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May
11
Tue
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
May 11 @ 9:00 am
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States

Please note that, in cooperation with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Kerr Center is currently offering tours by appointment only, and only outdoors. To request a tour, please contact us at least two weeks in advance by calling 918.647.9123 or emailing mailbox@kerrcenter.com (please put “public tour” in subject line).

(Under normal circumstances, guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday, April through September.)  During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects.

Tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person.

Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both.

Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience!

Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office.

Click here for directions and map.

All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome.

Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.

May
14
Fri
Goat Nutrition and LINC (Langston Interactive Nutrient Calculators) @ online
May 14 @ 10:00 am
Goat Nutrition and LINC (Langston Interactive Nutrient Calculators) @ online

Do you have questions on the proper feeding of your goats? Join this session for a discussion of goat nutrition. Feed costs are the number one cost of production. Reducing feed costs can improve your profitability; however, caution must be taken to ensure that the nutrients requirements of your goats are met. If not, they will underperform and will be more susceptible to disease and internal parasites. Advances in goat nutrient requirements have been made in recent years and they have been compiled into the Langston Interactive Nutrient Calculators (LINC).

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
19
Wed
Pond Management: A Virtual Workshop @ online
May 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pond Management: A Virtual Workshop @ online

Problems with ponds are common and more easily corrected if caught early. In this virtual workshop, Dr. Marley Beem, State Extension Specialist, and Joshua Campbell, Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, will cover weed management, water appearance issues and muddiness, fishing, control of dam and shoreline, and overflow erosion.

For more information, visit the OCES event listing. To register, contact Diana Sansing by email or phone (405-713-1125).

May
20
Thu
Woman Landowners Symposium @ onilne / Athens, GA
May 20 – May 21 all-day
Woman Landowners Symposium @ onilne / Athens, GA

The Woman Landowners Symposium is a biannual national level event hosted and organized by Land & Ladies along with the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The purpose of this national women landowner’s event is to empower women with the confidence to take hold of their landownership, as well as creating an atmosphere for women to connect with one another. The 1.5 day event is comprised of natural resource expert general sessions, breakout workshop opportunities, and a social reception. Attend in-person or virtually!

For more information or to register, visit the symposium website, or email Danielle Atkins.

May
22
Sat
Composting Festival @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Composting Festival @ Oklahoma City (Will Rogers Gardens)

This composting festival will cover a multitude of ways anyone can compost. It will cover home composting and the different composting methods available. It will also cover how to make compost tea and the benefits of using it in the garden and landscape, as well as how to vermicompost and its uses and benefits.

For those want to participate in composting but have limited space or resources, the workshop will introduce organizations that partner with individuals to make compost on a larger scale. From 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M., the first 100 registered participants will receive a lunch and will also have access to the compost demonstration areas where knowledgeable composters will be available to answer questions.

For more information or to register, visit the event listing, or contact the Will Rogers Gardens by email or phone (405-297-2211).

Internal Parasite Workshop & FAMACHA© Training @ online
May 22 @ 10:00 am
Internal Parasite Workshop & FAMACHA© Training @ online

Having problems with internal parasites? Join this discussion of the biology and control of worms with management, proper use of dewormers, FAMACHA© eye scoring system, and fecal egg counting. The FAMACHA© eye scoring system uses a card with five color patches illustrating the different levels of anemia. By using the FAMACHA© system, small ruminant producers can make selective deworming decisions and deworm only those sheep and goats having severer anemia due to infestation with the barber pole worm (Haemonchus contortus). Selective deworming saves costs by minimizing drug use and also slows the rate of anthelmintic resistance. The FAMACHA© system can also be used in selecting animals that are most susceptible to barber pole worm infection and culling those animals that are not.

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
26
Wed
Pressure Canning @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Pressure Canning @ Oklahoma City (OSU Extension Conference Center)

Learn how use pressure canning to safely and properly preserve fresh foods like vegetables and meats to enjoy year-round! This 3-1/2 hour, low-cost workshop walks participants through home food processing techniques. Space is limited.

For more information or to register, visit the workshop webpage, or contact Janet Birchall by email or phone (405-713-1125).

May
27
Thu
Cheesemaking Workshop @ online
May 27 @ 11:00 am
Cheesemaking Workshop @ online

Curious about making cheese? Join Dr. Steve Zeng, Professor and Dairy Product Specialist in the American Institute for Goat Research at Langston University, as he leads participants through the various steps in cheesemaking. He has instructed cheese workshops in AR, DE, KS, GA, KY, MO, NE, OK, TX, and VT in the U.S. as well as overseas in Argentina, Armenia, China, Jamaica, Kenya, and the Republic of Georgia. He has also judged cheeses for the World, the United States, the American Cheese Society, and the American Dairy Goat Association cheese championships/contests since 2007. He will share his rich background, personal experience, and masterful skills in small-scale cheese manufacture, particularly goat milk cheeses. He will demonstrate basic principles and practical skills of making hard and semi-soft cheeses using our own Grade “A” goat milk. Milk quality, cheesemaking facilities, cheese sensory evaluation, and federal safety requirements will also be discussed.

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).

Jun
4
Fri
Deadline: Southern SARE Research & Education Grants @ n/a
Jun 4 all-day
Deadline: Southern SARE Research & Education Grants @ n/a

Applications are due by June 4 to Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)’s Research & Education Grant program.

Research Grants are competitive research grants for teams of interdisciplinary researchers that encourage a systems approach in sustainable agriculture. Research Grant projects are funded to a maximum of $400,000, limited to three (3) years.

Education Grants accommodate organizations, institutions and individuals who are interested in education-based projects, rather than research-driven projects. Education Grant projects are funded to a maximum of $50,000, limited to two (2) years.

For more information or to apply, visit the program website, or contact Southern SARE by email or phone (770-412-4787).

Jun
5
Sat
Goats for Vegetation Management @ online
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am
Goats for Vegetation Management @ online

Join this tour of entrepreneurs who have established rent-a-goat commercial operations. Landowners have many options for controlling unwanted vegetation, including fire, chemical, mechanical, and biological. The latter (biological) is gaining in popularity as concerns have grown about the safety of fire and chemicals and the cost of mechanical control. Goats are an efficient means (biological) of controlling unwanted vegetation. However, many landowners do not want to enter into the goat business; they only want to manage their land. Several entrepreneurs have established enterprises where goats can be rented to control unwanted vegetation. Presenters will travel to on-site locations and learn how these entrepreneurs are operating in this new and exciting endeavor.

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).