Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School
Dec
11
to Dec 12

Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School

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Hear from some the best scientist and extension specialists in the region!

Topics will include:

  • The Pesticide Complaint Process

  • Bt Resistance

  • Cotton and Soybean Diseases

  • Teff production

  • Dealing with Purric Acid in forages

  • Soybean population research

  • Review from Dr. Romullo Lollato of what the Kansas wheat yield contest winners did

  • Soil health testing

  • What happens when we delay N application in wheat

The WCS is a great opportunity for CCAs, agronomists and producers to learn about the latest research and management strategies for crop and forage production in the southern Great Plains. For CCAs there will be approximately 4 credits offered in Integrated Pest Management, 4 credits in Crop Management, 2 Credits in Nutrient Management, and 2 credits in Soil and Water Conservation. For Certified Applicators, there will be approximately 4 ODAFF CEUs offered.

In conjunction with the WCS, a CCA Exam prep course will be offered on the afternoon of the 12th.

Registration
Early-Bird Registration is $125 per person.
After December 4, the cost goes up to $200.
Register online here.

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The location has moved from the Wes Watkins Center to the Student Union. Parking will be provided in the fourth avenue garage, located across the street south of the Student Union. Do not park in reserved spaces. If attendees wish to park in the Student Union parking garage, they will have to pay the parking fee.

OSU faculty and staff will need to use your own permits and park in appropriate lots per OSU parking policy.

OSU Parking Map https://parking.okstate.edu/parking-map (lot 112G)

Tuesday night’s reception will be held in the State room at the Atherton.

Hotel

Hotel rooms available at the Atherton for the rate of $93.

To Make reservations call: (405)744-6835 and give group code Winter Crop.

Hotel Reservation deadline is November 15th.

If you have any registration questions or need other hotel information please contact:
Stacy Payne, Ag Conferences
405-744-6489

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Nature-Based Communities: A Citizen-Led Initiative
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Nature-Based Communities: A Citizen-Led Initiative

Imagine cities that are not apart from nature—but a part of nature.

It’s happening right here in Oklahoma. Come out and meet Oklahomans who are making our communities greener, and as a result, healthier and more livable for everyone.

Join The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma on December 13 at VZD’s in Oklahoma City to learn from residents, community partners, and decision-makers who are taking action for people and nature to thrive together. This interactive event will feature projects from alumni of the Oklahoma Conservation Leadership Academy (OCLA), as well as a panel discussion with local experts. We’ll also have complimentary appetizers and drinks available and encourage you to bring a friend.

The OCLA aims to inspire innovation, cultivate meaningful and lasting relationships, and provide resources necessary for members to lead the way in nature-based solutions to help combat challenges in their communities.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

Register

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar
Dec
20
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar

The Rockingham County Conservation District in New Hampshire installed demonstration Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB), a new passive technology used to control nitrogen with a formulation of wood chips, exchange media, and sand or gravel to transform inorganic nitrogen to nitrogen gas. This technology can be used in conjunction with an existing or new septic system to prevent nitrogen migration to sensitive watershed areas. A groundwater monitoring program was used to evaluate the effectiveness of this technology at a small residential and larger community septic system.

In Wichita, Kansas, sandy soils have been mined for commercial purposes, resulting in a sand pit that fills with groundwater. Stormwater drains into the resulting lake from the residential lawns, parking lots, driveways and roads. The Sedgwick County Conservation District along with partnering agencies set up monitoring wells to determine whether pollutants carried by runoff into sand pits affect the quality of the groundwater and to help identify appropriate best management practices to address this.

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

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EQIP Application Deadline
Dec
21
5:00 PM17:00

EQIP Application Deadline

Applications for participation in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, or EQIP, are due by Friday, December 21st, 2018. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA-NRCS) State Conservationist for Oklahoma, Gary O’Neill, encourages eligible producers and landowners to submit their applications and inquiries to their local USDA Field Service Center by the December 21st deadline to be considered for the current sign-up period.

“EQIP is a great program for any producer or landowner that wants to target a natural resource concern they have on their land,” said O’Neill. “Voluntary conservation programs like EQIP continue to prove that agricultural producers are doing their part to improve their soil, water and air quality without regulations.”

EQIP provides producers and landowners with financial and technical assistance to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, air and other related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forest land.

NRCS accepts EQIP applications year-round but, deadlines are set periodically to consider eligible applications for funding. Applications submitted after the December 21st deadline will be considered for funding during later funding opportunities. To be considered for funding producers or landowners must submit a completed program application, establish farm records and provide other documents that support eligibility to be considered for financial assistance through EQIP. All applications will be considered without discrimination or bias.

“Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers have always been committed to conservation. I urge all producers to get their applications in by December 21st and continue Oklahoma’s commitment to voluntary, local conservation,” said O’Neill.

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NACD Bylaw Resolution Submission Deadline
Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Bylaw Resolution Submission Deadline

The NACD Bylaws also provide that state associations, region boards, national foundation committees, and the executive board may file with the CEO of NACD, at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting of the board, copies of any resolutions those bodies have adopted for consideration by the full board at the annual meeting. The Resolutions Committee will review such resolutions for the purpose of combining similar resolutions and/or rejecting resolutions that are not of national or significant regional scope, are inaccurate or not germane to conservation or district operations, and/or are not submitted in the proper format. The policy development process is described in detail in the attached paper. This briefing paper provides information on what type of resolutions will be considered by the national board, how to prepare resolutions, when to submit them, and how they are handled. In order for a resolution to be presented to the NACD Board, the sponsor(s) must meet the requirements on pages 3-4 of this document. We are requiring the attached Submittal Form be used for all resolutions to ensure background is separated from the actual resolution, the meeting and date the resolution was adopted by the sponsor are provided, and an authorized signature is given. Although the deadline for submitting resolutions for the 2019 Annual Meeting is December 31, 2018, we’d greatly appreciate your submissions as early as possible. As in past years, only those associations whose annual meetings are held in January will be able to submit resolutions later if done so promptly.

Send all bylaws amendments and resolutions to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org or mail to NACD, PO Box 621147, Littleton CO 80162-1147.

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OACDE District Employee of the Year Submission Deadline
Dec
31
5:00 PM17:00

OACDE District Employee of the Year Submission Deadline

It is time again to send in nominations for District Employee of the Year.  The district employee must be a current member of OACDE. 

The member status can be checked by contacting Mari'a Simpson at Cotton County Conservation District -cottonccd@conservation.ok.gov.

The nomination must be sent to Coleta Bratten at Deweyccd@conservation.ok.gov or mailed to Dewey County Conservation District, PO Box 36, Taloga, OK 73667 by December 31, 2019. 

If you have any questions please contact Coleta at 580-328-5366.

Nomination Form

PAST OACDE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Sue Harper 2000
Diana Ehlers 2001
Fredia Rice 2002
Carolyn Tucker 2003
Rita Niece 2004
Paula Templeton 2005
Iris Imler 2006
Brad Hamilton 2007
Reva Maddux 2008
Jolene Sparks 2009
Coleta Bratten 2010
Becky Inmon 2011
Susan Henning 2012
Bobby Fain 2013
Jo Callison 2014
Nena Wells 2015
Brenda Waltman 2016
Shirley Hudson 2017
Cindy Bierig 2018

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Fire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School
Jan
5
8:30 AM08:30

Fire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School

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  • Using prescribed fire and other fuel load suppression techniques to help reduce the risk of wildfire

  • Live demonstration of burning a "black line" fire break around Concho using prescribed fire--essentially fighting fire with fire (Weather permitting)

  • Lunch provided

RSVP by December 21 to Clay Pope at 405-699-2087 or claygpope@gmail.com

Record-breaking wildfires have plagued the Southern Plains for the past three years. During this time period, unusually wet summers combined with unseasonably mild winters have resulted in increased vegetative growth, creating the conditions for devastating wildfires. In an effort to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities deal with these conditions, The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Redlands Community College, Oklahoma State University, the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, the Noble Research Institute, The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Prescribed Fire Council, The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service have joined forces to host a wildfire fuel suppression training school on Jan. 5 from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Community Center in Concho, Oklahoma.

This event, according to John Weir, associate extension prescribed fire specialist at Oklahoma State University, is designed to help landowners, local fire departments and community leaders consider prescribed fire as a tool to help reduce wildfire danger.

“For three years in a row we have seen an increase in the severity of our fire season,” Weir said. “We need to be thinking about strategies now to help reduce this fuel load and protect our farmsteads and rural communities from the danger of wildfire. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most effective strategies is to use prescribed fire on the land.”

According to Weir, by implementing prescribed fire as a tool to control fuel load, individuals and communities can reduce the danger of out-of-control wildfires later on. By doing targeted “black line” burns around communities and structures when conditions permit, burn associations and fire departments can work together to provide additional protection to homes and businesses. As part of the training school, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes will be burning “black lines” around the town of Concho itself in partnership with local prescribed burn associations.

