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Volume 14, Number 6

March 28, 2014

 

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR


Centennial Celebration Time: In 15 days, Sat., April 12, we will hold our Centennial Whistle Stop and Festival at the Rock N Rail Yard, off Highway 66, East of Wellston. I appreciate everyone’s efforts in pulling this event together and encourage you to continue to highly publicize this free family event in your communities. Guests will be able to visit a variety of tents and booths offering demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the day. There will be something for everyone to enjoy! I hope you are making use of the information in the “toolkit” to use for publicity as well as the Public Service Announcements that are available to you. I know many of you are busy planning your own county centennial celebration events and we will be excited to hear what you have planned. The Train Lottery Form is due by March 30 and the Centennial Sign Order is due by March 31. Remember the one-hour documentary about Extension in Oklahoma will be aired on OETA at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs., May 8, the actual date of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914. This is an exciting time for Extension, the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your Extension programs, and I believe as this year continues to unfold and we look back at the many celebrations of the Extension Centennial, all of us in Extension will be proud of what Extension stands for, what has been accomplished in the past, the programs being presented in the present, and what is yet to be accomplished in our future. All Aboard! 


                                                                                                                               Jim

 

CURRENT EVENTS

 

Veterinary Voices Seminar: The Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will host a Veterinary Voices Seminar April 1. Ryan Baumwart, assistant professor of cardiology at OSU’s veterinary medical hospital, will present “Heartworm Disease in Dogs” at 7 p.m. in McElroy Hall Auditorium on the OSU Stillwater campus. Attendees will learn how the disease is transmitted, clinical signs to watch for, preventative measures, and what treatments are available. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu, or call 405-744-7672.

 

Farm Focused Food Safety: The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center are holding more 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 next training is April 10 at the Wes Watkins Technology Center in Wetumka. Cost is $25 per participant, including lunch, and individuals must register by March 31. For more information about the upcoming trainings or to register, please visit http://www.fapc.biz/workshops/fst2. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Spots Available for Camp TURF: Camp TURF is still looking for students currently in 8th or 9th grade to apply for the 2014 academy, slated June 1-13. The academy is free to students! Students will stay in residential suites at OSU and spend their days with professors doing hands-on projects related to horticulture and landscape architecture careers, in laboratories, greenhouses, and gardens. In the evenings campers will experience various Stillwater restaurants. The group also will take part in recreational activities such as group painting classes, rock climbing, swimming, and bowling. For an application, go to www.hortla.okstate.edu and look under news. Submit the application to shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu. Accepted students will be notified starting April 1.

Workshops Needed for State 4-H Roundup: The 93rd State 4-H Roundup is slated July 23-25 on the OSU campus. This year’s theme is “Making Superstars!” The State 4-H Office and the Roundup Committee are working to see that we offer the highest quality educational program possible. We are looking for persons to present educational workshops to youth, ages 13-19. The workshops need to be hands-on, motivational, upbeat and age-appropriate. The workshop application form is located at http://4h.okstate.edu/events-and-activities/roundup-notebook. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891.

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:

 

  • L-445 Doublestop CL Plus
  • AGEC-627 Marketing Cull Beef Cows: Does Body Condition Score Matter?

 

Revised publications include:

 

  • EPP-7660 Common Soybean Diseases in Oklahoma Part 1

 

Condolences to: Marty Montague, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Choctaw County, on the death of his father. James Robert “Bob” Montague passed away March 12. Funeral services took place March 15 at Rosehill Community Baptist Church in Dewey. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Leukemia Fund at St. Frances Hospital in Tulsa. Cards may be sent to Marty at HC 64 Box 2440, Ft. Towson, OK  74735.

 

Condolences to: Dorothy Coffee, Extension Administrative Support Specialist, Latimer County, on the death of her mother. Mary Noah passed away March 18. Funeral services took place March 20 at the Salonia Community Church near Red Oak. Cards may be sent to Dorothy at P.O. Box 266, Wilburton, OK  74578.

 

Condolences to: The family of Delbert Schwab, retired State Irrigation Specialist. He passed away March 23. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. today, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater. He served as the Area Irrigation Specialist in Guymon before coming to OSU in the late 1960s as the State Irrigation Specialist. He retired in 1985. 

AWARDS


Congratulations to: Shelley Mitchell, Extension Associate, 4-H Youth Development, has been named a recipient of one of the American Horticultural Society’s 2014 Great American Gardeners Awards. Shelley received the Jane L. Taylor Award, which is given to an individual, organization, or program that has inspired and nurtured future horticulturists through efforts in children’s and youth gardening. She will be honored June 5 at the AHS Gardeners Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the Society’s national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Congratulations Shelley!

 

PERSONNEL ACTIONS


Appointments

Kyle Robinson, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 3-3-14
Emily Bardot, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Garfield County, effective 3-10-14
Dana Zook, Area Livestock Specialist, Northwest District, effective 3-21-14

 

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 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: FCS Centennial Celebration (Stillwater)
April 3: Advanced Master Gardener Training in IPM (Tulsa)
April 3: Early Season Cotton, Weed, Insect and Crop Management (Altus)
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 (Norman)
April 10: E3A In-service: Part Two (Adobe Connect)
April 10: Southwest District CED Meeting (Chickasha)
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 (Watonga)
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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