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Jan 11, 2017 4-H scholarship helps put Young on path to success
STILLWATER, Okla. – When Haskell Young joined the Oklahoma 4-H Program back in the 1940s, he had no idea what direction that decision would take him.
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Feb 09, 2017 Extension’s co-parenting outreach is all about children
The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s co-parenting program isn’t new – it’s been around for more than 20 years – yet it continues to deliver fresh reserves of resilience and hope to divorcing and separated couples who remain committed to working together to raise their children.
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Feb 01, 2017 OHCE members take losing seriously
There are a number of women in Cleveland County who are a bunch of losers – and they are perfectly happy with that.
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Feb 08, 2017 Research on Oklahoma paddlefish going swimmingly
STILLWATER, Okla. – It looks like a dinosaur. It has the body composition of a shark. Its Pinocchio-nose is about a third the length of its body. It’s a filter-feeding, migratory monster of freshwater. And, if you hook one, hold on because it will give you the fight of your life.
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Feb 23, 2017 Another drought? Well, maybe.
Say the word drought and for some people it immediately conjures up images of long, hot summers or, for others, it may trigger reminders of the brutal 1930s Dust Bowl. However, the hard, uncomfortable truth is Oklahoma is always a few weeks away from being at the mercy of this weather phenomenon and the potentially devastating impacts it can leave in its wake.
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Mar 01, 2017 Containers add a touch of whimsy to your gardening efforts
STILLWATER, Okla. – Gardens are a wonderful addition to any home. Dressing up the landscape certainly adds to the curb appeal when flower beds are filled with a colorful assortment of perennials, annuals, shrubs and even vegetables.
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Mar 20, 2017 A beautiful nightmare
STILLWATER, Okla. – There are plenty of reasons people choose to plant Bradford pear trees on their property. They are the same reasons cities, parks, grocery stores and neighborhoods line roadways with them.
Mar 20, 2017 Drought is everyone's concern
STILLWATER, Okla. – It is unlikely a wheat producer living in rural Oklahoma and an accountant comfortably settled in one of the state’s urban centers will view drought in the same way.
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Mar 23, 2017 OSU team helping producers tackle farm financial decisions
STILLWATER, Okla. – A team of Oklahoma State University agricultural economists is making it easier than ever for producers to become better aware of sound farm financial planning practices and Farm Service Agency programs that may help their operational bottom line.
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Mar 30, 2017 Antlers 4-H’er gives back to her community via blessing and book boxes
STILLWATER, Okla. – Although she is just 13 years old, Lauren Robertson is making a difference in her community, thanks to her involvement in 4-H and the need for a citizenship project.
Apr 05, 2017 Shorebirds struggling to make 10,000-mile migration trip
STILLWATER, Okla. – Pack your bags. You are joining up with a group of shorebirds on the nearly 10,000-mile, one-way trip from the southern tip of South America to Alaska.
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Apr 18, 2017 Extension focus on small businesses could pay big dividends
STILLWATER, Okla. - Dreaming about launching a small business or expanding an existing one and actually doing it are two very different things, right? Sure, the possibilities are endless, but figuring out the best path to success can be overwhelming.
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Apr 20, 2017 OSU, public libraries team up to bridge ‘digital divide’ in rural Oklahoma
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and public libraries in four Oklahoma towns are joining forces to provide broadband access to residents in some of the state’s more rural areas.
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Apr 27, 2017 Through tragedy, the Oklahoma standard shines bright
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma standard. This is a phrase that weaves itself into conversations when Oklahomans are looking directly into the face of adversity – and even when they are not. Whether spoken by those who are in need of help, or those who are stepping up to lend a hand where needed, those three words describe the very fiber of each Oklahoman.
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May 04, 2017 The bear necessities of life
STILLWATER, Okla. – Bears may or may not do a lot of things in the woods, but graduate students in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management are trying to fill in some of the unknowns.
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May 11, 2017 Low-impact tai chi bringing high-impact results
Birdie D. Ford might be 89, but she still likes to keep it moving. Participating in tai chi classes offered by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service near her home in Oklahoma City is one way she does just that.
