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Volume 13, Number 14

July 12, 2013



Retirement Party Reminder: The retirement reception for Dale Maronek and Margaret Struble is TODAY, July 12, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University.

Water Wise Landscaping Workshop: The Oklahoma City Utilities Department has partnered with Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension and the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture to promote conservation through proper outdoor watering and drought-tolerant landscaping. A free, informative workshop will take place TOMORROW, July 13, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Children’s Garden at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. Experts from the OSU Cooperative Extension team will provide information on different techniques from irrigation to proper plant selection, followed by a walking tour through the gardens to show how these principles can be applied to create a beautiful, water-wise landscape.  More information is available here, or contact John Schroeder at 405-744-5409 or john.schroeder@okstate.edu.

Water Conservation Workshop: Did you know you can have beautiful landscaping while using a lot less water? Experts from Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension will show you how July 20 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the OSU/OKC Campus’ Agriculture Resource Center, room 196, 400 N. Portland. Topics include proper irrigation for maintaining a healthy landscape and appropriate plant selections for Oklahoma City. Participants will learn about resources available for homeowners and see an outdoor water irrigation audit demonstration. The workshop is free and participants are encouraged to arrive early for coffee and donuts. The OSU experts also will conduct workshops at neighborhood association meetings upon request and availability. To reserve a seat at the workshop or schedule a workshop for your association, contact Malarie Gotcher at 297-3380 or malarie.gotcher@okc.gov.

Food Safety Workshop Part 2: Those interested in taking advantage of crops that can be grown commercially, but do not require hundreds of acres, can register for the second of a two-part series sponsored by USDA’s Risk Management Agency and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension. The Food Safety Workshop is the second of a two-part series and will include information on fertigation, pest management, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), record keeping, post-harvest handling, and more. Participants don’t need to have attended the first event to register for this one. The workshop is slated July 24 at the one acre garden site north of the gravel parking lot at Paradise Casino, 7500 Highway 177, in Red Rock, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Otoe-Missouria and Ponca tribes. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register to ensure adequate meal preparation for the complimentary lunch, by contacting Jensen at 405-744-9826 or jennifer.jensen@okstate.edu.

Women in Ag Conference Slated: The Oklahoma statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference will take place Aug. 8-9 at the Moore Norman Technology Center, 13301 S. Penn Ave., in Oklahoma City. Early registration is due by Aug. 1 and is $50 per person. Registration after Aug. 1 is $60. Registration forms are available online here. Secretary of Ag Jim Reese will be on hand to welcome everyone to the conference. There are a number of informative and educational workshops scheduled, in addition to exhibitors who will provide the latest information on available resources to help participants be more successful in farming or small business efforts. For more information about the conference, please contact Jennifer Jensen at 405-744-9826 or jennifer.jensen@okstate.edu.


New/Updated Fact Sheets on PODS: There are a number of new and updated Fact Sheets available on the Print on Demand System here. New Fact Sheets include:

  • CR-2270 Impact of Sensor-Based Nitrogen Management on Yield and Soil Quality
  • E-1032 A Practical Guide to Food Plots in the Southern Great Plains
  • BAE-1763 Anaerobic Digestion of Animal Manures: Inhibitory and Toxic Materials

Revised Fact Sheets include:

  • CR-6718 Management of Insects and Mites in Greenhouse Floral Crops
  • EPP-7323 Managing Storm-Damaged Trees
  • EPP-7306 Ornamental and Lawn pest Control for Homeowners
  • BAE-1111 Design of Closed-Loop Fumigation Systems for Grain Storage Structures
  • E-998 Patch Burning: Integrating Fire and Grazing to Promote Heterogeneity
  • BAE-1749 On-Farm Mortality Composting of Livestock Carcasses

Congratulations to: Cindy Conner, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and CED, Garfield County, on the birth of her granddaughter. Avery Renee Conner was born June 15, weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 21 ½ inches long.

Condolences to: The family of Sue Sparling, retired secretary, Northeast District. Sue passed away June 29. Funeral services took place July 3 at the First Lutheran Church in Muskogee. She worked in the Northeast District Office from 1979-2001.

