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Jun
24
Mon
North American Agroforestry Conference @ Corvallis, OR (Oregon State University)
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
North American Agroforestry Conference @ Corvallis, OR (Oregon State University)

The Association for Temperate Agroforestry will convene for the 16th AFTA Biennial Conference on June 24-27, 2019 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website.

Jul
9
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Jul 9 @ 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.

Jul
13
Sat
Elderberry Workshop @ Poteau (Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture)
Jul 13 @ 8:30 am – 3:35 pm
Elderberry Workshop @ Poteau (Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL AND REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations, please contact the Kerr Center by email or phone (918-647-9123).

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture will host an elderberry workshop on Saturday, July 13, at the Kerr Center ranch near Poteau, Oklahoma.

The Kerr Center is evaluating several American elderberry varieties under eastern Oklahoma growing conditions. The workshop will feature regional experts on elderberry production and marketing who will address multiple aspects of this increasingly popular perennial crop.

The workshop will begin with a field tour of the Kerr Center’s elderberry trial on the horticulture farm.

Following the tour, the classroom portion of the workshop will begin with a presentation by Patrick Byers. Byers is part of an ongoing University of Missouri Extension project to evaluate elderberries and encourage their production in North America. He will give an overview of varieties, disease and insect concerns, and production techniques.

After lunch, participants will hear from Brent Madding of 360 Farms in Webber Falls, Oklahoma. Brent and his wife Valerie manage several elderberry plantings, focusing on flower production for use in teas.

The Kerr Center’s David Redhage will wrap up the workshop with an overview of the Kerr Center’s elderberry project and its findings to date.

Registration costs $20 per person ($15 each additional family member) and includes lunch. Registration is due by Wednesday, July 10, at 5:00 P.M. Early registration is suggested to secure one of the limited spaces available.

Funding provided by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture through a FY17 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Agenda

8:30-9:00   Registration
9:00-10:00 Field tour of Kerr Center Elderberry Trial
                      Kerr Center staff
10:15-12:15 Varieties, disease and insects, and production
                      Patrick Byers, University of Missouri Extension
12:15-1:15    Lunch
1:15-2:15      Elderberry flower production; Marketing
                      Brent Madding, 360 Farms, Webber Falls, Oklahoma
2:15-3:30     Kerr Center Elderberry Project report
                      David Redhage, Kerr Center
3:35              Adjourn

Jul
16
Tue
Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting @ Sacramento, CA (Hyatt-Regency Sacramento)
Jul 16 – Jul 18 all-day
Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting @ Sacramento, CA (Hyatt-Regency Sacramento)

At SOIL HEALTH: A Global Imperative, you’ll enjoy an opening-night reception plus two days of networking, learning, and collaborative planning with fellow soil health leaders.

You will learn about:

  • Where we go next for exploring soil health – human health relationships,
  • Identifying the best indicators of soil health across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,
  • New state and federal programs and policies for supporting soil health,
  • Latest research in understanding and managing the soil microbiome,
  • Filling the economics information gap for farmers,
  • Training programs to assist farmers with adopting soil health systems,
  • Adapting soil health principles for specialty crop and rangeland systems,
  • Ecosystem service markets for the environmental benefits attributed through soil health, and
  • Soil stewardship as the “Great Connector”.

For more information or to register, visit the meeting website or contact the Soil Health Institute by email or phone (919-230-0303).

Southern Cover Crop Conference @ Auburn, AL (Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center)
Jul 16 – Jul 17 all-day
Southern Cover Crop Conference @ Auburn, AL (Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center)

The 2019 Southern Cover Crop Conference will bring researchers, extension personnel, farmers, and ag industry specialists together discover the latest information related to cover crops in the South.

Where & When:

July 16th – The first day of the conference will take place at Auburn Hotel and Conference Center. Speakers will cover topics related to maximizing benefits of cover cropping.

Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center
241 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36830

July 17th – The second day of the conference will take place at E.V. Smith Research Center. Field demonstrations will be used to showcase best management practices and new technology related to cover crops​.

E.V. Smith Research Center
8660 Eagle Road, Shorter, AL

For more information or to register, visit the conference website or contact Audrey Gamble by email or phone (334-844-3995).


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