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News and Recent Publications

  • 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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  • Grazing Workshop June 9

    The trick to raising cattle, the saying goes, is just to make sure they don’t run out of grass or water. A free grazing workshop on June 9 will detail some of the wrinkles behind…

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  • Farming with Walk-Behind Tractors

    The latest report from retired Horticulture Manager George Kuepper covers his and the Kerr Center's decade of experience using walk-behind tractors in the Cannon Horticulture Project. The report serves as a backgrounder for people trying...

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  • Discovering the Thomas Nuttall Exploration Journeys in Eastern Oklahoma

    Dr. Steve Patterson recently led a tour of the route that naturalist Thomas Nuttall followed in his explorations of what was then Indian Territory in 1819.  The tour included a stop at the Kerr Center…

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  • President’s Note: 30 Years of SARE

    Last month I wrote about a presentation at the National SARE Conference in St. Louis about livestock eating weeds. This month I want to point to a publication recently released by the National SARE office,…

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  • Field Notes – May 2018

    As summer looms, David Redhage takes a look back over the Kerr Center’s three decades of involvement with SARE. We’ve got another top-notch grazing workshop on the calendar for June 9, and we’re hoping you’ll…

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Events/Training

May
27
Sun
Pollinator Plant Sale @ Tulsa (Tulsa Zoo)
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pollinator Plant Sale @ Tulsa (Tulsa Zoo) | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Visit the Tulsa Zoo’s Pollinator Plant Sale every Saturday and Sunday in May at the zoo’s gift shop, Meerkat Market. You can purchase various plant species for your garden at home, so you can attract pollinator species. Pollinators, such as butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, are extremely important to the well-being of many plants and crops, so it’s important to provide them with necessary resources.

Basics:

All plants are in pots and will be sold for $3.50 each (member and employee discounts do not apply). A specific quantity of each plant will be available for sale each weekend and when that quantity is sold there will be no more available until the next weekend. Plants will not be held for customers during their visit to the zoo. All plants may be planted in full sun locations and almost all require very little watering after becoming established.

Plants:

  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Showy Milkweed
  • Bloodflower
  • Yellow Bloodflower
  • Purple Coneflower
  • New England Aster
  • Bee Balm
  • Autumn Sage
  • Goldenrod
  • Hyssop
May
30
Wed
Webinar: Develop a Forage Chain for Your Livestock
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webinar: Develop a Forage Chain for Your Livestock

Sponsored by the Food Animal Concerns Trust

Make the most of your livestock operation by sequencing a combination of annual, perennial, and stored forages to feed your ruminant animals.

Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will discuss options for building a forage chain. Learn how a well-designed forage chain can offer multiple benefits to your farm – including extending the grazing season and reducing feed costs.

Register free at this link.

Jun
7
Thu
Sustainable Rangelands Symposium @ Lubbock, TX (National Ranching Heritage Center)
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm
Sustainable Rangelands Symposium @ Lubbock, TX (National Ranching Heritage Center)

1:00 – 5:00, June 7
8:00 – 4:00, June 8

Topics include:
– Precipitation Effectiveness
– Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Sustainable Ranches
– Use of Prescribed Burning to Maintaining Sustainable Rangelands
– Importance of Deferment for Sustainable Rangelands
– Grazing Land Coalition and Sustainable Rangelands

Keynote Speaker:
To be announced

Ranch Camp:
The National Ranching Heritage Center will host Ranch Camp for children of symposium attendees who have completed grades 1 – 5. Space is limited.

Symposium hosted by:
– Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University
– College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University
– National Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University
– Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University

Registration:
Information and pricing coming soon

For more information, visit the conference website.

Jun
8
Fri
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Pawnee (Pawnee Nation College)
Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Pawnee (Pawnee Nation College) | Pawnee | Oklahoma | United States

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Jun
9
Sat
Grazing Workshop @ Poteau (Kerr Center)
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grazing Workshop @ Poteau (Kerr Center)

Register by June 4

Join us for this free workshop covering two important grazing topics.

The first will be basic grazing management, with emphasis on the benefits of controlled grazing, designing a grazing system, and the use of electric fencing.

The second topic area will cover livestock water systems, with emphasis on gravity flow water development and different types of livestock watering systems.

The workshop will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Lunch is provided.

There is no charge for the workshop, but registration by June 4 is required to reserve a place. To register, contact Lena Moore by email or phone (918-647-9123).

Download workshop flyer (PDF, 200 KB)

The workshop is sponsored by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and led by the Kerr Center.


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