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Volume 14, Number 21
October 31, 2014


Another Centennial Event A Success:  We just completed OSU Homecoming this past weekend and participated in the homecoming parade with our Extension Centennial Float. Thank you to Charles Cox, Centennial co-chair, for taking the lead on this activity and making it happen. I know Charles spent many, many hours collecting items, building props, painting benches, etc., to pull it all together. My appreciation also to the many 4-H members who spent countless hours assisting with the assembling of the float, staying up all night with the float, participating in the parade, and collaborating with us to have a place in the parade this year! Thank you to Ray Campbell, former Associate Extension Director, for giving his time to ride in the parade along with me. We both heard “gasps” and people commenting on the beautiful Centennial Quilt from both sides of the street as we passed down Main Street. Thank you to Recia Garcia, Centennial co-chair, for her help in getting the finishing touches on the quilt in time to display it on the float. If you were not able to be in Stillwater for homecoming weekend, I hope you were able to watch the parade via live stream through the OState.TV link we sent out. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the administrative professional field staff visited campus for their conference and we celebrated Centennial activities with them. We appreciate the work these staff members do each and every day out in the county, district, and area offices as they truly are the front door to the University and play an important role in “Bringing the University to the People.” Thank you for all that you do!

Our next Centennial activity is underway. We have begun planning for our Centennial time capsule. We are actually planning for two time capsules. One to be opened in 25 years and one to be opened in 100 years. Please be thinking about what you as an Extension employee would like to share about Extension…what would you want people to know about your position, the role Extension plays in today’s society, programs you present, etc., when the time capsule is opened. I am hoping to give everyone that would like to write a one-page letter of this type the opportunity to do so and have it placed in the 25-year time capsule. So start thinking now on what story you would like to tell. Again, thank you to all of you who have played a part in making our Centennial year a great year of celebrations across the state, and one recognized as second to none throughout the nation.   

                                                                                                                   Jim Trapp



Seminar to Focus on Pets With Diabetes: Shane Lyon, a veterinarian with the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, will present a free seminar about caring for pets with diabetes. Diabetic Care for Your Pet will take place Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. in McElroy Hall on the OSU campus. He will discuss the risk factors and possible signs that might indicate your pet has diabetes. He also will share information about treatment options to help your diabetic pets live happy, healthy lives. 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:
There are three dates left to participate in the OK-FIRE workshops that are led by J.D. Carlson, OSU fire meteorologist and OK-FIRE program manager. Remaining dates and locations include 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.


Grant Renewed: The Department of Agricultural Economics is pleased to announce it has again received a USDA Risk Management Agency partnership agreement grant for 2014-2015. This grant is designed to equip farmers and ranchers with market-based risk management tools in the areas of production, marketing, financial, legal, and human resource risk. Several programs will continue to receive funding as a result of this partnership, including specialty crops workshops, the Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference, crop insurance information meetings, and a quarterly newsletter for beef/forage producers. Two new projects included in the grant are a second level Annie’s Project class and a Master Manager Workshop series to teach producers how to use risk management techniques in a manner that is customizable and applicable to their real-world farm operation. Partnership agreement programs will run from mid-October 2014 to the end of August 2015.

OQBN Calf Sales Underway: There are a number of Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) preconditioned calf sales slated this fall. In order for a producer to take advantage of these value-added opportunities, the cattle must be enrolled in the OQBN Vac-45 program, follow one of three health protocols, weaned by the deadline, and third party verified by Extension personnel. Upcoming sale dates and locations include Nov. 4, McAlester Stockyards; Nov. 5, OKC West; Nov. 7, Elk City Livestock; Nov. 15, Pawnee Livestock; Nov. 21, South Coffeyville; Nov. 22, Blackwell Livestock; Dec. 1, Tulsa Stockyards; and Dec. 3, OKC West. For additional information about the OQBN or the type of cattle at the sales, please contact your local OSU Extension Office, or Gant Mourer, OQBN Coordinator, at 405-744-6060, or via email at gantm@okstate.edu. You also may visit the website at www.oqbn.okstate.edu.

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-188 Dimensional Stability and Roughness of Wood Plastic Composite Material Made from Eastern Redcedar
  • FAPC-189 Manufacturing Sandwich-Type Panels from Easter Redcedar and Southern Pine
  • FAPC-190 Dimensional Movement of Wheel Chocks Made from Southern Pine
  • BAE-1407 Poultry Ventilation Fan Maintenance and Energy Savings
  • Exploring the Potential Effectiveness of a State Low Income Housing Tax Credit in Oklahoma
  • ANSI-3260 A Planning Calendar for Beef Cattle Herd Health


Revised publications include:

  • ANSI-3260 A Planning Calendar for Beef Cattle Herd Health

Congratulations to: Ginny McCarthick, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development/Family and Consumer Sciences, and CED, Johnston County, and her husband, Scotty, on the birth of their grandson. Jax Michael McCarthick was born Oct. 8, weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 ½ inches long. Proud parents are Drew and Jana McCarthick.

Condolences to: Claude Bess, Southeast District Director, on the death of his mother. Juanita Bess passed away Oct. 27. Funeral services took place Oct. 30 at the First Baptist Church in Eufaula. Memorials may be made in her memory to First Baptist Church of Eufaula Building Fund, 400 West Foley, Eufaula, OK  74432. Cards may be sent to Claude and his family at 12250 County Road 3632, Ada, OK  74820.


Congratulations to: Donna Dollins, Graphic Designer, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, for being named the National 4-H Volunteer of the Year. Donna was recognized at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents meeting in Minneapolis this week. Congratulation Donna!



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November 4: Companion Animal Photo/Video Contest (Online)
November 5: Northeast District 4-H Update (Chouteau)
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 (Online)
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 and Northeast District FCS In-Service (Seminole)
November 20: Northwest District FCS In-Service (Guthrie)
November 20: New Ag Educator Retreat (Stillwater)
November 21: Southwest District FCS In-Service (Weatherford)
November 24: Northeast District Ag Update (Haskell)
December 2: Northwest District 4-H Update (TBD)
December 3: Area Coordinator Training Meeting (Oklahoma City)
December 4: 4-H Club Management System Review (Webinar)
December 5: 4-H Club Management System Review (Oklahoma City)
December 9: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)
December 10: New Ag Educator Retreat (Stillwater)
December 10: Monthly Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
December 11: Refresher Soil Science Course for Agriculturists (Stillwater)
December 11: E3A Om-Service: Part Six (Adobe Connect)
December 11: Safety and Environment Issue Teams Meeting (Stillwater)
December 12: Aerobic Treatment Units: How Does it Work and How to Maintain It (Adobe Connect)
December 12: Cooperative Conversations: Tips and Tricks (Adobe Connect)
December 18: December Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)














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