Conservation Day at the Capitol
Apr
23
8:30 AM08:30

Conservation Day at the Capitol

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us Tuesday, April 23 for Conservation Day @ the Capitol. We need representatives from every part of the state to help us educate elected officials on the amazing work that conservation districts are doing in Oklahoma!

The Annual Awards and OACD Conservation Leadership Class Graduation will also take place that day. We will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the capitol in room 535.

Exhibit Booths
Space is available for conservation districts and partners to set up booths on the 4th floor rotunda. Conservation districts will be given priority. To reserve a space, contact Sarah Blaney, sarahblaney@okconservation.org.

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Monarch Meetup - El Reno
Apr
23
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - El Reno

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join Okies for Monarchs for this Monarch Meetup!

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Community Outreach Meeting
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Community Outreach Meeting

Learn more about the changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program and details on applying by the May 10 deadline.

Featured Speakers:

Chris Best, NRCS District Conservationist
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Eric M. Lang, FSA County Executive Director
FSA programs and the NRCS

RSVP to Arnetta Cotton.

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Grazing Management Workshop - Pond Creek, OK
Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Grazing Management Workshop - Pond Creek, OK

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch

Starts at 11:00 AM

Locally-Led Workshop Hosted by Grant, Garfield and Alfalfa County Conservation Districts

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OSU Extension Projects & Programs

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Moisture Study on Cover Crops

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

More information.

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Monarch Meetup - Lawton
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Monarch Meetup - Lawton

  • Great Plains Coliseum, Prairie Building, Sunset Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join Okies for Monarchs for this Monarch Meetup!

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Application Deadline
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program Application Deadline

Most of Oklahoma’s agriculture land owners have a certain bond with their property. For many, it’s been in their family for generations and they would love nothing more than to see it remain protected. If that sounds like you, why not apply to enroll some or all of it into the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

Land enrolled in ACEP is prevented from being developed or going to a non-agricultural use. These protected lands also provide public benefits including environmental quality, historic preservation, wildlife habitat, and protection of open space.

Oklahoma NRCS State Conservationist Gary L. O’Neill recently announced the agency is accepting applications for its ACEP Program, and those submitted by April 26, 2019, will be considered for FY2019 funding. NRCS will prioritize applications that protect agricultural uses and related conservation values of the land, and those that maximize the protection of contiguous acres devoted to agricultural use. 

“USDA is committed to preserving working agricultural lands to help protect the long-term viability of farming across the country, as well as to restoring and protecting vital sensitive wetlands that provide important wildlife habitat and improve water quality,” said O’Neill. 

Land eligible for agricultural easements includes cropland, grassland, pastureland, and nonindustrial private forest land. Native American Tribes, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs are eligible to partner with NRCS to purchase conservation easements. 

ACEP protects critical water resources and wildlife habitat and encourages private owners to maintain their land for farming. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources. 

ACEP has two components, one for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE), and one for Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE).

  • Under the ALE component, funds are provided to eligible entities that use ACEP funding to purchase permanent agricultural land easements that not only protect the future of the nation's food supply, they also support environmental quality, wildlife habitat, and historic preservation and protection of open spaces.

  • Under the WRE component, funding is provided directly to landowners for the purchase of an easement and for restoration. Wetland reserve easements allow landowners to successfully restore, enhance, and protect habitat for wildlife on their lands, reduce damage from flooding, recharge groundwater, and provide outdoor recreational and educational opportunities. Eligible landowners may choose to enroll in a permanent or 30-year easement. Eligible lands include farmed or converted wetlands that can be successfully and cost-effectively restored.

Applications for both ALE and WRE are accepted on a continuous basis. To learn about ACEP and other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit the programs section of our website at www.nrcs.usda.gov, or contact your local USDA Service Center.

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Filing Period for Oklahoma Conservation District Director Positions
May
1
to May 10

Filing Period for Oklahoma Conservation District Director Positions

The governing body of a conservation district consists of five public officials. Two board members are appointed by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and three are elected by registered voters within the conservation district. The three elected positions are numbered 1, 2 and 3 with succeeding terms so that one term expires each year. The term of an elected director is from July 1 through June 30 for a period of three years.

