Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Conservation Stewardship Program Applications Due

Agricultural producers wanting to enhance current conservation efforts are encouraged to apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps private landowners build their business while implementing conservation practices that help ensure the sustainability of their entire operation. NRCS plans to enroll up to 10 million acres in CSP in 2018.

While applications for CSP are accepted year round, applications must be received by March 2, 2018 to be considered for this funding period.

Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat  – all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land. CSP also encourages the adoption of cutting-edge technologies and new management techniques such as precision agriculture applications, on-site carbon storage and planting for high carbon sequestration rate, and new soil amendments to improve water quality.

Some of these benefits of CSP include:

  •     Improved cattle gains per acre;
  •     Increased crop yields;
  •     Decreased inputs;
  •     Wildlife population improvements; and
  •     Better resilience to weather extremes.

NRCS recently made several updates to the program to help producers better evaluate their conservation options and the benefits to their operations and natural resources. New methods and software for evaluating applications help producers see up front why they are or are not meeting stewardship thresholds, and allow them to pick practices and enhancements that work for their conservation objectives. These tools also enable producers to see potential payment scenarios for conservation early in the process.

Producers interested in CSP are recommended to contact their local USDA service center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted.

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Copy of Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project
Mar
24
8:30 AM08:30

Copy of Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

The Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project is hosting a workshop to educate producers on developing and implementing of your personal risk management plan.

March 24

Bryant Center
2200 N. Bryant Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73121

You can Register today by calling 214-505-3678 or email obhrpi@gmail.com
 Download registration information.

Lunch will be provided.

 

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NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop
Mar
27
9:30 AM09:30

NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop

March 27th

Chickasaw Nation Community Center
700 N. Mississippi
Ada, Oklahoma

Pre-registration & Setup @ 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM

Tentative Agenda:

Biological Indicators of Soil Health Management
-Nutrient Cycling
-Processing Organic Matter
-Infiltration
-Managing for Carbon & Nitrogen Ratio

Demonstrations – Biological Indicators
-Steve Alspach, NRCS
-Greg Scott, OCC

Sarah Blaney - OACD

Brief update on USDA & OCC Programs
-NASS – AG Census
-Troy Marshall
-NRCS – CCG & StrikeForce
-Carol Crouch & Clay Horton

OBHRP - TBA

Lunch – 12:30 PM

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Our Farms, Our Future Conference:  Crafting a Vision for Sustainable Agriculture
Apr
3
to Apr 5

Our Farms, Our Future Conference: Crafting a Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


The Our Farms, Our Future Conference, hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA program will be held on April 3-5, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri.

What’s your vision for the future of sustainable agriculture? Join our nation’s leading farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators in St. Louis on April 3-5, 2018 to explore a wide range of innovative, sustainable solutions to agriculture’s most pressing dilemmas.

The Our Farms, Our Future Conference will address major food sustainability trends with presentations by a diverse group of farmers and ranchers using a wide range of systems to produce vegetables, grains, fruit, cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock sustainably.

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Apr
17
to May 3

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

April Session:  April 17-May 3, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: February 27, 2018

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2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Sign-up Deadline
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

2018 Regional Conservation Partnership Program Sign-up Deadline

NRCS in Oklahoma announces an opportunity for producers to apply for financial assistance to install conservation practices through the Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin Watershed and The Elk City Lake Water Quality RCPP.

Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin Watershed project will pool Kansas and Oklahoma State and federal resources to address water quality concerns in the middle and lower Neosho River Basin, which affects water quality at Grand Lake. Partners in the Middle and Lower Neosho River Basin RCPP will work with landowners in these watersheds to install conservation measures that reduce delivery of pollutants (nutrients, sediment, and bacteria) that contribute to problems in the lake.

Elk City Lake Water Quality RCPP project will pool state and NRCS resources to address water quality concerns in the Elk City Lake Watershed.  Originally built in 1970 for flood control, the lake is also used as a recreational spot for boaters and fisherman alike. The Lake has become impaired by excess turbidity, recent blue green algae blooms and fish kills in the Lake which has increased its priority for rehabilitation. The partners in the Elk City Lake Watershed will work with Landowners to help in reducing nutrients and sediment that help in contributing to problems in the Elk City Lake watershed

For more information on applying for RCPP 2018 projects, interested individuals should contact NRCS as soon as possible to ensure they are eligible prior to the deadline of April 20, 2018. Should you have more questions or wish to apply, please contact your local NRCS field service center or visit the RCPP website.

