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The elderberry project is progressing well. It is an interesting and challenging project, that should provide much-needed information.
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The February 2024 issue of Field Notes covers elderberry updates, falling cattle and monarch numbers, a DIY vacuum seeder, and more! Read on!
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Cattle numbers are at a 73-year low, while beef prices just hit a record high. Check out more such facts and figures in the latest Ag Census.
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Why not make your own vacuum seeder at home? This how-to video from ATTRA shows a low-cost approach using simple parts.
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The numbers of migratory eastern monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico fell nearly 60% since last year, reaching the second lowest level on record.
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USDA's plant hardiness zone maps got an update last year. As the climate warms, the plant hardiness zones are marching northward.
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Events/Training

Feb
28
Wed
Oklahoma Local Agriculture Summit @ Edmond
Feb 28 – Mar 1 all-day
Oklahoma Local Agriculture Summit @ Edmond

For the tenth year, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, in partnership with the ONIE Project, will be hosting an educational packed summit for local ag. The Oklahoma Local Agriculture Summit, formerly called the Oklahoma Farmers Market and Agritourism Conference, focuses on continuing the momentum for local food in Oklahoma, by providing a summit that strengthens local food systems, farmers markets, and agritourism sites through resources, education, and networking opportunities.

February 28 will kick off the summit with in-depth workshops, including marketing workshops, hands-on growing demonstrations, and industry meetings. On February 29, over 20 breakout sessions will be provided covering topics for growers, market managers, agritourism sites, and support organizations. On March 1st, participants can choose to attend one bus tour showcasing 4 agritourism sites or an Innovative Farm Tour, which will visit 3-4 innovative farms in Central Oklahoma.

Registration is required for all events. Lunch is included on February 29.

Workshops and main summit day sessions are free to attend. The Farm to Table Dinner on Feb. 28 costs $50 per person. Registration for tours and the dinner is separate from main conference registration – see links on registration page.

For more information or to register, visit the event website, or contact the Oklahoma Local Agriculture Collaborative (OLAC) by email or phone (405-271-2091).

Mar
1
Fri
Soil Health Implementation Program (SHIP – application deadline)
Mar 1 all-day
Soil Health Implementation Program (SHIP - application deadline)

The Soil Health Implementation Program (SHIP) is a new initiative designed to advance soil health and regenerative agricultural practices across the State of Oklahoma. At its core, SHIP aims to empower crop, livestock, and urban agricultural producers who are committed to elevating their soil health management strategies. If you’re a producer eager to enhance your soil conservation practices and share your journey with others, SHIP is tailored for you.

Eligibility for SHIP is open to producers across the state regardless of operation size. Experience or a keen interest in soil health and regenerative agriculture is required. The program is a three-year commitment, during which time participants will create and implement a customized SHIP Conservation Plan. Notably, up to two district directors can also apply, depending on district approval. This opportunity extends to individuals ready to engage in a multi-year framework and contribute to a broader community learning experience.

Eligible program participants may receive up to a total of $40,000 in reimbursements for implementing practices aligned with their approved SHIP conservation plans.

Following the application period, the OCC Soil Health Team will evaluate and select applicants, aiming to represent all conservation district areas across the state. Once accepted, producers will work closely with the Soil Health Team to develop and execute their SHIP Conservation Plans, with continuous support and guidance throughout the program term.

For more information or to apply, visit the SHIP webpage, or contact Greg Kloxin by email or phone (405-522-4737).

Mar
2
Sat
Kansas Statewide Women In Agriculture Conference @ Corning, KS (Corning Community Center)
Mar 2 all-day
Kansas Statewide Women In Agriculture Conference @ Corning, KS (Corning Community Center)

Featured speakers at this year’s Kansas Statewide Women In Agriculture Conference include Jolene Brown, Karen Eddington, Keith Koch, Lucinda Stuenkel, Ashley Svaty, and Sarah Gideon.

The conference is free, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Dana Schmelzle by email or phone (785-336-2164 x110).

Blue Thumb Volunteer Training – OKC @ Oklahoma City (ODAFF- Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry)
Mar 2 @ 8:30 am – Mar 3 @ 4:30 pm
Blue Thumb Volunteer Training - OKC @ Oklahoma City (ODAFF- Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, Food and Forestry)

Blue Thumb is having this training for new volunteers in Oklahoma City.

The first day of training will include an introduction to the Blue Thumb program and an overview of various ways you can participate as a Blue Thumb volunteer, with a focus on volunteer education opportunities. You will also get to learn about water quality, watersheds, nonpoint source pollution and other topics through a series of educational activities which you can then use to educate members of your own community. The day will also include a visit to a local creek to discuss the creek’s ecology and biology, including getting into the water and looking for bugs and fish.

The second day of training will cover all of the monthly chemical tests conducted by volunteers at their local creek or stream. We will also discuss the test resuls, what they mean and what they reveal about water quality and nonpoint source pollution. The day will include visiting a local creek to perform all of the required stream-side testing procedures and then returning to the indoor location to perform the chemical tests volunteers conduct every month. This monitoring training is mandatory before you can begin to monitor your creek.

All volunteers who have been trained in the past but would like a refresher course on their chemical tests are also welcome and encouraged to attend. Please email bluethumb@conservation.ok.gov if you have any questions or would to attend this day’s training.

*Refunds will be available until February 24*

For more information or to register, visit the training registration page, or contact Candice Miller by email or phone (405-464-2838).

Mar
4
Mon
InTents Farmers Market Conference @ online / San Diego, CA
Mar 4 – Mar 6 all-day
InTents Farmers Market Conference @ online / San Diego, CA

InTents: The Farmers Market Conference brings together farmers market managers and participants from throughout the US, Canada and beyond to make their operations stronger and more profitable.

Join in for three days of presentations, panels, roundtables and networking. Learn and connect, compare notes on what’s happening in the farmers market industry and your community of practice. Gain knowledge and discover resources, and enjoy time with your village of market managers, farmers and makers.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact Farmers Market Pros by email or phone (619-233-3901).

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