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Volume 13, Number 4

February 22, 2013



Specialty Crops Workshop: Agriculture producers interested in taking advantage of crops that can be grown commercially but do not require hundreds of acres can register for the Specialty Crops Workshop slated Feb. 27 in Rose, Okla. The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the farm of Neng Thao. Complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Jennifer Jensen at 405-744-9826, or jennifer.jensen@okstate.edu.


OK-FIRE Workshops: Two half-day and one full-day OK-FIRE Workshops will take place March 7, 8, and 15, respectively. Both half-day workshops are slated to take place in Sulphur in the computer lab at the Murray County Extension Office. The March 7 workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will consist of various presentations on topics related to fire weather, fire danger, and smoke management, as well as live demonstrations of the OK-FIRE website. The workshop March 8, scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will consist of this same material, with the addition of other topics and will feature hands-on computer exercises to familiarize attendees with the OK-FIRE website. Space is limited in the computer lab and early registration is recommended. The workshop is free of charge. J. D. Carlson, OK-FIRE program manager, said registration will be accepted until March 4, or until space is filled, by contacting Elaina Wright at 405-744-5425 or elaina.wright@okstate.edu. Since both of these half-day workshops are similar, Carlson recommends interested persons register for only one of the workshops.

            The March 15 workshop will take place at the National Weather Center in Norman from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The workshop will consist of a combination of presentations and computer lab exercises that will familiarize participants with the OK-FIRE website. Wildfire, as well as prescribed fire applications will be covered. In addition to covering the major sections of the website, other sections, including 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 is open until March 11, or until filled. Again, contact Elaina Wright to register.



Condolences to: Raye Ann Jones, Nutrition Education Assistant, Tulsa County, on the death of her mother. Virginia Lucille Smith passed away Feb. 8. Funeral services took place Feb. 13 at the Nardin United Methodist Church in Blackwell.

Condolences to: Dave Deken, TV Producer/Director, Agricultural Communications Services, on the death of his grandfather. Jack Dorl passed away Feb. 16. Funeral services took place Feb. 20. Cards may be sent to Dave at 137 Agriculture North, Stillwater, OK  74078.

Condolences to: The family of Jim Stritzke, retired Extension Weed and Brush Control Specialist. He passed away Feb. 21. A memorial service, with reception following, will take place March 1 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Christian Church, corner of Matthews Ave., and Duck Street, in Stillwater. Jim retired from OSU in 2002.





 Jeff Bedwell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Major County (effective 2-25-13

Title Changes/Transfers

Nichole Neilson, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Comanche County, effective 3-15-13 (was: CNEP Area Coordinator, Comanche County)


None to report



February 27: Eastern Redcedar Management: Issues and Solutions (Oklahoma City)
February 27: Personal Safety and Self Defense (Coalgate)

February 27: Specialty Crops Workshop (Rose)

February 28: Co-Parenting Through Divorce Curriculum Training (Okmulgee)

February 28: Teaching Methods for Extension Educators: Using Tips, Strategies, and Methods Necessary for Effective Teaching – Part 2 (Stillwater)

February 28: Welcome to the Real World (Tulsa)

March 6: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (McAlester)

March 6: Monthly Home Energy Information (Centra)

March 7: OK-FIRE Workshop (Sulphur)

March 8: OK-FIRE Workshop (Sulphur)

March 8: Cooperative Conversations, Social Media Overview (TBA)

March 13: March Horticulture Update (Centra)

March 13: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)

March 13: Community Snapshots: Socio-economics Edition (TBA)

March 14: Co-Parenting Through Divorce Curriculum Training (TBA)

March 14-17: Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City)

March 15: OK-FIRE Workshop (Norman)

March 21: Together for a Better Education Training (TBA)

March 21: Southeast District 4-H Consumer Education and Personal Development Training (Ada)

March 22: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Perry)

March 26: Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit (McAlester)

March 27: Entomology and Plant Pathology In-Service (Ada)

March 28: Individual Pathways to Aging (Centra)

March 28: Entomology and Plant Pathology In-Service (Enid)

March 28: Together for a Better Education Training (TBA)

March 29: 4-H STEM Community Action Teams: A Revolution of Responsibility (Centra)

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