According to Nathan Hart, executive director of the Department of Business for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, this effort will both protect the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal headquarters at Concho and provide an excellent demonstration of the protection prescribed fire can help provide.

“Burning a fire break around a town is a great strategy to help protect those communities from wildfire later on,” Hart said. “Our hope is that by conducting this training school at Concho, we will spur additional partnerships between burn associations and local volunteer fire departments in using prescribed fire as a tool to fight wildfire.”

Dr. David Brown, director of the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, noted how this event is part Hub’s mission to help agriculture producers and rural communities deal with extreme weather events.

“Recent wildfires have impacted a multitude of production systems in our Southern Plains region. This training school is an example of putting tools and strategies in the hands of land managers to help deal with the negative impacts of extreme weather and climate events.”

The training school will start at 8:30am on January 5th at the Cheyenne and Arapaho Community Center located at 300 Black Kettle Drive in Concho, Oklahoma (7 miles north of El Reno on Highway 81) and will be free to the public with a meal provided by Oklahoma AgCredit. Those wishing to attend are requested to RSVP by December 21 in order to determine the headcount for the meal. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Clay Pope at 405-699-2087 or claygpope@gmail.com.

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No-till on the Plains Pre-conference Workshop: Reducing the Fertilizer Budget
Jan
28
8:00 AM08:00

No-till on the Plains Pre-conference Workshop: Reducing the Fertilizer Budget

No-till on the Plains is offering a new workshop just prior to the 23rd annual Winter Conference. This is a unique opportunity for producers to take an in-depth look between fertilizer, plant health and soil health. Conducted by educator Joel Williams, the day-long workshop Reducing the Fertilizer Budget will be held in the Century II Convention Center on January 28. 2018.

Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator, a healthy soils advocate and presenter on soil biology, plant nutrition and integrated approaches of sustainable farming. Joel has worked on conventional and organic farms improving biological farming practices in Australia and the UK, integrating soil chemical and biological assessments along with plant nutritional analysis as a joined-up strategy for plant management.

“Over the last ten years my observations and experience with agriculture soils convince me we are underselling the value of the biology” Williams says. “Gaining a greater understanding of the benefits to crops from the biological community is the best way for producers to become more efficient with their inputs”.

The workshop will be an intensive day covering the following topics:

  • Soils in Transition: Improving Input Efficiencies and Unlocking Soil Nutrients

  • Leveraging Existing Soil Fertility and Optimizing Purchased Inputs

  • Nutrient Behavior in Soils

  • Carbon-input Complexes, Improving Input Efficiency

  • Foliar Applications – Tips for a Top Response

  • The Living Soil and Organic Carbon: The Centerpiece of Soil Health

  • Ecological Succession and Fungal, Bacterial Balance

  • Integrated Pest Management: Understanding Plant Health and Resilience

  • Understanding the Nutritional Drivers of Plant Immunity

  • Disease Management, Novel Approaches to Managing Plant Immune Responses

  • Plant Health and Nitrogen Management – Not Enough or Too Much?

  • Weeds as Indictors: Fungal Bacterial Ratio, Detoxifying Herbicide

Cost $200, includes lunch

Learn more and register online.

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No-till on the Plains Winter Soil Health Conference
Jan
29
to Jan 30

No-till on the Plains Winter Soil Health Conference

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Registration is now open for the 23rd annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference. Online registration is open for growers, industry partners and soil health enthusiasts to attend the popular soil health expo and educational event. The Conference will take place January 29-30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Convention Center, Wichita, Kan. This annual event offers great networking opportunities for attendees, and Wichita offers ample entertainment and dining options. Registration is available at www.notill.org

In its 23rd year, the Conference continues to offer international, national and state experts focused on improved soil health systems for increased farm profit. The 2019 Winter Conference features a line-up of farmers, soil health researchers and conservation professionals aiming to share their expertise and knowledge with attendees.

Registration for the No-till on the Plains Conference is available now online at notill.org. The Winter Conference registration price is $275. Walk-ins are welcome but rates increase closer to the event date. Registration rates are also available in packages for those who want to attend the Beginner’s Session and the Winter Conference together or the Winter Conference and AIM Symposium in tandem. Discounted rooms rates are available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

This year’s speaker lineup features author and geologist, Dr. David Montgomery and his wife Anne Biklé, an author and biologist. The team’s presentation will focus on their most recent book, The Hidden Half of Nature, bringing attention to the similarities between plant roots and the human gut systems. Internationally known conservationist Jay Fuhrer from Bismarck North Dakota will also be a General Session speaker. Jay will share his lifetime of experiences improving soil health and the innovations he has helped create on the Menoken farm, a conservation demonstration site in central North Dakota.