Elections

Elections for district director are held each year on the first Tuesday of June as established by law, a day also designated as Conservation District Day.

Eligibility

To be eligible to file for district director election, an individual must be a registered voter in the district and must have a cooperator agreement with the district. If individuals do not already have a cooperator agreement with the district they can make application for the agreement.

Filing for Conservation District Director Election

Interested persons may obtain and file a Notification and Declaration of Candidacy form from their local conservation district office during the filing period which is May 1-10. Forms are also available by clicking on the links below.

Forms

Notification and Declaration of Candidacy

Application for Cooperator Agreement

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Monarch Meetup - Tishomingo
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Monarch Meetup - Tishomingo

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join Okies for Monarchs for this Monarch Meetup!

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

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Soil Stewardship/Legislative Breakfast - Wagoner, OK
May
10
7:00 AM07:00

Soil Stewardship/Legislative Breakfast - Wagoner, OK

  • First United Methodist Church of Wagoner - Fellowship Hall (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

64th Soil Stewardship/Legislative Breakfast
“Life in the Soil: DIG DEEPER”

Guest Speaker:
Jimmy Emmons, Past-President

Friday, May 10, 2019 at 7:00 a.m.

First United Methodist Church of Wagoner - Fellowship Hall
308 East Church, Wagoner, OK 74467
(one block south of the Wagoner County Courthouse)

Breakfast to be prepared & served by First United Methodist Church of Wagoner - Men’s Ministry and The Ambassadors of the Wagoner Chamber of Commerce.

Hosted by:
Wagoner County Conservation District
Wagoner County Farm Bureau
Wagoner County Cattlemen’s Association
Wagoner Chamber of Commerce
American Farmers & Ranchers

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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Application Deadline
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Application Deadline

The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding is May 10, 2019. NRCS plans to invest up to $700 million for new enrollments and contract extensions in FY 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill made several changes to this critical conservation program, which helps agricultural producers take the conservation activities on their farm or ranch to the next level.

Changes to the Program

The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to accept new CSP enrollments from now until 2023, and it makes some important improvements to the program. These updates include:

  • NRCS now enrolls eligible, high ranking applications based on dollars rather than acres. For fiscal 2019, NRCS can spend up to $700 million in the program, which covers part of the cost for producers implementing new conservation activities and maintaining their existing activities.

  • Higher payment rates are now available for certain conservation activities, including cover crops and resource conserving crop rotations.

  • CSP now provides specific support for organic and for transitioning to organic production activities and a special grassland conservation initiative for certain producers who have maintained cropland base acres.

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Prescribed Fire Training School - Woodward
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Prescribed Fire Training School - Woodward

Wildfire Suppression Through Prescribed Fire Training School
Learn how to “Fight Fire With Fire!”

  • Firefighters, landowners, emergency planners, anyone interested in controlling wildfire fuel load is encouraged to attend.

  • Learn how to use prescribed fire to reduce wildfire danger and improve grassland.

  • See firsthand a prescribed fire “blackline” fire brake demonstration near Woodward.

Lunch will be provided

Please RSVP by May 4 to Clay Pope, 405-699-2087 or claygpope@gmail.com

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Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Okmulgee
May
14
11:00 AM11:00

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Okmulgee

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch
Open to the Public - Bring a Friend

Starts at 11:00 AM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

Hosted by Okmulgee, Mayes, Muskogee, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner County Conservation Districts

RSVP by May 8th:
-Chris Best, 405-385-3032, Christopher.Best@ok.usda.gov
-Dr. Carol Crouch, 405-612-9331, Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

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Monarch Meetup - Woodward
May
14
5:00 PM17:00

Monarch Meetup - Woodward

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join Okies for Monarchs for this Monarch Meetup!

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

Learn more.

