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Volume 17, Number 4
February 24, 2017



Irrigation Conference: The 2017 Oklahoma Irrigation Conference will take place March 1 at Western Oklahoma State College, 2801 N. Main, Altus. Topics on the agenda include cotton irrigation, smart irrigation scheduling, irrigation water quality, pumping cost and efficiency, irrigation economics, and more. Participants can receive 5.0 Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in Soil and Water Management and 4.5 Irrigation Association Tier 1 CEUs. Registration is $15. More information is available here.

Specialty Crops Workshop: Learn more about season extension techniques and improving intensive specialty crop production at the Specialty Crops Workshop. Slated March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the event will take place at the Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Conference Center, 2500 NE 63rd, in Oklahoma City. The program will include education on making and using compost, proper market size and condition for select vegetables, uses for “ugly”fruits and vegetables, and more. The afternoon will include a tour of farms in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area that use high-tunnels (hoop houses) for vegetable production. Registration is $15 per person and $5 for students. For more information, contact Sara Siems at 405-744-9825, or sara.siems@okstate.edu.


Certified Healthy Department Applications: Certified Healthy Department applications are live at CHD Application. If your department is not a Certified Healthy Department, your group is encouraged to complete an application for recognition this year. If your department is currently certified, you will need to re-apply to maintain CHD status. Applications will be accepted until March 10.
     CHD Innovators, mark your calendar for the next two quarterly meetings slated Aug. 24 and Dec. 15. These meetings will take place in Student Union 416 on the OSU campus. 

Updates in the World of Wheat: Things are moving and shaking around the state when it comes to wheat. Here are just a few updates:

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:

    • L-462 The Economic Importance of Forestry in Oklahoma in 2012
    • T-2383 Protecting Infants and Toddlers from Positional Asphyxia: Car Seats and Cling Carriers
    • NREM-2902 Cut and Stuff Practices for Enhanced Cedar Control with Prescribed Fire

      Revised publications include:

      • CR-7667 Management of Insect and Mite Pests in Canola
      • CR-216 Oklahoma Pasture Rental Rates: 2016-2017
      • AGEC-241 Wheat Grazeout versus Harvest for Grain

      Congratulations to: Randy Pirtle, Northeast District Director, and his wife, Susan, on the birth of their first grandchild. Maverick Killian Scribner was born Feb. 9 in Champaign, Illinois.  He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 ½ inches long.  Maverick is the son of their oldest daughter, Aspen Pirtle, and Jesse Scribner.

      Congratulations to: Carol Hart, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, and her husband, Daryl, on the birth of their granddaughter. Caroline Pearl Hendricks was born Feb. 21, weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Proud parents are Carly and Dylan Hendricks.

      Condolences to: Pat Tolson, Administrative Support Assistant, Pittsburg County, and her husband, Troyce, on the death of her mother-in-law. Wilma Tolson passed away Feb. 7. Funeral services took place Feb. 10 at Bishop Funeral Home in McAlester. Cards may be sent to Troyce and Pat at 4 Golf View Circle, McAlester, OK  74501.

      Condolences to: Randy Pirtle, Northeast District Director, and his wife, Susan, on the death of his father-in-law. Kenneth Thornbrough passed away Feb. 18. Funeral services took place Feb. 21 at the Kiesau Memorial Chapel in Clinton. Cards may be sent to Randy and Susan at 3007 Azalea Park Dr., Muskogee, OK  74401-2285. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1301 NE 14th St., OKC, OK  73117.



        None to report

        Title Changes/Transfers

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        Family and Consumer Sciences

        None at this time

        4-H Youth Development (Internal Applicants Only)

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

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

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


        None at this time

        Area Positions

        Area Extension Agriculture Economist, Southwest District

        Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Southeast District


        February 24: Co-Parenting for Resilience: Helping Parents Help their Children (Purcell)
        February 26: Spring 4-H Ambassador Meeting (Stillwater)
        February 26: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Stillwater)
        March 1: Oklahoma Irrigation Conference (Altus)
        March 4: Horse Owner’s Workshop (Stillwater)
        March 7: 2017 No-Till Oklahoma Conference (Shawnee)
        March 8: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Zoom)
        March 9: Specialty Crops Workshop (Oklahoma City)
        March 16: 4-H Day at the Capitol Training (Zoom)
        March 21: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Stillwater)
        March 23: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (TBA)
        March 23: 2017 Oklahoma Peanut Expo (Altus)
        March 24: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Pauls Valley)
        March 25: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)
        March 28: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (McAlester)
        April 1: Healthy Animals – Healthy People (Stillwater)
        April 5: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
        April 19: FCS Statewide In-Service (Oklahoma City)
        April 27: 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies (TBA)
        April 28: Co-Parenting for Resilience (Purcell)
        April 28: 4-H Core Competencies Review (Webinar)
















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