NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Apr
17
to May 3

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NACD is offering an invaluable opportunity to as many as 70 conservation district and tribal district employees to expand their conservation planning and implementation knowledge and skills by participating in the NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) training in Lincoln, Neb.

Seven CPBC training sessions will be held in 2018, one each month from March – Sept. NRCS has reserved 10 seats in each session for NACD to fill with district or tribal district employees.

We have already filled the vacancies for the March session, however, space is available in all remaining sessions April – Sept., and we are currently accepting employee participation nominations. You can find details on the employee nomination process - as well as eligibility and prerequisite requirements - on the NACD CPBC webpage or contact NACD CPBC project lead Phylis Vandevere at phylis-vandevere@nacdnet.org.

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

April Session:  April 17-May 3, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: February 27, 2018

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Soil Health Field Day - Granite, Okla.
Apr
23
9:30 AM09:30

Soil Health Field Day - Granite, Okla.

  • 9:30 am Welcome & Introductions
  • Field History/Goals -Mark Thornbrough
  • Cover Crop Mix -Brett Peshek, Green Cover Seed
  • Soil Pit –Steve Alspach,USDA/NRCS State Soil Scientist & Blane Stacy, OCC Soil Health
  • Farm to Food Bank & Soil Health Producer Network-Sarah Blaney, OACD Exec Director
  • Cover Crop Opportunities –Brett Peshek, Green Cover Seed
  • Wrap up and Questions

For Questions, Directions, or to RSVP….
GREER COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT
116 E Pierce Street, Mangum, OK 73554
Telephone |580-782-2787

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Wildfire Informational Meeting  - Woodward
Apr
24
1:00 PM13:00

Wildfire Informational Meeting - Woodward

  • Woodward’s High Plains Technology Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Agricultural producers affected by the recent wildfires should attend an April 24 fire informational meeting sponsored by the USDA Farm Service Agency and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

The 1 p.m. meeting will take place at Woodward’s High Plains Technology Center, located at 3921 34th St., north of Hanks Trail. There is no cost to attend. A noontime lunch sponsored by the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association will precede the meeting.

“Think of the meeting as a one-stop learning experience in that we’ve tried to gather expert speakers who can address as many key questions producers may have as possible,” said Dana Bay, Woodward County Extension agricultural educator.

Scott Biggs, state executive director for Oklahoma FSA, and Bowdy Peach, Woodward FSA executive director, will open the meeting and provide a general overview.

Individual topic sessions will follow:

● Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association, will share information about the OCA Foundation Relief Program, which is handling monetary donations;

● Bay will provide updates about the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s collection and dissemination of agricultural-related supplies to producers victimized by the wildfires in Dewey, Custer, Harper, Roger Mills, Woods and Woodward counties;

● FSA’s Peach, Tawni Domer and Tayla Dunn will share what producers need to do to best take advantage of FSA programs and FSA emergency loans; and

● Representatives from the state offices of the National Resources Conservation Service will be on hand to share insights about what producers can and cannot do relative to NRCS programs.

“Additional speakers and topic sessions may be added,” Peach said. “We know everyone is busy but think of the meeting as an investment ensuring you’re doing what you need to do as effectively as possible.”

As an organization Oklahoma FSA strives to strengthen the stability of rural communities while providing a safety net to agricultural producers.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is one of two state agencies administered by Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and makes available research-based expertise to help Oklahomans solve issues of importance to them, their families and their communities.

 

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Monarch Meetup - Edmond
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Edmond

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join a Monarch Meetup near you!

Okies for Monarchs are hosting Monarch Meetups throughout the state to connect locals with Monarch/pollinator experts in their community. These free social events are fun for the whole family and a great way to engage your local officials. Invite them to join you and learn how your community can get involved to save the Monarchs!

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NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop
Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop

Special Request SW Oklahoma Tribes

April 25th

Kiowa - Caddo Technology Center
1415 N. 7th Street
Fort Cobb, Oklahoma

Pre-registration & Setup @ 9:30 AM

Tentative Agenda:

Biological Indicators of Soil Health Management
-Nutrient Cycling
-Processing Organic Matter
-Infiltration
-Managing for Carbon & Nitrogen Ratio

Demonstrations – Biological Indicators
-Steve Alspach, NRCS
-Greg Scott, OCC

Best Management Practices for Grazing land
-Brandon Reavis, NRCS

Brief update on USDA & OCC Programs
-NASS – AG Census
-Troy Marshall
-NRCS – CCG & StrikeForce
-Carol Crouch or Danielle Metz

Sarah Blaney - OACD

Lunch – 11:45 AM

Afternoon Workshop 1-3 p.m.

