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Vol. 6 – No. 19
September 22, 2006



Gather at the Table: September 25 has been slated "Family Day - Gather at the Table" by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. Research shows that families that eat together five or more times per week have 50 percent less incidence of youth substance abuse as compared to teens whose families eat together two or fewer times per week. The Tulsa County OSU Extension Service is promoting this day as a way for families to start or to refocus on the importance of spending time together.  The Gather at the Table Cookbook is available online at www.oces.tulsacounty.org.

Women in Ag Conference: The Grady County Women in Agriculture Conference:  The Next Challenge will take place Oct. 20 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Canadian Valley Technology Center in Chickasha.  Workshop sessions include Estate Planning, Agriculture Lease Management, Renewable Energy, and Livestock Identification. A catered luncheon will be available for participants with a legislative update planned to be presented by area legislators.  Abby Cash, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will present the afternoon session entitled “Agriculture Tourism.”  The $5 registration fee is due by Sept. 29. For more information contact Susan Routh, Grady County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, or Michael Pettijohn, Grady County Extension Educator, Agriculture, at 405-224-2216.

Cattle Grain Processing Symposium: A Cattle Grain Processing Symposium is slated Nov. 15-17 at the Marriott Southern Hills in Tulsa. The event is primarily focused for cattle industry nutritional professionals. Registration before Oct. 12 is $75 for professionals and $40 for current undergraduate and graduate students. After Oct. 12 the registration is $100 for professionals and $65 for undergraduate and graduate students. All symposium information can be found at http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/cattle/.


County Officer Training Program Provides Training at CODA Conference: The county government personnel training program that took place recently in Oklahoma City provided multiple training opportunities for people attending the County Officers and Deputies Association. More than 350 county officers and deputies, representing all elected offices in the courthouse were present for the training. Mike Woods, Extension Rural Development Specialist, and Suzette Barta, Assistant Extension Specialist, taught a course titled “Economic Development: The Role of County Officials.” Mike Smolen, Extension Water Quality Specialist, and Don Turton, Associate Professor, Forestry, were presenters at the conference. For more information about the county government personnel training program, contact Notie Lansford, Extension Specialist, at 405-744-6555.

OK-FIRE Workshops Set to Begin: Starting next week, the first of eight regional computer workshops will take place for more than 100 federal, state, and private wildland fire managers. The regional training is in association with a three-year, $321,000 grant that was awarded in 2005 from the federal Joint Fire Science Program. OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision support system which is being developed for, and tested by, the wildland fire managers throughout Oklahoma and surrounding states. Project participants include the USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Forestry Service Division, and the Nature Conservancy. Programming support and Web site development is provided by the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. OK-FIRE products utilize the Oklahoma Mesonet and a new 84-hour forecast model from the National Weather Service. The all-day training will consist of educational sessions on fire weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion products, as well as interaction with a prototype OK-FIRE Web site. Additional workshops during the October and November period will take place at Idabel, Muskogee, Talihina, Woodward, Sulphur, and Chickasha. J.D. Carlson, Association Researcher, Mesonet, will be conducting the training. He is the Principal Investigator on the OK-FIRE grant, and Terry Bidwell, Extension Rangeland and Ecology and Management Specialist, is co-PI. Additional workshops will take place in fall 2007 and spring 2007. Once the Web site has been developed and thoroughly tested, it will be made available to other professionals, including interested Extension personnel.

New Digs: Ross Love, Assistant Director, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development, and Linda Turner, Unit Assistant, OCES, have moved from the second floor of Ag Hall to 139 Ag Hall. Their new phone number is 405-744-5398.

Walk this Weigh was Big Success: Walk This Weigh – 2nd Annual “Find Your Path to a Healthier You” event held in Washington County on Sept. 16 was a success with almost 400 participants. Gale Mills, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, wrote a proclamation designating September 10-16, 2006 as Find Your Path to a Healthier You Week and had it signed by the County Commissioners.