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Oklahoma Conservation District Director Elections
Jun
4
to Jun 13

Oklahoma Conservation District Director Elections

The governing body of a conservation district consists of five public officials. Two board members are appointed by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and three are elected by registered voters within the conservation district. The three elected positions are numbered 1, 2 and 3 with succeeding terms so that one term expires each year. The term of an elected director is from July 1 through June 30 for a period of three years.

Elections

Elections for district director are held each year on the first Tuesday of June as established by law, a day also designated as Conservation District Day.

Eligibility

To be eligible to file for district director election, an individual must be a registered voter in the district and must have a cooperator agreement with the district. If individuals do not already have a cooperator agreement with the district they can make application for the agreement.

Filing for Conservation District Director Election

Interested persons may obtain and file a Notification and Declaration of Candidacy form from their local conservation district office during the filing period which is May 1-10. Forms are also available by clicking on the links below.

Forms

Notification and Declaration of Candidacy

Application for Cooperator Agreement

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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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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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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

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NACD South Central Region Meeting
Jul
21
to Jul 23

NACD South Central Region Meeting

  • WinStar World Casino and Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SAVE THE DATE!

2019 NACD South Central Region Meeting

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

More details coming soon.

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Community Garden Forum: Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Be Healthy
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Community Garden Forum: Grow Healthy, Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

Learn more about Developing, Maintaining and Sustaining a community garden

Guest Speaker: Micah Anderson, Langston University, Extension Agent for Horticultural Research and Extension

Taft Resource Center
208 West Seminole, Taft, OK 74463

**Meal will be provided**

RSVP by Thursday, April 10, 2019
Contact Rhonda Bowman 918-682-8831 x3 or 918-485-4747 x3

More information.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar– Pollinator Conservation
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar– Pollinator Conservation

NACD April2019 U&C Webinar – Pollinator Conservation

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time, on April 18, 2019 will feature Pollinator Conservation.

 

The Pollinator Stewardship Council will report on an ongoing project, Pollinator Habitat on Three Different Types of Corporate Properties. For four years, Ohio businesses have collaborated with beekeepers to provide pollinator habitat, encourage new beekeepers through 4-H, inspire other businesses and individuals to create habitat and collect data showing the benefit to pollinators.

The West Multnomah SWCD in Oregon has incorporated pollinator habitat into opportune projects throughout the area and trained volunteers to monitor them for pollinators over the past three seasons. Information about this community science model will be shared, including the program’s model, results, lessons learned and resources. The District also developed informative tools such as the Meadowscaping Handbook and Pollinator Bloom Time Chart to help people develop pollinator habitats in urban yards and rural landscapes.

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, 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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Monarch Meetup - Ponca City
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

Monarch Meetup - Ponca City

Have questions about gardening for pollinators? Want to meet others in your community who are helping save the Monarchs? Then join Okies for Monarchs for this Monarch Meetup!

Local experts will be on hand to answer questions about how to plant and maintain your own monarch/pollinator garden. There will also be free seed packets for attendees, as well as darn good company. This free public education series is open to anyone to attend and is a casual come & go social. Bring your friends, family and anyone interested in helping save the monarchs.

Learn more.

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Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Watonga
Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food - Watonga

Free Conservation Locally-Led Workshop & Dinner

Starts at 5:30 PM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • OSU Extension

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

  • Healthy Soil = Healthy Food

Hosted by Woodward, Ellis, Dewey, Major & Blaine County Conservation Districts

RSVP by April 10 to P. J. Martin, NRCS, 580-623-8501 ext.3, Phillip.Martin@ok.usda.gov or Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS, 405-612-9331, Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov

Open to the Public

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Ada Blue Thumb Volunteer Training
Apr
12
8:30 AM08:30

Ada Blue Thumb Volunteer Training

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30am to 4:30pm on Friday, April 12th at East Central University in the Education Building Room 101 in Ada, OK. The training will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be included and all participants will recieve at WET activity guide at the end of the day. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek's ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish. For those interested in monitoring a local creek or stream, you will need to attend this training for the entire duration and also register for a Stream Monitoring Training (schedule of trainings can be found on our website or Facebook page). 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. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