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NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop
Apr
25
9:30 AM09:30

NRCS / Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council Workshop

Special Request SW Oklahoma Tribes

April 25th

Kiowa - Caddo Technology Center
1415 N. 7th Street
Fort Cobb, Oklahoma

Pre-registration & Setup @ 9:30 AM

Tentative Agenda:

Biological Indicators of Soil Health Management
-Nutrient Cycling
-Processing Organic Matter
-Infiltration
-Managing for Carbon & Nitrogen Ratio

Demonstrations – Biological Indicators
-Steve Alspach, NRCS
-Greg Scott, OCC

Best Management Practices for Grazing land
-Brandon Reavis, NRCS

Brief update on USDA & OCC Programs
-NASS – AG Census
-Troy Marshall
-NRCS – CCG & StrikeForce
-Carol Crouch or Danielle Metz

Sarah Blaney - OACD

Lunch – 11:45 AM

Afternoon Workshop 1-3 p.m.

OBHRP

Sarah Blaney - OACD

NRCS Application & Eligibility Process
-Brandy Pietz-Jones

FSA
-TBA
-Eligibility Forms
-Establishing and Farm & Tract number

Brief update on USDA & OCC Programs
-NASS – AG Census
-Troy Marshall
-NRCS – CCG & StrikeForce
-Carol Crouch or Danielle Metz

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
May
8
to May 24

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

May Session:  May 8-24, 2018

Last day for state/territory associations to submit participant information to NACD: March 20, 2018

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Jun
5
to Jun 21

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

June Session:  June 5-21, 2018

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

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Jul
17
to Aug 2

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

July Session:  July 17-August 2, 2018

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

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Aug
7
to Aug 23

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

August Session:  August 7-23, 2018

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

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NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp
Sep
11
to Sep 27

NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp

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

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

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

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

September Session:  Sept. 11-27, 2018

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

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

Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference

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


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

 

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Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project
Feb
17
8:30 AM08:30

Risk Management Workshop Hosted by the Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project

The Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project is hosting a workshop to educate producers on developing and implementing of your personal risk management plan.

Feb. 17

Bryant Center
2200 N. Bryant Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73121

You can Register today by calling 214-505-3678 or email obhrpi@gmail.com
 Download registration information.

Lunch will be provided.

 

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LeFlore County Free Agriculture Workshop & Dinner
Feb
15
5:30 PM17:30

LeFlore County Free Agriculture Workshop & Dinner

  • Choctaw Nation Community Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Choctaw Nation Community Center
Dale Cox Community Center – 208 B. Street
Poteau, Oklahoma

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration begins at 5:00 PM
Workshop begins at 6:00 PM

Workshop Topics Include:

NutBal
-How to collect samples
-How to correctly read and apply results
Farm Bill Programs
Cover Crops & Grazing

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by February 12 by calling the Poteau Field Office at 918-647-4800 ext. 3 or register by e-mail at donna.neumeyer@ok.usda.gov. There is no charge for the meeting and dinner will be provided. Sponsors include USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), LeFlore County Conservation District, Oklahoma Tribal Advisory Committee, and Choctaw Nation.

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2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum
Feb
13
9:00 AM09:00

2018 Southern Plains Wildfire Forum

One-day forum focusing on the recent wildfire events of 2016 and 2017 in the Southern Plains. The meeting will consist of both presentations and panel discussions covering topics including weather conditions, impacts and recovery perspectives, and management strategies such as prescribed fire to help reduce future wildfire risk.

9:00AM-3:30PM

BEAVER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
1107 DOUGLAS AVENUE
BEAVER, OK 73932

LUNCH PROVIDED; RSVP REQUIRED

For more information, please visit www.southernclimate.org/pages/meetings-and-workshops.

CONTACT LEAH KOS:
405-325-2541 | SCIPP@MESONET.ORG

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

Agriculture’s Innovative Minds (AIM) Symposium

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

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

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NACD Annual Meeting
Jan
27
to Jan 31

NACD Annual Meeting

  • Gaylord Opryland Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NACD is heading to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in January for the 72nd Annual Meeting! Network with upwards of 1,000 landowners, partnering organizations, companies, and government agencies. As a meeting attendee, you’ll discover emerging technologies, services, and programs; engage in professional development; participate in forums discussing natural resource issues and legislation; develop strategies for education and outreach; and influence conservation policy.

Find more information and register to attend at www.nacdnet.org/news-and-events/annual-meeting

 

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Wagoner County Conservation District & NRCS Open House
Jan
25
to Jan 26

Wagoner County Conservation District & NRCS Open House

  • 26114 State Highway 51 Wagoner, OK United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

CELEBRATE and Kick-Off the New Year with the Wagoner County Conservation District & Natural Resource Conservation Service at an Open House!

Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10:00am to Noon)
and/or
Friday, January 26, 2018 (1:00pm to 3:00pm)

  • Meet District & USDA Employees from various departments.
  • Discuss programs
  • Express your concerns
  • Discuss how we can help to better fulfill your needs as a service provider.

26114 State Highway 51, Wagoner, OK
Rhonda Bowman, District Manager, 918-485-4747 x3

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Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project's Risk Management Workshop
Jan
20
8:30 AM08:30

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project's Risk Management Workshop

Developing Personal Risk Management Plans

Saturday
January 20 • February 17 • March 24
Participants will attend ALL THREE workshops

Registration Sign-In | 8:30am - 9:00am
Workshop | 9:00am - 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided

The objective of these workshops is to teach farmers how to understand and implement farm business planning principles for successful risk management decision making.

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Oklahoma ACEP Applications Due January 19, 2018
Jan
19
5:00 PM17:00

Oklahoma ACEP Applications Due January 19, 2018

Oklahoma USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has announced that the agency is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Deadline for submissions is January 19, 2018, for FY2018 funding. 

ACEP has two components, one for Agricultural Land Easements (ALE) and one for Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). Applications for ALE and WRE are accepted on a continuous basis with announced cut-off dates for funding consideration.

Created in the 2014 Farm Bill, ACEP protects critical water resources and wildlife habitat, and encourages private owners to maintain their land for farming and ranching. Through the voluntary sale of an easement, landowners limit future development to protect these key resources.

Under the ALE component, funds are provided to eligible entities that use ACEP funding to purchase permanent agricultural land easements that not only not only protect the long-term viability of the nation's food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to non-agricultural uses, they also support environmental quality, wildlife habitat, and historic preservation and protection of open spaces. Cropland, rangeland, grassland, pastureland and industrial private forest land private forestland are eligible. 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. 

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 can 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.

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

To apply, entities should submit application packages for funding by January 19, 2018. To find out more about the application process, visit the ACEP-ALE section of the Oklahoma NRCS website.

To learn about ACEP and other technical and financial assistance available through NRCS conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your local USDA Service Center

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Oklahoma Partnership Awards Nominations Due
Jan
18
5:00 PM17:00

Oklahoma Partnership Awards Nominations Due

NRCS employees may recommend a conservation district employee, conservation district
director, or agriculture producer who has contributed toward the mission of NRCS. Through their actions and accomplishments these individuals have strengthened the Oklahoma Partnership through special acts and/or deeds that go beyond what would ordinarily be expected through their normal duties and responsibilities.

Download nomination form.

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NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, "Outreach to Urban Communities”
Jan
18
11:00 AM11:00

NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar, "Outreach to Urban Communities”

Tune in to the next NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar. Scheduled for 12:00noon-1:00pm Eastern time on January 18, the topic is “Outreach to Urban Communities”.

The Pierce CD in the state of Washington developed best practices for connecting to multilingual urban agriculture communities. To build lasting relationships and bridge communities, they strive for equity in outreach and shared decision-making.

In Minnesota, the Washington CD has worked to engage Homeowners’ Associations (apartments, condos, and townhomes) through a “Green Communities” project. Outreach has been driven by feedback from focus groups, which identified barriers and opportunities for clean water projects. 

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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Muskogee County Conservation District & NRCS Open House
Jan
16
to Jan 17

Muskogee County Conservation District & NRCS Open House

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

CELEBRATE and Kick-Off the New Year with the Muskogee County Conservation District & Natural Resource Conservation Service at an Open House!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (10:00am to Noon)
and/or
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (1:00pm to 3:00pm)

  • Meet District & USDA Employees from various departments.
  • Discuss programs
  • Express your concerns
  • Discuss how we can help to better fulfill your needs as a service provider.

3001 Azalea Park Drive, Ste 1, Muskogee, OK
Rhonda Bowman, District Manager, 918-682-8831

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

NACD Urban and Community Conservation webinar

NACD December U&C Webinar

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

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

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

 

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Conservation Movie Night
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Conservation Movie Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School
Dec
12
to Dec 13

Oklahoma State University Winter Crops School

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

The WCS is a great opportunity for CCAs, agronomists and producers to learn about the latest research and management strategies for crop and forage production in the southern Great Plains. For CCAs there will be approximately 2 credits offered in Integrated Pest Management, 2 credits in Crop Management, 3 Credits in Nutrient Management, and 2 credits in Soil and Water Conservation. For Certified Applicators, there will be approximately 2 ODAFF CEUs offered. In conjunction with the WCS, a CCA Exam prep course will be offered on the 13th.


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

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

 

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

2017 National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

  • Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosted by the the Soil & Water Conservation Society

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


Featured Speakers:

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

 

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