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Volume 15, Number 21
October 23, 2015


Photos Needed ASAP for Time Capsules: Time is running out for counties to submit photos from local centennial events to be included in the two time capsules. Please send high resolution images to Charles Cox at charles.cox@okstate.edu. If submitting hard copy photos, please send two copies of each photo. Each photo also must include a description or caption. Please submit photos by Oct. 30 to Charles Cox, 139 Ag Hall, Stillwater, OK  74078.


2016 Summer Internship Program: The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will offer a summer internship program in 2016 for students interested in careers in Extension. If you are currently working with undergraduate or graduate students, or you know students who would benefit from a summer internship, please share this information.
     This program provides opportunities for students to experience Extension work first hand. They will work directly with an Extension Educator in all four program areas including agriculture, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and rural development. At the same time, county Extension offices gain the benefits of an extra employee for some of the busiest summer months.
     This program is designed for college students, with a classification of junior, senior or graduate student as of Fall 2016, to spend 8-10 weeks working in a county Extension office. Interns will be paid $10 an hour for 40 hours a week.
     Interns may come from any major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University or other in-state or out-of-state universities. Interns also may come from other colleges such as Education or Social Sciences, but students with majors relevant to Extension work are preferred.
     For more information about the internship program, please go to the Staff and Program Development website at http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff_development/internships.
     All intern applications should be sent to Joyce Sherrer at joyce.sherrer@okstate.edu and will be due in the OCES Staff & Program Development Office (255 Ag Hall, Oklahoma State University) on or before Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.   

Educator Resource for Prescribed Fire Information: eXtension is part of the Cooperative Extension system, providing research-based information from America’s land-grant universities enabled by eXtension.org. eXtension, as an organization, is transferring from being a resource for the public to being a central location for county educators, specialists, and others to find research-based information.
     The Prescribed Fire resource area’s leadership team is represented by several Oklahomans from Oklahoma State University and The Noble Foundation. County educators and other professionals can find information about cattle, wildlife, plants, smoke management, and many other topics in relation to prescribed fire on the eXtension website. The website also features FAQs and an “Ask the Expert” option where the user can post a question and it will be answered within 48 hours.
     The website is www.extension.org/prescribed_fire. For any questions about the prescribed fire resource area, contact Blayr Gourley via email at blayr.gourley@okstate.edu.

Equine Newsletter Available:  Elisabeth Giedt, Director of Continuing Education, Extension and Community Engagement at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, and Kris Hiney, Extension Equine Specialist, publish a monthly equine newsletter containing up-to-date news, upcoming events/seminars, recent recognitions and publications. They would be happy to include Extension personnel on the mailing list. If you would like to receive this newsletter, please visit http://cvhs.okstate.edu/newsletter-subscriptions to subscribe.

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:

  • CR-2144 2014-2015 Winter Canola Performance Trials
  • EPP-7093 Mites in Small Grains
  • ANSI-3174 DNA Sample Collection
  • NREM-2898 App: RxBurn Tracker
  • AGEC-1058 Agritourism in Oklahoma
  • EPP-7094 Common Small Grain Caterpillars in Oklahoma

 Revised publications include:

  • CR-7667 Management of Insect and Mite Pests in Canola
  • EPP-7089 Caterpi8llars in Canola
  • E-982 A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers in Oklahoma
  • AGEC-323 Valuation of Raised Breeding Livestock
  • AGEC-751 Developing a Cash Flow Plan
  • AGED-752 Developing a Balance Sheet
  • AGEC-753 Developing an Income Statement
  • AGEC-622 Meat Goat Marketing and Price Seasonality
  • VTMD-9129 Coccidiosis Treatment and Prevention in Cattle

Congratulations to: Mark Gregory, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southwest District, on the birth of his grandson. Colt Taylor Prichard was born Oct. 6, weighed 8 pounds, 4 ½ ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. Proud parents are Emily and Luke Prichard.

Condolences to: The family of Ray Parker, retired State 4-H Program Leader. He passed away Oct. 8. Funeral services too place Oct. 13 in Stillwater. Ray began his 31-year Extension career in 1951 as a county agent in Garfield and Ellis counties before joining the State 4-H Office in 1957. He served as the first secretary of the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. Fondly known as “Mr. 4-H,” Parker retired in 1982. Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Stillwater, OK  74078; Oklahoma Baptist Home for Children, 16301 S. Western Ave., OKC, OK  73170; or Stillwater First Baptist Church, 701 S. Duncan St., Stillwater, OK  74074.


Jones Named Fellow: JJ Jones, Area Agricultural Economics Specialist, Southeast District, has been accepted into the SARE/NACAA Sustainable Agriculture Fellows program. This is a professional development program that enhances educator understanding of sustainable agriculture through broad-based, national exposure to successful programs and practices. The announcement was made at the 2015 National Association of County Agricultural Agents Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference. Each year, four Fellows are chosen to participate in a two-year series of sustainable agriculture tours to learn and experience how sustainable strategies work in the field. Congratulations JJ!



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OSU Campus

Assistant Director for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Economic Development

Professor/Director, National Institute for Microbial Forensics and Food and Agricultural Biosecurity

Assistant/Associate Professor, Small Grains Specialist

Professor and Head, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Family and Consumer Sciences

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garvin County

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Mayes County

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Nowata County


Area Coordinator, Community Nutrition Education Program, Pittsburg County

4-H Youth Development

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Mayes County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Okfuskee County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Texas County (3/4 time)


Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County

Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Washington County

Area Extension Agriculture Economics Specialist, Southwest District (Duncan)

Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Northwest District (Enid)

Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District (Ada)

Internal Applicants Only

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washita County


October 28: NBCEC Brown Bagger Webinar Series Week 4 (Online)
October 29: Northwest Oklahoma Beef Conference (Enid)
October 29: Tree Care Conference (Stillwater)
October 30: Rural Economic Outlook Conference (Stillwater)
October 31: Archery (Stillwater)
November 2-5: NEAFCS Annual Session (West Virginia)
November 4: Monthly Home Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
November 5: Healthy Home Solutions Grab ‘n’ Go Toolkit: Lesson 11 Household Products (TBA)
November 7: Southeast District Parent/Volunteer Conference (Atoka)
November 8: 4-H State Council Meeting (Oklahoma County)
November 9: Southeast District 4-H Briefing (Webinar)
November 13: Personal Purchases: How to Buy a Computer (Adobe Connect)
November 13: 4-H Volunteer U: Multi-state Conference on Volunteerism (Little Rock, Arkansas)
November 13: CE-FCS Ambassadors Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)
November 17: Southeast District FCS In-service (Sequoyah State Park and Lodge)
November 17: Northeast District FCS In-service (Sequoyah State Park and Lodge)
November 20: Southwest District FCS In-Service (Oklahoma City)
November 24: Southwest District Timeline In-service (Oklahoma City)
November 27-December 1: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)
December 2: Monthly Home Energy Update (Adobe Connect)
December 3: Northwest Ag Educator In-service (TBA)
December 3: 4-H Club Management System (TBA)
December 3: Area Coordinator Training Meeting (Oklahoma City)
December 8: Environment Issue Team: Waste Update (TBA)
December 11: Cooperative Conversations – Adobe Photoshop Advanced Editing (Adobe Connect)
December 15: OSU Winter Crop School (TBA)
December 15: Where Do Contaminants in Household Wastes Go? (TBA)
December 17: December Horticulture Update (Adobe Connect)
















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