NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Aug
7
to Aug 23

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

August Session:  August 7-23, 2018

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Great Plains Prescribed Fire Summit
Oct
1
to Oct 3

Great Plains Prescribed Fire Summit

  • Ardmore Convention Center (map)
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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

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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

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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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NACD Annual Meeting
Feb
2
to Feb 6

NACD Annual Meeting

  • San Antonion Marriott Rivercenter (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NACD’s 73rd Annual Meeting will be held Feb. 2 – 6, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. Hosted in partnership with the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), the 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. You can access a draft agenda as of April 27 by clicking here – additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

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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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Jackson County Soil Health Field Day
Aug
16
9:30 AM09:30

Jackson County Soil Health Field Day

An informative soil health event focusing on:

  • Preparing your land for dry times
  • Soil biology
  • Increasing water infiltration
  • Grazing management

Time:
9:30 a.m.  Registration at Barrett Farm
10 a.m.     Tour starts

Please Pre-register:
E-mail: belinda.dimitratos@ok.nacdnet.net
Phone: (580) 482-4312, Ext. 3

Location:
Barrett Farm(Morning)
15572 S. County Rd 119,
Mangum, OK 73554

From the center of Martha:
Head north 2 miles. Go west 2 miles. Go north for ¼ mile.


Southwest Technology Center (Afternoon)
711 Tamarack Rd, Altus, OK 73521

Lunch provided courtesy of the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council

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Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Aug
11
to Aug 12

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is hosting a two-day volunteer training on August 11th and 12th in Sawyer, Oklahoma for those interested learning how to monitor local streams and creeks. This training will provide prospective volunteers the skills needed to monitor local creeks and streams and help keep their local bodies of water clean.

Day One of the training will provide attendees with an introduction to Blue Thumb, Project WET, and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. It will also teach people how to use the various educational tools that are available to Blue Thumb volunteers. Attendees will also receive the Project WET 2.0 Guide and materials.

Day Two of the training will cover stream ecology and the Healthy Water, Healthy People Monitoring Guide. Day Two will also teach attendees how to conduct water quality tests. 

This two day event costs $25 for both days ($15 for Day One and $10 for Day Two). 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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Oklahoma's Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Oklahoma's Statewide Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference

  • Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2-day conference offers a variety of sessions to assist participants in successfully managing risk for their families, farms and/or businesses.

The 2018 conference will feature three keynote speakers: Dr. Janeal Wyn Yancey, professor and author of the popular Mom at the Meat Counter blog; Rebecca Long Chaney, author and rancher, who will share her keynote “Dare to Risk Life Change” which highlights the trials and tribulations during a life-changing adventure on a million-acre cattle ranch in the Australian Outback; and Marcy Luter, management development training coordinator at Meridian Technology Century, who will share her expertise on how to make better decisions in life and work.

Concurrent sessions are offered from four tracks—agriculture, beginning farmer, alternative enterprises and business and finance—with participants able to choose whatever session is of most value to them. Registration will be $50 per person by August 3 or $60 at the door (includes 2 lunches, breaks, and breakfast Friday). For more information contact Sara Siems at 405-744-9826.

Agenda

Find more info at www.okwomeninagandsmallbusiness.com.

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 Soil Health Institute 3rd Annual Meeting
Aug
1
to Aug 3

Soil Health Institute 3rd Annual Meeting

The Soil Health Institute has released the Agenda for its Third Annual Meeting, August 1-3 in Albuquerque.  National and international leaders will address such contemporary topics as achieving corporate sustainability goals and environmental markets through soil health, recent advances in understanding the soil microbiome, links between soil health and human health, federal and state policies for advancing soil health, enhancing research-farmer connections for greater adoption, and others. 

To register or reserve your hotel room, full details can be found here

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Strategies to Promoting Soil Health & Locally-Led Workshop
Aug
1
9:30 AM09:30

Strategies to Promoting Soil Health & Locally-Led Workshop

Pre-registration: 9:30 AM
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Free Lunch & Workshop

  • Soil Health Management
  • Soil Health Principles (Organic Matter, Biological Factors, Cropland Benefits, Grazing land Benefits, Infiltration, Demonstration)
  • Ag Census - Local Resource Concerns
  • USDA Climate Hub
  • Solar Pump Benefits - Demonstration

Meeting will be held at the Love County Fairgrounds Building, located at N. 2nd Avenue, in Marietta, Oklahoma 73448.

