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Volume 13, Number 16

August 9, 2013




Water Conservation WorkshopDid you know you can have beautiful landscaping while using a lot less water? Experts from Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension will show you how TOMORROW, Aug. 10, 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



Article Published in June Issue of JOE: An article entitled “Simple Lawn Irrigation Measurement Training for Master Gardeners and Homeowners” has been published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Extension. Justin Moss served as lead author, with co-authors including John Haase, Jason Vogel, Tracy Boyer, and Dennis Martin. The article may be found at www.joe.org/journal-current-issue.php.

Article Accepted for JOE Publication: Eric Rebek, Mike Schnelle, and Kathleen Kelsey had their greenhouse integrated pest management work, “Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Practices Among Oklahoma Greenhouse Producers: A Case Study for Experiential Learning,” accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Extension.



New OAE4-HA Officers Elected: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents meet recently for the group’s annual state meeting. In addition to attending educational workshops, members also selected new officers. The 2013-2014 officers are Cathy Allen, president; Daniel Neely, president elect; Becky Walker, vice president; Cathleen Taylor, secretary; Steve Beck, treasurer; Julie Starr Staiger, Southeast District representative; David Adams, Northeast District representative; Jessie Furnish, Southwest District representative; and Tomas Manske, immediate past president.

Gibbs Earns Degree: Congratulations to Marie Gibbs, CNEP Nutrition Education Assistant in Creek County, for earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from OSU in July.

New Citizen: Jeannette Johnson, CNEP Nutrition Education Assistant in Tulsa County, has completed the requirements for citizenship. She becomes an official citizen of the United States Aug. 13. Congratulations!

New/Updated Publications on PODS: There are a number of new and updated publications available on the Print on Demand System at http://osufacts.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/HomePage. New publications include:

    • AGEC-1045 Community Assessments: Three Examples of Asset-Oriented Assessment Tools
    • ANSI-3169 Understanding EPD Accuracies
    • ANSI-3168 Interpreting Equine Genetic Defect Testing Results
    • ANSI-3289 Ten Tips for Utilizing a Cattle Sale Catalog
    • L-431 Landscape Planning
    • L-432 Seasonal Landscape Maintenance
    • L-433 Plant Selection Factors
    • L-434 Irrigation
    • L-435 Improving Soil Quality
    • L-436 All You Need to Know About Mulch
    • L-438 Water Saving Design Ideas for Oklahoma Landscapes
    • EPP-7327 Plant Viruses Infecting Cannas
      Revised publications include:
        • EPP-7313 Home Vegetable Garden Insect Pest Control
        • EPP-7168 Plant Galls Caused by Insects and Mites



        Congratulations to: Tyler Richey, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and his wife, Allison, on the birth of their son. Wade James was born July 25, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long.




        Cathy Allen Honored: Cathy Allen, Extension 4-H Curriculum Coordinator, was presented with the Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Service Award at the recent State 4-H Roundup. Congratulations!

        DASNR Group Wins Award: Ray Huhnke, Amanda Erichsen, Mike Buser, and Craig Woods were recently awarded an ASABE Educational Aid blue ribbon for their entry “Developing a Sustainable Biomass Production System.” This is a collection of 50 short videos detailing the various components of the USDA/DOE funded Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) project being led by Oklahoma State University. 

        Sparks Receives Award: Congratulations to Dave Sparks, Area Food-Animal Quality and Health Specialist, for receiving the Oklahoma Beef Quality Assurance Producer Educator of the Year Award for 2013. He was presented with this award by the Oklahoma Beef Council during the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention in July.

        OAE4-HA Members Recognized: While participating in the group’s annual statewide meeting, members of OAE4-HA also took time to recognize the achievements of their peers. Award winners include:


        • Diversity Award – Rick Clovis
        • Excellence in Club Support – Lindsey Long Davidson
        • Excellence in Club Support Team Award – Sara West and David Sorrell
        • Excellence in Teen Programming – Janna Kelley, Becky Walker, and Justin McDaniel
        • Excellence in Teamwork – David Adams, Nancy Arnett, Rick Clovis, Wendie Clubine, Barbara Denney, Penny King, Donna Patterson, and Ryan Sproul
        • Denise Miller 4-H Innovator – Samantha Ephgrave
        • Media Presentation – Tomas Manske
        • Periodical Publication – Cheryl Newberry
        • Promotional Package Team – Kevin Allen, Dave Deken, Austin Moore, and Dylan Kirk
        • Promotional Piece – Lexie Hayes
        • Radio Programming – Becky Walker
        • Educational Exhibit – Jessie Furnish
        • News Story – Jessie Furnish
        • Individual Promotional Package – Jessie Furnish
        • Feature Story – Daniel Neely
        • Published Photo – David Sorrell
        • Educational piece – David Sorrell
        • Individual Promotional Piece – Cathleen Taylor
        • Clover Award – Jennifer Matthews
        • Achievement in Service Award – Cathleen Taylor and Daniel Neely
        • Distinguished Service Award – Nancy Arnett and Mary Peck
        • Meritorious Service Award – Kevin Allen
        • 25 Years of Service – Karla Knoepfli
        • Edna Sams Professional Development Scholarship – Leslie Lewis and Cathleen Taylor




        John Holman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Murray County, effective 7-29-13

        Title Changes/Transfers

        None to report




        Stephanie Ezzell, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Beckham County, effective 7-26-13

        Carrie Bond, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma County, effective 8-7-13



        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 (Oklahoma City)
        August 28: Asset-Based Community Development (Norman)
        August 28: Emergency Energy Strategies – Lessons Learned (Oklahoma City)
        September 4: Monthly Home Energy Information (Online)
        September 4: Hunger Team Update (Online)
        September 10: Current Issues in Agricultural Economics (Centra)
        September 11: PREP 7.0 Training (Oklahoma City)
        September 12: Together for a Better Education Training (Webinar)
        September 13: Cooperative Conversations: Tables for Extension – What’s Everyone Doing? (Centra)
        September 14: Oklahoma City State Fair 4-H Judging Contest (Oklahoma City)
        September 18: Turfgrass, Nursery and Landscape Field Day (Stillwater)
        September 18: September Horticulture Update (Centra)
        September 19: Together for a Better Education Training (TBA)
        September 21: GardenFest (Stillwater)
        September 26: Co-Parenting Through Divorce Curriculum Training (Stillwater)



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