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.
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
E (Kika) De la Garza American Institute for Goat Research
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.
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
- LU Vegetable Trials
- Campbell’s Diversified Farming Enterprises
- Day Lilly Production
- Food Product Development
- Beyond Goat Meat & Milk
- Made in Oklahoma (MIO)
Nutrition & Wellness
- Opioids: Growing Public Health Issue
- Common Wealth Urban Gardens
- Food Preservation
- Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS)
- Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
- Improving Sheep and Goat Herds
- Soil Health
- Disease Management In Livestock
- 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
- Assistive Technology in Programs and Services for Producers with Disabilities
- Agriculture in a Changing Climate
- Record Keeping
- Pathways to STEAM
- Agro-Tech for Youth
- Agriculture Programs for Youth
Industrial Hemp in Oklahoma
- Hemp Licensing and Rules
- Basics of Hemp Production
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, email@example.com or contacting Dr. Carol Crouch firstname.lastname@example.org , (405) 742-1203. The workshop is open to the public.
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.
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).
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.
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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 email@example.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.