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Volume 14, Number 19
October 3, 2014


Weight Loss for Pets: Aaron Herndon, a veterinarian with the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, will present a free seminar about weight loss for pets. Weight Loss for Pleasantly Plump Pets will take place at 7:00 p.m., Oct. 7 in McElroy Hall on the OSU campus. Research by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention shows 53 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight or obese. This can lead to a number of health problems for your pet. The seminar is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 405-744-7672.

OK-FIRE Fall Workshops Slated: J.D. Carlson, OSU fire meteorologist and OK-FIRE program manager will direct five one-day workshops throughout the state this fall. Dates and locations include Ardmore, Oct. 14; Bartlesville, Oct. 29; Woodward, Nov. 11; Altus, Dec. 10; and Stillwater, Dec. 16. OK-FIRE is an operational weather-based decision support system (http://okfire.mesonet.org) for wildland fire managers throughout Oklahoma.  Users include multiple federal and state agencies as well as local fire departments, emergency managers, and private landowners.
     Registration is required and can be done by contacting Elaina Wright (elaina.wright@okstate.edu; 405-744-5425; 405-744-5431) at OSU and providing her with your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number. Applications will be accepted through the middle of the week prior to each workshop or until space is filled up, whichever occurs sooner. There is no cost for the workshops, aside from travel costs to and from the location. Additional information can be found  here.

2014 Rural Economic Outlook Conference: The 2014 Rural Economic Outlook Conference will take place in Stillwater Oct. 30-31 at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. This conference will focus on trends and expectations regarding the rural economy and agriculture. Michael Swanson, ag economist and senior vice president for Walls Fargo Bank N.A., is the keynote speaker. Pre-registration is $50 if paid by Oct. 24, and $70 at the door, and includes the reception on Oct. 30, breakfast and lunch and Oct. 31, and all breaks. For more information, please call 405-744-9836. To register online, please go here.


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:

  • FAPC-184 Challenges of Meeting Oklahoma’s Farmer’s Market Regulations and Varied Requirements
  • FAPC-185 Food Business License and Permit Costs in Oklahoma: The Good, The Bad and The Mundane
  • FAPC-186 Ten Frequently Asked Questions of Start-up Food Business Owners
  • AGEC-1051 Oklahoma’s Recovery from the Great Recession: Trends in Rural vs. Urban Areas
  • AGED 1052 How Are Rural Residents Informed of Community Events?
  • CR-2135 Protein Content of Winter Wheat Varieties in Oklahoma 2014
  • CR-6243 Weed Management in Small Fruit Crops

Revised publications include:

  • CR-7194 Management of Insect and Mite Pests of Small Grains
  • CR-7667 Management of Insect and Mite Pests in Canola
  • FAPC-133 Trans Fats, health and Nutritional Labeling of Foods
  • FAPC-134 Formulating Food Products with Low Trans Fats
  • FAPC-164 Low Trans Fat and Trans-Free Fat Update
  • AGEC-765 Use Tax for County Government
  • CR-6242 Weed Control in Pecans, Apples, and Peaches


Oklahoma Represents at National Meeting: A group of 29 Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences members represented the state at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences meeting recently in Lexington, Kentucky. Several members and specialists presented workshops, while many others represented Oklahoma as national committee members and attended officer trainings. Susan Routh acted as the National Southern Region Director and Board Member conducting the regional meeting and serving as a voice for the Southern States. Several members were recognized as award winners, including: 
  • 3rd Place Southern Region Award – Radio Podcast:  Gale Mills, Washington County
  • 3rd Place Southern Region Award – Social Networking: Amanda Horn, Oklahoma County
  • 3rd Place Southern Region Award – Community Partnership: Jean Bailey, Dewey County
  • National Distinguished Educator Award – Elizabeth Gardener-McBee
  • National Continued Excellence Award – Tommie James
  • National Continued Excellence Award – Debra Garrard-Foster



Donna Robbins, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Osage County, effective 9-3-14

Title Changes/Transfers 

Penny King, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Nowata County, effective 9-15-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Nowata County)

Ed Miller, Interim Department Head, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, effective 10-1-14

Nancy Self, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Creek County, effective 10-1-14 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Creek County)


Lorne Geisler, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Blaine County, effective 9-23-14


October 7: Hunger and Health Issues Teams Joint In-Service (Oklahoma City)
October 7: Veterinary Voices: Weight Loss for Pleasantly Plump Pets (Stillwater)
October 8: 2014 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference (Stillwater)
October 8: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
October 8: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Week 2 (Webinar)
October 9: E3A In-Service, Part 5 (Adobe Connect)
October 9: Oklahoma Recycling Association 2014 Conference (Edmond)
October 10: Cooperative Conversations: National Cybersecurity Month (Adobe Connect)
October 11: Northwest District 4-H Fall Trap Shoot (Enid)
October 13: Southeast District 4-H Briefing #3 (Adobe Connect)
October 15: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Week 3 (Webinar)
October 16: October Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
October 18: 4-H State Trap Contest (El Reno)
October 20: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 21: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Arapaho)
October 21: CPR/First Aid (Stillwater)
October 22: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Week 4 (Webinar)
October 22: Southeast District New Educator Boot Camp – Session 3 (Webinar)
October 23: Ambassadors Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)
October 23: Seminole County OSU Centennial and Open House Celebration (Wewoka)
October 27: 4-H Volunteer Management System (Oklahoma City)
October 28: OCES Administrative Assistants Conference (Stillwater)
October 28: 4-H Volunteer Management System Review (Webinar)
October 29: Southwest District CED Meeting (TBD)
October 29: NBCEC Brown Bagger Seminar Week 5 (Webinar)
October 30-31: Rural Economic Outlook Conference (Stillwater)
November 4: Companion Animal Photo/Video Contest (Online)
November 5: Northeast District 4-H Update (TBA)
November 5: Southwest District 4-H Educator In-Service (Duncan)
November 5: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
November 6: Global Horticulture Conference (Stillwater)
November 6: Cattle and Climate Workshop (Stillwater)
November 6: The Art of Canning Jelly (Walters)
November 7: Annie’s Project – Family and Farm Financial Management Workshop Series (Okemah)
November 7: Volunteer U: Multi-state Conference for 4-H Volunteerism (Little Rock, Arkansas)
November 8: Shooting Sports Instructor Training (Enid)
November 11: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Adobe Connect)
November 11: Mesonet and Weather Training: Ag Weather Tools (Norman)
November 13: 4-H Youth Agri-Science Curriculum (Adobe Connect)
November 13: Special Clovers: Working with Youth with Special Needs (TBD)
November 14: Risky Behavior and Family Breakdown Issue Team In-Service (Stillwater)
November 14: Cooperative Conversation: How to Buy a Computer (Adobe Connect)
November 18: Southeast District FCS In-Service (TBA)
November 20: Northwest District FCS In-Service (Guthrie)
November 21: Southwest District FCS In-Service (TBA)
November 24: Northeast District Ag Update (TBA)














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