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Volume 14, Number 13

July 11, 2014

 

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR


Extension Centennial Celebrations Continue:  We are at the halfway mark of our Extension Centennial year. Thank you to all of you for the activities you have put together in your county to celebrate this occasion bringing forth visibility for Oklahoma Extension! Keep up the good work and think about opportunities at upcoming fairs! 
     Committees are coming together to continue the planning process for our many activities yet to come throughout the remainder of the year. Watch for scheduled dates and activities to be announced on the Oklahoma State Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Facebook Page, through twitter, or by going to http://extension100.okstate.edu/. A few of the upcoming activities will be the dedication of the Time Capsule (date yet to be determined); participation in the OSU Homecoming Parade on October 25; and a display at both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa State Fairs in September and October respectively. In the works is also possible involvement during the OSU football season with discount tickets and some type of featuring of Extension at the game. Once this date is finalized, we will pass it along to you.
     Two days ago, a dedication took place for the OCES Centennial Garden planted at the intersection of Athletics and Hester on the OSU campus. If you have not made it by that location, please try to do so.  A photo of the planting can be seen on the Division’s Facebook page. A special thank you to Steve Dobbs, Manager, OSU Grounds and Landscape, and his crew, for their expertise and creation of this masterpiece.
     Entries for our latest event, the Centennial Quilt Block Challenge, came to a close on July 1. This project has been a tremendous success so far, and has more to come! Thank you to Recia Garcia, Centennial Co-Chair, for spearheading this event. The committee did a great job coordinating the fabrics and logistics of this quilt block challenge. The entire supply of 170 “challenge quilt block kits” were sold, creating a $2,660.00 jump-start for the new Oklahoma 4-H FCS Advanced Scholarship endowment fund. A total of 151 unique blocks from 48 counties in Oklahoma, a few blocks from Texas, and one block from Missouri, were submitted for judging. On July 3, blocks were displayed in Ag Hall and Special Awards and Honorable Mention blocks were personally selected by OSU President-Burns Hargis, OSU’s First Cowgirl-Ann Hargis, Dean of Human Sciences-Stephan Wilson, VP, Dean and Director of DASNR-Tom Coon, and me. I must say the selection process was not an easy task.
Today, judges are selecting the top three blocks in several needlework categories and identifying a Special Award winner and Honorable Mentions for Outstanding Originality, Outstanding Creativity, and Historical Significance. We appreciate all the staff that helped by serving on the committee, from securing a project partner in Sooner Quilts of Guthrie/Edmond, to preparing kits, receiving funds, promoting the project and/or sharing talents by entering the challenge.  
     The quilt blocks have also been photographed to support the next award activity – The On-Line Viewers’ Choice Award. Voting for this award will be open to the public from July 14 – August 15. Visit http://extension100.okstate.edu/ to browse all blocks and vote on your favorite! Please share the link broadly in your county to help accomplish two goals—increase awareness of the Cooperative Extension Service Centennial, and to engage Oklahomans in our year-long celebration. Watch for the “finished centennial quilt” as the backdrop on the OCES Centennial float during the OSU Homecoming parade on October 25th. The historical quilt will also be displayed at other locations throughout the state as opportunity allows. Committee members and award recipients for the Centennial Quilt Block Challenge will be announced in a future issue of Extension News. Thanks again to everyone who contributed toward the success of this project!  I look forward to watching the future activities unfold as we continue our celebration of 100 Years of Extension! Our celebration has informally been rated as the best in the nation!  I certainly agree with that distinction!
                                                                                                                       Jim Trapp

 

CURRENT EVENTS

 

Environmental Law Enforcement Training: In an effort to prevent illegal dump sites from popping up along country roads, an Environmental Law Enforcement Training will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 24 at the Vassar Community Center in Perkins. Michael Freeman, senior criminal investigator with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, will be the keynote speaker. Lynn Malley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension assistant state specialist, solid waste management programs, will present information about Extension and the roles citizens can take in helping to control illegal dumping. The training is free and lunch is $10 if registered by July 21. Registration may be done online on the OSU Solid Waste Management Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OkstateSolidWasteManagement, or the website at www.agecon.okstate.edu/waste. For additional information please contact Malley at lynn.malley@okstate.edu.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Bovine Leukemia Virus BLV: Clinical evidence dating back to the 1800’s suggests that cattle were susceptible to a cancer that could be spread throughout a herd. The agent for bovine leucosis/leukemia was first identified in 1969, however a practical diagnostic test was unavailable until the late 1970s. This diagnostic test allowed monitoring of the disease in U.S. cattle populations. 

     Improving trade and marketing of cattle within regions and countries, and reducing carcass contamination, were the initial reasons identified to control Bovine Leukemia Virus (BLV) and identify BLV-free herds. Additional data indicated BLV infection can have a negative effect on dairy cattle production and genomic segments of BLV have been found in human tissues. Authors of these case reports indicate further analysis is required before a direct cause and effect can be determined. Ideally cattle producers should be ahead of the curve on this because of our interest in producing safe beef products. 

     BLV can affect cattle health and performance.  We have methods to manage the infection and associated disease and methods to control the disease.  In some cases eradication of the disease with testing and management changes can be accomplished in individual herds.  Consult with your veterinarian to design a program for use on your farm. 

     The Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnotic Laboratory (OADDL) at OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences has a screening panel that includes BLV testing. Information on this program can be obtained on the OADDL web site at

http://www.cvm.okstate.edu/images/stories/OADDL/bvd_blv_mapprogram_2013_2.pdf

     Please call 405-744-7672 for Dr. Elisabeth Giedt or Dr. D.L. Step if you would be interested in hosting a seminar in your county on this or any other topic affecting the health and well-being of the animals in your area. 

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:

 

* T-5142 Senior Cohousing

* HLA-6217 Collecting and Storing Pecan Propagation Wood

* HLA-6206 Patch Budding Pecans

* PSS-2912 Drinking Water Testing

 

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

 

Appointments

  

Amy O’Bryan, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Delaware County, effective 6-9-14

 

Title Changes/Transfers

 

None to report

 

Separations/Retirements


Daren Redfearn, associate professor, Forage and Pasture Management, effective 6-30-14

Johnnie R. (Bob) Kropp, Professor, Beef Cattle, effective 7-10-14 (retirement)

 

COMING EVENTS

 

July 11: Cooperative Conversations: Presentation Technology (Adobe Connect)

July 13-15: OHCE State Conference (Norman)

July 15-17: OSU Big 3 Field Days (Stillwater)

July 16: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBD)

July 17: Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)

July 23-25: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

July 29: 10th Annual Winter Canola Conference (Enid)

July 30: 10th Annual Winter Canola Conference (Altus)

July 31: Canola Caterpillars: Identification and Management (Web-based)

August 1: Choosing a Wheat Variety (Web-based)

August 1: Considerations When Sowing Wheat Early (Web-based)

August 1: Wheat Streak Mosaic and Similar Mite-Transmitted Diseases of Wheat (Web-based)

August 5: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (TBD)

August 6: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)

August 7: Cotton 101 – Cotton Production and Management (Altus)

August 7-8: Oklahoma Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Oklahoma City)

August 8: Cooperative Conversations: How to use YouTube for Education (Adobe Connect)

August 12-14: New Extension Educator Orientation (Stillwater)

August 13: OCES Rural Development: Programs and Services (Coweta)

August 14: Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)

August 14: E3A In-Service, Part 4 (Adobe Connect)

August 14: Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference (Enid)

August 15-16: Farm Transitions Workshop (Stillwater)

August 19: 2014 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Fort Cobb)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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