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Vol. 3 – No. 25
December 19, 2003

Current Events

Horticulture Industries Show: The 23rd Annual Oklahoma/Arkansas Horticulture Industries Show will be held January 9 and 10, 2004, at Tulsa Community College northeast campus in Tulsa. This year’s theme is “Growing a Horticulture Business.” For more information about the Horticulture Industries Show, call Donna Dollins at 405-744-6460, or Ray Campbell at 405-377-8948 or email at raycam@dasnr.okstate.edu.  Registration information and a meeting schedule are available at http://home.okstate.edu/Okstate/dasnr/hort/hortlahome.nsf/toc/HIS.

 

Women in Agriculture Conference: Individuals who are interested in learning more about the role women are playing in today’s agricultural community should make plans to attend the Women in Agriculture Conference slated January 31, 2004. The conference will take place at the Logan County Fairgrounds in Guthrie. The conference will offer the opportunity to learn more about the management side of the farm or ranch. Keynote speakers and workshops will emphasize management skills needed to make informed business and family decisions. Registration deadline is January 16, 2004. The pre-registration fee is $5, or $10 at the door. A brochure with the pre-registration form can be downloaded at http://countyext.okstate.edu/logan. For more information call the Local County Extension Office at 405-282-3331, or email at osulogan@sbcglobal.net.

 OSU Food Safety Roundtable: The Food and Agricultural Products Center at OSU is the site for an OSU Food Safety Roundtable. The event will take place January 21, 2004, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the program to follow at 9:00 a.m. The presentation will feature two video tapes, including “Food Safety: A Maintenance Perspective,” and “Control of Listeria Monocytogenes in Small Meat and Poultry Establishments.” Lunch will be provided. For more information contact Cecilia Brewer at 405-744-6071, or visit http://www.okstate.edu/ag/fapc/calendar for registration.

 Workshop to Cover New HACCP Directives, Regulations: A two-day workshop slated February 4-5, 2004, will focus on the new Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), discussion of scientific evidence needed for the verification and validation of HACCP plans, and the in-depth verification and consumer safety officer reviews currently being performed by the USDA-FSIS. Registration for Oklahoma participants is $125; out of state participants can register for $200. Participants must pre-register for this workshop that will take place at the Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus. For more information, contact Cecilia Brewer at 405-744-6277.

 Western Oklahoma Junior Heifer Show: The Western Oklahoma Junior Heifer Show will take place February 21 at the Ag Pavilion in Cheyenne, Okla. The show will feature Angus, Chianina, Simmentals, Shorthorn, Horned Hereford, Salers, Charolais, Belgian Blue, Limousin, Polled Hereford, Maine-Anjou, and Commercials. For more information, contact the Roger Mills County Free Fair Board Office at 580-497-3452.

Announcements

Applications Available: Applications for the Lois Demond Fellowship, Lucille Clark Scholarship, Marilyn Burns Endowment Fund for Home-Based and Micro Business Program Development Award, the Irma Manning Professional Development Fund, and the Grace Spivey Professional Development Fund are available on the Family and Consumer Sciences web site at www.fcs.okstate.edu.  Applications are due February 15, 2004, and should be returned to Lynda Harriman, 104 HES, Stillwater, OK  74078.

 Soils Lab Will Be Closed for the Holiday: The OSU Soil, Water, and Forage Analytical Laboratory will be closed December 24-January 4. Please plan accordingly. Samples may still be mailed to the lab. They will be held at University Mailing until January 5th.  Thank you for your patronage.

 Krenzer Honored: The Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association presented Gene Krenzer, Extension Wheat Specialist, with the “Mr. Wheat Award” during the group’s recent annual meeting.  The award was presented in recognition and appreciation for many years of dedicated service to the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, the wheat industry, and the wheat producers of this state.

Gribble Recognized: Roger Gribble, Area Agronomy Specialist, received special recognition and appreciation at the 2003 Annual Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association’s Convention and Trade Show held in Enid on December 2. The group recognized Gribble for having informational meetings and being devoted to helping all wheat producers.  Roger has formed strong ties with producers across Northwest Oklahoma.

 New Telephone Numbers: The Northeast District and Area Specialist offices located at 230-B West Okmulgee, Muskogee have been changed effective December 16. The new number is 918-686-7800. Rollover lines include 918-686-7802, 918-686-7806, and 918-686-7812. The new fax number is 918-686-7819. The Muskogee County Extension Office located at 1440 S. Cherokee, Fairgrounds, Muskogee, also has new numbers. The main line is 918-686-7200. Rollover lines include 918-686-7203, and 918-686-7204. The fax number is 918-686-7204.

