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The Oka' Institute vision is to create practical water solutions, both locally and globally, driven by research and directed by data that result in long-term sustainable ecological management and economic development.

Nicole Masters Workshop Offers Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems

DATES: January 10 and 11, 2020

TIME: 8:00 a.m. 5 p.m. both days (optional social evening at 6 p.m. in Fredericksburg, TX, on January 10)

LOCATION: ROAM Ranch, 1804 Pfeiffer Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

In partnership with NCAT and its Soil for Water project and the Hill Country Alliance, ROAM Ranch will host this two-day workshop with Nicole Masters, agroecologist, soil expert and Director at Integrity Soils. This workshop is geared towards land managers, ranchers, farmers, gardeners, environmentalists, and anyone else interested in improving the health of Texas soil and making our lands more resilient to the dynamic and sometimes unforgiving climates of Texas.

Nicole will address the following topics: - Building soil structure and improving water and mineral cycles - The role of soil microbes on pasture quality and resiliency - What weeds tell you about your soils - How to manage for weeds, disease and insects - How to shift from invasive grasses to native grasses - Adaptive multi-paddock grazing - Monitoring strategies to ensure you are meeting your goals - Reducing the need for chemical inputs without reducing yields

You will learn how to take a future-focused approach to land management, growing healthy food, and creating robust ecosystems.

This event will also feature two panel presentations by experienced local farmers, ranchers, and producers and will be an opportunity to network and learn from others in the field.

Day 1 Panel (2 hours): Regenerative Ranching in Texas Practical Experiences from the Field

Day 2 Panel (1 hour): Supply Chain, Distribution, Marketing, and Sales

Panel speakers:

Betsy Ross

Chad & Rhona Lemke

Thomas Shroeder

Rick & Liz Haney

Deborah Clark

Travis Waiser

Travis & Mandy Krause

Force of Nature Meats

Participants will learn how to take a future-focused approach to land management, growing healthy food, and creating robust ecosystems.

Cost is $130 for the workshop, which includes lunch both days, refreshments, and resource materials.

Visit https://bit.ly/2KBIFf9 to reserve your place.

Additional information is available at https://soilforwater.org/, or by contacting NCAT sustainable agriculture specialist Kara Kroeger at karak@ncat.org or 479-587-3479.


SYMPOSIUM OF THE ARBUCKLE MOUNTAINS November 9th, 2pm - 6pm East Central University, Bill S. Cole University Center, Estep Auditorium 1100 E. 14th St, Ada, Ok Free Event and Open to the Public! ---------------------------------------- Hosted by the Arbuckle Karst Research Group and will focus primarily on the karst groundwater systems of the Arbuckle Mountains, but will cover a diverse range of subjects. The presenters bring a plethora of expertise, spanning more than five decades of exploration and research in the Arbuckle Mountains.

Oka' In the News

In a story in The Oklahoman Jim Stafford writes

"The conference focused on innovators and technologies that are creating new ways to remediate and recycle polluted water, the importance of soil health and ways to protect key water resources such as the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer and Blue River.

But this years conference also tackled the issue of water as an economic driver with a panel discussion that featured a trio of state legislative, environmental and economic development leaders who brought their perspectives to the topic."

Jim Stafford writes about Oklahoma innovation and research and development topics on behalf of the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST). The full story can be found here.

A video snipped of  the conference can be found here.