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Vol. 6 – No. 6
March 24, 2006

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR   

 CURRENT EVENTS

Retirement Party: The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology is hosting a come-and-go retirement party for Sharon von Broembsen today from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Noble Research Center Atrium.

Wood Products Workshop Slated: The Food & Agricultural Products Center is offering a wood products workshop for manufacturers and users of wood. The workshop will take place April 5 in room 120 of the FAPC. The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the fundamentals of lean manufacturing, waste management, and the use of invasive species as raw materials for value-added products. The cost of the workshop is $30 per participant. Registration includes workshop materials, refreshments, and lunch. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the workshop. For more information or to register online, visit the FAPC Web site at www.fapc.biz/pages/woodworkshop.htm. To register by phone or e-mail, call or e-mail Jerri Beth Tivis at 405-744-6071 or jerri.beth.strickland@okstate.edu.

OEAFCS Meeting Scheduled: The 66th Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences will take place April 5-7 at the Holiday Inn, 6200 N. Robinson in Oklahoma City.  Registration deadline is April 1. All OCES FCS/4-H professionals are invited and encouraged to join the OEAFCS. For more information contact Pam Varner, OEAFCS Professional Development Committee Chairman by e-mail at Pam.Varner@okstate.edu, or Karen Armbruster, OEAFCS President, at Karen.Armbruster@okstate.edu.  

Health Forum: The Grady County Women’s Health Forum will be held April 26 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. The theme for the forum is “Healthy Aging Starts Now” and will feature Jane Carney, School of Gerontology, Oklahoma City Community College. She will present “Taking Charge:  Make Decision for Your Own Aging.”  Dr. Keith Swanson, OU School of Pharmacy, along with Barbara Brown, Extension Food Safety Specialist, will also be on hand to share their expertise. Twenty-one vendors will be featured this year. Registration is $5.  The forum is produced and funded by partnering agencies in Grady County.  For more information contact Susan Routh, Grady County FCS Educator, at (405) 224-2216.

OSU Campus Soon to Turn Green: Plans are being made for the 85th State 4-H Roundup slated May 24-26 on the OSU campus. This year’s theme is “4-H…YOUR Ticket to Success!” The event is geared toward 4-H members ages 13-19. Registration is $95 and registration information will soon be available online at http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/events/roundup.htm. Highlights of the event will include the announcement of the 4-H Hall of Fame winners, educational workshops, and state and district officer elections.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Researchers Receive Grant: OSU researchers Jeff Edwards, Kris Giles, Francis Epplin, and Randy Taylor, along with Texas A&M researcher Gaylon Morgan, received a $183,000 Southern Region SARE research and extension grant to evaluate best management strategies for no-till wheat production in Oklahoma. Extension activities will be directed toward in-service trainings, new fact sheets and reference materials, and increasing grower adoption of sensor-based nitrogen recommendations in no-till production systems.

Muske to Speak: Glenn Muske, Interim Associate Dean/Assistant Director, Family and Consumer Sciences, is an invited speaker at the “Growing Home-Based Business” workshops that are part of the 17th Annual Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Conference in Peoria, Ill. In addition, Muske has been appointed to the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Journal Editorial Review Board for 2006-2009.

Southwest District OHCE Meeting Was a Big Success: More than 400 OHCE members took part in the annual Southwest District OHCE Meeting that took place at the Anadarko High School. There were 35 workshops that provided attendees with a wide variety of information. OHCE groups in Caddo and Custer counties, along their FCS Educators Ranel Lasley and Radonna Sawatzky, organized the event. 

Richert Receives Mini-Grant: Charlotte Richert, Tulsa County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, received a $500 mini-grant from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences to conduct the “Living Well Programs.” The program will take place March 12-18 and will include Meals in Minutes Schools; Get Real, Get Fit Extreme Sports Fair Display; and Go Green, Home Edition. Richert also will include the Living Well theme in her weekly news column and other press releases.

Expo Well Received: The Tulsa County Extension Service recently conducted a “Kids & Kows & More” Expo. More than 500 3rd and 4th grade students, their teachers, and parents (52% minority) attended from public and private schools in Tulsa to learn about agriculture and the food system. The program is designed to link urban children with the agricultural origins of common groceries and textiles.  Students learned about where food comes from and why it is important that they understand agriculture in Oklahoma.

