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Vol. 11 – No. 6
March 25, 2011

 

CURRENT EVENTS 

OK-FIRE Workshop Slated: An OK-FIRE workshop will take place April 8 in Norman at the National Weather Center from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. OK-FIRE is a weather-based decision-support system for wildland fire managers in Oklahoma.  OK-FIRE is useful for both wildfires and prescribed fire.  Developed by OSU, in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Mesonet, the benefits of using OK-FIRE include better anticipation of wildfire conditions, guidance for optimal staff levels, and tracking existing and forecast weather and fire danger conditions during the wildfire itself. In addition, OK-FIRE can provide guidance to counties in their burn ban decisions. OK-FIRE also is important for those who do prescribed burning, as it can help in the planning and monitoring of conditions during the burn. There is no fee to attend, however, pre-registration is required. For more information and to register for the workshop, please contact J.D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Coordinator, at 405-744-6353, or e-mail at jdc@okstate.edu.

OSU Community Field Day: If you want to learn more about agriculture, make plans to attend the OSU Community Field Day slated April 9 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the OSU Agronomy Farm. Discover how agriculture impacts your life, from the jeans you wear to the food you eat. Learn more about the exciting science farmers use to produce food, fuel, fiber, and feed. Faculty members in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences will be on hand to teach you about your relationship with agriculture. For more information visit http://pss.okstate.edu, or contact Sarah Lancaster at 405-744-3525, or via e-mail at sarah.lancaster@okstate.edu.

Camp Junior Master Gardener:  The OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is offering a one-week day camp for students ages 9 years old to 12 years old. This educational camp, slated July 11-15, will be an excursion into gardening and healthy eating. The camp is tended as a way to enrich a child’s education, and campers will engage in hands-on, creative activities both indoors and outdoors at The Botanic Garden at OSU. Registration fee for the camp is $100 and includes supplies and snacks. Space is limited to 20 campers and early registration is encouraged. For more information, please contact Shelley Mitchell at 405-744-5755, or via e-mail at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Condolences to: Stan Ralstin, Northwest District Area Rural Development Specialist, on the death of his mother. Yvonne Ralstin passed away March 16. Funeral services took place March 19. Memorials may be sent c/o Bunch Roberts Funeral Home, 122 NE 7th St., P.O. Box 1112, Guymon, OK  73942. Donations may be given to the Panhandle Nutrition Service or a charity of your choice. Cards may be sent to Stan at 820 Sunnybrook Lane, Enid, OK  73703.

Condolences to: Leava Major, PCC Coordinator, Canadian County, on the death of her father. Carroll Levi Barger passed away March 20. Funeral services took place March 23. Cards may be sent to Leava in care of the Canadian County OSU Extension Office,  P.O. Box 519, El Reno, OK  73036.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 8: OK-FIRE Workshop (Norman)
April 9: State 4-H/FFA Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 9: Community Field Day (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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