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Vol. 5 – No. 10
May 20, 2005

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Continued Contact is Crucial:  As the legislative session is winding down and final decisions made involving budget allocations, please continue to do everything you can to make your voice be heard!  Making contacts with members of the House and Senate asking for their support of the Division’s Second Century Initiative is crucial! Please continue to encourage stakeholders to make contact every chance they get, as well. Visiting with legislators while they’re back home on the weekend is a great way to reinforce the importance of this initiative and the impact it will have on Oklahoma citizens. A short phone call and/or e-mail are other available avenues to make contact.  Don’t let up; keep working hard to help legislators understand just how important this Second Century Initiative is to all of Oklahoma! As always, thanks for your efforts!

                                                                                                                         D. C. Coston

CURRENT EVENTS

Pasture and Livestock Tour: The Payne County Cooperative Extension Service and the Payne County Cattle Producers Association are hosting the Payne County pasture and Livestock Tour on May 26. This is an opportunity for producers to see the latest developments in animal identification technology and remote animal monitoring devices. The event is free. For more information contact the Payne County OSU Extension Center at 405-747-8320.

Summer GardenFest Slated June 11:  The 4th Annual Summer GardenFest will be celebrating 30 years of Oklahoma Gardening at the OSU Botanical Garden located at 3425 W. Virginia on the west side of Stillwater. Long-time garden columnist and radio host, Felder Rushing is the keynote speaker. Felder lives in Jackson, Miss., and uses down-home, humorous anecdotes and zany metaphors to get across bottom-line advice to "garden variety" gardeners. Other gardening activities will be available throughout the day. For more information call 405-744-5404.

 Pecan Growers’ Association to Hold Annual Meeting: The Oklahoma Pecan Growers’ Association will hold its annual meeting in Stillwater June 19-21. The first day of the event will be a field day at the Pecan and Fruit Research Station near Perkins from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and costs $7.25 per person. On June 20 the OPGA will have its educational program with presentations by pecan scientists and growers. The awards banquet will follow that evening at 7:00 p.m. The banquet costs $16 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and is free for children under the age of 6. The last day of the annual meeting will be a field day conducted at the farm of Dick Hoffman. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Michael Smith, Regents Professor, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at 405-744-6463, or check the OPGA Web site at www.hortla.okstate.edu/pecan/opga/index.html.

 No-Till Tour in Caddo County: The Caddo County No-Till Tour will take place June 21. Participants are asked to meet at the Eakly Farmers’ Co-op at 9:00 a.m. On the tour, participants will be able to visit with farmers from the Caddo County area who farm no-till and reduced-till peanuts and cotton. The group will tour local fields and look at some no-till and reduced till fields and evaluate their herbicide programs.  The meeting is sponsored by the Eakly Farmers Co-op, Helena, and the Caddo County Cooperative Extension Service.  There is no charge to attend, and the tour should be completed around noon.

 OAE4-HA Annual Meeting: Members of the Oklahoma Association of Extension 4-H Agents will meet in Catoosa July 26-28 for the group’s annual state meeting. This year’s theme will be “We Believe in 4-H.” Registration is due by July 8. For more information, contact the Woodward County OSU Extension Center at 580-254-3391.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Safety Camp a Huge Success: Washington County recently hosted a Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp. There were 300 5th grade students from the county who attended. The highlight of the camp was Frank Mitchell from KTUL News Channel 8 in Tulsa, who was on hand to teach Weather Safety.  Other sessions included Sun, Tractor, ATV, and Electric Safety; Disability Awareness; and Disaster Preparedness.

 New Grant: The Oklahoma 4-H Program received a $30,000 After-School Grant to teach workforce preparation skills to middle school youth. The award comes from the J.C. Penney After School Fund and NFL charities. Counties in Oklahoma who will share in the grant include Pittsburg, Coal, Carter, Comanche, Garfield, Dewey, Muskogee, and Pottawatomie. Nancy Dunlap, Southeast District 4-H Program Specialist, will coordinate the program. She, along with one adult volunteer and two teens will attend a training session in June in Addison, Texas. The project will be conducted during the 2005-2006 academic year.

McDaniel Earns Certification: Sonya McDaniel, Pottawatomie County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, recently received her Certification for Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Kimball Honored: Sarah Kimball, Assistant Extension Specialist, Rural Development, recently was presented with the Outstanding Community Service by a Faculty Member Award by the OSU Service Learning-Volunteer Center. She also received The Ted Mills Award for Outstanding Environmental Teaching from the Environmental Science Graduate Program and the Environmental Institute. This award is given to an Environmental Teaching Faculty member who demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in graduate teaching, instructional innovation, and student mentoring.

 Richardson Honored: Debbie Richardson, Assistant Extension Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, received the Outstanding New Professional Award at the Oklahoma Council on Family Relations state meeting.

 PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Kandace I. Dunn, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Greer County, effective 5-23-05

Title Changes/Transfers

John A. Keesee, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Hughes County, effective 5-16-05 (was: Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

May 25: IPM for the Landscape Professional Workshop (Stillwater)

May 25-27: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

May 26: Onion Production Field Meeting (Calvin)

May 26: Payne County Pasture and Livestock Tour (Stillwater)

June 4: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Oklahoma City)

June 5: Southwest District 4-H Horse Show (Chickasha)

June 6-11: Oklahoma Youth Forestry and Wildlife Camp (Beavers Bend State Park)

June 8: Citizenship Washington Focus Orientation (Stillwater)

June 10: State Master Gardener Continued Training Conference (Clinton)

June 11: 4th Annual Summer GardenFest (Stillwater)

June 11: Lane Ag Center Annual Field Day (Lane)

June 15: Southeast District CED Meeting (TBA)

June 15-17: 4-H Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 19-21: Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Annual meeting (Stillwater)

June 21: Caddo County No-Till Tour (Eakly)

June 23-24: CNEP and Healthy Families Annual In-Service (Stillwater)

June 23-25: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 23-July 3: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

June 30: Psychosocial, Cultural and Behavioral Aspects of Health: Focus on Obesity (Stillwater)

 

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