Where Did the Horny Toad Go?
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Where Did the Horny Toad Go?

Hosted by The Oklahoma Nature Conservancy

Do you have memories of horny toads from your childhood? Ever wonder where they all disappeared to? Have you even wondered how COOP's Horny Toad Blonde got its name? 

Bring your folding chairs, blankets, family and friends and join us at COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City for a screening of Where did the horny toad go?, a documentary produced by local filmmakers. While you're there, try one-time only infusions of Oklahoma's most popular craft beer!

All over the Southwestern United States, especially in Oklahoma, there exists a shared memory that spans generations, yet with each passing decade that memory fades. "Where did the horny toad go?" takes us on a journey through history to rediscover the endearing and unusual Texas Horned Lizard. 

This event is free and family friendly. Come on out to meet the film makers, Four Canyon Preserve Director, and COOP Founders to learn why this lizard is important to them and Oklahoma. 

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Flood-impacted private well support event in Muskogee
Jun
18
9:00 AM09:00

Flood-impacted private well support event in Muskogee

  • Muskogee County Conservation District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What: This is a come-and-go information opportunity for private well owners in areas impacted by recent floods.

 Who: The Muskogee County Conservation District is partnering with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) for this event. The OCC’s Blue Thumb program staff will provide educational information to support citizens in post-flood recovery of their private wells.  The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) is offering free bacteria testing for private wells submerged in flood water.

 When and where: Come-and-go information opportunity, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 18 at the Muskogee County Conservation District, 3001 Azalea Park Drive, Suite 1, Muskogee, OK 74401.

Also: Blue Thumb staff will be on site to hand out sample containers and instructions on well disinfection from ODEQ and coordinate receipt of samples at a later date.

For more information, please contact: Rhonda Bowman, Muskogee County Conservation District Manager, 918-682-8831, or Rebecca Bond, Blue Thumb Program Director, 405-522-4735. Or go to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s page providing storm recovery information, including private well support: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/severeweather2019.htm

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Flood-impacted private well support event in Nowata
Jun
20
9:00 AM09:00

Flood-impacted private well support event in Nowata

  • Nowata County Conservation District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What: This is a come-and-go information opportunity for private well owners in areas impacted by recent floods.

Who: The Nowata County Conservation District is partnering with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) for this event. The OCC’s Blue Thumb program staff will provide educational information to support citizens in post-flood recovery of their private wells in Nowata and surrounding counties.  The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) is offering free bacteria testing for private wells submerged in flood water. 

When and where: Come-and-go information opportunity, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 20 at the Nowata County Conservation District, 1125 E. Cherokee Ave, Nowata, OK, 74048. 

Also: Blue Thumb staff will be on site to hand out sample containers and instructions on well disinfection from ODEQ and coordinate receipt of samples at a later date. 

For more information, please contact: Patty Underhill, Nowata County Conservation District Secretary, 918-273-1100, or Rebecca Bond, Blue Thumb Program Director, 405-522-4735. Or go to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s page providing storm recovery information, including private well support: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/severeweather2019.htm

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Spiro FREE Feral Hog Managment, Soil Health Workshop and USDA Program Updates
Jun
20
11:00 AM11:00

Spiro FREE Feral Hog Managment, Soil Health Workshop and USDA Program Updates

FREE workshop and lunch presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other conservation partners.

Featuring:
Kendall Carpenter, Choctaw Nation
- “How We Developed Feral Hog Management and Control”
- “Techniques to Control Feral Hogs”

Carpenter and Raymond Ludlow, Choctaw Nation
- “Feral Hog Technical Assistance”

Emmlie Bragg, Choctaw Nation
- “Soil Health Success”

Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service and NRCS
- Conservation Program Updates

NRCS partners for the workshop include, the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), other USDA agencies and conservation groups.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by calling or emailing by June 17 to Tonee Wolf, twolf@choctawnation.com, phone, (580) 775-5229 or Dr. Carol Crouch carol.crouch@usda.gov phone, 405-612-9331. The workshop is open to the public.

Questions? Email nrcsinfo@ok.usda.gov.

If reasonable accommodation is needed please notify when you RSVP to Dr. Carol Crouch at 405- 612-9331 or carol.couch@usda.gov.

