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News and Recent Publications

  • Ag Census: Cover Crops on the Rise in Oklahoma

    The 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture – recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – showed that on a national scale, Oklahoma is 7th in the nation for the largest decrease in cropland acreage using conventional tillage practices.

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  • Field Notes – April 2019

    This month we share some encouraging news from the national census of agriculture about how conservation practices are taking root in Oklahoma. Next, we sound a reminder that the deadline to sign up to have…

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  • Position Announcement: Education / Horticulture Program Manager

    Responsible for design, development and delivery of educational programming related to sustainable horticulture and organic horticulture. Educational programming will be hands on, written and web-based….

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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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  • Managing Excess Forage

    The late David Sparks was known to say, “The advice is to stock for a drought. Most people stock for a monsoon.” Even stocking for a drought, though, can create problems. What do you do with the extra forage?

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  • Small-Scale Gardening Technology at the Kerr Center’s Cannon Horticulture Project

    This report relates the Kerr Center's experiences with small-scale farming and gardening tools during a decade of bio-extensive management on the Cannon Horticulture Plots. Tools evaluated include spades, digging forks, broadforks, hoes, soil rakes, cultivators,...

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Events/Training

May
21
Tue
Small Farmers Conference @ Midwest City (Sheraton Midwest City Hotel)
May 21 – May 23 all-day
Small Farmers Conference @ Midwest City (Sheraton Midwest City Hotel)

The 2019 Langston University Small Farmers Conference is under the leadership of the School of Agriculture & Applied Sciences. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Productivity and Viability of Oklahoma Small Farmers and Ranchers trough Technical Assistance and Training”. This conference will provide a rich venue for small farmers and ranchers to learn about practices to enhance their production systems and alternative enterprises. The conference will also provide a platform for small farmers to meet and engage in conversation with national, state, and local representatives in the United States Department of Agriculture agencies.

For more information or to register, visit the conference registration page, or contact Jewellena Golden by email or phone (405-466-6166).

 

SMALL FARMERS CONFERENCE AGENDA

May 21, 2019 – Tour

First Stop: Langston, Logan County

Langston University
E (Kika) De la Garza American Institute for Goat Research
Vegtable Gardens

Second Stop: Campbell Family Farm Midwest City, OK

Campbell’s Family Farm is a beginning farm; they’ve been in operation since 2015. They have a cattle operation, grow some fresh produce, and maintain a three year old orchard that yeilds: apples, pears, plums, and apricots. Their focus is to assist young (beginning) farmers and producers.

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CommonWealth Urban Farms Okla. City, OK

CommonWealth’s focus is on community abundance: using gardening and the commonality of food as a means of connecting neighbors and enlivening our local community. They grow vegetables, micro greens and cut flowers for individuals and restaurants in the metro area. They also offer workshops and service/learning events on gardening, composting and urban farming. They are passionate about building a sustainable society, and believe that local food is a key part of what makes a community healthy and resilient.

****ONLY 50 SEATS AVAILABLE PER TOUR BUS****

6:00 PM Dinner at Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center

May 22, 2019 – Concurrent Sessions

Alternative Enterprises

  • LU Vegetable Trials
  • Campbell’s Diversified Farming Enterprises
  • Day Lilly Production

Value-Added Enterprises

  • Food Product Development
  • Beyond Goat Meat & Milk
  • Made in Oklahoma (MIO)

Nutrition & Wellness

  • Opioids: Growing Public Health Issue
  • Common Wealth Urban Gardens
  • Food Preservation

Farm Access

  • Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS)
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Livestock Management

  • Improving Sheep and Goat Herds
  • Soil Health
  • Disease Management In Livestock

Marketing

  • Marketing Your Livestock
  • Oklahoma Grown/ Farmers Market Opportunities
  • Social Media

5:45 PM Dinner at Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center

May 23, 2019 – Concurrent Sessions

Rural Prosperity

  • Assistive Technology in Programs and Services for Producers with Disabilities
  • Agriculture in a Changing Climate
  • Record Keeping

Youth Empowerment

  • Pathways to STEAM
  • Agro-Tech for Youth
  • Agriculture Programs for Youth

Industrial Hemp in Oklahoma

  • Hemp Licensing and Rules
  • Basics of Hemp Production
May
29
Wed
Workshop: Monarch Butterfly, Importance of Pollinators @ Shawnee (Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall)
May 29 @ 10:00 am
Workshop: Monarch Butterfly, Importance of Pollinators @ Shawnee (Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall)

Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and several conservation partners for this FREE pollinator workshop and lunch on May 29 in Shawnee.