 Spring Fee Waivers: Fee waivers for the 2004 Spring Semester should be submitted to 245 Ag Hall no later than January 5, five working days prior to the first day of class on January 12. The Study and Education Form should accompany the fee waiver and be signed by your County Extension Director, District Extension Director, Department Head, and/or appropriate Unit Administrator, and then forwarded to 245 Ag Hall for processing. Please allow plenty of time to get these forms in by the deadline. If you miss the deadline, the fee waiver WILL NOT be honored, no exceptions.  No letters of explanation will be accepted.  Both the Fee Waiver and Study and Education Forms are kept in Ag Mailing Services and you can request them by calling 405-744-5823.

 Also, as a reminder, Distance Education Courses do have additional fees and in-service training does not require a fee waiver form.  If you have questions, please contact your County Extension Director as they have updated information regarding the policy on Fee Waiver and Study and Education Request Forms.

 If your class is cancelled, you decide to drop your class, or if you change your study and Education form, call 405-744-6550 so that your records can be updated.  Also, check your Bursar invoice to make sure you received the fee waiver.  You should contact the Fee Adjustment Office at 405-744-6866 if you have questions.

Workshop Proposals Now Being Accepted:  The State 4-H Volunteer Board is seeking workshops to be presented July 16 and 17, 2004, at the 4-H Leadership Development Conference that will take place in Stillwater. The board would like workshops which will enhance the volunteer and/or parents' skills for guiding youth in individual project areas or in the development of Life Skills such as healthy lifestyle choices (Health), decision making (Head), cooperation and concern (Heart), and community service (Hands). A copy of the 4-H Targeting Life Skills model is on the reverse side of the proposal application. Presenters are encouraged to target and focus on a minimum of one life skill from each of the four quadrants. The application is available at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/volun02/Eduopp.  Proposals are due January 9, 2004 to the State 4-H Office.

 4-H Dime Drop:  The Oklahoma state 4-H officers are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) to help build a house for a low-income family. In order to do this we have designated “4-H Dime Drop” as a statewide service project, sponsored by the State Officer Team.  All proceeds will be designated for the house “4-H” built. Each county and/or club will make a bucket/container specifically designed for HFH.  4-H members and communities are encouraged to “drop a dime” to support our cause. This effort will continue through May 7, 2004. Let us know your county or club’s interest by completing and returning the following information by mail or on-line at http://www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/habitat.

Kicks4Kids: Oklahoma 4-H’ers are teaching kids that being fit is cool. Oklahoma 4-H teens are going into local elementary schools to teach children how to take care of their bodies as part of Kicks4Kids, a 4-H service project developed by the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service. Kicks4Kids teaches children in kindergarten through fourth grade why physical activity will make them feel better mentally and physically while improving their quality of life. Kicks4Kids curriculum is designed so that it also can be taught in after-school programs or supplement class room experiences. Oklahoma CES trains teen and adult volunteers from any youth-serving organization who wishes to implement Kick4Kids as a service project. Kicks4Kids is endorsed by the Oklahoma Department of Education. It began in Fall 2002 and will be implemented statewide by Fall 2005Kicks4Kids information and materials can be downloaded at http://agweb.okstate.edu/fourh/k4k.

 Condolences to: Billie Chambers, retired Extension Program Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, on the death of her mother. Gladys Schulz passed away December 7. Funeral services were held December 11 in Peoria, Ill. A memorial service took place on December 12.

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APPOINTMENTS

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SEPARATION

Carla Ackley, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Stephens County, effective 12-3-03

Coming Events

December 20: Blaine County Shooting Sports Contest (Watonga)

January 5: Nutrition Through the Lifecycle (Web-Based)

January 5-7: Oklahoma Agricultural Aviation Association Conference (Oklahoma City)

January 7: Basic and Advanced Training in Soil and Water Management, Nutrient Management, Crop Management, and Pest Management (Stillwater)

January 7-12: Denver Western 4-H Roundup (Denver, Colo.)

January 8: 4-H After School (On-line)

January 9-10: Shooting Sports Certification Training (Sulphur)

January 10: 4-H Day at Oakwood Mall (Enid)

January 10: Northeast District 4-H Volunteer Leadership Development Conference (Jenks)

January 12: Using Prescribe Fire (Stillwater)

January 17: Major County Shooting Sports Contest (Fairview)

January 20: Hydro Vegetable Meeting (Hydro)

January 22: Storm Water Phase II In-Service Training (Chandler)

January 24: Southwest District 4-H Volunteers Conference (Lawton)

January 24: Southwest District 4-H Speech Contest (Lawton)

January 24: Harper County Shooting Sports Contest (Buffalo)

January 31: Southeast District Share-the-Fun (McAlester)

January 31: Dewey County Shooting Sports Contest (Taloga)

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