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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Habitat Deadline
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Habitat Deadline

With a June 24th deadline approaching, Pheasants and Quail Forever is encouraging farmers and ranchers to consider utilizing a federal program that provides financial and technical assistance to establish habitat that benefits monarch butterflies, pollinators and other wildlife.

Dustin Lamoreaux, State Coordinator with Pheasants and Quail Forever, said the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is working on improving lands for Monarch Butterflies and is administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This partnership helps landowners increase and manage monarch habitat on private lands. Milkweed and other nectar-rich plants provide food for monarchs and other pollinators, such as honey bees and native bees, that are vital to agriculture.

To accelerate conservation benefits to monarch butterflies, the Monarch RCPP was established. This project focuses on increasing nectaring and breeding habitat for monarchs on working agricultural lands. There are many ways landowners can establish monarch-friendly habitat including but not limited to: monarch plantings, brush management, prescribed burning and prescribed grazing.

“I hope that producers who have heard about the Monarch programs in the past but haven't applied will take another look at how it could fit into their operations,” Lamoreaux said. “There also might be producers who weren't eligible before, but they might be eligible now.”

Establishing and restoring native grasslands, with milkweed and other nectar-rich plants, within Oklahoma is critically important because it is in the heart of the butterfly’s habitat and migration corridor. Milkweed also provides homes for beneficial insects that control the spread of destructive insects. Also, conservation practices that provide benefits for pollinators also help reduce erosion, increase soil health, control invasive species, provide quality forage for livestock and make agricultural operations more resilient and productive.

Lamoreaux said, “NRCS can help producers manage their pasture and rangeland in ways that increase critical populations of milkweed and nectar-rich plants while also improving the health of their rangelands. In addition, monarch/pollinator plantings can be placed in areas of unproductive cropland, along field borders, in buffers around waterways or wetlands, in pastures, and in other suitable locations.”

NRCS accepts applications on a continuous basis, but only applications filed by June 24th are eligible for the next round of funding through NRCS’ Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

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For more information about any NRCS program and to fill out an application, please check with your local USDA field office, or contact Dustin Lamoreaux at (405) 714-7893 or email at dlamoreaux@pheasantsforever.org for more information about wildlife habitat assistance.

The following counties are priority for funding — Cleveland, Creek, Lincoln, Logan, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pottawatomie, Tulsa

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Application Deadline for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award
Jul
1
5:00 PM17:00

Application Deadline for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award

Know an Oklahoma rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2019 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

Sand County Foundation, the nation’s leading voice for private land conservation, presents the Leopold Conservation Award to private landowners in 13 states for extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. In Oklahoma the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, and ITC Holdings Corp.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes those who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land. In his influential 1949 book, “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.

Nominations may be submitted on behalf of a landowner, or landowners may nominate themselves. The application can be found at https://sandcountyfoundation.org/uploads/Oklahoma-2019-CFN.pdf

Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2019. Mail applications to:

Leopold Conservation Award
c/o Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
2501 N. Stiles
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

“Leopold Conservation Award recipients are at the forefront of a movement by America’s farmers and ranchers to simultaneously achieve economic and environmental success,” said Kevin McAleese, Sand County Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Leopold Conservation Award Program in Oklahoma is made possible thanks to the generous support of Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, ITC Holdings Corp., Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, McDonald’s, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The recipient will be revealed in early 2020 at the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts’ Legislative Evening in Oklahoma City.

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Soil Health Institute 2019 Annual Meeting
Jul
16
to Jul 18

Soil Health Institute 2019 Annual Meeting

Sacramento, California USA
July 16 – 18, 2019
Registration is $300 for attendees with a special price of $100 for farmers and students.
 
This year’s theme is Soil Health – A Global Imperative, reflecting just how critically imminent it is that we safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils to address food, water, climate, wildlife, fiber, fuel, and other global issues.

You will learn about:

  • Where we go next for exploring soil health - human health relationships,

  • Identifying the best indicators of soil health across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,

  • New state and federal programs and policies for supporting soil health,

  • Latest research in understanding and managing the soil microbiome,

  • Filling the economics information gap for farmers,

  • Training programs to assist farmers with adopting soil health systems,

  • Adapting soil health principles for specialty crop and rangeland systems,

  • Ecosystem service markets for the environmental benefits attributed through soil health, and

  • Soil stewardship as the “Great Connector”.

