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Jul
23
Sun
5th Annual Agroforestry Academy
Jul 23 – Jul 28 all-day
5th Annual Agroforestry Academy @ Columbia | Missouri | United States

Register by June 30

The academy is designed to train natural resource professionals, extension agents, and other agricultural educators who work with landowners. Advanced training will be provided on the five recognized temperate zone agroforestry practices integrated with options for bioenergy, marketing, economic, social dimensions, and environmental services. The cornerstone of the academy will be an applied planning and design exercise. Academy trainees will work in small groups to gain hands on practice in agroforestry design based on the needs of a working farm. For more information and registration, visit www.centerforagroforestry.org/academy/.

Jul
25
Tue
Inter-Tribal Environmental Council Conference @ Catoosa (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day
Inter-Tribal Environmental Council Conference @ Catoosa (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino) | Catoosa | Oklahoma | United States

The Inter-Tribal Environmental Council will host the 22nd Annual ITEC conference on July 25-27, 2017, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 777 West Cherokee St, Catoosa, OK 74015.

ITEC has provided this opportunity for Tribal representatives and other environmental professionals to obtain a first hand view of various products and training materials that are necessary to enhance environmental programs. The plenary session of the conference will begin on Tuesday, July 25,
2017 at 9:00 am., with concurrent sessions beginning at 1:30 pm and ending Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

For more information or to register, contact Karen Dye by email or phone (918-453-5109).

Download draft agenda (PDF, 100 KB)

Registration Deadline: Kingfisher County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day
Jul 25 all-day
Registration Deadline:  Kingfisher County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day

July 25 is the last day to register for the Kingfisher County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day on July 27 in Okarche.

To register or for more information, contact the Kingfisher County Conservation District by email or phone (405-375-5373).

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Shawnee (Gordon Cooper Technology Center)
Jul 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Shawnee (Gordon Cooper Technology Center) | Shawnee | Oklahoma | United States

Who Should Attend

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

What to Expect at the PSA Grower Training Course

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm
  • Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one
  • Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

After attending the entire course, participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

Jul
27
Thu
Kingfisher County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day @ Okarche (Tower Cafe)
Jul 27 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Kingfisher County Soil Health & Cover Crops Field Day @ Okarche (Tower Cafe) | Okarche | Oklahoma | United States

Register by July 25

Meet at 7:30 at the Tower Cafe on Highway 81 in Okarche for breakfast (provided).

Field day topics include a rainfall simulator soil erosion demonstration, cover crops & soil health, integrating cover crops into your operation, cover crop seed mixes/selection, and grazing/forage quality of cover crops.

The field day is hosted by the Kingfisher County Conservation District and Matt Alig.

To register or for more information, contact the Kingfisher County Conservation District by email or phone (405-375-5373).

Jul
28
Fri
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom)
Jul 28 all-day
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom) | Freedom | Oklahoma | United States

Register by June 9

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats pour from the Selman Bat Cave to feed on insects, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program offers the public the chance to watch.

Due to limited spacing, all Selman Bat Watch visitors must pre-register.  (The area is closed to the public except during official events.) Each night’s viewing activities are limited to 75 visitors drawn from the pool of mailed-in registration forms. Admission to the Selman Bat Watch is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 8-12. Children must be 8 years of age or older to attend.

Eight viewing opportunities are offered each year. Watches in 2017 will be held each Friday and Saturday night in the month of July. (July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.)

How to Register:  REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE MAY 30, 2017.

Hopeful Selman Bat Watch participants must print, complete and mail their registration form to Selman Bat Watch c/o Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 between May 30 and June 9, 2017. Please read the registration form carefully before completing.

Registration forms must be postmarked between May 30 and on or before June 9, 2017 to be accepted.

Only one registration form is needed for families or groups. Group members should not register individually. Group size is limited to 10 on Saturday evenings.

What to Expect if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Before being bused to the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area, visitors will be introduced to the Mexican free-tailed bat and other wildlife that may be encountered at the area. On site, group leaders will explain how the bats travel up to 1,400 miles each spring to give birth and raise their young in Oklahoma and take visitors on an optional ¼ mile nature walk. For your safety and to protect the bats, the cave will not be toured.

·         There are no flush toilets on site, but port-a-potties will be available.

·         There is no running water, but drinking water will be provided.

·         The nature trail is level, but not paved.

·         Rattlesnake encounters are possible.

Things to Consider if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Safety of visitors and protection of the bats are of the utmost importance. State laws protect the bats, the cave and its environs.

·         Visitors are welcome to bring collapsible lawn chairs, insect repellent, binoculars and cameras.

·         Visitors are asked to leave glass containers, water bottles, non-registered people and pets at home.

·         Visitors are asked to dress for the outdoors (sturdy shoes – no sandals) and for the heat. Please consider wearing long pants to protect your legs from brush.

·         Adults must accompany children at all times and make sure they follow the rules.

·         Visitors must remain inside the mowed viewing area boundaries

·         NO SMOKING. The cave is located in a prairie.

About Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area:
This 340-acre tract of land contains one of four known maternity colonies for Mexican free-tailed bats in Oklahoma. The cave is situated among gypsum bluffs surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie community.

The property was purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1996 with funds donated to the Wildlife Diversity Program and from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

OOGA Aquaponics Presentation @ Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion)
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OOGA Aquaponics Presentation @ Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion) | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

Travis Flatt from Upward Harvest will be the speaker at this month’s meeting of the Oklahoma Organic Gardening Association, on the subject of aquaponics and vertical farming.

