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Volume 16, Number 4
March 4, 2016


Deadline Approaching for America’s Healthiest Campus®: March 11 is the deadline to complete an application to receive the Certified Healthy Department designation. All counties are encouraged to apply this year. To apply, go to https://americashealthiestcampus.okstate.edu/certified-healthy-departments. Also, make note on your calendar that April 29 is Sneaker Day. All campus employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work. Take advantage of wearing your sneakers and climb a few extra flights of stairs, park further away from your office, meetings, etc., and walk further than usual.
     Contact Rachel Shreffler, rachel.shreffler@okstate.edu; Mary Talley, mary.talley@okstate.edu; or Lani Vasconcellos, lani.vasconcellos@okstate.edu with any questions you have.

Specialty Crops Workshop: A Specialty Crops Workshop is slated March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Nowata County Fairgrounds, 612 E. Roxy, in Nowata. Information will be available on developing a food safety plan for fresh produce operations and an on-farm safety assessment checklist to decrease the risk of pre- and post-harvest food safety issues. The material will be presented by specialists from OSU. There is no fee to attend the workshop, but an 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.

Crop Clinic Slated March 29: The 17th Annual Crop Clinic will take place March 29 at OPREC in Goodwell. Specialists from OSU will be on hand to discuss sugarcane aphids, multi-purpose crops, irrigation management, fertilizers, corn and sorghum response to different irrigation management practices, and herbicide updates. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the sessions will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A catered lunch will follow. CCU credits will be offered. Please RSVP by March 23 by calling 580-349-5440.

Applications Available for Camp T.U.R.F: Now in its seventh year, Camp T.U.R.F. is for students who will be entering their freshman or sophomore year this fall. The camp will take place June 5-17 and is a residential camp, with the participants staying in the residential suites. Students who love science, the outdoors, or working with their hands, will enjoy it, and the focus is careers in horticulture and landscape architecture. All activities are hands-on. More information and the application is available here.  

STEM Event Slated July 6-7: The STEM Event at OSU is in its first year. It is a two-day event with students staying overnight in the residential suites. The 2016 dates are July 6 and 7. This is two days of competitions in rotating groups of 3 students. Students (entering 8th-12th grades in the fall) compete in randomly-selected small groups in 8 different events (like egg drop, trebuchet, etc.) over the 2 days, and the top 9 students go to the state contest at TU on Saturday, July 23. There are 90 slots available for The STEM Event, and applications will be accepted starting April 1. More information can be found here. There also are STEM Events at TU and Cameron University for 90 students each, with the top students also going to state.
     Other free academies can be found at the state regents’ website.


4-H Roundup Workshops Needed: The 95th State 4-H Roundup is scheduled on the OSU campus July 27-29. The Youth Leadership Council and Roundup committee are committed to offering the highest quality educational program possible. We are looking for persons to present educational workshops to youth, ages 13-19. The workshops need to be hands-on, motivational, upbeat, and age appropriate.
     The workshop form can be found here. Please consider teaching one. Or, if you know of someone who does a quality workshop for youth, please try to recruit them. Workshop applications are due April 1.
     If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8888.

Marketing Toolbox Updates: The marketing toolbox maintained by Agricultural Communications Services recently has had some updates. It’s been reorganized into 3 parts to make finding 1) marketing and communications materials built by ACS, 2) resources to help staff build their own materials and 3) educational and training information, including the SQ777 presentation from the Extension Conference.
     Additionally, ACS has developed some n
ew templates for the toolbox, including PowerPoints, stakeholder reports and newsletters (for both general Extension and 4-H). 

