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Drought to have multi-year effect on rebuilding of the U.S. cow herd

June 29, 2011

By OSU Extension Services

Ongoing drought conditions in the southern Great Plains states make it increasingly likely the rebuilding of the United States’ cow herd will take four years or more.

For the year to date, beef cow slaughter decreased 4.4 percent nationally while beef cow slaughter in Region 6, which closely corresponds to the drought area, increased 11.7 percent.

Oklahoma Blood Institute and the OKC Zoo Team Up to Help Patients “Feel Strong”

June 22, 2011

Blood donors aren’t the only ones who “feel strong” when they donate with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Patients who rely on blood from local donors also feel strong knowing blood is available, if needed.
The Oklahoma City Zoo has, once again, joined OBI this summer by providing a voucher, good for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, for each donor.

Chainsaw safety important as tornado cleanup begins

June 22, 2011

By OSU Extension Services
Many Oklahomans are now faced with a massive cleanup job as several tornados recently ripped through the state. The storms left much destruction in their wakes, including houses, cars and trees.
Property owners are now forced to bust out the chainsaw and begin carving away.
However, proper preparation is necessary to ensure that the chainsaw does not mistake an arm or leg for a fallen tree. Not just the preparation of the saw is important, but also personal preparation of the saw handler.

Be prepared before the storm

June 15, 2011

By Beth Pike, OSU Extension Office

When the storm sirens are sounding, there are just a few precious moments available to get your family to safety. This is not the time to be looking for car keys, locating important papers or gathering up emergency supplies.

“When those sirens go off, time is limited. The people of Joplin, Missouri, had about a 20-minute notice before a twister wiped out a big chunk of their city,” says Gina Peek. “Don’t waste that time looking for things. It’s a much better idea to be prepared ahead of time.”

Remember Etiquette on Flag Day

June 8, 2011

By Tracy Steffenson

In the USA we celebrate Flag Day on June 14th, and what better way to remember the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777 than to talk about proper flag etiquette. There are certain guidelines for the use, display, and disposal of the American flag. Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette and that section of law is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Here are some of the general guidelines from the Flag Code.

• The flag should be displayed on all Government buildings.

Experts agree fat-free flavored milk is a healthy choice for children

June 8, 2011

By OSU Extension Service
For many children, flavored milk is a popular choice. However, flavored milk has come under fire lately as being a cause of childhood obesity and some schools are considering dropping the option of flavored milk.
Deana Hildebrand, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, said flavored milk offers the same unique nutrient package of nine essential nutrients as unflavored or white milk.

Do I Need A CDL?

June 8, 2011


There are 4 classes for drivers licenses which the State of Oklahoma issue. How does a driver now which class of license is needed to operate a motor vehicle? The answers can be found by looking at the state laws.

Remembering Memorial Day With Lyrics

May 25, 2011


While we all prepare to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, 2011 a friend of mine, Verne Jackson, passed on some interesting information. And I was surprised when I read it and realized I didn’t know it.

This is something that I feel every American should know. We have all heard the haunting song “Taps” that is commonly played at soldier’s funerals. It is the song that gives us chills and can bring a tear to your eye with only a few notes.

A/C Preparation Can Prevent Overheating

May 18, 2011

By Beth Pike, Extension Educator, FCS & 4-H Pushmataha County Cooperative Extension


It is no secret that Oklahoma can get hot, hot, hot during the summer months. Most Oklahomans are dependent on their home’s cooling system to help stave off the heat and help them stay cool.

Doing some preparation now can help ensure state residents are able to keep their cool when the mercury reads in the triple digits for days on end, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

Fire extinguishers are life-saving equipment

April 26, 2011

By Beth Pike,
Extension Educator, FCS & 4-H
Pushmataha County Cooperative Extension

Safety is always on the mind of a homeowner. One important safety tool to have in your home is a fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are a critical component of saving property and lives, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

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