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Volume 12, Number 9
May 4, 2012


FAPC Food Industry Trends Conference to Focus on GFSI and FSMA: Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center, in partnership with the Oklahoma Food Safety Task Force, is holding a Food Industry Trends Conference May 15, in Stillwater. The focus of the 2012 conference is the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Speakers during the Food Industry Trends Conference include Ben Chapman, North Carolina State University; Mike Pearsall, UL DQS Inc.; Cathy Crawford, HACCP Consulting Group; K.C. Ely, Oklahoma State Department of Health; Derik Kirchner, HEB Stores; and Shirley Abderrazzaq, Ben E. Keith. The conference is free to all OSU employees. The cost for non-OSU employees is $200. The registration deadline is May 10. To view the conference agenda or register online, visit www.fapc.biz/fitconference.html. For additional conference information, contact Karen Smith at 405-744-6277 or karenl.smith@okstate.edu.


Registration Materials Now Available for 91st State 4-H Roundup: Roundup registration materials are available at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/roundup.htm. All materials must be received in Ag Conferences by 5:00 p.m. June 22. Because of delayed campus mail delivery, registration that is mailed must be postmarked by June 18. If you have question concerning Roundup, please contact Tracy Beck (405)744-8891.

Southeast District Specialists on the Move: Effective May 1, the Southeast District Area Specialist Office has been relocated to 314 S. Broadway, Suite 202, Ada, OK  74820. The phone number remains the same, 580-332-7011. Fax number is 580-332-8716. Mail can be sent to P.O. Box 1378, Ada, OK, 74821-1378, or to the physical address listed above. The move will impact JJ Jones, Extension Area Agriculture Economics Specialist; the Extension  Area Livestock Specialist (vacant); the Extension Area Agronomy Specialist (vacant); and Diane Huff, Extension Secretary.  It may take a few days for the move to be completed, so, if you have difficulty reaching JJ or Diane, please call the SE district office at 580-332-4100.
     Effective June 1, Jim Shrefler, Area Extension Horticulture Specialist, will be moving his office from the Lane Ag Center to the Bryan County Extension Office in Durant. The phone number is 580-924-5312, with the fax number being 580-924-5342. The physical address is 1901 S. 9th Street, Durant, OK  74702.  Mail is received at P.O. Box 749, Durant, OK  74702-0749.

Congratulations to: Paige Eckert, AgrAbility Graduate Research Assistant. She has defended her Master's thesis on "Distal and Proximal Influence of Trauma Events on the Well-Being of Centenarians," and she will be graduating in May from the College of Human Sciences. Paige has worked with the AgrAbility Project for two years assisting in research, education, and  extension to develop quality materials and programming efforts. Good luck to Paige as she begins her professional journey!

Congratulations to: Monica McChristian, Nutrition Education Assistant, Kay County, on the birth of her granddaughter. Kya Nicole was born April 29, weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 19 ½ inches long. Proud parents are Michele and Chad Bodenstein. Kya is welcomed home by big brother Kobie.


Trio Honored: Eric Rebek, Mike Schnelle, and Rocky Walker were honored by the OSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Agricultural Honor Society, during the group’s Award Reception that took place April 19. Eric, Assistant Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, received the New Extension Educator Award. Mike, Extension Floriculture Specialist, received the Excellence in Extension Award. In addition, Rocky Walker, Manager of the Entomology and Plant Pathology Research Farm, was honored with the Outstanding Staff Award of Merit.

Extension Clientele Recognized: Recently Tulsa County OSU Extension clientele were recognized by Volunteer Tulsa at the “License to Change” Community Wide Volunteer Recognition Event as 2012 Change Agent Nominees. Volunteer Tulsa pays tribute to residents who give their time, talent and energies to help others, to solve local problems and to strengthen our communities.  These “Change Agents” exemplify the true potential of volunteers to make a difference.  Following is the list of nominees and the category in which they were nominated:

  • Youth category -- Meri Grace Francis, Tulsa County 4-H member
  • Young Adult category -- Naomi Roman, Tulsa County 4-H member
  • Family/Community Group category -- Tulsa County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE)

Meri Grace Francis and Tulsa County OHCE were selected as the winning recipients in their respective categories.  The award winners were selected by an independent panel of judges including Tulsa’s First Lady Victoria Bartlett.



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May 5: 4-H Sporting Dog Demonstration Day (Stillwater)
May 8: 4-H Record Book Judging (Stillwater)
May 8: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
May 8: Family Caregiving Across the Life Course (Oklahoma City)
May 11: Cooperative Conversation – The Threat Within (Centra)
May 12: Managing Risk with Composting and Rainwater Harvesting (Woodward)
May 15: Web Presence Strategies for Small Communities and Local Governments (TBA)
May 15: All the Buzz About Entomology Collections (Norman)
May 16: IPM for the Landscape Professional (Stillwater)
May 16: Nutrition Basics: The Adolescent Years (Centra)
May 17: Within My Reach Teach Back (TBA)
May 22: Educator Field Tour in Sustainable Agriculture (Leave from Oklahoma City – various locations)
May 24: Wild Game Food Safety – Fish In-Service (Edmond)
May 29: Educator Field Tour in Sustainable Agriculture (Leave from Tulsa – various locations)
May 30: Entrepreneur Communities Series: Niche Marketing  (Online)
May 31: Specialty Crops Hands-On Workshop/Conference Day 2 (Lane) 


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