The diverse lineup of speakers this year also includes: Bryan Jorgensen, producer from North Dakota; Grant Sims, producer from Victoria Australia; Dr. Kristine Nichols, soil microbiologist; Dr. Christine Jones, soil ecologist from Australia; Adam Daugherty, soil conservationist, from Coffee county Tennessee, and Adam Chappell, producer from Cotton Plant, Ark.

Attendees have several options to attend additional soil health workshops before and after the Conference. On Monday January 28th, A beginner’s level event, Discover Soil Health, is being offered for individuals looking for the basics of getting started with no-till and improved soil health.  Also on the 28th is a new offering of more advanced information, Reducing the Fertilizer Budget, Integrating Nutrition and Biology Towards Plant and Soil Health. This day-long session is presented by Joel Williams. Finally, on January 31, is the Agriculture’s Innovations Minds Symposium. This year the AIM Symposium explores topics like nutrient density in food, markets for regenerative agriculture products and making the most of each acre. Certified Crop Advisor Credits will also be available for conference attendees.

Sponsors for the 2019 Winter Conference are: Green Cover Seed, Farmers Business Network, General Mills Exapta Solutions, The Globetrotter Foundation and the Ceres Trust.  All of these generous sponsors will be available to attendees throughout the Conference.

Visit notill.org or call (785) 307-0433 for registration information. Pre-registration online is encouraged.

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NACD Annual Meeting
Feb
2
to Feb 6

NACD Annual Meeting

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This year's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, from Feb. 2-6, 2019 at the Marriott Rivercenter. With the theme “Mission Focused: Fulfilling Our Legacy,” the 2019 NACD Annual Meeting will celebrate the history of the tricentennial city, the conservation movement and the leaders who make natural resource conservation possible on every acre.

Registering online saves you $15 – just sign in to your NACD account to complete your registration (click “Forgot Password” to reset your password or check if you have an account). While you register online, you can also become a Friend of NACD and order a commemorative 2019 Annual Meeting t-shirt.

The 2019 NACD Annual Meeting will be hosted in partnership with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ASWCD) at the Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio, next to the Riverwalk. The room rate is $214 per night, plus tax. Make your reservations before Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, online or by calling 1-800-648-4462 and saying you are with the NACD Annual Meeting.

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NACD Spring Fly-in
Mar
13
8:00 PM20:00

NACD Spring Fly-in

The 2019 NACD Spring Fly-In is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Every spring, NACD invites its members to join our staff in Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of conservation districts on Capitol Hill. This year’s NACD Fly-In was held March 20, 2018, uniting 150 conservation district officials from across the nation.

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NACD Bylaw Amendments Submission Deadline
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Bylaw Amendments Submission Deadline

Under the NACD Bylaws, the NACD Board of Directors, region boards, the executive board, and state associations of conservation districts may submit proposed by-law amendments for consideration by the Board. Proposed bylaw amendments must be submitted in writing to the members of the Board of Directors through the respective state association or region board, directly or through the CEO of NACD, at least 60 days prior to the meeting of the Board at which the proposed amendment will be voted upon. Proposed amendments must include the date or time at which the amendment would become effective if adopted.

Send all bylaws amendments and resolutions to deb-bogar@nacdnet.org or mail to NACD, PO Box 621147, Littleton CO 80162-1147.

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Area V Meeting
Nov
15
8:00 AM08:00

Area V Meeting

We hope you’ll join us on Thursday November 15, 2018 for the OACD Area V meeting. 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. As a fellow director, I want to strongly encourage you to attend your area meeting.

Please invite your locally elected officials to attend. It is especially important this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area V meeting will be hosted by the Little River Conservation District at the Museum of the Red River located at 812 E Lincoln Rd. Idabel, OK 74745. 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.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Frank Acker by October 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Frank Acker at Little River CD at 580-286-7645or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

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Area III Meeting
Nov
13
8:00 AM08:00

Area III Meeting

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We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 for the OACD Area III meeting. 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 this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area III meeting will be hosted by the Mayes County Conservation District at the Mid America Industrial Park Expo Center located at 725 Webb Street, Chouteau, OK 74337. 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.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Jo Callison by October 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Jo Callison at Craig County CD at 918-256-5647 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms.  Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

Directions

Please note: One of the entrances will be closed to the EXPO. Please enter off Highway 69. Download map.

