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Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy returns to Oklahoma in August for a series of free talks on his award-winning nature books.
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Newly developed varieties of sweet sorghum are resistant to the sugarcane aphid. Read George Kuepper's update.
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The July 2022 issue of Field Notes covers USDA food safety and conservation cost-shares, moths, sugarcane aphid-resistant sorghum, and more! Read on!
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Liz Speake has wrapped up a long career at the Kerr Center. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement!
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Your specialty crop operation's food safety certification expenses may be eligible for cost-sharing through this USDA program.
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Events/Training

Aug
18
Thu
Federation of Southern Cooperatives: Annual Meeting @ Birmingham and Epes, AL
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day
Federation of Southern Cooperatives: Annual Meeting @ Birmingham and Epes, AL

Join the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund for its 55th Annual Meeting and 21st Estelle Witherspoon Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner. This event celebrates a half-century of work, memories, and progress in the development of the Federation as the foremost organization serving black farmers, co-op members, and low-income people in the rural South.

For more information, visit the Federation of Southern Cooperatives website, or contact the Federation by email or phone (404-765-0991).

Aug
19
Fri
Application Deadline: Heritage Livestock Micro-grant Program
Aug 19 all-day
Application Deadline: Heritage Livestock Micro-grant Program

The deadline for applications to the Livestock Conservancy’s Heritage Livestock Micro-grant Program is August 19, 2022. Applications are accepted in several different categories:

  • National Microgrants: Residents and organizations of the U.S. working with livestock and poultry breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List. Support will be provided through this competitive program for a variety of farm-related operations, including, but not limited to, livestock, poultry, processing, milk, meat and egg production and sales, agri-tourism, wool milling, promotions and marketing. Awards typically range from $500 – $2,000, at the discretion of The Livestock Conservancy.
  • Youth Microgrants: This U.S.-based program provides funding for youth projects for individuals 8-18 years of age who are actively working with breeds listed on the Conservation Priority List. Support will be provided through this competitive program for a variety of farm-related operations, including, but not limited to, livestock, poultry, processing, milk, meat and egg production and sales, agri-tourism, wool milling, promotions and marketing. Awards typically range from $500 – $2,000, at the discretion of The Livestock Conservancy.
  • Premier 1 Microgrant: This program provides funding for residents and organizations of the U.S. working with livestock and poultry breeds listed on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List. Support will include fencing products available through Premier 1 Supplies and other project related needs. Awards typically range from $500 – $2,000, at the discretion of The Livestock Conservancy.
  • NEW Breed Association Microgrants: This program is open to U.S. based associations and clubs working with breeds listed on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List. Funds are intended to help associations and clubs improve services for their membership and conservation of their breeds. Applicant organizations must be in existence for a minimum of three years, meet their state’s requirements for operating as a business or corporation, be incorporated (no Sole Proprietors or Partnerships), and have board approval to pursue the project. Suitable expenditures of Breed Association Microgrants include, but are not limited to, marketing materials, website improvements, gene banking, software, educational events, developing strategic plans, DNA studies, flock or herd rescues.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or contact The Livestock Conservancy by email or phone (919-542-5704).

Pressure Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pressure Canning Workshop @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Learn how to safely can your favorite fresh foods using pressure canning. This hands-on workshop will involve prepping the food, packing it into jars, and processing. You will take home a jar of the canned food.

This method of canning is for low-acid foods such as vegetables, soups, stocks, meats, poultry, and seafood.

For ages 18 and older.

Fee covers the class material and food for canning.

For more information or to register, contact Janet Birchall by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Doug Tallamy: Nature’s Best Hope @ Jenks (Jenks High School PAC)
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Doug Tallamy: Nature's Best Hope @ Jenks (Jenks High School PAC)

Scientist and author Doug Tallamy will give this free talk on his book Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.

A hero to native plant enthusiasts, Doug Tallamy is professor and chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. His book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer’s Association and is credited with changing how many gardeners view their landscape and plant choices. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners can become conservationists by creating wildlife corridors. He recently authored The Nature of Oaks, which examines the rich web of life dependent on oak trees.

Tallamy will be signing books before and after this talk. This free presentation is sponsored by the Oklahoma Native Plant Society and Tulsa Audubon Society.

For more information, visit the event webpage, or contact John Kennington by email or phone (918- 809-6325).

Aug
20
Sat
Doug Tallamy: Nature’s Best Hope @ Edmond (UCO Nigh University Center Constitution Hall)
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Doug Tallamy: Nature's Best Hope @ Edmond (UCO Nigh University Center Constitution Hall)

Scientist and author Doug Tallamy will give this free talk on his book Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard.

A hero to native plant enthusiasts, Doug Tallamy is professor and chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. His book Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants
won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer’s Association and is credited with changing how many gardeners view their landscape and plant choices. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners can become conservationists by creating wildlife corridors. He recently authored The Nature of Oaks, which examines the rich web of life dependent on oak trees.

Tallamy will be signing books before and after this talk. This free presentation is sponsored by the Oklahoma Native Plant Society and Tulsa Audubon Society.

For more information, visit the event webpage, or email the Oklahoma Native Plant Society.

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