Register Here

Submit a Poster

Reserve a Room

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NACD South Central Region Meeting
Jul
21
to Jul 23

NACD South Central Region Meeting

  • WinStar World Casino and Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

2019 NACD South Central Region Meeting

July 21, 2019 – July 23, 2019

WinStar World Casino and Resort
777 Casino Ave.
Thackerville, OK 73459

The 2019 South Central Meeting will be held at the Winstar Convention Center and Casino in Thackerville, OK. Thackerville is equal distant from both the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport and the Oklahoma City airport.

Sunday night entertainment: Shawna Russell

Sunday night entertainment: Shawna Russell

The meeting will begin on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. with business meetings. Registration will open at 2:30 p.m. The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts will host an evening of reception and live music. The musical guest is Shawna Russell (www.shawnarussell.com) whose musical sound combines country, rock, folk, and Americana styles.

On both Monday and Tuesday morning we will have educational sessions by conservation experts in the areas of water quality, soil health, pollinator habitat, geographic information services, and more. On Monday afternoon, we will have a conservation tour. The tour will include outside stops. It is very hot in Oklahoma in July. Please dress accordingly. We will provide lots of water and air conditioned breaks.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Winstar World Casino Hotel. The group rate is $109/night. The rate is good for Sunday July 21st, Monday July 22nd, and Tuesday July 23rd. We do not have a discounted rate for Saturday the 20th. To make a reservation, please call 1-844-946-4768 and use group code: SCOC719 The group rate cut off date is June 21, 2019. Attendees are strongly encouraged to make reservations early. This location is remote and additional hotels are located 30 minutes away.

Hotel Reservations

Room Rates:
Saturday, July 20: $249 + $10 resort fee
Sunday, July 21-Tuesday, July 23: $109 + $10 resort fee

Call: 1-844-WIN-GROU or 1-844-946-4768
Group ID: SCOC719
Reservation deadline: June 21, 2019

Registration

The early bird registration fee of $250 ends on June 15th. After June 15th, the registration rate is $300. Auxiliary/spouse registration is $200. There will be no refunds made after June 15th.

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Soil Regen Forum
Aug
28
to Aug 29

Soil Regen Forum

  • SUMMERS MILL RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The USDA-NRCS / TEXAS AGRILIFE 2-day soil regen forum provides a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from leading farmers, ranchers, and scientists with extensive experience in soil health and regenerative agriculture.

What you will learn

  • Principles of Soil Health

  • Soil Regeneration through Biology

  • Soil Health Testing

  • Soil Ecosystem Management

  • Regenerative Farm and Ranch Practices

  • Economic Incentives for Regen Ag

FORUM

The $100 registration fee includes 2 days of presentations, demonstrations, and discussion at the beautiful Summers Mill Conference Center and Retreat in the country outside of Belton and Salado, TX. Attendees will be treated to breakfast, lunch and snacks provided by Maggie's Catering. Limited on-site  accommodations are available at Summers Mill. Additional accommodations are available at Stagecoach Inn or Holiday Inn Express, Salado, TX.

Learn more

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Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch - Ponca City
Sep
4
11:00 AM11:00

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch - Ponca City

  • Pioneer Technology Center Seminar Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

*Postponed from June 6

Simple Steps to Healthy Soil
New Grazing APP
USDA Program Updates

Hosted by Kay, Noble, Pawnee & Payne Conservation Districts

Pre-registration 10:45 AM Starts at 11:00 AM

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Updates

  • State Cost Share Update

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Learn about new grazing technology

  • Crop & Grazing Management

Lunch Provided - RSVP by Aug. 28

Carrie Otto, 580-722-3008, carrie.otto@ok.nacdnet.net
Dr. Carol Crouch, carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov, 405-612-9331

Location: Meeting will be held at Pioneer Technology Center, in the Seminar Room, located at 2101 N. Ash, in Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601.

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 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) Applications Due
Oct
31
5:00 PM17:00

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) Applications Due

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

“Producers can visit their local FSA county offices to apply for up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “This also gives organic producers an opportunity to learn about other valuable USDA resources, like farm loans and conservation assistance, that can help them succeed. Organic producers can take advantage of a variety of USDA programs from help with field buffers to routine operating expenses to storage and handling equipment.”

