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Strategies to Promote Soil Health Training Workshop @ Ada
Mar 27 @ 9:30 am
Strategies to Promote Soil Health Training Workshop @ Ada | Ada | Oklahoma | United States

RSVP by March 23

This free workshop, with lunch included, is open to the public. It meets at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center and covers the following topics:

  • Soil Health Management
  • Types of Cover Crops
  • Organic Matter
  • Biological Factors
  • Additional Soil Test Dates
  • Managing Carbon
  • Nitrogen Ratio
  • Infiltration
  • Ag Census
  • Cedar Uses
  • Solar Pump Benefits

To RSVP or for more information, contact Carol Crouch by email or phone (405-612-9331).

Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit @ McAlester (SE Oklahoma Expo Center)
Mar 29 @ 8:00 am – 3:15 pm

One-day cattle conference with trade show for producers and educators to keep up to date on current topics. This year’s theme is forage management.

Raising Food in a Healthy Way @ Tulsa (Tulsa Botanic Garden)
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am
Raising Food in a Healthy Way @ Tulsa (Tulsa Botanic Garden) | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Did you know that annual crops account for roughly 85% of the human population’s food calories and the vast majority of planted croplands worldwide?

The Tulsa Botanic Garden welcomes Dr. Tim Crews on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., when he shares about the work The Land Institute does in developing more sustainable agricultural systems by using natural prairies as models.

Learn how researchers at The Land Institute work in numerous collaborations worldwide to breed new perennial grain crops, develop diverse cropping arrangements, and begin to introduce them to commercial markets.

Dr. Tim Crews is Director of Research and Lead Scientist of the Ecology Program at The Land Institute. Prior to join the Institute’s staff, Crews was a Professor of Environmental Studies and Agroecology at Prescott College in Arizona. Dr. Crews received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and was an Ecology post-doc fellow at Stanford University.

The Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Salina, Kansas, that was founded in 1976. The Land Institute’s work, led by a team of plant breeders and ecologists in multiple partnerships worldwide, is focused on developing perennial grains, pulses and oilseed bearing plants to be grown in ecologically intensified, diverse crop mixtures known as perennial polycultures.

This event is free with regular admission. No registration required.

Talk will be held in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange at the Garden. (entrance is through visitor center).

For more information, call 918-289-0330. No advance tickets are available for this event.

Our Farms, Our Future Conference: The Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture @ St. Louis, MO (Hyatt Regency at the Arch)
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day
Our Farms, Our Future Conference: The Next 30 Years of Sustainable Agriculture @ St. Louis, MO (Hyatt Regency at the Arch) | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) and NCAT/ATTRA will host the Our Farms, Our Future conference April 3-5, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Every decade, SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and to understand our trajectory for the future. The event will include keynote speakers, producer panel sessions, farm tours, project posters by SARE grant recipients, breakout sessions, and a pre-conference session for military veterans.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Woodward (Woodward County Event Center & Fairgrounds)
Apr 4 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Woodward (Woodward County Event Center & Fairgrounds) | Woodward | Oklahoma | United States

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

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