At this workshop, Michael Sams of NRCS will talk about NRCS monarch and pollinator conservation efforts in Oklahoma.

Tonee Wolf of the Choctaw Nation will provide a Choctaw Nation Pollinator Project update. Also, the Chickasaw Nation Pollinator Initiatives will be covered.

Plus, Jane Breckinridge will share about projects of the Euchee Butterfly Farms.

NRCS partners for the workshop include the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), other USDA agencies and conservation groups. The Seminole, Shawnee, and Konawa Conservation Districts are the district partners for the workshop.

Our conservation program discussions will be led by Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service, NRCS, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and others.

The workshop will be held on May 29th and will start at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall, located at 1702 Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, OK 74801. The South Reunion Hall is located behind the CPN Putt Putt and on the south side of Firelake grocery store.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by May 23rd by calling Marie Youngblood, (405) 273-2076, ext. 3 or emailing Jane Breckinridge, jbreckinridget@hotmail.com or contacting Dr. Carol Crouch carol.crouch@usda.gov , (405) 742-1203. The workshop is open to the public.

Jun
2
Sun
Field Day: Specialty Crop Production @ Tyronza, AR (Whitton Farms)
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am
Field Day: Specialty Crop Production @ Tyronza, AR (Whitton Farms)

Join Heifer USA and New South Produce Cooperative for this farm training event at Whitton Farms in northeast Arkansas with owners & operators Jill & Keith Forrester, now in their 16th year of farming. Participants will learn from their wealth of knowledge and hear about their journey from teachers turned farmers to being recognized as the Farm Family of the Year for Northeast Arkansas.

This event is for those who are currently farming or considering becoming farmers.

Participants will enjoy a private tour of the farm, with 20 acres in specialty crop production, learn from their success (and failures!), engage in question and answer sessions, and learn how their relationship with New South Produce Cooperative, which Jill now serves as the board chair for, has benefited their farm!

Attendees will also be treated to lunch at The Grange in Wilson, Arkansas, and have the opportunity to explore the Forresters’ latest endeavor partnering with Wilson Gardens! Staff representatives from New South Produce Cooperative will also be in attendance and available to answer any questions about how to become a member.

Space is limited to 50 participants, so early registration is advised. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit the field day webpage or contact Tyler Pearson by email or phone (501-358-8050) with any additional questions.

Jun
6
Thu
Workshop: Simple Steps to Healthy Soil @ Ponca City (Pioneer Technology Center)
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am
Workshop: Simple Steps to Healthy Soil @ Ponca City (Pioneer Technology Center)

RSVP by May 31

Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and several conservation partners for the FREE “Simple Steps to Healthy Soil” workshop and lunch on June 6 in Ponca City.

Workshop topics will include learning about new grazing technology, and more specifically a Grazing App.

Producers will also learn about crop and grazing management for healthy soil and healthy food. This includes simple steps for better forage and crop management.

Plus, those attending will hear updates about USDA programs.

NRCS partners for the workshop include the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC) and other USDA agencies and conservation groups. The Kay, Noble, Pawnee and Payne Conservation Districts are the district partners for the workshop.

Conservation program discussions will be led by Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service, NRCS, and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and others.

The workshop will be held on June 6 and will start at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Technology Center in the Seminar Room, located at 2101 N Ash in Ponca City, Okla., 74601. Pre-registration beings at 10:45 a.m.

RSVP by May 31 to Carrie Otto by email or phone (580-722-3008).

Jun
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.


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