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Area IV Meeting
Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

Area IV Meeting


We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the OACD Area IV meeting.  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 this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area IV meeting will be hosted by the Custer County Conservation District & the Upper Washita Conservation District at the Frisco Conference Center located at 101 S. 4th St, Clinton, OK 73601. 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.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, John D. Butchee by October 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either John D. Butchee at Jackson  County CD at 580-482-4312 ext. 3 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

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Area II Meeting
Nov
5
8:00 AM08:00

Area II Meeting

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We hope you’ll join us on Monday, November 5, 2018 for the OACD Area II meeting. 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 this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area II meeting will be hosted by the Kay County Conservation District at the Oklahoma Association of Electrical Cooperatives 2325 E. I-44 Service Road in Oklahoma City. 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.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Tammy Curry by OCTOBER 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Tammy Curry at Murray County CD at 580-622-3913 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

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

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, November 3rd at the Westside Branch YMCA at 5400 S Olympia Ave in Tulsa.

The training 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 and also register for the 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.

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NACD Officer Candidate Application Deadline
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Officer Candidate Application Deadline

The NACD Nominating Committee would like to announce that there will be an election during the 2019 NACD Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas to be held February 1-7, 2019. The purpose of the election will be to fill the positions of First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.

The major qualifications for nominees requires that the person serve on a local conservation district board at the time of election. Each position serves for a term of two years at which time the candidate can run for election to a higher office, or in the case of Secretary-Treasurer, the option of being elected to a second term.

Candidates will be required to submit an application to include a letter of intent and resume to the nominating committee by Friday, November 2, 2018. The letter of intent shall include the position in which the candidate is willing to serve and that they have a clear understanding of the duties and time commitment of the position.

All district officials interested in becoming a candidate should submit a complete application by Friday, November 2, 2018. Nominations should be sent to the attention of Jeremy Peters at jeremy-peters@nacdnet.org or by fax to (202) 547-6450. All applications will be notified of receipt.

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Area I Meeting
Nov
2
8:00 AM08:00

Area I Meeting

We hope you’ll join us on Friday, November 2, 2018 for the OACD Area I meeting. 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 this year with so many newly elected state representatives and senators. To keep up our momentum from last year’s legislative session, we need to build relationships with these new elected officials and continue fostering our existing relationships.

The Area I meeting will be hosted by the Woodward County Conservation District at the High Plains Technology Center located at 3921 34th St., Woodward, OK 73801. 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.

Registration: The registration fee will be $38.00 per person and includes lunch.  NRCS employees must sign in at the meeting, but will not pay the registration fee.  The NRCS State Office will be billed directly for all NRCS employees who attend.  Guests, spouses and speech contestants must pay a $15.00 luncheon fee. These individuals will not be charged to attend.  We must know in advance how many will be attending the luncheon.  Please get a count of all from your district and indicate the number on the pre-registration form.  If a cancellation notice is not given to the host district 72 hours in advance, you will be charged for the full cost of the registration.

Youth Contests will be coordinated by the District Employees Association.  Send all posters and essays, along with entry forms and speech contestants’ entry forms to your OACDE Area Director, Judy Johnson by OCTOBER 15th.  Please, do not send these entries to OCC or OACD.  If you have questions concerning the youth contests, please contact either Judy Johnson at Grant County CD at 580-395-2324 ext. 3 or Patty Underhill at the Caney Valley Conservation District 918-331-9800. Please try to register the children attending the youth luncheon on your form. If you get late registrations and you know they will be present at the awards, please let Patty or your OACDE representative know.

Conservation Awards are due two weeks prior to your area meeting. All submissions for outstanding director and cooperator must be completed using the online forms. Outstanding district awards will be decided using annual reports that are submitted to the Conservation Commission. No additional application is required. As a reminder, the prizes for state level winners of the awards are $2,500 for Outstanding District, $1,000 for Outstanding Director and $1,000 for Outstanding Cooperator.  

Contact Sarah Blaney at sarahblaney@okconservation.org or 517.763.8609 if you have questions.

 

 

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NACD Webinar Featuring OACD Conservation and Agriculture Reach Everyone (CARE) initiative
Oct
18
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Webinar Featuring OACD Conservation and Agriculture Reach Everyone (CARE) initiative

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts will feature their Conservation and Agriculture Reach Everyone (CARE) initiative. The project vision is to provide information, training, funding opportunities and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The program also works to help the agriculture community learn about the unique barriers minority producers face.

In New Hampshire, the Cheshire County CD has hosted a series of community forums and market developments to strengthen connections between the broader public and their vibrant agricultural community. One resulting effort is the Monadnock Farm and Community Connection, a region-wide coalition.

