Ottawa County OSU Extension

Ottawa County OSU Extension Bringing Oklahoma State University research directly to you ! The Cooperative Extension Service gives you a direct link to the research-based information available through Oklahoma State University and the land-grant university system.
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We provide practical answers, based on scientific findings, to questions about Agriculture, Horticulture, Pest Management, Family Life, Parenting, Nutrition, Food Safety, Food Budgeting, Food Storage, Food Preparation and Preservation, Rural Development, 4-H & Youth Development.

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Ottawa County Fair Youth Horse Show! Monday, August 16th at 6pmOpen to any youth who lives or goes to school in Ottawa C...
07/16/2021

Ottawa County Fair Youth Horse Show! Monday, August 16th at 6pm
Open to any youth who lives or goes to school in Ottawa County. See Ottawa County Fair Book for full rules:https://extension.okstate.edu/county/ottawa/media/docs/ottawa-county-fair/2021finalfairbook6_1_2021.pdf
Pre-enter by 5pm August 13th: http://www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/14991

Ottawa County Fair Youth Horse Show! Monday, August 16th at 6pm
Open to any youth who lives or goes to school in Ottawa County. See Ottawa County Fair Book for full rules:https://extension.okstate.edu/county/ottawa/media/docs/ottawa-county-fair/2021finalfairbook6_1_2021.pdf
Pre-enter by 5pm August 13th: http://www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/14991

Come see us at the Ottawa County Farmers Market today!! We have smoothies!
07/15/2021

Come see us at the Ottawa County Farmers Market today!! We have smoothies!

Come see us at the Ottawa County Farmers Market today!! We have smoothies!

Nutrition in Later Years
07/15/2021

Nutrition in Later Years

Nutrition can not delay aging; however, good nutrition
may lower the risk of some conditions which can occur in
later years. Good dietary patterns can contribute to both
good health and survival in middle age and beyond. There is
a relationship between diet, physical activity, and well-being.
Diets associated with good health contain adequate vitamins
and minerals, limited fat, and adequate calories, primarily from
complex carbohydrates.
https://extension.okstate.edu/fact-sheets/print-publications/t/nutrition-in-later-years-t-3149.pdf

Remember the Ottawa County Fair pre-entry link http://www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/14991  is open for Poultry, Rabbits,...
07/15/2021
Ottawa County Free Fair - Oklahoma State University

Remember the Ottawa County Fair pre-entry link http://www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/14991 is open for Poultry, Rabbits, Dog Show, Horse Show, Tractor Driving, & Indoor Exhibits! If you need help we have help sheets on our website https://extension.okstate.edu/county/ottawa/ottawa-county-fair.html.

Please contact us if you need any assistance!

The Ottawa County Free Fair is a week long event in August full of livestock shows, carnival, vendors and much more.

31 days until the start of....FAIR WEEK!
07/14/2021

31 days until the start of....FAIR WEEK!

31 days until the start of....FAIR WEEK!

Round Up Workshop Wednesday starts today! If you signed up for Round Up please check your email for the zoom link and wo...
07/14/2021

Round Up Workshop Wednesday starts today! If you signed up for Round Up please check your email for the zoom link and workshop list.

Round Up Workshop Wednesday starts today! If you signed up for Round Up please check your email for the zoom link and workshop list.

Canning in your oven is not safe!
07/14/2021

Canning in your oven is not safe!

Hey guess what.....you still can't do this. Oh and you can't can in your bathtub, or in your sink, the microwave or with your Multi pressure cooker.

We feel like a broken record, but apparently not everyone has heard this. Please don't do it. The results are less than safe.

Using any one of the above as a means to preserve your produce will result in a waste of time and friends and family (and anyone with knowledge of basic canning principles) with a cringe on their face (at best). These methods do not heat the product evenly and for the recommended amount of time. And in the case of low-acid foods......none of these options will get you remotely close to the pressure (at all).

IF you're still with us on this rant and need to know how to preserve your food, find all of our resources here https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/extension-topics/food-and-nutrition/food-preservation

Or give one of our knowledgeable Extension agents a jingle. https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/county-extension-offices

#foodpreservation

All information regarding the upcoming Poultry Waste Management Initial 9 and 2-hour continuing education FALL classes a...
07/13/2021
Poultry Waste Management Education - Oklahoma State University

All information regarding the upcoming Poultry Waste Management Initial 9 and 2-hour continuing education FALL classes are posted here https://extension.okstate.edu/programs/poultry-waste-management-education.html.

