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The University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has joined with the Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, the Wallace Center at Winrock International (Washington DC), Morse Marketing Connections (MMC), and the Choctaw Nation and Muscogee Creek Nations to offer an important “bootcamp” workshop in southern and eastern Oklahoma during 2015.
You will hear the latest on food safety regulations and GAP certification, crop insurance and risk management tools, and will be given hands on experience in what are called “one page” financial, risk assessment and business plan tools. We will also provide information on new markets in the region and how your operation can participate in food hubs that are growing in number across the country as a way to link small, beginning, mid-sized, remote and new producers and their operations into new markets.
Each workshop will cover the following information:
– “One Page” Financials
– “One Page” Business Planning
– “One Page” Risk Assessment
– Food Safety Regulations Update and GAP Overview
– Risk Management and Crop Insurance Policy Updates
– Choctaw Nation Update on Promise Zone, Food and Agriculture Plans
– Muscogee Creek Nation Update on Food and Agriculture Plans
– Food Hubs & Other New Markets
– New and Old Legal Issues Facing Producers
This workshop will be offered at other locations on additional dates. In addition, a series of monthly webinars throughout the spring and summer accompanies these workshops. See the full schedule for details.
This workshop is sponsored through the support of the USDA Risk Management Agency and each of the participating sponsors.
This is one in a series of one-day small-farm food safety trainings offered by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, in partnership with the Oklahoma State University Robert S. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center.
The training is designed for small fruit and vegetable producers and processors, dairies and milk processors, shell egg producers, and feed manufacturers, and will provide necessary knowledge of preventive controls and food security to assist producers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Topics include FSMA, Pathogens of Concern to the Food & Feed Chains, Written Food Safety Plans, Liability/Insurance, Principles in Sanitation, Monitoring & Record Keeping and Food DEFENSE.
Register by May 1.
Enjoy a spring afternoon in the lovely Poteau River Valley and learn about using plastic mulch and drip irrigation for vegetable production.
Program will include indoor presentations and outdoor demonstration.
Join ODAFF Market Coordinator Micah Anderson, Kerr Center hort manager George Kuepper and farmer Glynnis Coleman on the Kerr Center’s Cannon Horticulture Plots as they set up a drip irrigation line and lay plastic mulch. Get tips and see tools. Learn about the pros and cons of plastic mulch.
Pre-registration required by April 24.
$25, includes snacks and drinks.
Space is limited, so register early. (Note: Cancel by April 24 to receive a refund.)
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.
Short tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length), and cost $10 per person.
Long tours are also available, starting at 9 a.m., and cost $20 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.
This free webinar is offered by the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, the Farm Credit of East Central Oklahoma, the Wallace Center at Winrock International (Washington DC), Morse Marketing Connections (MMC), and the Choctaw Nation and Muscogee Creek Nations.
Resistration is required. To register, visit
Additional webinars in this series are offered on other spring and summer dates, along with a series of in-person workshops. See the full schedule for details.
This webinar is sponsored through the support of the USDA Risk Management Agency and each of the participating sponsors.
Butterflyweed brings back childhood memories for me. I remember seeing it in the pasture field outside the kitchen window as a child. I tried (successfully) to leave it when cutting the field for hay, unknowingly paying homage to Robert Frost’s poem “The Tuft of Flowers,” in which the scythe spared a patch of Butterflyweed.
–David Redhage, Native Plants for Pollinators