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USDA Conservation Workshop: Madill, OK
Apr
8
5:30 PM17:30

USDA Conservation Workshop: Madill, OK

  • Marshall County OSU Cooperative Extension Service Expo Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

USDA Programs: Who We Are, What We Do & Our Services

Free Conservation Workshop & Dinner
Open to the Public

Pre-registration: 5:30 PM
Workshop Starts at 6:00 PM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • OSU Extension Service Updates & Projects

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving on Council

  • How to get started with USDA programs

RSVP by April 5th

Valerie Hannon, Valerie.Hannon@usda.gov, 580-634-3162 ext.3

Dr. Carol Crouch (NRCS), Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov, 405-612-9331

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Healthy Soil for Healthy Gardens
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

Healthy Soil for Healthy Gardens

Healthy Soil for Healthy Gardens

  • Composting

  • Pollinator Plants

  • High Tunnels

  • Rainfall Simulator Demonstration

Free soil test to the first 20 guests. Free native pollinator seed for all guests. Professionals and experts will be speaking on pollinators, composting, soil health, and high tunnels.

St. Luke Baptist Church - 10001 NE 50th Street - Spencer, OK

Contact Information and Sponsor:
Oklahoma County Conservation District
405-415-4602

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Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers

  • Oklahoma Conservation Commission (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Blue Thumb is having a training for new volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6th and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th at the Oklahoma Conservation Commission office at 2800 N Lincoln Blvd in Oklahoma City.

The training on Saturday, April 6th 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 3rd. Please contact bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions.

The training on Sunday, April 7th 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.

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 2019 Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference
Apr
3
8:00 AM08:00

2019 Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference

  • Wes Watkins Center - Oklahoma State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Watershed Decisions: Harnessing Information to Protect Lakes and Streams”

Hosted by Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association

Water quality mangement conference featuring multiple concurrent presentation tracks, an expanded student poster contest, and professional exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

Find more information and register online.

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Application deadline for Friends of Blue Thumb Mini-grants
Mar
31
5:00 PM17:00

Application deadline for Friends of Blue Thumb Mini-grants

Volunteers are eligible for funding to accomplish education!  Maybe you want to buy some materials for an exhibit about your monitoring data.  Maybe your community is holding an Earth Day event and you want to participate.  Maybe you see the value in having a presence at the local farmer’s market, or you are going to be involved in a cleanup event.   Friends of Blue Thumb is giving away mini-grants of up to $200 to Blue Thumb volunteers. 

If you are interested send a brief proposal (no more than one page) to Cheryl Cheadle and Noreen Casey (cheryl.cheadle@conservation.ok.gov  and noreenc@aol.com )  by March 31, 2019.  Include information about expected expenditures.  Volunteers submitting winning proposals will be notified by April 19.  Funds will be provided after the event or project is completed, and a brief report, including photographs, is submitted to FBT.   Feel free to contact Cheryl with any questions.  Proposals likely to be funded are those that will have far reaching educational impacts.

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Deadline to apply for Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Deadline to apply for Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship

The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third annual "Mike Thralls Memorial Scholarship."

Mike Thralls

Mike Thralls

Thralls was an unwavering steward of the land who loved Oklahoma and was committed to preserving her natural resources. Thralls was a graduate of Oklahoma State University who went on to serve as Oklahoma Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission.

In his memory, OACD will be awarding two $500 scholarships in April 2019.

Eligibility:
In order to be awarded a scholarship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Current high school senior in Oklahoma that will be pursuing a degree in agriculture or natural resources at Oklahoma State University.

  • Currently enrolled at Oklahoma State University in the College of Agriculture or Natural Resources;and be a graduate of an Oklahoma high school.

Preferred Criteria:
In the spirit of Mike Thralls, applicants that are involved in 4-H, FFA, farming and/or ranching and have expressed an interest in conservation are encouraged to apply. Applicants should exhibit outstanding character, professionalism and a commitment to serve their community.

