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Volume 12, No. 3
February 10, 2012


OK-FIRE Training Slated: A full-day OK-FIRE computer training workshop will take place March 16, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the National Weather Center in Norman. The workshop will be directed by J. D. Carlson, OSU fire meteorologist and OK-FIRE program coordinator.  The workshop will be a combination of presentations and computer lab exercises in which the attendees will get hands-on experience with the website. Wildfire and prescribed fire applications will be covered, as will new products, features, and the structure of the revised website. In addition to covering the major sections of the website (Weather, Fire, Smoke), other sections such as Satellite and Radar will be discussed, as will fire detection by radar and satellite, the relationship of drought to fire danger, and burn bans.
     Registration deadline is March 9. Please contact Melissa Moore at 405-744-8427, or via email at melissa.s.moore@okstate.edu, and provide your name, affiliation, email address, and phone number. Space is limited to 22 participants, so early registration is encouraged. There is no fee for the workshop, but participants are asked to bring their own notebook computers with wireless connectivity. If that is not possible, notebook computers will be available on site.
     Developed over the past six years, OK-FIRE (http://okfire.mesonet.org) is a program of the Oklahoma Mesonet for wildland fire management.  OK-FIRE uses the Oklahoma Mesonet for current/recent conditions and an 84-hour forecast to predict weather, fire danger, and smoke dispersion conditions out to three days in the future. Accordingly, with respect to wildfire, OK-FIRE is useful for monitoring not only current fire danger conditions, but also, with its predictive component, for suppression strategies on existing fires and assessing fire danger potential over the next three days, which can aid in determining staffing levels. With respect to prescribed fire, attendees will learn how to use the system to safely plan for and monitor conditions during a prescribed burn.




Schnelle Lectures in Egypt: Mike Schnelle, Extension floriculture specialist, lectured/consulted in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 20 through Feb. 4. He was invited by Land O’ Lakes to work with local nurserymen, greenhouse growers, and other ornamental producers. Schnelle lectured on best management practices for nurserymen and also discussed additional American plant materials that should be considered for the Egyptian market. While most of his work was on-site at local producers’ operations, he also worked at Cairo University.

Congratulations to: Laura Spanhanks, Comanche County Extension Secretary, and her husband, Cash, on the birth of their son. Wyatt Vance was born Jan. 18, weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

Congratulations to: Rhonda Ellison, Harmon County Senior Secretary, on the birth of her granddaughter.  Jeanna Marie Kendrix was born Jan. 31, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long.  She is welcomed by big brother, Noah, and her parents, Sarah and Shane Kendrix

Condolences to: Donna Jung, Canadian County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the death of her father. Robert “Bob” Stangl passed away Jan. 30. A wake took place Feb. 3 at Parks Funeral Home in Prague. Funeral services took place Feb. 4 at St. Wenceslaus Church in Prague. Cards may be sent to Donna at 348280 E. 1010 Rd., Sparks, OK 74869.

Condolences to: The family of A.B. Murray, retired Extension Educator, McCurtain County. He passed away Feb. 3. Funeral services took place Feb. 9. His Extension career spanned 35 years, from 1946 until his retirement in 1981. His title was Agent for Small and Part Time Farmers.  



Horticulture Judging Team Wins Big: The OSU Horticulture Judging Team captured first place overall at the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science Association’s recent competition. The event took place Feb. 2-8 at Birmingham, Ala. In addition to bringing home the top team prize, the team also placed 1st in greenhouse floral and foliage, 3rd in vegetable crops and 3rd in fruit and nuts. Team members did well individually, too. Sunny Evans placed 2nd overall, Kristin Willis was 1st in greenhouse floral and foliage and Kenny White placed 2nd in greenhouse floral and foliage. In addition, Courtney DeKalb was elected treasurer of the ASHS Association of Collegiate Branches.



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February 10: Building Relationships Between FCS Educators and Human Science Faculty (Stillwater)
February 11: Texas County Women in Ag and Small Business Conference (Guymon)
February 15: Oklahoma Soybean Expo (Stillwater)
February 16: Retain Trade Development In-service (Chickasha)
February 21-22: No-Till Oklahoma Conference (Norman)
February 28: Oklahoma AgrAbility: Promoting Health and Safety in Ag Families (Centra)
February 29: Southwest Oklahoma Women in Ag and Small Business Conference (Altus)
March 7: Home Food Preservation and Canning, Core Training ( (Stillwater)
March 9-19: Oklahoma Youth Expo (Oklahoma City)
March 14-17: Kansas City Global Summit (Kansas City, Mo.)
March 16: Oklahoma Peanut Expo (Lone Wolf)
March 16: OSU Day at Oklahoma Youth Expo (OKC Fairgrounds)
March 21: Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit (McAlester)
March 22: Home Food Preservation and Canning, Core Training ( (Stillwater)
March 24-29: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)
March 26: Oklahoma AgrAbility Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 4: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 9-14: Southern National Holstein and Jersey Show (Stillwater)
April 12: Specialty Crops Hands-On Workshop/Conference (Lane)
April 16-17: Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners (Stillwater)
April 19: 2012 4-H Curriculum In-Service (Stillwater)
April 21: State 4-H Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 23: Strategic Doing: Taking Control of the Community’s Future One Step at a Time (TBD)
April 24: Retirement Ready (Oklahoma City)
April 30: 4-H Recordbooks Due (Stillwater)

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