The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 7, 2012

OSU Extension Center has expansive roots

ENID — Garfield County Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Center doesn’t just provide research and services for area farmers and ranchers.

“I’d say 70, 75 to 80 percent of our clientele are urban or home-owner clientele,” said Jeff Bedwell, extension educator for agriculture and 4-H. “The array of topics we help people with cover agriculture to horticulture to home-energy conservation. We work with a lot of things.”

He said the extension office fields questions about lawn and gardens, how to keep pests out of homes and yard to water quality issues. The center also offers a Master Gardener Training Program, and soil testing for lawns and gardens is available.

“We focus a lot of our programming to agriculture because agriculture is such an important part of the economic scheme of Garfield County,” Bedwell said. “There’s just an awful lot of questions and support we provide the community outside the realm of agriculture.”

The center also focuses heavily on area youths and families. The extension office has an educator who works with schools and clubs and conducts outreach and another whose focus is family and consumer finance education.

“Largely, about everything we do in the community is for rural development,” Bedwell said. “We’ve offered programs for wind energy and of that nature for folks in the community. We cut a pretty broad swath when it comes to programming topics and agendas.”

Bedwell said those within the extension office use planning committees to help identify what warrants immediate attention and what topics educators can focus on to meet community needs.

He said educators attend various community events and use any opportunity to educate the community.

“We try to be highly visible, as much as possible.”

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service

     

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    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

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    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

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