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Volume 15, Number 4
February 19, 2015


Practical Tips for Protecting Your Pets: Pet owners concerned about fleas and ticks can get some practical tips by attending a free seminar presented by OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The seminar, which is open to the public, is slated March 3 at 7:00 p.m., in McElroy Hall Auditorium on the OSU campus. Dr. Lindsay Starkey will the featured speaker. Pet owners will learn about where these parasites come from, as well as learn strategies that will help protect their pets and themselves. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 405-744-7672.

Horse Owner’s Workshop Slated: OSU’s Department of Animal Science, along with OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, are teaming up to present the Horse Owner’s Workshop. Slated March 7 at the Animal Science Arena, 2720 W. McElroy, Stillwater, the workshop will cover all aspects of horse care, including nutrition, health care, pasture management and fire safety. Industry specialists from OSU and Louisiana State University will be on hand to share their expertise. Registration is $25 per person for the all-day workshop which begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included. For more information, please call 405-744-6060.

Organic Oklahoma 2015 – In-Service Credit Available: Those interested in sustainable and organic production should make plans now to attend Organic Oklahoma 2015, slated Feb. 27-28 at OSU/OKC. Topics on the agenda include hands-on growing techniques, season extension, varietal selections, and farm management practices. Participants also will have an opportunity to tour a farmers market, green houses, and high tunnel facilities, as well as network with product suppliers, educational exhibitors, and industry related vendors. Featured speakers will include national and state specialists and experienced local growers. Registration is $50 and covers facilities, food, and educational materials. Registration for OSU horticulture students has been reduced to $25. Please register online at http://www.osuokc.edu/organicoklahoma/. For more information, please contact Cross Timbers RC&D at 918-623-0658, or via email at crosstimbersrcd@gmail.com.

Specialty Crops Workshop: A Specialty Crops Workshop will take place March 5 at the Otoe-Missouria Complex Cultural Building and Garden, 8151 HWY 177 in Red Rock. Participants will learn more about season extension techniques and tour a farm that uses high tunnels for vegetable production. Speakers from OSU include Lynn Brandenberger and Jim Shrefler; as well as Micah Anderson, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Plasticulture Program; and Rod Krueger, K-2 Farm owners and operator. The program is free with lunch and refreshments provided. RSVP is required for lunch count and materials. For more information, please contact Sara Siems at 405-744-9826, or via email at sara.siems@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference Slated: The Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference will take place March 13, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the National Weather Center in Norman. The full-day conference will incorporate special issues important to Oklahoma, including crops weeds and pests, invasive species management, successful biocontrol of invasives, and information on a wide variety of invasive species. The effect of invasives on crops, natural areas, and urban systems also will be covered. Registration is $30 and includes conference participation, resource bag, lunch, and break snacks and beverages. For more information and to register online, please visit www.okinvasives.org.


America’s Healthiest Campus® (AHC) Innovators Reminder: AHC Innovators enhance living America’s Healthiest Campus® by communicating, engaging, and collaborating within their departments. Encouraging healthy lifestyles while at work - where we spend most of our time - benefits OSU’s employees, students, and communities. Through an innovator network, AHC Innovators provide the tools, resources and peer support necessary to facilitate healthy lifestyle choices with their colleagues. Eighty eight participated in the January training – including several from OCES. Apply at https://healthycampus.okstate.edu/ahc-innovators for the next training slated April 30.

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: 

  • HLA-6446 Augmentation Biological Control Practices for the Home Landscape
  • HLA-6447 Conservation Biological Control for the Home Landscape

Revised publications include:

  • HLA-6434 Biological Pest Controls for the Home Landscape
  • AGEC-241 Wheat Grazeout versus Harvest for Grain
  • AGEC-902 Comparison of County Government Finances by Size Groupings


Congratulations to: Dave Deken, Sr. TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, and his wife, Crystal, on the birth of their twin girls. Molly Mae and Savannah RaeLynn were born Feb. 13. Molly weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 ½ inches long. Savannah weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 18 ½ inches long.

Condolences to: Mark Gregory, Southwest District Area Agronomy Specialist, on the death of his father. Quentin Gregory passed away Feb. 5. Funeral services took place Feb. 7 at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro, Texas. Cards may be sent to Mark and his family at 5420 Cason Rd., Marlow, OK  73055.

Condolences to: Tracy Lane, CED, Tulsa County, on the death of her mother. Lanora Donahoo passed away Feb. 6. Funeral services took place Feb. 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Enid. Cards may be sent to Tracy and her family in care of the Tulsa County OSU Extension Office, 4116 E. 15th St., Tulsa, OK  74112-6198.


OQBN Recognized: The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network received the Outstanding Extension Program Award at the Southern Agricultural Economics Association’s annual meeting recently in Atlanta, Georgia. Members of the team include Damona Doye, Eric Devuyst, Derrell Peel, Kellie Raper, Gant Mourer, David Lalman, Chris Richards, Megan Rolf, Daniel Stein, D.L. Step, and Justin Talley.

Horticulture Trio Wins Award: Courtney Keck, Mike Schnelle, and Justin Quetone Moss received the Southern Region American Society of Horticultural Science Extension Communication Award during the group’s 2015 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The award is in recognition of the OCES publication E-1037 Drought-Tolerant Plant Selections for Oklahoma.



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February 19: Canola College (Enid)
February 20-21: 4-H Bright Nights Oklahoma Science Museum Camp-In (Oklahoma City)
February 21: 4-H Day at Cowboy Basketball (Stillwater)
February 21: Southeast District Share the Fun, Clover Bowl, and Famous Persons Contest (Kiowa)
February 21: Improving Your Schoolyard Habitat: A School Site Workshop (Stillwater)
February 24: Specialty Crops Workshop (Rose)
February 27-28: Organic Oklahoma 2015 (Oklahoma City)
March 5: Specialty Crops Workshop (Red Rock)
March 7: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
March 7: Oklahoma 4-H State Hunting and Wildlife Contest (Enid)
March 13: Cooperative Conversations – Editing PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro (Adobe Connect)
March 13: Oklahoma Invasive Species Conference (Norman)
March 16: Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop (Tulsa)
March 17: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Coalgate)March 18: Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop (Norman)
March 24: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Miami)
March 25: Native Pecan Management (Perkins)
March 26: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Fairview)
March 26: Southeast District 4-H Public Speaking Contest (McAlester)
March 27-28: 4-H Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
March 31: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Chickasha)















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