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Vol. 10 – No. 7
April 9, 2010

Current Events

Paper Clover Campaign Underway: Tractor Supply Stores across Oklahoma have partnered with the Oklahoma 4-H Program in an effort to raise both money and awareness for 4-H. Through April 18, Tractor Supply Stores will be conducting a Paper Clover campaign. Counties that have a store within their boundaries will receive the biggest part of the money raised at their locations. Of the remainder, a portion will go to National 4-H Council and portion will be returned to the state.  Money returned to the State 4-H Office will be used to support enhancement grants for counties that DO NOT have stores within their boundaries. Stores are located in Ada, Ardmore, Bristow, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Glenpool, Guymon, Idabel, McAlester, Miami, Moore, Muskogee, Mustang, Ponca City, Pryor, Purcell, Sallisaw, Shawnee, Stillwater, Tahlequah, and Weatherford.

FAPC to Hold Food Labeling Workshop May 17-18: The Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, and Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center will hold a public Food Labeling Workshop May 17-18 in room 201 of the FAPC. The workshop will provide information about FDA food labeling regulations and other related subjects to the regulated industry, particularly small businesses, and startups. Topics to be discussed include mandatory label elements, nutrition labeling requirements, health and nutrition claims, Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, and special labeling issues such as exemptions. Cost for the workshop is $400, and the deadline to register is May 3. Visit http://www.fapc.biz/foodlabeling.html for more information or to register for the workshop.

FAPC Will Host “Going Green” Conference May 20: More than 100 food industry representatives will participate in the Food Industry Trends Conference May 20. Hosted by Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, the conference will focus on “Going Green” in the food and agricultural industries. Participants will learn industry efforts in implementing sustainable or “green” practices into the workplace. The keynote speaker will be Cashion East of the Sustainability Consortium. Other speakers include Robert Wegener, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy; Wouter Moormann, PURAC; Larry Sanders and Damian Adams, OSU department of agricultural economics; Rodney Holcomb, OSU department of agricultural economics and FAPC; and Mike Smolen, OSU department of biosystems and agricultural engineering. To receive conference updates, send your email address to erin.joy.early@okstate.edu. The cost for the conference is $200, and the deadline to register is May 7. For more information or to register online, visit http://www.fapc.biz/goinggreen/index.html.

Announcements

Mills Receives Grant: Gale A. Mills, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, Washington County, received a grant from Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline® nationally sponsored by ConAgra Foods Foundation®. Mills was one of more than 80 individuals who applied and received one of the 25 grants available. Operation Frontline developed Supermarket Smarts as a way to ensure more families have the opportunity to learn how to make healthy food choices on a limited budget.  Mills led three sessions with low-income adults taking them on a grocery store tour. Upon completion each member completed a short survey and received a recyclable grocery shopping bag. An optional activity called the $10 Challenge involved participants choosing a healthy food from each of the food groups utilizing the information Mills provided. Participants were able to keep the foods selected and were also given as an added incentive a set of four color coded cutting boards. Mills had 100 percent participation with those going on the tour and participating in the $10 Challenge. Timeline for completing these tours was during the month of March 2010. To learn more about Operation Frontline® visit http://www.operationfrontline.org.

Congratulations to: Michael Pettijohn, Extension Educator, Agriculture, Grady County, and his wife, Lori, on the birth of their daughter. Kara Riley was born March 1, weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 ½ inches long. She is welcomed home by big sister Abby.

Congratulations to: Ryan Moehle, Oklahoma 4-H Operation Military Kids coordinator, and his wife, Rachel, on the birth of their daughter. Reagen Alexis was born April 2, weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by big brothers Jacob and Christian.

Congratulations to: Erin Robinson, Oklahoma 4-H Foundation accountant, and her husband Shane, on the birth of their son. Walker Jake was born April 7, weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21 inches long. He is welcomed home by big brother Parker and big sister Ella.

Condolences to: Sue Gray-Melaugh, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, on the death of her father. Loring Albert “Bud” Gray passed away March 31. A memorial service took place April 3 at Epworth Villa Chapel in Oklahoma City. Memorials may be sent to Trees of Love at Epworth Villa, or Goodland Presbyterian Home for Boys in Hugo.

AWARDS

CASNR Students Receive Scholarships and Awards at Annual Banquet: Numerous students enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources were recognized recently at the annual Scholarships and Awards Banquet March 26. In all, nearly $453,000 in scholarships and awards was presented. This is part of more than $1 million in scholarships and awards presented this spring to deserving OSU agriculture students for the 2010-2011 school year. More information on the top awards is available at http://www.dasnr.okstate.edu/ Members/donald.stotts-40okstate.edu/casnr-students-to-be-awarded-more-than-1-million-in-scholarships.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Christy L. Richards, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McIntosh County, effective 4-19-10

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

Dian Ousley, Extension Sr. Secretary, Delaware County, effective 4-6-10

Phillis Cothren, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garvin County, effective 4-9-10 (retirement)

Glenn A. Muske, Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences, effective 6-1-10

COMING EVENTS

April 5-10: Southern National Holstein and Jersey Show (Stillwater)

April 7-9: Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit (Stillwater)

April 7-9: OEAFCS State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 14-15: Northeast/Southeast Districts Spring In-Service (Wilburton)

April 16: Child Care and Early Childhood Education In-Service (Stillwater)

April 24: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest – Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Archery (McAlester)

April 27:  Making Local Government Revenues Less Taxing (Centra)

April 29: Healthy Communities 201 and Beyond (Oklahoma City)

April 30: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy – Part 1 (Norman)

May 7: Oklahoma Moderators and Recorders Academy – Part 2 (Norman)

May 7-8: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

May 15: Northwest District 4-H Spring Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 25-27: OAEAA Annual Meeting (Stillwater)

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