Application Process:

Applicants should submit a 500 word essay on a conservation subject of their choice along with their full name, address, telephone number, email address and a copy of their most recent high school or college transcripts to OACD no later than March 29, 2019, to:

OACD
PO Box 2775
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
sarahblaney@okconservation.org

Award Notification:

The scholarship will be presented at Conservation Day at the Capitol on April 23, 2019. Scholarship winners will be invited to attend to accept their award. All funds will be paid directly to Oklahoma State University.

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Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food
Mar
28
10:30 AM10:30

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

You are Invited – Bring a friend & Family

Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food
Goodwell, Oklahoma (Directions)

Free Conservation Workshop & Lunch
Pre-registration: 10:30 AM
Workshop Starts at 11:00 AM

  • Ag Census Update (NASS)

  • FSA Program Updates

  • NRCS Program Updates

  • Importance of Conservation Districts & Serving on Council

  • Local Resource Concerns

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Soil & Healthy Food

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage

  • Healthy Soil = Healthy Food

Hosted by Texas and Cimarron County Conservation Districts

RSVP by March 22
Alan Messenger Alan.Messenger@ok.usda.gov
580-338-7379 ext.3
Dr. Carol Crouch Carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov
405-612-9331


More info.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Lawn of the Future
Mar
21
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: Lawn of the Future

NACD March2019 U&C Webinar

Lawn of the Future is the topic of the next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time, on March 21, 2019.

An emerging R&D concept at the Scotts Miracle Gro Company, "Lawn of the Future", shows how an array of innovations are working together to allow homeowners to have a beautiful outdoor space even as water resources become increasingly limited in the future. Scientist Phil Dwyer, aka Dr Phil the Lawn Doctor, will review this holistic approach to backyard conservation covering all the aspects of lawn and garden care including sustainable grass varieties, targeted fertilization, smart watering and drip irrigation. Participants will gain new insights on new ways to enhance the water use efficiency of lawns both through the evaluation of new smart watering technologies and the best cultural practices for protecting water resources.

 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, 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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Rural Economic Development Conference “Improving the Sustainability of Oklahoma’s Small Farmers and Businesses”
Mar
16
8:00 AM08:00

Rural Economic Development Conference “Improving the Sustainability of Oklahoma’s Small Farmers and Businesses”

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc.

Presents the 13th Rural Economic Development Conference

“Improving the Sustainability of Oklahoma’s Small Farmers and Businesses”

  • Solar Water Wells

  • Heir Property

  • Rural Housing

  • Watermelon Production/Marketing Opportunities

  • Hemp Opportunities

Registration at www.obhrpi.org.

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Call for Papers/Posters Deadline: 2019 OCLWA Conference
Mar
15
5:00 PM17:00

Call for Papers/Posters Deadline: 2019 OCLWA Conference

  • Wes Watkins Center - Oklahoma State University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Watershed Decisions: Harnessing Information to Protect Lakes and Streams”

Hosted by Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association

Deadline to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations of work in aquatic resource science and management for the Annual OCLWA Conference is March 15.

This year’s conference will focus on “Watershed Decisions: Harnessing Information to Protect Lakes and Streams”. The OCLWA supports a variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • Lakes, Streams, and other Limnological Studies

  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Management

  • Watershed Science and Management

  • Wetland Science and Management

  • Water Quality Modeling

  • Fisheries Science and Management

  • State and Regional Water Quality Monitoring Programs

  • Regional Water Quality Issues

  • Invasive Aquatic Species

  • Groundwater Science and Management

Presenters must complete the relevant form and submit an abstract of their proposed presentation. Abstracts must be 200 words or less, single spaced, formatted in Calibri 11 point font, and must include title followed by author(s), and affiliation. Completed submissions for presentations are due by March 15, 2019, but early submissions are encouraged!

For oral presentations or posters, submit abstracts to Greg Kloxin at greg.kloxin@conservation.ok.gov.

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

NACD Spring Fly-in

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

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

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President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Award (PIAEE) Applications Due
Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Award (PIAEE) Applications Due

Applications are now being accepted for the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Award (PIAEE). 

