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May
7
Fri
Deadline: Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants @ n/a
May 7 all-day
Deadline: Southern SARE Graduate Student Grants @ n/a

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)’s Graduate Student Grant program supports sustainable agriculture research projects by Master’s and Ph.D. students in the southern region. Graduate students must be enrolled full time. The maximum funding is $16,500 for a two-year project.

Research projects must focus on sustainable agriculture and cover issues related to improving the profitability of farmers/ranchers in the southern region; sustaining and improving the environmental quality and natural resources base on which agriculture depends; or enhancing the quality of life for farmers and ranchers and the communities they support.

Research projects can be quantitative (component field research, for example) or qualitative (research that addresses social science issues).

Applications are due by May 7, 2021.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or contact Southern SARE by email or phone (770-412-4787).

May
8
Sat
Mobile Processing Units for Small Ruminants @ online
May 8 @ 10:00 am
Mobile Processing Units for Small Ruminants @ online

Join this tour of mobile processing units for small ruminants. Many small ruminant producers would like to add value to their product and market meat instead of the live animal. However, finding a processor for sheep and goats can be challenging. Often, small ruminant producers invest a great amount of time in transporting their animals to a processing plant and then returning to take delivery of the meat products. Several universities have purchased mobile processing units that are delivered to the farmer’s home and have personnel that provides varying degrees of assistance. However, each university requires that producers receive proper training prior to using the mobile processing unit. Learn how these universities serve small ruminant producers in their states.

Due to lingering and even spiking COVD19 infections in Oklahoma, and also due to a slower than expected pace of vaccinations, the 2021 Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day will not be held in-person but will be held virtually via Zoom.

Many people are tired of day-long Zoom meetings/conferences. So, last year’s popular theme of “Goat and Lamb Cookery & More” will continue, but be broken into smaller 2-to-4-hour segments spread over several weeks.

For more information or to register, visit the event website, or contact Terry Gipson by email or phone (405-466-3836).

May
11
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: 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 is currently offering tours by appointment only, and only outdoors. To request a tour, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling 918.647.9123 or emailing mailbox@kerrcenter.com (please put “public tour” in subject line).

(Under normal circumstances, guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday, April through September.)  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.

May
14
Fri
Goat Nutrition and LINC (Langston Interactive Nutrient Calculators) @ online
May 14 @ 10:00 am
Goat Nutrition and LINC (Langston Interactive Nutrient Calculators) @ online

Do you have questions on the proper feeding of your goats? Join this session for a discussion of goat nutrition. Feed costs are the number one cost of production. Reducing feed costs can improve your profitability; however, caution must be taken to ensure that the nutrients requirements of your goats are met. If not, they will underperform and will be more susceptible to disease and internal parasites. Advances in goat nutrient requirements have been made in recent years and they have been compiled into the Langston Interactive Nutrient Calculators (LINC).

Due to lingering and even spiking COVD19 infections in Oklahoma, and also due to a slower than expected pace of vaccinations, the 2021 Goat and Hair Sheep Field Day will not be held in-person but will be held virtually via Zoom.

Many people are tired of day-long Zoom meetings/conferences. So, last year’s popular theme of “Goat and Lamb Cookery & More” will continue, but be broken into smaller 2-to-4-hour segments spread over several weeks.

For more information or to register, visit the event website, or contact Terry Gipson by email or phone (405-466-3836).

May
19
Wed
Pond Management: A Virtual Workshop @ online
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pond Management: A Virtual Workshop @ online

Problems with ponds are common and more easily corrected if caught early. In this virtual workshop, Dr. Marley Beem, State Extension Specialist, and Joshua Campbell, Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, will cover weed management, water appearance issues and muddiness, fishing, control of dam and shoreline, and overflow erosion.

For more information, visit the OCES event listing. To register, contact Diana Sansing by email or phone (405-713-1125).


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