OCCSP received continued support through the 2018 Farm Bill. It provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Eligible expenses for cost-share reimbursement include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.

Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75 percent of certification costs each year, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope, including crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees.

Opportunities for State Agencies

Today’s announcement also includes the opportunity for state agencies to apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal 2019. State agencies that establish agreements for fiscal year 2019 may be able to extend their agreements and receive additional funds to administer the program in future years.

FSA will accept applications from state agencies for fiscal year 2019 funding for cost-share assistance through May 29, 2019.

More Information

To learn more about organic certification cost share, please visit the OCCSP webpage, view the notice of funds availability on the Federal Register, or contact your FSA county office. To learn more about USDA support for organic agriculture, visit usda.gov/organic.

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Summer Fire Field Day
Jun
13
8:30 AM08:30

Summer Fire Field Day

Agenda

8:30-9:00am
Registration

9:00am
Welcome

9:15-10:30am
Burning in the growing season, Forage/Browse Quality, Wildlife impacts, Equipment

10:30-12:00
How does season of burn affect plant diversity, pollinators, and sericea lepedeza

12:00-1:00pm
Lunch provided (no cost)

1:00-3:30pm
Conduct growing season burn (weather permitting)

Please RSVP by June 6 to John Weir at john.weir@okstate.edu or 405-744-5442

Learn more.

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Compost and BioStimulant BootCamp with Christine Jones
Jun
12
8:30 AM08:30

Compost and BioStimulant BootCamp with Christine Jones

Compost Boot Camp

Bio stimulant Strategies for Regenerative Agriculture
One-Day Intensive, Hands On Training with Christine Jones and Gerry Gillespie

Two Dates Offered:
Wednesday, June 12 OR Thursday, June 13, 2019
Sign up for one of the dates here.

Green Cover Seed is offering these one-day workshops focused on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings. Topics include quorum sensing, replacing nitrogen fertilizers, transitioning to a microbial approach, and the application of auto-inducers to seeds to enable a reduction of inputs and costs in order to regenerate soils.

Learning Goals
Bioferments, Biostimulants, Biofertilizers, and Compost inoculants are simple biotechnologies that can help improve soil condition, stimulate plant growth and improve plant health. We will explore basic recipes for making these on-farm in an interactive, first-hand experience with a small group of participants in order to develop the skills and confidence to make and use your own products, with local inputs and minimal to no add-on costs. Equipment used for making and applying biostimulants will be available for viewing and explanation.

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Farm Field Day in Wellston
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Farm Field Day in Wellston

• USDA NRCS CONSERVATION PRACTICES

• SOIL HEALTH DEMONSTRATION

• PLANT ID

• SOLAR WATER WELL SYSTEMS

LUNCH PROVIDED

Ray Penn Farm
19500 E. Industrial Road
Wellston, OK 74481
East of Meridian, OK off Hwy 105, Luther Rd to Industrial Rd

Please RSVP to 405-740-6164 or sywade03@hotmail.com by June 3, 2019.

Bring your own chair. Rain or Shine

Agenda

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Pollinator Prairie Installation
Jun
8
8:00 AM08:00

Pollinator Prairie Installation

Help install a pollinator garden at Will Rogers Gardens and look at ways to bring native plants into the landscape and plant a large new pollinator garden and habitat.

Additional Details:

-Please bring a reusable water bottle along to these events. It is important to stay hydrated while we are working.

-Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

-Sunscreen and bug spray are advisable since we’ll be outside for each of these events.

RSVP to kevin.mink@usda.gov

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Oklahoma Conservation District Director Elections
Jun
4
to Jun 13

Oklahoma Conservation District Director Elections

The governing body of a conservation district consists of five public officials. Two board members are appointed by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and three are elected by registered voters within the conservation district. The three elected positions are numbered 1, 2 and 3 with succeeding terms so that one term expires each year. The term of an elected director is from July 1 through June 30 for a period of three years.

Elections

Elections for district director are held each year on the first Tuesday of June as established by law, a day also designated as Conservation District Day.

Eligibility

To be eligible to file for district director election, an individual must be a registered voter in the district and must have a cooperator agreement with the district. If individuals do not already have a cooperator agreement with the district they can make application for the agreement.

