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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).

Success in Summer @ online / Oklahoma City (OSU Conference Center)
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Success in Summer @ online / Oklahoma City (OSU Conference Center)

Get prepared for garden success in summer. In this workshop, Julia Laughlin and Joshua Campbell will cover summer gardening tips to keep your lawn, landscape, and vegetable garden a success throughout the hottest season of the year. Learn watering saving tips and strategies, how to keep your plants thriving despite the heat, and other great gardening tips. Registered dietitian Taylor Conner will also share some great recipes and cooking tips for summer vegetables.

This workshop is available both virtually and in-person. For virtual participation, visit the registration page. For in-person registration, or questions, contact Diana Sansing by email or phone (405-713-1125).

May
8
Sat
Mobile Processing Units for Small Ruminants @ online
May 8 @ 10:00 am
Mobile Processing Units for Small Ruminants @ online

Join this tour of mobile processing units for small ruminants. Many small ruminant producers would like to add value to their product and market meat instead of the live animal. However, finding a processor for sheep and goats can be challenging. Often, small ruminant producers invest a great amount of time in transporting their animals to a processing plant and then returning to take delivery of the meat products. Several universities have purchased mobile processing units that are delivered to the farmer’s home and have personnel that provides varying degrees of assistance. However, each university requires that producers receive proper training prior to using the mobile processing unit. Learn how these universities serve small ruminant producers in their states.

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
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
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.