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Vol. 6 – No. 21
October 20, 2006




Reminder: 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. Please make this change soon as the 405-744-6550 number will no longer be in service.

Washington County Educators Host Russian Leaders: Gale Mills, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Sarah Sponsel, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, both in Washington County, recently hosted emerging Russian leaders during their visit to Bartlesville. The focus of their trip was “Women as Leaders” and the delegation was hosted by the League of Women Voters of Bartlesville. The women were guests of Bartlesville courtesy of the Open World Program established in 1999 by the U.S. Senate and Library of Congress. The Open World Program enables emerging Russian leaders to experience U.S. democracy and free enterprise in action in communities across the United States.”  During 10-day trips, five participants learn the workings of the three different branches of U.S. government and how the U.S. private and non-profit sectors fulfill social and civic needs of society. The five delegates were Natalya Grigoryeva, representative of the United Socialist Party of Russian and leader of regional branch; Svetlana Kalinina, deputy assistant of Business Russia; Elena Malysheva, director/deputy assistant of Right Powers Union political party; Natalya Pisareva, chief accountant of the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg, Russian; and facilitator Tatyana Mikhaylova who coordinated the trip.  Serving as translator was Irna Krivtsova, president of Tulsa’s Russian Language Corporation. Mills and Sponsel gave an overview of OSU Cooperative Extension, how it started, and the purpose of the organization. Also discussed were the various educational programs and services available to include agriculture, the FCS and 4-H programs, and other partnership activities.  The meeting concluded with a tour the county fairgrounds.

Good News



Washington County 4-H’ers Headed to National Competition: The Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has won the honors to represent Oklahoma at the National Western in Denver in January. This is the second year in a row that the Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging Team has represented Oklahoma at a national contest. Returning judgers from last year’s American Royal team include Kayla Swanson of Ochelata, and Cassie Pirtle of Copan. Members of the team making their first appearance at the national level include Jared Seeley of Bartlesville, and Jessica King of Dewey.  The team headed to the National Western represents one young person from each high school in Washington County. Twelve club members currently participate in the Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging Program. New members will begin in the spring. There are four high school seniors in the Washington County Livestock Judging Program and all of them have college scholarship offers to take their talents to the next level. Randy Pirtle, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and CED, coaches the Washington County teams. 

Grant County Team Takes 4th Place at Judging Contest: The Grant County Senior 4-H Meat Judging Team placed 4th in the National 4-H Meat Judging Contest held in conjunction with the American Royal in Kansas City on Oct. 13.  In addition, the team placed 2nd in Pork Judging, 3rd in Total Judging, 4th in Oral Reasons, 5th in Beef Judging, and 5th in Retail Judging.  Individually, Robert Parrish placed 6th in Pork Judging, Eldon Campbell was 5th in Pork Judging and 4th high individual.  Team members are Tyler Grimes, Robert Parrish, and Eldon Campbell. Coaching the team are Greg Highfill, Area Extension Livestock Specialist-Enid; Tim Campbell, former member of the Grant County 4-H Meat Judging Team, member of the 6th place team in the 2001 National 4-H contest, OSU Collegiate Meat Judging Team member, and current Animal Science undergraduate and student employee of the OSU Animal Science Department; and Scott Price, Extension Educator Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Grant County.

Condolences to: Joe and Ruth Maxson, both retired Extension Educators, on the death of their son. Joe Barrett Maxson passed away Oct. 14. Funeral services took place Oct. 19 at the Northwest Church of Christ in Durant. Cards may be sent to Joe and Ruth Maxson, 702 W. Elm, Durant, OK  74701.



April L. Offolter, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 10-2-06

 Tami L. Krehbiel, Extension Associate, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 10-11-06

Title Changes/Transfers

Kenneth A. Nelson, Sr. Agriculturist, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, effective 10-1-06 (was: Plant and Soil Sciences)

David P. Sorrell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Marshall County, effective 10-27-06 (was: Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)


Lori L. Clawson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 10-13-06

S. Cory Stone, Coordinator, FAPC, effective 10-20-06

Grant L. James, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 10-23-06

Gena L. Alexander, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Marshall County, effective 10-26-06


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

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

October 23: Northwest District 4-H Horse Council Meeting (Enid)

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

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

October 26-27: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy: Conducting Deliberative Forums on Intimate Partner Violence (Stillwater)

November 1: 4-H In-Service Educational Offerings Proposal (Northeast District)

November 1: Building Leaders for Tomorrow – B.L.T (Muskogee)

November 1: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Cancer In-Service (Centra System)

November 1: 4-H Science Projects: GPS/GIS In-Service (Centra System)

November 1: Teen Action and Growth – T.A.G. You’re It! (NSU Campus)

November 1: Livestock Health Care and Quality Assurance (Northeast District)

November 2: 4-H and Adult Outdoor and Natural Resources Education (Okemah)

November 3: Ambassador’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

November 4: National 4-H Congress Orientation (Oklahoma City)

November 8: 4-H and Adult Outdoor and Natural Resources Education (El Reno)

November 8: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Weight Management In-Service (Centra System)

November 8-9: Statewide OCES Secretary Conference (Stillwater)

November 9: Risk Management – Core 4-H Requirement (TBA)

November 9: Surviving Cattle and Water Cycles (Coweta)

November 10: Risk Management – Core 4-H Requirement (TBA)

November 14: 4-H Recordbook Update (Arapaho)

November 15: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Food Allergies and Intolerances In-Service (Centra System)

November 16-17: Southeast District FCS In-Service (Robber’s Cave)

November 17: OSU Cattle Grain Processing Symposium (Tulsa)

November 17: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Food and Drug Interactions (Centra System)

November 29: Northwest Wheat Tour (TBA)

November 29- December 1: 4-H and FCS Fall In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 30: Healthy Communities (Oklahoma City)



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