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Vol. 7 – No. 3
February 9, 2007



District Water Issues Training Rescheduled: District Water Issues Training, previously scheduled for April, May, and June in conjunction with County Extension Director meetings have been rescheduled as follows:  Northwest and Southwest Districts combined, February 12; Southeast District, February 14; and Northeast District, March 22. Training sessions will run two to three hours. This change will allow training to support the State Water Plan Stakeholders Listening Session project that will run April through November 2007. For more information, contact Mike Smolen at 405-744-8414.


Volunteers Needed to Teach Workshops at State 4-H Roundup: This year marks the 86th State 4-H Roundup, which will take place May 23-25 on the OSU campus. Volunteers are needed to present educational workshops to youth ages 13-19. The deadline to volunteer is February 28. 4-H Roundup is an excellent recruitment tool for OSU.  Many youth have been surveyed and a large majority of these individuals attend OSU because of their experiences while on campus attending Roundup. It is a goal of this year’s planning committee to have workshops from every department in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. For more information contact Tracy Branch at 405-744-8891.

Counties Receive Funding: The Cross Timbers Resource Conservation and Development recently hosted a reception celebrating the approval of a Revolving Loan Fund for Okmulgee, Okfuskee and Seminole counties. Thanks to the support of USDA’s Rural Development, a check for $99,000 was awarded to Cross Timbers RC&D to invest in these three counties to expand or create new jobs in the area.

Good News



Horticulture Judging Team Wins Big: The OSU Horticulture Judging Team placed first overall at the 67th Annual Southern Region, ASHS, and Association of Collegiate Branches Horticultural Commodity Judging Contest that took place recently at Mobile, AL. The team also place first in Greenhouse Floral and Foliage Plants; second place in Fruit and Nuts; and third place in Vegetable Crops. Team members include Ellen Weatherholt, Laura McDonald, Annie Crockett, and Matt Quirey. Individual rankings are as follows:

  • 1st  Place Overall - Ellen Weatherholt
  • 3rd  Place Overall - Laura McDonald
  • 1st Place Woody Ornamentals - Ellen Weatherholt
  • 1st Place Greenhouse Floral & Foliage - Annie Crockett
  • 2nd Place Greenhouse Floral & Foliage - Ellen Weatherholt

In addition, the group also was named the 3rd Place Outstanding Collegiate Chapter. Congratulations!



Mary L. Perkey, Extension Educator, Special Projects, CNEP Coordinator., Jackson County, effective 1-15-07

Title Changes/Transfers

Jennifer L. Southers, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Harmon County, effective 2-1-07 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)

Roger L. Williams, Extension Educator., Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cherokee County, effective 2-1-07 (was: Extension Educator., Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED)

Heather L. Winn, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Cherokee County, effective 2-1-07 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development)


Bradley J. Cummins, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Harmon County, effective 2-28-07


February 20: Hydro Vegetable Meeting (Hydro)

February 28-March 1: SWANA (Solid Waste) Spring Symposium (Catoosa)

March 1: Tools to Update and Expand Your Waste Management (Catoosa)

March 6: In-Service “Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #11” (Clinton)

March 7-10: 4-H Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City, MO)

March 8: In-Service “Creative Ideas to Enhance Teaching and Learning #11” (TBA)

March 21: In-Service: Basic Extension Teaching Methods (Stillwater)

March 24: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Alva)

March 24-29: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

March 27: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Stillwater)

March 27-28: 8th Annual Conversations on Community Renewal (Midwest City)

March 31: Enid Area Progressive Agriculture Farm and Home Safety Day (Enid)

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

April 25: DASNR Legislative Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

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