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Vol. 7 – No. 21
October 19, 2007

Current Events

DHIA to Host Trio of Meetings: The Oklahoma Dairy Herd Improvement Association is hosting three meetings across the state. The main topic of all three meetings is alternatives to high grain prices. Additional topics include corn processing, management and feeding strategies, understanding the impact of forage quality and forage processing on milk yield and dairy efficiency, and alternative energy and fiber sources. Meetings are slated Nov. 7 in Chickasha, Nov. 9 in Pryor, and Nov. 14 in Stillwell. For more information, contact Noah Litherland at 405-744-7390.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lane Joins Oklahoma Citizens Academy: Tracy Lane, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Tulsa County, will join 42 other individuals from across Oklahoma as a member of Class V of the Oklahoma Citizens Academy. A leadership program designed by the Oklahoma Community Institute, the Citizens Academy seeks to increase the number of leaders focused on community and economic development at the local level. Participants will learn skills in the areas of teamwork and planning, community assessment, economic development and tourism, community renewal, and state government.  The graduates of this class will join 100 others who are already sharing stories of impacting positive change in their communities.

Applications Engineers Save Manufacturers’ Money: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s Applications Engineers helped Oklahoma manufacturers save more than $8 million while increasing or retaining their sales by more than $47 million during fiscal year 2007. The five Applications Engineers located across the state are an integral part of the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service working in conjunction with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance to provide focused engineering assistance to small and medium-sized manufacturers. More than 400 jobs were created or retained in fiscal year 2007, thanks to help from the Applications Engineers. The five Applications Engineers are Win Adams, Don Lake, Shea Pilgreen, Clay Buford, and Doug Enns.

 Extension Assists with National Training: The OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program cooperated with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry’s Consumer Protection Services Division in sponsoring a national Pesticide Inspector Residential Training program sponsored by EPA Oct. 1-5. Regulatory inspectors from 25 states and two territories attended the training sessions which took place at the Pinkston Education Facility and the Stored Products Research and Education Center. Sessions included indoor education activities and outdoor hands-on education on proper termiticide applications and fumigation. Brad Kard, Kevin Shelton, Charles Luper, Randy Beeby, Matt Gassen, and Jim Criswell provided educational training for the inspectors.

New and Revised Fact Sheets Posted: A number of new and revised fact sheets have been posted to the Print on Demand System since Aug. 1. They include:

New:
EPP-7078: Biology and Control of the Plum Curculio in Fruit Trees, by Phil Mulder
AGEC-608: Beef Carcass Quality and Value over Time, by Clem Ward
ANSI-3863: Sheep Showmanship, by Rusty Gosz
ANSI-3284: Beef Showmanship, by Rusty Gosz
AGEC-1005: Using Broadband to Advertise: Panama Tours from Oklahoma!  by Brian Whitacre
AGEC-1004: Using Broadband to Further a Career: Earning a Degree From Home, by Brian Whitacre
FAPC-150: Biodiesel Production, by Nurhan Dunford
FAPC-149: Biodiesel Glossary, by Nurhan Dunford

AGEC-609: Feedlot and Carcass Performance from the OK Steer Feedout Program, by Clem Ward

AGEC-610: Health Impacts on Animal Performance from the OK Steer Feedout Program, by Clem Ward
 
Revised
4-H-236: Collecting and Exhibiting Tree Leaves, by Craig McKinley


Years of Service Pins Available: OSU Staff Advisory Council has Years of Service pins available from the previous years. These pins have the old OSU logo and cannot be given out this year at Awards Day. Anyone needing a 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 year pin, please contact Katie Reim at katie.reim@okstate.edu. This is a first come, first serve basis, so you will not be guaranteed a pin.

Taylor Meets Former President: Merritt Taylor, Center Director of the Wes Watkins Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Lane, had the opportunity to meet former President Jimmy Carter. The national Research Center Administrators Society (RCAS) had its semi-annual meeting in Georgia in September. During a tour of agricultural research and extension centers a stop was made at the childhood home of former President Jimmy Carter which is a now under the management of the National Park Service. Carter made a special stop to personally shake hands with all of the members of the Society.  He discussed current agricultural issues and how the research station that he helped establish in Plains, Ga., was instrumental in developing peanut varieties that increased yields four-fold.  He is extremely supportive of the national agricultural experiment station concept declaring that the research innovations that have come out of the agricultural research and extension centers in the United States have allowed the American farmer to continue to be one of the greatest suppliers of food and fiber in the world.

Congratulations to: Lani Vasconcellos, Southeast District Program Specialist, Family and Consumer Sciences, and her husband, Art, on the birth of their granddaughter. Olivia Tate Vasconcellos was born Oct. 5, weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 ΒΌ inches long.

Condolence to: The family of Dale Earnest, former Extension Agriculture Agent in the 1950s and 1960s in Creek, Tulsa and Okmulgee Counties. He passed away Oct. 5. Graveside services took place Oct. 11 at the Highland Cemetery in Okemah. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Okemah Public School Foundation, PO Box 65, Okemah, OK  74859. Cards may be sent to his daughter, Elizabeth Been, c/o The Earnest Family, HC60, Box 71-A, Castle, OK  74833.

