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News and Recent Publications

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    President’s Note: Eastern Bluebirds

    Attracting certain bird species by landscaping or using birdhouses can help with insect control and be a fun family project. Some birds can be a detriment, such as red-winged blackbirds in sunflowers, or the aggressive…

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    Field Notes – August 2016

    In the heat of August, activity in the garden winds down, and livestock stick to the shade. It’s a good time for planning, and this month, we offer some ideas for inspiration. David Redhage shares…

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    E-Field Notes: Kerr Center Newsletter SIGN UP!

    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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    Cover Crop Survey Reflects Enthusiasm for the Soil-Saving Practice

    Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops. Multi-year data shows the yield boost increases as cover crops are planted year after year, a revelation that points to an appealing long-term benefit of the conservation practice.

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    George Kuepper Retires

    George Kuepper was Horticulture Manager at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture from 2008 through his retirement earlier this year.

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    Maura McDermott Retires

    Maura McDermott was Communications Director for the Kerr Center from 1998 through her retirement in 2015.

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Events/Training

Aug
29
Mon
Kansas Oklahoma Soil Health Workshop: Bus Tour & Classroom @ Northern Oklahoma College
Aug 29 – Aug 30 all-day
Kansas Oklahoma Soil Health Workshop: Bus Tour & Classroom @ Northern Oklahoma College | Enid | Oklahoma | United States

Soil health is the single most important factor to a successful and resilient farm and ranching operation. Soil health principles apply whether you grow crops, raise livestock or both. Soil health management practices applied in together can benefit and enhance both grazing and farming.

Registration

  • Aug. 29 – Workshop – $100 (Seating limited to first 200)
  • Aug. 30 – Bus Tour – $65 (Seating limited to first 50)

TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

  • Managing Grazing to Regenerate Soil Health and Ranch Livelihoods Dr. Richard Teague, Texas A&M University, Vernon, TX
  • Multi-use Cover Crops for Grazing and Soil Health Doug Spencer, Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA, Marion, KS
  • Soil Health, The System Under the Surface Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera, NRCS West Regional Soil Health Team Leader, Portland, OR
  • Five Years of No-till: Cash Crops, Cattle and Cover Crops are Making the Difference for Soil Health Darin Williams, continuous no-till producer/soil health practitioner, Waverly, KS
Aug
30
Tue
Oklahoma Market Gardening School (first meeting) @ Tulsa County Extension Office
Aug 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oklahoma Market Gardening School (first meeting) @ Tulsa County Extension Office

In an effort to provide fresh market producers with the most up-to-date information on management, production and marketing techniques, Oklahoma State University is teaming up with the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation to host the fall 2016 Oklahoma Market Garden School.

The eight-week course will begin Tuesday August 30th and will meet weekly on Tuesday evenings through October 25th at the Tulsa County Extension Office located at 4116 E. 15th, Tulsa, OK. Classes will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is $50 per individual or $70 per couple. Couples will receive one set of handouts.

The school is geared toward those who are established in the business as well as those who are interested in exploring a new enterprise. Each week’s session will focus on a different area related to fruit and vegetable production, such as getting organized, soils and fertilizer management, crop establishment and irrigation, guidelines for producing fruit and vegetable crops, season extension, pest management, food safety and marketing.

The class is limited to 50 participants and preregistration is required:

Brochure & Information
Sep
13
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Sep 13 @ 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.

Sep
20
Tue
7th National Small Farm Conference @ Virginia Beach Convention Center
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day
7th National Small Farm Conference @ Virginia Beach Convention Center | Virginia Beach | Virginia | United States

The 7th National Small Farm Conference is titled, “Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers.” It is the U.S.’s premier conference that addresses the needs, challenges and successes of small farmers from Alaska to Alabama, from Maine to Maui, and even from countries far beyond our shores.

At the conference, through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach you’ll:

  • Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach
  • Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals
  • Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy.

The conference is hosted by Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture, Virginia Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with support from Virginia Tech.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.vsu.edu/nationalsmallfarmconference/.

Sep
24
Sat
Monarchs on the Mountain @ Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monarchs on the Mountain @ Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Tulsa’s RiverParks Authority is pleased to announce Monarchs on the Mountain, a new festival celebrating the vital role that eastern Oklahoma plays in the monarch butterfly migration. The festival will take place in the pavilion area of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area near the main trailhead.

The day will be filled with fun and educational activities highlighting the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, the great monarch migration, and the habitat of Turkey Mountain, which supports a myriad of wildlife. Information will be available, and plants may be purchased, to help establish your own monarch waystation. Visitors can even make a seed ball to plant this fall.

Monarch tagging will be demonstrated, and butterflies will be released to join the southward migration to the Oyamel fir forests of central Mexico. This free festival will appeal to all ages and food trucks will be on site. Come spend the day celebrating eastern Oklahoma’s unique place in the life of the monarch!

The event is hosted by the RiverParks Authority, in partnership with the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition, the Tulsa Audubon Society, and The M.E.T.  Supporters include Sustainable Tulsa, Blue Thumb, The Tulsa Zoo, City of Tulsa, Monarch Initiative of Tulsa, Westside Y, and the USFWS.

For more information contact Marci Hawkins, steering committee chair, at: marci.hawkins@tulsaurbanwildernesscoalition.org.


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