Poultry Management Education is intended to assist producers and waste applicators by providing convenient access to poultry waste education schedules, regulatory information, publications, information resources, and local Extension contact information.

Any 4-H members available to help?  We will be doing the children's activity at the Ottawa County Farmers Market this Th...
07/13/2021

Any 4-H members available to help? We will be doing the children's activity at the Ottawa County Farmers Market this Thursday from 3-6. We will have the Blender Bike and will be making smoothies! If you would like to help, just give us a call at the Extension Office or comment on this post!

Any 4-H members available to help? We will be doing the children's activity at the Ottawa County Farmers Market this Thursday from 3-6. We will have the Blender Bike and will be making smoothies! If you would like to help, just give us a call at the Extension Office or comment on this post!

07/13/2021

🍀4-H members! If you are planning to enter any indoor exhibits, the dog show, horse show, poultry & rabbits, or tractor driving at the County Fair---your enrollment must be in active status by tomorrow! July 14. The 4-H enrollment system shuts down and we can not add or change anything after tomorrow...We have sent emails to those that need to complete enrollment.

Please call the office if you need any assistance. 918-542-1688

Are you celebrating?
07/12/2021

Are you celebrating?

It's National Pecan Pie Day!! One of the earliest recipes for a pecan pie appeared in the Lady's Home Journal in 1897. However, there is a claim of a pecan pie being made in the early 1800s. How are you going to celebrate today? Hopefully by having a slice of pie.

Do you need a new recipe for pecan pie? We have a few different recipes in our 2021 OPGA Cookbook including one for mini pecan pies! You can pre-order your copy of the cookbook at https://www.okpecangrowers.com/cookbook-orders

#PecanPie #OPGA #Pecan #Pie #Oklahoma #OklahomaGrown

07/08/2021

Our internet and phone lines are down in the office. Hopefully we’ll be back up and running tomorrow. Until then you can come into office or message us on here

Photos from Ottawa County OSU Extension's post
07/08/2021

Photos from Ottawa County OSU Extension's post

07/08/2021

We know there are some issues with the record book forms but we can help! If it’s duplicating email it to us and we can try to fix it.

Are you storing your harvest properly so that you get the most flavor and nutrition?
07/07/2021

Are you storing your harvest properly so that you get the most flavor and nutrition?

This is the prime time for many of our favorite fruits and vegetables to be ripe and ready for us to enjoy. Are you storing your harvest properly so that you get the most flavor and nutrition? Take a look at the attached handout and see if you are using room temperature and refrigerator storage to their best advantage. One important statement is the last statement of the handout..."refrigerate all cut, peeled or cooked fruits and vegetables within 2 hours" no matter what type of storage was best prior to cutting, peeling or cooking.

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:3f11203e-d384-46e2-ae37-237deb2f2ea8

07/06/2021

4-H Alumni! Anyone have any older pictures from State Round up, past years?? Please send them to us if you do!

07/06/2021

The Junior Master Gardeners Meeting for today has been cancelled. We will post when another meeting has been scheduled.

07/06/2021

Record Books are due this week! (Friday July 9th) We are hosting record book workshops Wednesday and Thursday.

We understand some are having issues with the record book form, please email them to me [email protected], and I will see if I can get it fixed.

We have some turned in and have had no problems. We are contacting our IT guy to see if he can give us any tips on the forms.

Don't give up! Remember, we are here to help!

State 4H Roundup Centennial Celebration
07/05/2021

State 4H Roundup Centennial Celebration

The RSVP deadline is approaching for our 4-H Alumni and Donor Reception. Join us for this special event to celebrate the State 4-H Roundup Centennial!

RSVP by July 7: https://oklahoma4hfoundation.com/reception

07/05/2021

No Junior master gardening club meeting today! We’ll meet tomorrow at 2:30!

Photos from Oklahoma Wheat Commission's post
07/03/2021

Photos from Oklahoma Wheat Commission's post

Sheep and Goat showmanship clinic at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds...see the flyer for contact info and cost.
07/02/2021

Sheep and Goat showmanship clinic at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds...see the flyer for contact info and cost.

Sheep and Goat showmanship clinic at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds...see the flyer for contact info and cost.