OALP Returns from Vietnam, Philippines: Class XVII of the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program (OALP) visited Vietnam and the Philippines for the group’s international study tour Feb. 12-27. They traveled from northern Vietnam to the southern part of the country and were exposed to a great diversity of agriculture. They visited a community garden where the vegetables are fertilized with seaweed, learned how rice is farmed using water buffalo, tried their hand at fishing with nets, were educated on new technologies to assist farming activities, visited a typical dairy farm, met with FAS staff from the U.S. Consulate and members of the Vietnam Farmer’s Union, took a boat cruise to observe the floating markets, stopped at several local workshops to see how to make rice paper, coconut candy, pop-rice, rice noodles, and fish sauce, visited with scientists at the College of Agriculture at Can Tho University, toured a black pepper plantation, and learned how pearls are grown and harvested. In the Philippines, David Porter, emeritus Department Head of Plant and Soil Sciences, served as their host and tour guide. Their first stop was at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) where they heard from President Isaac Bekalo, who happened to be visiting from Kenya; toured their Bio-Intensive Garden; and had a presentation from Joseph Sowers, Assistant Regional Vice President of South Asia U.S. Wheat Associates. They also visited a pineapple farm and tasted fresh pineapple, and toured a coffee cooperative where they sampled some amazing coffee. On the final day, they visited the International Rice Research Institute, where they heard presentations and toured a greenhouse growing Golden Rice, and then went on a walking tour of Makiling Botanic Garden.
     Class XVII will hold its graduation ceremony April 2 in Stillwater. Application materials are available for Class XVIII on the OALP website at http://oalp.ostate.edu and are due by May 1.

Southwest District Livestock Show a Big Success: The Southwest District Livestock Show Board of Directors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the following OCES professionals who assisted in making the 2016 Southwest District Show a success. More than 1,700 youth participated in the show and over $35,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. Thank you to:

Whitney Jung - Comanche County
Greta Meisner - Comanche County
Carol Hart - Comanche County
Halee Salmon - Jackson County
Aaron Henson - Tillman County
Travis Tacker - Kiowa County
Jordan Slagell - Custer County
Radonna Sawatzky - Custer County
Hillary Finck - Canadian County
Danielle Venable - Oklahoma County
Greg Hartman - Beckham County
Brenda Brantley - Caddo County
Pam Varner - Cotton County
Wyatt Kirwan - Cotton County
Tori Gonzalez - Cotton County
Charity Martin - Harmon County
Tom Manske -State 4-H
Kim Davis - Southwest District
Clint Rusk - Animal Science

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:

  • PSS-2130 Managing Winter Canola
  • NREM-9212 Keep Your Pond in Good Condition
  • HLA-6612 Turf Irrigation Water Quality: A Concise Guide
  • AGEC-267 Funding for Small-Scale Farms: Tips for Grant and Loan Proposals

Congratulations to: Kyle Robinson, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, and his wife, Allyson, on the birth of their son. Callan Oxley Robinson was born Feb. 17, weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 ¾ inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings Carter and Claire.



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Title Changes/Transfers

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Family and Consumer Sciences

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

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

4-H Youth Development

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Creek County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McClain County

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County

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

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Washita County


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

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

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

Area Positions

Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District, (Ada)

Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Northwest District, (Enid)

Area Agriculture Economics Specialist, Southwest District, (Duncan)

Internal Applicants Only

Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Canadian County

Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County

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


March 4: Basic Sewing Techniques I (Stillwater)
March 5-6: 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training (Stillwater)
March 6: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
March 8: Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Woodward)
March 8: Southeast District OHCE Annual Meeting (Sulphur)
March 17: Specialty Crops Workshop (Nowata)
March 19: 4-H State Hunting and Wildlife Contest (Canton)
March 24: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Woodward)
March 25: 4-H Century III, Chapter 3 (Adobe Connect)
March 25-26: 4-H Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
March 26: Oklahoma 4-H Archery FUN Shoot (Stillwater)
March 29: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Muskogee)
March 29: 17th Annual Crop Clinic (Goodwell)
March 31: Southeast District Public Speaking Contest (Muskogee)
April 2: Noble County 4-H Archery FUN Shoot (TBA)
April 5: Southeast District Invitational Livestock Judging Contest (Tishomingo)
April 6: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 6: Early Season Cotton Weed, Insect, and Crop Management (Altus)
April 8: Basic Sewing Techniques (Stillwater)
April 9: Oklahoma 4-H Outdoor Archery Contest (Stillwater)
April 15: 4-H Oklahoma Shakedown (Stillwater)
April 16: McClain County 4-H Sporting Clays Shoot (McLoud)
April 20: 2016 OEAFCS State Meeting (TBA)
April 23: 4-H Dog Show (Muskogee)
April 23: Oklahoma County 4-H Skeet Shoot (Arcadia)
April 25: 4-H Record Books/Scholarship Applications Due (Stillwater)
















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