Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting @ Sacramento, CA (Hyatt-Regency Sacramento)
Jul 16 – Jul 18 all-day
Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting @ Sacramento, CA (Hyatt-Regency Sacramento)

At SOIL HEALTH: A Global Imperative, you’ll enjoy an opening-night reception plus two days of networking, learning, and collaborative planning with fellow soil health leaders.

You will learn about:

  • Where we go next for exploring soil health – human health relationships,
  • Identifying the best indicators of soil health across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,
  • New state and federal programs and policies for supporting soil health,
  • Latest research in understanding and managing the soil microbiome,
  • Filling the economics information gap for farmers,
  • Training programs to assist farmers with adopting soil health systems,
  • Adapting soil health principles for specialty crop and rangeland systems,
  • Ecosystem service markets for the environmental benefits attributed through soil health, and
  • Soil stewardship as the “Great Connector”.

For more information or to register, visit the meeting website or contact the Soil Health Institute by email or phone (919-230-0303).

Cedar Control and Grasses @ Edmond (3-R Farms)
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cedar Control and Grasses @ Edmond (3-R Farms)

RSVP by July 22

Plan now to attend the Oklahoma County Conservation District’s “Cedar Control and Grasses ” event, scheduled for July 25 at 3-R Farms in Edmond from 6-8 P.M.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about:
– native plant identification
– how plants work together
– beneficial plants for livestock
– beneficial plants for pollinators
There will also be a cedar clipper demonstration.

Plus, bring your own plant for ID and include the root. Also, please bring a lawn chair. Water will be provided.

3-R Farms is located ¾ of a mile east of the intersection of North Hiwassee Road and East 164th St./East 15th St., Edmond, OK, 73049.

Partners for the event include the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts.

RSVP by July 22 to the Oklahoma Conservation Commission by email or phone (405-415-4602).

Mycotoxin Workshop @ Enid (Autry Technology Center Lectorium)
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mycotoxin Workshop @ Enid (Autry Technology Center Lectorium)

RSVP by July 16

Spend a couple of hours learning about mycotoxin and its relationship to crops and selling these crops.


  • Mark McCulley – Director of Risk and Feed, The Hanor Company, Enid, OK
  • Matt Moreland – Producer, Medford, OK
  • Greg Scott – Soil Scientist, PT, OK Conservation Commission, Stillwater, OK

Dinner served at 5:15 — Dinners are limited to RSVPs.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Garfield County Conservation District by email or phone (580-237-4321).

Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting @ Pittsburgh, PA (Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown)
Jul 28 – Jul 31 all-day
Soil & Water Conservation Society Annual Meeting @ Pittsburgh, PA (Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown)

The 74th SWCS International Annual Conference location is the Wyndham Grand in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, just feet from the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers meet to form the Ohio. The hotel sits at the pinnacle of the Golden Triangle, the city’s revitalized urban center. Whether you’re exploring Point Park, a 36 acre state park that pays homage to the many generations of communities that have occupied the site; seeing one of the nation’s first green buildings; or learning about partnerships to scale up conservation on the local level and beyond, the city of Pittsburgh is a perfect setting for new conservation connections and perspectives.

Home to three rivers and 446 bridges, Pittsburgh is known as “The City of Bridges.” These bridges play an important role in connecting the valleys, hillsides, river plains, and communities. This city of linkages sets the stage for connections around eight general conservation research and practice topics. Specialty tracks will foster dialogue surrounding unique partnerships in watershed planning and implementation, engagement of the private sector in conservation, and the challenges of adapting the landscape to a changing climate.

Paths to meet current soil and water conservation needs look very different from the solutions that galvanized action after the Dust Bowl, and they will continue to evolve. Come to Pittsburgh and be part of that shared conservation future.

For more information or to register, visit the meeting webpage or contact Courtney Allen by email or phone (515-289-2331 x112).

Conservation Workshop and Lunch @ Tahlequah (Cherokee Nation Community Ballroom)
Jul 30 @ 10:00 am
Conservation Workshop and Lunch @ Tahlequah (Cherokee Nation Community Ballroom)

RSVP by July 25

Join the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Cherokee Nation for a FREE conservation workshop and lunch on July 30, in Tahlequah.

At the workshop, there will be a soil health demonstration, information on farm record keeping, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) eligibility requirements for tribes, tribal members, farmers and ranchers.

Blane Stacy of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) is scheduled to provide a soil health demonstration with a rainfall simulator.

Troy Marshall, Oklahoma State Statistician for the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, will provide information, as will Amanda Stanford of NRCS.

Katie Waltman, county executive director at the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will talk about FSA eligibility requirements, and Scott Clawson of Oklahoma State University will share information on record keeping topics.

NRCS partners for the workshop include OTCAC, the Cherokee Nation, OSU Extension and USDA NRCS, NASS, and FSA.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Please RSVP by July 25 to Dr. Carol Crouch by email or phone (405-612-9331).

Deadline: Conservation Innovation Grants (USDA-NRCS)
Jul 30 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The deadline to apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is 4:00 P.M Central time on July 30, 2019.

More information about the program is available through the CIG website and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog and Grassroots Guide.

From the CIG website:

Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms, ranches, and private forests – ultimately, they improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat.

National and State CIG – Public and private grantees develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges. Grantees must match the CIG investment at least one to one.

