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Vol. 9 – No. 22
October 30, 2009

Current Events

Chickasha is Site for Cucurbit Meeting: This year’s Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting, slated Dec. 9, will be of particular interest to both new and experienced market gardeners and farmers market growers. The meeting will provide information tailored to the needs of Agricultural Extension Educators, market garden growers, commercial farmers, and agricultural supply businesses.  This year’s program is being developed to provide growers with ideas on which crops to grow, how to grow them, and new ideas on how to market. Industry specialists will share expertise in a wide variety of areas related to cucurbit production. The meeting will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Fairgrounds Community Building at the Grady County Fairgrounds in Chickasha. There is a $10 registration fee and is due by Dec. 1 to guarantee the noon meal.  More information can be found at www.lane-ag.org, or by contacting Jim Shrefler at jim.shrefler@okstate.edu, or calling the Lane Agricultural Center at 580-889-7343.

Announcements

Viticulture and Enology Program Received National Grant: The Viticulture and Enology Program at OSU recently was awarded an $850,000 nationally competitive grant for the project “Development of a grape community of practice for the eXtension system.” The project will offer state and regionally relevant, science-based information on grape production from the scientists doing the research and making discoveries. Eric Stafne is lead author of the three-year proposal. Co-authors are Kathleen Kelsey, OSU; Keith Striegler, University of Missouri; and Ed Hellman, Texas A&M. The goal is to streamline currently available viticulture information with the idea of heading off the tremendous amount of unsubstantiated advice on the Internet today. The project will run from 2009 to 2012.

Additional Funding Received: Michael Holmes, Mike Schnelle, and Dale Maronek, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, received an additional $26, 950 in funding from the Oklahoma Developmental Disability Council for year two development of the OSU Sensory Garden at the OSU Botanical Garden in Stillwater.

Book Hotel Rooms for Extension Conference: A block of rooms has been reserved at Stillwater Plaza Hotel and Conference Center (formerly Best Western), 600 E. McElroy, for the Extension Conference in January. The group name is OCES-Extension Conference. There are 120 rooms blocked for the nights of Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, 2010, at a rate of $72.00 single/double. Reservations may be made by calling 405-377-7010 and must be made by Jan. 5, 2010, in order to receive the group rate.

Congratulations to: Brian Arnall, Extension Precision Agriculture Specialist, and his wife, Courtney, on the birth of their son. Daryl Brayden was born Oct. 2, weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Congratulations to: Mary Nowlin, Dewey County Extension Secretary, on the birth of her grandson. Dax Landon Roberts was born Oct. 11, weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18 ¾ inches long.

Congratulations to: Mary Howell, DASNR Secretary, on the birth of her granddaughter.  Reese Bella was born October 26, weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long.  Proud parents are Sean and Gretchen Howell of Stillwater.

AWARDS

Congratulations to: LaDonna Dunlop, Oklahoma County Family and Consumer Sciences/ 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator for being the National Winner of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 2009 Healthy Lifestyles Education Grant.  She received her award at the national meeting in Birmingham, Ala., in September.

PERSONNEL ACTIONS

Appointments

None to report

Title Changes

None to report

Separations

Steven D. Kraich, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Texas County, effective 11-30-09 (retirement)

Steven Clay Jones, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Bryan County, effective 12-31-09 (retirement)

Alvin P. Woodruff, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development and CED, Blaine County, effective 1-7-10 (retirement)

COMING EVENTS

November 3: Water Conservation Programming for Ag Producers – Using the New Water Conservation Web Site (Centra)

November 3: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 1: Theories and Principles (Centra)

November 5: 4-H Club Management System (Oklahoma City)

November 5: Water Conservation Programming for Residents and Homeowners in Oklahoma – Using the New Water Conservation Web Site (Centra)

November 6: 4-H Risk Management (Centra)

November 6: 4-H Centennial Green Tie Gala (Oklahoma City)

November 10: Agricultural Economics – Current Issues (Centra)

November 10: Water Conservation Programming for Youth, Families, and Community Leaders in Oklahoma – Using the New Water Conservation Web Site (Centra)

November 10: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 2: Influence on Behavior (Centra)

November 13: 4-H In-Service (TBA)

November 17: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 3: Behavior Problems (Centra)

November 18: Northwest District 4-H Annual Update In-Service (Woodward)

November 20: Southwest District FCS In-Service (TBA)

November 24: Child Behavior and Guidance – Part 4: Positive Guidance and Discipline (Centra)

November 27-December 1: National 4-H Congress (Atlanta)

December 1: Child Behavior and Guidance, Part 5 (Centra)

December 2: Healthy Communities 101 (TBA)

December 2: Michael 4 Safety, Oilfield Safety (Watonga)

December 3: Adolescent Development, CORE (TBA)

December 8: Public Speaking Skills (Stillwater)

December 8: Northeast District FCS In-Service (TBA)

December 9: Oklahoma Cucurbit Production and Marketing Educational Meeting (Chickasha)

December 9-11: Southeast District FCS In-Service (Greensburg, Kan.)

December 10: Volunteer Core Competencies In-Service (Oklahoma City)

December 15: OSU Winter Crop School (Stillwater)

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