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Vol. 6 – No. 5
March 3, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

Extension News Introduces New Category: “Good News” is a new category in Extension News that will help the Extension family take ownership of the newsletter. This new section will focus on Extension related events and things of significance in the lives of our staff. News items listed in this category will be in bullet form and should be limited to one or two sentences. You can find the first entry listed below in the Good News section. Please keep in mind that “Good News” items must have a tie to Extension.

 CURRENT EVENTS

Cooperative Conversations: “Cooperative Conversations” is an alternative to face-to-face workshops and training sessions – no travel is necessary! Cooperative Conversations is a weekly - live – one-hour broadcast that allows for interaction between the presenter and participants. The material and presentation will be focused toward the audience’s interests and needs. Sessions will be held each Friday at 10:00 a.m. The first session was March 3 and they will run through June 30. “Seating” is limited! For more details see http://cc.dasnr.okstate.edu or contact an Extension Technology Specialist at 405-744-6550.

 FAPC to be a Site for Nationwide Energy Teleconference:  The Food and Agricultural Products Center and Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives will host a live broadcast of the satellite teleconference “Industrial Efficiency Initiative: Save Energy, Maximize Profits” on March 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in 201 of the FAPC. The U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest Food Processors Association, and the Food-Processing Industry Resource Efficiency Team are producing the teleconference. The teleconference will focus on sound, proven management strategies as well as innovative technologies and techniques used to reduce energy costs, increase productivity, and maximize profits. Experts will share how they have saved energy and reduced costs at their facilities. To register for the teleconference, contact Jerri Beth Tivis by calling 405 744-6071, or e-mailing jerri.beth.strickland@okstate.edu. The registration fee is $10 per person. Lunch will be provided.

Avian Influenza Conference: Persons who are interested in learning more about poultry disease should make plans to attend the “Poultry Disease Conference: Preparing for Avian Influenza” on March 30. The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa campus and is geared toward multi-state and federal officials concerned with animal health and waste management, including veterinarians, poultry industry managers, growers, Cooperative Extension personnel, university personnel, and independent producers. Current avian influenza updates, diagnosis, proper on-farm bio-security measures, mass euthanasia, carcass disposal, and emergency preparation/response to an avian disease outbreak will be discussed. Registration is $35 prior to March 15, and $55 thereafter. For more information, contact Josh Payne, Area Animal Waste Management Specialist, by telephone at 918-686-7800, or by e-mail at joshua.payne@okstate.edu, or Kim Dorr, Area Extension Secretary, Northeast District Office, by telephone at 918-686-7800, or by email at kim.dorr@okstate.edu.

 Pawnee County Hosting Club Calf Sale: Pawnee County will be hosting its first Pawnee County Club Sale on April 1. There will be approximately 40 head available in the silent bid sale. The event will take place at the Pawnee County Fairgrounds from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be consignments from Kester Cattle Company, Fuss Cattle Company, Arthur Show Cattle, Jason Jenson Show Cattle, Craft Cattle, O’Bryan Cattle Company, Terry Lockhart, Randy Gilbert, and Berlowitz Cattle. For more information call 405-743-5797.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mesonet Team Introduces New Member: Laura McKay is the newest member of the Oklahoma State University Oklahoma Mesonet team. As an Extension Associate, McKay will be using her writing and communications skills to enhance the Oklahoma Mesonet Agricultural Extension Program. She is a graduate of OSU with bachelor of science degrees in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. She has worked in a number of positions as a reporter and photographer, most recently working for the Chickasha Express-Star Newspaper. McKay will be located at the OSU Grady County Extension Office in Chickasha. You can reach her by phone at 405-224-2216.

On the Move: The Stephens County OSU Extension Office has a new place to call home. The new address is 2002 South 13th, Duncan, OK  73533. Telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

Condolences to: The family of Margaret Cramton, retired Home Economist. She passed away February 14. Margaret retired from Jefferson County in 1980 after 20 years of Extension service. Funeral services were February 18 at the First Baptist Church of Waurika. Cards will be forwarded to the family by the Dudley Funeral Home, 414 N. Elm, Waurika, OK  73573. Expressions of sympathy can also be sent electronically.  Go to www.dudleyfuneralhomes.com  and click on “Leave a Message for a Family”. 

Condolences to: Susan Meitl, Canadian County 4-H Youth Development Educator, on the death of her father, Sylvester Meitl. He passed away February 22 in Oberlin, Kansas. Funeral services took place February 25 at Pauls Funeral Home in Oberlin. Memorials may be made to the State 4-H Foundation or the Canadian County 4-H organization. Sympathy cards may be mailed to Susan at the Canadian County OSU Extension Office, Box 519, El Reno, OK  73036.

Condolences to: The family of Miles A. Karner, Area Extension Entomology Specialist, Altus Area Office. He passed away March 1. Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7th and A Street in Lawton. Burial will be on Monday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. at thte Park Grove Cemetery in Broken Arrow. In Lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Miles A. Karner Scholarship Fund. Donations may be sent to Mid-First Bank, 2511 N. Main St., Altus, OK  73521.

Condolences to: Linda Turner, Unit Assistant, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, on the death of her mother. Peggy Sisney passed away March 1. Graveside services will take place Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater.

Good News

  • Jenny Blanton, Administrative Assistant, Seminole County, recently purchased her first home after completing the First Time Homebuyer course.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

Collegiate 4-H Wins Award: Congratulations to OSU Collegiate 4-H for winning the national club scrapbook contest at the recent National Collegiate 4-H Conference in Ohio. The club was also a finalist for the National Club of the Year award, but was narrowly edged out by West Virginia.

State 4-H’ers Earn National Recognition: Savanna Petricek, Oklahoma City, and Kylie Stowers, Norman, both were recognized as State Honorees in the 2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. They each will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May for four days of recognition events. Recognized as Distinguished State Finalists were Chantal Reina-Ortiz, Lawton; Claire Richard, Oklahoma City; Matthew Taylor, Ada; and Ashley Zumwalt, Choctaw. Kenna Baker, El Reno, and Dustin Green, Holdenville, received Certificates of Excellence.

  PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Larry A. Klumpp, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, and County Extension Director, Kay County, effective 3-1-06 (was:  Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Kay County)

Separations

None to report

COMING EVENTS

March 3-4: OAEFCS Annual Meeting (Ada)

March 4-9: Woodward District Junior Livestock Show (Woodward)

March 8-11: 4-H Kansas City Global Conference (Kansas City, MO)

March 14: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Anadarko)

March 16: Southeast District OHCE Meeting (Coalgate)

March 21: 4-H Ambassador Application Postmark Date (Stillwater)

March 21: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Woodward)

March 28: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Dewar)

March 30: Poultry Disease Conference: Preparing for Avian Influenza (Tulsa)

April 1: Enid Area Progressive Agriculture Farm and Home Safety Day (Enid)

April 3: Environmental Stewardship In-Service (Yukon)

April 4-5: Family Resilience 2006-2010 Impact Team In-Service #1 (TBA)

April 5: FEWB Impact Team In-Service (Oklahoma City)

April 5-7: OEAFCS Annual Meeting (Oklahoma City)

April 8: State 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest (Stillwater)

April 8: Northwest District Meats Contest and Educational Day (Enid)

April 18: 4-H for Century III In-Service (Oklahoma City)

April 21-22: Discovery Unlimited (Stillwater)

April 26: State 4-H Record Books Due Date (Stillwater)

April 29: Northeast District 4-H Shooting Sports (Muskogee)

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