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

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Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Oct
13
8:30 AM08:30

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

  • Biosystems and Ag Engineering Lab (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, October 13th at the Biosystems and Ag Engineering Lab at 323 N Cleveland in Stillwater.

The training 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 visiting a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting in the water to look for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training and also register for an upcoming Monitoring Training .

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 13th.

Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

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Cowboy Plant ID for Pasture Management - McAlester
Oct
11
9:00 AM09:00

Cowboy Plant ID for Pasture Management - McAlester

Is there a plant or weed that you need identified? Should I spray or keep this plant? Maybe you just want to learn a little more about pasture and rangeland management.

Join us on October 11th, 2018 and our soil health and rangeland professionals for a free hands-on Pasture and Rangeland Management Workshop. You will have the opportunity to learn how to identify native plants and their benefits. You may also bring a plant clipping of your own to be identified. Speakers will include experts in soil health, rangeland, and pasture management from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

This free hands-on Pasture and Rangeland Management Workshop will begin at 9:00. Registration will be held at Choctaw Nation Community Center at 3274 Afullota Hina, McAlester, OK 74501. An RSVP is requested because donuts and lunch will be provided. To find out more information regarding this free workshop and to RSVP contact Tonee Wolf at 580-924-8280 ext. 6019 or Dr. Carol Crouch at carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov.

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Organic Oklahoma Conference, featuring "Grow a Sustainable Diet" with Cindy Conner
Oct
10
to Oct 11

Organic Oklahoma Conference, featuring "Grow a Sustainable Diet" with Cindy Conner

Grow a Sustainable Diet and more with Cindy Conner at Organic Oklahoma October 10-11th!
 
OFRA is sponsoring Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth, as the keynote speaker this year!

Cindy Conner founded Homeplace Earth to help people develop skills to live lightly in this world. She is working to promote local sustainable food systems.  Since we all eat, we are all responsible for how the earth is used to produce our food. As a market gardener for 10 years, selling to restaurants, a CSA, and at farmers markets, Cindy recognized that a farmer could be organic and still not be sustainable. Her study of sustainability led her to become certified as an Ecology Action GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-farming teacher. She also holds a degree in Home Economics Education from Ohio State University and a Certificate in Permaculture Design. Cindy was instrumental in establishing the Sustainable Agriculture program at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College where she taught from 1999 to 2010. Her time is now spent researching how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space and get the food to the table using the least fossil fuel. She is the author of two books published by New Society Publishers: Grow a Sustainable Diet was released in February, 2014 and Seed Libraries was released in February, 2015. Cindy's most recent work is with fiber, particularly cotton and flax, taking it from the seed to the finished garment. Find more about that work on her blog at www.HomeplaceEarth.wordpress.com.
 
Cindy will present three times on the following topics:

  • Transitioning from a Homestead Gardener to a Market Gardener

  • Grow a Sustainable Diet

  • Cover Crops [think soil health!] in Your Garden Rotation

More information.

 

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Great Plains Prescribed Fire Summit
Oct
1
to Oct 3

Great Plains Prescribed Fire Summit

  • Ardmore Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The second biennial summit will include plenary and concurrent sessions, covering topics from prescribed fire basics to the latest fire science, along with a field tour. Practitioners of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Hosted by Noble Research Institute, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University Natural Resources Institute, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association

Learn More

Register

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Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Sep
22
8:30 AM08:30

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

  • Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blue Thumb is hosting a volunteer training for those interested learning how to monitor local streams and creeks. This training will take place on Saturday, September 22nd at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center at 100 N Water Street in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 

This training will provide prospective volunteers with an introduction to Blue Thumb, Project WET, and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. It will also focus on volunteer education opportunities.

Attendees will learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution, and other topics through a series of educational activities which they can then use to educate members of their local communities. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. Finally, the day will include visiting a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, which includes getting in the water to look for bugs and fish.

This one day training will go from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and costs $15. For more information and to register for this training visit www.bluethumbok.com. You can also contact Candice Miller at Candice.miller@conservation.ok.gov with any questions.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar: Urban Agriculture Conservation
Sep
20
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar: Urban Agriculture Conservation

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District in Nebraska will showcase Project GROW (Growing Rotational crops On Wellfields), which is helping the City of York improve its wellfield by planting cover and rotational crops to improve soil health, a community garden and berry shrub orchard, and a pollinator habitat. California’s Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County will give an update on the expansion of their Tijuana River Valley Community Garden, which now includes a native pollinator hedgerow and six quarter-acre plots for larger scale growing and education. It is the largest community garden in San Diego County; its members come from all walks of life.