Condolences to: Janice Hermann, OCES Nutrition Specialist, on the death of her father. Raymond D. George passed away July 2. Funeral services took place July 8 at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Wellington, Kan. Cards may be sent to Janice and her husband, Barry at 2520 W. Cambridge Ct., Stillwater, OK  74074.



4-H Shooting Sports Team Makes History: Members of the Oklahoma 4-H Shooting Sports team made history recently by capturing first place in the compound archery portion of the 2013 national Shooting Sports Invitational that took place in Grand Island, Neb. The team placed 10th overall. There were 32 states and more than 550 individuals competing. Congratulations!



Lynndell Newby, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Logan County, effective 7-1-13

Title Changes/Transfers

Danielle Belmer, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Associate Professor)

Kimbreley Davis, Southwest District 4-H Program Specialist, effective 7-1-13 (was: Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Stephens County)

Shannon Ferrell, Agricultural Economics, Associate Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Assistant Professor)

Sam Fuhlendorf, NREM, Professor/Endowed Professor/Regents Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor/Endowed Professor

Phil Kenkel, Animal Science, Regents Professor/Endowed Chair, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor, Endowed Chair)

Clint Krehbiel, Animal Science, Regents Professor/Assistant Department Head, Endowed Chair, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor/Endowed Chair/Interim Assistant

Bob Kropp, Animal Science, Professor/Endowed Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor)

David Lalman, Animal Science, Professor/Endowed Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor)

Jayson Lusk, Agricultural Economics, Regents Professor/Endowed Chair, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor/Endowed Chair

Peter Muriana, FAPC, Professor/Endowed Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor) 

Tyson Ochsner, Plant and Soil Sciences, Associate Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Assistant Professor)

Eric Rebek, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Associate Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Assistant Professor)

Leon Spicer, Animal Science, Professor/Endowed Chair, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor)

Daniel Tilley, Professor, Associate Director of New Products Development Center/Endowed Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Professor/ Associate Director, NPDC)

Astri Wayadande, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Associate Professor/Assistant Director, effective 7-1-13 (was: Assistant Professor/Assistant Director)

Gail Wilson, NREM, Professor, effective 7-1-13 (was: Associate Professor)



Cori Woelk, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Kay County, effective 7-9-13

Erica Sutton, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McIntosh County, effective 7-13-13

Doug Montgomery, Associate Horticulture Extension Specialist, effective 9-6-13 (retirement)



July 12: Cooperative Conversation Publisher 2010 in Detail (Centra)
July 13: 2013 4-H Parent Volunteer Conference (Stillwater)
July 13: Water Wise Landscaping: Outdoor Water Conservation (Oklahoma City)
July 15: How Can the SARE Professional Development Program Impact Your County Extension Program (Webinar)
July 17: 9th Annual Winter Canola Conference (Enid)
July 17: July Horticulture Update (Centra)
July 18: Altus Winter Canola Conference (Altus)
July 20: Water Conservation Workshop (Oklahoma City)
July 24: Food Safety Workshop (Red Rock)
July 24-26: 92nd State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)
July 26-27: Cattlemen’s College (Midwest City)
July 31-August 2: OAE4-HA Annual Conference (Sequoyah State Park, Wagoner)
August 1: Cotton 101 – Beginning Cotton Production (Altus)
August 6: Current Issues in Forage and Pasture Management (Stillwater)
August 7: Monthly Home Energy Info (Centra)
August 8-9: Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference (Oklahoma City)
August 9: Cooperative Conversation Backups for Individuals and Offices (Centra)
August 12-13: ATV Ride Safe Oklahoma (Guthrie)
August 13-14: Southeast District 4-H In-Service (Beaver’s Bend State Park)
August 14: August Horticulture Update (Centra)
August 24: State 4-H Council Quarter 1 Meeting (TBD)
August 28: Asset-Based Community Development (Norman)
August 28: Emergency Energy Strategies – Lessons Learned (Oklahoma City)


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