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Soil Health Seminar to be Held in Watonga on June 15

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:52:02 CDT

Soil Health Seminar to be Held in Watonga on June 15


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, NRCS, OTCAC, Blaine County Conservation District, Redlands Community College and USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub to host Soil Health Seminar in Watonga on June 15.

As part of their commitment to help production agriculture in Oklahoma and the Southern Plains of the United States, The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), the Blaine County Conservation District, Redlands Community College and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub will be hosting Soil Health Seminar on Thursday June 15, 2017 from 9am to 2pm at the Blaine County Fair Grounds in Watonga, Oklahoma. According to Eddie Hamilton, Governor of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, this event, which is part of the ongoing soil health partnership between the Tribes and NRCS, will provide farmers and ranchers an opportunity to learn about some of the options they have for the application of soil health practices on their land to increase productivity and help make their land more resilient to extreme weather events.

"We are very excited to partner with NRCS, Redlands Community College, the Blaine County Conservation District and the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub to make this event happen," Hamilton said. "Agriculture producers in our area have several options to improve the health of their soil by following winter wheat with some form or mix of cover crops and by improving the health of their pastures.   By having something green and growing on their land as long as possible, ag producers can increase the microbial activity in their soil, improve fertilizer efficiency and help their soil increase its water holding capacity."

Issues to be discussed at the event include grain and forage sorghum production following winter wheat as part of a soil health regime; ongoing research on new crop species and varieties being conducted by the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS); producer perspectives on planting and grazing summer cover crops; presentations from NRCS on soil health, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the new Client Gateway initiative; a presentation by the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS); and an overview of the agriculture demonstration, education and outreach efforts being undertaken by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe in partnership with NRCS.   

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling by calling Clay Pope at 405-699-2087, Phillip Martin at 580-623-8501 ext.3, Carol Crouch at 405-612-9331 or register by e-mail at claygpope@gmail.com or Phillip.martin@ok.usd.gov or carolcrouch@ok.usda.gov. There is no charge for the meeting and lunch will be provided.

Registration will begin at 9:00 at the Blaine County Fairgrounds exhibit building located at 899 N. Spiece Avenue in Watonga.


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