OBHRP

Sarah Blaney - OACD

NRCS Application & Eligibility Process
-Brandy Pietz-Jones

FSA
-TBA
-Eligibility Forms
-Establishing and Farm & Tract number

Brief update on USDA & OCC Programs
-NASS – AG Census
-Troy Marshall
-NRCS – CCG & StrikeForce
-Carol Crouch or Danielle Metz

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Tri-County Feral Hog Control Meeting - Lawton
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

Tri-County Feral Hog Control Meeting - Lawton

  • TRAPPING DEMOS
  • FERAL HOG CONTROL
  • FERAL HOGS & IMPACTS TO
  • WILDLIFE & AGRICULTURE

10am - 2pm (Lunch Provided)
Guest Speakers • Door Prizes • Free Lunch

Great Plains Technology Center
Building 100 Room 101

Sponsored by the following County Conservation Districts:
Comanche, Cotton & South Caddo

RSVP: Mari’a Simpson, 580-875-2323

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Dewey/Major County Feral Hog Outreach Meeting
Apr
26
9:00 AM09:00

Dewey/Major County Feral Hog Outreach Meeting

Feral Hog Outreach and Locally Led Meeting
Registration : 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Feral Hog & Impacts on Farm Land Production
  • Feral Hog Control & the Law
  • Noble Stats and Method
  • Wildlife Impacts
  • Effective Trapping Methods
  • Importance of Ag Census
  • Dewey-Major County Conservation Districts

LOCATION: Meeting @ The Chester Community Building, Located 22040 Hwy 281, Chester, OK

LUNCH PROVIDED BY FARM CREDIT OF WESTERN OKLAHOMA

RSVP BY APRIL 18, 2018
To: Coleta Bratten, Dewey CCD, 580-328-5366
deweyccd@conservation.ok.gov
 
To: Cindy Bierig, Major CCD, 580-227-4884 ext. 101
cindy.bierig@ok.nacdnet.net

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OFRA Tour of Buzzard Roost Ranch: Organic And Sustainable Rural Living: Christmas Trees, Medicinal Herbs, Water Conservation
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

OFRA Tour of Buzzard Roost Ranch: Organic And Sustainable Rural Living: Christmas Trees, Medicinal Herbs, Water Conservation

($5 OFRA members / $15 non-members)

Buzzard Roost Ranch hosts Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association for Organic and Sustainable Rural Living, Christmas Trees; Medicinal Herbs; Water Conservation; Healthy Lifestyle; Wildlife Preservation in Dustin OK.

Space is limited to the first 20 registrants so register now!

  • Growing Christmas Trees:  Learn to plant, grow and trim.  The ups and downs of a small Choose and cut operation.
  • Wildcrafting:  Take a small hike discovering medicinal plants and uses.
  • Enviro-scape model demonstrates how to keep our water clean.  Water table model shows how wells, lakes, streams are affected by wastewater injection wells.
  • Lunch:  Return for lunch where we will serve some of the plants we pick.
  • Healthy Eating demonstration focuses on prevention.  Hand out provides a list of healthy foods and unhealthy foods.  How we practice sustainability to get the most out of what we grow and eat.  Good Bugs; Bad Bugs.
  • Presentation of 18 endangered species on our ranch and how we manage our land for a hunting operation while at the same time preserve wildlife

Feel free to hike afterwards.

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Outdoor Classroom - Perry
Apr
30
9:00 AM09:00

Outdoor Classroom - Perry

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AT CCC LAKE, PERRY, OK

RSVP 580-336-5597

LUNCH SPONSORED BY:  FIRST BANK & TRUST, PERRY, OK

DESSERT COOKED ON SITE BY DUTCH OVEN CHEFS

Chuck Wagon

ACTIVITIES:    

  • LIVE CREEK BUGS, CANDICE MILLER, BLUE THUMB
  • ANIMAL TRACKS, BLANE STACY, FROM OCC
  • FISH PRINTING, BLUE THUMB STAFF
  • SKINS & SKULLS, OKLAHOMA DEPT OF WILDLIFE
  • LIFE BRACELETS, NRCS STAFF, MELISSA THOMPSON
  • STREAM TRAILER, NCCD & OSU EXTENSION STAFF

