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News and Recent Publications

  • President’s Note: Crop Nutritional Profiles

    When it comes to the president’s note, I don’t follow a topic area other than agriculture. I tend to decide on a subject based on what has caught my eye recently, though it may repeat…

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  • Field Notes – December 2017

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage gets this issue rolling with reflections on an article about breeding crops for particular nutritional needs. The rest of this month’s newsletter is given over, as usual,…

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  • Choctaw Hoop House Workshop Recap – and Updated Plans!

    The Choctaw Nation hosted one of the Kerr Center’s popular hoop house workshops at its Community Center in Poteau on October 7. The workshop treated participants to a hands-on experience assembling an affordable, 1,700 square-foot…

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  • SIGN UP for E-Field Notes: Kerr Center Newsletter

    Information to help you be successful and sustainable! Keep up with Kerr Center Farm and Ranch, public events, publications, videos: sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, E-Field Notes.

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  • Organic Establishment of Native Wildflowers

    This presentation, by Kerr Center President David Redhage, is from a USDA-NRCS webinar held August 1, 2017.  It describes the Kerr Center’s experiences and lessons learned from efforts to establish wildflower plantings on the Kerr…

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  • Portable Shade

    Take a structure designed to protect tender plants from frost, and turn it into something that keeps cattle cool in high summer? Sure – it’s just another example of the Kerr Center livestock program’s can-do…

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Southern SAWG Conference @ Chattanooga, TN
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day
Southern SAWG Conference @ Chattanooga, TN | Chattanooga | Tennessee | United States

The Southern SAWG Annual Conference is well-known for providing the practical tools and solutions.  It is a key event for those interested in sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. It draws over 1,200 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation each year. The conference offers outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display, and a trade show. 

Start planning now to be in Chattanooga, Tennessee January 17-20, 2018 to learn, network and celebrate!

The popular Pre-Conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses and then on Thursday, several exciting half-day field trips and mini courses. Each of these pre-conference activities requires separate registration.

Thursday evening offers an informal meet and greet with music and cash bar.

The General Conference is held on Friday and Saturday, with a wide variety of program offerings and nearly 100 expert presenters.  There are sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field, on topics including organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, campus farms, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.

The General Conference line-up includes nearly 60 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in our region, and another 13 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.

9th Annual Agroforestry Symposium: Soil Health in Diverse Cropping Systems @ Columbia, MO (University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center)
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
9th Annual Agroforestry Symposium: Soil Health in Diverse Cropping Systems @ Columbia, MO (University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center) | Columbia | Missouri | United States

Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration
8:30 a.m. Introduction
Dr. Michael Gold,
Interim Director, The Center for AgroforestryWelcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Christopher Daubert,
Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
8:45 a.m. Priorities for Advancing Soil Health Management Systems
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt,
President and CEO, Soil Health Institute
9:30 a.m. Soil Health and Promoting Multi-Functional Agriculture Systems: Insights from California
Dr. Amelie Gaudin,
Associate Professor, University of California Davis
10:00 a.m. Soil Ecosystems Services of Agroforestry
Dr. Ranjith Udawatta,
Center for Agroforestry
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: Farmer Perspectives on Enhancing Soil Health
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Soil Demonstrations and Poster Session in McQuinn Atrium)
1:00 p.m. Advances in Soil Health Indicators: Developing Affordable and Interpretable Tests for Farmers
Dr. Kristen Veum,
1:30 p.m. Healthy Soils: The Missouri Partnership
Sara Parker Pauley,
Director, Missouri Department of Conservation
2:00 p.m. National and Regional Trends in Adoption of Soil Health Practices
Dr. Rob Myers, Director, USDA – North Central SARE
2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Programs and Agency Coordination for Soil Health in Missouri
Moderator: Gregory O. Mori, Outreach Coordinator, UMCA
3:45 p.m. Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in McQuinn Atrium (Until 5:45 p.m.)
4:30 p.m. Reception Presentation
Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership/NCGA
5:45 p.m. Adjourn

Symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.
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For more information, visit the conference website or contact Gregory O. Mori by email or phone (573-884-2874).

No-till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS | Wichita | Kansas | United States

Join No-till on the Plains for their 22nd annual  Winter Conference,  featuring a landmark lineup of soil health speakers, including keynote speaker Allan Savory.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Steve Swaffar by email or phone (785-210-4549).

Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Annual Conference @ Georgetown, TX
Feb 1 – Feb 3 all-day

Register now for the 2018 TOFGA Annual Conference! Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts are expected to attend from all over Texas to share ideas, network, build community, and have fun!

Regional farmer scholarships are available to farmers living within 400 miles of Austin, Texas.

Preconference WorkshopsThe conference includes two days of learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours. The Friday night banquet features keynote speaker, Michael Abelman, a pioneer of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements, and a delicious locally-sourced dinner.  Pre-conference events and the banquet are not included in registration, but can be added during the registration process.

TOFGA is a statewide non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for Texas farmers, ranchers, and gardeners who practice organic and sustainable methods. TOFGA is run exclusively on membership dues and donations from the community. 2018 is TOFGA’s 25th anniversary.

Friday Banquet Dinner & Keynote

Michael Abelman
Join TOFGA for a delicious farm-to-table dinner and inspiring keynote by Michael Abelman, a pioneer of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements. Plan to stay after the banquet for the second annual Farm & Food Trivia Night!


Conference Schedule

  • Thursday Pre-Conference Workshops & Farm Tours (Please note that registration for pre-conference events is separate and not included in the full conference registration.)
  • Conference Kick-Off – Thursday 5-7 pm, Join the TOFGA Board and exhibitors for mixing, mingling, and a cash bar. Additionally, research students will be on-hand to display and discuss their academic posters.
  • TOFGA Regional Meetings – Friday lunch hour, lunch included in registration
  • TOFGA Members Meeting – Friday afternoon
  • Annual Banquet Keynote & Dinner – Friday evening, dinner included, plus cash bar
  • Exhibitors Hall – Open Thursday 5-7, all-day Friday, and Saturday until close.
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Healthy Farms Conference @ Lincoln, NE
Feb 9 – Feb 10 all-day
Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Healthy Farms Conference @ Lincoln, NE | Lincoln | Nebraska | United States

Held in February each year, NSAS hosts a wide range of speakers covering interests ranging across the spectrum — from production to marketing to conservation in farming & beyond.  This year’s keynote presenter is Wes Jackson, founder and president emeritus of The Land Institute.

The family-friendly conference also features an extensive range of sessions for and by youth.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact William Powers.


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