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Volume 12, Number 24

November 30, 2012



There’s Still Time to Register for the Vegetable Production Educational Meeting: Oklahoma market garden growers, commercial farmers, agricultural supply businesses and gardeners who want to learn more about vegetable production should plan to attend the 2012 Oklahoma Vegetable Production and Marketing Educational Meeting slated Dec. 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Chickasha at the Grady County Fairgrounds. Registration deadline is Dec. 3. Mail checks payable to Grady County Extension to the Grady County Extension Office, 828 West Choctaw, Chickasha, OK 73018, or call 405-224-2216. Additional information is available from Brook Bradbury via email at brook.l.bradbury@okstate.edu. A full color brochure for the meeting can be downloaded here.

OK-FIRE Fall Workshops Continue: The OK-FIRE training workshops are continuing throughout the end of the year. Both abbreviated evening sessions (7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) and full-day sessions (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will be available. Registration is required, but is free.  Registration is still open for the following locations:  Ardmore, Antlers, and Stillwater.  All workshops will be directed by OSU fire meteorologist J. D. Carlson, OK-FIRE Program Manager. The link to the full announcement, which includes information on the workshops and how to register, can be found here.

Kids Helping Kids Campaign Kicks off in 2013: Oklahoma 4-H’ers will start the new year by raising money for the 2013 Oklahoma Kids Helping Kids Campaign. The campaign is dual-purpose in that it raises money for the local 4-H clubs across the state, as well as serves as a community service project for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Oklahoma City a non-profit that provides “a home away from home” for families with seriously ill or injured children who are being treated in the Oklahoma City area.
     In the campaign, 4-H’ers across the state will be asking for $1 donations in exchange for a coupon to participating McDonald’s restaurants in Oklahoma. The campaign will begin Jan. 1 and last approximately two months, with all of the forms due in the State 4-H Office on March 8. Of the funds raised, one third will remain in participating local 4-H programs, one sixth will be given to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, and one half will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. The funds given to the House will help finance the newest facility, which will be located within The Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma City and will allow families to be housed just 2 minutes and 15 seconds away from their loved ones.
     For more information about this campaign, contact Suzanne Simpson in the State 4-H Office by calling 405-744-7960 or sending an email to suzanne.simpson@okstate.edu. Information also can be found on the Oklahoma 4-H website here.  


Haase Presents at Governor’s Water Conference: John Haase, Extension Horticulturist, Rogers County, presented a poster at the 33rd Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Water Conference that took place earlier this month in Tulsa. The poster presentation focused on HLA-6610 “Simple Irrigation Audit for Home Lawns in Oklahoma,” a new Fact Sheet that is now available. The annual Governor’s Water Conference attracts hundreds of water officials and citizens who share an avid interest in Oklahoma’s water resources. Each year, the latest developments in water management and quality, infrastructure financing, and many other related issues are addressed by state, federal, and local experts.


Condolences to: Greg Hartman, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and CED, Beckham County, on the death of his father. Herbert Hartman passed away Nov. 22.  Funeral services took place Nov. 26 at the Church of Christ in Sayre.  Cards may be sent to Greg at the Beckham County Extension Office, 102 S. 3rd, Ste. 3, Sayre, OK  73662.



Congratulations to: A team of Extension specialists has received the Extension Educational Materials Award from the American Society of Agronomy. The Fact Sheet, “Simple Irrigation Audit for Home Lawns in Oklahoma,” was recognized in the Publications 16 Pages and Under category during the ASA Annual Meeting that took place recently in Cincinnati, Ohio. Authors on the publication include John Haase, Justin Q. Moss, Dennis L. Martin, Jason R. Vogel, and Tracy A. Boyer. The Fact Sheet, HLA-6610, is available at http://osufacts.okstate.edu. Congratulations to the team!




OSU Horse Judging Team Crowned World Champs: The OSU Horse Judging Team earned top honors at the recent 2012 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship in Oklahoma City. In addition, the team placed 2nd in performance, 3rd in reasons, and 4th in halter. This was the third time in eight years OSU has earned the world title. Brooke Devore placed 3rd high individual, 3rd in halter, 5th in performance, and 2nd in reasons. Lauren Wells placed 4th high individual, 2nd in halter, eighth in performance and 10th in reasons. Other team members include Haley Collins, Emily Handke, Esteban Minero, and Bryce Williams. The team is coached by Steve Cooper.


Crops Judging Team Places 3rd: The OSU Crops Judging Team placed 3rd overall at the National Chicago Board of Trade Collegiate Crops Contest earlier this month in Chicago. The team is comprised of Kaitlyn Nelson, Teal Penka, Jared Yost, and Tony Jarvis, and is coached by Samantha Ambrose. The team also placed 3rd overall in grain grading, 3rd in overall seed analysis, and 3rd overall in plant and seed ID. On an individual basis, Nelson placed 5th in identification, 6th in seed analysis, 3rd in grain grading, and 7th overall. She also qualified as an All American in grain grading, which requires a score of at least 570 out of 600. Penka placed 9th in identification, 7th in seed analysis, and 8th overall. Yost placed 9th in grain grading.



Charles White, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Rogers County, effective 11-1-12


Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


Marlene Buck, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garfield County, effective 1-4-13 (retirement)

Jana West, Grant/Contract Specialist, Ag Sponsored Programs, OSU Campus, effective 1-4-13 (retirement) 



November 30: Smarter Lunchrooms: Train the Trainer (Stillwater)
November 30: 4-H Risk Management In-service (Centra)
December 5: 4-H Volunteer Development – Core Training (Oklahoma City)
December 6: 4-H Club Management In-service (Oklahoma City)
December 6: Animal Science In-service (Clinton)
December 11-12: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)
December 12: CNEP Area Coordinator Meeting (Oklahoma City)
December 13: Oklahoma Vegetable Production and Marketing Educational Meeting (Chickasha)
December 14: Cooperative Conversation – Buying a Computer (Centra)
December 14: Southwest District 4-H In-service (Anadarko)
December 19: Horticulture Update (Centra)
January 9-13: Denver Western Roundup (Denver, Colo.)
January 15-16: CED Retreat (Stillwater)
January 17-18: FCS/4-H Statewide In-service (Stillwater)
January 21: CNEP Area Coordinator Meeting (Oklahoma City)
January 26: Southwest District 4-H Communication Event (Lawton)
January 26: Southwest District Parent Volunteer Conference (Lawton)



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