Farm Bill Update Webinar: The webinar will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Tri County Tech in the event center room (Bartlesville, OK). Learn about expected changes to ARC-PLC and commodity programs, treatment of crop base on grassland, crop insurance, livestock programs and disaster assistance, conservation programs and industrial hemp provisions. Speakers for this webinar are Dr. Amy Hagerman, Trent Milacek, Scott Clawson and J.J. Jones. This webinar should last between 1 to 1.5 hours, depending on the questions. RSVP to the Washington Co Extension Office at 918-534-2216 or email email@example.com
2019 Pecan and Grape Management Class Brochures Available: The 2019 Pecan and Grape Management Course signups have begun. The brochures are available online at http://okpecans.okstate.edu/pecan-management-course and http://www.grapes.okstate.edu/grape-management-course. The 2019 pecan class will begin on Feb. 26. Deadline for registration is Feb. 13. The 2019 grape class will begin March 7 with registration due Feb.15 The fee for the nine-month course is $250 per person.
The classes meet north of Perkins at the research station once a month from end of February through October for pecan, with the exception of June when participants are encouraged to attend the annual Oklahoma Pecan Growers’ Association meeting. The meeting times are on from 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Students also have access to the online pecan class and will receive details during the first class on how to access. Grape classes meet beginning in March through September on a Thursday afternoon from 1-5 p.m. If you would like to enroll in the class contact Stephanie Larimer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone number is 405-744-5404. If you have other questions concerning the class, please contact Becky Carroll at email@example.com. Speakers from OSU, the Noble Foundation for pecan, and the pecan and grape industries, class members get a well-rounded program of presentations and hands on activities.
The courses are scheduled so that management items can be addressed each month at the appropriate times. Class members have the opportunity to learn about growing pecan rootstock trees by actually participating in the process or planting and training new grapevines. Cimarron Valley Research Station personnel demonstrate equipment and share management techniques that are used at the site. Students learn about everything from business management to pest control to variety selection. Those class members with good attendance will receive a certificate of completion.