RSVP by July 25 to:
Warren Sanders at 580-276-2528 ext.3 or warren.sanders@ok.usda.gov
Carol Crouch at 405-612-9331 or carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

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Feral Hog Management, Soil Health Principles & USDA Programs Workshop - Pawhuska, Oklahoma
Jul
31
5:30 PM17:30

Feral Hog Management, Soil Health Principles & USDA Programs Workshop - Pawhuska, Oklahoma

  • Osage Nation Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural/Civic Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Free Locally-Led Workshop & Dinner
Pre-registration: 5:30 p.m.
Starts at 6 p.m.

  • Feral Hog & Soil Health Management
  • Importance of Ag Census
  • Client Gateway
  • USDA Programs
  • Feral Hog Control
  • Principles of Soil Health

Hosted by the Osage Nation and Osage County Conservation District

RSVP by July 20th
NRCS Office: 918-287-3570
Carol Crouch Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov, 405-612-9331

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Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference
Jul
20
9:00 AM09:00

Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference

HOSTED BY OUACHITA MOUNTAINS RC&D, INC.

The Ouachita Mountains Resources Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council,  Eastern Oklahoma State College Agricultural Department, OSU Extension, S. E. Oklahoma Conservation Districts, Choctaw Nation Agricultural Outreach and many other sponsors proudly announce the upcoming 2018 Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference, scheduled for July 20th, at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester, OK. The agriculture/small business presentations and networking opportunities will benefit landowners, investors and professionals from across the region.

There will be 10+ speakers from across the state presenting in dual concurring sessions on a wide variety of agriculture/small business related topics. Topics this year include timely subjects such as, Aquaponics, Greenhouses, Marketing, Annie’s Project, Small Business Development, Food Modernization, New Tax Laws, Oil & Gas Updates, Home Bakery Act, Agritourism and more. The registration fee for the conference is $20, which includes lunch and the potential to win door prizes from conference sponsors. Seating is limited, so register early to make sure you can be a part of this dynamic learning opportunity. Registration Deadline: July 13th, 2018

Primary conference lodging will be at the Candlewood Suites-McAlester. The hotel is located at 425 S. George Nigh Expwy, McAlester, OK. The conference lodging rate is $90/night (use the link below to secure this rate).

Click on the links below for more information:

Register Online

Sponsor Registration

Ag Woman of the Year Nomination Letter and Form

Tentative Schedule

Hotel Reservations

 
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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Collaborating for Water Quality
Jul
19
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Collaborating for Water Quality

In South Carolina, Greenwood County, who owns and operates an 11,4000 acre reservoir, Lake Greenwood, has been working with lake front property owners to address nonpoint source pollution. Along with this, they have developed an integrated aquatic plant management plan. In Nebraska, the Papillion Creek Watershed Partnership was created through an inter-local agreement between nine governmental agencies to proactively deal with the water quality and quantity issues in a 402-square mile watershed that encompasses most of the Omaha metropolitan area.

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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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Jul
17
to Aug 2

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

July Session:  July 17-August 2, 2018

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

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Stephens County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day
Jul
12
8:30 AM08:30

Stephens County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day

8:30 a.m.  Registration & Refreshments
9:00 a.m.  Basics of Soil Health
 - Why plant cover crops?
 - Integrating Cover Crops into your Operation
 - Lee Wayne's personal experience implementing cover crops
 - Grazing Management of Forage and Cover Crops

Register by July 11
Stephens County Conservation District
580-255-5798, Stephensccd@conservation.ok.gov

Meet at Lee Wayne Stepp Farm located at 180469 N. 2770 Rd., Comanche, OK (2.5 miles
North of State Highway 53 on 2770 Rd or 6.5 miles south of Bois D' Arc on Empire Rd (2770
Rd)).

Call 580-255-5798 ext. 3 for more info.

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Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers Association Field Days
Jun
29
to Jun 30

Oklahoma Farmers & Ranchers Association Field Days

PLANT ID AND GRAZING MANAGEMENT

COME FOR 1 OR ALL 3 SESSIONS!

