Calendar

Feb
13
Tue
Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program (application deadline)
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm
Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program (application deadline)

February 13 is the application deadline for the USDA NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grants Program.

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences.

Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.

For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or contact Jodi Williams by email or phone (202-424-9722).

Free Drinking Water Testing in Oklahoma County @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
Feb 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Free Drinking Water Testing in Oklahoma County @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Bring your collected well drinking water samples to be screened for nitrate, total dissolved solids (TDS), pH, bacteria and hardness for free. For bacterial testing, sample must be collected within two hours of event.

For more information, visit Oklahoma Coooperative Extension’s water testing webpage, or contact LaDonna Hines by email or phone (405-713-1125).

Meal Planning 101 @ Choctaw (Choctaw Library)
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm
Meal Planning 101 @ Choctaw (Choctaw Library)

Are you interested in learning how to create healthy meal plans and meal prep? The Choctaw Library is hosting a meal planning program with the help of the OSU Extension presenter, Taylor Conner.

For more information or to register, visit the event webpage, or contact the Choctaw Library by email or phone (405)-390-8418 ).

Feb
14
Wed
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund (application deadline)
Feb 14 all-day
Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund (application deadline)

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

The application for the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund opens once per year at which time eligible veterans are given four weeks to submit a fully completed application.

Once the application period ends, an advisory panel of agricultural industry professionals convenes to review submissions. The application review process can take up to two months with awardees usually being notified in the spring.

Fellowship recipients have six months to use their award.

Upon notification of their award, Fellowship recipients may begin seeking out third-party vendors to make their purchase. All third-party vendors must be approved by the Fellowship Fund manager prior to purchase.

After an approved third-party vendor has been selected, the Fellowship Fund manager makes the payment on the farmer veteran’s behalf.

The application, which consists of both short answer and essay questions, is comprised of five main focus areas: military service, educational background, prior farming experience, business and financial planning, and short-term and long-term goals.

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Farm training/experience and/or transferable skills
  • Personal investment in their farm business
  • Strength of funding request and ability to show how an award will help grow their farm business
  • Vision and goals for the future of their business
  • Community involvement

Required Documents

  • A business plan
  • Proof of service

For more information or to apply, visit the fellowship website, or contact the Farmer Veteran Coalition by email or phone (530-756-1395).

Women Managing the Farm Conference @ Manhattan, KS
Feb 14 – Feb 16 all-day
Women Managing the Farm Conference @ Manhattan, KS

Rise, the 2024 Women Managing the Farm conference, features Keynote Speakers Mark Mayfield and Kim Bremmer, along with an action-packed list of breakout session speakers.

Conference speakers and sessions are selected and designed to keep women thriving within their rural communities and informed on the latest advancements in agriculture.

Early registration runs through January 18, 2024, at $175, with scholarships available for those who apply before that deadline. The student rate is $75 for any high school or college students. After that date, registration is $200. Additional pre-conference sessions are available for $25, including beginning QuickBooks, advanced QuickBooks, interactive farm safety and an introduction to UAV/drone technology.

For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage, or contact Rhonda Lund by email or phone (785-532-4016).

Sustainability Social Hour with Julia Laughlin @ Oklahoma City (Sailor & the Dock)
Feb 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Sustainability Social Hour with Julia Laughlin @ Oklahoma City (Sailor & the Dock)

OKC Beautiful’s Sustainability Social Hour is for those who love the environment and our city. Each session is centered around networking with those who have a passion for and want to learn more about environmental stewardship topics.

Each session features a conversational Q&A with a guest speaker. February features Julia Laughlin, Oklahoma County Horticulture Educator for the OSU Extension Service and specializes in organic gardening and farming. The event includes a mix and mingle portion from 5:00- 5:30, then kicks off the one-hour Q&A session.

All ages are welcome! You do not have to be 21+ to attend.

For more information or to RSVP, visit the event webpage, or contact OKC Beautiful by email or phone (405-525-8822).

Feb
15
Thu
USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum @ online / Arlington, VA (Crystal City Gateway Marriott)
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day
USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum @ online / Arlington, VA (Crystal City Gateway Marriott)

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum is a unique opportunity to learn about the latest trends and developments in agriculture from leading experts and industry professionals, while also networking with key players in the industry.

With over 30 sessions and 120 speakers, the forum offers a rich and diverse program covering a range of timely topics such as commodity markets, trade, technology, climate change and more.

Whether you’re a farmer, policymaker, industry leader, market analyst, or simply interested in the future of agriculture, the AOF is the perfect place to connect, learn, and engage.

For more information or to register, visit the forum webpage, or contact Mirvat Sewadeh by email or phone (202-527-5130).

FAPC Basic Training (workshop) @ Stillwater (Food & Agricultural Products Center)
Feb 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

FAPC offers this Basic Training workshop for food business entrepreneurs that helps participants address issues through business planning assistance, market identification, strategies and an explanation of food processing regulations. Small-group exchanges and guest speakers from government and industry assist in relaying information in each area.

Basic training participants will also learn about technical assistance available to individual companies from the FAPC, including product testing and evaluation, process scale up, pilot processing, and engineering .

Cost: $225/participant

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).

Things Your Organic Certifier Wants You to Know (webinar) @ onlne
Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Things Your Organic Certifier Wants You to Know (webinar) @ onlne

Join NCAT’s Audrey Kolde and Meredith Morgan from Quality Certification Services for this free webinar on things your organic certifier wants you to know.

This talk will be a practical walk-through of how to apply to become a USDA organic certified operation and how to maintain that certification throughout the years. It will discuss Organic System Plan documents, some tips for success, and call out key regulations to maximize success. It will also go over resources that will help you and your clients gain a full understanding of USDA regulations.

For more information or to register, visit the webinar webpage, or contact Audrey Kolde by email or phone (479-575-1386).

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (application deadline)
Feb 15 @ 4:00 pm
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (application deadline)

The deadline for applications to the USDA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) grant program is February 15, 2024.

The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program for organic production standards.

For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, or contact Mathieu Ngouajio by email or phone (202-570-1915).

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