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Volume 14, Number 1

January 17, 2014



Centennial Birthday Celebration:  It’s a New Year, 2014, and Extension is gearing up to CELEBRATE its 100th Birthday on May 8, 2014! Great things are in the works for how we, in Extension, plan to celebrate this event! We are looking forward to having our Extension educators, faculty, staff, and retirees with us on campus January 22-23 at our Extension Biennial Conference where we will join together for informational sessions, luncheons, recognition of award winners, and a special kick-off to our year-long Centennial Celebration! I appreciate the hard work by those who are serving on specific committees to get things rolling up to this point, but I hope everyone will come prepared to find the piece of this Centennial Celebration that you want to be involved in! With everyone’s help, we can capitalize on our Centennial to raise our visibility to other’s across the state, and perhaps beyond.

I know many of you are passionate about what Extension is, and does, and you will find a perfect fit for your talents. Recia Garcia and Charles Cox are co-chairing the Centennial Celebration, so make sure you connect with them during the conference to get involved in one of the many planned activities. It will take all of us working together to make our Big Event a success and I look forward to seeing the ideas come together to make our Centennial Year a celebration to remember for Oklahomans!

May 8, 1914, is the actual date which commemorates the signing of the Smith-Lever Act. Agricultural Communications has put together a one-hour documentary about Extension in Oklahoma that will air on OETA that evening at 7:00 p.m. Public Service Announcements have been put together by Oklahomans whose 4-H background and/or other connections to Extension has played an instrumental part in their lives such as Reba McEntire (country music icon); Jenifer Reynolds (co-host of Discover Oklahoma, former Channel 9 news reporter, graduate of OSU); Jordy Mercer (former OSU baseball player now playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates); Baxter Black (American cowboy, poet, former large-animal veterinarian, radio and television commentator); and possibly others. A wheat variety naming contest is underway at OSU; we are showcased in the lobby of Gallagher Iba Arena along with the arena’s own 75th Anniversary; a special “Centennial” reprint of the OHCE cookbook is underway; a state quilt block contest is planned; and a Centennial spectacular display will be on exhibit at the Oklahoma City and Tulsa State Fairs.  April 12, we will recreate a “historic train event” – one that re-enacts the early day delivery of Extension programming via “whistle stop” trains. Along with this re-enactment, we will plan a day of celebration creating an “old fashion county fair atmosphere” in the meadows near Wellston. This is just the beginning of the many things already in the works for our Centennial Celebration, and much more will be unveiled during our upcoming Extension Biennial Conference.  I look forward to seeing you there! 


                                                                                                Jim Trapp




Food Safety Trainings Slated: The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center are holding several Farm Focused Food Safety – Preventive Control trainings around the state. These one-day trainings are designed for small to very small dairies, milk processors, shell egg producers, feed manufacturers, and fruit and vegetable producers, and will provide necessary knowledge of preventive controls and food security to assist producers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The first training is Feb. 6 at the Western Technology Center in Weatherford. Cost is $25 per participant, including lunch, and individuals must register by Jan. 21. For more information about the trainings or to register, please visit http://www.fapc.biz/workshops/fst2.


4-H Bright Nights: Back by popular demand, 4-H Bright Nights at the Science Museum Oklahoma is slated Feb. 21-22 in Oklahoma City. While at the science museum, participants will have a chance to participate in the live opening show “Segways, Explosions, and Mad Scientists,” experience an IMAX movie in the Dome Theater, learn about the stars and constellations in the planetarium, ride a Segway, and sleep under one of the many museum artifacts. Registration is $32.50 and due by Feb. 1. This promises to be an evening full of science fun and hands-on experiences. For more information, please visit http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/scitech/brightnights.htm.


International Experience Available to 4-H’ers: Oklahoma 4-H’ers who have a desire to share their agricultural knowledge should consider an upcoming opportunity for international travel June 9-18. “Mission: Guatemala” is about helping local families increase and stabilize their food security and food supply. While there, participants will teach gardening, soils, composting, water conservation, and possibly poultry production for 2014. The group also will spend many hours educating the youth and children about agricultural science. Participants will most often work with the ladies of the households due to the fact the men are out working and the women are often responsible for the gardens and home food production. The 4-H’ers also will experience a cultural tourist day in Antigua, Guatemala, including shopping, touring ancient ruins, and other activities select by the group. Last year, the group chose to take a canopy tour and zip lined over the rain forest and a coffee plantation. This trip is open to high school graduating 4-H members and current college students with an international interest. For more information go to http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/nica/, or contact Jeff Sallee (405-744-8885) or Lynn Brandenberger (405-744-5404).