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May 24, 2017 Oklahoma 4-H’er feels humbled to honor veterans
STILLWATER, Okla. – While many people across the state are gearing up for a long holiday weekend by spending time at the lake or getting together for a cookout with friends, one Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development club member in Payne County will be working on his citizenship project. And because it’s just what 4-H’ers do, he’ll have some fellow club members working alongside him.
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May 31, 2017 From China to Stillwater, Oklahoma
STILLWATER, Okla. – Sichuan Province, China, is home to the giant panda, hot and spicy Szechuan cuisine and nearly 90 million people. One of those people is Chris Zou, an associate professor in Oklahoma State University’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management.
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Jun 08, 2017 Technology helping ag to flourish
STILLWATER, Okla. – It takes about nine months to raise a winter wheat crop and there isn’t much anyone can do to speed up Mother Nature. But, that doesn’t mean the unrelenting wave of technology sweeping every other conceivable industry on the planet has somehow missed agriculture.
Jun 15, 2017 Think you’ve got sick cattle? It’s time to play DARTs
STILLWATER, Okla. – It is relatively easy to determine when a dependent child is sick as they often just tell you or moan pitifully, but what about livestock who are dependent upon cattle producers to correctly ascertain their well-being? It can be tough to tell a moo from a moan.
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Jun 21, 2017 New competition at Oklahoma State Fair brings teamwork to the table
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma 4-H’ers spend a lot of time preparing their exhibits for the local, county and state fairs. They’re perfecting that loaf of bread. Some of taking care of livestock they plan to exhibit in the show ring. Others are hoping to grow that perfect zucchini or pumpkin in hopes of bringing home a blue ribbon.
Jun 28, 2017 Fourth of July forever linked to hot dogs
STILLWATER, Okla. – The creation of the hot dog dates back more than 500 years. It wasn’t until the 1860s, however, that German immigrants in New York began to sell wieners from a pushcart.
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Jul 06, 2017 March 7 wildfires left indelible mark, and yet no mark at all
BUFFALO, Okla. – “And this too shall pass away” is an old adage about the human condition, and one that sums up so much about the March 7 wildfires that devastated numerous lives and more than 330,000 acres in Beaver, Harper and Woodward counties.
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Jul 13, 2017 The fifth generation takes the helm of one family’s farming operation
On a bright, warm and breezy June afternoon, Caddo County wheat producer Brittany Krehbiel stood confidently and comfortably in front of her combine parked on the edge of a portion of the family farm called Section 21 and beamed.
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Aug 09, 2017 Co-parenting class helps show dads the importance of reading to kids
STILLWATER, Okla. – What happens when you combine some children’s books with helpful, research-based information and put it all in a fun, handmade book bag made from a recycled t-shirt? Some fathers in Garfield County know the answer, thanks to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and F.R.E.D., which means Fathers Reading Every Day.
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Jul 27, 2017 Mentor program expands mission
STILLWATER, Okla. – Gathered in a conference room in Martin Regional Library in Tulsa, surrounded by their friends and family, local high school students were battling it out “Shark Tank” style.
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Aug 02, 2017 OSU alumna and Extension economist Damona Doye awarded her profession’s highest honor
STILLWATER, Okla. – It is widely considered the most prestigious official honor in academia, to be recognized for one’s lifetime achievement by being named a Fellow by one’s professional organization.
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Aug 10, 2017 A fresh approach to fighting hunger
STILLWATER, Okla. – Jeff Marlow can tell you 100 different ways to repurpose that rotisserie chicken you picked up at the local grocery store. A unique skill, it’s one he calls on frequently in his role as executive chef at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
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Aug 17, 2017 Veenstra welcomed as new Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department head at OSU
STILLWATER, Okla. – It has been nearly four decades since John Veenstra joined the Oklahoma State University family. Over the years he has become a staple within the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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Aug 30, 2017 Fail to prepare for deer season, and prepare to fail
STILLWATER, Okla. – For deer hunters across the state and beyond, now is not the time to sit around and do nothing. Yea, it’s hot, and it’s true hunting season isn’t for a couple more months. But, now is the time to get ready.
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