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Public invited to soil health workshop during state meeting

Deer Creek Conservation District announces the opportunity for the public to attend a workshop during the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts state meeting to learn about soil health. Several speakers will make presentations throughout the day on Feb. 28 at the Embassy Suites Downtown/Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Registration for the workshop and lunch is $40. A full agenda and registration is available at www.okconservation.org.

Farmers and ranchers from across the state can hear speakers discuss several topics including soil health practices, increasing farm profits, managing weeds, assessing soil health, and applying soil health principles on grazing lands.

More information is also available by the calling the DCCD office at (580) 772-7670 or stopping by the office at 300 S. Broadway in Weatherford.

Changes coming to USDA's largest conservation program, CSP

Deer Creek Conservation District in Weatherford and the Natural Resources Conservation Service announce changes are on the horizon for the nation’s biggest conservation program, the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).

“With a lot of review and input from producers, partners and other stakeholders, we are making important changes to CSP,” NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. “We want to make sure there is every opportunity for America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to take their conservation efforts to the next level.”

Since 2010, farmers and ranchers have enrolled 70 million acres in CSP, of which 4.7 million acres have been enrolled in Oklahoma. Through CSP, agricultural producers and forest landowners earn payments for actively managing, maintaining, and expanding conservation activities like cover crops, rotational grazing, ecologically-based pest management, buffer strips, and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat—all while maintaining active agriculture production on their land.

The post popular CSP conservation enhancements among Oklahoma producers include upgraded chemical spray nozzles and GPS targeting systems to improve air quality, improved grazing management practices to promote plant health and enhanced fertilizing and grazing systems to improve water quality. Changes that producers can expect to see when the program is offered in Fiscal Year 2017 include greater flexibility at the local level to prioritize resource concerns and conservation approaches, more enhancements and almost double the conservation practices offered, and better reporting tools to tell producers the results of their conservation efforts on their land.

“This expanded conservation activity list offers Oklahoma farmers and ranchers more options to address natural resource challenges,” Oklahoma State Conservationist Gary O’Neal said. “New conservation activities include new options for nutrient management, several new soil health options, and enhancements to improve stream health as well as activities that benefit wildlife and pollinator habitat.”

CSP is for producers who are already established conservation stewards, helping them to deliver multiple conservation benefits on working lands, including improved water and soil quality and enhanced wildlife habitat. The program will be offered in FY17 (Oct. 1-Sept. 30, 2017).

Grass and vegetable seeds available for fall

Deer Creek Conservation District is ready to help you with all your fall farming and gardening needs. We have Survivor Fescue in stock for those shady areas of your yard. It is priced at $1.95 per pound, and one pound will cover approximately 1,000 square feet. Survivor Fescue is a non-mounding and non-spreading variety with a thin blade. It blends in well with Bermudagrass. The district can also order in fall pasture seed such as Oilfield/pipeline mix, Weeping Lovegrass, alfalfa, wheat/rye/triticale mix, Pennsylvania Smartweed, Illionis Bundleflower, fall wildlife blend, Red Rive crabgrass, native crabgrass, WGF milo, broom corn, native grass mixes, and Broom Sedge. We also still have bulk vegetable seed on hand for fall planting. Stop by the office or give us a call for pricing and more information.

Thank you to our Affiliate Members!

These area financial institutions have renewed their commitment to conservation  by being Affiliate Members of the National Association of Conservation Districts. Be sure and tell them you appreciate them!

Bank of the West

Southwest National Bank

First National Bank of Thomas

Bank of Western Oklahoma

BancFirst

Bank of Hydro

Farm Credit

Area landowners honored for conservation work

DCCD honored area landowners for being Outstanding Stewards of the Land by hosting them at a banquet in 2015. Those recognized for using smart conservation practices on their land included Les Crall, Jeff Dozier, Keevin Jones, Curtis Lay, Darrell Mosburg, Payne Farms (Rex and Rick Payne), and Dean Wilson.