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Vol. 8 – No. 6
March 21, 2008

NOTES FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Two Important Dates Coming Up: April 2 is the date set for 4-H Day at the Capitol as plans are underway for this activity.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Charles Cox at charles.cox@okstate.eduApril 22 is the date for our DASNR Day at the Capitol and I trust many of you have already begun making contacts with your constituents inviting them to attend this event with you.  We will not have a major initiative to take before the legislature this year but there may be a few key issues we want to address.  As those develop, information will be provided to you.  We also want to use this opportunity to express our appreciation and to thank the legislature for their support of the funding we received during the last legislative session.  Thus, it is important that we have a good representation from all across the state.  See you there! 

                                                                                                                                    Jim Trapp

Current Events

OK Biodiesel Discussion Group: The OK Biodiesel Discussion Group is hosting a meeting March 27 near Perry, 21601 County Road 200. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. The OK Biodiesel Discussion Group is open to all small biodiesel producers in Oklahoma. Burton Harmon will be on hand to showcase his oil extraction system (screw press) to the group. In addition, topics for discussion will include mechanical oil extraction systems, oil extraction efficiency from oilseeds, and preparation of crude oil for biodiesel conversion.

Directions to the meeting location:
From Stillwater
go 12 miles north on 177 to highway 64, then go 3 miles west to County Road 200, then go 1/4 mile north. The meeting is on west side of road.
From Tulsa take 412 west to highway 64 exit. Go 6 miles west to County Road 200, then go 1/4 mile north. The meeting is on west side of road.
From Oklahoma City take I35 north to highway 64 then go east through Perry 9 miles to County Road 200 then go 1/4 miles north. The meeting is on west side of road.

Oklahoma Beef Congress: April 16 is the date for the 2008 Oklahoma Beef Congress. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and will take place at Limestone Feeders near Guthrie. (from Guthrie go 8 miles east on Highway 105, then turn north 1.5 miles) Topics on the program include use of distillers grains for beef cattle, beef quality issues, market update and outlook, Beef Quality Assurance, and market cattle evaluation. Pre-registration is due by April 11 and includes a complimentary meal. For more information contact Bob LeValley at 580-255-0546, or e-mail at bob.levalley@okstate.edu.

Wheat Pasture Field Day: The OSU Wheat Pasture Research Unit Field Day is slated April 25, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will take place at the OSU Wheat Pasture Research Unit Headquarters, near Marshall, 1.25 miles west on Highway 51 from the intersection of Highways 51 and 74. Lunch will be served at noon. Topics for the field day include targeted wheat breeding research, no-till wheat pasture, and use of corn co-products to supplement wheat pasture stocker cattle. Registration is due by April 23. This event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, Oklahoma Grain and Stocker Producers, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, and Farm Credit of Enid. For more information, contact Greg Highfill at 580-237-7677, or e-mail at greg.highfill@okstate.edu.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Condolences to: Ron Vick, Okfuskee County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, and CED, on the death of his father. Leon Vick passed away March 9. Funeral services took place March 15 at the New Hope Baptist Church, Langston. Cards may be sent to Ron at Rt. 3, Box 97K, Okemah, OK  74859, or to Mrs. Leon Vick at P.O. Box 68, Langston, OK  73050.

Condolences to: Ryan Sproul, Kay County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, on the death of his grandmother. Mary Ellen Sproul passed away March 13. Funeral services took place March 15 at the Nazarene Church of Isabella. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Circle of Love, 105 North Main Street, Fairview, OK  73737. 

Condolences to: Phillis Cothren, Garvin County Extension Educator, Family and Consumer  Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and her husband, Donnie, on the death of their daughter. DonEtta Cothren passed away March 15. Funeral services took place March 18 at the Stratford High School Auditorium. A memorial scholarship has been established in DonEtta’s honor. Donations may be sent to DonEtta Cothren Memorial Scholarship, c/o Oklahoma Youth Expo Program, Oklahoma State University, 431 N.E. 14th St., Oklahoma City, OK  73104. A second memorial listed was the Free Will Baptist Church of Stratford, P.O. Box 591, Church Street, Stratford, OK  74872. Cards may be sent to Donnie and Phillis at Rt. 1, Box 134, Stratford, OK  74872.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes/Transfers

J. C. Hobbs, Assistant Extension Specialist, Agricultural Economics, effective 4-1-08 (was: Area Extension Agricultural Economics Specialist)

Separations/Retirements

Shalan N. Prince, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, McCurtain County, effective 3-31-08

COMING EVENTS

March 25: Northeast District OHCE Meeting (Tulsa)

March 26: Cedar Eradication and Utilization Plus Brush Control (Holdenville)

March 27-28: Southwest District OHCE Meeting (Duncan)

March 29: Southeast District Horsemanship Clinic (McAlester)

March 29-April 3: National 4-H Conference (Washington, D.C.)

April 1: Record Book Awards Applications due by noon (Stillwater)

April 2: 4-H Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City)

April 3: Southeast District Speech Contest (McAlester)

April 4: Record Book Awards Judging (Stillwater)

April 5: Northwest District OHCE Meeting (Ponca City)

April 5: Enid Area Progressive Agriculture Farm Safety Day (Enid)

April 5: Southwest District Meats Judging (Duncan)

April 9-11: OEAFCS Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon (Oklahoma City)

April 12: Northwest District 4-H Meats Contest (Enid)

April 16: Oklahoma Beef Congress (Guthrie)

April 22: DASNR Day at the Capitol (Oklahoma City, OK)

April 25: Wheat Pasture Field Day (Marshall)

April 26: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest, Air Rifle and Archery (McAlester)

April 29-May 1: New Extension Educators Orientation (Stillwater)

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