Pollinator Prairie Seed & Hay - Work & Learn
Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Pollinator Prairie Seed & Hay - Work & Learn

What: Pollinator Prairie Seed & Hay - Work & Learn

In this second workshop, we will see the results of our different land preparation techniques plus introduce our pollinator-friendly plant seed and native grass hay into the landscape.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019 10am-12pm

Where: Bickham-Rudkin Park (Park in roundabout on Pepperdine Ave. next to Whispering Heights Park)

3701 Grandview Terrace

Edmond, OK 73013 

How: To RSVP, please contact Oklahoma County Conservation District at 405-415-4602 or oklahomaccd@conservation.ok.gov        (Limited to the first 20 registrants)

Find more information.

Additional Info:

-Please dress comfortably for the weather, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

-Please bring a reusable water bottle. We will have a water cooler for refilling.

-All the necessary tools will be provided. Feel free to bring your own work gloves if you have them

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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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Monarch License Plate Launch Party
Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Monarch License Plate Launch Party

  • 323 South Grand Avenue Enid, OK, 73701 United States (map)
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Get ready to spread your wings Oklahoma! It's time to celebrate Oklahoma’s newest license plate!

Join The Nature Conservancy, Visit Enid and Okies for Monarchs on November 1 for a street party to kickoff pre-orders for the new monarch specialty license plate!

Pre-order a license plate at the event and get a free packet of pollinator seed mix from Johnston Seed and be entered to win a print of the Enid butterfly mural signed by the artist, Rick Sinnett.

Enjoy Leonardo’s Children’s Museum face painting, kids activities with Okies for Monarchs, drinks and live music by Van Damage. Specialty drink for kids of all ages to benefit Okies for Monarchs.

Let’s get this monarch license plate party started!

ABOUT THE LICENSE PLATE

The cost for a monarch specialty license plate is $38 with $20 from each plate benefiting The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to benefit pollinators in Oklahoma. At the launch party, plates can be paid for by cash or check.

More info,

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Locust Grove Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Nov
2
8:30 AM08:30

Locust Grove Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, November 2 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, November 3 at Wonder City Coffee at 118 E. Main in Locust Grove.

The training on Saturday, November 2 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 3rd. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, November 3 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until October 26*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until October 30 with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until October 26.

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Locust Grove Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Nov
3
8:30 AM08:30

Locust Grove Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, November 2 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, November 3 at Wonder City Coffee at 118 E. Main in Locust Grove.

The training on Saturday, November 2 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 3rd. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, November 3 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until October 26*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until October 30 with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until October 26.

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OACD Area II Meeting -Oklahoma City
Nov
5
8:00 AM08:00

OACD Area II Meeting -Oklahoma City

  • Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (map)
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The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important that we build relationships with new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships. Area Meetings are a great time for elected officials to learn more about OACD and the great work being done in the districts.

The Area II meeting will be hosted by the Oklahoma County Conservation District at the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives located at 2325 E. I-44 Service Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m. This year we'll be doing lightning talks, please see the included handout for more info.

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OACD Area IV Meeting -Fort Cobb
Nov
7
8:00 AM08:00

OACD Area IV Meeting -Fort Cobb

The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important that we build relationships with new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships. Area Meetings are a great time for elected officials to learn more about OACD and the great work being done in the districts.

The Area IV meeting will be hosted by the North Caddo and West Caddo County Conservation Districts at the Caddo Kiowa Technology Center located at 1415 7th St. in Fort Cobb, OK 73038. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m. This year we'll be doing lightning talks, please see the included handout for more info.

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Soil Health & Pollinators
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Soil Health & Pollinators

Wagoner County Conservation District Annual Informational Meeting

“Soil Health & Pollinators”
Plus information of Farm Bill Programs

Featuring Jake Boyett, Soil Scientist, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Amy Seiger, Soil Health Coordinator with Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC)

Dinner provided

For more information and to register please contact:
Rhonda Bowman, District Manager
Wagoner County Conservation District
by Monday, November 4, 2019
918-485-4747 x3
wagonerccd@conservation.ok.gov

More info.