On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials – Newly authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, On-Farm Trials supports more widespread adoption of innovative approaches, practices and systems on working lands. On-Farm Trials projects feature collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. Incentive payments are provided to producers to offset the risk of implementing innovative approaches. The Soil Health Demo Trial (SHD) component of On-Farm Trials focuses exclusively on implementation of conservation practices and systems that improve soil health. Eligible entities receiving SHD awards agree to follow consistent soil health assessment protocols to evaluate the impacts of practice and system implementation. Learn more about On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials.

Who Is Eligible

  • National and State CIG – all non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply. All CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers.

How To Apply

  • National Competition – A CIG funding notice is announced each year. Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, are awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. Projects may be watershed-based, regional, multi-state or nationwide in scope. The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through CIG are identified in the funding announcement and may change annually to focus on new and emerging, high priority natural resource concerns.
  • State Competition – The CIG state component emphasizes projects that benefit a limited geographical area. Participating states announce their funding availability for CIG competitions through their state NRCS offices. For additional information about State CIG competitions, please contact your State NRCS office or search for the latest postings here.  offsite link image    

Applications should be submitted through offsite link image    . Access the latest CIG funding announcement offsite link image    , which is open from May 30, 2019. 

The electronic submission interface is called Workspace. Workspace is the standard way for organizations or individuals to apply for federal grants in Workspace allows an applicant grant team to access and edit different forms within an application simultaneously. In addition, the forms may be filled out online or as a PDF.  

Please allow extra time to register in Workspace because there are several preliminary registration steps before an applicant can submit the application. To register, go to, click on “Applicants”, then click on “Get Registered.” If you have completed a prior application, you may already have completed the registration process. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (e.g., Braille, large print, or audio tape) should contact the USDA TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).


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National Association of Conservation Districts Summer Conservation Forum & Tour @ Santa Fe, NM (Drury Plaza Hotel)
Aug 2 – Aug 6 all-day
National Association of Conservation Districts Summer Conservation Forum & Tour @ Santa Fe, NM (Drury Plaza Hotel)

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD) invite you to attend the 2019 Summer Conservation Forum and Tour, held in conjunction with the NACD Southwest and Pacific Region Meeting, Aug. 2-6, 2019, at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

As the second-largest NACD event of the year, the gathering brings together 200-400 conservation district leaders from across the nation. This year’s agenda includes meetings of the NACD Board of Directors, plenary sessions, concurrent sessions on conservation and district-focused topics, and a set of conservation-minded tours.

For more information or to register, visit the meeting website or contact NACD by email or phone (202-547-6223).

Annual Gather and Grow Nutrition Education Conference @ McAlester (McAlester Expo)
Aug 2 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Annual Gather and Grow Nutrition Education Conference @ McAlester (McAlester Expo)

Register by July 19

Conference goal: to gather knowledge to grow healthier schools and communities by encouraging consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthier lifestyles throughout Oklahoma.

Educational breakout sessions will provide school staff the opportunity to learn through hands-on workshops regarding curricula & resources to be utilized in the school systems.

Open to all teachers (all grades & levels), coaches, cafeteria & nutrition staff, and childcare providers

Registration and $5 fee due July 19 to the Pittsburg County OSU Extension Center

More information, and mail-in registration form, are available from the Pittsburg County OSU Extension Center Facebook page. For more information, contact Rachel Lockwood by email or phone (918-423-4120).

OCM Food & Agriculture Conference @ Kansas City, MO (Marriott Kansas City Airport)
Aug 8 – Aug 10 all-day
OCM Food & Agriculture Conference @ Kansas City, MO (Marriott Kansas City Airport)

This year’s conference is a two-day gathering of experts and advocates from across the United States for an opportunity to meet in person, exchange expertise and plan for the fights ahead to defend farm families against abusive corporate power.

The experience will begin even before the conference, with an exclusive pre-conference packet containing the latest research and thinking from farm and food experts on corporate power, consolidation, and market barriers.

The conference will be split between learning and action planning. For the learning portion, there will be an opportunity to hear about the expertise, experiences and hopes for the fight for farm families of some of the most recognized names within the movement. As for action planning, there will be workshops that will allow for in-depth networking and result in concrete, coordinated strategies to win the battle for a better farm and food future.

On August 10th, OCM will be holding its annual membership meeting.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact OCM by email or phone (402-817-4443).

Conference: Plant Materials @ Stillwater (OSU Wes Watkins Center)
Aug 8 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Conference: Plant Materials @ Stillwater (OSU Wes Watkins Center)

This year’s conference features speakers addressing topics including

  • woody ornamental horticulture
  • support pollinators
  • luxury agricultural products
  • specialty themes/plant materials for retailers
  • climate change friendly plants for a 21st-century Oklahoma
  • hardy cactus and related plant material
  • advancements in turfgrass selections
  • rose rosette disease update
  • Botanic Garden self-guided tour .

Attendees will enjoy presentations from leading green industry professionals as well as academics. Landscape architects, horticulturists, landscapers, Master Gardeners, and anyone else with an interest and appreciation for plant materials will benefit from this event.

Registration costs $40.00, includes lunch, and is due by July 29. For more information or to register, download the brochure, visit the registration page, or contact Stephanie Larimer by phone (405-744-5404) or email.

This conference is part of the Shackelford Lecture Series, which was initiated to celebrate Charles Shackelford and Linda Shackelford’s contributions to the Oklahoma greenhouse industry for over 30 years.