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Apr
22
Thu
Home Composting @ online
Apr 22 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Home Composting @ online

Do you like to garden? Do you want to reduce how much trash you make at home? Do you want cheap natural fertilizer? Learn how home composting can help you! Joshua Campbell with Oklahoma County Extension will explore the benefits of composting, things to consider before starting composting and composting methods. Handouts will be provided. Registration required to receive the Zoom link.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page or contact Diana Sansing by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Apr
29
Thu
Application Deadline: USDA Value Added Producer Grants @ online
Apr 29 @ 11:59 pm
Application Deadline: USDA Value Added Producer Grants @ online

April 29 is the deadline for online submission of applications to USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants program. (Paper applications must be postmarked by May 4.)

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income.

Planning Grants of up to $75,000, and Working Capital Grants of up to $250,000, are available through the program.

Applicants must request a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number and use it to register with the System for Award Management (SAM). This process commonly takes a month and must be completed before the VAPG application can be submitted.

For more information, visit the VAPG webpage, or contact Brian Wiles by email or phone (405-742-1060).

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition offers a free Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the VAPG.

May
1
Sat
Goat and Lamb Cookery Demonstration @ online
May 1 @ 10:00 am
Goat and Lamb Cookery Demonstration @ online

Join Suzanne Stemme as she demonstrates goat and lamb cookery, including how to prepare delicious goat and lamb meat dishes. Stemme and her veterinarian husband have been raising registered Kiko goats for more than 10 years, and for the last six years, she has written a monthly cuisine column for Goat Rancher magazine. Before retiring and moving to the country in 2005, Suzanne worked in non-profit communications. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a B.S. in Education with a minor in English.

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
4
Tue
Deadline: USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Grant Applications @ n/a
May 4 all-day
Deadline: USDA NIFA Community Food Projects Grant Applications @ n/a

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for its Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year 2021. Community Food Projects (CFP) and Planning Projects (PP) are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create sustainable systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. The purpose of the CFP is to support the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Grants are not to exceed $125,000 in a single year or $400,000 over four years. The purpose of a Planning Project is to complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security. The maximum PP grant is $35,000.
Applications are due by May 4, 2021.

To apply, visit the CFP website. For more information, email Lisa Jahns.

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).


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