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Vol. 8 – No. 19
September 19, 2008

Current Events

Registration Deadline Nearing for Best Management Practices Workshop: The deadline for registering for the upcoming Best Management Practices Workshop is Sept. 26. The event will take place Oct. 2 at the Pittsburg County Extension Center, 707 W. Electric Ave., in McAlester. Workshop topics include Best Management Practices (BMPs) and your Management Plan, Water Quality and BMPs, Forest Management and BMPs, Examples of BMPs in Oklahoma, Streamside Management Zones, Road Construction, and BMPs in Harvesting and Landings. Registration is free and class size is limited to 20 participants. For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Craig McKinley at 405-744-8065, or e-mail at craig.mckinley@okstate.edu.

Field Tour Slated: The Fire, Wildlife, Timber, and Cattle Grazing Field Tour will take place Oct. 7 at the Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area near Clayton. Topics include History of the Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area; Utilizing Prescribed Fire, Timber Harvest, and Cattle Grazing to Meet Your Land Management Objectives; Integrated Timber, Livestock, and Wildlife Management; and Stock Rate and Carry Capacity for Cattle. For more information, contact Terry Bidwell, Extension Rangeland and Ecology Management Specialist, at 405-744-9618, or e-mail at terry.bidwell@okstate.edu.

Tree Care is Topic of Conference: Proper tree care is the topic for the upcoming Tree Care Conference slated Oct. 8 at the OSU Botanical Garden. The conference is geared toward arborists, nursery professionals, urban foresters, landscape managers, landscape architects, Master Gardeners, related professionals and advanced hobbyists. The workshop will be team-taught by OSU faculty and industry professionals. Early registration, which includes lunch, is $75 and must be postmarked by Sept. 29. Registration after that date is $100. For more information contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404, or e-mail at stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu.

Announcements

SUNUP Returns to OETA: The agricultural program SUNUP will once again air on OETA beginning Oct. 4. The television show brought agricultural news to Oklahomans for 18 years before it went off the air in December 2003.  The show will return to a statewide audience with a new look, new team, and a renewed purpose: to help Oklahoma farmers and ranchers get the most out of their agricultural operations. SUNUP will air Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m. With its weekly format the half-hour show will feature stories on the multiple facets of agriculture and natural resources, as well as how-to and do-it-yourself techniques for everyday life on the farm or ranch.  SUNUP will be an important outlet for sharing timely and vital information from our Extension network and research stations. OSU alumnus Clinton Griffiths will host the program. Promotional posters and other materials will be sent to county Extension offices to help promote the return of SUNUP. Anyone who has a story idea may submit it via e-mail to sunup@okstate.edu.

Congratulations to: Laura Martin, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Extension Associate, Mesonet, and her husband, Matt, on the birth of their daughter. Grace Elizabeth was born Sept. 8, weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Condolences to: Mitzi Pate, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Jackson County, on the death of her father. Bill Harness passed away Sept. 10.  Funeral service took place Sept. 13 at the First United Methodist Church in Altus.  Cards may be sent to Mitzi at 611 Vine, Altus, OK  73521.

Congratulations to: Congratulations to Jessica Nickels, Extension Educator, CNEP Area Coordinator, Northwest District, and her husband, Jamie, on the birth of their daughter. Bailey Kate was born Sept. 18, weighed pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 ΒΌ inches long. Bailey is welcomed home by big sister Madison.

AWARDS

Toler Wins National Award: Maretta Toler, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Comanche County, has been selected as the national winner in the Continued Excellence Award in the 2008 NEAFCS Awards of Excellence Program. The NEAFCS Awards Program provides recognition for members in areas of professional development, communications, program development, and public relations. More than 500 award applications were submitted for the competition.

4-H Volunteer Leader Named Regional Winner: Janine Thompson, a 4-H volunteer leader from Chandler, has been named the 2008 Southern Region 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer. She will receive her award on Oct. 4. She has been a volunteer leader for 23 years and has conducted leadership activities, and coached the Lincoln County 4-H Dairy Judging and 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl teams. In addition she has served on numerous committees at the county level and served as an officer for the Lincoln County 4-H Leaders Council.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes

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Separations

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COMING EVENTS

September 11-21: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 22: Oklahoma State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Oklahoma City)

September 22: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Pawnee)

September 23: The Wilderness of Grief, Finding Your Way (Tonkawa)

September 23: Tulsa State Fair Exhibit Entries and Judging Day (Tulsa)

September 23: Fall 2008 Peanut Field Tours “What Worked in 2008” (Erick)

September 24: “Living in the Shadows of the Ghosts” of Grief – Recognizing Symptoms of “Carried Grief” and Creating Interventions to Support “Catch Up” Mourning (Tonkawa)

September 25-October 5: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 27: 4-H Football Game Day (Stillwater)

September 30: Fall 2008 Peanut Field Tours “What Worked in 2008” (Fort Cobb)

October 2: Best Management Practices Workshop for Forest Landowners (McAlester)

October 2-5: Southern Region Volunteer Forum (Rock Eagle, Ga.)

October 4: 4-H Centennial Road Trip (TBD by District)

October 5: Tulsa State Fair Exhibit Release Day (Tulsa)

October 7: Fire, Wildlife, Timber, and Cattle Grazing Field Tour (Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area)

October 9: 4-H Century III in-Service Training (Oklahoma City)

October 10: CE-FCS Ambassadors Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

October 10: 4-H Club Management Systems In-Service (Oklahoma City)

October 13: Fuel from the Field – Oklahoma Grown Biofuels Field Day (Chickasha)

October 14-15: Enhancing the Adoption of Organic Gardening (Oklahoma City)

October 15-17: Northwest District 4-H Leadership Conference (TBA)

October 15-17: Southwest District 4-H Youth in Action Conference (Oklahoma City)

October 15-17: Northeast District Youth in Action Conference (Gore)

October 20: Family Economic Well-Being (FEWB) Impact Team (Oklahoma City)

October 20: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Chandler)

October 21: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Miami)

October 22-23: OCES Secretaries Conference (Stillwater)

October 23: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Tulsa)

October 27-29: Southeast District Conference (TBA)

October 30: Southwest District 4-H In-Service (Lawton)

October 30: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Lawton)

November 6: 4-H Volunteer Management System In-Service (Oklahoma City)

November 7: Risk Management Core 4-H Requirement (Centra)

November 11: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Pawhuska)

November 11-13: 2008 Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show (Stillwater)

November 12: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Fairview)

November 13: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Jay)

November 18: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Tahlequah)

November 20: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (McAlester)

November 20: Effective Meeting Leadership/Parliamentary Procedure Training (Kellyville)

November 20: Rethinking the Cattle Business (Claremore)

November 28-Dec. 2: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, Ga.)

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