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May
27
Sun
Pollinator Plant Sale @ Tulsa (Tulsa Zoo)
May 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pollinator Plant Sale @ Tulsa (Tulsa Zoo) | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Visit the Tulsa Zoo’s Pollinator Plant Sale every Saturday and Sunday in May at the zoo’s gift shop, Meerkat Market. You can purchase various plant species for your garden at home, so you can attract pollinator species. Pollinators, such as butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, are extremely important to the well-being of many plants and crops, so it’s important to provide them with necessary resources.

Basics:

All plants are in pots and will be sold for $3.50 each (member and employee discounts do not apply). A specific quantity of each plant will be available for sale each weekend and when that quantity is sold there will be no more available until the next weekend. Plants will not be held for customers during their visit to the zoo. All plants may be planted in full sun locations and almost all require very little watering after becoming established.

Plants:

  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Showy Milkweed
  • Bloodflower
  • Yellow Bloodflower
  • Purple Coneflower
  • New England Aster
  • Bee Balm
  • Autumn Sage
  • Goldenrod
  • Hyssop
May
30
Wed
Webinar: Develop a Forage Chain for Your Livestock
May 30 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webinar: Develop a Forage Chain for Your Livestock

Sponsored by the Food Animal Concerns Trust

Make the most of your livestock operation by sequencing a combination of annual, perennial, and stored forages to feed your ruminant animals.

Kent Solberg, Grazing and Livestock Specialist with the Sustainable Farming Association, will discuss options for building a forage chain. Learn how a well-designed forage chain can offer multiple benefits to your farm – including extending the grazing season and reducing feed costs.

Register free at this link.

Jun
7
Thu
Sustainable Rangelands Symposium @ Lubbock, TX (National Ranching Heritage Center)
Jun 7 @ 1:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm
Sustainable Rangelands Symposium @ Lubbock, TX (National Ranching Heritage Center)

1:00 – 5:00, June 7
8:00 – 4:00, June 8

Topics include:
– Precipitation Effectiveness
– Integrated Livestock and Wildlife Sustainable Ranches
– Use of Prescribed Burning to Maintaining Sustainable Rangelands
– Importance of Deferment for Sustainable Rangelands
– Grazing Land Coalition and Sustainable Rangelands

Keynote Speaker:
To be announced

Ranch Camp:
The National Ranching Heritage Center will host Ranch Camp for children of symposium attendees who have completed grades 1 – 5. Space is limited.

Symposium hosted by:
– Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University
– College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University
– National Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University
– Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University

Registration:
Information and pricing coming soon

For more information, visit the conference website.

Jun
8
Fri
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Pawnee (Pawnee Nation College)
Jun 8 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course @ Pawnee (Pawnee Nation College) | Pawnee | 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.

Jun
9
Sat
Grazing Workshop @ Poteau (Kerr Center)
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Grazing Workshop @ Poteau (Kerr Center)

Register by June 4

Join us for this free workshop covering two important grazing topics.

The first will be basic grazing management, with emphasis on the benefits of controlled grazing, designing a grazing system, and the use of electric fencing.

The second topic area will cover livestock water systems, with emphasis on gravity flow water development and different types of livestock watering systems.

The workshop will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Lunch is provided.

There is no charge for the workshop, but registration by June 4 is required to reserve a place. To register, contact Lena Moore by email or phone (918-647-9123).

Download workshop flyer (PDF, 200 KB)

The workshop is sponsored by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and led by the Kerr Center.

Jun
12
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jun 12 @ 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.

Workshop: Beekeeping @ Poteau (Kerr Center)
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Workshop: Beekeeping @ Poteau (Kerr Center)

Register by June 11 at 5:00 P.M.

Jeff Asbury will lead this free 90-minute evening workshop on beekeeping, sharing the knowledge gained in his half-century of experience with commercial apiculture.

Mr. Asbury, who resides in Le Flore, ran 4,000 hives in California for a number of years before working in the queen industry for a couple of years. After moving to Oklahoma about 11 years ago, he ran 700 hives, working them from here to North Dakota. He has worked with several bee clubs, has extensive knowledge of pollination, and has worked with U.C. Davis entomologist Eric Mussen.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but advance registration (by 5:00 P.M. on June 11) is required to reserve one of the limited spaces available. To register, contact Lena Moore by email or phone (918-647-9123).

Jun
13
Wed
Webinar: Weed Management: An Ecological Approach
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This webinar will focus on integrated organic weed management tools and practices that give crops the edge over weeds, build soil health, and reduce the need for soil disturbance. Presenters are Mark Schonbeck of the Virginia Association of Biological Farming and Diana Jerkins of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

This is part of eXtension.org‘s Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series.

Jun
14
Thu
Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop @ Jefferson City, MO (The Carver Center)
Jun 14 – Jun 16 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 14. 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.

Minority Landowner Farmers & Landowners Conference @ El Paso, TX (Radisson Airpot)
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

The conference will connect farmers, ranchers and landowners to agricultural resource professionals at the federal, state, university, community-based, and private sector level.
Successful producer outreach occurs when producers are open to new information and to new methods of receiving information, and resource professionals are committed to continuous
efforts to engage producers in a respectful manner wherever they may be.

A limited number of scholarships are available for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.

To register, complete and return the conference registration form. If you request a scholarship, you will be notified whether your scholarship is approved, and if approved, your hotel reservation will be made for you. Scholarship hotel reservations are booked two participants per room. Scholarships cover registration and hotel, but not transportation.

For more information or to register, visit the Minority Landowner website.