Washington County is just one of many counties in the state that participates in the Wellness Initiative as part of The Turning Point Initiative. The event held at the Bartlesville YMCA included 3 routes from which participants could choose - a two-mile walk, four-mile run, or a nine- or 18-mile bike ride event.  Various booths were set up in the gym at the YMCA giving away free literature. Tri-County Tech nursing students provided free health screenings, including blood pressure, height/weight, and blood sugar. McDonalds provided water bottles and pedometers. The Health Department provided free t-shirts and various other organizations provided free food samples and other giveaways. Three new features of this year’s event included the Bartlesville High School Steel Drum band, a local radio station broadcasting from the site, and cash drawings of $100 for an adult and youth in each of the three events.  Mills co-chaired the event. The main purpose of this event is to improve the health of all the residents of Oklahoma by raising public awareness through a fun and innovative approach to reducing individual weight and increasing physical activity levels; implementing healthy community design and smart growth strategies; and advocating for nutritional and physical activity policies and standards in schools, worksites, healthcare systems, and government entities.  Everything at the event was free.

Condolences to: Nyla Sisk, Oklahoma County Extension Secretary, on the death of her mother. Gloria Mae Boone Hill passed away Sept. 11.  Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at the Little Cemetery in Seminole.  Cards may be sent to Nyla in care of the Oklahoma County Extension Office, 930 N. Portland, Oklahoma City, OK 73107.

Condolences to: Claude Bess, Southeast District Extension Director, on the death of his father. Claude Bess, Jr., passed away Sept. 20. Funeral services will take place Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hunn, Black and Merritt Funeral Home, 401 N. Main St., Eufaula. Cards may be mailed to Claude and Vicki Bess, 12250 C R 3632, Ada, OK  74820.

Good News



Richert Honored: Charlotte Richert, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Tulsa County, was recognized as an Outstanding 4-H Alumni at the recent Tulsa County 4-H Achievement Banquet. Growing up in Newkirk, she was a member of the Go-Getters 4-H Club. She was involved in a variety of projects, including raising and showing sheep. She also spent many long hours completing 4-H sewing projects for the fair and “Dress Revue” as it was called years ago. On October 1, Charlotte will be celebrating 25 years of service to the Tulsa County Cooperative Extension Service. Twenty-three of those years she served as a 4-H Educator. During her long and successful career, Charlotte has accomplished much.  She was instrumental in working with a group of committed individuals to establish the Tulsa County 4-H Foundation in 1986. In addition to her successful professional service to 4-H, Charlotte has also managed to raise her own four 4-H members; Luke, Brandon, Teresa, and Dominic, and has served as the Organizational Leader for the Discovery 4-H Club for the past 11 years.

Solie Receives Award: John Solie, professor and Sarkeys Professor, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, was named a recipient of the Regents Distinguished Research Award.



None to report

 Title Changes/Transfers

Susan K. Pearson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Creek County, effective 9-21-06 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Hughes County)


David W. Drake, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 9-18-06


September 25: Oklahoma State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)

September 25: Family Resiliency (Centra-System)

September 26: Tulsa State Fair Entry Day (Tulsa)

September 28-October 8: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 30: State 4-H Dairy Qualifying Contest (Tulsa)

October 3-6: NEAFCS Conference (Denver, CO)

October 5-6: Water Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 9: Tulsa State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Tulsa)

October 10: DASNR Initiative Team Planning and Coordination Day (Stillwater)

October 11: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Heart Disease In-Service (Centra-System)

October 12: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III “A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program” (TBA)

October 12: Poultry Waste Management In-Service Training (Muskogee)

October 12: Northeast District County Extension Directors’ Meeting (Muskogee)

October 12: Family Resiliency Impact Team Meeting (Centra-System)

October 13: 4-H Club Management System (TBA)

October 13: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Hypertension In-Service (Centra-System)

October 13-14: Oklahoma Meat Goat Conference (Ada)

October 18: Nutrition and Health Promotion – Diabetes In-Service (Centra-System)

October 18-20: Southwest District 4-H Youth Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 18-21: Northeast District Youth In Action Conference (Fin and Feather Resort)

October 19: Northwest District County Extension Directors’ Meeting (Woodward)

October 20: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Conference (Woodward)

October 20: Nutrition and Health Promotion – Osteoporosis In-Service (Centra-System)

October 22-26: NAE4-HA Conference (Milwaukee, WI)

October 24-25: 2006 National Poultry Waste Management Symposium (Springdale, AR)

October 25: Using Fescue in a Forage Production System (TBA)



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