Filing for Conservation District Director Election

Interested persons may obtain and file a Notification and Declaration of Candidacy form from their local conservation district office during the filing period which is May 1-10. Forms are also available by clicking on the links below.

Forms

Notification and Declaration of Candidacy

Application for Cooperator Agreement

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Citizen Science Project - Crown Heights Park Wildflower Area
Jun
1
8:00 AM08:00

Citizen Science Project - Crown Heights Park Wildflower Area

  • 3701 N Shartel Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73118 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Prairie Monitoring Project
*Rescheduled from May 11

Come out and learn how you can become a prairie monitor and contribute to a new citizen science project.

  • Plant identification

  • Data collection concerning water infiltration rates

  • Soil health and structure

  • Plant diversity

  • Cleaning out any undesirable plants

This opportunity is open for ages 12+. Volunteers are asked to register. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a reusable water bottle as we'll be outside for this session.

To sign up email Kevin at: kevin.mink@usda.gov

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Monarch Butterfly; Importance of Pollinators
May
29
10:00 AM10:00

Monarch Butterfly; Importance of Pollinators

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation South Reunion Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

Hosted by the Seminole, Shawnee & Konawa Conservatin Districts

  • NRCS Program Update

  • Farm Service Agency Update

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OBHRP Project Update

  • Choctaw Nation Pollinator Project

  • Chickasaw Pollinator Project

  • NRCS Monarch & Pollinator Efforts

  • Euchee Butterfly Farm Presentation

Location: Meeting will be held at Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall, located at 1702 Gordon Cooper Dr., in Shawnee, OK 74801. The South Reunion Hall is located behind the CPN Putt Putt and on southside of Firelake grocery store. Google Citizen Potawatomi Nation Pow Wow grounds.

RSVP by May 23:

Marie Youngblood, 405-273-2076 ext. 2
Jane Breckinridge, breckinridge@hotmail.com
Dr. Carol Crouch, carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov, 405-742-1203

More info.

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Pollinator Prairie Installation @ the Boys & Girls Club
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Pollinator Prairie Installation @ the Boys & Girls Club

  • Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon we'll be installing a pollinator prairie at the Boys & Girls Club in Oklahoma City. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about native plants that help our pollinator pals and get their hands dirty helping us install this garden.

This opportunity is open for ages X - Y. Volunteers are asked to register. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a reusable water bottle as we'll be outside for this session.

To sign up contact Kevin at kevin.mink@usda.gov

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Monarch Meetup - Woodward
May
14
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Woodward

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

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

Learn more.

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Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Okmulgee
May
14
11:00 AM11:00

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Okmulgee

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch
Open to the Public - Bring a Friend

Starts at 11:00 AM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

Hosted by Okmulgee, Mayes, Muskogee, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner County Conservation Districts

RSVP by May 8th:
-Chris Best, 405-385-3032, Christopher.Best@ok.usda.gov
-Dr. Carol Crouch, 405-612-9331, Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

More info.

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Quapaw Nation Healthy Soil Workshop
May
13
10:30 AM10:30

Quapaw Nation Healthy Soil Workshop

Healthy Soil & Healthy Food: Learn the benefits and steps to healthy soil

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

10:30 Pre-registration
11 a.m. Workshop begins

Funding Opportunities and Updates:

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Update

  • NRCS Program Update

  • Southern Plains Climate Hub Updates

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

  • Quapaw Nation Soil Project

  • Healthy soil training for all!

RSVP by May 10th to:

Michael Ramming, NRCS
918-253-4513 ext. 108

Michell Albright, Quapaw Nation
918-238-3099 ext. 4051

Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS
Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

More info

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Monitoring & Maintain Healthy Pollinator Prairies
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Monitoring & Maintain Healthy Pollinator Prairies

Join us on Saturday May 11th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Crown Heights Park Wildflower Area while when we will host a training on plant identification, gathering plant samples, and recording beneficial vegetation for pollinator pals.

This opportunity is open for ages X - Y. Volunteers are asked to register. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a reusable water bottle as we'll be outside for this session.

