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  • Field Notes – December 2017

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage gets this issue rolling with reflections on an article about breeding crops for particular nutritional needs. The rest of this month’s newsletter is given over, as usual,…

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  • President’s Note: Crop Nutritional Profiles

    When it comes to the president’s note, I don’t follow a topic area other than agriculture. I tend to decide on a subject based on what has caught my eye recently, though it may repeat…

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  • Field Notes – November 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving from the Kerr Center! This month, David Redhage reviews a book that looks at techniques for restoring soil life in different regions and climates the world over. We share some of the livestock…

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  • President’s Note: Book Review: Growing a Revolution

    This is a followup to a president’s note from May 2016. In the president’s note, I wrote about a book from author David Montgomery, entitled Dirt. The author has just released another book, entitled Growing…

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  • President’s Note: The Great Nutrient Collapse

    In 2016 I wrote about a book entitled Eating on the Wild Side, by Jo Robinson, which discussed the issue of nutrient density in food and how plant breeding has resulted in a loss of…

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  • Field Notes – October 2017

    The nights are noticeably longer than the days by now, and many farm and ranch activities are being put to rest for the season. With that thought, we’re focusing this issue on tasks for the…

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  • Choctaw Hoop House Workshop Recap – and Updated Plans!

    The Choctaw Nation hosted one of the Kerr Center’s popular hoop house workshops at its Community Center in Poteau on October 7. The workshop treated participants to a hands-on experience assembling an affordable, 1,700 square-foot…

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  • Job Announcement: Coordinating Wildlife Biologist

    Application Deadline: October 13th Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma Anticipated Start Date: October 24, 2017 Overview: This position will be located within the NRCS State Office in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and will provide conservation services and delivery focused…

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  • Field Notes – September 2017

    Fall has arrived, and school bells are ringing – so for this issue, we’re taking a back-to-school slant. David Redhage has been out teaching about increasing and conserving pollinator habitat. We share a presentation on…

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  • President’s Note: Kerr Center Prairie

    This spring we burned the Kerr Center Prairie. I mentioned we would post photos of the prairie over the summer. Well, here is a timeline of photos from the prairie. I am happy to report…

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Upcoming Events

Jan
17
Wed
Southern SAWG Conference @ Chattanooga, TN
Jan 17 – Jan 20 all-day
Southern SAWG Conference @ Chattanooga, TN | Chattanooga | Tennessee | United States

The Southern SAWG Annual Conference is well-known for providing the practical tools and solutions.  It is a key event for those interested in sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. It draws over 1,200 farmers and local food advocates from across the nation each year. The conference offers outstanding “field-tested” presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display, and a trade show. 

Start planning now to be in Chattanooga, Tennessee January 17-20, 2018 to learn, network and celebrate!

The popular Pre-Conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses and then on Thursday, several exciting half-day field trips and mini courses. Each of these pre-conference activities requires separate registration.

Thursday evening offers an informal meet and greet with music and cash bar.

The General Conference is held on Friday and Saturday, with a wide variety of program offerings and nearly 100 expert presenters.  There are sessions for those with years of experience and for those who are new to the field, on topics including organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, campus farms, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.

The General Conference line-up includes nearly 60 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in our region, and another 13 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.

Jan
25
Thu
9th Annual Agroforestry Symposium: Soil Health in Diverse Cropping Systems @ Columbia, MO (University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center)
Jan 25 @ 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
9th Annual Agroforestry Symposium: Soil Health in Diverse Cropping Systems @ Columbia, MO (University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center) | Columbia | Missouri | United States

Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration
8:30 a.m. Introduction
Dr. Michael Gold,
Interim Director, The Center for AgroforestryWelcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Christopher Daubert,
Dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
8:45 a.m. Priorities for Advancing Soil Health Management Systems
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt,
President and CEO, Soil Health Institute
9:30 a.m. Soil Health and Promoting Multi-Functional Agriculture Systems: Insights from California
Dr. Amelie Gaudin,
Associate Professor, University of California Davis
10:00 a.m. Soil Ecosystems Services of Agroforestry
Dr. Ranjith Udawatta,
Center for Agroforestry
10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: Farmer Perspectives on Enhancing Soil Health
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Soil Demonstrations and Poster Session in McQuinn Atrium)
1:00 p.m. Advances in Soil Health Indicators: Developing Affordable and Interpretable Tests for Farmers
Dr. Kristen Veum,
USDA-ARS
1:30 p.m. Healthy Soils: The Missouri Partnership
Sara Parker Pauley,
Director, Missouri Department of Conservation
2:00 p.m. National and Regional Trends in Adoption of Soil Health Practices
Dr. Rob Myers, Director, USDA – North Central SARE
2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Programs and Agency Coordination for Soil Health in Missouri
Moderator: Gregory O. Mori, Outreach Coordinator, UMCA
3:45 p.m. Reception, Poster Session and Demonstrations in McQuinn Atrium (Until 5:45 p.m.)
4:30 p.m. Reception Presentation
Nick Goeser, Soil Health Partnership/NCGA
5:45 p.m. Adjourn

Symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.
Register at: goo.gl/iywnii

Unable to attend in person? Join via live stream!
See details & register in advance at: goo.gl/qtzbZa

For more information, visit the conference website or contact Gregory O. Mori by email or phone (573-884-2874).

Jan
30
Tue
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS
Jan 30 – Jan 31 all-day
No-till on the Plains Winter Conference @ Wichita, KS | Wichita | Kansas | United States

Join No-till on the Plains for their 22nd annual  Winter Conference,  featuring a landmark lineup of soil health speakers, including keynote speaker Allan Savory.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Steve Swaffar by email or phone (785-210-4549).


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  • Field Notes – December 2017

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage gets this issue rolling with reflections on an article about breeding crops for particular nutritional needs. The rest of this month’s newsletter is given over, as usual,…

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