News and Events

The October 2021 issue of Field Notes covers fall armyworms, endangered bumblebees, heirloom pumpkins, organic no-till, and more! Read on!
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The September 2021 issue of Field Notes covers fall gardening, monarch migration, agrivoltaics, a new field guide to bees, and more! Read on!
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The August 2021 issue of Field Notes covers milkweed in pastures, marketing agroforestry products, cowpeas for pollinators, and more! Read on!
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Texas Food Education & Discovery is offering two new free online courses for farmers market vendors - online and at your own pace.
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SARE’s newest book, the fourth edition of Building Soils for Better Crops, is updated to reflect new science and developments in soil health.
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Farmers and ranchers may apply to enroll grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands signup through August 20.
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CRP lands in several Oklahoma counties are currently eligible for emergency haying and grazing due to drought conditions.
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The July 2021 issue of Field Notes covers direct marketing, the farm share of the food dollar, pollinators in the news, pawpaws, and more! Read on!
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The Oklahoma News Report turned its cameras on pollinators last month, interviewing a panel of Oklahoma experts on pollinator biology.
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How much of your food dollar, on average, makes it into farmers' pockets? What can you do to increase that amount?
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Upcoming Events

Nov
2
Tue
Introduction to Raising Heritage Poultry (webinar) @ online
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Introduction to Raising Heritage Poultry (webinar) @ online

Join this free online introduction to raising heritage poultry! Interest in traditional or “Heritage” breeds of poultry has been on the rise as farmers look toward animals that can thrive outdoors and on pasture. Although many are superb for these environments, they are also slower growing and take much longer to get to market weight and will produce fewer eggs than commercial strains of birds. In this workshop we will discuss the perks and challenges producers will face, and how to take advantage of other income streams from your flock that can be generated beyond eggs or meat.

The guest presenter is Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager at The Livestock Conservancy. Jeannette has 30+ years’ experience working as an animal professional in zoological and non-profit institutions. She is an active lecturer, writer, and photographer, and is co-author of the best-selling books An Introduction to Heritage Breeds and Managing Breeds for a Secure Future. Recently Jeannette was named one of Country Women Magazine‘s “45 Amazing Country Women” for her work in conserving endangered breeds. At home she practices what she preaches and maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on the critically endangered Crèvecœur chicken.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page, or contact the Food Animal Concerns Trust by email or phone (773-525-4952).

Nov
3
Wed
Women, Food, and Agriculture Network Conference @ online
Nov 3 – Nov 6 all-day
Women, Food, and Agriculture Network Conference @ online

The Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) 2021 Conference, “Landscapes of Resilience: Embracing the Power of Community,” will be held virtually. It features tracks on capacity building, equity, business development, and roots of land knowledge. The keynote speaker is Karen Washington.

For more information or to register, visit the conference website, or contact WFAN by email or phone (515-460-2477).

Nov
4
Thu
Virtual Project WET Workshop @ online
Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Virtual Project WET Workshop @ online

Oklahoma Project WET is partnering with East Central University’s Institute for Math and Science Education to bring you this virtual Project WET Workshop! This virtual workshop will consist of two live zoom sessions (October 21 and November 4) and an asynchronous module to complete your training.

Project WET is not just for science teachers! This interdisciplinary program incorporates reading and writing all while teaching about water resources through hands-on, investigative, and easy-to-use activities. The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 contains more than 60 water-related activities correlated to NGSS K-12 student standards. All participants will receive a Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, activity demonstrations, and access to additional online resources!

  • Live Zoom Session #1: Thursday, October 21 at 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Live Zoom Session #2: Thursday, November 4 at 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • (Both dates are required to attend; they are not separate.)
  • The asynchronous module and instructions will be emailed to you upon registration.

For more information or to register, visit the Blue Thumb website, or contact Candice Miller by email or phone (405-464-2838).

The Blue Thumb Program is the education arm of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Water Quality Division. Blue Thumb is a statewide citizen science effort focused on training volunteers to share their knowledge of water quality with others, with the goal of stream protection through education. Blue Thumb aims to inspire and empower people across the state to use education and monitoring to protect water in their region from nonpoint source pollution.

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