SESSION 1  Plant Identification - Compare & Contrast Field Sites
WHEN: JUNE 29TH, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
WHERE: OFRA Member Family Farm
14192 N 486 Rd, Tahlequah, OK 74464

SESSION 2 Soil Health Principles
WHEN: JUNE 29TH, 2018 1:30 AM - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center
100 N Water Avenue, Tahlequah, OK 74464

SESSION 3 Grazing Systems & Management
WHEN: JUNE 30TH, 2018 8:00AM - 12:00 PM
WHERE: CLEAR CREEK MONASTERY - WE'LL MEET IN THE PARKING LOT NEAR THE ABBEY & GATE HOUSE & PUBLIC RESTROOMS:
5804 W Monastery Rd, Hulbert, OK 74441

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER PLEASE CALL JULIE GAHN WITH THE OFRA : (918) -207-9107

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Plant & Soil Sciences 2018 Grazing CAP Conference
Jun
28
to Jun 29

Plant & Soil Sciences 2018 Grazing CAP Conference

  • The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort (map)
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Topics: Resilience and productivity, dynamic grazing management tools, methane emissions, sustainable beef production

Location: The Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, 777 Grand Casino Blvd., Shawnee, OK 74804
Dates: Noon June 28-1:30pm June 29, 2018
Registration: free
For more information

Program

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Garfield County Soil Health Field Day
Jun
27
8:30 AM08:30

Garfield County Soil Health Field Day

Assessing Soil Health: A Training for Everyone!
Open to the Public.

Learn how soil health practices can improve your operation!

(Registration begins at 8:00am)
Brian Grantz Farm
21419 E Fox Dr. Covington, OK

FREE REGISTRATION — LUNCH PROVIDED
To Register, Contact: Lisa 580-237-4321 Ext. 3

Hosted by Garfield County Conservation District

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Noble Research Institute Soil Health Field Tour
Jun
26
8:00 AM08:00

Noble Research Institute Soil Health Field Tour

 The Noble Research Institute invites you to a hands-on field tour with Noble soils and crops consultant Jim Johnson, and world-renowned soil microbiologist Christine Jones, Ph.D., from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., June 26, at the Noble Pavilion.

Spend the morning taking a walk through the Noble cover crop plots, get your hands dirty in the soil and learn how what you see relates to soil biology and soil health. Following lunch, Jones will give a lecture on how enhancing above- and below-ground plant diversity to maximize the power of photosynthesis creates a robust soil microbiome, reducing reliance on additional fertilizers and herbicides; improving soil structure and function; and optimizing soil, plant, animal and human health, water quality, and farm profit.

Learn more.

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Harmon County Plant ID & Grazing Management Field Day
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Harmon County Plant ID & Grazing Management Field Day

Learn about improving soil health on pasture and native range, and Plant Identification.

FREE LUNCH

  • PLANT IDENTIFICATION
  • GRAZING SYSTEMS & MANAGEMENT
  • ECOSYSTEMS HEALTH & PLANT DIVERSITY

Meet at Vinson Community Building

To Register call:
Harmon County Conservation District
580-688-3674
harmonccd@conservation.ok.gov

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar (backyard food production)
Jun
21
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar (backyard food production)

The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Ohio will share information about their monthly Backyard Food Production meetings and co-sponsored community garden. The National Agroforestry Center in Nebraska will describe how adding fruit and nut producing trees and shrubs into an urban ag system can improve production and enhance conservation outcomes.

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

Summer Fire Field Day

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

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

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

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

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Soil Health Down Under - Waco, NE
Jun
7
9:00 AM09:00

Soil Health Down Under - Waco, NE

A Green Cover Seed Soil Health Event
Featuring Christine Jones and Jay Fuhrer

Learn from experts as well as learn from the soil. Christine Jones and Jay Fuhrer are two of the top soil health experts in the world and will be teaching lessons from the soil and from the plants that grow from the soil. Spend the morning in the field learning from Christine and Jay, and tour a multitude of cover crop plots. The afternoon will be spent in the classroom learning from the experts and their experiences! A delicious noon meal will also be provided and the comradery of fellow soil health enthusiasts will be enjoyed by all!

 Registration will be limited to 200 people and the cost is $20 each

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR WACO, June 7th

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Leopold Conservation Award Application Deadline
Jun
5
1:00 PM13:00

Leopold Conservation Award Application Deadline

2018 Call for Applications

If you, or someone you know, is a Oklahoma landowner who is committed to land management practices that increase conservation, we invite your application for the Leopold Conservation Award.

Presented by Sand County Foundation in partnership with Oklahoma Farming and
Ranching Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute
and  ITC Holdings

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Leopold Conservation Award
In his influential book, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage.   e development of a land ethic was, he wrote, “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” A land ethic is alive and well today in the thousands of American farmers, ranchers, and foresters
who do well by their land and do well for their land.

