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Volume 11, No. 16
August 12, 2011




Drought Management Meetings Slated: A Surviving Drought Through Management Planning meeting will be a roundtable discussion with cattle, forage and financial specialists. There are two meetings scheduled. The first will take place Aug. 16 at the McAlester Expo Center at 6:30 p.m. The second meeting will take place Aug. 18 at the Ardmore Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. There is no registration fee, but please RSVP to your local county Extension office.

Five-State Beef Conference: The Five-State Beef Conference is a cooperative effort among Colorado State University, New Mexico State, Kansas State University, Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University. The meetings will take place Aug. 30 in Boise City, Okla.; Aug. 31 in Wiley, Colo.; and Sept. 1 in Canadian, Texas. Registration by Aug. 21 is $35 per person or $50 per couple. Late and on-site registration is $50 per person or $65 per couple. Workshop topics include “Structures of the Beef Industry with High Grain Prices,” “Genomics for Commercial Cattlemen,” “Integrated Fly Control for Cow/Calf Operators,” “Managing Fertility and Productivity,” and “Managing During Drought.”

Women in Agriculture and Small Business: A series of county Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conferences are slated to take place over the next several months. Meetings will take place: Sept. 27, Taloga; Oct. 25, Fairview; Oct. 27, Hugo; Nov. 1, Shawnee; Nov. 10, Ft. Cobb; and Nov. 15, Ardmore. Please go to http://okwomeninagandsmallbusiness.com for updated events, information, and agendas.

Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit Classes Slated: The Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit classes will take place at OSU Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 9-11. The first session is full, but space is still available for the second session. The program begins at 4 p.m. on the first day and concludes at 1 p.m. on the last day. Using the National Beef Quality Audit as the foundation, the Beef Quality Summit course offers participants the opportunity to see the causes and results of quality challenges facing the beef industry. Summit attendees from ranchers to processors evaluate live cattle in an effort to predict quality and yield then follow the cattle through the harvest and grading process. As an attendee, you will actually fabricate a beef carcass into wholesale meat cuts. Summit registration forms are available online at http://www.fapc.okstate.edu/forms/bqs.htm.



New Address: Please update your personnel directory to reflect the new address for the Northeast District Extension Office. The new address is 3007 Azalea Park Dr., Muskogee, OK  74401.

Article Published: The article Reality Check: OK Extension Helps Teachers Meet Financial Education Requirements, authored by Eileen St. Pierre (OSU), Mickey Simpson (McClain County), Susan Moffat (Cleveland County), and Phillis Cothren (Retired, Garvin County) will be published in the next issue of the Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences, Vol. 103, No. 2, pages 52-56.

Congratulations to: Shirley Derryberry, Stephens County Senior Secretary, on the birth of her granddaughter. Elizabeth (Lizzy) Ann Derryberry was born July 29, weighted 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Danny and Jenna Derryberry.

Condolences to: The family of Bill Blakemore, retired County Extension Educator. He passed away July 29.  Funeral services took place Aug. 2 at the First United Methodist Church in Bartlesville. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery with full military rites were accorded by the James H. Teel American Legion Post #105. Memorials may be sent to Bluestem Therapeutic Riding, P.O. Box 121, Bartlesville, OK  74005. He served as the Assistant County Extension Agent in Cherokee County and later in Tulsa County. He transferred to the Washington County Extension Office in 1957 where he served as the County Extension Agent until 1967. 

Condolences to: The family of J.D. Edmonson, retired County Extension Educator. He passed away Aug. 7 at the age of 101. Funeral services will take place today, Aug. 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Medford. Memorials may be made to the Medford United Methodist Church, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, or the OSU Animal Science Department, c/o Lanman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 280, Medford, OK  73759. Cards to the family also may be sent to this same address. J.D. began his Extension career in Kay County in 1934. He also worked in Osage county and then transferred to Woodward county in 1937 before moving to Grant County in 1952. He retired in 1965.

Condolences to: Marcy Wichert, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Alfalfa County, on the death of her father. Billy J. “Bill” Jeffries passed away Aug. 9. Funeral services take place today, Aug. 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cleo Springs Church of the Nazarene. Cards may be sent to Marcy c/o Alfalfa County Extension Office, 300 S. Grand Ave., Cherokee, OK  73728-2548.



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August 13: Southern Plains Beef Symposium (Ardmore)
August 15: Pushmataha County Drought Survival Meeting (Antlers)
August 15: 8 Essential Elements Training for 4-H Educators (Coalgate)
August 16: Payne County Drought Management Meeting (Stillwater)
August 16: Surviving Drought Through Management Planning (McAlester)
August 18: Surviving Drought Through Management Planning (Ardmore)
August 19: Wheatland Stocker Conference (Enid)
August 22: Caddo County Cattlemen’s Meeting (Ft. Cobb)
August 23: Stream Hydrology Trailer (Stillwater)
August 23: Wildlife Damage Management (Stillwater)
August 25: Current Challenges in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (Stillwater)
August 25: Drought Information for Cattlemen Meeting (Muskogee)
September 9: Cooperative Conversations: Make Your PC Personal (Online)
September 13: Current Issues in Agricultural Education (Centra)
September 14: Oklahoma State Fair Judging Day (Oklahoma City)
September 26: Oklahoma State Fair Release Day (Oklahoma City)
September 27: Tulsa State Fair Judging Day (Tulsa)
September 27: Dewey County Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Taloga)
September 29: Green Holidays (Centra)
October 7: Cooperative Conversations: Computer Security (Online)
October 9: Tulsa State Fair Release Day (Tulsa)
October 11: Forest Restorations and Management for Cattle, Wildlife, and Wood Products (Clayton)
October 27: Choctaw County Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Hugo)


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