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Vol. 7 – No. 20
October 5, 2007

Current Events

The Oklahoma Meat Goat "Boot Camp" scheduled: The 2007 Oklahoma Meat Goat “Boot Camp” is slated for October 15-17 at the Pontotoc County Agriplex in Ada.  The contact person for the event is Justin McDaniel, Pontotoc County Extension Agricultural Educator. 

The Oklahoma Meat Goat Conference: The Oklahoma Meat Goat Conference is scheduled for November 2-3. It will be held at the Pontotoc County Agriplex in Ada. The contact person is Justin McDaniel, Pontotoc County Extension Agricultural Educator. 

Field Day slated: The OSU/Kerr Foundation Forage-based Buck Performance Test Field Day is scheduled for October 27, will be held at the Kerr Foundation Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Poteau. The Extension contact for the event is David Sparks, Area Extension Food Animal/Quality and Health Specialist and the Kerr Foundation contact person is Mary Penick, Test Supervisor. 

Anniversary Celebrated: Extension’s County Training Program (CTP) celebrated its 25th anniversary last week at the County Officers and Deputies Association Conference.  The “founding fathers” of the CTP, Dr. Jim Shamblin, OSU Emeriti, Industrial Engineering, and Dr. Charles Burns, OSU Emeriti, Agriculture/OCES, were honored for their part in developing a training program for county officers and deputies created by statute in 1982.  Dr. Bob Whitson, Vice President, Dean and Director, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, presented plaques of appreciation to Dr. Shamblin and Dr. Burns. Also taking part in the presentation were Notie Lansford, Program Leader, Clif Scott, former State Auditor and Inspector; and John Ward, former Executive Director of the Association of County Commissioners.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Northwest District OCES provided a booth on Wild Game Food Safety at the Third Annual Wildlife EXPO, sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.   The booth door prize registration collected responses from 1,000 EXPO participants on six wild game meat/fish handling practices.  A tally of the responses will be shared with state OCES staff and may be used in preparation for future grants, educational presentations and/or in-service development. 

Another interesting outcome of the booth was an offer from Bass Pro Shop, Oklahoma City store Promotions Manager, for Extension to offer educational information and/or activities at their store.  Their first interest was for activities focusing on “Women in the Outdoors” in June of 2008.  Northwest District Extension staff looks forward to exploring how this new opportunity may benefit the total Extension program.

The EXPO was held at the Lazy E Arena September 28, 29 and 30 with the usual attendance of 30,000 or more.  The booth distributed printed information prepared by Dr. Barbara Brown, Extension Food Specialist, and utilized a power point and DVD.  Well over 1,000 people visited this specialized booth and signed up for a door prize ($200 value Deni Select Vac system and four rolls of multi-ply packaging film).  The booth was manned by Extension staff along with adult and teen volunteers. 

The booth promoted several two-hour workshops this fall on Venison, From Field to Table planned by County FCS/4-H Educators Jean Bailey—Dewey County, Cathy James—Logan County, and Karen Armbruster—Woods County.  Their joint project is funded through a Northwest District Extension mini-grant.  Workshop dates/sites are:  October 6 -- Enid, October 13/El Reno, October 29 -- Alva & Guthrie, and November 13 -- Taloga.  To contact workshop leaders, visit http://countyext.okstate.edu/nwdistrict/   Click on “County Extension Office” then select any of these three counties for contact information.

Also at the above Web site, click on WILDLIFE EXPO HANDOUTS to secure copies of the Wild Game Food Safety materials (Freezing, Canning and Jerky), view a related power point and locate a source to purchase a DVD “FIELD DRESSING and PROCESSING DEER FOR HUNTERS” also used in the NW Extension Wild Game Food Safety Expo booth. 

This was the second year for Northwest District Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to sponsor a booth at the Wildlife Expo, but the first year for this topic.  Many thanks to staff and volunteers who assisted in this promotional/educational effort!

 Congratulations to: Lawrence Tomah, Harmon County Ag Educator, and Jana, on the birth of their daughter, Isabella Dorothy Tomah.  Isabella was born on Thursday, September 20, weighed 6 lbs 13 1/4 oz., and was 20 inches long.

 Congratulations to: Jennifer Adsit, Ag Communications Services, Christian, and big-brother Mason on the birth of Keller Stone, September 20. Keller weighed 9 lbs 9 oz and was 23 inches long.

 Condolences to: Sue Bonner, Director Agriculture Human Resources, on the death of her mother. Grace Rose passed away the morning of Saturday, September 22. Grace turned 92 on Friday. A Memorial Service was held Thursday, September 27 at the First Baptist Church in Henryetta.

 

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

 Travis L. Hanks, Ext. Educ., Ag/4-H Youth Development & CED, Seminole County, effective 10-1-07 (was: Ext. Educ, Ag/4-H Youth Development)

Separations/Retirements

None to report 

COMING EVENTS

October 6: Venison from Field to Table (Enid)

October 11: Oklahoma 4-H for Century III (TBA)

October 12: 4-H Club Management System (TBA)

October 13: Venison from Field to Table (El Reno)

October 15: Healthy Oklahoma Impact Program Team In-Service (Stillwater)

October 15-17: The Oklahoma Meat Goat “Boot Camp” (Ada)

October 15-18: Southern Region Water Quality Conference (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

October 17-19: Southwest District Youth Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 17-19: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Development Conference (Woodward)

October 18-19: Bollenbach Wildlife Symposium (Woodward)

October 21: NAE4-HA Conference (Atlanta, Georgia)

October 25: OHCE Leadership Training (Oklahoma City)

October 25: Central Oklahoma Cattle Conference (Chandler)

October 27: OSU/Kerr Foundation “Forage-based Buck Performance Test” Field Day and Sale (Poteau)

October 29: Agriterrorism/Emergency Preparedness In-Service Training (Tulsa)

October 29: Venison from Field to Table (Alva and Guthrie)

October 30: Agriterrorism/Emergency Preparedness In-Service Training (McAlester)

November 2-3: Oklahoma Meat Goat Conference (Ada)

November 8: Risk Management – Core 4-H Requirements (TBA)

November 9: 4-H Volunteer management System (TBA)

November 13: Venison from Field to Table (Taloga)

November 13: Southwest District 4-H In-Service (Lawton)

November 13-15: Southeast District FCS In-Service (TBA)

November 13-15: 2007 Oklahoma Turf Conference

November 23-27: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Georgia)

November 26-28: New Extension Educators’ Orientation (Stillwater)
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