Condolences to: Ross Sestak, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Lincoln County, on the death of his father. Richard Ernest Sestak passed away Oct. 14. Funeral services took place Oct. 17 at the First Baptist Church in Prague. Richard worked for the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service for 29 years. He was an educator and agriculturalist in Nowata, Potawatomie, Jefferson, and Canadian counties and retired from OCES in 1990. Memorials may be made to the Lincoln County 4-H Scholarship Fund , Lincoln County 4-H, 811 Manvel, Suite 2, Chandler, OK 74834; the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Rt. 3 Box 243, Prague, OK 74864; or the WFLA Lodge #46 Restoration Fund, NBU 5702, Prague, OK 74864.

 Condolences to: Claude Bess, Southeast District Extension Director, and his family, on the death of his brother-in-law. Johnny Powell passed away Oct. 17. Services are being held today at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Eufaula. Cards may be sent to Claude and Vickie at 12250 CR 3632, Ada, OK  74820.

AWARDS

Tulsa State Fair Champions: The Washington County 4-H Livestock Judging Team will represent Oklahoma at the National Western in Denver, Colo., in January for the second consecutive year. The team earned the honors by winning 1st place at the Tulsa State Fair Livestock Judging Contest on Oct. 5. Team members earning the trip will be Brandi Capps, Dewey; Brenna Parker, Dewey; Cassie Pirtle, Copan; Melissa Potts, Caney Valley; and Chase Ward, Caney Valley. The team is coached by Randy Pirtle, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and CED, Washington County. This is the third consecutive year that a 4-H team from Washington County has represented Oklahoma at a national livestock judging contest.

Raun Recognized: Bill Raun, Regents Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award in Honor of Elmo Baumann.  This is a very special honor and a well-deserved recognition of his expertise, commitment to excellence, and hard work. The Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award in Honor of Elmo Baumann was established by the Sarkeys Foundation in 1976. The purpose of the award is to encourage outstanding academic leadership in the faculty of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources by recognizing distinctive contributions to the agricultural industry through teaching, research, and/or extension education.

Lusk Honored: Jayson Lusk, Professor, Willard R. Sparks Endowed Chair, Agricultural Economics, has been named the recipient of the 2007 James A. Whatley Award for Meritorious Service in Agricultural Sciences. This award was established in 1982 and is presented annually to the top young scientist in DASNR. Lusk’s research focuses on how preferences are constructed and how decisions are made by consumers, farmers, and agribusiness organizations.

 DASNR Faculty Honored: A number of DASNR faculty were honored recently at the Fall Faculty Meeting and the Fall Convocation. Those receiving awards include:

  • Wade Brorsen – Regents Distinguished Research Award
  • Stan Gilliland – Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Scientist Award
  • Pat Bolin – Integrated Pest Management Professional Achievement Award
  • Chang-An Yu - Eminent Faculty Award
  • Karen Hickman – CASNR Outstanding Adviser and Regents Professor

 CASNR Students Make OSU’s Top 20: OSU recently recognized its Top 20 Freshman Women and Freshman Men. Those students from CASNR include: Andrea Hesser, Tulsa, animal science; Carrie Highfill, Enid, food science; Cami Jo Jeter, Copan, animal science; Shelby Latta, Gage, agribusiness; Brady Brewer, Hunter, agricultural economics; Zachary Clary, Lindsay, biochemistry and molecular biology; Jerod Clem Cottom, Morrison, agricultural economics; Jared Crain, Woodward, plant and soil science; Robert O’Neal, Alva, biochemistry and molecular biology; Tyler Powell, Guthrie, agribusiness; and Chase Vencl, Garber, biosystems and agricultural engineering

 GOOD NEWS

 Smith is on the Run: Angie Smith, Pushmataha County Program Assistant, recently participated in her fourth 5K run. She placed first in her age division. Congratulations Angie!


PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

Jan Johnston, Extension Specialist, Gerontology, effective 6-29-07

Casey D. Sharber, Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Canadian County, effective 10-4-07

Julie Ann Milligan, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Noble County, effective 10-29-07

Title Changes/Transfers

Charles B. Cox, Professor/Asst. Director, 4-H Youth Development/Interim Department Head, Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership, effective 10-15-07 (was: Professor/Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development)

Separations/Retirements

None to report 

COMING EVENTS

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 7: Oklahoma Dairy Herd Improvement Association Meeting (Chickasha)

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

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

November 9: Oklahoma Dairy Herd Improvement Association Meeting (Pryor)

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 14: Oklahoma Dairy Herd Improvement Association Meeting (Stillwell)

November 13-15: 2007 Oklahoma Turf Conference

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

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

December 1: Northwest District 4-H Share-The-Fun Contest (TBA)

December 1: Southeast District Horse Judging Clinic (TBA)

December 7: Southwest District Holiday In-Service (Weatherford)

December 13: Oklahoma Cucurbit Vegetable Meeting (Chickasha)

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