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OACD Area I Meeting - Pond Creek
Nov
13
8:00 AM08:00

OACD Area I Meeting - Pond Creek

The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important that we build relationships with new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships. Area Meetings are a great time for elected officials to learn more about OACD and the great work being done in the districts.

The Area I meeting will be hosted by the Grant County Conservation District at The Family Life Center in Pond Creek, located at 221 S. 2nd St, Pond Creek, OK 73766. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m. This year we'll bedoing lightning talks, please see the included handout for more info.

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OACD Area V Meeting -McAlester
Nov
18
8:00 AM08:00

OACD Area V Meeting -McAlester

The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important that we build relationships with new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships. Area Meetings are a great time for elected officials to learn more about OACD and the great work being done in the districts.

The Area V meeting will be hosted by the Pittsburg County Conservation Districts at the Kiamichi Technology Center located at 301 Kiamichi Dr. in McAlester, OK 74501. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m. This year we'll be doing lightning talks, please see the included handout for more info.

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OACD Area III Meeting -Okmulgee
Nov
21
8:00 AM08:00

OACD Area III Meeting -Okmulgee

  • Green Country Technology Center (map)
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The OACD Area Meetings are one of the few times a year when you can get together with directors and employees from other districts to share ideas and challenges. The meetings are also a chance to learn about state level efforts and to learn about what partners and other conservation districts are doing.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important that we build relationships with new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships. Area Meetings are a great time for elected officials to learn more about OACD and the great work being done in the districts.

The Area III meeting will be hosted by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Conservation District at the Green Country Technology Education Center (part of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education System) located at 1100 OK-56 Loop, Okmulgee, OK 74447. Meeting registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will conclude by 3:00 p.m. This year we'll be doing lightning talks, please see the included handout for more info.

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FSA County Committee Voter Ballots Due
Dec
2
5:00 PM17:00

FSA County Committee Voter Ballots Due

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14, 2019. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.

“I encourage America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve, and represent their community on their county committee,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “There’s an increasing need for diverse representation including underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and minority farmers and ranchers.”

Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community serve on FSA county committees. The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month. Members serve three-year terms. Producers serving on our FSA county committees play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Producers should visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. Check with your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2019.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019. Read more to learn about important election dates.

The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

PLEASE READ: Uniform Guidelines For Conducting Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

Important Election Dates

June 14, 2019

The nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from your local USDA Service Center or download from this site.

Aug. 1, 2019

Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center

Nov. 4, 2019

Ballots mailed to eligible voters

Dec. 2, 2019

Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center

Jan. 1, 2020

Newly elected county committee members take office

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2020 NACD Annual Meeting
Feb
8
to Feb 12

2020 NACD Annual Meeting

  • Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (map)
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NACD is pleased to announce registration for the 74th Annual Meeting is now open! This year's annual meeting is in Las Vegas, Nevada, from Feb. 8-12, 2020 at the Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. With the theme “Conservation Innovation: Working from the Roots Up,” the 2020 NACD Annual Meeting will explore innovative techniques and how they help deliver conservation on the ground.

Find a meeting agenda, hotel details and registration information!

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The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest  Plant & Pint at COOP Ale Works
Oct
16
5:30 PM17:30

The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest Plant & Pint at COOP Ale Works

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating fall with OktoberForest, a collaboration with brewers across the country to raise awareness about the important role that forests play in our water supply. Because it’s simple: If you love beer, you have to love forests.

Note: Participants should be 21+ or older.

Wednesday, October 16

Plant & Pint at COOP Ale Works

4745 Council Heights Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73179

Come out to COOP Ale Works to plant succulents and learn how to care for them.

Registration will be required - more information coming soon!

More info.

