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Volume 14, Number 2

January 31, 2014





National Pet Dental Health Month: In observance of National Dental Health Month in February, the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will host a Veterinary Voices seminar focusing on animal dental care. Slated Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in McElroy Hall on the OSU campus, the free seminar will feature Dr. David Russell presenting “Recognition and Prevention of Dental Disease in Pets” to the public at no charge. For more information please call 405-744-6740.


Research Symposium: The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center and the Institute of Food Technologists – Oklahoma section will hold the 2014 Research Symposium on Feb. 18 from 8:15 a.m. to noon in room 201 of FAPC. The symposium will include oral and poster presentations of research conducted at FAPC and OSU and a keynote address featuring Dr. Steven P. Lerner of Nutrition Physiology Co. His presentation will cover the use of probiotic cultures in livestock and regulatory issues that are of concern in this area. The event is free of charge; however, individuals must register by visiting http://www.fapc.biz/workshops/researchsymposium2014/researchsymposium. The deadline to register is Feb. 7.


Veterinary Seminar Slated: Melanie Boileau, Associate Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will share her expertise during a seminar slated March 6. Her topic will be Urinary Stone in Small Ruminants. This is just one of a series of seminars that will take place this spring. Upcoming topics include Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats, slated April 1, and Equine Sports Medicine scheduled May 6. The seminar is free and open to the public, and will take place in McElroy Hall Auditorium, located on the corner of McFarland and Farm Road on the OSU campus. For more information please call 405-744-7672.


OK-FIRE Training Workshop: A full-day OK-FIRE computer training workshop will take place March 7 at the National Weather Center (NWC) in Norman. The workshop will consist of a combination of presentations and computer lab exercises in which the attendees will get hands-on experience with the OK-FIRE website. Wildfire, as well as prescribed fire, applications will be covered. In addition to covering the major sections of the website (Weather, Fire, Smoke), other sections such as Satellite and Radar will be discussed, as will topics including fire detection by radar and satellite, the relationship of drought to fire danger, and burn bans. Operational procedures for assessing current and future fire danger using OK-FIRE also will also be covered, along with the popular Fire Prescription Planner, a useful tool for planning a prescribed burn. J.D. Carlson, OSU fire meteorologist and OK-FIRE program director, will direct the workshop. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a break for lunch at the NWC. Registration is required and can be done by contacting Elaina Wright (elaina.wright@okstate.edu; 405-744-5425) at Oklahoma State University and providing her with your name, affiliation, e-mail address, and phone number. Applications will be accepted until February 28 or until space is filled up, whichever occurs sooner. There is no cost for the workshop, aside from travel costs to and from Norman. Participants should, if possible, bring their own notebook computers with wireless connectivity (no iPads or other tablets); if that’s not possible, some notebook computers will be available on-site.


Voices of Extension Oral History Project
: The committee continues to gather names of those who have stories to share about their involvement with OCES.  We are looking for a broad representation, both geographically and by program area. Please consider 4-H alum, ag producers, OHCE members and retired and current OCES staff.  Current staff is encouraged to add their name, or the name of a co-worker to the list!   Click here to submit names.  For more information contact brenda.sheik@okstate.edu or 580.822.3478.


Camp TURF Slated June 1-13: The fifth annual Camp TURF (Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future) is scheduled June 1-13, 2014. Camp TURF is a two-week residential summer academy sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and is FREE for eligible students---any Oklahoma resident currently in 8th or 9th grade. Selected students spend two weeks exploring careers in the horticulture and landscaping fields and taking part in hands-on activities with professors and professionals. Example activities are cloning and grafting plants, making dish gardens, assembling irrigation, making pervious concrete pavers, and filming a segment of Oklahoma Gardening. In the evenings and on the weekend, recreation includes activities such as bowling, swimming, live theatre, rock climbing, and group painting classes. Students stay at OSU in residential suites. For more information, email Shelley Mitchell at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu.


Access to Stylesight: At the Extension Conference presentation, Style and Trend Forecasting Like the Pro's… From Your Home, several people expressed interest in gaining access to the Stylesight website. Here is a brief video overview of Stylesight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSqFspcBByw#t=17. If you have an @okstate.edu email address and want to obtain a login, send an email to mary.ruppert-stroescu@okstate.edu explaining you want to be able to log in to Stylesight (www.stylesight.edu). In your email, also please indicate if you would be interested in participating in an in-service on this topic, and indicate the timeframe you prefer.


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:


  • ANSI-3172 Calculating Across-Breed EPDs
  • E-1036 Factors Influencing Cotton Producers’ Choice of Marketing Outlet 

Revised publications include:

  • EPP-7602 Dutch Elm Disease and Its Control
  • E-726 Estate Planning — A Simplified Guide for Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Families
  • VTMD-9119 Equine Vaccination
  • Programs VTMD-9120 Respiratory Diseases in Horses–What You Can Do to Prevent Them
  • VTMD-9132 Equine Viral Arteritis
  • EPP-7462 Rinsing and Disposing of Pesticide Containers
  • CR-6209 Commercial Pecan Insect and Disease Control

Congratulations to:
Charles Cox, retired State 4-H Program Leader, and his wife, Natalie, on the birth of their granddaughter. Jordyn Kensington Sharp was born Jan. 22, weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. Proud parents are Zach and Bekah Sharp.




