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News and Recent Publications

  • Southern SAWG is Coming to Little Rock!

    Pre-Conference courses: January 23–24, 2019 General Conference: January 25–26, 2019 Little Rock, located between the fertile Delta and the beautiful Ozarks, is a growing hot-spot for the local foods movement and is a natural fit…

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  • President’s Note: Cool-Season Vegetable Crops

    Summers in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma can be challenging for some garden crops. There is the potential in Oklahoma for cool-season vegetable crops, provided you manage the rotations with summer cover crops…

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  • Field Notes – September 2018

    In September we pass through the fall equinox, and the balance point where there are as many hours of daylight as of darkness. So, in this issue, we focus on the idea of balanced halves…

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  • Researchers Find Water Conservation Solutions in Cover Crops

    via Southern SARE:

    In a two-year graduate student study at Texas Tech University, funded through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program, winter cover crops – specifically rye – helped build healthy soils while preserving precious water for summer crops in minimally tilled forage-based grazing systems.

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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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  • Farming with Walk-Behind Tractors

    This report covers the Kerr Center’s decade of experience using walk-behind tractors in the Cannon Horticulture Project. It serves as both backgrounder and how-to manual.

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Farm & Food Leadership Conference @ McKinney, TX
Oct 14 – Oct 16 all-day
Farm & Food Leadership Conference @ McKinney, TX | McKinney | Texas | United States

This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting farms and food, as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.


  • In-depth pre-conference workshops to help farmers and producers with practical solutions, whether they be related to livestock or fruit and vegetable production.
  • Knowledgeable and engaging speakers on topics that include the state of today’s farmers’ markets, nutrition, crop diversity, water policy, farm support programs, GMOs, food freedom, and more.
  • Networking with individuals and businesses who care about our local farms and food.

Presented by Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance and Council for Healthy Food Systems.

For more information, contact Teresa Davenport by email or phone (254-697-2661).

Meat Goat Boot Camp @ Ada (Pontotoc County Agri -Plex)
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day
Meat Goat Boot Camp @ Ada (Pontotoc County Agri -Plex)

The Oklahoma Meat Goat Boot Camp is a three day camp that uses the combination of classroom exercises and hands-on instructions about the different production practices involved in a meat goat operation.

Production practices include but are not limited to ear tagging, castrating, tatooing, hoof trimming, electric fence building, forage testing, forage production, farm business planning, nutrition, ration balancing, FAMACHA, determining fecal egg counts, herd health practices, kidding, neonatal care, reproduction and pregnancy determination using ultra sound. Class size is small to facilitate teacher-participant interaction. Participants are also allowed to take extra time if needed with the hands-on exercises.

There is a registration fee of $150 per person and the participants are responsible for their rooming arrangements and meals not provided during the camp.

For more information or to register, visit the Meat Goat Boot Camp webpage or contact JJ Jones by email or phone (580-332-7011).

Rural Economic Outlook Conference @ Stillwater (Conoco Phillips OSU Alumni Center)
Oct 17 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Rural Economic Outlook Conference @ Stillwater (Conoco Phillips OSU Alumni Center)

The OSU Agricultural Economics Department is hosting the Rural Economic Outlook Conference at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center located on the OSU campus, Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

The lineup of speakers includes Nathan Kauffman, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank-Omaha Branch and Dr. James MacDonald, USDA Economic Research Service.

The registration fee of $50 includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage.



07:30 am Breakfast and Registration
08:30 am Welcome, Dr. Tom Coon, Dean and VP, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
08:40 am Economic Outlook, Nathan Kauffman, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank – Omaha Branch
09:45 am State of the Oklahoma Rural Economy, Dave Shideler
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Federal and State Changes in Budgets and Policy, Dr. Amy Hagerman, OSU Agricultural Economics Assistant Professor in Food and Ag Policy
11:50 am Undergraduate Update – Aggie-X representative
12:00 pm Catered Lunch
12:45 pm Concentration and Structural Change in U.S. Agriculture, Dr. James MacDonald, USDA Economic Research Service
02:00 pm Break
02:30 pm Rapid Fire Outlook Panel
Agricultural Finance topics, Rodney Jones, Farm Credit Chair
Grain Markets, Kim Anderson, OSU Agricultural Economics Professor Emeritus
Livestock Markets, Derrell Peel, OSU Agricultural Economics Charles Breedlove Professor
03:45 pm Wrap-up/ Evaluation
04:00 pm Adjourn
Webinar: Cover Crops: Selection and Management
Oct 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar will focus on selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity. Presenters are Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association of Biological Farming and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This is part of‘s Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series.

Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop @ Lonsdale, AR (The Farm at Barefoot Bend)
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Beginning Farmer Livestock Workshop @ Lonsdale, AR (The Farm at Barefoot Bend)

NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey will teach sessions on business planning, marketing, and sustainable livestock production. The workshop will include a tour of The Farm at Barefoot Bend and hands-on training on topics including pastured poultry production, pastured pork, and grass-fed cattle.

Damon and Jana Helton, owners of The Farm at Barefoot Bend, will share their experiences getting started in farming and how their operation has grown. Workshop attendees will also tour the Heltons’ Olde Crow General Store.

There is no cost for the workshop, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage or contact Margo Hale by email or phone (479-442-9824).

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