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Vol. 4 – No. 17
August 27, 2004

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Africanized Honey Bee Update: On August 26 you should have received via e-mail a message from Dr. Richard Grantham regarding Africanized Honey Bees. The diagnostic lab looked at two bees from Tillman County using PCR techniques and the DNA profiles match those of Africanized Honey Bees. That information was passed on, per protocol, to the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, who sent the insects on to USDA-ARS for identification. Refer to Dr. Grantham’s message for information sources available through Texas A&M and the University of Arizona Web sites. If there is a positive identification, you will be hearing more from Dr. Grantham and the diagnostic lab.

CURRENT EVENTS

Food Safety Mobile: The USDA Food Safety Mobile will be making a stop at the Oklahoma State Fair September 24-26. This exhibit is sponsored by OCES, Oklahoma Beef Council, and the Oklahoma Restaurant Association. The Food Safety Mobile is a 35-foot, recreational-style vehicle and promotes food safety, including the four “Fight BAC!” messages of the Partnership for Food Safety Education.  Volunteers are needed to help man the bus on those dates between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. for 3.5 or 4 hour shifts.  To volunteer, please contact Barbara Brown at 405-744-6824.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OQBN Announces Sale Dates: The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network has announced its 2004 sale dates. For more information, please contact Dave Lalman at 405-744-6060.

            Location                      Sale Date                    Weaning Deadline

            Apache                        10/12/2004                  8/28/2004

            Tulsa                            11/1/2004                    9/17/2004

            OKC West                  11/03/2004                  9/19/2004

            Elk City                        11/05/2004                  9/21/2004

            Enid                             11/16/2004                  10/02/2004

            Welch                          11/18/2004                  10/04/2004

            Woodward                   11/30/2004                  10/16/2004

            OKC West                  12/01/2004                  10/17/2004

            Welch                          12/02/2004                  10/18/2004

            Welch                          12/16/2004                  11/01/2004

 

Condolences to: The family of Bob Farabough. He passed away August 17. A private family service took place August 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Perry. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Circle of Care, First United Methodist Church, in care of Brown-Dugger Funeral Home, 1010 N. 7th St., Perry, OK  73077. Farabough was a long-time Extension employee and worked in Guymon, Pauls Valley, and Coalgate before moving to Perry in 1973 where he served as the Noble County Extension Director and Agriculture Educator. He retired in 1988. Cards may be sent to his wife, Judy, at 500 Memorial Drive, Perry, OK  73077.

COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

ACT Members Bring Home Awards: Congratulations to the OSU winners in the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Critique & Contest: Cathy Herren, 3rd Place News Story; Marcy Grundmann, 1st Place Long Feature; Melissa Majors, 2nd Place Long Feature; Robyn Sites, 3rd Place Long Feature; Cathy Herren, 1st Place Opinion Article; Misti Hartin, 2nd Place Research Article; Rachel Johnson and Kendra Kelton, 2nd Place Magazines; Amanda Jones and Allison Richard, 3rd Place Newspapers, Tabloids & Newsletters; Amanda Jones, 1st Place Brochures & Pamphlets; Chris Kidd, 2nd Place Brochures & Pamphlets; Afton Jameson, 1st Place Online Publication; Lindsey Linney, 1st Place Photo Series; Grant Gungoli, 2nd Place Photo Series; Ryan Hale, 3rd Place Photo Series; Candace Hoggatt, 1st Place B&W Photos; Afton Jameson, 2nd Place B&W Photos; Darby Cochrane, 3rd Place B&W Photos; Dawn Baxstrom, 4th Place B&W Photos; Laura McKay, 5th Place B&W Photos; Lindsey Linney, 1st Place Color Photos; Carrie Leach, 2nd Place Color Photos; Laura McKay, 3rd Place Color Photos; Jeremy Porter, 1st Place Digitally Enhanced Photos; Marcy Grundmann, 1st Place Advertisements; OSU ACT, 3rd Place Advertisements; OSU ACT, 1st Place Page Layouts; Shannon Webb, 2nd Place Page Layouts; Afton Jameson, 4th Place Page Layouts; Jodi Nichols, 1st Place Graphic Design; Amanda Jones, 2nd Place Graphic Design; Candace May, 2nd Place Web Design; Grant Gungoll, 1st Place Radio Production; Tara Wright, 1st Place Multimedia Production; Jodi Nichols, 2nd Place Public Relations Single Item; Afton Jameson, Jodi Nichols, Chris Kidd, and Amanda Jones, 2nd Place Public Relations Campaign. Congratulations also to Courtney Hentges for winning a  $750 American Agricultural Editors Association/ACT Scholarship.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report

Separations

Shannon R. Webb, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Caddo County, effective 8-24-04

 Dwayla F. Porter, Administrative Associate, Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, effective 8-31-04

 W. Myrl Redman, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Pushmataha County, effective 8-31-04

COMING EVENTS

September 14: Judging Day at Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

September 22-23: Ornamental Plant Materials Conference (Stillwater)

September 23: 4-H Science Projects for Clubs and Camps (Stillwater)

September 25: State 4-H Skeet Shooting Contest (Arcadia)

September 27: Release Day at Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 28: Judging Day at Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 30: Southern Region 4-H Volunteer Leader Forum (Georgia)

October 5: Public Policy Institute (Oklahoma City)

October 11: Release Day at Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

October 14: Vegetable Production for Home and Market Gardens (Lane)

October 15: Understanding Wheat Quality: Oklahoma Clients (Stillwater)

October 19: Farmland Leasing (Oklahoma City)

October 20: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

October 20-22: Northwest District Leadership Conference (Woodward)

October 21: Understanding Wheat Quality: Oklahoma Clients (Oklahoma City)

October 31-November 4: NAE4-HA Conference (Oklahoma City)

 

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