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Vol. 8 – No. 7
April 4, 2008

Current Events

FAPC to Hold Certified Barbecue Judging Class: The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, located on the Oklahoma State University campus, is hosting a class to teach participants how to judge barbecued meats. The event will take place April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the FAPC. Ed Roith of the Kansas City Barbeque Society will teach the Certified Barbecue Judging Class. The cost for the event is $50 for KCBS members and $75 for nonmembers. The nonmember fee entitles the participant to a one-year membership in the KCBS. To register for the event, call or e-mail Karen Smith at 405-744-6071 or karenl.smith@okstate.edu, or register online at www.fapc.biz/bbqclass.html. The event is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma Pork Council, and Oklahoma Poultry Federation.


Scott Price Honored: The Grant County USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service recently recognized Scott Price, Grant County Extension Educator, Agiculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, at the group’s annual Conservation Fair. Price was presented with the Governor’s Conservation Award plaque signed by Gov. Brad Henry for unselfish devotion and dedication to the cause of conservation demonstrated by diligent work in conserving the soil and water resources of Oklahoma. Price has been an Extension Educator in Grant County since 1982.

Calling Tom Manske: Individuals needing to contact Tom Manske, Canadian County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development/Kirkpatrick 4-H Farm Manager, should call him at 405-354-4110. This is the number for the Kirkpatrick 4-H Farm. The number listed in the 2008 Personnel Directory is the Canadian County Extension Office.

OALP Class XIII Set to Graduate: OALP Class XIII will hold its final seminar and graduation on April 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Wes Watkins Center.  Lt. Governor Jari Askins will be the keynote speaker.  Individuals graduating include Mary Chris Barth, Gage; Tim Bartram, Guthrie, Rob Bauter, Stillwater; Galynn Beer, Guymon; Edmond Bonjour, Stillwater; Lee Ann Bowman, Glencoe; Brent Conrady, Enid; Wendell Custer, Cushing; Tammi Didlot, Moore; Thad Doye, Walters; JD Elwood, Ponca City; Bill Farris, Noble; Keeff Felty, Altus; Julie Fitzgerald, Minco; Ted Graham, Guymon; Brian Jervis, Sapulpa; Summer Kemp, Miami; Dale Lemmond, Owasso; Joe Locke, Guymon; Kevin Long, Cache; Joey Meibergen, Enid; Brenda Neufeld, Fairview; Hope Pjesky, Goltry; Kevin Propps, Weatherford; Pat Regier, Fairview; Doug Ritter, Alva; Francie Tolle, Deer Creek; Curtis Vap, Newkirk; Cody White, Ninnekah; and Jean Williams, Rush Springs.

Applications for OALP Class XIV are available on the OALP website www.oklahomaagleadership.org. The application deadline is May 16. Please encourage individuals you know who might benefit from this truly outstanding program to apply. Call or e-mail Joe Williams at 405-744-8134 or joe.williams@okstate.edu for additional information.

New and Revised Fact Sheets Now Available: A number of new and revised Fact Sheets have been added to the Division’s Print on Demand Web site. You can access the site at www.osuextra.com.

New Fact Sheets:
AGEC-612 - Minding Your Cattle P’s and Q’s: Basic Facts on Source, Age, and other Claim Verification through PVP and QSA Programs; Kellie Raper
AGEC-1007 - Evaluating the Economic Impact of Telemedicine in a Rural Community; Brian Whitacre
AGEC-1008 - Website Basics for Small Businesses; Brian Whitacre
BAE-1523 - Treatment Methods for Removal of  Pharmaceuticals and Hormones from Drinking Water; Mike Kizer
EPP-7669 - Crown Gall of Grape; Damon Smith
CR-7668 - Foliar Fungicides and Wheat Production in Oklahoma –  April 2008; Bob Hunger
T-2237 - Wellness for Older Adults in Daily Life; Mihyun Kang
Revised Fact Sheets:
ANSI-3970 - Nutritional Concerns for Exercising Horses; David Freeman
CR-6718 - Management of Insects and Mites in Greenhouse Floral Crops; Tom Royer
CR-6252 - Commercial Grape Insect and Disease Control-2008; Phil Mulder
CR-6221 - Commercial Blackberry, Strawberry, and Blueberry Insect and Disease Control-2008; Phil Mulder
CR-6240 - Commercial Peach-Nectarine Insect and Disease Control-2008; Phil Mulder
CR-6209 - Commercial Pecan Insect and Disease Control; Phil Mulder
T-3508 - Eating and Keeping Food Safe During Summer and Winter Storms; Barbara Brown

Condolences to: Karen Armbruster, Woods County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, on the death of her father. James “Jim” S. DeMuth passed away March 21. Mass took place March 25 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Skiatook. Cards may be sent to Karen at P.O. Box 203, Burlington, OK  73722. Memorials may be made to the Jim DeMuth Scholarship Fund, Sperry High School, 4165 W. 103rd St. North, Sperry, OK  74073.

Condolences to: Ted Evicks, Pittsburg County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, on the death of his mother. Irene Evicks passed away March 25. Funeral services took place March 28 in Harthshorne. Cards may be sent to Ted and Annie Evicks at P.O. Box 294, Hartshorne, OK  74547.

Condolences to: Vicky Smart, Nutrition Education Assistant, Garfield County, on the death of her mother-in-law. Geraldine “Geri” Smart passed away March 25. Funeral services took place March 28 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid.

Condolences to: Julie Milligan, Noble County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, on the death of her grandfather. Alfred Cliff Taylor passed away March 29. Funeral services took place April 2 in Albuquerque, N.M.

College Corner

Timmons Named Truman Scholar: Courtney Timmons, Ada, a Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering junior, recently was named a Truman Scholar. She is the 15th OSU student to receive the coveted honor and one of just 80 U.S. college juniors to receive the $30,000 scholarship this year. She is a 2004 graduate of Byng High School. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or other public service.

PaSS Student Wins Scholarship: Heidi E. West, a Department of Plant and Soil Sciences graduate student, has been named a recipient of a $2,500 Annie’s Homegrown Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship. West earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from OSU in 2006. She currently is a master’s student studying under Chad Penn examining the potential use of short-rotation woody crops in combination with agronomic crops to remediate animal waste lagoons.

Crain Recognized: Jared Crain, a student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has been selected to receive a Wentz Research Project for the 2008-2009 academic year. The Lew Wentz Foundation and OSU provide support for the nationally recognized Wentz Research Project awards. This is a one-year research project award ($4,500) given to undergraduate student scholars to conduct independent research with the guidance of a faculty mentor. He will be working with Jeff Hattey and Daren Redfearn on a project to compare and contrast the quantity of soil carbon at sites with conventional tillage (or those converted to reduced tillage) to sites with native vegetation, in an effort to determine the potential for Oklahoma soils to store or release CO2 into the atmosphere.



Jennifer Adsit, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 3-31-08

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April 4: Record Book Awards Judging (Stillwater)

April 5: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Ponca City)

April 5: Enid Area Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day (Enid)

April 5: Southwest District Meats Judging (Duncan)

April 9-11: OEAFCS Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

April 12: Northwest District 4-H Meats Contest (Enid)

April 12: Certified Barbecue Judging Class (Stillwater)

April 16: Oklahoma Beef Congress (Guthrie)

April 22: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City, OK)

April 26: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest, Air Rifle and Archery (McAlester)

April 29-May 1: New Extension Educators Orientation (Stillwater)

May 2-3: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 3: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 6-7: Record Book Award Interviews (Stillwater)

May 17: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Stillwater)

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