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Volume 14, Number 8

April 25, 2014



Centennial Whistle Stop and Festival a Success:  “All Aboard,” that was the invitation and did you ever get on board! I want to say thank you to all of you who helped make Extension’s Centennial Whistle Stop and Festival such a success. It was beyond my expectations! I want to thank all of the Extension educators and staff serving on the Centennial Committee who worked diligently to put this event together. I had an idea, and you made it happen! There is no possible way that I could begin to name everyone or list everything that was done. I will just say “thank you” for the magnitude of labor that went into the Centennial Whistle Stop and Festival at Wellston on April 12. I know it took hundreds of our Extension staff to make this happen -- a lot of behind the scene activity, our county educators in full force, along with the support from the faculty and staff in the departments. Seeing everyone pull together an event of this magnitude just reinforces that this is the Extension way, and it is not only for this one particular event, this is what you do each and every day – providing meaningful programs to clientele all across the state of  Oklahoma. THANK YOU to each and every one of you!





Spring Concerts in the Garden Series: The spring Concerts in the Garden Series is slated May 2, 9, and 16 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University. The series will feature Moe Towne Alex and the Night View Band on May 2, a jazz ensemble May 9, and Stillwater’s own Red Dirt Rangers on May 16. All concerts will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Grab your lawn chairs or blankets, bring a picnic supper, and head out to TBG at OSU for an evening filled with music.

Equine Sports Medicine:
Veterinarian Chase Whitfield will be the featured speaker in the upcoming Veterinary Voices seminar slated May 6 at 7:00 p.m. He will share information regarding current therapies in equine sports medicine. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will take place in McElroy Hall Auditorium at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.  For more information, please call 405-744-7672.

One Hundred Years of Oklahoma Extension Premieres May 8 on OETA:
The finishing touches are underway on the much anticipated centennial documentary. The promotional flyer is ready to showcase across Oklahoma. In addition, all statewide and specialized media received a press release and related publicity photo, which also may be used in newsletters, social media, blogs, and any other local materials. A 30-second documentary promotional spot will air in the days ahead on OETA and will be posted on DASNR’s Facebook page.

Farm Food Safety Trainings Slated May 8 and May 28:
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center are holding the final Farm Focused Food Safety – Preventive Control trainings. These one-day trainings are designed for small to very small dairies, milk processors, shell egg producers, feed manufacturers,  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 final two trainings will take place May 8 and May 28 at FAPC in Stillwater, and the Wes Watkins Technology Center in Wetumka, respectively. Cost is $25 per participant, including lunch, and individuals must register by April 28 for the May 8 training and May 19 for the May 28 training. For more information or to register, please visit http://www.fapc.biz/workshops/fst2.


Traveling Exhibit Coming to OSU: “Animal Connections: Our Journey Together,” a traveling exhibit on an 18-wheel truck that introduces visitors to the special relationship humans share with animals, will visit Oklahoma State from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 7. The free exhibit will be parked on the International Mall, north of Edmon Low Library. Presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Veterinary Medical Association, the free exhibit explores topics about animals in the home, on the farm, in the wild, at the zoo and in the veterinary clinic. “Animal Connections” is made possible through the generous support of founding sponsor Zoetis and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. For more information, visit animalconnections.com.



Centennial Celebration Updates: Many counties are planning celebrations and documentary watch parties around this time. Please take photos of your event and send them to

     Centennial celebration events will take place in our nation’s capitol in the days leading up to May 8, which is the actual 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the Smith-Lever Act. The original document is currently on display at the National Archives Museum in Washington, D.C.
     If you missed the recent SUNUP episode featuring the Whistle Stop & Festival, watch it here.

     Finally, if you are posting on social media during this time, be sure to include the hashtags #coopextension and #Ext100years for statewide and national consistency. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension’s 100th celebration is getting a lot of attention here at home and is known as one of the best in the country. Keep up the great work!

