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Volume 14, Number 5

March 14, 2014

 

CURRENT EVENTS

 

Environmental Law Training Being Offered: In an effort to help prevent illegal dump sites from popping up, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are joining forces to host the Environmental Law Enforcement Officer Training. Slated March 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the training will take place at the Anadarko Public Library. Michael Freeman, senior criminal investigator with the ODEQ will be the presenter. For more information, contact Lynn Malley at lynn.malley@okstate.edu.

 

Specialty Crops Workshop: A workshop focusing on developing a food safety plan for fresh produce operations, and an on-farm food safety assessment checklist to decrease the risk of pre- and post-harvest food safety issues, is slated March 19 at the Leach First Baptist Church in Rose, Okla. Lynn Brandenberger, OSU Horticulture Food Crops Extension and Research Specialist; William McGlynn, Horticulture Products Processing Specialist; and Jason Young, Quality Management and Global Food Safety Initiative Specialist, will be on hand to share their expertise. Complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to RSVP, please call or email Sara Siems at 405-744-9826 or sara.siems@okstate.edu.

 

World Water Day: Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will be observing World Water Day March 24 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 225 Ag Hall. There will be numerous presentations, including water requirement for shale oil and gas production, water requirement for agricultural and biofuel production, and water as a critical ingredient of food. An open discussion on water/energy challenges also will take place. Participants will be served free pizza. This event is sponsored by the BAE Graduate Student Association. For more information, please contact Saleh Taghvaeian at 405-744-8395. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


CVHS Faculty Available for County Meetings: County Educators who are interested in hosting meetings for local farmers and ranchers may contact Elisabeth Giedt, Director of Continuing Education, Extension and Community Engagement at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at OSU, for help. The CVHS hosts Veterinary Voices on a monthly basis. These are evening seminars on campus during the school year and topics are presented by faculty of the CVHS. A recent Veterinary Voices featured Melanie Boileau for a talk on urinary stones in small ruminants. These seminars on posted on OState TV. Please contact Giedt at egiedt@okstate.edu for a list of speakers and topics.

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:

  • AGEC-793 Developing an Estate Plan
  • EPP-7312 Household Pest Control
  • HLA-6444 Drought-Tolerant Plant Selections for Oklahoma
  • L-443 Signs and Symptoms of Emerald Ash Borer
  • PSS-2273 Using Sunn Hemp as a Cover Crop in Oklahoma
  • E-1038 A Guide to Saving Water in the Home Landscape
  • L-444 Lawn Watering Tips
  • BAE-1526 Natural Stream Restoration and Enhancement

Revised publications include:

  • EPP-7662 Common Soybean Diseases in Oklahoma: Part II. Foliar, Pod, and Stem Disease
  • EPP-7664 Soilborne Diseases of Peanut
  • L-442 Cool-Season Lawn Management Calendar


Condolences to: The family of Clifton Wilkins, former Extension 4-H Agent in Ottawa and Delaware counties. He passed away Feb. 26. Funeral services took place March 4 at the First Baptist Church in Miami. Condolences can be sent to the Wilkins Family at 49500 E 100 Rd., Miami, OK 74354.

Condolences to
: Gerri Ballard, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Carter County, on the death of her father. Aaron Jones passed away March 4. Funeral services took place March 8 in Healdton. Memorials may be made to the Tipton Home, P.O. Box 370, Tipton, OK  73579, or the Carter County OSU Extension Office, Carter County 4-H Scholarships, 107 First Ave. SW, Courthouse Annex 1, Ardmore, OK  73401. Cards may be sent to Gerri at 30776 U.S. Hwy. 70, Wilson, OK  73463-7314.

 

AWARDS


Congratulations to Donna Dollins: Donna Dollins, graphic designer, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, has been named the 2014 Regional 4-H Salute to Excellence winner for the southern region. A $200 donation will be made to the 4-H program of her choice. In addition, she will receive a $400 travel scholarship to attend the Salute to Excellence Regional 4-H Volunteer Forum. Donna also is now under consideration for national recognition, which will be announced next month during National Volunteer Week. Congratulations Donna!

 

PERSONNEL ACTIONS


Appointments

Paul Jones, Computer Specialist, DASNR IT, effective 2-24-14

 

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations/Retirements

Brook Bradbury, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Grady County, effective 3-26-14

COMING EVENTS

 

March 17: Environmental Law Enforcement Training (Anadarko)
March 19: OSU at OYE (Oklahoma City)
March 19: Specialty Crops Workshop (Rose)
March 20: Capitol Day Training (Adobe Connect)
March 24-25: New Extension Educator Orientation (Stillwater)
March 25: Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference (Oklahoma City)
March 25: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Claremore)
March 27: Southeast District 4-H Public Speaking Contest (McAlester)
March 27: Advanced Master Gardener Training in IPM (Oklahoma City)
March 28: Train the Trainer: FitnessGram for Oklahoma Public Schools (Oklahoma City)
March 28: BQA Stockmanship Event (Cherokee)
March 28-29: 4-H Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
March 29: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Guymon)
March 31: Advanced Master Gardener Training in IPM (Ardmore)
April 1: 4-H Invitational Livestock Judging Contest (Tishomingo)
April 1: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 1: Ag Current Issues (Goodwell)
April 3: Advanced Master Gardener Training in IPM (Tulsa)
April 3: Early Season Cotton, Weed, Insect and Crop Management (Altus)
April 3: Risky Behavior and Family Breakdown Issue Team In-service (TBD)
April 4: 4-H Neon Nights Dance (Sulphur)
April 4: Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit (McAlester)
April 4: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Mustang)
April 4: Canning Pickles at Home (Stillwater)
April 5: Northwest District 4-H Meats Judging Contest (Woodward)
April 5: 4-H State Outdoor Archery Contest (Stillwater)
April 6: Oklahoma 4-H State Muzzleloader Contest (Arcadia)
April 8: Southeast District 4-H Forestry Contest (Broken Bow)
April 8: Online Nutrient Management Decision Aid Tools (Adobe Connect)
April 9: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
April 10: Essential Elements of Positive Youth Development (TBD)
April 10: E3A In-service: Part Two (Adobe Connect)
April 10: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBD)
April 11: Canning Pickles at Home (Stillwater)
April 12: Centennial Whistle Stop and Festival (Wellston)
April 12: State 4-H Horse Judging Competition (Stillwater)
April 12: Southeast District Trap and Skeet Contest (Ada)
April 15: Let’s Sew a 4-H April and Pillowcase (Cordell)
April 15: Poverty in Oklahoma (Webinar)
April 15: Outdoor Water Conservation Programming for Oklahoma (Stillwater)
April 16: Oilfield Safety for Youth (TBA)
April 17: Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
April 17: 2014 4-H Curriculum In-service (Stillwater)
April 21-23: OSU Cow/Calf Boot Camp (Shawnee)
April 23: Health and Hunger Teams – Community Outcomes Twister In-service (Oklahoma City)
April 23: FCS Update Meeting (Oklahoma City)
April 24-25: OEAFCS State Meeting (Oklahoma City)
April 25: Southeast District 4-H Land Judging Contest (Pushmataha County)
April 25: Livestock Mortality Management (Langston)
April 25: Lincoln County Centennial Celebration (Chandler)
April 26: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 26: Northwest District Parent/Volunteer Conference (Woodward)
April 28: Record Books Due (Stillwater)
April 29: Dining with Diabetes (Stillwater)
April 30: Finances and Jobs and Employment Issue Team Meeting (Oklahoma City)


 

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