ANIMALS ARE PLENTY:

  • BUTTERFLY, BEES & POLINATORS, KRISTEN BAUM, OSU PROFESSOR
  • HAWK & BIRDS OF PREY, PHIL SALVATI
  • DAIRY GOATS, TERESA BOWMAN, HOMESCHOOLING FAMILY & FARMER
  • PETTING ZOO, USDA FARM SERVICE STAFF, CARRIE GAITHER


SAFETY:

  • BOAT & WATER SAFETY BY HIGHWAY PATROL
  • ELECTRICAL SAFETY – DRONE POD/ATV BY CREC
  • SAFETY AROUND TOWN & GUN SAFETY BY PERRY CHIEF OF POLICE
  • RAILROAD SAFETY, SGT. PETERS, BURLINGTON NORTHERN RAILROAD
  • OPERATION LIFE SAVER
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Monarch Meetup - Tulsa
May
1
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Tulsa

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join a Monarch Meetup near you!

Okies for Monarchs are hosting Monarch Meetups throughout the state to connect locals with Monarch/pollinator experts in their community. These free social events are fun for the whole family and a great way to engage your local officials. Invite them to join you and learn how your community can get involved to save the Monarchs!

Learn More

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Feral Hog Management, Soil Health Principles & Locally-Led Workshop - Waurika, Okla.
May
2
9:00 AM09:00

Feral Hog Management, Soil Health Principles & Locally-Led Workshop - Waurika, Okla.

Free Locally-Led Workshop
Starts at 9:30 AM

  • Feral Hog & Soil Health Management
  • Ag Census
  • Client Gateway
  • Feral Hog Control
  • Feral Hog Trapping
  • Future Hog Control
  • Trap Demonstration
  • Soil Health Demonstration
  • Local Resource Concerns
  • Solar Pump Benefits

Hosted by Jefferson County Conservation Districts

Location: Meeting will be held at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church, located at 900 Lemon Drive.

Lunch Provided – RSVP by April 27 to:
Sandy Nobile; 580-228-2111 ext. 3; Sandra.nobile@ok.usda.gov
Carol Crouch; 405-612-9331; Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

Open to the Public

Download Agenda

 

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Rescheduled: The Campaign for Conservation @ the Capitol
May
7
10:15 AM10:15

Rescheduled: The Campaign for Conservation @ the Capitol

The Campaign for Conservation @ the Capitol has been rescheduled for Monday, May 7, 2018.

(The OACD Annual Awards, Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship and Communications Awards will be presented at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry's Laboratory Atrium located at 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.)

We need representatives from every part of the state to help us educate elected officials on the amazing work that conservation districts are doing in Oklahoma.

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You're hard at work, just like the original CCC, help us tell your story.

Help us educate legislators about the hard work you are doing to preserve our water, soil, air, native plants and wildlife.


Schedule

On Monday May 7, 2018 we will meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission located at Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd. (2nd floor) at 10:15 a.m. for a legislative briefing. We will then go to the state Capitol for office visits. We anticipate finishing office visits at 3:00 p.m.

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
May
8
to May 24

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NACD is offering an invaluable opportunity to as many as 70 conservation district and tribal district employees to expand their conservation planning and implementation knowledge and skills by participating in the NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) training in Lincoln, Neb.

Seven CPBC training sessions will be held in 2018, one each month from March – Sept. NRCS has reserved 10 seats in each session for NACD to fill with district or tribal district employees.

We have already filled the vacancies for the March session, however, space is available in all remaining sessions April – Sept., and we are currently accepting employee participation nominations. You can find details on the employee nomination process - as well as eligibility and prerequisite requirements - on the NACD CPBC webpage or contact NACD CPBC project lead Phylis Vandevere at phylis-vandevere@nacdnet.org.

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

May Session:  May 8-24, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: March 20, 2018

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Monarch Meetup - OKC
May
8
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - OKC

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join a Monarch Meetup near you!

Okies for Monarchs are hosting Monarch Meetups throughout the state to connect locals with Monarch/pollinator experts in their community. These free social events are fun for the whole family and a great way to engage your local officials. Invite them to join you and learn how your community can get involved to save the Monarchs!

