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Vol. 6 – No. 22
November 3, 2006



Grady County Ag Conference: The Grady County Ag Conference has been scheduled for Jan. 23, 2007, at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. Topics will include age and source verification, tax options for farmers, fertilizers dry vs. liquid vs. poultry litter, and the cattle market report.  In conjunction with this conference, the Oklahoma Alfalfa Association will hold a restructuring meeting as well as an amendment to the bylaws.

Ambassadors Wanted: Applications are now being accepted for Oklahoma Gardening Ambassadors. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Interviews will be conducted Dec. 4-8 and Dec. 11-15. For more information, please contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404.


Cooperative Conversations November Date Change: Since many county offices will be closed for Veterans’ Day on Nov. 10, this month’s Cooperative Conversation has been moved to Nov. 17. The topic this month, presented by Jane Fenton, is Customizing Your Computer Experience. For more information please visit http://cc.dasnr.okstate.edu.  

FAPC Newsletter Focuses on Food Safety: The FAPC produces a quarterly, food safety newsletter called "Pathogen Patrol."  The newsletter is geared toward Oklahoma food companies and discusses burning issues and research explorations in the food safety arena. The newsletter can be found at www.fapc.biz/pages/pathogenpatrol.htm. For those who would like to be added to the Pathogen Patrol mailing list, please send an e-mail to mandy.gross@okstate.edu.

CNEP Staff Present at National Meeting: A team of CNEP staff presented a concurrent session on The Learning Journey, a video learning package developed for the training of paraprofessionals at the 71st Annual Session of National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The team consisted of; Debbie Walters, Pittsburg County; Laverda Johnson, Pushmataha County; Carolyn Clifton, Okmulgee County; and Brenda Sheik, Okeene. Others attending the meeting were Marlene Buck, Garfield County; LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County; Barbara Elkins, Coal County; Loveta Hammond, Oklahoma County; Cathy James, Logan County; Gloria King, Southwest District; Sandy Lackey, Carter County; Ginny McCarthick, Johnston County; Brenda Miller, Northeast District; Joy Rhodes, Blaine County; Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County; Danette Russell, Latimer County; and Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District. 

Educators Attend Conference: A group of 4-H Youth Development educators attended the NAE4HA meeting that took place recently in Milwaukee, WI. At the conference they were able to pick up new curriculum and leadership information for county 4-H programs. One of the new programs comes was developed by Florida and is called Project Butterfly Wings. 4-H members and leaders participate in a national research study by logging into the national Web site and reporting the types of butterflies they have seen. This helps track the migration of the butterflies from state to state. The educators also attended seminars on diversity and leadership.

Financial Literacy Was Topic of Conference: The Family Economic Well-Being (FEWB) Impact Team plays an active role in the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy. Several team members were involved in the recent Financial Education in Oklahoma Conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch in partnership with the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition.  The conference was held at the Reed Center in Oklahoma City on October 31. FEWB Team members presented two concurrent breakout sessions. Those presenting “Helping Youth Direct Their Financial Future” were Maretta Toler, Comanche County; Joy Rhodes, Blaine County; and Diana Hartley, Cleveland County. Additionally, FEWB Team members, Edwina Kelly, Lincoln County; Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County; and Susan Routh, Grady County, presented “Helping Adults Direct Their Financial Future.” This educational opportunity allowed the county FCS Educators to promote and share a few of the many programs they use to strengthen Financial Literacy in Oklahoma.

Condolences to: Roger Sahs, Assistant Extension Specialist, on the death of his mother. Erma Sahs passed away Oct. 28. Funeral services took place Nov. 1 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Wayne, Neb.

Condolences to: Ron Sholar, retired Extension Peanut and Soybean Specialist, and his wife, Linda, on the death of their son, Jason Sholar. He passed away Oct. 29. A memorial service took place Nov. 1 at the University Heights Baptist Church in Stillwater.