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The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest Tree-via Night at Heirloom Rustic Ales
Oct
14
5:30 PM17:30

The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest Tree-via Night at Heirloom Rustic Ales

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating fall with OktoberForest, a collaboration with brewers across the country to raise awareness about the important role that forests play in our water supply. Because it’s simple: If you love beer, you have to love forests.

Note: Participants should be 21+ or older.

Monday, October 14

Tree-via Night at Heirloom Rustic Ales from 6pm-9pm

2113 E Admiral Blvd, Tulsa, OK 74110

Join us for OktoberForest themed trivia while sipping on delicious craft brews!

Exact trivia time, to be determined. Stay tuned! No registration is required.

More info.

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66 Monarchs Fundraiser
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

66 Monarchs Fundraiser

Save the date for 66 Monarchs, a night of conservation conversation and original butterflies art!

Join Okies for Monarchs at the Mother Road Market in Tulsa as they unveil and auction 66 butterfly paintings by artist Chris Mantle. Proceeds will benefit both the Okies for Monarchs education mission AND the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Admission is free. Food & beverages are “buy your own” from one of the dozen vendors inside the market, including a full bar.

Help provide habitat to feed monarchs and ease food insecurity for folks in our community.

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The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest Tree-via Night at Stonecloud Brewing
Oct
7
5:30 PM17:30

The Nature Conservancy's OktoberForest Tree-via Night at Stonecloud Brewing

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating fall with OktoberForest, a collaboration with brewers across the country to raise awareness about the important role that forests play in our water supply. Because it’s simple: If you love beer, you have to love forests.

Note: Participants should be 21+ or older.

Monday, October 7

Tree-via Night at Stonecloud Brewing from 5:30pm-9pm

1012 NW 1st St #101, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Grab your friends and bring your appetites and your thinking caps! Come on over to Stonecloud Brewing for Monday night trivia with an OktoberForest Twist!

A food truck will be will onsite with delicious dinner from 5:30pm-8pm.

Trivia will be played 7pm-9pm.

No registration required.

More info.

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Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Oct
6
8:30 AM08:30

Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University (map)
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Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, October 5 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 6 at Northwester Oklahoma State University in the Science Building, Room SC 208 in Alva.

The training on Saturday, October 5 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will receive at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 5th. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, October 6 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until September 28*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until October 2nd with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!
What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov
What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until Septmeber 28.

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Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Oct
5
8:30 AM08:30

Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, October 5 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, October 6 at Northwester Oklahoma State University in the Science Building, Room SC 208 in Alva.

More info.

The training on Saturday, October 5 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will receive at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 5th. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, October 6 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until September 28*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until October 2nd with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!
What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov
What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until Septmeber 28.

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Pollinator Challenge Mini-grant Application Deadline
Oct
1
5:00 PM17:00

Pollinator Challenge Mini-grant Application Deadline

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) is excited to announce that we will be awarding ten (10) mini-grants of $500 to conservation districts who wish to work on pollinator habitat, pollinator education, and outreach efforts.

To apply for a mini-grant, the district must complete the following:

1. A pollinator project form application [Download Form]

2. Sign up 25 individuals for the Okies for Monarch Pledge [Download pledge]

3. Be a current member of OACD

4. Bee willing to create a buzz about pollinators in your community

Applications are due for the mini-grants on October 1, 2019. A committee of OACD board members will select the 10 project ideas that will receive the mini-grants. We’ll announce the winners at the 2019 Area Meetings in the Fall and present the checks.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Blaney at 517-763-8609 or sarahblaney@okconservation.org

We are looking forward to your great project ideas!

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Pollinator Prairie Land Preparation - Work & Learn
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Pollinator Prairie Land Preparation - Work & Learn

Join Oklahoma County Conservation District & the City of Edmond for a two-part workshop series on urban pollinator prairie establishment at Bickham-Rudkin Park.

