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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).

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.

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).

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  • Field Notes March 2021

    Field Notes – March 2021

    The March 2021 issue of Field Notes covers elderberry safety, sustainable agriculture videos, CRP signups, USDA value-added grants, and more! Read on!

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