EPA is seeking PEYA and PIAEE awards applications that highlight environmental stewardship in a variety of areas, including the following: environmental sustainability: a healthy school environment including projects that reduce food waste in school cafeterias; environmentally friendly agriculture practices; reducing human contributions to ocean litter and how to prevent it; school gardens; recycling; or using STEM to teach environmental education.

The PEYA program recognizes outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth, promoting awareness of our nation's natural resources and encouraging positive community involvement. 

PEYA is an annual award administered by the Office of Environmental Education at EPA. Since 1971, EPA has recognized young people for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. Each year the PEYA program honors a wide variety of projects developed by young individuals, school classes (kindergarten through high school), summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations to promote environmental awareness. Through environmental education and stewardship activities, students develop the critical thinking skills experience to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to address difficult environmental issues.

EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s 10 Regions – one regional winner for Grades K-5 and one regional winner for Grades 6-12.  Winners of this year’s awards will be invited to a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in mid-2019, and have their project mentioned on EPA’s website.

All student projects must be sponsored by at least one adult over the age of 21. The application and eligibility information are available at: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidents-environmental-youth-award.

For more information, please contact PEYA@epa.gov.

The PIAEE is an annual award program administered by the Office of Environmental Education at EPA. Since 1971, the EPA has recognized exceptional K-12 teachers employing innovative, interactive approaches to environmental education. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's teachers. 

PIAEE awardees will receive an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs (and not for construction costs, general expenses, salaries, bonuses, or other administrative expenses).

EPA will select up to two winners in each of EPA’s 10 Regions.

For information on recent winners, visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-honors-award-winning-environmental-education-teachers-and-students

Details regarding application requirements and descriptions of winning projects since 2002 can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/education/presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

For more information, please contact: PIAEE@epa.gov.
 

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Texas Soil Health Short Course
Feb
26
to Feb 27

Texas Soil Health Short Course

Texas Soil Health Short Course - Palestine

The “Texas Soil Health Short Course”(TSHSC)will be held Feb 26-27, 2019 in Palestine, TX. Whether you drive a tractor, ride a horse, or a hunting UTV your success depends on the ability of your soil to produce the commodity or experience that you desire.

The TSHSC has been designed to provide leading dynamic soil properties research and technical information for Texas along with producer’s practical approaches to implementing a system to improve their soil health. TSHSC will provide conservation demonstrations and hands-on field activities that will help you start implementing soil health the minute you return to your operation.

Learn about soil management strategies from innovative producers and the world’s top researchers on methods to improve the health of your soil. Speaker profiles, conservation demonstrations, and field tour information can be found here.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: National Brownfields Program
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar: National Brownfields Program

The next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time on February 21, 2019 will feature the National Brownfields Program.

 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives will give an overview of the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act that was enacted in March 2018 and how it can be useful to local entities like conservation districts.

 The Laramie Rivers CD of Wyoming will provide an update on their recently completed clean-up of the old Midwest Refinery property using Brownfield and Community Development Block Grant resources.

 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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Benefits of Healthy Soil Workshop
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Benefits of Healthy Soil Workshop

Free Agriculture Workshop & Dinner

How Can Healthy Soil be Beneficial to You

Pre-registration begins at 5:30 PM - Workshop begins at 6:00 PM

The workshop agenda topics include:

  • Overview of the agriculture demonstration, education and outreach efforts being undertaken by the Choctaw Nation in partnership with NRCS

  • Ongoing research on new crop species and varieties being conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

  • Grazing Management for Healthy Plants and Soil

  • Simple Steps for Better Forage and Stocking Rates, What it will Cost me?

  • USDA program updates and new Ag Census Data

Learn more.

Please RSVP by February 15th by calling Tonee Wolf at 800-522-6170 ext.6019, Carol Crouch at 405-612-9331 Register via e-mail to: twolf@choctawnation.com or carol.crouch@ok.usda.gov.

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No-Till Oklahoma All-Crops Conference
Feb
19
to Feb 20

No-Till Oklahoma All-Crops Conference

  • National Center for Employee Development (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn about the latest best management practices for the following crops:

  • Canola

  • Cotton

  • Sorghum

  • Soybeans

  • Wheat

Early Registration (before February 1): $200 • Late Registration: $250

Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Please call 1-405-447-9000 for lodging reservations.