Osburn Joins P&SS: Roger Osburn will join the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences April 1 as the Executive Director of Oklahoma Pedigree Seed Services. Osburn earned an A.A. degree from NEO and a B.S. degree in Agronomy from OSU.  He brings 26 years of work experience in seed regulations and testing.  He was a Plant Industry Inspector, Supervisor of the State Seed Testing Laboratory, and Acting Assistant Director of the Laboratory Services Division for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture from 1981-97.  For the past eight years he was the Chief, Bureau of Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. Osburn will be responsible for the operation and management of Oklahoma Crop Improvement Association and Oklahoma Foundation Seed Stocks. His role will be to ensure an adequate supply of quality seed and propagating material for Oklahoma producers.

Print on Demand/OSUExtra Features New Publications: A number of new and updated publications are now available on the Print on Demand/OSUExtra Web site. They include:

Publications NEW to Print on Demand/OSUExtra:

  • CR-205 Oklahoma Farm and Ranch Custom Rates, 2005-2006
  • F-7319 Home Tree Fruit Production and Pest Management
  • F-2881 Management After Wildfire
  • CR-7173 Management of Insect Pests in Rangeland and Pasture
  • 4-H No. 540 Breeds of Horses 4-H Quiz Gram

 UPDATED publications on Print on Demand/OSUExtra:

  • E-904 Bobwhite Quail Habitat Evaluation and Management Guide
  • E-927 Using Prescribed Fire in Oklahoma
  • F-751 Developing a Cash Flow Plan
  • F-1204 Comparative Energy Costs for Irrigation Pumping
  • F-2225 OSU Soil Test Interpretations
  • F-6403 Roses in Oklahoma
  • F-6239 Commercial Blackberry Production
  • CR-6209 Commercial Pecan Insect and Disease Control
  • CR-6252 Commercial Grape Insect and Disease Control -2005
  • CR-7170 Management of Sorghum Insects
  • CR-7194 Management of Insect and Mite Pests of Small Grains
  • CR-7667 Management of Insect and Mite Pests in Canola
  • T-3117 Carbohydrates in the Diet
  • T-3120 Drug-Nutrient Interaction
  • T-3122 Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
  • T-3124 Nutrition Misinformation
  • T-3132 Nutrition for Physical Activity and Athletics
  • T-3138 Dietary Fiber
  • T-3142 Dietary Salt and Sodium
  • T-3148 Food Intake in Later Years
  • T-3149 Nutrition in Later Years
  • T-3156 Vitamins and the Body
  • T-3157 Dietary Sugar and Alternative Sweeteners
  • T-3159 Diet and High Blood Pressure
  • T-3160 Diet and Heart Disease
  • T-3161 Diet and Diabetes
  • T-3163 Protein and the Body
  • T-3164 Minerals and the Body
  • T-3166 Overweight Children
  • T-3167 Weight Management
  • T-3620 Food Allergies and Food Intolerances

Condolences to:  Lori Dillon-Black, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Sequoyah County, on the death of her mother. Sharon Dillon passed away February 14. Funeral services were held at the First Assembly of God Church in Poteau on February 17. Donations may be made in Sharon’s name to the First Assembly of God Nursery, 2101 S. Broadway, Poteau, OK  74953.

Condolences to: Mary Heston, Nutrition Education Assistant, Leflore County, on the death of her husband. Edward Heston passed away March 1. Funeral services were held March 4 at the Community Center in Bengal.

Condolences to: Lani Vasconcellos, Family and Consumer Sciences Program Specialist, Southeast District, on the death of her mother. Barbara Gurley passed away March 19. Funeral services will take place tomorrow, March 25, at the Freewill Baptist Church, 15th and Ash Street, in Ada.

Good News

  • 4-H’ers to be Honored: Shelby Latta, Ellis County, and Dana McBee, Beaver County, will be honored in May as Oklahoma Academic All-State winners. Latta currently is the Northwest District 4-H President. She is the daughter of Kent and Lynda Latta. Lynda is the FCS and 4-H Youth Development Educator and CED in Ellis County. McBee is the daughter of Darrell and Liz McBee. Liz is the FCS Educator in Beaver County.

 COLLEGE CORNER

AWARDS

OKG Host Honored: Steve Owens, host of Oklahoma Gardening, was presented with the “George J. Vaclavek Gold Medal” from the Oklahoma Horticultural Society at the group’s annual meeting in February. The award was presented to recognize his contributions to horticulture in Oklahoma.

  PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

Bart E. Cardwell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Garfield County, effective 3-1-06 (was Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Garfield County)  

Stephanie D. McSparrin, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and CED, Noble County, effective 4-1-06  (was: Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development and Interim CED, Noble County)

Separations

Rachael M. Kircher, Coordinator, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, effective 3-31-06

 Sharon L. von Broembsen, Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, effective 4-3-06 

COMING EVENTS

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 8: State 4-H Skeet Shoot (Arcadia)

April 13: Southeast District 4-H Speech Contest (McAlester)

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)

April 29: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (McAlester)

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