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

 

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Watershed Program Procedures and Policies Seminar and NRCS Listening Session for Watershed Project Sponsors and Their Partners
Sep
18
8:00 AM08:00

Watershed Program Procedures and Policies Seminar and NRCS Listening Session for Watershed Project Sponsors and Their Partners

Recent improvements in federal funding for the USDA Small Watershed Program (Public Law 83-566) are a big plus for project sponsors. The growing stream of funds for new construction and rehabilitation of dams has highlighted the need for additional focus on project sponsor/NRCS communication.

On September 18, 2018 the National Watershed Coalition will host a seminar and listening session for Watershed Project Sponsors and their partners. National NRCS Watershed Program leaders will be present. The goals of the seminar session include sharing information on current procedures and policies for sponsors who want to start new projects, rehabilitate aging dams or utilize the Watershed Program authorities in conjunction with an RCPP project.

The goal for the listening session is to provide an opportunity for sponsors and their partners to interact with USDA-NRCS Watershed Program national leadership. NRCS leaders are interested in hearing from you. The session will provide an opportunity for input, questions and comments concerning the Watershed Program.

Registration Form

Please return registration form by September 5th to: National Watershed Coalition, P.O. Box 566, Pawnee, OK 74058 or scanned and emailed to: nwcokoffice@gmail.com.

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NACD Annual Meeting Breakout Session Applications Due
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

NACD Annual Meeting Breakout Session Applications Due

The National Association of Conservation Districts is accepting applications for breakout sessions at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

NACD offers a number of informational breakout sessions during the Annual Meeting, focusing on the work of districts and their partners across the country. Sessions typically run 60-90 minutes, and in most cases, showcase several speakers at 20-30 minutes each. Once again this year, NACD is seeking proposals that fit in one of four themes:

  • Communications
  • District Operations, Member Services, and Partnerships
  • Natural Resources Policy and Protection
  • Stewardship and Education.

More information and the application is available here.

Deadline:  Applications must be submitted to Eric Hansen at eric-hansen@nacdnet.org by Friday, September 14.

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Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe On-farm Soil Health Tour
Sep
11
9:00 AM09:00

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribe On-farm Soil Health Tour

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

On-farm Soil Health Tour and Oklahoma Weather Trends

Pre-registration and networking at 9:00 AM, with coffee and donuts.
Soil Health tour begins at 9:45 AM.
Workshop will conclude by lunch.

Location: Redland Community College Darlington AG Campus, 5005 Darlington Road, Darlington, Oklahoma. (3 miles north and 3 miles west of El Reno, Oklahoma. Darlington Chapel. Soil Health tour map and travel instructions will be provided.

RSVP REQUESTED
Nathan Hart nhart@c-a-tribes.org
Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov, 405-612-9331
Clay Pope claygpope@gmail.com

Contact Information:
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes
Nathan Hart
nhart@c-a-tribes.org
Open to the Public

More information and agenda

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Sep
11
to Sep 27

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

September Session:  Sept. 11-27, 2018

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

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Urban Soil Health 101
Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Urban Soil Health 101

Is your lawn struggling? It could be a soil issue. Join us for our free hands-on workshop featuring local soil health experts and learn how to improve your soil to grow a better landscape.

This event will be held twice on Sept 6th. One class will be held at 1:30 pm and then again at 5:30 pm.

Hosted by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, The City of Oklahoma City and Will Rogers Park.

Contact amy.seiger@conservation.ok.gov

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Food Plots & Improving Wildlife Ecosystem Health
Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Food Plots & Improving Wildlife Ecosystem Health

Green Cover Seed is partnering with Caddo Kiowa Technology for a free event on cover crops and how they can improve ecosystem health and wildlife habitats.

•    Walk through demonstration plots
•    Discuss species requirements and wildlife preferences
•    Discuss seeding and maturity dates
•    Discuss planting systems- no till or minimum till
•    Discuss keeping wildlife around year-round
 

More information

Location: 1 mile north of Apache on 281 highway; 1.25 miles east on county road 1450 north into property.

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Urban Soil Health 101
Sep
6
1:30 PM13:30

Urban Soil Health 101

Is your lawn struggling? It could be a soil issue. Join us for our free hands-on workshop featuring local soil health experts and learn how to improve your soil to grow a better landscape.

This event will be held twice on Sept 6th. One class will be held at 1:30 pm and then again at 5:30 pm.

Hosted by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, The City of Oklahoma City and Will Rogers Park.

