News and Events


  • Case Studies Show Big Economic Benefits of Soil Health Practices

    Soil health practices such as cover crops and no-till can result in an economic return of over $100 per acre, according to a set of case studies jointly released by the National Association of Conservation Districts and Datu Research, LLC.

    Cover crops and no-till can limit soil loss, reduce run-off, enhance biodiversity, and more. Naturally, farmers who are considering adopting these practices are keen to know how they will affect their farm’s bottom line.

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  • Field Notes – August 2017

    It’s August, and we’re as keen as anyone else to keep out of the sun. In this issue, we focus on how to do the same thing for crops and livestock, with features on: –…

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  • President’s Note: Book Review – Fireflies, Glow-worms and Lighting Bugs

    Fireflies or lightning bugs – take your pick of the name – have interested me since childhood. I know many of you probably have memories of chasing fireflies in the early evening. It reminds me of time spent at my grandparents’ house literally over the hill from my childhood home.

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  • Livestock Welfare and Performance in Silvopastures

    via the Association for Temperate Agroforestry: One benefit commonly claimed for silvopasture is that livestock grazing in hot weather will gain more weight in pastures with trees than in full sun. This is because they…

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  • Field Notes – July 2017

    This time of summer, we can look with satisfaction out over the horticulture plots’ “green fallow” of warm-season cover crops, keeping the soil shaded and sheltered, as well as weeded and nourished, despite the hot,…

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  • Extension Soil Health Field Days – August 2017

    Oklahoma Cooperative Extension is hosting several soil health field days through its county offices in August.  Listed below are the counties and dates; click on the links for more information on locations, specific topics to…

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  • New Labels for Conservation-Friendly Farming Practices

    Sustainable farmers and ranchers now have two more ways to claim a premium for their ecologically friendly management practices, thanks to two new labeling programs. Both are backed by organizations with strong track records in…

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  • California Adds Roundup Ingredient Glyphosate to List of Cancer Causing Chemicals

    via Reuters: Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of…

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  • OMRI Newsletter Features Review Panel Member George Kuepper

    The June issue of the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) newsletter, OMRI eNews, featured review panel member George Kuepper.  Kuepper was horticulture manager at the Kerr Center for nine years, retiring in 2016. According to…

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  • Arkansas Plant Board Votes for Dicamba to be Pulled

    via Delta Farm Press: On a 9 to 5 vote, the Arkansas State Plant Board agreed on June 23 to ban the spraying of dicamba products. As drift complaints are picking up steam, the board…

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Upcoming Events

Farm & Food Leadership Conference @ McKinney, TX
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day
Farm & Food Leadership Conference @ McKinney, TX | McKinney | Texas | United States

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 such as how to form a successful co-op and food safety for produce growers.
  • Top speakers on a variety of topics including nutrition, sustainable sourcing at restaurants and retailers, food waste, water policy, farm support programs, GMOs, food freedom, and more.
  • Keynote speaker Fred Kirschenmann, President of Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, and Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University.
  • Networking with individuals and businesses who care about our local farms and food
  • An on-farm dinner, prepared by local chefs from food grown by local farmers.

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).

Soil Health Bootcamp @ Ft. Scott, KS
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Soil Health Bootcamp @ Ft. Scott, KS | Fort Scott | Kansas | United States

Register by September 18

The training consists of 3 parts that will be conducted by the participants in the following order:

  • a series of introductory webinars
  • hands-on workshops
  • an online learning community to dive deeper into these topics

There is no cost to attend the workshops, and lunch is provided.

Tentative Agenda for East Workshop

Reminder: Before the workshop, be sure to view the online webinars.

9:00 registration/snacks

9:30 introductions

9:45 rainfall simulator and texture by feel (DeAnn Presley)

10:45 fertility and cover crops (Cary Rivard)

11:30 soil arthropods (Ray Cloyd)

12:00 lunch (provided)

1:00-3:00 tour of local fruit/veg farm, including discussions of compaction and soil structure

3:15 evaluations and departure

For more information or to register, visit or contact Kerri Ebert by email or phone (785-532-2976).

Tribal Monarch Celebration @ Sulphur (Chickasaw Cultural Center)
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tribal Monarch Celebration @ Sulphur (Chickasaw Cultural Center) | Sulphur | Oklahoma | United States

Join The Chickasaw Nation and Tribal Environmental Action for Monarchs in a Celebration:

10:00 Monarch Tagging Demonstration by Dr. Chip Taylor
11:30 Luncheon Hosted by Chickasaw Nation in the Holisso
12:00 Presentations by Tribal Officials, TEAM Project Leaders and Fish and Wildlife Service
1:00 Tribal Alliance for Pollinators Inauguration
1:30 Tour of Monarch Habitat Restoration Demonstration Sites
2:45 Film Screening: Flight of the Butterflies

For more information or to RSVP, email the organizers.

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  • Field Notes – August 2017

    It’s August, and we’re as keen as anyone else to keep out of the sun. In this issue, we focus on how to do the same thing for crops and livestock, with features on: -…

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