What: Pollinator Prairie Land Preparation - Work & Learn

In this first workshop we’ll learn different techniques to prepare your land for native pollinator plants in the landscape. We will be utilizing different methods to control existing vegetation to make room for a diversity of new native pollinator-friendly plants.

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019 10am-12pm

Where: Bickham-Rudkin Park (Park in roundabout on Pepperdine Ave. next to Whispering Heights Park)

3701 Grandview Terrace

Edmond, OK 73013

How: To RSVP, please contact Oklahoma County Conservation District at 405-415-4602 or oklahomaccd@conservation.ok.gov        (Limited to the first 20 registrants)

Find more information.

Additional Info:

-Please dress comfortably for the weather, and wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.

-Please bring a reusable water bottle. We will have a water cooler for refilling.

-All the necessary tools will be provided. Feel free to bring your own work gloves if you have them.

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Plant Identification Field Day
Sep
20
8:30 AM08:30

Plant Identification Field Day

  • Okfuskee County Extension Center (map)
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Find out what plants are growing in your pasture!

  • Hands-on Plant Identification

  • Soil Health

  • Indicator Species

Learn more about improving your land!

This workshop will provide information for Muscogee (Creek) citizens about conservation and production agriculture programs. We want to help you own, operate, and retain your own farm/ranch.

Please RSVP: 918-549-2609

Lunch provided

More info.

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Okies for Monarchs Pints for Pollinators
Sep
12
5:00 PM17:00

Okies for Monarchs Pints for Pollinators

Free Beer & Discounted Gear!

Come out Thursday, Sept. 12 for a beer or two, great wildlife conversations, gear advice from the Gearhead Outfitters staff experts, and 15% off your entire purchase!

Yes. Any purchase. No exclusions. Online orders made & paid at the counter as well. Includes Yeti, Chacos, Fayettechill, Patagonia, North Face, Birkenstock, Merrell and many, many more of the most trusted, high-quality brands for your urban or outback adventures.

Join fellow outdoor enthusiasts for a casual, come-and-go “happy hour” in midtown Tulsa at Gearhead Outfitters’ first Oklahoma location (in Utica Square) from 5-7p.m.

A $20 ticket (purchased in advance) includes two complimentary beers from Cabin Boys Brewey and the “Okies” discount on all your wardrobe, accessory or gear purchases.

Plus, the evening provides you the unique opportunity to chat with Matt Fullerton, endangered & threatened species biologist from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife!

This limited-attendance event is for 115 passionate conservation friends. RSVP today...tickets will go fast. Can’t wait to see you there!

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Pontotoc County Grazing for Profits Workshop
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Pontotoc County Grazing for Profits Workshop

  • Pontotoc County Technology Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join local producers and professional for a coffee shop talk about their success and struggles with grazing.

Plans: Grazing 365- Covers, Reduce Cost, Resilience

Demos: Pasture Sticks, Fencing, Water

Lunch and pasture sticks will be provided.

Please RSVP by Aug. 30 to Pontotoc County NRCS office at 580-332-3905 ext.3. or rebekah.morris@usda.gov.

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Feral Hog Management, Soil Health & Farm Record Keeping Free Workshop and Lunch
Sep
5
9:30 AM09:30

Feral Hog Management, Soil Health & Farm Record Keeping Free Workshop and Lunch

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

Presented by the Choctaw Nation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other conservation partners.

Featuring:

  • Kendall Carpenter, Choctaw Nation, and Raymond Ludlow, Choctaw Nation, “Feral Hog Management and Technical Assistance”

  • Emmlie Bragg, Choctaw Nation, “Impacts Feral Hogs Have on Soil Health”

  • J.J. Jones, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, “manual farm record keeping, Quicken overview and components of Schedule F”

  • Steve Alspach, NRCS, Colin Walden, NRCS and Greg Scott, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, “Managing for Soil Health”

There will also be several other speakers offering updates.