Learn More

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Holistic Management Institute hosts Ranching 2018, Managing Tough Times
May
15
to May 16

Holistic Management Institute hosts Ranching 2018, Managing Tough Times

  • Ag and Family Research Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What’s Covered:

  • How to maintain and improve animal performance
  • Reducing costly inputs and improving profitability
  • Grow more grass, grow better grass to capture more energy
  • Capture rainfall more effectively and reduce the effects of drought
  • Marketing principles that give you an unfair advantage
  • Sell-Buy marketing to limit dependence on cattle prices
  • Real Life examples of managing large herds and regenerating land with animal impact
  • How adaptive planned grazing can be intensive, but not labor intensive

    Find more information and register here.

Registration:
Due to generous funding from the Tecovas Foundation, registration is only $100 per person (includes lunch both days), with an additional special 50% discount for Texas Panhandle residents. If you live in the Texas Panhandle region, register for only $50. Online registration closes May 13, 2018.

Register soon, as space is limited and accurate headcounts are needed for lunch and refreshments. Walk-ins will be accommodated only if space is available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.

If you are unable to register online, please call or email Thomas Cunningham:
Thomas.cunningham@ag.tamu.edu
Office: 806-826-5243
Cell: 806-477-0215

 

 

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Jun
5
to Jun 21

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NACD is offering an invaluable opportunity to as many as 70 conservation district and tribal district employees to expand their conservation planning and implementation knowledge and skills by participating in the NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) training in Lincoln, Neb.

Seven CPBC training sessions will be held in 2018, one each month from March – Sept. NRCS has reserved 10 seats in each session for NACD to fill with district or tribal district employees.

We have already filled the vacancies for the March session, however, space is available in all remaining sessions April – Sept., and we are currently accepting employee participation nominations. You can find details on the employee nomination process - as well as eligibility and prerequisite requirements - on the NACD CPBC webpage or contact NACD CPBC project lead Phylis Vandevere at phylis-vandevere@nacdnet.org.

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

June Session:  June 5-21, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: April 17, 2018

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Summer Fire Field Day
Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Fire Field Day

• Will green vegetation burn?
• Does summer burns kill native grass?
• Can summer burns kill cedars?
• What does growing season fire do to sericea lespedeza?
• Are summer fires good for livestock or wildlife?

Agenda
9:00-9:30am Registration
9:30am-12:00pm Burning in the growing season: How, why and impacts
12:00-1:00pm Lunch provided (no cost)
1:00-2:00pm Conduct burn (weather permitting)

Location
OSU Research Range HQ 4922 S Coyle Road, Stillwater, OK
Directions:From I-35 and 51 Hwy 6 mi E, then 2.5 mi S on Coyle Road
From Stillwater 8 mi W on 51 Hwy, then 2.5 mi S on Coyle Road

Please RSVP by June 6th or for more information contact: John Weir at john.weir@okstate.edu or 405-744-5442.

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Jul
17
to Aug 2

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NACD is offering an invaluable opportunity to as many as 70 conservation district and tribal district employees to expand their conservation planning and implementation knowledge and skills by participating in the NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) training in Lincoln, Neb.

Seven CPBC training sessions will be held in 2018, one each month from March – Sept. NRCS has reserved 10 seats in each session for NACD to fill with district or tribal district employees.

We have already filled the vacancies for the March session, however, space is available in all remaining sessions April – Sept., and we are currently accepting employee participation nominations. You can find details on the employee nomination process - as well as eligibility and prerequisite requirements - on the NACD CPBC webpage or contact NACD CPBC project lead Phylis Vandevere at phylis-vandevere@nacdnet.org.

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

July Session:  July 17-August 2, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: May 29, 2018

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Aug
7
to Aug 23

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NACD is offering an invaluable opportunity to as many as 70 conservation district and tribal district employees to expand their conservation planning and implementation knowledge and skills by participating in the NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) training in Lincoln, Neb.

Seven CPBC training sessions will be held in 2018, one each month from March – Sept. NRCS has reserved 10 seats in each session for NACD to fill with district or tribal district employees.

We have already filled the vacancies for the March session, however, space is available in all remaining sessions April – Sept., and we are currently accepting employee participation nominations. You can find details on the employee nomination process - as well as eligibility and prerequisite requirements - on the NACD CPBC webpage or contact NACD CPBC project lead Phylis Vandevere at phylis-vandevere@nacdnet.org.

