NRCS, Gordon Cooper team up to sponsor first Ag Trade Day.
The Shawnee Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office is teaming up with the Gordon Copper Technology Center and the OSU Extension Service to bring the first Ag Trade Day to the Shawnee area.
The one day event will be held on Monday, July 21, at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center. The Trade Day will focus on non-traditional agriculture practices that are sparking interest in areas such as Shawnee and surrounding communities.
“The ‘Ag Trade Day’ idea was sparked when we had several individuals express interest in programs and assistance for pollinators, micro-dairies and other non-traditional agriculture enterprises,” Liana Wagner with NRCS said.
Topics for the day will include: Micro Dairy Facts and Regulations, Attracting Native Pollinators, Bee Keeping, Gardening (Organic) 101, Managing Pecan Orchards, Agritourism, High Tunnel Houses, and Financial Assistance that is available.
“This program is the first step in helping to bring awareness and education of issues, concerns and opportunities not commonly associated with traditional agriculture,” said Shawn Fleming, District Conservationist with NRCS. Fleming goes on to add “This is also a great opportunity to look towards forming local work groups to assist with Local Emphasis Areas to target for USDA funding.”
Speakers and information will be presented from staff of the Noble Foundation, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, the Xerces Foundation, the Gordon Copper Technology Center, NRCS, along with area producers.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with a $10 registration fee which includes lunch. The sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Liana Wagner at the Shawnee NRCS Field Office, 201 N. Bell Rm# 111, Shawnee, OK 74801 or call (405) 273-2076 extension 103. Sarah Weeks, the Gordon Cooper Technology Center Agriculture Business Coordinator, may also be contacted at (405) 214-3295.