Please RSVP by August 29. If reasonable accommodation is needed please notify when you RSVP to Tonee Wolf, twolf@choctawnation.com, (580) 775-5229 or Derek Kelso, NRCS, derek.kelso@usda.gov, (580) 889-2554, ext. 3. RSVPs may also be emailed to carol.crouch@usda.gov .

Who: Open to the Public

When: 10 a.m., September 5. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.) – Please RSVP by August 29.

Where: Choctaw Nation Community Center, 1203 W Liberty, Atoka, OK 74525.

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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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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.

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REWILDING OKLAHOMA – A Symposium for People, Places & Pollinators
Aug
28
8:00 AM08:00

REWILDING OKLAHOMA – A Symposium for People, Places & Pollinators

Please join the founders of the Oklahoma Monarch & Pollinator Collaborative, and pollinator champions from across the state for REWILDING OKLAHOMA, a day-long Symposium highlighting statewide successes in pollinator conservation. The event will include presentations from pollinator partners across Oklahoma, including Okies for Monarchs, The Nature Conservancy, Pheasants Forever, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and more. Acclaimed author, Benjamin Vogt, will deliver the keynote address and will be available to autograph copies of his newest book, “A New Garden Ethic: Cultivating Defiant Compassion for an Uncertain Future“.

This event is for everyone, from the least to most experienced in pollinator gardening and large-scale land management. Our guest speaker will dissect the “why” of traditional residential and urban landscaping and challenge us to re-think development design for people and pollinators. Our Okie experts will delve into trees, tribes, the tallgrass prairie and even tourism as we explore Oklahoma’s role today and tomorrow in saving the monarch butterfly and help all interconnected declining native species.

Your registration includes a catered lunch from the Oklahoma City Zoo. Vendors from across the state will be on site with materials and ways to engage in pollinator conservation in Oklahoma.

Event sponsorships are now open.

Registration/ticket prices will increase after July 28th.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: rban Water Management Tools
Aug
15
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: rban Water Management Tools

Urban Water Management Tools is the focus of the NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time on August 15, 2019. 

The Eaton Conservation District in Michigan will present their state Water Stewardship Program Website (www.miwaterstewardship.org), which evolved in 2010 out of the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program. This website is a resource for all Michigan residents to learn how to protect their water resources. It is separated into three target audiences: residents, youth and educators. Within each topic are tools and resources to help the audience understand water quality and ways to protect it. The site also features sections on local resources and green news. Interesting analytics of the first nine years will be discussed along with the process of launching a new updated website.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will showcase the ‘How’s My Waterway 2.0’ application that is currently under development and expected to be released later this year. This tool provides information about the conditions of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the U.S. It is based on data states have provided to EPA on a two-year cycle as well as information about water quality monitoring, restoration plans and drinking water. How’s My Waterway is being designed to answer the questions: “How’s My Drinking Water”, “Can I Fish” and “Can I Swim”.

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, go online at https://nacdnet.z2systems.com/eventReg.jsp?event=72&. If you have difficulty, send an email to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org.

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Tulsa Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Aug
11
8:30 AM08:30

Tulsa Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, August 10 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, August 11 at Riverfield Country Day School at 2433 W 61st in Tulsa.

The training on Saturday, August 10 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 5th. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, August 11 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until August 3rd*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until August 7th with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until August 7.

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Regenerating Our Local Communities Field Day - Estelline, SD
Aug
10
2:00 PM14:00

Regenerating Our Local Communities Field Day - Estelline, SD

Learn more about regenerative methods that work!

Speakers include:

Will Harris, White Oaks Pastures, Bluffton, GA
Radically Traditional Farming

Steve Tucker, Venango, NE
Farming For Profit Regeneratively: Crossing Regions

Round Table Discussion with members of the Blue Dasher Farm “Soil Builders” Coffee Club

Free, locally-catered supper to follow for 200 attendees.