To sign up email Kevin at: kevin.mink@usda.gov

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OKC Waterway Cleanup Event
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

OKC Waterway Cleanup Event

Oklahoma Blue Thumb - OKC Waterway Cleanup Event

MAY 11, 2019 I 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM WHEELER PARK WETLAND AREA

There will be a Waterway Cleanup event on May 11, hosted by the City of OKC Stormwater Quality. Blue Thumb will be the main attendees to this event! So go ahead and grab someone and come make a difference in the OKC Metro area as we help clean up one of our most precious resources! 

Please email Becky Zawalski at becky.zawalski@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions!

(Seo map for details)
Materials will be provided for you
What to wear: hat, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, closed-toed shoes Bring water and sunscreen!
Hosted by the City of Oklahoma Stormwater Quality Management

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Prescribed Fire Training School - Woodward
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Prescribed Fire Training School - Woodward

Wildfire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School
Learn how to “Fight Fire With Fire!”

  • Firefighters, landowners, emergency planners, anyone interested in controlling wildfire fuel load is encouraged to attend.

  • Learn how to use prescribed fire to reduce wildfire danger and improve grassland.

  • See firsthand a prescribed fire “blackline” fire brake demonstration near Woodward.

Lunch will be provided

Please RSVP by May 4 to Clay Pope, 405-699-2087 or claygpope@gmail.com

More info.

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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Application Deadline
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Application Deadline

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding is May 10, 2019. NRCS plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in FY 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

Changes to the Program

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:

  • NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.

  • Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.

  • CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

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Soil Stewardship/Legislative Breakfast - Wagoner, OK
May
10
7:00 AM07:00

Soil Stewardship/Legislative Breakfast - Wagoner, OK

  • First United Methodist Church of Wagoner - Fellowship Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

64th Soil Stewardship/Legislative Breakfast
“Life in the Soil: DIG DEEPER”

Guest Speaker:
Jimmy Emmons, Past-President

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.

First United Methodist Church of Wagoner - Fellowship Hall
308 East Church, Wagoner, OK 74467
(one block south of the Wagoner County Courthouse)

Breakfast to be prepared & served by First United Methodist Church of Wagoner - Men’s Ministry and The Ambassadors of the Wagoner Chamber of Commerce.

Hosted by:
Wagoner County Conservation District
Wagoner County Farm Bureau
Wagoner County Cattlemen’s Association
Wagoner Chamber of Commerce
American Farmers & Ranchers

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Monarch Meetup - Tishomingo
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Monarch Meetup - Tishomingo

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

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Filing Period for Oklahoma Conservation District Director Positions
May
1
to May 10

Filing Period for Oklahoma Conservation District Director Positions

The governing body of a conservation district consists of five public officials. Two board members are appointed by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and three are elected by registered voters within the conservation district. The three elected positions are numbered 1, 2 and 3 with succeeding terms so that one term expires each year. The term of an elected director is from July 1 through June 30 for a period of three years.

Elections

Elections for district director are held each year on the first Tuesday of June as established by law, a day also designated as Conservation District Day.

Eligibility

To be eligible to file for district director election, an individual must be a registered voter in the district and must have a cooperator agreement with the district. If individuals do not already have a cooperator agreement with the district they can make application for the agreement.

Filing for Conservation District Director Election

Interested persons may obtain and file a Notification and Declaration of Candidacy form from their local conservation district office during the filing period which is May 1-10. Forms are also available by clicking on the links below.

Forms

Notification and Declaration of Candidacy

Application for Cooperator Agreement

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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Application Deadline
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Application Deadline

Most of Oklahoma’s agriculture land owners have a certain bond with their property. For many, it’s been in their family for generations and they would love nothing more than to see it remain protected. If that sounds like you, why not apply to enroll some or all of it into the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

Land enrolled in ACEP is prevented from being developed or going to a non-agricultural use. These protected lands also provide public benefits including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat, and protection of open space.

Oklahoma NRCS State Conservationist Gary L. O’Neill recently announced the agency is accepting applications for its ACEP Program, and those submitted by April 26, 2019, will be considered for FY2019 funding. NRCS will prioritize applications that protect agricultural uses and related conservation values of the land, and those that maximize the protection of contiguous acres devoted to agricultural use. 