Contact amy.seiger@conservation.ok.gov

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National Association of Conservation Districts South Central Region Meeting
Sep
4
to Sep 6

National Association of Conservation Districts South Central Region Meeting

The 2018 South Central Region Meeting will be held in San Marcos, Texas September 4-6. San Marcos is approximately 30 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom Airport for anyone interested in flying to Texas.

The meeting will kick off on Tuesday, September 4th. Registration will open at 4:00 pm for onsite and preregistration check in. The Association will host a reception from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

We will have limited registration for anyone who is preregistered only available from 8:00 to 9:00 on the morning on the 5th. We will board the busses at 9:00 for the conservation tour (details below) and will not return to the hotel till approximately 7:30 pm. It will still be hot in Texas in September so please dress cool and comfortable.

On, September 6th we will be meeting at the hotel and will wrap up by noon
 
More Information

Registration Form

For questions please contact Tamara Daniel, Texas Association Executive Director, at tamaradaniel@thegateway.net

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Soil Health Field Day at Russ Jackson Farm in Mtn. View, OK
Aug
27
8:30 AM08:30

Soil Health Field Day at Russ Jackson Farm in Mtn. View, OK

The Kiowa County Conservation District, in conjunction with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, is hosting a Soil Health Field Day at Russ Jackson Farm in Mtn. View, OK on August 27, 2018

Topics to be discussed include: Brix meter testing and rotational grazing along with much more. Scheduled speakers include Jimmy Emmons, OACD President and Leedey producer, Greg Scott, Soil Scientist, Oklahoma Conservation Commission along with a producer panel to include Matt Braun, Kiowa County producer and Will Brock, NRCS .

Please RSVP for the workshop by Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  For more information, and to RSVP, contact Kiowa County Conservation District or Will Brock or KiowaCCD@conservation.ok.gov or Will.Brock@ok.usda.gov. You can also call 580-726-3786 for more information. Russ Jackson Farm is located from Mountain View, 1 mile east on Hwy 9 to Hwy 115, then 8 ½ miles South on Hwy 115. The farm is located on the East side of the road.

Agenda:
8:30am Registration
9:00 am Welcome and Project Overview
9:15am Leave for field
9:20am to 11:45am
-Background of the field
-Soil Health general information
-Soil Health field observations
12:00pm Lunch provided by Ag Preference Credit

 

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USDA Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment Deadline
Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

USDA Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment Deadline

As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.

“The Conservation Reserve Program is an important component of the suite of voluntary conservation programs USDA makes available to agricultural producers, benefiting both the land and wildlife. On the road, I often hear firsthand how popular CRP is for our recreational sector; hunters, fishermen, conservationists and bird watchers,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said. “CRP also is a powerful tool to encourage agricultural producers to set aside unproductive, marginal lands that should not be farmed to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and boost soil health.”

FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the CRP continuous signup (excluding applications for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) and CRP grasslands). This pause allowed USDA to review available acres and avoid exceeding the 24 million-acre CRP cap set by the 2014 Farm Bill. New limited practice availability and short sign up period helps ensure that landowners with the most sensitive acreage will enroll in the program and avoid unintended competition with new and beginning farmers seeking leases. CRP enrollment currently is about 22.7 million acres.

2018 Signup for CRP
For this year’s signup, limited priority practices are available for continuous enrollment. They include grassed waterways, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetland restoration and others. View a full list of practices.

FSA will use updated soil rental rates to make annual rental payments, reflecting current values. It will not offer incentive payments as part of the new signup.

USDA will not open a general signup this year, however, a one-year extension will be offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or less. Producers eligible for an extension will receive a letter with more information.

CRP Grasslands
Additionally, FSA established new ranking criteria for CRP Grasslands. To guarantee all CRP grasslands offers are treated equally, applicants who previously applied will be asked to reapply using the new ranking criteria. Producers with pending applications will receive a letter providing the options.

About CRP
In return for enrolling land in CRP, USDA, through FSA on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), provides participants with annual rental payments and cost-share assistance. Landowners enter into contracts that last between 10 and 15 years. CRP pays producers who remove sensitive lands from production and plant certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and increase wildlife habitat.

Signed into law by President Reagan in 1985, CRP is one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the United States. Thanks to voluntary participation by farmers, ranchers and private landowners, CRP has improved water quality, reduced soil erosion and increased habitat for endangered and threatened species.

The new changes to CRP do not impact the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, a related program offered by CCC and state partners.

Producers wanting to apply for the CRP continuous signup or CRP grasslands should contact their USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit https://www.farmers.gov. More information on CRP can be found at www.fsa.usda.gov/crp.

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