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  • Field Notes – April 2019

    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…

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  • Ag Census: Cover Crops on the Rise in Oklahoma

    The 2017 U.S. Census of Agriculture – recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – showed that on a national scale, Oklahoma is 7th in the nation for the largest decrease in cropland acreage using conventional tillage practices.

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  • Field Notes – March 2019

    This month the air is rich with the scent of soil broken open for planting in fields and gardens across the landscape. It’s a prime time to talk about soil health: how to achieve and…

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  • President’s Note: Food – the Best Medicine?

    Every morning I look over some headlines in national news publications online, and occasionally one strikes me as important. The following article was one of those, but in the field of sustainable agriculture, it seems…

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  • Field Notes – February 2019

    Whether or not the groundhog saw its shadow where you are, things will soon be greening up on ranches, farms, and gardens around the state. Recent research has shown how adding cover crops and cattle…

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  • President’s Note: Western Monarchs – How Bad Can It Get?

    The monarch butterfly is facing challenges in maintaining its population in North America.  Part of the issue is overwintering sites. There are two main migratory routes for North American monarchs. Monarch butterflies from the Rocky…

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  • Field Notes – January 2019

    Happy 2019! To ring in the new year, we’ve got a new report (on small-scale gardening tools) and a new article (on managing excess forage), as well as pointers to new resources (on soil health)….

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  • President’s Note: Book Review: The Wizard and the Prophet

    I recently read the book The Wizard and the Prophet, which contrasts Norman Borlaug (the Wizard) and William Vogt (the Prophet) – or, more simplistically, conventional ag. vs. organic ag. It is not a light…

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  • Field Notes – December 2018

    Season’s greetings from the Kerr Center! David Redhage starts off this issue with a review of a book on two very different visions of the future, and the men who championed them. As usual, the…

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  • President’s Note: Okies for Monarchs

    The Kerr Center works with other organizations to promote education on topics related to sustainable agriculture. I am currently working with a new organization in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Monarch and Pollinator Collaborative. Their main initiative…

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Upcoming Events

May
21
Tue
Small Farmers Conference @ Midwest City (Sheraton Midwest City Hotel)
May 21 – May 23 all-day
Small Farmers Conference @ Midwest City (Sheraton Midwest City Hotel)

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

Langston University
E (Kika) De la Garza American Institute for Goat Research
Vegtable Gardens

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.

OR

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

Alternative Enterprises

  • LU Vegetable Trials
  • Campbell’s Diversified Farming Enterprises
  • Day Lilly Production

Value-Added Enterprises

  • Food Product Development
  • Beyond Goat Meat & Milk
  • Made in Oklahoma (MIO)

Nutrition & Wellness

  • Opioids: Growing Public Health Issue
  • Common Wealth Urban Gardens
  • Food Preservation

Farm Access

  • Natural Resources Conservation service (NRCS)
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Livestock Management

  • Improving Sheep and Goat Herds
  • Soil Health
  • Disease Management In Livestock

Marketing

  • 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

Rural Prosperity

  • Assistive Technology in Programs and Services for Producers with Disabilities
  • Agriculture in a Changing Climate
  • Record Keeping

Youth Empowerment

  • Pathways to STEAM
  • Agro-Tech for Youth
  • Agriculture Programs for Youth

Industrial Hemp in Oklahoma

  • Hemp Licensing and Rules
  • Basics of Hemp Production
Unwanted Pesticide Disposal @ McAlester (McAlester Expo Center)
May 21 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Unwanted Pesticide Disposal @ McAlester (McAlester Expo Center)

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).

Download flyer (PDF, 150 KB)

Please check the website for future dates and locations.

May
29
Wed
Workshop: Monarch Butterfly, Importance of Pollinators @ Shawnee (Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall)
May 29 @ 10:00 am
Workshop: Monarch Butterfly, Importance of Pollinators @ Shawnee (Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN) South Reunion Hall)

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, jbreckinridget@hotmail.com or contacting Dr. Carol Crouch carol.crouch@usda.gov , (405) 742-1203. The workshop is open to the public.


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  • Field Notes – April 2019

    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…

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  • Beekeeping Workshop March 28

    The workshop is FULL and registration is CLOSED.

    If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please contact Lena Moore by email or phone (918-647-9123).

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