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NE Corner of exit 157 on I-29 (The Brandt exit; wood house with purple roof)

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Tulsa Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Aug
10
8:30 AM08:30

Tulsa Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, August 10 and 8:30am to 4:30pm on Sunday, August 11 at Riverfield Country Day School at 2433 W 61st in Tulsa.

The training on Saturday, August 10 will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for the Stream Monitoring Training, scheduled for the next day in the same location. If you are not interested in monitoring but want to be a volunteer educator or learn about other ways to volunteer or just learn about the Blue Thumb program in general, you will only need to attend this one-day training on the 5th. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, August 11 will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. For new volunteers who have only taken the one-day introduction to Blue Thumb Training, this monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek. All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day's training.

*Refunds will be available until August 3rd*

**If you miss the sign up, and would still like to participate, tickets will be available for an extra $5.00 charge until August 7th with no refund**

FAQs

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is free! There will be a short trip to a local creek, but carpooling is encouraged!

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a lunch, shoes and clothes that can get wet and dirty, and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Waders can be borrowed if you would like to do so.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until August 7.

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Central Oklahoma Soil Health Seminar
Aug
9
8:30 AM08:30

Central Oklahoma Soil Health Seminar

  • Redlands Community College Darlington Chapel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Dr. David Montgomery, nationally acclaimed author of the book Growing a Revolution: Bringing our Soil Back to Life will be the headline speaker of the next Central Oklahoma Soil Health Seminar to be held Friday, August 9th at the Redlands Community College Darlington Ag Campus at El Reno Oklahoma.  The Seminar is part of the soil health outreach efforts of Redlands Community College and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub and will be co-hosted by Sure Crop Fertilizer, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and the Oklahoma Land Stewardship Alliance. 

A MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies.  The author of several popular books, his latest work Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life outlines Dr. Montgomery’s travels around the United States and the world, meeting farmers and ranchers at the forefront of the soil health movement and showing how minimizing tillage, planting cover crops, and growing a diversity of crops can restore fertility to the land, help feed the world, cool the planet, reduce pollution, and return profitability to farming and ranching.

Additional speakers at the seminar include Dr. Cait Rottler, USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub Research Fellow, on her work analyzing the effects of land treatment practices on Southern Plains soil, Mr. Cory Schurman, National Sales Manager Sure Crop Fertilizers, on factors affecting nutrient efficiency Jim Johnson with the Noble Research Institute on the effectiveness of grazing cover crops and a producer perspective on soil health practices and their effect on the overall health of their operation.

Registration for the seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Redlands Community College Darlington Chapel located at 5005 Darlington Rd, three miles north and three miles west of El Reno.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by August 2nd by contacting Clay Pope at 405-699-2087 or by e-mail at claygpope@gmail.com. There is no charge for the meeting. Lunch will be provided courtesy of Sure Crop Fertilizer

For more information, contact Clay Pope at 405-699-2087 or by e-mail at claygpope@gmail.com

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Make Your Land Work for You: Muscogee Creek Nation Conservation Workshop
Aug
2
8:30 AM08:30

Make Your Land Work for You: Muscogee Creek Nation Conservation Workshop

  • College of the Muscogee Nation, Student Center Rm 107 & 108 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn more about improving your land

This workshop will provide information for Muscogee (Creek) citizens about conservation and production agriculture programs. We want to help you own, operate, and retain your own farm/ranch.

  • Learn About Federal and State Programs

  • Youth opportunities in Agriculture

  • Soil Health

  • Share Ideas with Other Ag Producers

Please RSVP: 918-549-2609

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FSA County Committee Nominations Deadline
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

FSA County Committee Nominations Deadline

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14, 2019. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.

“I encourage America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve, and represent their community on their county committee,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “There’s an increasing need for diverse representation including underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and minority farmers and ranchers.”

Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community serve on FSA county committees. The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month. Members serve three-year terms. Producers serving on our FSA county committees play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Producers should visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. Check with your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2019.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019. Read more to learn about important election dates.