Lewis Completes Degree: Congratulations to Leslie Lewis, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, on the completion of her Masters of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. Her thesis evaluated the agricultural literacy between urban and rural 3rd and 4th grade students after attending an Agricultural Literacy Program.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new and updated publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

  • FAPC-182 Logos vs. Labels: What’s the Difference?
  • L-441 Bermudagrass Lawn Management Calendar
  • L-442 Cool-Season Lawn Management Calendar
  • BAE-1525 Irrigation Pump System Testing
  • AGEC-625 Factors Affecting the Choice-Select Spread
  • E-1037 Drought-Tolerant Plant Selections for Oklahoma
  • CR-2163 Oklahoma Corn Performance Trials, 2013
  • CR-2162 Grain Sorghum Performance Trials in Oklahoma, 2013

Revised publications include:

  • BAE-1204 Comparative Energy Costs for Irrigation Pumping
  • EPP-7652 Non-Chemical Methods for Controlling Diseases in the Home Landscape and Garden
  • EPP-7617 Pest Management Series: Powdery Mildews of Ornamentals and Fruit, Shade, and Nut Trees
  • EPP-7669 Crown Gall of Grape
  • EPP-7655 Foliar Diseases of Peanut
  • EPP-7611 Cedar-Apple Rust
  • VTMD-9121 Flea Control
  • EPP-7451 Agricultural Pesticide Storage
  • CR-6240 Commercial Peach-Nectarine Insect and Disease Control – 2014
  • AGEC-599 Price Premiums from the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network
  • AGEC-609 Feedlot and Carcass Performance from the OK Steer Feedout Program
  • AGEC-610 Health Impacts on Animal Performance from the OK Steer Feedout Program
  • L-241 Testing Services and Price List: Soil, Water & Forage Analytical Laboratory
  • PSS-2237 Sulfur Requirements of Oklahoma Crops
  • CR-7194 Management of Insect and Mite Pests of Small Grains
  • CR-7667 Management of Insect and Mite Pests in Canola
  • PSS-2257 Building Soil Organic Matter for a Sustainable Organic Crop Production
  • PSS-2229 Soil pH and Buffer Index
  • PSS-2239 Cause and Effects of Soil Acidity
  • EPP-7186 Soilborne Blight Diseases of Peanut
  • EPP-7308 Choosing a Termite Control Service
  • BAE-1501 Water Measurement Units and Conversion Factors

Condolences to: Don Stotts, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications, on the death of his mother. Shirley Stotts passed away Dec. 11. Funeral services took place Dec. 15 in Stillwater. Cards may be sent to Don at 1546 Hanson Circle, Stillwater, OK  74075.

Condolences to: Bob Leadford, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Garvin County, on the death of his mother. Betty Rose Leadford passed away Dec. 13. A private funeral service was held. Cards may be sent to Bob at 102 Willow Springs Circle, Pauls Valley, OK  73075.

Condolences to: Janice Beatty, Administrative Support Specialist, Pittsburg County, on the death of her mother. Frances Allee passed away Dec. 17. Funeral services took place in Louisville, KY, Dec. 21. Cards may be sent to Janice at P.O. Box 1164, McAlester, OK  74501.



Corbin Dewitt, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Kay County, effective 12-23-13


Taylor Harbuck, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 12-30-13


Title Changes/Transfers


Shawna Hudspeth, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, LeFlore County, effective 12-30-13 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Haskell County)


Lindsey Miner, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Noble County, effective 1-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Noble County)


Rick Nelson, Extension Educator, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Garfield County, effective 1-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, Garfield County)


Chad Webb, Extension Educator, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 1-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Noble County)


Cindy Connor, Northwest District FCS Program Specialist, effective 1-2-13 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Garfield County)


Zach Meyer, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and CED, Kingfisher County, effective 1-20-14 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture, and CED, Okfuskee County)



Rick Clovis, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Okmulgee County, effective 12-13-13





January 18: Northwest District 4-H Air Rifle/Pistol and Archery Shoot (Watonga)
January 22-23: Extension Conference (Stillwater)
January 25: Northwest District 4-H Share the Fun Contest (Fairview)
January 30: Southeast District Access 4-H In-Service (Antlers)
January 31: Oklahoma Association of Fairs and Festivals “The Disaster Experience” and “Event Insurance: Do We Need It?” (Claremore)
February 1: Horse Communication Contest (Stillwater)
February 1: Southeast District Share the Fun, Clover Bowl and Famous Persons Contests (Kiowa)
February 1: 4-H State Council Meeting (Stillwater)

February 4: Southeast District Access 4-H In-Service (Sulphur)
February 4: 4-H Digital Media In-Service – Curriculum and Resources (Stillwater)
February 5: Journey Through Health (Adobe Connect)

February 5: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)

February 6: Sales Tax Collections: State Trends (Webinar)

February 7: Southeast District News Educator Boot Camp – Session 1 (TBD)

February 11: Second Time Around: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Stillwater)

February 12: Pesticide Safety Education Program: Applicator Training (Stillwater)

February 12: Resiliency Team Meeting (Stillwater)

February 12: E3A In-Service: Part 1 (Adobe Connect)

February 13: Sales Taxes and Retail Activity: Common Measures (Webinar)

February 14: Career Ladder Program (Centra)

February 14: Pickens Scholarship Applications Due (Stillwater)

February 18: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)

February 19: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
February 19: Eat Healthy Be Active Curriculum (Adobe Connect)

February 20: Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)

February 20: Sales Taxes and Retail Activity: Examples (Webinar)

February 20: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies (TBD)

February 21: 4-H Science Museum Bright Nights (Oklahoma City)

February 21: Back to Basics: Writing and Graphic Design for Effective Extension Communication (Stillwater)

February 22: Horse Judging Clinic (Stillwater)

February 23: Ambassador Spring Meeting (Oklahoma City)

February 23: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Oklahoma City)

February 26: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies Review (Webinar)

February 27: Animal Waste Management (Woodward)

February 28: Animal Waste Management (McAlester)


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