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    President’s Note: Native Plants and Ecosystem Management

    I recently attended the state meeting of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society in Medicine Park, Oklahoma. We heard talks on the management challenges in the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. I spoke on native plants and…

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    Field Notes – October 2016

    With Halloween coming up at the end of the month, we’ve got a note about bats – the real ones, that don’t suck blood but do eat mosquitos and pollinate native plants – and what…

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    Kerr Center at Monarchs on the Mountain

    The Kerr Center had a table at the Monarchs on the Mountain celebration in Tulsa’s Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area September 24th. If you missed the event, you can still find a wealth of information…

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    Fall Cover Crops Are In!

    This week we planted cool-season cover crops on the Cannon Horticulture Plots: a mixture of grain rye, hairy vetch and Alsike clover. For a wealth of resources on how and why we use cover crops,…

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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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The Livestock Conservancy National Conference @ Hampshire College
Nov 3 – Nov 5 all-day
The Livestock Conservancy National Conference @ Hampshire College | Amherst | Massachusetts | United States

In 1977 a diverse group of farmers, environmentalists, historians, and scientists shared a concern for the fate of America’s traditional livestock breeds. They realized that if they didn’t work together to save the endangered livestock and poultry they saw around them, that the breeds would soon be gone. To address this concern, they formed the American Minor Breeds Conservancy.

Join like-minded people,  now known as The Livestock Conservancy,  at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts – the site of the Conservancy’s very first members meeting in 1977! – to share new ways in which members can again collaborate to ensure the continuation of the work begun almost 40 years ago. Topics include cooperative strategies for breeding, marketing, and animal management that can aid farmers and bring products and services to eager consumers. Explore how co-operation, collaboration, and teamwork will be the key to securing the future of rare breeds.

Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Nov 8 @ 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 with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

Application Deadline: Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Application Deadline: Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant

The Southern Region SARE program recognizes the value and importance of on-farm research in developing sustainable solutions to agricultural production problems. Just as SSARE provides funding opportunities for farmers and ranchers through the Producer Grant program, SSARE also offers funding opportunities to Extension specialists, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, university researchers and non-governmental organizations who currently work with farmers and conduct on-farm research with at least one farmer/rancher cooperator.

Important: On-Farm Research Grants are not open to farmers. If you are a farmer/rancher or an organization of farmers/ranchers, you are not eligible to apply for an On-Farm Research Grant. You should apply under the SSARE Producer Grant program.

Agricultural professionals who currently and regularly work with farmers and ranchers. These can be Extension specialists, university researchers, NRCS, NGOs, or other organizations. Projects must be conducted on farm.

Project maximum for On-Farm Research Grants is $15,000 for up to two years of research. SSARE funds about 6 proposals each year.

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Application Deadline: Southern SARE Producer Grant
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Application Deadline: Southern SARE Producer Grant

The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) Program recognizes the value and importance of on-the-farm, producer experience in developing solutions to agricultural production challenges.  In order to capture this producer experience, the Southern SARE program offers Producer Grants — a competitive grants program intended to help farmers and ranchers develop sustainable production and marketing practices.

The goal of the grant program is for farmers/ranchers to conduct projects to solve challenges and problems they face and develop information on what works and doesn’t work so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same problems can benefit from the results of the funded project.

Any farmer/rancher, or farmer organization in the Southern region is eligible to apply for a Producer Grant. They may only submit one proposal in a grant cycle.

Project maximums are $10,000 for an individual farmer or rancher and $15,000 for a farmer organization for up to two years of research. SSARE funds about 8 Producer Grant proposals each year.

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2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference @ Omaha, NE
Nov 29 – Dec 2 all-day
2016 Acres U.S.A. Conference @ Omaha, NE | Omaha | Nebraska | United States

At the annual Acres U.S.A. conference, farmers and consultants from every side of eco-farming come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be.

Here are some of the events you can look forward to . . .

Eco-Ag U Advanced Learning
Optional, intensive courses by eco-farming’s top consultants, practitioners and thinkers.

Seminars & Workshops
Hear presentations by some of the world’s leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture ─ successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants, and cutting-edge scientists. Ask them questions specific to your needs, your farm.

Eco-Consultants’ Halls
Special rooms are dedicated to eco-consultants and staffed throughout the day by some of the leading advisors in eco-agriculture. Be prepared to get answers by bringing your soil audits, yield data, herd health records, etc.

Trade Show
The exhibitors at the Acres U.S.A. Conference are some of the top innovators in agriculture. Find solutions for farming at a higher level from the almost 100 companies in this remarkable exhibition.

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