Sand County Foundation proudly presents its Leopold Conservation Award to a private landowner who exemplies the spirit of this emerging land ethic — an individual or a
family who translates their deep abiding love for the land into responsible stewardship and management. In Oklahoma, Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award in partnership with the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute and ITC Holdings.   e Leopold Conservation Award recipient receives an Aldo Leopold crystal and $10,000.

Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general
public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success.

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Creek County Soil Health Field Day
Jun
5
9:30 AM09:30

Creek County Soil Health Field Day

  • Creek County Conservation/NRCS Office (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Increase your knowledge of soil and pasture ecology and walk away with tips on
how to improve your pasture, your soil health, and your yields.

Lunch provided by Bob Bertlesmyer, Heritage Ranch

Hosted by
Creek County Conservation District
NRCS - Bristow Field O ce
Bob Bertlesmyer - Heritage Ranch

To register, please call 918-367-2113

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Soil Health Down Under - Bladen, NE
Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

Soil Health Down Under - Bladen, NE

A Green Cover Seed Soil Health Event
Featuring Christine Jones and Jay Fuhrer

Learn from experts as well as learn from the soil. Christine Jones and Jay Fuhrer are two of the top soil health experts in the world and will be teaching lessons from the soil and from the plants that grow from the soil. Spend the morning in the field learning from Christine and Jay, and tour a multitude of cover crop plots. The afternoon will be spent in the classroom learning from the experts and their experiences! A delicious noon meal will also be provided and the comradery of fellow soil health enthusiasts will be enjoyed by all!

 Registration will be limited to 200 people and the cost is $20 each
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR BLADEN, June 5th

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Jun
5
to Jun 21

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

June Session:  June 5-21, 2018

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

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Western Oklahoma Wildfire Initiative Signup Deadline
Jun
1
5:00 PM17:00

Western Oklahoma Wildfire Initiative Signup Deadline

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma has opened a round of sign-ups for participation in the Western Oklahoma Wildfire Initiative. By providing technical and financial assistance for conservation practices, this allows landowners to improve grazing land that has been effected by the recent wildfires.

Western Oklahoma Wildfire Initiative is available in Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Harmon, Harper, Roger Mills and Woodward Counties. Those interested in participating should apply at their local USDA Service Center by June 1, 2018.

“Conservation planning will identify requirements needed to address recovery of lost watering sources, loss and/or protection of grasses for grazing animals, protection of sensitive areas from erosion, and other identified needs,” said Gary O’Neill, NRCS Oklahoma State Conservationist.

NRCS has seen the devastating effects of these wildfires on agricultural operations and wants producers in these communities to know that NRCS is here for financial and technical assistance.

The funding will be made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to help plan and implement conservation practices that address priority local and state resource concerns.

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Strategies to Promoting Soil Health, Burning, Pine Forest Management & Buffalo Tour - Jay, Okla.
May
31
9:30 AM09:30

Strategies to Promoting Soil Health, Burning, Pine Forest Management & Buffalo Tour - Jay, Okla.

  • Cherokee Nation Bull Hollow Headquarters (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Free lunch & Workshop

9:30 a.m.  Pre-registration
10 a.m.  Workshop begins

  • Soil Health Principles
  • Ag Census
  • Solar Pump Benefits
  • Burn Association
  • Pine Forest Thinning
  • Cherokee Buffalo

RSVP by May 25 to michael.ramming@ok.usda.gov or carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov or 918-253-4513.

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Coal County Plant ID & Grazing Managment
May
30
9:00 AM09:00

Coal County Plant ID & Grazing Managment

Learn about improving soil health on pasture and native range, pH and Lime use in pasture, and Plant Identification.

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
REGISTRATION
COFFEE & DONUTS
FREE LUNCH

  • PLANT IDENTIFICATION
  • GRAZING SYSTEMS & MANAGEMENT
  • LIME USE AND ACIDITY
  • ECOSYSTEMS HEALTH & PLANT DIVERSITY
  • SOIL FUNCTIONS

Where:  OSU Extension Office
1501 S. Broadway, Coalgate, OK  74538
Meet at office then caravan to field sites.

To register:
Call Coal County Conservation District at 580-927-2182 x.3 or coalccd@conservation.ok.gov.

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