Help us wish our Ag Educator Brooke a very happy birthday!
07/02/2021

Help us wish our Ag Educator Brooke a very happy birthday!

Help us wish our Ag Educator Brooke a very happy birthday!

2021 Fairbooks are available in our office or on our website! https://extension.okstate.edu/county/ottawa/media/docs/ott...
07/01/2021

2021 Fairbooks are available in our office or on our website!https://extension.okstate.edu/county/ottawa/media/docs/ottawa-county-fair/2021finalfairbook6_1_2021.pdf

Pre-entry is open for Indoor Exhibits, Poultry & Rabbits, Tractor Driving, Dog Show, Horse Show, & Bucket Animals.

Enter here --> http://www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/14991

2021 Fairbooks are available in our office or on our website!https://extension.okstate.edu/county/ottawa/media/docs/ottawa-county-fair/2021finalfairbook6_1_2021.pdf

Pre-entry is open for Indoor Exhibits, Poultry & Rabbits, Tractor Driving, Dog Show, Horse Show, & Bucket Animals.

Enter here --> http://www.fairentry.com/Fair/SignIn/14991

Don't forget TSF nominations need to entered online and mailed in by July 1st!
06/30/2021

Don't forget TSF nominations need to entered online and mailed in by July 1st!

Don't forget TSF nominations need to entered online and mailed in by July 1st!

Leaves of three, let it be!
06/30/2021

Leaves of three, let it be!

"Leaves of three, let it be." This is an old saying to help us identify a poison ivy plant. Those notorious leaves of three are the hallmark characteristic of poison ivy, a plant best avoided because of the itchy rash it can cause. You can find a more in-depth understanding of poison ivy, poison oak and other similar plants by clicking on the link below to an OSU Extension Fact Sheet. https://extension.okstate.edu/fact-sheets/print-publications/hla/poison-ivy-poison-oak-and-similar-plant-identification-hla-6459.pdf

We will have another set of Record Book Workshops next week on July 7 and 8. Time slots are 9-12 and 1-3:30
06/28/2021

We will have another set of Record Book Workshops next week on July 7 and 8. Time slots are 9-12 and 1-3:30

We will have another set of Record Book Workshops next week on July 7 and 8. Time slots are 9-12 and 1-3:30

Why we need to be trash talking.
06/25/2021

Why we need to be trash talking.

Approximately 40% of all food in the United States goes uneaten and ends up as trash in our landfills. This is the equivalent of about 90 billion lbs. of food rotting away and releasing methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 25 times more detrimental than carbon dioxide, into our environment. If that isn’t enough, one in every six kids in this country goes to bed hungry every night. In other words, one man’s trash could be another child’s dinner if we did a better job of managing all the excess food in our country. These startling statistics have motivated both the USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency to set a goal to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030. While everyone along the food continuum—from the farmer and processor to the retail distributor and eating establishment—needs to play a role in reducing food waste, the biggest culprit in trashing edible food is the consumer.
We can have a dramatic impact by reducing food waste in our homes and rerouting surplus food to those who need it. Be a warrior against food waste and a role model by incorporating the following strategies in your home and then spreading the word:
1. Organize your refrigerator
2. Don’t let the date on the label scare you
3. Fall in love with leftovers
4. Doggy bag it
5. Donate your excess foods.
For complete article follow the link below:
Source: https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/why-dietitians-need-to-be-talking-trash

Duds to Dazzle Clothing & Textile Competition.  Next Week! You do not have to be able to sew to participate.  Click on t...
06/23/2021

Duds to Dazzle Clothing & Textile Competition. Next Week! You do not have to be able to sew to participate. Click on the flyer for more details.

Duds to Dazzle Clothing & Textile Competition. Next Week! You do not have to be able to sew to participate. Click on the flyer for more details.

4-H Sewing Workshops next week!
06/23/2021

4-H Sewing Workshops next week!

4-H Sewing Workshops next week!

We still need a few more volunteers for concession stand workers! The first time slot on Friday night is full
06/22/2021

We still need a few more volunteers for concession stand workers! The first time slot on Friday night is full

Next week is the 10th annual Ottawa County Jackpot and we need 4-H members to help in the 4-H concession stand!
Below are the times to sign up! Let us know if you can help, Thank You!

Next week is the 10th annual Ottawa County Jackpot and we need 4-H members to help in the 4-H concession stand!Below are...
06/18/2021

Next week is the 10th annual Ottawa County Jackpot and we need 4-H members to help in the 4-H concession stand!
Below are the times to sign up! Let us know if you can help, Thank You!