93rd State 4-H Roundup: Plans are underway for the 93rd State 4-H Roundup. It will be held on the OSU campus July 23-25, 2014 with an optional “County Night Out” on July 22. The 4-H State Council has chosen the theme “4-H Making Superstars”.  Materials are being posted to the State 4-H website as available and will be finalized by the first week in May. For planning purposes, the deadline for registration materials to arrive in Ag Conferences will be June 20. We are once again housing in Kerr Drummond and the Suites. There are a couple of changes with Residential Life this year:
* Only 400 persons will be housed in the Suites. Assignment to the Suites will be made as complete county registration materials are submitted.    
* Reservations for County Night Out must be made with your Roundup Registration.
Pizza orders will not be taken this year at Roundup. All orders must be sent in with Roundup registration on the Pre-Order Form located on the Roundup website. The cost for Roundup remained stable this year - $111 for Kerr Drummond and $125 for the Suites. For more information, watch for updates on the State 4-H website or contact Tracy Beck at tracy.beck@okstate.edu or 405-744-8891.

Reed Earns Advanced Degree: Congratulations to Keith Reed, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Payne County, who will be graduating in May with a master’s degree in Leisure Studies from the College of Education. The college recently featured Keith in a story in the college’s magazine. The article is on page 16 at


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.


Revised publications include:


  • CR-7668 Foliar Fungicides and Wheat Production in Oklahoma – April 2014
Congratulations to: Barbie Weaver, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and her husband Trey, on the birth of their daughter. Bostyn Kate was born April 11, weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 ¾ inches long. She is welcomed home by big sisters Hailey and Gracyn.


Condolences to: The family of Sid Ewing, retired County Extension Director, Harmon County. He passed away April 21. Funeral services took place April 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Hollis. He began his Extension career in Harmon County in May 1985 as the Agriculture Extension Specialist. He became CED in January 1980 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1998. Cards may be sent to the Ewing family at 2590 County Rd. 20, Dodson, TX  79230.




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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 25: Payne County Centennial Celebration (Perkins)
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 26: Muskogee 4-H Dog Show (Muskogee)
April 28: Record Books Due (Stillwater)
April 29: Dining with Diabetes (Stillwater)
April 30: Finances and Jobs and Employment Issue Team Meeting (Oklahoma City)
May 1: Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop (Oklahoma City)
May 2: Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop (Tulsa)
May 2: Farm Transitions Workshop (Stillwater)
May 2: Spotted Wing Drosophila (Tulsa)
May 2-3: Outdoor Adventures Shakedown (Stillwater)
May 3: Ambassador Selection Day (Stillwater)
May 3: Texas County Centennial Celebration (Guymon)
May 3: Southeast District 4-H Archery and Air Rifle Contest (McAlester)
May 3: Pollinator Conservation Short Course (Poteau)
May 5: Southeast District 4-H Briefing #2 (Adobe Connect)
May 5: Grady County Extension Centennial Celebration (Chickasha)
May 6: Screening of One Hundred Years of Oklahoma Extension (Stillwater)
May 6: Record Book Judging (Stillwater)
May 6: Current Therapies in Equine Sports Medicine (Stillwater)
May 7: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
May 7: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
May 8: One Hundred Years of Oklahoma Extension Premiere (OETA)
May 8: Washington County Extension Centennial Celebration (Bartlesville)
May 9: Cooperative Conversations: General Computer FAQs (Adobe Connect)
May 9: Cleveland County Ag Safety Day (Lexington)
May 10: Northwest District 4-H Trap Shoot (Enid)
May 12: Musk Thistle/Saltcedar Beetle Roundup Workshop (Jet)
May 13: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Online)
May 13: Assisting Families with Health Crises and End-of-Life Planning (Stillwater or Oklahoma City)
May 14: Refresher Soil Science Course for Agriculturists (Stillwater or Oklahoma City)
May 15: May Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
May 15: Southeast District 4-H New Employee Boot Camp – Session 2 (Adobe Connect)
May 15: Aerobic Treatment Units: How Does it Work and How to Maintain It? (Adobe Connect)
May 15: Vintage Canning – Now and Then (Bartlesville)
May 20: IFMAPS In-Service (Stillwater)
May 20: Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults (Stillwater)
May 20-22: OAE4-HA Conference (Enid)
May 21: OCES Rural Development: Programs and Services (Lawton or Woodward)
May 22: Community Assessment Surveys (Online)
May 23: Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Activities (Stillwater)
May 28: National Invitational Judging Coaches Symposium (Stillwater)
May 29: 4-H Leisure Lab (TBD)
May 29: Southeast District 4-H Dutch Oven Showdown (Coalgate)
May 29: Community Assessments: Asset Mapping (Adobe Connect)
May 29: Southwest District 4-H Horse Show (Duncan)
May 29: 4-H Leisure Lab (TBA)
May 30: Southeast District 4-H Food Showdown (Tishomingo)


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