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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.

Jun
2
Sun
Field Day: Specialty Crop Production @ Tyronza, AR (Whitton Farms)
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am
Field Day: Specialty Crop Production @ Tyronza, AR (Whitton Farms)

Join Heifer USA and New South Produce Cooperative for this farm training event at Whitton Farms in northeast Arkansas with owners & operators Jill & Keith Forrester, now in their 16th year of farming. Participants will learn from their wealth of knowledge and hear about their journey from teachers turned farmers to being recognized as the Farm Family of the Year for Northeast Arkansas.

This event is for those who are currently farming or considering becoming farmers.

Participants will enjoy a private tour of the farm, with 20 acres in specialty crop production, learn from their success (and failures!), engage in question and answer sessions, and learn how their relationship with New South Produce Cooperative, which Jill now serves as the board chair for, has benefited their farm!

Attendees will also be treated to lunch at The Grange in Wilson, Arkansas, and have the opportunity to explore the Forresters’ latest endeavor partnering with Wilson Gardens! Staff representatives from New South Produce Cooperative will also be in attendance and available to answer any questions about how to become a member.

Space is limited to 50 participants, so early registration is advised. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 9:30 a.m. The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m.

For more information or to register, visit the field day webpage or contact Tyler Pearson by email or phone (501-358-8050) with any additional questions.

Jun
6
Thu
Workshop: Simple Steps to Healthy Soil @ Ponca City (Pioneer Technology Center)
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am
Workshop: Simple Steps to Healthy Soil @ Ponca City (Pioneer Technology Center)

RSVP by May 31

Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and several conservation partners for the FREE “Simple Steps to Healthy Soil” workshop and lunch on June 6 in Ponca City.

Workshop topics will include learning about new grazing technology, and more specifically a Grazing App.

Producers will also learn about crop and grazing management for healthy soil and healthy food. This includes simple steps for better forage and crop management.

Plus, those attending will hear updates about USDA programs.

NRCS partners for the workshop include the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC) and other USDA agencies and conservation groups. The Kay, Noble, Pawnee and Payne Conservation Districts are the district partners for the workshop.

Conservation program discussions will be led by Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service, NRCS, and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and others.

The workshop will be held on June 6 and will start at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Technology Center in the Seminar Room, located at 2101 N Ash in Ponca City, Okla., 74601. Pre-registration beings at 10:45 a.m.

RSVP by May 31 to Carrie Otto by email or phone (580-722-3008).

Jun
11
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jun 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.

Jun
12
Wed
Compost Boot Camp @ Bladen, NE (Webster County Fairgrounds)
Jun 12 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Compost Boot Camp @ Bladen, NE (Webster County Fairgrounds)

Biostimulant Strategies for Regenerative Agriculture
One-Day Intensive, Hands On Training with Christine Jones and Gerry Gillespie

Two Dates Offered
Wednesday, June 12 OR Thursday, June 13, 2019
(Sign up for one of the dates)
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location
Green Cover Seed – Bladen, NE
Starting at Webster Co. Fairgrounds – Bladen, NE

Green Cover Seed is offering these one-day workshops focused on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings. Topics include quorum sensing, replacing nitrogen fertilizers, transitioning to a microbial approach, and the application of auto-inducers to seeds to enable a reduction of inputs and costs in order to regenerate soils.

Bioferments, biostimulants, biofertilizers, and compost inoculants are simple biotechnologies that can help improve soil condition, stimulate plant growth, and improve plant health. This workshop will explore basic recipes for making these on-farm in an interactive, first-hand experience with a small group of participants in order to develop the skills and confidence to make and use your own products, with local inputs and minimal to no add-on costs. Equipment used for making and applying biostimulants will be available for viewing and explanation.

This workshop is limited to 50 participants each day. Cost for the one-day workshop is $250 per person and includes lunch. Early bird pre-registration will be offered for a limited time for $195.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop registration page or contact Keith Berns by email or phone (402-469-6784).

Jun
13
Thu
Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop @ Jefferson City, MO (The Carver Center)
Jun 13 – Jun 15 all-day
Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop @ Jefferson City, MO (The Carver Center)

Register by May 13 for early bird rates

American elderberry is becoming recognized as a viable crop that is adaptable to many regions throughout the United States and Canada. With two-crop eligibility, both flowers and berries, and a short amount of time from first planting to harvest, elderberry is a great perennial to consider adding to the mix of annuals or perennials you raise. Growing elderberries is easy, and markets for this ‘new crop’ are opening up around the U.S.

Since 2009, The Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour has been held in central Missouri, home of Terry Durham. Missouri is also home to researchers engaged in cultural and selection trials. Each year, Durham gathers the best new knowledge and delivers it during this day-and-a-half workshop. You’ll learn from expert researchers and successful growers. About 150 growers attend, so there will be lots of tip sharing, too. At the end of each workshop, Durham teaches the highly-detailed handling techniques mandated at harvest so growers can sell their berries.

New growers will also want to attend the separate afternoon workshop designed especially for them, on June 13. Learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, and how to propagate.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website.

Compost Boot Camp @ Bladen, NE (Webster County Fairgrounds)
Jun 13 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Compost Boot Camp @ Bladen, NE (Webster County Fairgrounds)

Biostimulant Strategies for Regenerative Agriculture
One-Day Intensive, Hands On Training with Christine Jones and Gerry Gillespie

Two Dates Offered
Wednesday, June 12 OR Thursday, June 13, 2019
(Sign up for one of the dates)
Registration at 8:30 a.m.
Meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location
Green Cover Seed – Bladen, NE
Starting at Webster Co. Fairgrounds – Bladen, NE

Green Cover Seed is offering these one-day workshops focused on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings. Topics include quorum sensing, replacing nitrogen fertilizers, transitioning to a microbial approach, and the application of auto-inducers to seeds to enable a reduction of inputs and costs in order to regenerate soils.

Bioferments, biostimulants, biofertilizers, and compost inoculants are simple biotechnologies that can help improve soil condition, stimulate plant growth, and improve plant health. This workshop will explore basic recipes for making these on-farm in an interactive, first-hand experience with a small group of participants in order to develop the skills and confidence to make and use your own products, with local inputs and minimal to no add-on costs. Equipment used for making and applying biostimulants will be available for viewing and explanation.

This workshop is limited to 50 participants each day. Cost for the one-day workshop is $250 per person and includes lunch. Early bird pre-registration will be offered for a limited time for $195.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop registration page or contact Keith Berns by email or phone (402-469-6784).

Jun
20
Thu
Workshop: Feral Hog Management, Soil Health @ Spiro (Choctaw Nation Community Center)
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am

RSVP by June 17

Feral hog management, soil health, and USDA program updates will be the topics at a FREE workshop and lunch on June 20 in Spiro. The event is presented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other conservation partners.

Kendall Carpenter, Choctaw Nation, will discuss “How We Developed Feral Hog Management and Control,” and “Techniques to Control Feral Hogs.” Carpenter and Raymond Ludlow, Choctaw Nation, will speak on “Feral Hog Technical Assistance.” Emmlie Bragg, Choctaw Nation, will discuss “Soil Health Success.”

NRCS partners for the workshop include the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), other USDA agencies, and conservation groups.

Conservation program discussions will be led by Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service, and NRCS.

The workshop is open to the public.For more information or to register, contact Tonee Wolf by email or phone (580-775-5229).