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Volume 12, Number 10
May 18, 2012


Specialty Crops Workshop Slated May 31: Agricultural producers interested in possibly taking advantage of crops that can be grown commercially but do not require hundreds of acres should register now to attend the May 31 Oklahoma State University Specialty Crops Workshop at Lane. There are a number of crops well-suited to small-scale commercial production in Oklahoma and the region. The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon and will take place at OSU’s Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located 10 miles east of Atoka on Highway 3. There is no cost to attend but participants are asked to pre-register by contacting Jim Shrefler at 580-513-5544 or Jennifer Jensen, OSU Cooperative Extension risk management education assistant, at 605-210-0191.
     Presentations will be held both indoors and in the field, with an emphasis on helping producers to identify and manage production, legal and marketing aspects of specialty crops. Specific sessions will focus on insect identification and control, food safety, growing sweet potatoes, growing watermelons, plant disease prevention, bee keeping, risk management and effective use of drip irrigation.
     The workshop is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency, and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.


Congratulations to: Diana Romano, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator – Community Outreach, Oklahoma County, on her marriage to Carlo Branca. The couple was married May 12.

Congratulations to: LaDonna Walls, Senior Secretary, Leflore County Extension Office, on the birth of her granddaughter. Baylor Ann was born April 30, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Proud parents are Drew and Chelsi Beard of Ardmore. Baylor is welcomed home by big brother Bo.

Condolences to: Mark Gregory, Assistant Research Professor, Natural Resource and Ecology Management, on the death of his mother. Betty Gregory passed away May 9. Betty also was the wife of the late Ed Gregory, longtime County Extension Agent and Southwest District Extension Director who retired in 1981. Funeral services took place May 15 at the New Covenant Christian Church in Oklahoma City. Cards may be sent to Mark at 1022 W. Brooke Ave., Stillwater, OK  74075.

Condolences to: Jeri Robertson, Administrative Assistant, Office of Extension and Engagement, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the death of her mother. Barbara Rash passed away May 15. The memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Shidler, OK.  Cards may be sent to Jeri at 130 S. Lewis Street, Stillwater, OK  74074.



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May 22: Educator Field Tour in Sustainable Agriculture (Leave from Oklahoma City – various locations)
May 23: Northeast District 4-H ATV Safety Leader’s Guide Training (Tahlequah)
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)
June 1-2: Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference (Stillwater)
June 2: Managing Risk with Composting and Rainwater Harvesting (Clinton)
June 4: Soil Test Interpretation and Fertilizer Sources
June 5-7: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)
June 6: Milking Shorthorn Field Day (Cushing)
June 7: Brown Swiss Field Day (Agra)
June 8: Cooperative Conversations - Understanding Lighting and Exposure (Centra)
June 11: Record Book Interviews (Stillwater)
June 12: Ayrshire and Guernsey Field Day (Perkins)
June 13-14: CNEP Statewide In-Service (Stillwater)
June 13-14: 4-H STEM Institute #1 (Stillwater)
June 14-24: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)
June 18: OSU All Breeds Dairy Field Day (Stillwater)
June 22: State 4-H Roundup Registration Deadline (Stillwater)
June 27-28: 4-H STEM Institute #2 (Stillwater)
June 28: Crop Rotation – Soil and Plant Relationships In-Service (Web-based)


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