“USDA is committed to preserving working agricultural lands to help protect the long-term viability of farming across the country, as well as to restoring and protecting vital sensitive wetlands that provide important wildlife habitat and improve water quality,” said O’Neill. 

Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, grassland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest land. Native American Tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs are eligible to partner with NRCS to purchase conservation easements. 

ACEP protects critical water resources and wildlife habitat and encourages private owners to maintain their land for farming. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources. 

ACEP has two components, one for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE), and one for Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).

  • Under the ALE component, funds are provided to eligible entities that use ACEP funding to purchase permanent agricultural land easements that not only protect the future of the nation's food supply, they also support environmental quality, wildlife habitat, and historic preservation and protection of open spaces.

  • Under the WRE component, funding is provided directly to landowners for the purchase of an easement and for restoration. Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to successfully restore, enhance, and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater, and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Eligible landowners may choose to enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

Applications for both ALE and WRE are accepted on a continuous basis. To learn about ACEP and other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit the programs section of our website at www.nrcs.usda.gov, or contact your local USDA Service Center.

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Monarch Meetup - Lawton
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Monarch Meetup - Lawton

  • Great Plains Coliseum, Prairie Building, Sunset Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Grazing Management Workshop - Pond Creek, OK
Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Grazing Management Workshop - Pond Creek, OK

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

Starts at 11:00 AM

Locally-Led Workshop Hosted by Grant, Garfield and Alfalfa County Conservation Districts

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OSU Extension Projects & Programs

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Moisture Study on Cover Crops

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Community Outreach Meeting
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Community Outreach Meeting

Learn more about the changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program and details on applying by the May 10 deadline.

Featured Speakers:

Chris Best, NRCS District Conservationist
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Eric M. Lang, FSA County Executive Director
FSA programs and the NRCS

RSVP to Arnetta Cotton.

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Monarch Meetup - El Reno
Apr
23
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - El Reno

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

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Conservation Day at the Capitol
Apr
23
8:30 AM08:30

Conservation Day at the Capitol

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us Tuesday, April 23 for Conservation Day @ the Capitol. 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!

The Annual Awards and OACD Conservation Leadership Class Graduation will also take place that day. We will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the capitol in room 535.

Exhibit Booths
Space is available for conservation districts and partners to set up booths on the 4th floor rotunda. Conservation districts will be given priority. To reserve a space, contact Sarah Blaney, sarahblaney@okconservation.org.

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Community Garden Forum: Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Be Healthy
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Community Garden Forum: Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

Learn more about Developing, Maintaining and Sustaining a community garden

Guest Speaker: Micah Anderson, Langston University, Extension Agent for Horticultural Research and Extension

Taft Resource Center
208 West Seminole, Taft, OK 74463

**Meal will be provided**

RSVP by Thursday, April 10, 2019
Contact Rhonda Bowman 918-682-8831 x3 or 918-485-4747 x3

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar– Pollinator Conservation
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar– Pollinator Conservation

NACD April2019 U&C Webinar – Pollinator Conservation

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time, on April 18, 2019 will feature Pollinator Conservation.

 

The Pollinator Stewardship Council will report on an ongoing project, Pollinator Habitat on Three Different Types of Corporate Properties. For four years, Ohio businesses have collaborated with beekeepers to provide pollinator habitat, encourage new beekeepers through 4-H, inspire other businesses and individuals to create habitat and collect data showing the benefit to pollinators.

The West Multnomah SWCD in Oregon has incorporated pollinator habitat into opportune projects throughout the area and trained volunteers to monitor them for pollinators over the past three seasons. Information about this community science model will be shared, including the program’s model, results, lessons learned and resources. The District also developed informative tools such as the Meadowscaping Handbook and Pollinator Bloom Time Chart to help people develop pollinator habitats in urban yards and rural landscapes.

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation 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 - Ponca City
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Monarch Meetup - Ponca City

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

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Watonga
Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Watonga

Free Conservation Locally-Led Workshop & Dinner

Starts at 5:30 PM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OSU Extension

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

  • Healthy Soil = Healthy Food

Hosted by Woodward, Ellis, Dewey, Major & Blaine County Conservation Districts

RSVP by April 10 to P. J. Martin, NRCS, 580-623-8501 ext.3, Phillip.Martin@ok.usda.gov or Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS, 405-612-9331, Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

Open to the Public

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