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Small Farmers Conference

Small Farmers Conference
When:
05/21/2019 – 05/23/2019 all-day
2019-05-21T00:00:00-05:00
2019-05-24T00:00:00-05:00
Where:
Midwest City (Sheraton Midwest City Hotel)
5750 Will Rogers Rd
Midwest City
OK 73110
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Jewellena Golden
405-466-6166

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
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