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Vol. 3 – No. 12
June 13, 2003

Current Events

GardenFest: The second annual GardenFest will take place Saturday, June 14, at the OSU Botanical Garden located west of Stillwater at Virginia Avenue and Sangre Road. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and will offer a variety of demonstrations and tours, including a children’s gardening activity booth, a perennial plant tour, a cooking demonstration, sessions on small space vegetable gardening, growing roses, and raising gorgeous gourds. This year’s keynote speaker will be Lauren Springer, an award-winning writer and photographer from the Denver Botanic Garden speaking on “Creating a Resonant Garden and Marrying the Natural and the Personal landscape.” The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.oklahomagardening.okstate.edu or call 405-744-5404.

 Wind Power Conference: Investigators from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma will host the third annual Oklahoma Wind Power and Bioenergy Conference in Norman on Thursday, June 19, and Friday, June 20. Both wind power and bioenergy industries have come to the state and look to become an important part in the diversification of Oklahoma's rural economy. There are a number of free registrations reserved for DASNR personnel. The full conference schedule is available at http://www.seic.okstate.edu/owpi. For more information, call Steve Stadler at 405-744-9172, or Kylah Kissenger at 405-447-8412. Be sure to identify yourself as an OCES or OAES professional in order to receive free registration for both days.

 Field Day Slated: The Lane Ag Center Field Day will take place on Saturday, June 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to view the research trials on onions, honeydew, watermelon, cantaloupes, squash, cucumbers, collards, spinach, cotton, soybeans, southern peas, dry beans, sweet corn, transgenic BT sweet corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, poblano peppers, okra, ornamental landscaping plants, Bermuda grass forages, cool season forage grasses, St. Augustine turf grass, and Bermuda turf grass. For more information call 580-889-7343.

 

Announcements

Goodner Recognized: Gale Goodner, Communications Specialist, Oklahoma County, was presented with the Honorary 4-H Member Award during the 82nd State 4-H Roundup. This honorary award is extended to individuals or groups who provide special support to ensure the Oklahoma 4-H Program remains a success. 

CNEP Coordinator Job Description: The position vacancy announcement for the Community Education Programs Nutrition Education Coordinator (CNEP) is now available at www.fcs.okstate.edu/faculty.htm. Click on the CNEP Coordinator Position Description link and follow the directions. 

New Grant: The Rangeland Ecology and Management Program in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences recently received a grant for $484,024 from the Joint Fire Science Program funded by the USDA Forest Service and the Department of Interior. The project is a combined effort of research and extension entitled "Patch Burning on Grasslands:  Effects of Fuels, Fire Behavior, and Fire Spread."   The investigators include Dave Engle, Sam Fuhlendorf, Dave Nofziger, and Terry Bidwell. Technology transfer is one of the key elements of this grant.  Federal cooperators include the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Geological Survey, and Forest Service.

Proceedings Available: The 2003 Beef Improvement Federation held its 35th annual meeting in Lexington, KY, May 28-31. The conference addressed the timely topic of surviving environmental changes. Complete proceedings for the conference are available at http://www.bifconference.com. During the conference, two Oklahoma producers and graduates of OSU, George Chiga of Tulsa and Burke Healey from Davis, OK, were presented with the Beef Improvement Federation Pioneer Award. Mr. Healey was honored posthumously.

Schnelle Receives Grant: Mike Schnelle, Extension Ornamental Floriculture Specialist recently was awarded a SR-SARE grant for the planning project “Technical and Economic Analysis of the Potential for Conversion of Poultry and Swine Production Facilities to Greenhouse and Mushroom Houses for Alternative Marketing Opportunities.”  Schnelle is a cooperator along with faculty at the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University. Any cooperative extension educator that knows of a swine or poultry producer that may be interested in this opportunity should contact Schnelle at 405-744-7361 or mas@okstate.edu

Maronek Selected for Training Program: Dale Maronek, Head, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture,  was selected by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology to participate in a national leadership training program entitled “Cultivating Leadership for a Changing Agriculture.” The program will take place June 19 to 22.  It is a W.K. Kellogg Foundation supported initiative offered by the Institute for Conservation Leadership designed to strengthen leadership among professionals, scientific societies, sustainable agricultural organizations, and university based institutes. Only a limited number of individuals are selected to participate. The program is designed to promote a more localized healthy, and equitable food system funded by building the capacity of agricultural organizations through organizational development; developing individual leadership with new skills and competences that enhance shared and collaborative leadership; and fostering better understanding and working relationships between nonprofit, scientific and academic organizations working on agricultural issues.

 Congratulations to: Mandi Bowles, Senior Secretary, Harper County, and her husband, Brad, on the birth of their daughter, Lanie Mae Bowles. She was born June 6, weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21 inches long. She joins big brother Brady. 

Condolences to: Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, on the death of her grandfather, A.A. “Tony” Leven of Newkirk. He passed away May 30. Funeral services were held June 5 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Newkirk.


College Corner

Camp Cowboy: This year’s Camp Cowboy will take place July 11-13. Camp Cowboy is a summer orientation experience for incoming freshmen that includes small group activities, a ropes course, as well as numerous other opportunities designed to help ease the transition from high school to college. More information can be found at http://osunet.okstate.edu/campcowboy/.
 

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Coming Events

June 19: Basic Food Preparation Skills: Vegetables and Fruits – Core Training (Stillwater)

June 26: Memory Lesson – “Yes, Older People Can Remember” (Pauls Valley)

June 26-27: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

July 1: Commercial Cattle Grading (Tulsa)

July 3-14: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

July 9-11: Oklahoma Association of Extension Agriculture Agents AM/PIC (Oklahoma City)

July 10: Caddo/Grady County Livestock Judging Contest (Anadarko)

July 12: Northwest District 4-H Invitational Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Archery Shoot (Woodward)

July 13-15: Oklahoma Home and Community Education State Meeting (Oklahoma City)

July 15-17: OSU Animal Science Field Days (Stillwater)

July 17: HAY-DAY (Chickasha)

July 18-19: Leadership Development Conference (Stillwater)

July 21-23: State 4-H Congress (Oklahoma City)

July 22: State Wheat Show Judging (El Reno)

July 22-24: Youth Livestock Judging Camp (Stillwater)

July 24-26: Sooner State Dairy Show (Stillwater)

July 26: State 4-H Air Rifle, Air Pistol and Archery Shoot (Watonga)

July 29: Southeast District Leaders Conference (McAlester)

July 30-August 3: Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championship (Perry, Georgia)

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