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

August Session:  August 7-23, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: June 19, 2018

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Sep
11
to Sep 27

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

NACD is offering an invaluable opportunity to as many as 70 conservation district and tribal district employees to expand their conservation planning and implementation knowledge and skills by participating in the NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp (CPBC) training in Lincoln, Neb.

Seven CPBC training sessions will be held in 2018, one each month from March – Sept. NRCS has reserved 10 seats in each session for NACD to fill with district or tribal district employees.

We have already filled the vacancies for the March session, however, space is available in all remaining sessions April – Sept., and we are currently accepting employee participation nominations. You can find details on the employee nomination process - as well as eligibility and prerequisite requirements - on the NACD CPBC webpage or contact NACD CPBC project lead Phylis Vandevere at phylis-vandevere@nacdnet.org.

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp is a three-week, intensive training course for technical employees that covers current conservation planning policy, procedures, and guidelines as outlined in the National Planning Procedures Handbook. Click here to view the Conservation Planning Boot Camp Overview and Completed Curriculum.

September Session:  Sept. 11-27, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: July 24, 2018

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2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Sign-up Deadline
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Sign-up Deadline

NRCS in Oklahoma announces an opportunity for producers to apply for financial assistance to install conservation practices through the Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin Watershed and The Elk City Lake Water Quality RCPP.

Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin Watershed project will pool Kansas and Oklahoma State and federal resources to address water quality concerns in the middle and lower Neosho River Basin, which affects water quality at Grand Lake. Partners in the Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin RCPP will work with landowners in these watersheds to install conservation measures that reduce delivery of pollutants (nutrients, sediment, and bacteria) that contribute to problems in the lake.

Elk City Lake Water Quality RCPP project will pool state and NRCS resources to address water quality concerns in the Elk City Lake Watershed.  Originally built in 1970 for flood control, the lake is also used as a recreational spot for boaters and fisherman alike. The Lake has become impaired by excess turbidity, recent blue green algae blooms and fish kills in the Lake which has increased its priority for rehabilitation. The partners in the Elk City Lake Watershed will work with Landowners to help in reducing nutrients and sediment that help in contributing to problems in the Elk City Lake watershed

For more information on applying for RCPP 2018 projects, interested individuals should contact NRCS as soon as possible to ensure they are eligible prior to the deadline of April 20, 2018. Should you have more questions or wish to apply, please contact your local NRCS field service center or visit the RCPP website.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Understanding and improving the soil is vital in every landscape
Apr
19
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Understanding and improving the soil is vital in every landscape

11 a.m. (CST)

NRCS Soil Scientists from New Jersey will feature their use of XRF technology, an analytical technique used to determine the elemental composition of materials, along with its value and its availability through the agency. From the state of Washington, the King CD will share their hügelkultur initiative, its value in urban areas, their awareness campaign and how it created new partnerships with compost providers and generated media stories.

 These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, email Debra Bogar at deb-bogar@nacdnet.org WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

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Monarch Meetup - Owasso
Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Owasso

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join a Monarch Meetup near you!

Okies for Monarchs are hosting Monarch Meetups throughout the state to connect locals with Monarch/pollinator experts in their community. These free social events are fun for the whole family and a great way to engage your local officials. Invite them to join you and learn how your community can get involved to save the Monarchs!

Learn More

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Wild Pig Conference 2018
Apr
15
to Apr 19

Wild Pig Conference 2018

About the Conference:
Damage caused by wild pigs is one of the greatest concerns to wildlife biologists and managers today. Wild pigs have the potential to cause ecological and economical destruction far surpassing any other invasive exotic vertebrate. The adaptive and prolific nature of these animals along with their capabilities for widespread devastation places their management as one of the top priorities for wildlife scientists. The International Wild Pig Conference is the only forum in the world that provides federal, state, and private stakeholders a venue to discuss biological, financial, and social implications specific to wild pig subsistence in our ecosystems. The conference will assemble experienced managers as well as those new to the wild pig industry in a professional, educational atmosphere.

Agenda

Find more information and register here.

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Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal Deadline
Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Conservation Stewardship Program Renewal Deadline

USDA Offers Renewal Options for Expiring Conservation Stewardship Contracts

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to renew their Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contract.

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation.

Participants with existing CSP contracts expiring on Dec. 31, 2018 can access the benefits of the recent program changes through an option to renew their contracts for an additional five years if they agree to adopt additional activities to achieve higher levels of conservation on their lands.

