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

Plant Identification Field Day

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Find out what plants are growing in your pasture!

  • Hands-on Plant Identification

  • Soil Health

  • Indicator Species

Learn more about improving your land!

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

Please RSVP: 918-549-2609

Lunch provided

More info.

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

Pollinator Prairie Land Preparation - Work & Learn

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

What: Pollinator Prairie Land Preparation - Work & Learn

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

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

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

3701 Grandview Terrace

Edmond, OK 73013

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

Find more information.

Additional Info:

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

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

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

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

Pollinator Challenge Mini-grant Application Deadline

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

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

1. A pollinator project form application [Download Form]

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

3. Be a current member of OACD

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

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

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

We are looking forward to your great project ideas!

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

Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

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

More info.

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

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

*Refunds will be available until September 28*

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

FAQs

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

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

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

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

Full refunds will be offered until Septmeber 28.

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

Alva Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

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

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

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

*Refunds will be available until September 28*

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

FAQs

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

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

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

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

Full refunds will be offered until Septmeber 28.

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

Pollinator Prairie Seed & Hay - Work & Learn

What: Pollinator Prairie Seed & Hay - Work & Learn

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

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

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

3701 Grandview Terrace

Edmond, OK 73013 

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

Find more information.

Additional Info:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities for State Agencies

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

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

More Information

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

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

Locust Grove Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

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

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

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

*Refunds will be available until October 26*

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

FAQs

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

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

What can I bring into the event?

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

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until October 26.

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

Locust Grove Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

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

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

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

*Refunds will be available until October 26*

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

FAQs

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

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

What can I bring into the event?

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

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until October 26.

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

FSA County Committee Voter Ballots Due

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Election Dates

June 14, 2019

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

Aug. 1, 2019

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

Nov. 4, 2019

Ballots mailed to eligible voters

Dec. 2, 2019

Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center

Jan. 1, 2020

Newly elected county committee members take office

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2020 NACD Annual Meeting
Feb
8
to Feb 12

2020 NACD Annual Meeting

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

Find a meeting agenda, hotel details and registration information!

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

Okies for Monarchs Pints for Pollinators

Free Beer & Discounted Gear!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more.

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

Pontotoc County Grazing for Profits Workshop

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

Plans: Grazing 365- Covers, Reduce Cost, Resilience

Demos: Pasture Sticks, Fencing, Water

Lunch and pasture sticks will be provided.

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

More info.

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

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

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

Featuring:

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

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

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

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

There will also be several other speakers offering updates.

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

Who: Open to the Public

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

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

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

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch - Ponca City

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*Postponed from June 6

Simple Steps to Healthy Soil
New Grazing APP
USDA Program Updates

Hosted by Kay, Noble, Pawnee & Payne Conservation Districts

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

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Updates

  • State Cost Share Update

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Learn about new grazing technology

  • Crop & Grazing Management

Lunch Provided - RSVP by Aug. 28

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

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

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Soil Regen Forum
Aug
28
to Aug 29

Soil Regen Forum

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

What you will learn

  • Principles of Soil Health

  • Soil Regeneration through Biology

  • Soil Health Testing

  • Soil Ecosystem Management

  • Regenerative Farm and Ranch Practices

  • Economic Incentives for Regen Ag

FORUM

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

Learn more

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

REWILDING OKLAHOMA – A Symposium for People, Places & Pollinators

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

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

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

Event sponsorships are now open.

Registration/ticket prices will increase after July 28th.

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

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: rban Water Management Tools

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

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

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

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

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

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

Tulsa Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

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

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

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

*Refunds will be available until August 3rd*

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

FAQs

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

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

What can I bring into the event?

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

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until August 7.

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

Regenerating Our Local Communities Field Day - Estelline, SD

Learn more about regenerative methods that work!

Speakers include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tulsa Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

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

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

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

*Refunds will be available until August 3rd*

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

FAQs

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

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

What can I bring into the event?

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

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov

What's the refund policy?

Full refunds will be offered until August 7.

