visual Merchandising:  The Silent Salesperson."  OEAFCS members attending the meeting were Mary Rhyne, Susan Pearson, Tommie James, Cynthia Griffith, Edwina Kelly, Loveta Hammond, Lani Vasconcellos, Brenda Miller, Renee Allison, Susan Moffat, Debra Garrard, Karen Armbruster, and Lynda Harriman, and life members, Linda Murray and Barbara Tricinella.


OAE4-HA Members Win Awards: Several members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents group received national awards at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents meeting that took place recently in Oklahoma City. Those winning award were:

            25 Years of Service Award

             Kevin Hackett, Northwest District 4-H Program Specialist

             Susan Murray, Southwest District 4-H Program Specialist

            Meritorious Service Award

            Charles Cox, State 4-H Program Leader, Meritorious Service Award

            Distinguished Service Award

             Dixie Ferrell, Northeast District 4-H Program Specialist

            Janna Kelley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Pontotoc County

            Jeff Sallee, Assistant Extension Specialist

             Achievement in Service Award

            Brenda Medlock, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Kiowa County



Robyn Rapp, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Grant County, effective 11-1-04

Susan G. Routh, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Grady County, effective 11-29-04

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


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November 19: Weather Decision Support Tools (Weatherford)

November 22-23: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (McAlester)

November 26-30: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)

November 29: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Duncan)

December 1: Pesticide Web Sites (Stillwater)

December 2: 4-H and FCS In-Service Training (Oklahoma City)

December 2-3: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Enid)

December 6-7: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Oklahoma City)

December 7-8: Healthy Communities 101 (Norman)

December 8: 2002 Farm Bill Update and Oklahoma Agricultural/Rural Outlook (Stillwater)

December 9: Cucurbit Vegetable Production and Marketing (Chickasha)

December 9-10: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Oklahoma City)

December 13-14: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Tulsa)

December 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

December 16-17: OSU Farm and Business Tax Institute (Tulsa)

December 21: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Units 1,2,3 In-Service (Stillwater)

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