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Vol. 6 – No. 24
December 15, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR  

 CURRENT EVENTS

Vegetable Meeting Slated: The Hydro Vegetable Meeting will take place Jan. 16, 2007, at the Hydro Senior Citizens Center. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact David Nowlin, Caddo County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, at 405-247-3376.

Grady County Ag Conference: The Grady County Fairgrounds will be the site for the upcoming Grady County Ag Conference slated Jan. 23, 2007. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Topics will include ODOT issue for ag producers, tax options for farmers, fertilizers, and the cattle market report. The Oklahoma Alfalfa Association will hold a restructuring meeting and amend the bylaws in conjunction with this conference. For more information, contact Michael Pettijohn, Grady County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, at 405-224-2216.

Enid is Site for Stocker Receiving Management Conference: The Stocker Receiving Management Conference will take place Jan. 25, 2007, at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Enid. Dr. Tom Noffsinger, one of the top cattle handling experts in the nation, will be on hand to talk about low stress cattle handling techniques for stocker cattle producers. Registration for the conference is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, contact Greg Highfill, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, at 580-237-7677, or email at Greg.Highfill@okstate.edu.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pesticide Disposal Event was a Big Success: More than 62,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides were collect Dec. 6 at the Altus Unwanted Pesticide Disposal event. Approximately 50 producers and commercial applicators participated. All types of pesticides were collected, but some of the interesting and older ones included calcium cyanide, lead arsenate, DDT, and toxaphene. This program, reached through an agreement between the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association, has been in the making for four years. This collection was funded by the ODAFF through a fee on every pesticide registered in Oklahoma. ODAFF contracts with Clean Harbors, a hazardous waste contractor to collect and dispose of the pesticides. Charles Luper, OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP), was responsible for promotion and coordination of the event with Clean Harbors. OSU PSEP wants to thank all county educators who helped promote this event to producers in their county. Big thanks go to Gary Strickland, Jackson County Extension Educator, for helping find the site in Altus and promoting the event locally. Recognition must also be given to Jim Allen and Humphrey’s Coop in Altus for providing the location. The next collections will be February 20th at the Farmers Elevator Company in Drummond, OK and February 22nd at UAP in Webbers Falls, OK. For more information please see the website http://pested.okstate.edu/unwanted.htm.

Deadline Nearing for Spring Semester Fee Waivers: Fee waivers for the 2007 spring semester should be submitted no later than Dec. 22, four working days prior to the first day of class on Jan. 8, 2007, to Linda Turner at 139 Ag Hall. 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 139 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. If you are a full-time faculty or staff member taking classes, you may request a partial fee waiver.  The Faculty/Staff Fee Waiver Form has recently been changed.  The revised form is available for download from the Office of the Registrar’s Web site, http://www.okstate.edu/registrar/FormsOnline/FormsOnline.htm.  Scroll down to Faculty/Staff Fee Waiver Form.

            Please use your campus-wide identification number instead of your social security number. You can also pick up a blank form from the Office of the Registrar, 322 Student Union. If you have a supply of the old forms, please discard them.

 NOTE:  The Educational Leave Requests are now available on-line at the Staff Development intranet site http://intranet.okstate.edu/staff­_development

             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 immediate supervisor 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 Linda Turner at 405-744-5398 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.

Congratulations to: Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, on the birth of her granddaughter. Glory Gabrielle Huckeby, was born Nov. 22, weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She is welcomed home by her big sister, 2 ½ year old Grace Victoria.

Good News

 COLLEGE CORNER

Agronomy Club Attends National Meeting: Ten Agronomy Club members recently attended the National American Society of Agronomy meeting in Indiana. The students were able to tour Heartland Growers, Kakasuleff Farms, and Beck's Hybrid's Superior Seeds where they learned a great deal about the advancements of hybrid seed production. At the meeting, Anthony Ruiz placed first in the speech contest with his speech "Can Agriculture be Both Productive and Environmentally Friendly."  Jessica Sheffield placed third in the Visual Presentation contest, and Clint Wilcox will be the Research Symposium Section Chair next year.