NRCS will mail contract renewal notification letters to all participants whose contracts expire in 2018, which will contain instructions on how to apply for renewal.

Applications to renew expiring contracts are due by April 13.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Some of these benefits of CSP include:

    Improved cattle gains per acre;
    Increased crop yields;
    Decreased inputs;
    Wildlife population improvements; and
    Better resilience to weather extremes.

NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.

Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

 

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Updated: OACD Annual Awards Presentation
Apr
12
10:00 AM10:00

Updated: OACD Annual Awards Presentation

  • Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Forestry (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Updated:

The OACD Annual Awards, Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship and Communications Awards will be presented at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry's Laboratory Atrium located at 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City.

 

Rescheduled:

The Campaign for Conservation @ the Capitol has been rescheduled for Monday, May 7, 2018.

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Monarch Meetup - Yukon
Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Yukon

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join a Monarch Meetup near you!

Okies for Monarchs are hosting Monarch Meetups throughout the state to connect locals with Monarch/pollinator experts in their community. These free social events are fun for the whole family and a great way to engage your local officials. Invite them to join you and learn how your community can get involved to save the Monarchs!

Learn More

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Ottawa Craig County Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting - Feral Hog Outreach Meeting
Apr
5
6:30 PM18:30

Ottawa Craig County Cattlemen's Association Annual Meeting - Feral Hog Outreach Meeting

Annual OCCCA membership meeting in conjunction with the Craig/Ottawa Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Featured guests:
-APHIS Acting Wildlife Services State Director, Scott Alls - Feral hogs
-OCA Director of Membership, Kaden Mccombs, OCA state update

Please R.S.V.P. by April 2nd to Jo Callison at 918-256-6882 Ext. 3 or 918-
541-0870 or Shirley Hudson at 918-542-4576 Ext. 3 or 918-542-0861.

More Information

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Feral Hog Management, Soil Health Principles & Locally-Led Workshop - Altus,
Apr
4
9:30 AM09:30

Feral Hog Management, Soil Health Principles & Locally-Led Workshop - Altus,

Free Locally-Led Workshop

  • Feral Hog & Soil Health Management
  • Feral Hog Control
  • Feral Hog Trapping
  • Future Hog Control
  • Trap Demonstration
  • Soil Health Demonstration
  • Local Resource Concerns
  • Ag Census
  • Solar Pump Benefits Demonstration

Sponsored by:
Harmon, Jackson & Greer Conservation Districts

Lunch Provided

Location: Southwest Technology Center, 711 West Tamarack Rd., Altus, OK

RSVP by March 30 to:
Geary Caswell, 580-688-3674, harmonccd@conservation.ok.gov
Carol Crouch, 405-612-9331, carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

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Monarch Meetup - Bartlesville
Apr
3
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Bartlesville

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join a Monarch Meetup near you!

Okies for Monarchs are hosting Monarch Meetups throughout the state to connect locals with Monarch/pollinator experts in their community. These free social events are fun for the whole family and a great way to engage your local officials. Invite them to join you and learn how your community can get involved to save the Monarchs!

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Our Farms, Our Future Conference:  Crafting a Vision for Sustainable Agriculture
Apr
3
to Apr 5

Our Farms, Our Future Conference: Crafting a Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


The Our Farms, Our Future Conference, hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA program will be held on April 3-5, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri.

What’s your vision for the future of sustainable agriculture? Join our nation’s leading farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators in St. Louis on April 3-5, 2018 to explore a wide range of innovative, sustainable solutions to agriculture’s most pressing dilemmas.

The Our Farms, Our Future Conference will address major food sustainability trends with presentations by a diverse group of farmers and ranchers using a wide range of systems to produce vegetables, grains, fruit, cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock sustainably.

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OBHRPI Rural Economic Development Conference
Mar
31
8:00 AM08:00

OBHRPI Rural Economic Development Conference

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc.

presents the

12th Rural Economic Development Conference
"Opportunities for Small Farmers Through Rural Economic Development”

Presentations: Solar Water Wells, Eastern Red Cedar Removal, Heir Property, Rural Housing, Watermelon Production/Marketing Opportunities

The Bryant Center 2200 N. Bryant Ave., OKC, OK

USDA NRCS, RD, FSA, RMA, OACD

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Free Registration at www.obhrpi.org.

