Finalists for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award Selected

Finalists for Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award Selected

Three finalists have been selected for the prestigious 2018 Oklahoma Leopold Conservation Award®.

Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes farmers, ranchers and foresters who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land.

In Oklahoma the $10,000 award is presented annually by Sand County Foundation, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Noble Research Institute, the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, and ITC Holdings Corp.

USDA Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

USDA Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers

The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement is soliciting applications for the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. This committee will deliberate upon advice and recommendations to submit to the Secretary for consideration on matters broadly affecting minority farmers and equitable access to USDA programs and services. The deadline to apply will be extended to November 15, 2018. All previous applications submitted will be considered.

Find more information here.

Upstream Flood Control Dams Mitigate Historic Flooding

Upstream Flood Control Dams Mitigate Historic Flooding

Historic flooding occurred throughout South Central Oklahoma on Friday, September 21, 2018. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) extends their sincere sorrow to those affected by the floods.

“These floods were devastating,” said OCC Executive Director Trey Lam. “The full extent of the damage to the land and the loss of property and livestock will not be fully known for some time. However, due to OCC’s partnership with USDA-NRCS and the funding we received from the State of Oklahoma, we know the losses are not as catastrophic as they could have been thanks to our upstream flood control dams.”

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Retaliation

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Trade Retaliation

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with  World Trade Organization obligations.

The following programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets:

NRCS Conservation Roadtrip: Making a Difference in Oklahoma

NRCS Conservation Roadtrip: Making a Difference in Oklahoma

OACD President Jimmy Emmons is featured on the NRCS ConservationRoadtrip!

Jimmy is a third-generation farmer and rancher from Leedey, OK, President of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and winner of the Leopold Conservation Award. He is passionate about sharing the importance of soil health, speaking to farmers and conservation groups across Oklahoma on the subject.

On his own land, he implemented many conservation and soil health practices: no-till, crop rotations, cover crops and planned grazing management. He was one of the first in his area to use pollinator strips and companion crops to control pests and provide habitat for pollinators. Not only is this good for the soil and pollinators, but it also reduces his overhead costs on insecticide.

Read more about Jimmy, a farmer, rancher and leading voice in conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Conservation Districts Invited to Submit Applications for NACD Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions

Conservation Districts Invited to Submit Applications for NACD Annual Meeting Breakout Sessions

The National Association of Conservation Districts is accepting applications for breakout sessions at the 2019 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. NACD offers a number of informational breakout sessions during the Annual Meeting, focusing on the work of districts and their partners across the country. Sessions typically run 60-90 minutes, and in most cases, showcase several speakers at 20-30 minutes each. Applications must be submitted to Eric Hansen at eric-hansen@nacdnet.org by Friday, September 14.

New Cover Crops and Water Quality Fact Sheets, Infographics and Slide Set Now Available

New Cover Crops and Water Quality Fact Sheets, Infographics and Slide Set Now Available

In a review of 98 publications, SARE and the University of Missouri staff identified how cover cropping influences soil and nutrient losses from agricultural fields, water infiltration and soil organic matter. SARE's new Cover Crops and Water Quality resource series includes free materials to help educators, farmers and others learn and share how cover cropping can improve water quality.

Job Opening: Deer Creek Conservation District Manager

Job Opening: Deer Creek Conservation District Manager

The Deer Creek Conservation District (DCCD) will be accepting applications for a full-time District Manager until COB – July 16. Applicants must have a strong working knowledge of general office procedures, computer software applications and bookkeeping. DCCD is looking for an outgoing, self-starter with excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to interact with the public and board of directors.