 Crops Judging Team Places at Competition: The Oklahoma State University Crops Judging Team competed in National Contests in Chicago on Nov. 18.  Team members were Plant and Soil Science students Tia Nobles, Jessica Sheffield, and Matt Braun.  Alternates who attended were Jerry May and Brian Sheffield. The team competed in three categories including plant and seed identification, grain grading, and seed analysis. The team placed 6th in the competition and Nobles placed 10th overall in the individual competition.

AWARDS

Precision Farming Research Efforts at OSU Honored Nationally: Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences presented 31 oral and/or poster research presentations at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Sciences, and Soil Science Societies of America. Regents Professor Bill Raun was recognized with the Werner L. Nelson Award for Diagnosis of Yield-Limiting Factors. Raun and others have developed spectral indices that predict in-season wheat and corn yields and adjust for fertilizer rates using sensor-based technology. Jeff Edwards, Extension Small Grains Specialist, and several other faculty contributors, received the ASA Educational Materials Award for the No-Till Wheat Production fact sheet.

 

Noble County Extension Recognized: The Noble County OSU Cooperative Extension Service recently received an Award of Excellence for supporting positive health and wellness for employees and for contributing to improving the health of all Oklahomans. The recognition was given by a partnership including the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, and Oklahoma Turning Point Council. The application for this award was prepared by Stephanie McSparrin, Noble County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator, and CED, and members of the Healthy Oklahoma Extension impact program. McSparrin accepted the award on behalf of Noble County OSU Cooperative Extension Service in Oklahoma City during the 9th Annual Oklahoma Turning Point Forum and Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition Conference that took place Dec. 5-6.

Master Naturalists Receive KOB Award: Congratulations to the central chapter Master Naturalists for being named as a 2006 Award of Excellence Winner in the annual Keep Oklahoma Beautiful contest.They were honored for their work in monitoring wetlands, constructing bird viewing blinds, maintaining trails, and educating youth about the complexity, beauty, and importance of nature. The central chapter works under the direction of the Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Office and the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.

Roger Gribble Named Mr. Wheat 2006: Area Agronomist Roger Gribble was awarded the 2006 Mr. Wheat Award by the Oklahoma wheat industry during the recent Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association annual meeting. The award was presented by Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.

Business of the Year: The Choctaw County OSU Cooperative Extension Service was chosen as the Agriculture Business of the Year by the Hugo Area Chamber of Commerce.  Marty Montague, Extension Educator Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, accepted the award.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Bruce L. Peverley, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, effective 11-20-06

 Belinda K. Pfeiffer, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Mayes County, effective 11-20-06

 Debra J. Duncan, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Beckham County, effective 11-21-06

Catherine L. Wheeler, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences /4-H Youth Development, Okmulgee County, effective 11-27-06

 Erin J. Early, Coordinator, Business Planning and Marketing, FAPC, effective 11-30-06

Title Changes/Transfers

Aarika D. Holt, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Nowata County, effective 12-7-06 (was: Interim CED)

Separations

Misty L. Henson, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Pottawatomie County, effective 12-22-06

 Loveta E. Hammond, Extension Educator, Special Projects, Oklahoma County, effective 12-31-06 

COMING EVENTS

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

January 3-7: Denver Western 4-H Roundup (Denver, CO)

January 8: In-Service, The Millennials: Teaching and Working with Young Adults and Teens Born in the Early-Mid 1980s (Centra System)

January 13: 4-H Day at Oakwood Mall (Enid)

January 13: Northwest District 4-H Parent and Volunteer Conference (Enid)

January 18-19: Sensor Based Nitrogen Management Workshop (Stillwater)

January 23: Grady County Ag Conference (Chickasha)

January 25:  Stocker Receiving Management Conference (Enid)

January 25-27: 7th Annual Oklahoma/Arkansas Turfgrass Short Course (Fayetteville, AR)

January 27: Northwest District Air Pistol/Rifle and Archery Shoot (Woodward)

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