April 2 Northwest Oklahoma Backyard Poultry Conference to provide ‘one-stop shopping’...


Many a farm family has long raised chickens, both for the eggs and as one of the more popular and nutritious meat entrees going. Increasingly in recent years, people in more urban areas have discovered the benefits of running their own “backyard” poultry operation.

On April 2, the Northwest Oklahoma Backyard Poultry Conference in Enid will provide...

Cow-calf producers may find two-stage weaning process useful


“When many people are stressed, they eat a lot; calves tend to do the opposite, which can lead to health concerns such as depressed immune systems and an increase in death rate post-weaning,” said Earl Ward, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area livestock specialist headquartered in Muskogee.

In a two-stage weaning process, the calf...

Prepare for tornado season before the sirens sound


Storm season is definitely something that must be taken seriously, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension housing and consumer specialist.

“Whether you’ve lived in this state your entire life, or just relocated recently, it’s important to be prepared in the event of a tornado,” Peek said. “Advanced preparation can save your...

Director of Ag Announces Grants for 4-H, FFA Youth Service Projects

Director of Ag Announces Grants for 4-H, FFA Youth Service Projects...

USDA Offers New Toolkit to Assess Economic Impact of Local Foods

CHICAGO, March 24, 2016 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled a new resource created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Colorado State University that will help communities and businesses evaluate the economic benefits of investing in local food systems. The Secretary released details about “The Economics of Local Food...

Pruning method for roses varies depending on variety


The pruning methods you use will vary according to the type of rose plant, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist.

“Rose bushes are a great addition to any landscape, but it’s important to keep them pruned so they look their best. Pruning is typically pretty drastic in the spring,” Hillock said. “...

OSU welcomes Jim Ansley as new NREM department head


Ansley joins the Oklahoma State University family from an off-campus research and Extension center in the Texas A&M system to become the head of OSU’s Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. After 32 years of range research in Texas, Ansley is excited to see what Oklahoma is all about.

“I loved Laramie, Wyoming, where I received m...

It’s all about the slime: Building living soil


Media contact:
Debbie Johnson
University of Missouri Extension
Phone: 573-882-9183
E-Mail: [email protected]

Story source: David H. Trinklein, 573-882-9631

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A single teaspoon of living soil can contain billions of bacteria, protozoa and fungi. When those soil microbes do what they do best—feed, reproduce and...

OSU to host Prescribed Burn Field Day near Kingfisher


Those in attendance will learn about the equipment used during a controlled burn, safety measures to consider and the basics of creating an acceptable burn plan.

John Weir, OSU Cooperative Extension fire ecologist, said well-conducted fires in the field are the result of well-written fire plans.

“It helps us to put it down on paper and think this w...

USDA Awards $8.5 Million to Improve Communities' Water Sources

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2016 – In celebration of World Water Day, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded more than $8.5 million in grants that 10 universities will use to help communities improve water resource quality and quantity....
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