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Vol. 9 – No. 20
October 2, 2009

Current Events

America Recycles Day Contest for High School Students: Oklahoma High School students are invited to create a public service announcement to promote awareness about recycling. This contest is a part of the Oklahoma Recycling Association’s (OKRA) America Recycles Day campaign.  The purpose of America Recycles Day is to raise awareness of the importance of recycling across the state.  The deadline for entry is Oct. 23. “Beyond the Bin” is the theme for this year’s contest.   Contestants’ 30 or 60 second PSA message should emphasize what happens to recyclables after they are collected in the community.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place entries ($500, $300, and $150 respectively). Winning entries will be announced Nov. 15, which is America Recycles Day. For rules and entry forms please visit http://recycleok.org/psa-contest.phpFor more information contact Sara Ivey, Education Chair, at info@recycleok.org, or Ilda Hershey, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, at 405-744-9806. In Oklahoma, America Recycles Day is co-sponsored by OKRA, OG&E, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and the Metropolitan Environmental Trust.


Whitten Takes Office: Chrissy Whitten, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, recently was installed as the Vice President and Youth Services Committee Chair for the Kiwanis of East Tulsa County.

Congratulations to: Jim Rexwinkle, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek County, and his wife, Cherry, on the birth of their daughter. Sophia Marie was born Sept. 23, weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 ¾ inches long.

Congratulations to: Phillis Cothren, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garvin County, on the birth of her grandson. Cash Henry Cothren was born Sept. 26, weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Congratulations to: Chad Godsey, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, and his wife, Melanie, on the birth of their son. Grady Dee Godsey was born Oct. 1, weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 22 ½ inches long.

Condolences to: Jaymi Slater, Sr. Administrative Support Assistant, DASNR, on the death of her grandmother. Helena Wehmuller passed away Sept. 25. Funeral services took place Sept. 28. at the Mount Zion Methodist church in El Reno.

Condolences to: LaDell Emmons, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Pittsburg County, on the death of her mother. Leon Robinson passed away Sept. 25. Funeral services took place Sept. 28 at the First Baptist Church in Shawnee. Memorials may be made to Coyle School Foundation, P.O. Box 122, Coyle, OK  73027, or to the American Diabetes Association. Cards may be sent to LaDell at 1701 Boardwalk, McAlester, OK  74501.

Condolences to: Mary Ann McCarley, Sr. Secretary, Southwest Area Office, on the death of her father. John Andrews passed away Oct. 1. Funeral services will take place tomorrow, Oct. 3, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Comanche. Cards may be sent to Mary Ann at 3210 S. Heffington Rd., Marlow, OK  73055.


Oklahoma Makes Big Showing at 2009 NACAA Conference: Oklahoma was well represented at the 2009 National Association of County Agriculture Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. This 94th conference took place in Portland, Ore., Sept. 20-24. Thirty-nine attended this meeting, 28 members, one life member, and 10 spouses. This gave us 39 Oklahoma ambassadors brandishing “orange” and letting folks know what a great NACAA conference they will experience in Tulsa in 2010. The excitement of the Oklahoma delegation was infectious, culminating in the invitational video with Baxter Black, movie clips, “Oklahoma Rising,” and President Phil Pratt’s invitation to attend the conference next year.
    Phil Pratt was installed as President of NACAA. Dirk Webb finished his two-year term as NACAA Southern Director. Brian Jervis completed his term as Horticulture Committee Southern Region Vice-Chair.
    One of the NACAA’s highest honors is the Distinguished Service Award. This year William Burton and Randy Pirtle were so honored.

    Greg Highfill
was recognized as a Regional Finalist Feature Story winner.

    The poster: Evaluation Of The Relationship Of Time Of Day To Forage Nitrate Levels, was selected as a NACAA Poster Session Finalist winner and was authored by Bob LeValley, Jeff Bedwell, Greg Highfill, Michael Pettijohn, Glen Selk, Dirk Webb, and Hailin Zhang.

Other posters included:

  • Developing a Local Farmers Market for Your Community, author: David Nowlin.

  • Tillage And Cropping Systems To Increase Dryland Crop Production In Southwest Oklahoma, authors: Gary Strickland, J.C. Banks, Jeff Edwards, Chad Godsey, Jerry Goodson, Rick Kochenower, Shane Osborne, Terry Pitts, Daniel Skipper, Randy Taylor, and Rocky Thacker.

  • Oklahoma Stocker Cattle Receiving Recordkeeping Spreadsheet, author: Greg Highfill.

There was one Oklahoma oral presentation: On-Farm Mortality Composting of Large Animal Carcasses, authors: Josh Payne (presentor) and Brian Pugh.



Todd A. Trennepohl, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Woods County, effective 10-12-09

Barbara A. Tricinella, CNEP Area Coordinator, Tulsa County, effective 11-2-09.

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October 6: COACH: Empowering Older Adults to Shop, Cook, and Eat for Good Health – The Individual Approach (Oklahoma City)

October 7: Healthy Oklahoma Impact Team In-Service (Guthrie)

October 7: National Youth Science Day (Statewide)

October 8: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III – A Model for the Oklahoma 4-H Program (Oklahoma City)

October 9: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Oklahoma City)

October 11: Tulsa State Fair Release Day (Tulsa)

October 12: Clover Classic Golf Tournament (Blanchard)

October 13: Fire Effects on Woody Vegetation - NE (Tahlequah)

October 13: Organ Wise Training (TBA)

October 13: Southwest District OHCE Membership Meeting (Lawton)

October 15: Fire Safety (Stillwater)

October 16: Southeast District Leadership Conference (TBA)

October 19: FEWB Fall In-Service (TBA)

October 20: Educating Non-industrial Forest Landowners (TBA)

October 20: Small Stock Carcass Composting (Langston)

October 20-21: Southwest District Secretarial In-Service

October 21: Enhancing the Adoption of Organic Farming (Stillwater)

October 21: Biofuels Field Day (Chickasha)

October 21: CE-FCS Ambassadors Board of Directors Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 20-21: Southwest District Secretarial In-Service Training (Weatherford)

October 22: Growing Strong Families Impact Team (TBA)

October 28-29: Northwest District Secretarial In-Service Training (Stillwater)

October 29: Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference (Chandler)

November 3: Water Conservation Programming for Ag Producers – Using the New Water Conservation Web Site (Centra)

November 3: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 1: Theories and Principles (Centra)

November 5: 4-H Club Management System (Oklahoma City)

November 5: Water Conservation Programming for Residents and Homeowners in Oklahoma – Using the New Water Conservation Web Site (Centra)

November 5: 4-H Risk Management (Centra)

November 6: 4-H Centennial Green Tie Gala (Oklahoma City)

November 10: Agricultural Economics – Current Issues (Centra)

November 10: Water Conservation Programming for Youth, Families, and Community Leaders in Oklahoma – Using the New Water Conservation Web Site (Centra)

November 10: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 2: Influence on Behavior (Centra)

November 13: 4-H In-Service (TBA)

November 17: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 3: Behavior Problems (Centra)

November 17-18: Southeast District Secretarial Training (TBA)

November 18: Northwest District 4-H Annual Update In-Service (Woodward)

November 20: Southwest District FCS In-Service (TBA)

November 24: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 4: Positive Guidance and Discipline (Centra)

November 27-December 1: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta)


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