Pre-Conference courses: January 23–24, 2019 General Conference: January 25–26, 2019 Little Rock, located between the fertile Delta and the beautiful Ozarks, is a growing hot-spot for the local foods movement and is a natural fit…
This unique conference focuses on the policies and regulations affecting farms and food, as well as the latest developments in sustainable agriculture. Whether you are a farmer, consumer, chef, local foods business owner, or nonprofit advocate, you will find useful information and tools to help support the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.
- In-depth pre-conference workshops to help farmers and producers with practical solutions, whether they be related to livestock or fruit and vegetable production.
- Knowledgeable and engaging speakers on topics that include the state of today’s farmers’ markets, nutrition, crop diversity, water policy, farm support programs, GMOs, food freedom, and more.
- Networking with individuals and businesses who care about our local farms and food.
Presented by Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance and Council for Healthy Food Systems.
For more information, contact Teresa Davenport by email or phone (254-697-2661).
The Oklahoma Meat Goat Boot Camp is a three day camp that uses the combination of classroom exercises and hands-on instructions about the different production practices involved in a meat goat operation.
Production practices include but are not limited to ear tagging, castrating, tatooing, hoof trimming, electric fence building, forage testing, forage production, farm business planning, nutrition, ration balancing, FAMACHA, determining fecal egg counts, herd health practices, kidding, neonatal care, reproduction and pregnancy determination using ultra sound. Class size is small to facilitate teacher-participant interaction. Participants are also allowed to take extra time if needed with the hands-on exercises.
There is a registration fee of $150 per person and the participants are responsible for their rooming arrangements and meals not provided during the camp.
The OSU Agricultural Economics Department is hosting the Rural Economic Outlook Conference at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center located on the OSU campus, Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
The lineup of speakers includes Nathan Kauffman, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank-Omaha Branch and Dr. James MacDonald, USDA Economic Research Service.
The registration fee of $50 includes breakfast, lunch, and breaks.
For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage.
|07:30 am||Breakfast and Registration|
|08:30 am||Welcome, Dr. Tom Coon, Dean and VP, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources|
|08:40 am||Economic Outlook, Nathan Kauffman, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank – Omaha Branch|
|09:45 am||State of the Oklahoma Rural Economy, Dave Shideler|
|10:30 am||Federal and State Changes in Budgets and Policy, Dr. Amy Hagerman, OSU Agricultural Economics Assistant Professor in Food and Ag Policy|
|11:50 am||Undergraduate Update – Aggie-X representative|
|12:00 pm||Catered Lunch|
|12:45 pm||Concentration and Structural Change in U.S. Agriculture, Dr. James MacDonald, USDA Economic Research Service|
|02:30 pm||Rapid Fire Outlook Panel|
|Agricultural Finance topics, Rodney Jones, Farm Credit Chair|
|Grain Markets, Kim Anderson, OSU Agricultural Economics Professor Emeritus|
|Livestock Markets, Derrell Peel, OSU Agricultural Economics Charles Breedlove Professor|
|03:45 pm||Wrap-up/ Evaluation|
This webinar will focus on selecting the best cover crops, mixes, and management methods for soil health, including crop rotations and cropping system biodiversity. Presenters are Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association of Biological Farming and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.
NCAT Southeast Regional Director Margo Hale and NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey will teach sessions on business planning, marketing, and sustainable livestock production. The workshop will include a tour of The Farm at Barefoot Bend and hands-on training on topics including pastured poultry production, pastured pork, and grass-fed cattle.
Damon and Jana Helton, owners of The Farm at Barefoot Bend, will share their experiences getting started in farming and how their operation has grown. Workshop attendees will also tour the Heltons’ Olde Crow General Store.
There is no cost for the workshop, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.