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

Central Oklahoma Soil Health Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • College of the Muscogee Nation, Student Center Rm 107 & 108 (map)
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Learn more about improving your land

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

  • Learn About Federal and State Programs

  • Youth opportunities in Agriculture

  • Soil Health

  • Share Ideas with Other Ag Producers

Please RSVP: 918-549-2609

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

FSA County Committee Nominations Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Election Dates

June 14, 2019

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

Aug. 1, 2019

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

Nov. 4, 2019

Ballots mailed to eligible voters

Dec. 2, 2019

Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center

Jan. 1, 2020

Newly elected county committee members take office

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

OTCAC, NRCS and Cherokee Nation Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please RSVP by July 25.

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

Who: Open to the Public

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

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

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

Cedar Control and Grasses Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NACD South Central Region Meeting
Jul
21
to Jul 23

NACD South Central Region Meeting

  • WinStar World Casino and Resort (map)
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2019 NACD South Central Region Meeting

July 21, 2019 – July 23, 2019

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

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

Sunday night entertainment: Shawna Russell

Sunday night entertainment: Shawna Russell

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

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

Hotel Information

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

Hotel Reservations

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

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

Registration

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

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

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Urban Soil Health

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

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

These popular webinars, held on the third Thursday of each month, are sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation in partnership with the NACD Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. There is no cost to participate, but space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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

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

Lincoln County Pasture & Range Tour

Registration: 9:00 A.M – 9:30 A.M

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

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

Pre-register by Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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

LUNCH: PROVIDED & PREPARED BY FARM CREDIT SERVICES

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Soil Health Institute 2019 Annual Meeting
Jul
16
to Jul 18

Soil Health Institute 2019 Annual Meeting

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

You will learn about:

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

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

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

  • Latest research in understanding and managing the soil microbiome,

  • Filling the economics information gap for farmers,

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

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

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

  • Soil stewardship as the “Great Connector”.

Register Here

Submit a Poster

Reserve a Room

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Deadline to File Crop Acreage Reports for USDA Programs
Jul
15
5:00 PM17:00

Deadline to File Crop Acreage Reports for USDA Programs

Farmers must file a timely crop acreage report to maintain eligibility for USDA conservation, disaster assistance, crop insurance, safety net and farm loan programs. A crop acreage report documents all crops and their intended uses and is an important part of record-keeping for your farm or ranch.

Call your USDA Farm Service Agency office today to set up an appointment. Producers who set up appointments before the July 15 deadline are considered timely filed, even if the appointment occurs after the deadline.

The deadline was extended to July 22 in some states, but NOT Oklahoma.

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EQIP Emergency Funding for Flooded Cropland Application Deadline
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

EQIP Emergency Funding for Flooded Cropland Application Deadline

During the spring of 2019, extensive amounts of rainfall created flooding in many Oklahoma river bottoms and their tributaries and caused unprecedented destruction over a very large portion of northeastern and southwestern Oklahoma. 

In response to that, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oklahoma is offering a special Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding for “Cover Crop” establishment to landowners who have been and continue to be impacted by this natural disaster. Some of the key impacts to cropland resulting from the flooding include sand deposition and scouring. Cover crops purpose is to reduce erosion, increase soil organic matter, capture and recycle nutrients in the soil profile, increase biodiversity, suppress weeds, manage soil moisture and minimize or reduce soil compaction. 

Application Deadline is July 12, 2019 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) along with NRCS has designated eligibility for the following counties: Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Creek, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Kay, Kiowa, LeFlore, Lincoln, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Noble, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Payne, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Sequoyah, Wagoner, Washington and Washita

The purpose of this initiative is to offer EQIP Funding on Cropland only for Cover Crop establishment to landowners who have been and continue to be impacted by this natural disaster. Producers should consider the impact this might have on crop insurance eligibility. FSA Prevented Planting guidelines must also be considered if applicable.

If you are in an eligible county and seeking more information about this “Cover Crop” program, please contact your local NRCS office for assistance.

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

Application Deadline for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Habitat Deadline

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emmlie Bragg, Choctaw Nation
- “Soil Health Success”

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

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

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

Questions? Email nrcsinfo@ok.usda.gov.

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

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

Flood-impacted private well support event in Nowata

  • Nowata County Conservation District (map)
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What: This is a come-and-go information opportunity for private well owners in areas impacted by recent floods.

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

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

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

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

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

Flood-impacted private well support event in Muskogee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where Did the Horny Toad Go?

Hosted by The Oklahoma Nature Conservancy

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Fire Field Day

Agenda

8:30-9:00am
Registration

9:00am
Welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compost and BioStimulant BootCamp with Christine Jones

Compost Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

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