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Vol. 4 – No. 4
February 27, 2004


President Schmidly’s Town Hall Meetings:  Thank you to all Extension staff who were involved in the telecast of President Schmidly’s Town Hall Meeting last night. Providing citizens from across the state the opportunity to participate was a success due in part to the efforts and commitment of the Extension staff and it is greatly appreciated! I trust most of you had the opportunity to attend and heard the very supportive comments from the President about Cooperative Extension and all of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Again, thanks for a job well done!   

 Speaker Series is Tonight: Scott Ogden is the featured speaker at the Oklahoma Horticultural Society’s speaker series. The topic is “Plants with Presence.” The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. tonight in 106 Noble Research Center. Admission is free.

 Barbecue Judging Class: The Oklahoma Food and Agricultural Products Research and Technology Center, together with the Oklahoma Beef Council, are hosting a barbecued meats judging class on March 13. The Certified Barbecue Judging Class will be taught by Ed Roith of the Kansas City Barbeque Society. The cost is $35 for KCBS members and $60 for nonmembers. Registration forms are available at http:/fapc.okstate.edu/pages/bbqclass.html.

Governor’s Conference Slated in April: Governor Brad Henry and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Bill Hawks will be keynote speakers at the state’s first Governor’s Confernce on Agriculture and Economic Growth in Oklahoma City April 13-14. The conference will focus on using the state’s natural resources to foster rural development and create new jobs. Pre-registration is $45 and is due by March 30. Registration forms are available online at www.oda.state.ok.us.

 Science at Work in Agriculture Workshop: The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences will be hosting the 2nd Annual Science at Work in Agriculture Workshop at the OSU Agronomy Research Station in Stillwater April 30 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Area high school juniors and seniors will learn more about how science is utilized in agriculture, and how agriculture relies on science to keep the United States the most effective and efficient producer of food and fiber in the world. For more information, contact Brent Westerman, Research Coordinator, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, at 405-744-6130, or Erich Wehrenbert, Assistant Station Superintendent, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, at 405-624-7036.


Spyware on the Rise: Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. You can obtain more information regarding spyware at http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci905446,00.html. In many cases spyware can cause more problems with your computer than a virus, such as using your machine to send unsolicited email (SPAM), or spreading more spyware. Indications that your machine may have spyware include:

* Your system runs noticeably slower than it did before.

* You receive pop-up advertisements when you are not using a web browser.

* The page you see when you start a web browser has changed without your knowledge.

* A new item appears in your favorites list without you putting it there.

 To find out how to remove spyware go to http://dasnr.okstate.edu/support/faq/ or contact your Extension Technology Specialist at http://dasnr.okstate.edu/support.

 Muske Honored: Glenn Muske, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Home-Based and Micro Business Specialist, has been invited to participate in a think tank sponsored by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) in May of this year. The group's focus will be on "Motivating Americans to Develop Constructive Behaviors." The goal is to develop strategies to stimulate constructive financial behaviors among Americans. Muske's selection for the group was due to the work he did for his dissertation which examined how and why real world families spend their money.

 Vick Honored: Ron Vick, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development & CED, Okfuskee County, was awarded the Agriculture Heritage Award at the 10th Annual Retired Educators for Youth Agriculture awards program.




Elizabeth P. Bays, Coordinator, Pittsburg County, effective 2-9-04

Title Changes/Transfers

Marty Montague, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Choctaw County, effective 1-21-04 (was Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Choctaw County)

W. Myrl Redman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pushmataha County, effective 2-12-04 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Choctaw/Pushmataha Unit)

 Jana Feken, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, & Interim CED, Noble County, effective 3-1-04 (was Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


Paul W. Johnson, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 2-19-04


March 5: 1st Annual OSU Horse Show Judges Workshop (Stillwater)

March 6: OSU Youth Trail Class Clinic (Stillwater)

March 15: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Durant)

March 16: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Norman)

March 17-20: Kansas City 4-H Global Conference (Kansas City)

March 18: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Muskogee)

March 24: CNEP Orientation (Stillwater)

March 25: Pesticide Mode of Action In-Service (Norman)

March 27: Southeast District Zoo Snooze and Omniplex Lock-In (Oklahoma City)

March 27: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Guymon)

March 27: State 4-H Hippology Contest (Stillwater)

April 1: Programs to Support the Urban-Rural Fringe (Stillwater)

April 3: Southwest District 4-H Meats Contest (Duncan)

April 3: Enid Area Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp (Enid)

April 6: Basic Animal Damage Control/Pond Management (Okemah)

April 8: Southeast District Speech Contest (McAlester)

April 10: Northwest District 4-H Meat Science Judging and Educational Day (Enid)

April 10: State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 13: Basic Animal Damage Control/Pond Management (El Reno)

April 14: America Saves – Program Update and Planning (Oklahoma City)

April 14: Family Resiliency Impact Team In-Service (Oklahoma City)

April 14: Healthy Living A-Z Impact Team In-Service (Oklahoma City)

April 16: 4-H Omniplex Camp-In (Oklahoma City)

April 17: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contests (Stillwater)

April 20: Wheat CCA Hands-On Field Training (Lahoma)

April 21: Family Resiliency Impact Team FY ’05-FY ’09 Partners Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 23-24: 4-H Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 23-24: 2004 Career Development Contest (Stillwater)

April 24: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

April 24: Eastern Regional WHEP Contest (TBA)

April 24: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

April 27: Food, Nutrition, and Health Impact Team FY ’05-FY ’09 Partners Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 28: State 4-H Recordbooks Due (Stillwater)

April 28: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 30: Fun Water Camp Activities (Stillwater)

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