This month we share some encouraging news from the national census of agriculture about how conservation practices are taking root in Oklahoma. Next, we sound a reminder that the deadline to sign up to have…
The 2019 Langston University Small Farmers Conference is under the leadership of the School of Agriculture & Applied Sciences. This year’s theme is “Enhancing Productivity and Viability of Oklahoma Small Farmers and Ranchers trough Technical Assistance and Training”. This conference will provide a rich venue for small farmers and ranchers to learn about practices to enhance their production systems and alternative enterprises. The conference will also provide a platform for small farmers to meet and engage in conversation with national, state, and local representatives in the United States Department of Agriculture agencies.
For more information or to register, visit the conference registration page, or contact Jewellena Golden by email or phone (405-466-6166).
SMALL FARMERS CONFERENCE AGENDA
May 21, 2019 – Tour
First Stop: Langston, Logan County
E (Kika) De la Garza American Institute for Goat Research
Second Stop: Campbell Family Farm Midwest City, OK
Campbell’s Family Farm is a beginning farm; they’ve been in operation since 2015. They have a cattle operation, grow some fresh produce, and maintain a three year old orchard that yeilds: apples, pears, plums, and apricots. Their focus is to assist young (beginning) farmers and producers.
CommonWealth Urban Farms Okla. City, OK
CommonWealth’s focus is on community abundance: using gardening and the commonality of food as a means of connecting neighbors and enlivening our local community. They grow vegetables, micro greens and cut flowers for individuals and restaurants in the metro area. They also offer workshops and service/learning events on gardening, composting and urban farming. They are passionate about building a sustainable society, and believe that local food is a key part of what makes a community healthy and resilient.
****ONLY 50 SEATS AVAILABLE PER TOUR BUS****
6:00 PM Dinner at Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center
May 22, 2019 – Concurrent Sessions
- LU Vegetable Trials
- Campbell’s Diversified Farming Enterprises
- Day Lilly Production
- Food Product Development
- Beyond Goat Meat & Milk
- Made in Oklahoma (MIO)
Nutrition & Wellness
- Opioids: Growing Public Health Issue
- Common Wealth Urban Gardens
- Food Preservation
- Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS)
- Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
- Improving Sheep and Goat Herds
- Soil Health
- Disease Management In Livestock
- Marketing Your Livestock
- Oklahoma Grown/ Farmers Market Opportunities
- Social Media
5:45 PM Dinner at Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center
May 23, 2019 – Concurrent Sessions
- Assistive Technology in Programs and Services for Producers with Disabilities
- Agriculture in a Changing Climate
- Record Keeping
- Pathways to STEAM
- Agro-Tech for Youth
- Agriculture Programs for Youth
Industrial Hemp in Oklahoma
- Hemp Licensing and Rules
- Basics of Hemp Production
Because it may be complicated and expensive for individuals to dispose of pesticide waste, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is funding a program to collect and properly dispose of unwanted pesticides that farmers, homeowners, commercial applicators, or dealers may have.
When pesticides become unusable as originally intended for various reasons, they are considered unwanted pesticides. Unwanted pesticides can result from both good and bad management practices. Leftover pesticides that have a limited shelf life may undergo changes rendering them unusable. Pesticides also become unusable when they are no longer registered in the state of Oklahoma. Waste pesticides can also result from lost labels and pesticides are no longer identifiable.
Because of the inherent hazards associated with most unusable pesticides, disposal at a permitted hazardous waste facility is the appropriate disposal practice. Licensed hazardous waste companies can properly dispose of unusable wastes. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry has contracted Stericycle a licensed hazardous waste company to collect and properly dispose of waste pesticides in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma commercial and non-commercial applicators and pesticide dealers may participate. All Oklahoma farmers and ranchers and homeowners are also eligible to participate. There is no cost for the first 2,000 pounds of pesticides brought by a participant. Anything over 2,000 pounds will be charged to the participant. (Liquid pesticide weighs about 10 pounds per gallon.)
For more information, please contact Charles Luper, OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program, by email or phone (405-744-5808).
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Please check the website for future dates and locations.
Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and several conservation partners for this FREE pollinator workshop and lunch on May 29 in Shawnee.
At this workshop, Michael Sams of NRCS will talk about NRCS monarch and pollinator conservation efforts in Oklahoma.
Tonee Wolf of the Choctaw Nation will provide a Choctaw Nation Pollinator Project update. Also, the Chickasaw Nation Pollinator Initiatives will be covered.
Plus, Jane Breckinridge will share about projects of the Euchee Butterfly Farms.
NRCS partners for the workshop include the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), other USDA agencies and conservation groups. The Seminole, Shawnee, and Konawa Conservation Districts are the district partners for the workshop.
Our conservation program discussions will be led by Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service, NRCS, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and others.
The workshop will be held on May 29th and will start at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall, located at 1702 Gordon Cooper Dr., Shawnee, OK 74801. The South Reunion Hall is located behind the CPN Putt Putt and on the south side of Firelake grocery store.
Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by May 23rd by calling Marie Youngblood, (405) 273-2076, ext. 3 or emailing Jane Breckinridge, email@example.com or contacting Dr. Carol Crouch firstname.lastname@example.org , (405) 742-1203. The workshop is open to the public.