The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

PLEASE READ: Uniform Guidelines For Conducting Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

Important Election Dates

June 14, 2019

The nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from your local USDA Service Center or download from this site.

Aug. 1, 2019

Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center

Nov. 4, 2019

Ballots mailed to eligible voters

Dec. 2, 2019

Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center

Jan. 1, 2020

Newly elected county committee members take office

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OTCAC, NRCS and Cherokee Nation Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch
Jul
30
9:30 AM09:30

OTCAC, NRCS and Cherokee Nation Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

Doing the right thing is always great. However, doing the right thing the simple way is even better. Join the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Cherokee Nation for a FREE Conservation Workshop and Lunch on July 30, in Tahlequah.

At the workshop, there will be a soil health demonstration, information on farm record keeping and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) eligibility requirements for tribes, tribal members, farmers and ranchers.

Blane Stacy of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) is scheduled to provide a Soil Health Demonstration with a rainfall simulator.

Troy Marshall, Oklahoma State Statistician for USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, will provide information as will Amanda Stanford of NRCS.

Katie Waltman, county executive director at Farm Service Agency (FSA), will talk about “Farm Service Agency Eligibility Requirements” and Scott Clawson of Oklahoma State University will share information on record keeping topics.

NRCS partners for the workshop include, OTCAC, the Cherokee Nation, OSU Extension and USDA NRCS, NASS and FSA.

Please RSVP by July 25.

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

Who: Open to the Public

When: 10 a.m., July 30. (Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.) – Please RSVP by July 25.

Where: Cherokee Nation Community Ballroom, 17675 S Muskogee, Tahlequah, OK.

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Cedar Control and Grasses Workshop
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Cedar Control and Grasses Workshop

Plan now to attend the Oklahoma County Conservation District’s “Cedar Control and Grasses ” event scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. July 25 at 3-R Farms in Edmond.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about: Native plant identification; how plants work together; beneficial plants for livestock; beneficial plants for pollinators, and will get to watch a cedar clipper demonstration.

Plus, bring your own plant for ID and include the root. Also, please bring a lawn chair. Water will be provided.

3-R Farms is located ¾ of a mile east of the intersection of North Hiwassee Road and East 164th St./East 15th St., Edmond, OK, 73049.

Partners for the event include, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by July 22, by calling (405) 415-4602 or emailing oklahomaccd@conservation.ok.gov .

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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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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Urban Soil Health
Jul
18
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Urban Soil Health

The soil health initiative of the Marion County SWCD in Indiana provides technical, financial and educational services to small farmers and gardeners in Indianapolis. The District will share its experiences in implementing the program and take a look at how cover crops, mulching, reduced tillage and accompanying conservation practices are being utilized in Indianapolis urban agriculture.

The Benton SWCD in Oregon works with the Willamette Valley Regenerative Landscape Coalition, a group of volunteer landscape professionals and scientists, to promote, advocate and provide guidance for landscaping practices that build soil health. Learn how the group’s presentations, workshop sessions and webpage inspire urbanites and local agency staff to adopt regenerative soil management. Recently, the group has launched a 5-part blog series and their C-Questers campaign to raise awareness of how gardens sequester carbon.

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, go online at https://nacdnet.z2systems.com/eventReg.jsp?event=67&. If you have difficulty, send an email to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org.

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Lincoln County Pasture & Range Tour
Jul
18
9:00 AM09:00

Lincoln County Pasture & Range Tour

Registration: 9:00 A.M – 9:30 A.M

Where: Registrations at Tour Stop #1, Wade Helm Farm

Location: From the intersection of Hwy 18 and Hwy 66 in Chandler, go North on Hwy 18 approximately 7 miles, turn East (right) on 830 Road. (Approximately 6 miles south of Agra)

Pre-register by Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Please call, Heather Layman with the Lincoln County Conservation District
(405)258-5011 or (405)258-1405 ext. 3

LUNCH: PROVIDED & PREPARED BY FARM CREDIT SERVICES

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