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Vol. 11 – No. 4
February 25, 2011


Winter Canola Field Tours Start in April: The Winter Canola Field Tours will kick off April 11 and run through April 14 with a total of 15 stops. Participants will spend an hour at each stop to discuss pest control, varieties, fertility, harvest, and marketing. Stops include:

  • April 11 - Alfalfa, Kingfisher, and Canadian counties
  • April 12 - Harmon/Jackson, Comanche, Cotton, and Stephens counties
  • April 13 - Noble, Oklahoma, Grady, and Caddo counties
  • April 14 - Dewey, Blaine, Major, and Garfield counties

The Annual Winter Canola Field Tour at the OSU North Central Research Station near Lahoma will take place April 28. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Annual Winter Canola Conference slated July 19 in Enid, and July 20 in Lawton. For more information contact Joshua Bushong at 580-237-7677.


New Solid Waste Education Resources: Several new items have been added to seven solid waste management resource trunks around the state.  The trunks are available for loan to K-12 educators, 4-H leaders, and others to use in the classroom or outdoors.  Trunks feature a "Close the Loop" display and samples of items made from recycled materials, plus activities and resources on illegal dumping, reduce, reuse, recycle, composting, and household hazardous waste.  Recently added items include:

  • Four DVDs: “The Rotten Truth (About Garbage)”; “Compost: Truth or Consequences”; “No Time to Waste Oklahoma”; and “After the Storm.”
  • Waste-Free Lunch judging activity.
  • How to Make a Recycled Plastic Bottle Greenhouse instructions.
  • TerraCycle curriculum, and much more.

Trunks are located in Ada, Cordell, Enid, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, and Tulsa. For more information and trunk application visit: http://agecon.okstate.edu/wastenew/index.asp. Solid Waste Management Resource Trunks are made available by funding and support from USDA, Rural Development, and the Okalhoma Recycling Association.

St. Pierre Completes Requirements: Eileen St. Pierre, Personal Finance Specialist, has completed all of the requirements to become a certified financial planner. Congratulations!


Sheik Invited to Present: Brenda Sheik, CNEP Evaluator, has been invited and will present “Steps to Ensure an Accurate 24-Hour Food Recall” during the National EFNEP Coordinators’ Conference that will take place Feb. 28-March 3 in Washington, D.C. The presentation, and other conference exhibit opportunities, will showcase the video training package developed by CNEP “The 24-Hour Food Recall: An Essential Tool in Nutrition Education.”  

New Home: The Northeast District office is being relocated and the move should be complete by early next week. The new address is 3007 Azalea Park Drive, Muskogee, OK  74401-2285. Telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Congratulations to: Mary Howell, DASNR Administration Staff, on the birth of her grandson. Graham Neal Howell was born Feb. 6, weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 inches long. Graham is welcomed home by big sister Reese Bella. Proud parents are Sean and Gretchen Howell, Stillwater.

Condolences to: Chris Rice, Southeast District Area Agronomy Specialist, on the death of his mother. Margaret Rice passed away Feb. 11. Funeral service took place Feb. 15 in Norman. Cards may be sent to Christ and Melisa Rice, 18087 County Rd. 1560, Ada, OK  74820. 



Debbie J. Wedel, Extension Assistant, Agricultural Economics, effective 1-12-11

Dawn C. Andrew, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 2-1-11

Jacob T. Baker, Agriculturist, Plant and Soil Sciences, effective 2-21-11

Title Changes

Diana Romano, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 1-17-11 (was:  Extension Educator, Exhibit Coordinator)


Matthew G. Stockman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Cleveland County, effective 1-14-11

Julie O. York, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development,, Noble County, effective 3-18-11

Katie L. Reim, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 2-28-11


February 25: 4-H Leadership Curriculum – Developing Volunteers and Youth (Stillwater)
February 26: Living in the New Normal – Helping Military Children Thrive in Good and Challenging Times (Stillwater)
March 1: Multimedia Communications Training – Northwest District (Enid)
March 2: Parenting Basics (CORE) Part 3: Styles, Interactions, and Influences (Centra)
March 3: 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (Oklahoma City)
March 4: WHEP Training (Pawhuska)
March 7: Cotton and Grain Marketing Seminar (Chickasha)
March 8: Southeast District OHCE Annual Meeting (Idabel)
March 8: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
March 10: Empowering Older Adults with Assistive Technology to Shop, Cook and Eat (Oklahoma City)
March 8-11: Managing Environmental Challenges (Catoosa)
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 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 (??)
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 Tables ?? to the Table (Centra) – is that correct?
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 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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