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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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  • President’s Note: 30 Years of SARE

    Last month I wrote about a presentation at the National SARE Conference in St. Louis about livestock eating weeds. This month I want to point to a publication recently released by the National SARE office,…

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  • Field Notes – May 2018

    As summer looms, David Redhage takes a look back over the Kerr Center’s three decades of involvement with SARE. We’ve got another top-notch grazing workshop on the calendar for June 9, and we’re hoping you’ll…

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  • President’s Note: Cows Eating Weeds

    While at the National SARE Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, I moderated a session on livestock in sustainable agriculture. One of the speakers, Kathy Voth, talked about training livestock to eat weeds. Several points were…

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Upcoming Events

Jul
18
Wed
Garden Explorers Camp @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)
Jul 18 – Jul 22 all-day
Garden Explorers Camp @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)

Have fun digging in the soil, planting container gardens to take home, creating crafts, and learning about how to design a garden. Find out what’s bugging you and your plants by exploring the world of insects, plants and diseases. Campers will also enjoy exploring the grounds of the Will Rogers Arboretum, as well as a few field trips away to area destinations. Space is limited to 10, so sign up as soon as you can! Nutritious snacks will be provided throughout the day. Parents should provide a sack lunch and drink. Aftercare is available from 4pm-5:30pm for $50 a child.

For Ages 7-12
Cost: $195/camper *Non-transferable
Location
Will Rogers Garden
3400 NW 36th (located on the SW corner of NW 36th at Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK

For more information or to register, visit the event listing.

Jul
19
Thu
Workshop: Wildfire Recovery and Managing Grazingland Biological Indicators of Soil Health @ Clinton (Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center)
Jul 19 @ 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Workshop: Wildfire Recovery and Managing Grazingland Biological Indicators of Soil Health @ Clinton (Cheyenne & Arapaho Community Center)

To RSVP for this free workshop, which includes lunch, contact Carol Crouch by phone (405-612-9331) or email.

Download flyer & agenda (PDF, 250 KB)

Agenda

9:30 AM – Pre-registration

10:00 AM – Welcome & Introductions
– Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS
– Nathan Hart, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes

10:15 AM – Importance of Ag Census
– Troy Marshall

NRCS Conservation Client Gateway
– Dr. Carol Couch, NRCS

10:30 AM – Wildfire Recovery and Managing Grazing Land
– Steve Alspach, NRCS Soil Scientist

11:15 AM – Soil Health Principles & Demonstration
– Steve Alspach
– Greg Scott

11:45 AM – USDA Climate Hub
– Caitlin Rottler, USDA ARS

12:00 PM Lunch & Prayer

1:00 PM – Adjourn

Networking Opportunity

Jul
20
Fri
Conference: Women in Agriculture & Small Business @ McAlester (Eastern Oklahoma State College)
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Conference: Women in Agriculture & Small Business @ McAlester (Eastern Oklahoma State College)

The Ouachita Mountains Resources Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council will host the 2018 Women in Agriculture and Small Business Conference July 20th at Eastern Oklahoma State College in McAlester, OK.  The agriculture/small business presentations and networking opportunities will benefit landowners, investors and professionals from across the region.

There will be 10+ speakers from across the state presenting in dual concurring sessions on a wide variety of agriculture/small business related topics. Topics this year include timely subjects such as aquaponics, greenhouses, marketing, Annie’s Project, small business development, food modernization, new tax laws, oil & gas updates, Home Bakery Act, agritourism, and more.

The registration fee for the conference is $20, which includes lunch and the potential to win door prizes from conference sponsors. Seating is limited, so register early to make sure you can be a part of this dynamic learning opportunity.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Brandi Hernandez by email or phone (903-357-7309).


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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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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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