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  • Texas Farmers Learn to Build Soil Health Through No-till and Cover Crops

    Just across the state line in Vernon… (via Southern SARE) Farmers tour cover crop research plots in north Texas. Photo credit: Southern SARE.   It’s a hot, dry, windy summer day on the plains of…

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  • Field Notes – October 2018

    It’s October, when spooky decorations are everywhere you look. In keeping with the season, in this issue we’re talking about some of the scariest things in agriculture. David Redhage starts us off with a tough…

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  • President’s Note: Concerns about a New Technology and Sustainable Agriculture

    Most sustainable agriculture practitioners do not like GMO crops. The reasons given are numerous. Mixing plant and animal genetics, ownership and patenting of plants, and who controls the genetics, are just a few.

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  • Neonics: Addictive – and Overused

    Neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, rank high among the many threats facing honeybees – so high that the European Union has banned three of the most widely used ones outright. Now, though, it turns out that…

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  • Southern SAWG is Coming to Little Rock!

    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…

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  • President’s Note: Cool-Season Vegetable Crops

    Summers in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma can be challenging for some garden crops. There is the potential in Oklahoma for cool-season vegetable crops, provided you manage the rotations with summer cover crops…

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  • Field Notes – September 2018

    In September we pass through the fall equinox, and the balance point where there are as many hours of daylight as of darkness. So, in this issue, we focus on the idea of balanced halves…

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  • 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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Upcoming Events

Dec
4
Tue
Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show @ Louisville, KY (Louisville Marriott Downtown)
Dec 4 – Dec 7 all-day
Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show @ Louisville, KY (Louisville Marriott Downtown)

The annual Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show sets the standard for innovation and learning. Farmers and consultants from every facet of eco-farming come together to share their experience and expertise. Attend the non-stop event, learn the latest in cutting-edge technology and methods, and return home ready to make your farming operation the best it can be.

Here are some of the activities you can look forward to . . .

Eco-Ag U Advanced Learning Workshops

Optional, intensive courses by eco-farming’s top consultants, practitioners and thinkers. NEW THIS YEAR: You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending Eco-Ag U workshops!

View this year’s line-up of Eco-Ag U workshops.

Seminars

Hear presentations by some of the world’s leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture ─ successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants and cutting-edge scientists. Ask them questions specific to your needs and your farm.

Conference Agenda

Eco-Consultants’ Halls

Special rooms are dedicated to eco-consultants and staffed throughout the day by some of the leading advisors in eco-agriculture. Be prepared to get answers by bringing your soil audits, yield data, herd health records, etc.

Learn more about Consultant Halls

Trade Show

The exhibitors at the Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference are some of the top innovators in agriculture. Find solutions for farming at a higher level from the almost 100 companies in this remarkable exhibition.

Learn more about this year’s Eco-Ag trade show.

Round Table Discussions

Create a dialog with fellow attendees around a shared interest in critically relevant topics to sustainable agriculture by attending one of our round table discussions.

Film Screenings

Take a break from the hustle of the conference and trade show and see some of the latest ecologically focused agriculture and food films screened on each of the three days of the conference.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact the Acres U.S.A. office by email or phone (1-800-355-5313).

Dec
6
Thu
Hispanic Farmer & Rancher Conference @ McAllen, TX (Casa de Palmas Hotel)
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day
Hispanic Farmer & Rancher Conference @ McAllen, TX (Casa de Palmas Hotel) | McAllen | Texas | United States

Texas has the largest population of Hispanic farmers and ranchers of any state in the country.

And in December, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer that community a sustainable-agriculture conference of Hispanic agriculture professionals.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s successful inaugural Texas Hispanic Farmer and Rancher Conference, this year’s event will bring together the Hispanic farming community, the agriculture industry, advocates for sustainability, and agribusinesses for two days of workshops, networking, and learning from fellow farmers.

It will be held December 6 and December 7 at the Casa de Palmas Hotel in McAllen, Texas.

The conference’s workshops will be conducted by experts in all major agricultural industries and will address important issues affecting farmers today, such as business planning, soil health, marketing, and access to resources for profitable production.

Mark your calendars for the conference! The cost is $25 per person, and a discounted rate of $40 is available for married couples or domestic partners.

Scholarships in the amount of up to $250 are available to help cover the cost of travel and lodging. Applications for those scholarships close November 16.

Information on applying for the scholarships, registration, workshop topics, and speakers is available at https://texashispanic.ncat.org/register.php

There is also information on the site about opportunities available for businesses, agencies, and other organizations to help sponsor the conference or present exhibits.

For more information, contact NCAT specialists Robert Maggiani or Kara Kroeger at robertm@ncat.org or karak@ncat.org. Or call at 866-319-1669.

For more information, visit the conference website or contact NCAT Specialist Robert Maggiani by email  or phone (1-866-319-1669) .

Dec
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month.

During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.


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  • Field Notes – October 2018

    It’s October, when spooky decorations are everywhere you look. In keeping with the season, in this issue we’re talking about some of the scariest things in agriculture. David Redhage starts us off with a tough…

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  • 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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