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Volume 12, No. 5
March 9, 2012

CURRENT EVENTS

Celebrate Bake and Take Month: Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition is teaming up with Oklahoma 4-H to promote and celebrate Bake and Take Month in March. The purpose of the Bake and Take promotion is to encourage participants to bake a product made from wheat and take it to a neighbor, friend, or relative. The FAPC and Oklahoma Wheat Commission have worked with 4-H the last four years in promoting this event. 4-H members across the state are asked to bake products made with wheat and use Made in Oklahoma Coalition products while completing the steps of service learning: preparation, action, reflection and celebration. 4-H members can compete in two categories, scrapbook and video, for a chance to win monetary awards and an opportunity to tour an Oklahoma food processing company. The entry form and contest requirements can be found at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/. For more information on other Bake and Take promotional ideas, contact Renée Nelson at 405-744-6071 or email at renee.albers_nelson@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma Solid Waste Symposium: Managing Today’s Solid Waste Systems will take place March 27-29 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Catoosa. The three-day conference, hosted by the Oklahoma Chapter of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America), will feature presentations about illegal dumping, e-tech recycling, CNG vehicles, pay-as-you-throw residential garbage systems, and construction and demolition waste, among other topics. Onsite tours of Crane Carrier and the American Waste Materials Recovery Facility will also be offered.  For more information and registration forms, please visit http://swanachapters.org/ok/Calendar.aspx.

Horse Seminar to Take Place: Equine owners and managers looking to enhance rider-animal interaction should register now to attend Oklahoma State University’s “Making Better Horsemen through Education” seminar in Kingfisher. The OSU Cooperative Extension seminar will take place March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Kingfisher County Fairgrounds, 400 S. 13th St. in Kingfisher. The seminar is free and open to anyone with an interest in horses. However, participants are asked to pre-register no later than March 28. Contact Lorne Geisler at 580-623-5195, or Tommy Puffinbarger at 580-596-3131, to pre-register.

Specialty Crops Conference Slated: A two-day training program will be held this spring to address various aspects of growing specialty crops such as herbs and vegetables. The conference is geared toward all Extension Educators and the general public, and will take place April 12 and May 31 at the Oklahoma State University Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lane. Because this program is designed to provide demonstration and hands-on experience of various aspects of specialty crop production, dates were chosen to allow us to address production procedures in a timely fashion. The event will address various aspects of growing, irrigation, soil management, business and insurance considerations, pest management, and food safety.  Presenters will include professional horticulturists, Extension Educators and growers. Please sign up now to receive program details and registration information.  To sign up you may send an email to jim.shrefler@okstate.edu  or call 580-513-5544. This event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service; USDA Risk Management Agency; and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. The Center is located 10 miles east of Atoka on Highway 3.   

 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder for Seed Producers: The Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association office would like to remind all small grains certified seed producers the deadline for field inspection applications for all classes of certified seed is April 1. Any application not postmarked on or before April 1 will be subject to late fees of $50 per field.  Please call the OCIA office at 405-744-7180 if you have any questions.

Lane Receives Scholarship: Tracy Lane, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Tulsa County, has been chosen by National Epsilon Sigma Phi as the Southern Region Recipient of a $600 Scholarship to attend the Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in Alexandria, Va, in April. Congratulations Tracy!

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Karolyn Bolay, Assistant Extension Specialist, State 4-H Office, effective 1-4-12

Glenn Detweiler, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Washita County, effective 1-12-12

Pat McNally, Extension Assistant, State 4-H Office, effective 1-26-12

Keith Reed, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Payne County, effective

Title Changes/Transfers

Aaron Lee Henson, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Tillman County, to Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, effective 1-01-12

Brenda Medlock, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Kiowa County, effective 1-11-12 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Kiowa County)

Brian Pugh, Northeast District Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, effective 4-1-12 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Haskell County)

Chris Rice, Area Extension Agronomy Specialist and Interim CED, Pottawatomie County, effective 1-03-12 (was: Area Extension Agronomy Specialist, Ada Area Extension Office)

Danette Russell, Extension Educator, Special Projects, LeFlore County, effective 3-1-12 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Latimer County)

Kristy Spalding, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Washita County, effective  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Washita County)

Nancy Arnett, Northeast District 4-H Program Specialist, effective 3-1-12 (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Adair County)

Separations/Retirements

Travis Hanks, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Seminole County, effective 1-23-12

Nickolas Risley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Cimarron County, effective 1-26-12

April Adams, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 2-2-12

Casey Campbell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 3-2-12

Dawn Andrew, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Wagoner County, effective 3-13-12

Ronald Dahlgren, Senior TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, effective 3-30-12 (retirement) 

 

Coming EVENTS


March 9: Cooperative Conversation – Plone Revisited (Centra)
March 9-19: Oklahoma Youth Expo (Oklahoma City)
March 13: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
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)
March 27-29: Managing Today’s Solid Waste Systems (Catoosa)
March 28: Nutrition Basics: Middle Childhood and Preadolescent Years (Centra)
March 31: Making Better Horsemen Through Education (Kingfisher)
April 3: Foliar Diseases of Wheat: Identification and Control (Online)
April 3: Fusarium Head Scab: Causes and Identification (Online)
April 4: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)
April 9-14: Southern National Holstein and Jersey Show (Stillwater)
April 11: Sprayer Calibration and Drift Management (Webinar)
April 12: Specialty Crops Hands-On Workshop/Conference (Lane)
April 12-13: OEAFCS State Meeting (Oklahoma City)
April 16-17: Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners (Stillwater)
April 17: Southeast District 4-H ATV Safety Leader’s Guide Training (Shawnee)
April 17: Evaluating Risks and Benefits of Renewable Energy Systems for Business and Home (Oklahoma City)
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 25: Succeeding in Your Business and Community – Putting Your Best Food Forward (Muskogee)
April 26: Succeeding in Your Business and Community – Putting Your Best Food Forward (TBA)
April 26: Co-Parenting Through Divorce (TBA)
April 27: Core Content Overview: Money and Credit Management (Stillwater)
April 30: 4-H Recordbooks Due (Stillwater)

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