Condolences to: The family of Mamie Chamberlain, retired Ellis County Extension Senior Secretary. She passed away Oct. 31. Funeral services took place this morning at the Shaw Funeral Home in Arnett. She began her career in the Ellis County Extension Office on July 1, 1949. She served as secretary for 52 years until she retired Aug. 31, 2001, at the age of 84.  Cards may be mailed to her daughter, Marvel Goodrich, 12909 E. Post Oak Road, Noble, OK 73068.

Good News



McCurtain County 4-H’ers Bring Home Awards: Congratulations to the McCurtain County 4-H Livestock Judging Team on representing Oklahoma at the American Royal in Kansas City recently.  The Oklahoma team won Reserve Champion honors in a close top team finish. The team was two points behind the first place team. This team also was the only team in the contest with all four members in the Top 20. Team members are Sabrina Meeks, Brent Smith, Chelsea Coffman, and Jake Mullens. The team is coached by Sammy Coffman. Individual awards include:

  • Sabrina Meeks – 5th high individual overall; 1st high individual in cattle; 7th high individual in reasons
  • Brent Smith – 9th high individual
  • Chelsea Coffman – 12th his individual; 9th high individual in reasons
  • Jake Mullens – 20th high individual


OEAFCS Members Recognized: Members of Oklahoma Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences recently attended the 71st Annual Session of NEAFCS in Denver. Those receiving awards include:

  • Karen Armbruster, Woods County, Distinguished Service Award
  • Cynthia Griffith, Rogers County, Continued Excellence Award
  • Kathy Enyart, Ottawa County, Southern Region Winner in Early Childhood Child Care Training
  • Mary Rhyne, Kay County, 1st National Winner in Written News
  • Celinda Bonnell, Tulsa County CNEP, Southern Region Winner for the Para-Professional Award.



Johanna "Jana" L. Beck-Williams, Engineering Technician, DASNR - Administration, effective 10-17-06

Samantha J. Ephgrave, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, McClain County, effective 10-30-06

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


Jill A. Toney, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Custer County, effective 10-20-06


November 3: Ambassador’s Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

November 4: National 4-H Congress Orientation (Oklahoma City)

November 8: 4-H and Adult Outdoor and Natural Resources Education (El Reno)

November 8: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Weight Management In-Service (Centra System)

November 8-9: Statewide OCES Secretary Conference (Stillwater)

November 8-11: 61st Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show (Stillwater)

November 9: Risk Management – Core 4-H Requirement (TBA)

November 9: Surviving Cattle and Water Cycles (Coweta)

November 10: Risk Management – Core 4-H Requirement (TBA)

November 14: 4-H Recordbook Update (Arapaho)

November 15: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Food Allergies and Intolerances In-Service (Centra System)

November 16-17: Southeast District FCS In-Service (Robber’s Cave)

November 17: OSU Cattle Grain Processing Symposium (Tulsa)

November 17: Nutrition and Health Promotion: Food and Drug Interactions (Centra System)

November 29: Northwest Wheat Tour (TBA)

November 29- December 1: 4-H and FCS Fall In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 30: Healthy Communities (Oklahoma City)

December 2: Northwest District Share-the-Fun Contest (Fairview)

December 6: Managing Agricultural Policy and Commodity Outlook for Profitability (Stillwater)

December 6: Southwest Wheat Tour (TBA)

December 7-12: Tulsa Farm Show (Tulsa)

December 8: Southwest District Holiday In-Service (TBA)

December 12: Current Issues in Plant and Soil Sciences for the Southwest District (Chickasha)

December 12: Northwest District FCS In-Service and Northwest District OEAFCS Meeting (Kingfisher)

December 13: Introduction to 4-H Volunteer Core Competencies – Unit 1, 2, 3 – Core 4-H Requirement (TBA)

December 13: Northeast District Holiday In-Service (Chouteau)

December 14: Current Issues in Plant and Soil Sciences for the Northwest District (Northwest District)

December 15: Statewide Cucurbit Vegetable Meeting (Chickasha)

December 19-21: New Extension Educator’s Orientation (Stillwater)

December 25-January 1, 2007: Campus Closed – Christmas Holiday



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