Next week is the 10th annual Ottawa County Jackpot and we need 4-H members to help in the 4-H concession stand!
Below are the times to sign up! Let us know if you can help, Thank You!

Talk, Read and Sing with your Child Every Day
06/18/2021

Talk, Read and Sing with your Child Every Day

Create a strong emotional bond with your child by talking, reading and singing to them every day! Your child loves to hear your voice and it helps them learn by looking and listening.

Babies and children feel safe, calm and can learn to control their emotions when they hear their caregivers sing. These activities will increase their reading, language, math, thinking and social skills. These skills are important for children's lifelong learning and success in school.

Babies brains are ready to learn and grow. Although they cannot speak words and sentences yet, babies can understand words that are spoken to them. Speaking, reading or singing warmly to them will help with important brain development and also helps them build a strong vocabulary.

Babies and toddlers tune into "child-directed talk" when adults use simple phrases and speak with an exaggerated tone known as baby talk. They will babble and coo. After observing sounds and facial expressions, they will imitate the movement of your lips, mouth and tongue and start to say words like "dada" and "mama". By 18 months, most babies can start to join 2 words together such as "bye-bye" or "my toy".

Toddlers and preschoolers are very fast learners. Toddlers can learn 10 or more words each day. All ages enjoy music and listening to stories. Reading skills help them to be ready for kindergarten and are learned when caregivers sing songs with rhyming or repetitive words. They also learn from books being read to them that point out pictures, colors and numbers. They can also respond to feelings such as happiness, sadness, anger and fear. Children learn even more when caregivers ask them questions about the stories such as "what do you think happened next?" Doing these things in multiple languages is even better!

Here are some tips to try:

Infants & Toddlers:
1. Make a routine to read books and sing to your baby every day at bedtime or bath time.
2. Sing fun songs or read books about your child's activities when changing from one activity to another.
3. Point to and name pictures, colors and animals in books.
4. Let babies hold waterproof books. Encourage them to touch pictures and characters in the book.
5. Sing rhyming and playful songs while playing, changing diapers or during bath time to comfort your baby.
6. Sing softly to your baby when she is feeding, sleepy or tired to help her feel safe and calm.
7. Use voices and act out the stories when reading books, telling stories or singing songs.

Preschoolers and School Aged Children:
1. Make a routine for reading and singing daily with your child for 10 to 15 minutes at bedtime. Let her pick a book from those at home or the library.
2. Point to letters and words in the books while reading and ask your child to read aloud the words he knows.
3. Trace the words on the page from left to right to train children's eyes for reading.
4. When reading story books, ask your children questions about what they think will happen next to predict future events.
5. Bring your child to story-telling sessions at the library. At home, make a family ritual for story-telling and ask your child to tell a favorite story.
6. Sing playful songs with numbers and rhyming words to help your child learn math and language skills.
7. Create your own songs or sing child's favorite songs for bath-time, bedtime, car-time or just for fun.

Remember that regular talking, singing and reading to babies and children, starting at birth and even during pregnancy helps their brain develop and emotional bonding will occur.

This information was provided by Oklahoma State University Extension and written by Rashmi Singh, Martha Zapata and Amanda S Morris. For more information go to the OSU Fact Sheet that can be found at https://extension.okstate.edu/fact-sheets/talk-read-and-sing-with-your-child-every-day.html

Ottawa County 4H Alumni, Do you have any Roundup pictures you could submit?
06/17/2021

Ottawa County 4H Alumni, Do you have any Roundup pictures you could submit?

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Miami, OK
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Is the 4-H museum trip still on?
Can you share this on your page? Oklahoma Conservation Commission with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has a cost-share assistance program in the areas as shown on the map for eligible landowners to benefit soil and water quality. I'm trying to get word out as best I can. If anyone has questions, they can contact me by email [email protected] or by phone at 918.253.4513. No facebook messages please.
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Come by and visit the Wyandotte 4H/FFA booster club table at the Ottawa County Fair. We are selling Ottawa county ag shirts and hats as well as Wyandotte items. We also have a raffle for a super cute farm gift basket. Help support our youth!! T-shirts youth through XL $15 T-shirts 2X and 3X $18 Hats $10 Raffle tickets $1 ea or 6 for $5
Thank you for the tickets!