Two Field Staff Receive Prestigious Awards: Jan Maples, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Okfuskee County, and Susan Moffat, Extension Educator, Community Development, and CED, Cleveland County, were recognized recently for outstanding contributions and dedication to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. Each was presented with the 2014 Distinguished Educator Award during the OCES Biennial Conference. This award is the most prestigious title attainable by a county educator, district program specialist, or area specialist, and is given to a very select few of OCES Employees.

    Jan has been a dedicated Extension educator for 29 years and has never shied away from taking on pilot projects and introducing new programs. She was instrumental in the development of the Career Ladder and has been a cooperator on projects such as the Journey Through Health, Consumer Ideas on Beef, Credit Card Usage Among Older Adults, Cross Cultural Framing, and Deliberation of Obesity in Limited Resource Women in Oklahoma. She has a great talent for grant writing and this skill has garnered extra funding to conduct unique programs such as Safe Home-Secure Homes, Long-Distance Grandparenting, Ergonomics and Agriculture Women, and the list goes on. She values conducting evaluations of her programs and sees the importance of being able to document behavior and knowledge change so that the impact of her programming can be shared with decision makers at all levels of administration and elected government officials. Jan also is well known for continuing to equip people with the necessary life skills to become empowered in solving their problems and enhancing their lives. Congratulations Jan!

    Susan, who has faithfully served OCES for 24 years, started her Extension career in Texas before moving to Logan County to serve as the Extension Home Economist. After six years she made the transition to Cleveland County as an FCS Educator before switching roles in 2008 to become the Community Development Educator. In addition, she has served as CED in Cleveland County since 2004. Susan has worked tirelessly to forge new partnerships in the county, which has resulted in opportunities to reach new audiences. She helped form a Healthy Start Committee that was later adopted by the Norman Public School Board and resulted in the hiring of a School Health Coordinator and two part-time nurses. She has assisted with strategic planning efforts with the City of Noble and several other specific projects in the county.  Susan has a great record of effective programming in FCS and 4-H.  She often conducts workshops and trainings for 4-H members. A very successful partnership with adjacent counties and other community partners is the Reality Check financial literacy program.  This program reaches approximately 1,000 students each fall, in McClain, Garvin and Cleveland counties with curriculum that meets the state mandated financial literacy education requirements for 9th graders. Susan also recognizes the importance of evaluation and marketing efforts for the OCES program in Cleveland County. Congratulations Susan!


Gribble Receives OCES Individual Honor Award: Congratulations to Roger Gribble, recently retired Northwest Area Agronomist, for receiving the OCES Individual Honor Award. Roger began his Extension career in 1981 in Blaine County as the Agriculture Educator and CED. He worked in Caddo and Custer counties before becoming the Northwest Area Agronomist in 1993. He describes his program as working with Agricultural Educators and producers through technical advances in crop production. He has been an active supporter of the Okanola project, which has had significant success across the state. Roger also is a proponent in the adoption of the N-Rich Strip and GreenSeeker technology, which is now utilized on nearly half a million acres of crop land in Oklahoma. Congratulations Roger!


OCES Faculty and Field Staff Team Honored: The Cattle Trails Stocker and Cow/Calf Conferences are a joint effort between OCES and Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The vision of its planning committee was to create annual conferences that include up-to-date information on topics that influence stocker cattle and cow/calf profits. In effect, the conferences assist commercial and purebred cattle owners and stocker operators in driving their cattle to profits. These conferences have proven to be an outstanding program through the cooperation of OCES and Texas AgriLife Extension. Evaluations show 64 percent of responders intended to make a change to their current production and/or marketing plans. Team members include Marty News, Comanche County; Max Gallaway, Stephens County; and Aaron Henson, Tillman County. Congratulations!


OCES Faculty and Field Staff Group Recognized: Livestock projects make up the largest portion of interest in 4-H members across Oklahoma. However, there has been an increasing disconnect between the show ring and original purpose of youth livestock projects. Teaching life skills and knowledge in production agriculture can take a backseat to the competition aspect. A group of Southeast District Educators formed a committee in the spring of 2007 to address the need for youth education in animal production systems. They developed a program, formatted as a field day, to take place annually in the summer. Educators and Area Specialists presented sessions to teach youth about basic production practices for the four major meat producing livestock species: beef, goat, sheep, and swine. Attendance at each annual field day averaged 85 youth over the course of six years. Feedback indicates that of the nearly 450 youth who have participated, 98 percent of the participants felt the information presented during the Field Day would be helpful in their 4-H projects. Congratulations to Southeast District Animal Science Field Days and committee members Keegan Varner and Tom Smith, who serve as the group leaders. Group members include Brian Freking, Tom Smith, Harold Stephens, Mike Steele, Tony Johnson, Casey Russell, Aubie Keesee, David Sorrel, Justin McDaniel, Amber Reece, Leland McDaniel, and Coy McCorkle.


ESP Member Recognized: Janna Kelley, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Pontotoc County, was recognized as the Epsilon Sigma Phi and OCES awards luncheon, as the recipient of ESP’s 25 Years of Service Award and the Continued Excellence Award. During her 25-year Extension career, Janna has continually believed in what she does and takes it to heart. She strives to make a difference in the lives of county residents by providing research-based educational programs and information. Congratulations Janna!



None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Janelle Maples, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Okfuskee County, effective 1-20-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences 4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County

Kemin Su, Research Assistant Professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, effective 1-27-14 (was: Senior Research Specialist, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture)



Lisa Taylor, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Muskogee County, effective 1-11-14



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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