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Vol. 8 – No. 22
October 31, 2008

Current Events

First Food Safety Roundup Slated Nov. 12: The Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, located on the Oklahoma State University campus, will hold a quarterly Food Safety Roundup to discuss food safety issues. The first Food Safety Roundup will be held through Centra, a Web-based distance learning tool, on Nov. 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information about the Food Safety Roundup or for instructions to use Centra, visit www.fapc.biz/roundup.html. To attend the seminar by using Centra, visit http://webconference.tamus.edu/main/oces.

Statewide Cucurbit Production and Marketing Meeting: The 2008 Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting will take place Dec. 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Community Building in Chickasha. The meeting will focus on the latest in cucurbit vegetables. Traditionally important crops in Oklahoma and surrounding region, crops such as watermelon, cantaloupe, squash, pumpkins and others continue to be important to many growers and gardeners. The event is designed to provide information valuable to Extension Educators, market garden and commercial growers, and agricultural supply businesses. This year’s meeting will focus on cucurbit vegetable production and management in plasticulture systems. The use of such systems has seen a recent expansion among small scale growers and the management of such crops will be addressed. To name just a few, talks will address cooking with cucurbits, fertilization, irrigation, insect, disease, and weed control. Updates will also be provided on various issues of importance to Oklahoma cucurbit production. The event will include a noon meal.  Pre-registration is requested. Watch for further details at www.lane-ag.org or contact the Lane Agriculture Center at 580-889-7343 or by e-mail at jim.shrefler@okstate.edu.


Lansford Presents Poster: Notie Lansford, Program Leader for the County Training Program at Oklahoma State University, in conjunction with Eric Scorsone at Michigan State University, presented a poster session on “Local Government Extension Programming: A View of the Landscape” at Galaxy III in Indianapolis. The poster shared the results of a national survey of Extension programming for local government, and provided information needed to expand or initiate local government training programs. Notie and Judy Rudin and Ann Embree in the County Training Program have been meeting via phone and internet connections with other Extension professionals across the county who are involved in training public officials. The group met in person for the first time at Galaxy to discuss individual programs and share information.

Ag Econ to Offer In-Service Sessions: The Department of Agricultural Economics is offering “Agricultural Economics – Current Issues,” which are six in-service sessions for the 2009 year. These are one hour sessions using CENTRA and will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. on the second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. The following topics are to be covered: land values, the fertilizer value of livestock waste, fertilizer economics, grain market updates, carbon credits, land rental rates, wind energy leases, oil and gas leases, small business websites, and e-commerce. For more information and to sign up, please visit http://dasnr8.dasnr.okstate.edu:9090/Inservice/home.action.

Congratulations to: Kelli Barnett, Southwest District Administrative Assistant, on the birth of her grandson. Kaden J. Akers was born October 16, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 ΒΌ inches long.  He is welcomed home by big brother Kyler. Kaden’s parents are Amber and Damon Akers of Joshua, Tex.

Condolences to: Liz Gardner-McBee, Beaver County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, on the death of her mother. Gloria Gardner passed away Oct. 20. Funeral services took place Oct. 24 at the United Methodist Church in Goodwell. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

College Corner

Soil Judging Team Competes: The OSU Soil Judging Team competed in the regional contest (Monticello, AR) last week in Monticello, Ark., and qualified for the national contest next spring in Springfield, M. The team placed 2nd overall.  Individually, Jason Ray took 3rd place, Brian Williams placed 4th, and Eric Shaw took 7th place out of 25 total judgers from six different schools. Competing schools included OSU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Louisiana State University, and West Texas A&M. Alicia Norton won the individual soil texturing contest by determining the correct sand, silt, and clay percentage for five unknown samples using the “feel” method. The team is coached by Brian Carter and supported by the Professional Soil Science Association of Oklahoma. 



Ilda Hershey, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 10-1-08

Maryann Hendon, Extension Secretary, Oklahoma County, effective 10-14-08

Title Changes/Transfers

Wes Lee, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, McClain County, effective 11-1-08 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development

Mickey Simpson, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 11-1-08 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED)


Janet Truelock, Extension Sr. Secretary, Texas County, effective 11-3-08


November 3: Infant Toddler Development Part 1: Theories and Principles In-Service (Centra)

November 4: Infant Toddler Development Part 2: The First 6 Months In-Service (Centra)

November 5: Greenhouse IPM Workshop (Stillwater)

November 6: 4-H Volunteer Management System In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 7: Risk Management Core 4-H Requirement (Centra)

November 11: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Pawhuska)

November 11-13: 2008 Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show (Stillwater)

November 12: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Fairview)

November 13: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Jay)

November 13: Infant Toddler Development Part 3: 6 to 18 Months In-Service (Centra)

November 18: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Tahlequah)

November 18:  Infant Toddler Development Part 4: 18 to 36 Months In-Service (Centra)

November 20: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (McAlester)

November 20: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Kellyville)

November 20: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Claremore)

November 25: Infant Toddler Development Part 5: Brain Development, Learning In-Service (Centra)

November 28-Dec. 2: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Ga.)

December 2: Infant Toddler Development Part 6: Influences and Outcomes In-Service (Centra)

December 5: Northwest District FCS In-Service and Northwest District OEAFCS Meeting (Woodward)

December 8: Infant Toddler Development Part 7: Parenting and Child Care In-Service (Centra)

December 10: Oklahoma Cucurbit Vegetable Production and Marketing Meeting (Chickasha)



            Happy Halloween !!!             

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