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Vol. 11 – No. 5
March 11, 2011



Sustainable Agriculture Summit: The 2011 Sustainable Agriculture Summit will take place April 19-20 at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU Stillwater campus.  The workshop will provide information on alternative livestock production systems in Oklahoma. Registration is $40 and includes lunch and workshop materials. To register, please visit http://orangehub.okstate.edu and click on Agricultural Conference Services. For more information, contact Kefyalew Desta at 405-744-4667, or e-mail at kefyalew.desta@okstate.edu; or Janelle Malone at 405-744-3669, or e-mail at Janelle.malone@okstate.edu.


York Joins OK AgrAbility: Julie York, former Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator in Noble County, is joining the OK AgrAbility Program as Program Coordinator, effective March 21. Julie will be working to further promote educational resources and outreach to farmers, ranchers, and their families who live with disabilities. You can reach Julie at julie.york@okstate.edu or 405-744-6882.

Presenters Needed for Upcoming State 4-H Roundup: The State 4-H Office and Roundup committee are searching for individuals to volunteer to present educational workshops at the upcoming 90th  State 4-H Roundup slated July 27-29 on the OSU campus in Stillwater. The workshops, for ages 13-19, need to be hands-on, motivational, upbeat, and age appropriate. Topics could include everything from engineering, technology, careers, fabrics and fashions, cooking, crafts, and performing arts to livestock, wildlife, entomology, public speaking, internet, etc. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Tracy Beck at 405-744-8891, or e-mail at tracy.beck@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Andrew Roewe, DASNR Computer Support Specialist, and his wife Kimberly,  on the birth of their first child. Penelope Jane Roewe was born Jan.18, weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long.   

Congratulations to: Gary Sherrer, Assistant Vice President for External Affairs, and his wife Judith, on the birth of their first grandchild. Rylee Madison Lew Wimmer was born Feb. 23, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.  Proud parents are Tori (Sherrer) and Ryan Wimmer, Howell, MI  

Congratulations to: Austin Moore, TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, and his wife, Melissa, on the birth of their son. Greyson Lee Moore was born March 1, weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 ¾ inches long. He joins big brother, Tucker.

Congratulations to: Gloria King, Southwest District Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the birth of her grandson. Thomas Owen Tucker was born on March 4, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He joins big sister, Emily. Proud parents are Adam and Amanda Tucker.

Congratulations to: Rhonda Ellison, Harmon County Extension Senior Secretary, on the birth of her granddaughter. Taylor Janine Ellison was born March 7, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. Taylor joins big brother, Tristan. Proud parents are Scotty and Mandy Ellison.  

Condolences to: Chris Hargis, Cotton County Extension Educator, Agriculture, on the death of his grandmother. Mary Francis Hargis passed away Feb. 26. Funeral services took place March 2 at the   Waurika United Methodist Church. Cards may be sent to Chris at 439 E. Iowa, Walters, OK  73572.


Taylor Honored: Merrit Taylor, Director of the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lane, has been named the recipient of the Research Center Administrators Society’s (RCAS) Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes service, leadership, and outstanding contributions to RCAS. He has served the RCAS as proceedings chairman, secretary, vice president, and national president.



Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Applications Engineer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 3-1-11

Deborah D. Bell, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Oklahoma County, effective 3-7-11

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March 11:  Cooperative Conversations: Simple Video Editing (Centra)
March 11: Forest Landowner Education (Idabel)
March 11-21: Oklahoma Youth Expo (Oklahoma City)
March 16-19: Kansas City Global Summit (Kansas City, Mo.)
March 18: OSU Day at OYE (Oklahoma City)
March 21-25: Prescribed Fire Training (Clayton)
March 23: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
March 25: Retail Trade: Helping Main Street Be Vibrant (Oklahoma City)
March 25: Rural Development In-Service (Norman)
March 25-26: Southeast District 4-H Night at the Oklahoma Science Museum (Oklahoma City)
March 25-26: Oklahoma 4-H Operation: Military Kids Zoo Snooze (Oklahoma City)
March 26: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Woodward)
March 26: Northwest District Meats Contest (Enid)
March 29: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Miami)
March 30: Household Waste Management Education for Youth (Enid)
March 31: Southeast District Speech Contest (McAlester)
March 31: Coffeyville Community College Interscholastic (Coffeyville, Kan.)
April 2: NEO A&M Interscholastic (Miami)
April 2: Introduction to Sporting Dogs Workshop (Stillwater)
April 4: Economics and Management Topics for Cow-Calf and Wheat Stocker Production (TBA)
April 5: Southeast District Livestock Judging (Tishomingo)
April 5: Multimedia Communications Training – Southwest District (Duncan)
April 6: Economics and Management Topics for Cow-Calf and Wheat Stocker Production (TBA)
April 6: Issue Team Planning Meeting (Oklahoma City)
April 7: Connors State College Interscholastic (Warner)
April 8: Cooperative Conversations: Bringing Tablets to the Table (Centra)
April 9: State 4-H/FFA Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 11: Oak Decline and Other Tree Health Issues (McAlester)
April 11: Winter Canola Field Tours (Alfalfa, Kingfisher, and Canadian Counties)
April 12: Winter Canola Field Tours (Harmon/Jackson, Comanche, Cotton, and Stephens Counties
April 13: Winter Canola Field Tours (Noble, Oklahoma, Grady, and Caddo Counties)
April 13: Oklahoma AgrAbility: Assisting Farmers, Ranchers, and Their Families (Oklahoma City)
April 13: Oak Decline and Other Tree Health Issues (Clinton)
April 13: Northeast District Agricultural In-Service Training (Muskogee)
April 14: Winter Canola Field Tours (Dewey, Blaine, Major, and Garfield Counties)
April 14: 2011 4-H Curriculum Training (Stillwater)
April 14: Gardening with Disabilities Conference (Stillwater)
April 19: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 19-20: Oklahoma Sustainable Agriculture Summit (Stillwater)
April 21: Redlands Community College Interscholastic (El Reno)
April 23: EOSC Meats and Livestock Evaluation Contest (Claremore)
April 25: Web Presence Strategies for Small Communities and Local Governments (TBA)
April 26: News Educator Orientation (Stillwater)
April 27: How to Grow Teff in Oklahoma: Tips and Tricks (Webinar)
April 27: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 27: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
April 28: Winter Canola Field Tour (Lahoma)
April 29-30: State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 30: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest – Air Rifle/Archery (McAlester)


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