For more information contact:
obhrpi@gmail.com
405-201-6624

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Facilitating Sustainable Management of the Earth’s  Critical Zone: The Role of Soil Moisture Science and Technology
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Facilitating Sustainable Management of the Earth’s Critical Zone: The Role of Soil Moisture Science and Technology

  • 216 Noble Research Center Stillwater, OK 74075 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The SOIL BIOLOGY INTEREST GROUP invites the general public and the Oklahoma research community to the seminar, “Facilitating Sustainable Management of the Earth’s Critical Zone: The Role of Soil Moisture Science and Technology”

Friday, March 30, 2018
12:00 PM at 216 Noble Research Center
Pizza, donuts and beverages provided

by Dr. Tyson E. Ochsner, Associate Professor, Sarkey’s Distinguished Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University.

 

Sustainable management of the “critical zone” requires adequate understanding of dynamic critical zone state variables that influence key ecosystem processes. A wide variety of ecosystem processes important to human and natural systems are strongly influenced by soil moisture. Unfortunately, adequate soil moisture information is not widely available because soil moisture measurements are relatively sparse and soil moisture levels exhibit exceptional spatial variability due to human and natural factors. Our group is working to improve the quality, availability, and use of soil moisture information in Oklahoma and beyond. This presentation will provide an overview of these ongoing efforts including: 1) using a cosmic-ray neutron rover to understand the primary drivers of spatial variability in soil moisture; 2) creating high-resolution, operational, statewide soil moisture maps by merging multiple data sources; 3) developing tools for both site-specific and statewide estimation of soil moisture conditions under cropland where no measurements exist; 4) exploring the use of soil moisture information to improve wildfire danger ratings; and 5) providing annual soil-moisture based, statewide maps indicating potential groundwater recharge. These efforts provide a glimpse of the growing importance of soil moisture science and technology in facilitating sustainable management of the Earth’s critical zone.

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Soil Health Field Day - Eakly, OK
Mar
29
9:30 AM09:30

Soil Health Field Day - Eakly, OK

Get Tips for improving your soil!

Location: Eakly Community Center, Downtown Eakly

9:30 am Registration

10:00 am –12:00 pm
Clay Salisbury, NRCS
Blane Stacy, OCC
- Assessing Soil Health with Simple Tools
- Cover Crops
- Yields
- Infiltration
- Temperature
- Soil Test Results
- How to Create a Grazing Management Plan for Cover Crops

12:00 pm Lunch for registered attendees

Hosted by Caddo County Conservation Districts, USDA NRCS, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts

RSVP by March 23 to 405-542-3205 or ncaddocd@conservation.ok.gov.

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NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop
Mar
27
9:30 AM09:30

NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop

March 27th

Chickasaw Nation Community Center
700 N. Mississippi
Ada, Oklahoma

Pre-registration & Setup @ 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM

Tentative Agenda:

Biological Indicators of Soil Health Management
-Nutrient Cycling
-Processing Organic Matter
-Infiltration
-Managing for Carbon & Nitrogen Ratio

Demonstrations – Biological Indicators
-Steve Alspach, NRCS
-Greg Scott, OCC

Sarah Blaney - OACD

Brief update on USDA & OCC Programs
-NASS – AG Census
-Troy Marshall
-NRCS – CCG & StrikeForce
-Carol Crouch & Clay Horton

OBHRP - TBA

Lunch – 12:30 PM

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Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project
Mar
24
8:30 AM08:30

Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

The Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project is hosting a workshop to educate producers on developing and implementing of your personal risk management plan.

March 24

Bryant Center
2200 N. Bryant Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73121

You can Register today by calling 214-505-3678 or email obhrpi@gmail.com
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Lunch will be provided.

 

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Hugo Field Day
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Hugo Field Day

TOPICS:
Overwintering Species Plots
Cover crop Species for SE Oklahoma
Adaptive Grazing Management
Grazing All Year Round
Rainfall Simulator
Soil Health Demos
Soil Pit

Meet at the Kiamichi CD Office, 2681 US Hwy 70, Hugo by 8:45 a.m.
Field day at Charlie Seimer Farm @ Frogville on 109 East

PLEASE RSVP BY MARCH 14TH, 2018- LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED
Please call Greg Roberston at (580) 326-7331 or email kiamichicd@conservation.ok.gov for RSVP, directions and an agenda.