Jul
29
Sat
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom)
Jul 29 all-day
Selman Bat Watch @ Alabaster Caverns State Park (Freedom) | Freedom | Oklahoma | United States

Register by June 9

Each summer, hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats pour from the Selman Bat Cave to feed on insects, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Wildlife Diversity Program offers the public the chance to watch.

Due to limited spacing, all Selman Bat Watch visitors must pre-register.  (The area is closed to the public except during official events.) Each night’s viewing activities are limited to 75 visitors drawn from the pool of mailed-in registration forms. Admission to the Selman Bat Watch is $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 8-12. Children must be 8 years of age or older to attend.

Eight viewing opportunities are offered each year. Watches in 2017 will be held each Friday and Saturday night in the month of July. (July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.)

How to Register:  REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE MAY 30, 2017.

Hopeful Selman Bat Watch participants must print, complete and mail their registration form to Selman Bat Watch c/o Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 between May 30 and June 9, 2017. Please read the registration form carefully before completing.

Registration forms must be postmarked between May 30 and on or before June 9, 2017 to be accepted.

Only one registration form is needed for families or groups. Group members should not register individually. Group size is limited to 10 on Saturday evenings.

What to Expect if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Before being bused to the Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area, visitors will be introduced to the Mexican free-tailed bat and other wildlife that may be encountered at the area. On site, group leaders will explain how the bats travel up to 1,400 miles each spring to give birth and raise their young in Oklahoma and take visitors on an optional ¼ mile nature walk. For your safety and to protect the bats, the cave will not be toured.

·         There are no flush toilets on site, but port-a-potties will be available.

·         There is no running water, but drinking water will be provided.

·         The nature trail is level, but not paved.

·         Rattlesnake encounters are possible.

Things to Consider if Selected for a Selman Bat Watch:
Safety of visitors and protection of the bats are of the utmost importance. State laws protect the bats, the cave and its environs.

·         Visitors are welcome to bring collapsible lawn chairs, insect repellent, binoculars and cameras.

·         Visitors are asked to leave glass containers, water bottles, non-registered people and pets at home.

·         Visitors are asked to dress for the outdoors (sturdy shoes – no sandals) and for the heat. Please consider wearing long pants to protect your legs from brush.

·         Adults must accompany children at all times and make sure they follow the rules.

·         Visitors must remain inside the mowed viewing area boundaries

·         NO SMOKING. The cave is located in a prairie.

About Selman Bat Cave Wildlife Management Area:
This 340-acre tract of land contains one of four known maternity colonies for Mexican free-tailed bats in Oklahoma. The cave is situated among gypsum bluffs surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie community.

The property was purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1996 with funds donated to the Wildlife Diversity Program and from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses.

Aug
3
Thu
Oklahoma Statewide Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference @ Oklahoma City (Moore Norman Technology Center)
Aug 3 – Aug 4 all-day
Oklahoma Statewide Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference @ Oklahoma City (Moore Norman Technology Center) | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

Keynote speakers for this year’s Women in Agriculture & Small Business Conference will be:

  • Dr. Pamela Ronald, Distinguished  Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center  at the University of California, Davis.  Ronald serves as founding director of the Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy at UC Davis and director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute in Emeryville.  She is the co-author of Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food.
  • Lauren Nelson, Miss American 2007.  Nelson is the co-host of “Discover Oklahoma” and serves as spokesperson for Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton.

The conference offers networking opportunities, as well as concurrent breakout sessions offered from several tracks – agricultural, alternative enterprises, business and finance, and beginning farmer.

The conference also features an exhibit hall, vendors, and a mini-mall showcasing Oklahoma businesses and products, as well as two post-conference workshops: “Hands-on Quicken workshop” or “Beef Quality Assurance Program.”

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or call (405) 744-9826.

Current Challenges in Floriculture @ Stillwater (Wes Watkins Center Auditorium)
Aug 3 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Current Challenges in Floriculture @ Stillwater (Wes Watkins Center Auditorium) | Stillwater | Oklahoma | United States

A variety of topics, taught by both academics and industry leaders, will be highlighted at this year’s conference.  Although an overview of floriculture issues and challenges will be discussed, water quality and quantity will be emphasized by one of the keynote speakers, Dr. Genhua Niu, Texas A&M, El Paso.  The conference is designed to interest both the commercial grower/retailer as well as gardening enthusiasts.  Pesticide applicators may also find this event useful as ODAFF CEUs in categories 3 and 10 will be offered. Registration is $30 per person and on-line registration begins Tuesday, June 13.

Charles and Linda Shackelford started their own business in 1980 called TLC Florist and Greenhouses, Inc. TLC quickly grew from a mom and pop plant shop to the Shackelfords parlaying their early efforts into multiple TLC operations in the Oklahoma City area. TLC was routinely ranked in the top 100 garden centers in the United States; this legacy of excellence continues with current TLC management.

The Shackelfords have been avid supporters of their community’s needs and those of various green industry groups. Both have served as officers and leaders in various trade organizations such as the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers’ Association. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and OSU-OKC have recognized Charles and Linda’s commitment and dedication to the Oklahoma Green Industry and academia with multiple awards. The Shackelford Lecture Series is in part made possible by the Shackelford Endowed Floriculture Professorship.

This Shackelford Lecture Series is also offered in part by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. For more information contact Mike Schnelle by email or phone (405-744-7361).