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Webinar: USDA Urban Agriculture Grants @ online
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Webinar: USDA Urban Agriculture Grants @ online

This webinar will provide an overview of the USDA’s urban agriculture grants.  It will cover the Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program’s purpose, project types, eligibility, and basic requirements for the submission of an application.

The newly established UAIP program supports the development of urban agriculture and innovative production activities by funding Planning Projects and Implementation Projects led by nonprofit organizations, local or Tribal governments, and schools that serve any of the grades K-12 in areas of the United States.

There is approximately $1 million available for Planning Projects and $2 million for Implementation Projects. This is the first grant cycle for UAIP. The purpose of Planning Projects is to support the development of projects that will either initiate or build upon or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs. The purpose of Implementation Projects is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners.

To register for the webinar, visit the registration webpage.  For additional information, or to apply for the grant, visit, or email Michele Devaney.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is posted on Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 6, 2020.


POSTPONED: Growing Season Fire Workshop @ Ames
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association (OPBA) is hosting this growing season fire workshop. More details will be announced closer to the time of the workshop.

For more information, check back at the online event listing, or contact the OPBA.

CANCELED: National Rural Grocery Summit @ Manhattan, KS (Hilton Garden Inn)
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day
CANCELED: National Rural Grocery Summit @ Manhattan, KS (Hilton Garden Inn)

CANCELED: See this note from the organizers:

“After much information gathering and deliberation among our staff at the Center for Engagement and Community Development, we have decided to cancel the face-to-face National Rural Grocery Summit slated for June 8-9, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. We are sad to make this decision as we were looking forward to seeing so many of our friends, owners, and partners and hearing about new and cutting-edge ideas regarding rural grocery operations and access to healthy foods.

We are exploring a number of online engagement opportunities to continue to provide important and relevant information for rural grocers and for all those working to improve access to healthy foods. Please stay tuned.”


The Seventh National Rural Grocery Summit will bring together store owners, citizen leaders, food suppliers, academic researchers, healthy food access stakeholders, policy makers, and funders to talk with one another about how best to sustain this critical small business and improve rural access to healthy foods.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact the conference registration office by email or phone (1-800-432-8222).

CANCELED: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am
CANCELED: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center tour dates for April and May have been canceled.

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 with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

CANCELED: Establishing a Native Prairie and Wildlife Garden @ Stillwater (OSU Botanic Garden)
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Learn how the native prairie area at the OSU Botanic Garden was established, with Dr. Dwayne Elmore. His information will aid you in preparing a native prairie area at home. Master Gardener Kathy will provide pointers and tips on how to create a wildlife-friendly garden.

For more information or to register, visit the online event listing, or contact Keith Reed by email or phone (405-747-8320).

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