Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School
Dec
12
to Dec 13

Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School

  • Oklahoma State University Student Union, 2nd floor ballroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 2 credits offered in Integrated Pest Management, 2 credits in Crop Management, 3 Credits in Nutrient Management, and 2 credits in Soil and Water Conservation. For Certified Applicators, there will be approximately 2 ODAFF CEUs offered. In conjunction with the WCS, a CCA Exam prep course will be offered on the 13th.


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

Topics will include:
•    Controlling erosion and offsite nutrient and chemical movement
•    Phosphorus recommendation in no-till wheat
•    Lime sources and quality
•    Nitrogen timing for wheat yield and quality
•    Managing alfalfa weevils
•    Bermudagrass management
•    Cotton production
•    Crought stress management in soybeans

 

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Oklahoma EQIP Applications Due
Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

Oklahoma EQIP Applications Due

2018 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) applications due in local NRCS offices December 15, 2017

EQIP is available to producers and landowners active in agricultural or forest production engaged in livestock, agricultural, or forest production on eligible land that have a natural resource concern to be addressed.

EQIP provides financial assistance for eligible producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address existing natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. There are several special initiatives in Oklahoma that provide funding assistance through EQIP to address state priority resource concerns associated with Organic Farming, Seasonal High Tunnels, Animal Feeding Operations and Confined Animal Feeding Operations (AFO/CAFO), Waste Management, Lagoon Closures, Irrigation Water Conservation, and others. Producers are encouraged to contact their local NRCS office for details about all of these and other programs that might be available to them. NRCS is an equal opportunity employer, provider and lender.

Landowners and operators in Oklahoma need to apply at their local NRCS office by December 15, 2017 to be considered for the current ranking period.

Since there are changes that have been made in the EQIP Program under the new Farm Bill, it is important that producers and landowners learn more about this year’s EQIP by viewing the NRCS website at: www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov or by calling or visiting a local NRCS field office.

 

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Conservation Movie Night
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Conservation Movie Night

Two powerful films will be presented by No-till On The Plains, USDA NRCS, and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

FREE to the public.
Doors Open at 6:00 PM
Movie Showing at 7:00 PM

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presents a documentary on soil conservation pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett, the history of the agency and the birth of the private lands conservation movement in the U.S.

The new documentary Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman tells the inspiring story of heartland heroes who are feeding the world while stewarding the land and water. A Montana rancher, two Kansas farmers, and a Louisiana fisherman offer inspiring solutions to the challenges confronting America’s land and sea in Discovery’s Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman.

Following the film, there will be a moderated panel discussion with Justin Knopf, Keith Thompson and local conservationists who will discuss the progression of conservation from the 1930's to today. The panel will provide insight on how farmers can restore soils, add biological diversity to their cropping systems and continue to be both profitable and good stewards of the land.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Johnston Seed Company, USDA-NRCS, No-till on the Plains and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar
Dec
21
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar

NACD December U&C Webinar

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. (CST) on December 21, 2017 and will feature the online app, Model My Watershed (MMW), which is part of the WikiWatershed.org toolkit.

The development of this online resource, led by Stroud Water Research Center, provides the means to easily visualize maps and model outputs that show the effects of current and possible future land uses and watershed restorations on storm water runoff and water quality. MMW is a free professional grade toolkit conservation practitioners, municipal decision makers, educators, and others can use to predict how proposed restoration projects and other changes to land cover will affect or improve conditions in a watershed.

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

Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium

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

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

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

Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference

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


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

 

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2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health
Dec
7
to Dec 8

2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

  • Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosted by the the Soil & Water Conservation Society

Whether you are a farmer contemplating using cover crops for the first time, or you have years of experience to share, this meeting will provide you with networking and practical learning opportunities.


Featured Speakers:

  • NACD Soil Health Champions Jimmy Emmons of Oklahoma and Keith Berns of Nebraska
  • David Montgomery, geologist and author of Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
  • Corn Belt farmers Dan DeSutter and Trey Hill

 

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