More information.

 

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GIS Day at the Capitol
Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

GIS Day at the Capitol

24th Annual GIS Day at the State Capitol
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hosted by the State Geographic Information Council and the Office of Geographic Information.

Over 50 federal, state, local, and private organizations will be on hand to showcase their Geographic Information System (GIS) work and the latest advancements in GIS technology. At 10 AM, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb who will likely speak on the importance of GIS technology and how it is being used in every day applications.

Mike Sharp, State GIS Coordinator says GIS technology impacts people's daily lives whether they realize it or not. "If you have a GPS system in your vehicle, on your cell phone or have created a map on a computer program to get somewhere you have already used a Geographic Information System (GIS) and may not have even known it," said Sharp. GIS technology as "any system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to Earth,” Sharp explained.

GIS Day at the Capitol provides the lawmakers and the public the opportunity to see the importance of GIS technology and how it impacts the daily lives of all Oklahomans.

If you would like to be an exhibitor please submit the completed registration form. For more information about GIS Day at the Capitol, please contact Shellie Willoughby at shellie.willoughby@conservation.ok.gov.

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Southern Kansas Grazing Lands Drought Update
Mar
5
3:00 PM15:00

Southern Kansas Grazing Lands Drought Update

This meeting will address current and possible future conditions related to drought. A discussion of drought recovery options and future planning resources for producers will also take place. The workshop is free and the meal will be sponsored by the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub.

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Please sign up at http://drought.unl.edu/Registration.aspx?id=894.

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Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.

While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat  – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Some of these benefits of CSP include:

  •     Improved cattle gains per acre;
  •     Increased crop yields;
  •     Decreased inputs;
  •     Wildlife population improvements; and
  •     Better resilience to weather extremes.

NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.

Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

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Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference
Feb
21
8:00 AM08:00

Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference

Registration is now open for the 2018 Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference (OKNRC) scheduled for February 21-23, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, OK. Early registration ends February 1, 2018.


The OKNRC is hosted by the Oklahoma Chapters of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, Society for Range Management, Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council, Prescribed Fire Council, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Oklahoma Ornithological Society, and the Oklahoma Division of Society of American Foresters.

 

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Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project
Feb
17
8:30 AM08:30

Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

The Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project is hosting a workshop to educate producers on developing and implementing of your personal risk management plan.

Feb. 17

Bryant Center
2200 N. Bryant Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73121

You can Register today by calling 214-505-3678 or email obhrpi@gmail.com
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Lunch will be provided.

 

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LeFlore County Free Agriculture Workshop & Dinner
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

LeFlore County Free Agriculture Workshop & Dinner

  • Choctaw Nation Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Choctaw Nation Community Center
Dale Cox Community Center – 208 B. Street
Poteau, Oklahoma

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration begins at 5:00 PM
Workshop begins at 6:00 PM

Workshop Topics Include:

NutBal
-How to collect samples
-How to correctly read and apply results
Farm Bill Programs
Cover Crops & Grazing

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by February 12 by calling the Poteau Field Office at 918-647-4800 ext. 3 or register by e-mail at donna.neumeyer@ok.usda.gov. There is no charge for the meeting and dinner will be provided. Sponsors include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), LeFlore County Conservation District, Oklahoma Tribal Advisory Committee, and Choctaw Nation.

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2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum
Feb
13
9:00 AM09:00

2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum

One-day forum focusing on the recent wildfire events of 2016 and 2017 in the Southern Plains. The meeting will consist of both presentations and panel discussions covering topics including weather conditions, impacts and recovery perspectives, and management strategies such as prescribed fire to help reduce future wildfire risk.

9:00AM-3:30PM

BEAVER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
1107 DOUGLAS AVENUE
BEAVER, OK 73932

LUNCH PROVIDED; RSVP REQUIRED

For more information, please visit www.southernclimate.org/pages/meetings-and-workshops.

CONTACT LEAH KOS:
405-325-2541 | SCIPP@MESONET.ORG

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Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium
Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium

  • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grand Ballroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The prestigious Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium will take place on February 1, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency and Century II, Wichita, Kan. The masters-degree level session is set to give attendees tips on how to regenerate their soils while producing high-quality, profitable grains. The AIM Symposium builds on the themes of the annual Winter Conference with additional research, testimonials and one-on-one interaction with industry speakers.

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