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Oct
1
Sun
National Farm to School Month
Oct 1 – Oct 31 all-day
National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month! Join thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country in celebrating food education, school gardens and lunch trays filled with healthy, local ingredients. Here are several easy ways to get involved:

Find out What’s Going on: Visit the Oklahoma Farm to School website to learn all about what’s going on with farm to school right here in Oklahoma!

Be Inspired: Follow the National Farm to School Network on its blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see inspiring examples of farm to school success and innovation.

Get Involved: Explore NFSN’s national calendar of Farm to School Month events to see how you can celebrate in your state. If you are hosting events for Farm to School Month, we encourage you to submit them to the calendar!

Spread the Word: Shout out about farm to school and share what you’re doing for National Farm to School Month with the hashtags #F2SMonth and #farmtoschool on social media.

Explore Resources: Check out NFSN’s free resources for planning and promoting celebrations in your community, including our Farm to School Month Celebration Toolkit, customizable posters and bookmarks, stickers and more.

Happy National Farm to School Month!

National Watershed Coalition Annual Meeting @ Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 1 – Oct 4 all-day
National Watershed Coalition Annual Meeting @ Salt Lake City, UT

The National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) and National Watershed Coalition (NWC) would like to welcome you to their 2023 joint meeting.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Mike Beacom by email or phone (715-340-0681).

Oct
3
Tue
Advanced Soil Health International Certificate Training Course (online) @ online
Oct 3 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Advanced Soil Health International Certificate Training Course (online) @ online

Understanding, Measuring, and Managing Soil Health

This international virtual workshop is offered by leading scientists and practitioners in soil health. The Advanced Soil Health Course will be offered October 3 – November 14, 2023. It takes place online over 7 weeks via real-time lectures and guided self-study. This course covers the basic principles all the way to the latest science on measuring and managing soil health.

Live lectures will be held Tuesdays. Office hours are held Thursdays, after live lecture days.

All lectures will be recorded and available within a few hours after the live session, and asynchronous attendance is an option.

Tuesday Lectures: 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST | 11:00 am – 11:30 am Q&A/discussion
Thursday Office Hours: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EST

Who should attend? Any practitioners, educators, or students can expect to take their understanding of soil health to the next level.

Through this course, you will gain an understanding of:
– The connection between soil health and the grand challenge of sustaining future world populations
– Soil health principles and benefits of healthy soils
– Soil physical, biological and chemical processes affecting soil health
– Why and how soil health degradation occurs
– Approaches and methodologies for soil health assessment and interpretation
– Management solutions that improve soil health
– Educational and research approaches related to soil health
– How soil health metrics can be linked to management approaches

Prerequisite: a basic understanding of agronomy, horticulture, and soil science.

Learn from leading Cornell University scientists on topics related to soil health.

Seven modules
– 2.5 hours of lectures per week
– 2-3 hours of self-study and testing per week
– Total of 50 hours spread over 7 weeks
– Additional virtual office hours with the instructors
– Small project assignment (full course only)
– All lectures recorded and made available for review

Choose to take:
– Only the basic modules (three)
– Or the full course (basic & advanced modules)

Receive:
– Certificate of Completion (all participants)
– Electronic badge (use on LinkedIn) (complete full course and project )

For more information or to register, visit the course webpage, or contact Harold van Es by email or phone (607-255-5629).

Farm Business Planning Course (online) @ online
Oct 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Farm Business Planning Course (online) @ online

In this farm business planning course, you will learn how to:

– Create a mission and vision for your business
– Develop a budget and a plan to fund your business
– Create a marketing plan for your business
– Set goals and create a timeline for your farm business to grow
– Weave those elements together into a cohesive business plan

The course meets online on Tuesdays from 6pm to 8:30pm Eastern Standard Time for 8 consecutive weeks. Each evening session is filled with information and activities that will help you write your farm business plan. The Farm Business Planning course is designed to help you create a written plan to start or expand your farm business.

Graduates of the course can apply to join NESFP’s Incubator Farm Program.

The course is recognized by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as fulfilling one of their financial management training requirements.

For more information or to register, visit the course webpage, or contact the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project by email or phone (978-654-6745).

