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Vol. 5 – No. 21
November 4, 2005



Food Allergen Workshop Reminder: The Food and Agricultural Products Center is hosting a Food Allergen Workshop on November 8 in room 201 FAPC. Topics include discovering the basics of food allergens, identifying food ingredient issues and food allergens, learning good allergen control strategies, receiving the latest recommendations on allergen recalls and labeling laws, and gaining knowledge of verification techniques and allergen assay test kits. Registration is $100 per person and includes parking, lunch, snacks, and a workbook. More information is available at www.fapc.biz/pages/foodallergen, or contact Jerri Beth Tivas by phone at 405-744-6277, by fax at 405-744-6313, or by email at jerri.beth.strickland@okstate.edu.

 Cucurbit Meeting Registration Deadline Nearing: The 2005 Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting is slated for December 15 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. There is no registration fee, but you do need to register and the deadline is December 1. The meeting will address the production of crops such as cucumber, cantaloupe, watermelon, pumpkin, squash, etc. Registration is available online at https://inservice.dasnr.okstate.edu/fy06/index_admin.htm. For more information, contact Jim Shrefler at 580-889-7343 or email at jshrefler-okstate@lane-ag.org.


4-H’ers Create Awareness of Literacy: Members of the Mason Senior 4-H Club helped their community gain awareness of literacy as they presented a reading of “Peter Pan.”  The reading too place in October at the Mason School Auditorium. The club members also will bring the program to other classes as Mason Public School in an effort to promote reading.

 Condolences to: The family of Chuck Strasia, retired Area Extension Livestock Specialist at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Goodwell, who passed away October 21. Funeral services were held October 24 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Trinidad, Colo. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be sent to the Chuck Strasia Memorial Scholarship Fund that has been established at OSU. Checks should be made payable to the OSU Foundation with Chuck Strasia Memorial Scholarship Fund written in the memo section of the check. Donations may be mailed to Oklahoma State University Foundation, Attn: Chuck Strasia Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1749, Stillwater, OK  74076-1749.

 Condolences to: The family of Jack Simmons, retired County Agriculture Agent, who passed away October 28. Funeral services were held November 1 at the First Christian Church in Wagoner. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the building fund of the church. Donations may be mailed to First Christian Church, 415 N.W. 2nd St., Wagoner, OK  74467-4413. Simmons retired after 30 years with OCES and spent his career in Pushmataha and Wagoner counties. 


Transfer Days Scheduled: Transfer Days for the 2006 Spring Semester will take place November 17 and 18. November 17 is the first day transfer students will be eligible to enroll for Spring 2006 classes.  Academic Programs will send a reminder to our two-year school contacts to encourage students to enroll during these early dates. 

 Ag Legislative Intern Applications: Applications for the 2006 Agriculture Legislative Internship are now being solicited.  Interested students should submit applications to 136 Ag Hall no later than noon on November 14. Finalists will be interviewed and an intern selected by the first week of December. Application forms and additional information are available on the CASNR website at www.casnr.com, and in 136 Ag Hall. Please help to identify qualified students for this opportunity.


4-H Livestock Judging Team Brings Home Award: The Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging Team representing Oklahoma at the recent American Royal contest in Kansas City placed fourth overall with a score of 2151.  The team also placed 3rd in the beef cattle division. The team members are Aspen Pirtle, Cami Jeter, Cassie Pirtle, and Kayla Swanson. They are coached by Randy Pirtle, Washington County CED.  American Royal officials commented that this was the highest scoring contest in recent history. The Washington County Oklahoma score of 2151 would have won the championship in most years. Congratulations on a fine job of representing Oklahoma at the national contest!



Kelsey L. McCollum, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Payne County, effective 10-24-05

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November 4: NAE4-HA Conference (Seattle, Washington)

November 14: 4-H Volunteer Management System In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 15-17: New County Extension Educators Orientation (Stillwater)

November 16: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

November 16-17: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy (Oklahoma City vicinity)

November 16-18: 60th Annual Oklahoma Turf Conference and Trade Show (Stillwater)

November 17-20: Southern Region Collegiate 4-H Conference (Stillwater)

November 25-29: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)

November 29-30: Northeast District and Southeast District Ag In-Service Training (Wilburton)

December 1: FCS and 4-H Fall Statewide In-Service (Oklahoma City)

December 9: Southwest District 4-H In-Service (TBA)

December 13: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies In-Service (Stillwater)

December 15: Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Meeting (Chickasha)

December 21: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

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