The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 3, 2014

Exciting week at Garfield County Extension

By Jessica Nickels, columnist
Enid News & Eagle

— On Monday, Garfield County members of the Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) organization will begin celebrating OHCE Week. Groups will be setting up displays to showcase their community efforts and volunteering in their communities to show their appreciation of support. OHCE Groups have been in existence in Garfield County since 1914 and there are currently nine groups throughout the county. The groups have a monthly meeting with an educational talk and fellowship. They also have the opportunity to attend workshops throughout the year to learn sewing, quilting, cooking, home finance and a variety of other topics. If you are interested in joining an OHCE group, please contact our office for more information.

On Tuesday, Dr. Barbara Brown, food specialist and associate professor at Oklahoma State University, will be conducting a workshop on county fair judging standards in regards to food. This will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Garfield County Extension Office. Dr. Brown will discuss what judges look for in an entry and what are some potential reasons your food item did not turn out the way it should have. All are invited to attend.

On Thursday, we celebrate the centennial of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act. The Smith-Lever Act established Cooperative Extension as a partnership of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the land-grant universities. The act stated Cooperative Agriculture Extension should consist of practical applications of research. Smith-Lever set up a series of general demonstrations by county agents in the local fields. These local agents served as the link between the land-grant colleges who were conducting research and the farmer who could use the information to improve his farming system. Supporters of the bill felt information gathered by scientific research was locked up in the vaults of the agricultural colleges and not reaching the farmer. Further, it was believed the local farmer could benefit more from a demonstration by an agent who knew the work and could apply the research than from reading bulletins and pamphlets. Representing a local, state, and federal partnership, Smith-Lever was the first act to require the state to match federal funding on an equal basis. The act is considered one of the most responsible and ingenious pieces of legislation ever adopted by the United States Congress.

Everyone is invited to attend a come and go celebration Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Garfield County Extension Office. There will be 4-Hers doing demonstrations, historical artifacts and photos to view, and information on what Extension is doing today. We also invite you to tune-in to OETA on Thursday at 7 p.m. to view a documentary looking back at the past 100 years of Cooperative Extension.

On Friday, OSU will be hosting the annual Lahoma Field Day. Attendees will be able to hear from several state specialists on topics such as wheat and canola crops, wheat marketing and updates in regards to the Farm Bill. A meal will be provided and those interested in attending must register with the Extension office.

Another upcoming event is the Tractor Driving School May 28-30. This is a certification course for youth ages 14-16. All youth planning on driving a tractor for employment must be certified. There is a registration fee of $45. Those interested can register through the Extension office.

For more information on any of the upcoming events, please call or stop by the Garfield County Extension Office, 316 E Oxford, or call 237-1228.

Nickels, MS, RD/LD, is Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Family and Consumer Sciences educator for Garfield County.