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Volume 16, Number 21
December 16, 2016


Merry Christmas to All the Extension Family:  As we draw near to the end of a very challenging year, I would first like to say “thank you” to each of you for your dedication and hard work on behalf of Extension throughout the past year. I know we all believe in the Extension mission and I appreciate the passion you have for what you do. In a year in which the Extension family, and all of DASNR, has faced challenges, let me encourage you to use the Christmas holidays to put those challenges aside and focus on the positive things in your personal life. Christmas is a time for being with family and gathering renewed strength from one another. Please take time this Christmas to reflect and be thankful for family, health, and friends; and especially to consider the meaning of Christmas.
     With regard to the meaning of Christmas let me leave you with this thought, which are the words of Mr. Grinch as written by Dr. Suess. “What if Christmas… doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.” My hope is that your Christmas will be merry and my challenge to you is to make this year’s Christmas mean a bit more.


                                                                                      Jim Trapp                                                                             


Horses, Heifers, and Hounds: For those involved in youth animal projects with the 4-H program, make plans to attend Horses, Heifers, and Hounds, an adult volunteer leader conference Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cline Equine Center in Stillwater. Interactive sessions with individual species will be available, including topics involving behavior, care and management, training and more. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, please contact Kris Hiney, Extension Equine Specialist, at 405-744-9291, or via email at khiney@okstate.edu.


Save the Date: The 2017 No-till Oklahoma Conference will take place March 7-8, 2017, at The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, 777 Grand Casino Blvd, Shawnee. Early registration is $125 and due by Feb. 17. After that date, registration is $150. Registration information is available here.

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

  • CR-2274 Oklahoma Agricultural Soil Test Summary 2009-2013
  • AGEC-1065 Internet Options for Low-Income Households in Oklahoma
  • PSS-2596 Sandbur Control in Bermudagrass Pastures
  • CR-2595 Using Google Earth for Mapping and Assessing Grazeable Land
  • CR-2597 Assessing potential Forage Production Using the NRCS Web Soil Survey

Congratulations to: Taylor Gazda, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, and Garrett Stipe, on the birth of their son. David Hudson Stipe was born Dec. 10, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Condolences to: Roger Williams, Extension Educator, Agriculture, Cherokee County, on the death of his mother. Eleanor Williams died December 6. Funeral services took place Dec. 13 at the First United Methodist Church in Cordell, Oklahoma. Cards may be sent to Roger, c/o Cherokee County Extension Office, 908 S. College, Tahlequah, OK  74464.

Condolences to: Edmond Bonjour, Director, Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program, on the death of his mother. Margaret M. Bonjour passed away Dec. 8 in Anamosa, Iowa. Funeral services took place Dec. 11 at the Lahey Funeral Home in Olin, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the Morley United Methodist Church, 110 Rohrback, Morley, IA, 52312. Cards may be sent to Edmond and his wife, Rose, at 2117 Valley View Road, Stillwater, OK  74075.



    None to report

    Title Changes/Transfers

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    Ethan Green, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 11/18/16

    Julie Staiger, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Pushmataha County, effective 12-6-16

    Brenda Brantley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Caddo County, effective 12-16-16

    Max Gallaway, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Stephens County, effective 12-31-17 (retirement)

    Frieda Atkins, Coordinator, Agricultural Duplicating Services, effective 1-6-17 (retirement)

    Celia Madden, Receiving and Distribution Room Operator, effective 1-6-17 (retirement)

    Steve Sutliff, Bindery Operator 1, effective 1-6-17 (retirement)


    Family and Consumer Sciences

    None at this time

    4-H Youth Development

    None at this time


    None at this time

    Area Positions

    None at this time

    Internal Applicants Only

    None at this time


    December 20: Current topics with Plant and Soils (Webinar)
    December 20: Social Media Update (Adobe Connect)
    January 14: Air Pistol and Rifle FUN Shoot (Stillwater)
    January 17: In-service: Marketing/Communications Tips from Ag Communications Services (Adobe Connect)
    January 19: Canola College (Enid)
    January 21: Horses, Heifers, and Hounds (Stillwater)
    January 21: State 4-H Indoor Archery Contest (Stillwater)
    January 24: Northwest District Ag Educator In-service (Kay/Noble County Area)
    January 27: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Pauls Valley)
    January 31: Career Ladder Training (Adobe Connect)
    February 4: Horse Topic Communication Contest (Stillwater)
    February 16: Basics of Wheat Proteins and Quality (Adobe Connect)
    February 17: 4-H Bright Nights (Oklahoma City)
    February 24: Co-Parenting for Resilience: Helping Parents Help their Children (Purcell)
















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