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Volume 13, Number 7

April 5, 2013



Specialty Crops Workshop: A Specialty Crops Workshop will take place April 9 in Red Rock for those interested in learning more about small-scale commercial production. Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, USDA’s Risk Management Agency, Oklahoma Dept. of Ag, Food, & Forestry, and the Otoe-Missouria and Ponca tribes have joined forces to host the workshop slated from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  to host a Specialty Crops Workshop, April 9 in Red Rock, Okla. from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the one acre garden site north of the gravel parking lot at Paradise Casino, 7500 Highway 177, Red Rock, for registration and refreshments. There is no cost to attend but participants are asked to preregister by contacting Jennifer Jensen, OSU Cooperative Extension Assistant, Risk Management Education, by phone at 405-744-9826, or via email at jennifer.jensen@okstate.edu, or Frankie Reid, Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Indians, 580-723-4466 Ext. 120, or email at freid@omtribe.org

Family Day in the Garden: Gardening enthusiasts should mark their calendars for April 13 for the 4th Annual Family Day in the Garden. Slated 9:00 a.m. to noon at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, this is a great opportunity to bring your family and spend some quality time together in the garden. There will be hands-on activities for people of all ages. You will be engaged in planting, mulching and pruning the plants with the assistance of staff at Botanic Garden Ambassadors. Please contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531 for more information.

 Building a Fairy Garden: Come join The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University Ambassadors May 4 as they design and build a fairy garden to reside at the garden during the summer for everyone to enjoy. Then, using your creativity and imagination, along with materials supplied, build your own fairy garden to take home. The program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and has a $5 fee to help defray material expenses. Please contact Laura Payne at 405-744-4531, or via email at laura.payne@okstate.edu, to preregister or for more information. This event is part of The Botanic Garden at OSU’s Kids Look, Learn, See Them Grow Series.



Space Still Available at Camp TURF: Camp TURF (Tomorrow’s Undergraduates Realizing the Future) still has a few spots available for this summer’s program. Slated June 9-21, Camp TURF is a two-week residential summer academy for students entering the 9th and 10th grades this fall. Any Oklahoma student is eligible to apply, and all costs are covered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Camp is limited to 25 students. If you know of any current 8th or 9th graders who would be interested in spending two weeks at OSU-Stillwater, living in the suites on campus, and spending their days doing hands-on activities in horticulture and landscape architecture, please contact Shelley Mitchell via email at shelley.mitchell@okstate.edu.

Registration Now Open: Registration is now open for “Plants and Bugs Day Camp.” This camp, geared toward students ages 9-12, will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. July 22-26 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University. Space is limited to 20 students and costs $125. Each morning campers will take part in outdoor activities such as garden tours, games, and arts and crafts. The afternoons will be spent at the Insect Adventure racing termites, painting with maggots and collecting bugs. Please contact Shelley Mitchell at 405-744-5414, or shelly.mitchell@okstate.edu for more information.

Congratulations to: Phil Mulder, Professor and Head, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, on the birth of his grandson. Merik Anderson Mulder was born March 29, weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Condolences to: Walter Bruce Bigger, retired Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Marshall County, on the death of his mother. Lydia Bigger passed away April 3. Funeral services will take place at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, April 6, at Watts Funeral Home, 200 S. 1st St., Madill. Memorials may be made to Marshall County 4-H Club, 102 North 4th St., Madill, OK  73446. Cards may be sent to Walter Bruce at 16328 Coleman Road, Madill, OK 73446.





John Schroeder, Extension Associate, Horticulture/Landscape Architecture, effective 3-29-13

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


Lindsey Long, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 4-11-13
Jennifer Matthews, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Kingfisher County, effective 5-13-13



April 5: CASNR Week Golf Tournament (Stillwater)
April 9: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
April 9: Southeast District 4-H Livestock and Entomology Project Training (Tishomingo)
April 9: Specialty Crops Workshop (Red Rock)
April 10: Issues in Energy Development: The Case of Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas (Stillwater)
April 10: Nutrition Basics: Lactation (Centra)
April 11: Entrepreneur Communities, Part 1: What Are They? (Centra)
April 12: Cooperative Conversations, Excel 2010 – Basic Spreadsheets (Centra)
April 13: State 4-H Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)
April 13: 4th Annual Family Day in the Garden (Stillwater)
April 13: OSU Horticulture Plant Sale (Stillwater)
April 16-17: Northeast District Ag In-Service (Gore)
April 17: April Horticulture Update (Centra)
April 18: 2013 4-H Curriculum In-Service (Stillwater)
April 22-24: OSU Cow/Calf Boot Camp (Tishomingo)
April 24-25: Team Building and Leadership Using Low Element Challenge Activities (Stillwater)
April 24-26: OEAFCS Conference (Oklahoma City)
April 25: Brain Wise, 10 Ways to Stop and Think (Oklahoma City)
April 25: Building Entrepreneur Communities, Part II: How Do You Build It? (Centra)
April 30: OK Youth Beef Quality Assurance (Okemah)
May 1: Monthly Home Energy Info (Centra)
May 1: Rainwater Harvesting with a Sand Cistern  (Stigler)
May 2: Oklahoma Youth Beef Quality Assurance (Clinton)
May 4: Building a Fairy Garden – The Botanic Garden Kids Look, Learn, See Them Grow Series (Stillwater)
May 7: Composting and Rain Water Harvesting (Norman)
May 8: Economics Development – What is Extension’s Role? (Norman)
May 9: Finance Issue Team Core Training (Stillwater)
May 10: USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory Field Day (El Reno)
May 10: Cooperative Conversation, Excel 2010 – Advanced Spreadsheets and Data (Centra)
May 13: Youth Entrepreneur Building a Pipeline (Centra)
May 14: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
May 14: Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamily Formation (TBA)
May 14: Soil Treatment of Key Contaminants in Agricultural and Domestic Wastewater (Online)
May 15: May Horticulture Update (Centra)
May 15: Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A) Curriculum (Stillwater)
May 16: Oklahoma AgrAbility: Promoting Success in Agriculture for Farmers, Ranchers, and Families Experiencing Injury, Illness, or Disabling Conditions (Oklahoma City)
May 21: Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamily Formation (TBA)
May 21: Community Snapshots: Health Edition (Norman)
May 22: Economics and Resource Management for Forest Landowners (Idabel)
May 28-29: Leisure Education for 4-H Camps and Workshops (TBD)


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