Oct
4
Wed
Panhandle Cattlewomen’s College @ Beaver (Beaver County Fairgrounds)
Oct 4 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm

Join fellow cattlewomen to learn more about relevant beef industry topics at the two-day Panhandle Cattlewomen’s College.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Dana Zook by email or phone (580-237-7677).

Oct
5
Thu
Oklahoma Master Gardener State Conference @ El Reno (Canadian Valley Technology Center)
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
Oklahoma Master Gardener State Conference @ El Reno (Canadian Valley Technology Center) | Drumright | Oklahoma | United States

The 2023 State Master Gardener Conference is hosted by the Canadian County Master Gardeners on October 5-6, 2023. This is an excellent opportunity for Oklahoma Master Gardeners to network and earn continuing education hours.

Registration closes September 6.

This year’s theme is, “Honoring Our Past, Growing Our Future.” Topics range from native plants and horticultural trends to edibles and wildlife. Other highlights of the conference include 14 expert guest speakers, garden tours, educational and vendor booths, door prizes, and a special social night.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact David Hillock by email or phone (405-744-5158).

Oct
6
Fri
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Hulbert (Sequoyah State Park)
Oct 6 – Oct 8 all-day
Oklahoma Native Plant Society Annual Meeting @ Hulbert (Sequoyah State Park) | Stillwater | Oklahoma | United States

The 2023 Oklahoma Natove Plant Society Annual Meeting will be held October 6-8 at Sequoyah State Park.

For more information or to register, visit the ONPS website for more details and updates as they become available, or contact Joe Roberts by email or phone (405-820-6851).

Oct
10
Tue
Farm To School Technical Assistance-Cooperative Agreement (application deadline)
Oct 10 all-day

The purpose of the Farm to School Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement described in this request for applications (RFA) is to support nonprofit entities and Indian Tribal Organizations to implement national- and/or regional-level farm to school activities. Awardees under this cooperative agreement will undertake projects supporting USDA’s priorities of Food System Transformation, Improving Child Health through Nutritious School Meals, and Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

There are three funding tracks available, corresponding with each USDA priority. Applicants to the Supporting Community Engagement track (aligned with USDA’s priority of Improving Child Health through Nutritious School Meals) will propose projects that expand farm to school institutes. The Supporting Producer Engagement track aligns with USDA’s Food Systems Transformation priority and will fund projects that strengthen producer engagement with the child nutrition programs market. Finally, the Supporting Tribal Engagement track will fund an entity to conduct Tribal dialogues with the purpose of supporting FNS’s farm to school grantmaking and technical assistance for Tribal entities, in alignment with USDA’s Indigenous Food Sovereignty priority.

Available funding ranges from $500,000 to $1 million depending on the applicant’s choice of track. Eligible applicants are national and/or regional level nonprofit entities and Indian Tribal Organizations with a history of meaningful engagement with the target audience for this cooperative agreement.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or email Jean Bingham.

Oct
11
Wed
Rural Economic Outlook Conference @ Stillwater (OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center)
Oct 11 all-day
Rural Economic Outlook Conference @ Stillwater (OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center)

The lineup of speakers for the 2023 Rural Economic Outlook Conference includes Bart Fischer, Co-Director, Agricultural & Food Policy Center and Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University and Brian Bledsoe, Chief Meteorologist, KKTV 11 News, Colorado Springs, Colorado. The registration fee is $50.00, which includes breakfast, lunch and breaks on Wednesday.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact Brent Ladd by email or phone (405-744-6159).

Oct
12
Thu
Sanitation in the Food Industry – A Crash Course @ Stillwater (Food & Agricultural Products Center)
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

FAPC offers this sanitation course for food industry professionals. This comprehensive day-long lecture and hands-on workshop is designed to provide the essentials of sanitation in food-manufacturing plants.

Topics:

Foodborne pathogens
Strategies to control foodborne pathogens
Cleaners, sanitizers and their mode of actions
Sanitary equipment and facility design
Pest control
Environmental monitoring
Allergen control

Who should attend:

Sanitarians
Quality assurance team
Production and plant managers

Cost: $300/person

A $25 fee will be billed to those who fail to cancel or attend. The registration fees cover lunch, refreshments and workshop material costs.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact Karen Smith by email or phone (405-744-6277).

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