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Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference @ Tulsa, OK
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Oklahoma Natural Resources Conference @ Tulsa, OK | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

The OKNRC is hosted by the Oklahoma Chapters of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, Society for Range Management, Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council, Prescribed Fire Council, the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Oklahoma Ornithological Society, and the Oklahoma Division of Society of American Foresters.

One goal of this conference is to increase interaction among the different professional natural resource entities in Oklahoma. Another goal is to increase awareness of what the different natural resource societies, agencies and NGOs are doing across the state, as well as foster future partnerships. An additional benefit of this conference is to bring natural resource professionals from across Oklahoma to one location to share their experience, knowledge, and research, and to allow the opportunity to network with familiar peers and new ones.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Ken Cunningham by email or phone (405-521-4606).  Additional details will be posted closer to the date of the conference.

Oklahoma Farmers Market & Agritourism Conference @ Oklahoma City
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Oklahoma Farmers Market & Agritourism Conference @ Oklahoma City | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

The conference will have topics directed to growers, farmers market vendors, farmers market managers, community support organizations, and agritourism.

The conference is free, though registration fees apply for the pre-conference grant-writing workshop and the Agritourism Rolling Workshop.

The pre-conference grant writing workshop will focus on developing proposals for USDA grants targeting farmers markets, growers or value-added agriculture business development.

This year’s Agritourism Rolling Workshop will be focusing on successful Country Stay businesses that accommodate overnight guests and incorporate agriculture activities. Participants will also learn about the Harvest Host, FarmStay US, WWOOF, HipCamand and AirBnB. Lunch is provided.

For more information, please visit the conference website, or contact Meredith Scott at 405-271-2091.

Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts State Meeting @ Oklahoma City
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – Feb 27 @ 4:30 pm
Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts State Meeting @ Oklahoma City | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

Early registration deadline: February 9

Join the OACD as it celebrates 80 years of conservation in Oklahoma, Feb. 25-27, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center.

For more information or to register, visit the meeting website, or contact Larry Wright by email or phone (580-832-3661).

Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference @ Springfield, MO
Feb 26 – Feb 27 all-day
Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference @ Springfield, MO | Springfield | Missouri | United States

The 2018 Spring Forage Conference is being held in partnership with the Heart of America Grazing Conference, creating a combined two day event.

The evening of the 26th will consist of two keynote speakers, an evening meal, and trade show.
Conference layout and sessions on the 27th will remain the same as previous years with multiple breakout sessions, trade show, and a keynote luncheon speaker.

Heart of America Grazing Conference – MAIN SPEAKERS (February 26)

Dr. Garry Lacefield—University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus
Gary has authored/coauthored over 300 publications, papers, articles, and books and is highly decorated in his public service for forage/livestock research and extension. Dr. Lacefield has been a leader in developing livestock forage programs across the globe.

Doug Peterson—NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa
With 29 years experience in conservation, Doug has become a leading spokesman for soil health management throughout the Midwest, promoting management practices that will effectively improve soil health and function.

Spring Forage Conference – MAIN SPEAKER (February 27)

Dave Pratt
World renowned as a sustainable agricultural speaker, Dave also teaches the Ranching for Profit school to students worldwide. Gaining educational and grazing experience in California and Washington, Dave has been instrumental in developing the Sustainable Ranching Research & Education Project, a large scale and long term effort for sustainable ranching practices. He is also the co-founder of the California Grazing Academy.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Mary Jo Tannehill at 417-532-6305.

Application Deadline: USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm
Application Deadline: USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Up to $10 million is available for the national component of CIG in 2018. The deadline for applications is Feb. 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The full application package, including all necessary forms and instructions and submission information, is on Applicants may also visit the CIG applicants page for additional help in preparing applications. A webinar for potential applicants is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and can be accessed by clicking here.

Conservation Innovation for America’s Working Lands

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. Authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

Through the NRCS CIG program, public and private grantees develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges. Grantees leverage the federal investment by at least matching it.

NRCS understands the importance of supporting historically underserved, new and beginning and military veteran producers in farming and ranching. These producers are a part of the fabric of American agriculture and our communities. Annually, a portion of CIG funding is set aside for projects that support these producers.

CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms, ranches, and private forests – ultimately they improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat.

CIG Program Components

National Competition

A CIG funding notice is announced each year. Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, are awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. Projects may be watershed-based, regional, multi-state or nationwide in scope. The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through CIG are identified in the funding announcement and may change annually to focus on new and emerging, high priority natural resource concerns.

NRCS will award more than $22.6 million to 33 projects nationwide through its CIG program in 2017.  The 2017 CIG awards bring the total NRCS investment to nearly $286.7 million for 711 projects since 2004.​  Learn more and view the project list.

State Competition

The CIG state component emphasizes projects that benefit a limited geographical area. Participating states announce their funding availability for CIG competitions through their state NRCS offices. For additional information about State CIG competitions, contact your State NRCS office or search for the latest postings here.

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