OSU Extension to Offer Farmers One Stop Shop for All Their Crop Info at Its First All Crops ConferenceTue, 23 Oct 2018 11:14:15 CDT
According to Josh Lofton, Oklahoma State University assistant professor and cropping systems specialist, it seems lately as though every other week or so, there is another crop meeting for producers to go to that is being put on by Oklahoma State University Extension. While it is important to get all that information out to the people that need it - Lofton says the Extension faculty has wondered if there is not an easier way that might allow producers with diversified operations or those who are considering adding diversity to their operations, to take part in these informative sessions. Those considerations have led to something new that OSU Extension will be rolling out this next year. Lofton explained in a recent interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.
“We’re trying something a little new this year. What we wanted to do was give growers a conference that was almost a one-stop shop,” Lofton explained, referring to OSU Extension’s upcoming All Crops Conference. “So, not only will you get to hear about a lot about your common crops, like wheat, you’ll get to hear about everything. What we have is a two-day conference with a big general session - talking about those things that are important to all growers in Oklahoma like marketing your crop, maybe a Farm Bill update, feral hog management… those sorts of things.”
During the afternoons, though, Lofton says there will be a variety of small breakout sessions featuring panel discussions on different topics that producers in attendance can pick and choose from to tailor the program to their specific interests.
“So, maybe you can go learn about something you’ve always been interested in but didn’t want to dedicate a whole day to go to a meeting,” he said. “This gives growers the opportunity to get all of their information from OSU and from various entities outside of the University but from within the region and really get a lot of good information in a tight, compact two-days. And, hopefully it’s something we can continue to build upon in the future.”
The OSU All Crops Conference is scheduled to take place February 19-20, 2019 in Norman, Okla. at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel. The program will begin on the first day at 8:00 a.m. and will last until 5:30 that evening and followed the next day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 in the afternoon. The program is being developed in cooperation with several stakeholder organizations including the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association, the Grains Sorghum Checkoff and Grain Sorghum Growers Association, the Oklahoma Oilseed Association, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Oklahoma Cotton Growers and the Oklahoma Soybean Board. More details on the program’s agenda will be announced closer to event. For more information in the meantime, listen to Lofton’s complete conversation with Hays, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below.
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