News and Events


  • President’s Note: Our Farms, Our Future

    My note this month will be brief. All of the materials from the April 2018 SARE Our Farms, Our Future Conference are now available online. Quoting from SARE’s press release: “The three-day event featured over…

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  • Field Notes – August 2018

    The start of school is just around the corner – and it’s still hot as blazes. This month, we share some learning opportunities – as well as tips on beating the heat. David Redhage has…

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  • Researchers Find Water Conservation Solutions in Cover Crops

    via Southern SARE:

    In a two-year graduate student study at Texas Tech University, funded through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program, winter cover crops – specifically rye – helped build healthy soils while preserving precious water for summer crops in minimally tilled forage-based grazing systems.

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  • Field Notes – July 2018

    We’re creeping into that time of year when water starts to become even more of a concern than usual. David Redhage gets this month’s newsletter rolling with a timely review of a book on the…

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  • President’s Note: Book Review: Water in Plain Sight

    I just completed reading the book Water in Plain Sight, by Judith Schwartz. I found the overall message interesting, but feel that science has not answered many of the questions about how the global water…

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  • Tulsa World: ODOT Mowing for Milkweeds

    The Tulsa World has a story on how the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has been trying out different roadside mowing schedules to find out which work best to keep milkweed plants available for monarch butterflies…

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  • Livestock Workshop Recap – June 2018

    Fifteen participants absorbed a concentrated dose of education on sustainable livestock management at the Kerr Center’s grazing workshop on June 9, 2018.  The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma sponsored the workshop. This summary of the workshop…

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  • President’s Note: The Silence of the Bugs

    During my daily checking of the online news, I came across an opinion piece in the New York Times entitled “The Silence of the Bugs.”  I have included links to the article, and to the…

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  • Field Notes – June 2018

    It’s nearly (officially) summer, and the air is full of the buzzing of creatures of the insect kind. It seems that there are plenty – more than enough for comfort, even – but are there…

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  • Discovering the Thomas Nuttall Exploration Journeys in Eastern Oklahoma

    Dr. Steve Patterson recently led a tour of the route that naturalist Thomas Nuttall followed in his explorations of what was then Indian Territory in 1819.  The tour included a stop at the Kerr Center…

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Practical Conservation Tillage
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar includes the impacts of tillage on soil health, including practical, soil-friendly tillage practices for organic systems.  It will discuss several newer tillage tools and approaches that reduce adverse impacts on soil life and soil structure.  Presenters are Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association of Biological Farming and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This is part of‘s Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series.

Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Sequoyah State Park
Sep 21 – Sep 23 all-day
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Sequoyah State Park

Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, September 21 – Hospitality Suite 221
5:00-7:00 p.m. Registration, and/or Dinner on your own till 9:00 Lodge Restaurant
7:00 p.m. Silent Auction bidding begins and runs through Saturday dinner
7:00-8:30 p.m. “Getting to Know Sequoyah State Park” in the Hickory Room
8:00-11:00 p.m. Bonfire Story Time, location TBA

Saturday, September 22
7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Snack Breakfast – Hospitality Suite 221
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own, Lodge Restaurant
9:15-9:30 a.m. Welcome, Announcements, Outlining Our Day
9:30 a.m. – Noon Field Scavenger Hunt in the Choctaw Use Area OR Morning Walks-2 trails
Noon-1:00 Lunch, picnic on the grounds – Location TBA
1:00-5:00 p.m.
a) Field trip to Spring Creek – Rooney property (carpool or caravan)
b) Repeat morning activities, reversed
c) “Long” Hike on Eagle Roost Trail (caravan to Paradise Cove Camping Area)
6:30 p.m. Dinner at The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park, Cedar Room
7:30 p.m. ONPS Membership Annual Meeting, Cedar Room
Displays, Silent Auction bidding ends, winners announced

Sunday, September 22
7:00-9:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own or Continental Snack Breakfast – Hospitality Suite 221
9:00 a.m. to ? Executive Board meeting. All are welcome. – Hickory Room
11:00 a.m. Check out of Lodge

​​Contact Event Coordinators:
Sue Amstutz ( and Lynn Michael (​)

Oklahoma Meat Goat Buck Test Field Day @ Wilburton (EOSC Farm)
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The results of the 2018 Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test will be presented at this field day.

Eastern Oklahoma State College, in partnership with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, is home to the Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test. Goat producers seeing ways to better manage their operations in ever more challenging production conditions can enroll their genetics in the popular test.

The objective of the Oklahoma Forage-Basked Meat Goat Buck Test is to identify individual bucks as well as their sires and dams that carry genetics expressing economically important traits in commercial meat goat production. Additionally, this test will allow breeders to compare genetics within their herd to make better management decisions as to herd lines that will produce profitable progeny for future herds. This test will also provide valuable information for all goat producers and the public.

For more information, contact Eddie Woods by email or phone (918-465-1773).

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Press Release

  • Beekeeping Workshop June 12

    Jeff Asbury will lead this free 90-minute evening workshop on beekeeping, sharing the knowledge gained in his half-century of experience with commercial apiculture. The workshop runs from 7:00 – 8:30 on June 12 at the…

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