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Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers

Do your part to help the streams and rivers of southwest Oklahoma!

Learn about - Stream Ecology, Watersheds, Common Pollutants, Stream Monitoring, Stream Protection, and Educating the Public.

For more information, contact Becky Zawalski at 405-522-4731 or 405-761-7401 or becky.zawalski@conservation.ok.gov

*There is a separate registration for each day. The Day One “Stream Ecology Education” can be taken as a stand alone day, but the Stream Monitoring on Day Two requires volunteers to have completed “Stream Ecology Education.”

**There is a small charge for materials each day. More information is available when you register.

Find more information.

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Ag in the Classroom Grant Application Deadline
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

Ag in the Classroom Grant Application Deadline

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is pleased to request grant proposals from educators to expand agricultural literacy in Oklahoma schools. Funding for these grants has been made available through the Oklahoma Pork Council.

NEW: Six Grants will be awarded in the amount of $500 each, and will be awarded in both the fall and the spring. Proposals are funded based upon project merit and the availability of funds. The application deadlines are September 15 and February 15.

Project objectives must promote students' understanding of the food and fiber system and support the use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program in the overall classroom curriculum. Because the primary purpose for this grant is to encourage use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program, project proposals must be directly related to Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons and activities. A list of Ag in the Classroom lessons, and the activities to go with the lessons, are required.

Who may apply for these grants?
Grants are available to PreK-12 educators in Oklahoma working in public or private schools and to Oklahoma educators who work with students, grades PreK-12, in nonformal educational settings, e.g., after school programs, alternative education programs, 4-H clubs, etc. Applicants must have received AITC training through one of our many professional development opportunities.

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FREE ASA Webinar: Regenerative Agriculture - An Introduction
Feb
13
11:00 AM11:00

FREE ASA Webinar: Regenerative Agriculture - An Introduction

Professional Development without the Sales Pitch! 

Regenerative Agriculture:
An Introduction from an Experienced Producer and Educator

An American Society of Agronomy Webinar

Register Now

Free to all Registrants!
Watch Live or Later!

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00 AM CT

Regenerative agriculture does not mean organic or conventional—it is a pathway for all producers to improve soil health and become more profitable. Understanding the farm as an ecosystem unlocks new solutions to these problems, which are summarized in the principles of regenerative agriculture: 1) reduce disturbance, 2) keep the soil covered, 3) maximize diversity, 4) keep a living root in the ground year-round, and 5) integrate livestock. Learn how and why these principles work to help farmers achieve higher functioning soils that ultimately lead to greater profitability.

Questions? Need Help with Registration? 
Contact  Michele Lovejoy (608) 268-4947

1 CEU Sustainability (CCA/CPAg)
1 CEU Professional Meetings (CPSS/CPSC/CST)

Registration for the webinar includes access to the live webinar and a link to a recording of the webinar. The recording link will be emailed to you and will be available approximately one week from the scheduled date. This link will be valid for 30 days and can only be used by the registrant.

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Quail and Pollinators in Southeast Oklahoma Workshop
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Quail and Pollinators in Southeast Oklahoma Workshop

Come learn about managing your property for wildlife! The informational session on Quail, wildlife and habitat management is FREE to all!

Meeting will be at the Bowers Community Building roughly 7 miles west of Wilburton, OK. From Wilburton take Hwy 270 West for 6.3 miles to Bowers Road, continue West on Bowers Road for 0.5 miles. Bowers Community Building is on right (North) side of Road.

Topics to Cover:

• Habitat Management

• Prescribed Fire

• Monarch Butterfly & Pollinators

• Pushmataha WMA Forest Habitat Research Area

RSVP to :

Latimer County Conservation District
918-465-2181
latimerccd@conservation.ok.gov

Dustin Lamoreaux
405-714-7893
dlamoreaux@pheasantsforever.org

More information.

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