Ottawa County Conservation District

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Operating as usual

04/20/2021
04/20/2021

Visit a local farmer's market. Not only will you be supporting growers in your area, but buying local helps save transportation energy and fossil fuels.🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎

04/20/2021

Earth Day Activity for the day: Create art from recycled materials. Gather extra buttons, used jars and cans, fabric scraps, pieces of yarn, and let your imagination go. Make a necklace or a bulletin board out of wine corks, or make magnets from bottle caps. Even young ones can get in on the fun with this recyclable project for kids.

04/19/2021

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a great day to think about all the wonderful things our planet gives us - fresh air, life-sustaining water, sunlight, plants, food, minerals, and so much more. It's unlike any other planet in the solar system!

04/19/2021

Earth Week Challenge - April 19 - 23, 2021. Get inspired this week and challenge yourself to better our planet! #EarthWeekChallenge 🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎🌎
Here are a few challenge ideas:
1) Don't use straws for the entire week.
2) Plant a Tree/Wildflowers
3) Learn how to properly recycle
4) Collect food scraps for compost
5) Repurpose old items
6) Time your shower
7) Use reusable shopping bags
8) Grow a garden
9) Use a reusable water bottle
10) Do cold water laundry!
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Nichols Upper Elementary, Miami, OK
03/25/2021

Nichols Upper Elementary, Miami, OK

Help us say congratulations to two of our students who were awarded 1st Place in the Ottawa County Conservation District poster contest! πŸ’™πŸΎπŸŽ‰ Also, a big thank you to Shirley Hudson for bringing by some awesome awards for them!
5th Grader- Kameron Humble
4th Grader- Adaline Cook

Congratulations to Nichols Upper Elementary Students5th Grader- Kameron Humble4th Grader- Adaline CookFirst place winner...
03/25/2021

Congratulations to Nichols Upper Elementary Students
5th Grader- Kameron Humble
4th Grader- Adaline Cook
First place winners in the Ottawa County Conservation District Poster Contest and First place winners in the Area 3 Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest. The theme of this year's poster contest was: "Where Would We Bee without Pollinators!" Thanks to Nichols Upper Elementary School for participating in the Annual Contest!

Help us say congratulations to two of our students who were awarded 1st Place in the Ottawa County Conservation District poster contest! πŸ’™πŸΎπŸŽ‰ Also, a big thank you to Shirley Hudson for bringing by some awesome awards for them!
5th Grader- Kameron Humble
4th Grader- Adaline Cook

Free Conservation Webinar March 25th"The importance of Flood Control Structures, Updates on USDA Programs, and informati...
03/22/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Conservation and Programs Webinar for Team 16 3/25/2021 1pm. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Free Conservation Webinar March 25th
"The importance of Flood Control Structures, Updates on USDA Programs, and information on the Locally-Led and NRCS Application Process is scheduled for 1 p.m., March 25. This will be a great opportunity for getting the answers to your conservation questions and receiving new conservation information.

You don't have to leave the house, the field or the barn, we will bring it to you through a Zoom Meeting.

Who: Open to the Public
When: 1 p.m., March 25, 2021
Registration: Register for the Zoom Webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qSwXqHetRhWWJJbzhG1yIw

Conservation and Programs Webinar for Team 16 3/25/2021 1pm Agenda -Welcome & NRCS Updates -Conservation District State Cost Share Updates and Locally Led Importance -Five Steps to Applying for NRCS Programs -Farm Service Agency: Farm Establishment & Program Updates -Flood Control Structures Video -...

03/10/2021

Ottawa County Conservation District Announce Cost-Share Assistance Available to Benefit Soil and Water
The Ottawa County Conservation District will be taking applications for the State COST-SHARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM YEAR 23. The funds are available to help protect soil and water. Funds are available for cost-share assistance to build conservation practices that have been approved by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. Practices with priority include: brush management, herbaceous weed control, watering facilities for livestock, pipeline and new ponds. The cost-share rate is 85% of the actual cost or the average cost-share rate of the conservation practice not to exceed $7500.

Applicants for the program must be a district cooperator with a conservation plan, which can be initiated at the time of approval. The applicant must certify that they own or operate at least 20 acres of land from which more than $1,000.00 of soil-dependent products are sold annually.

The district will be accepting applications March 10 – 31, 2021 at the Ottawa County Conservation District Office located at 630 E. Steve Owens Blvd. (918) 542-4576 (Extension #3). Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Due to Covid restrictions please call for an appointment.

For more information contact the Ottawa County Conservation District at (918) 542-4576 Ext. 3.

Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
03/03/2021

Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts

We would like to join in expressing congratulations to this year’s OACDE President’s Award recipient, Bryan Painter with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission! Bryan, we are grateful for all you do. It is a joy to work alongside you. This is a well-deserved honor!

The OACDE president’s award is given each year to a person the association feels has assisted the district through out the year. This year the OACDE president’s award goes to Bryan Painter.

β€œYour daily dedication in keeping districts informed during the pandemic and your continued communication with the districts will not be forgotten. You have gone above and beyond our expectations in helping lift out spirits and morale, you have kept us connected to each other. You support is greatly appreciated, and we want to thank you for being a great asset to conservation districts.”

-Coleta Bratten, OACDE President

To view more award winners, visit okconservation.org/2021awardwinners

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
03/03/2021

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Congratulations to Bryan Painter, recipient of this year's OACDE President's award. The award reads: "Your daily dedication in keeping districts informed during the pandemic and your continued communication with the districts will not be forgotten. You have gone above and beyond our expectations in helping lift our spirits and morale, you have kept us connected to each other. Your support is greatly appreciated, and we want to thank you for being a great asset to Conservation Districts." A much deserved award, Congratulations Bryan.

Congratulations to Victor Ranch Partnership for outstanding conservation dedication!
03/02/2021

Congratulations to Victor Ranch Partnership for outstanding conservation dedication!

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
02/22/2021

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

Thank you again to Rhonda Bowman, District Manager with the Wagoner County Conservation District, for the Black History Month posts she has provided us throughout February! We really appreciate this, and thank you!

Oklahoma County Conservation District
02/22/2021

Oklahoma County Conservation District

In honor of Black History month, we would like to give tribute to Black Americans who have influenced or who work in agriculture. Today we honor George Washington Carver whose work in agriculture research helped revolutionize the south.

George Washington Carver, (1861? -January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural chemist, agronomist, and experimenter whose development of new products derived from peanuts (groundnuts), sweet potatoes, and soybeans helped revolutionize the agricultural economy of the South.

In 1894, Carver became the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State Agricultural College (later Iowa State University). Impressed by Carver’s research on the fungal infections of soybean plants, his professors asked him to stay on for graduate studies. Carver worked with famed mycologist (fungal scientist) L.H. Pammel at the Iowa State Experimental Station, honing his skills in identifying and treating plant diseases.

In 1896, Carver earned his Master of Agriculture degree and immediately received several job offers, the most attractive of which came from Booker T. Washington, the first principal and president of the Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University).
Washington invited Carver to head the Institute's Agriculture Department. Carver taught there for 47 years, developing the department into a strong research center and working with two additional college presidents during his tenure.

While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, Carver developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow other crops, such as peanuts and sweet potatoes, as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. Together with other agricultural experts, he urged farmers to restore nitrogen to their soils by practicing systematic crop rotation: alternating cotton crops with plantings of sweet potatoes or legumes (such as peanuts, soybeans and cowpeas). These crops both restored nitrogen to the soil and were good for human consumption. Following the crop rotation practice resulted in improved cotton yields and gave farmers alternative cash crops. To train farmers to successfully rotate and cultivate the new crops, Carver developed an agricultural extension program for Alabama that was similar to the one at Iowa State.
Additionally, he founded an industrial research laboratory, where he and assistants worked to popularize the new crops by developing hundreds of applications for them. They did original research as well as promoting applications and recipes, which they collected from others. Carver distributed his information as agricultural bulletins. The most popular of his 44 practical bulletins for farmers contained 105 food recipes using peanuts.

Source: Encyclopedia Britannica, Wikipedia, History.com

Frederick McKinley Jones is the inventor of one of the most important inventions to modern agriculture:  the refrigerate...
02/22/2021

Frederick McKinley Jones is the inventor of one of the most important inventions to modern agriculture: the refrigerated truck. From an early age, he took a strong interest in mechanics and electricity. He patented his refrigeration system in 1940 and became the co-owner of the company Thermo King through which he sold his invention. The system allowed perishable foods to be shipped to further distances and even overseas. It was installed in trucks, boats, planes and boxcars and improved the worldwide food trade. Because of his invention, fresh seasonal produce could be enjoyed throughout the entire year. Other concepts such as frozen foods, supermarkets, and container shipping were all derived from the work of Frederick Jones.

John W. Mitchell:  After World War I, John W. Mitchell, a member of the North Carolina Agriculture & Technology Universi...
02/12/2021

John W. Mitchell: After World War I, John W. Mitchell, a member of the North Carolina Agriculture & Technology University Agriculture Hall of Fame, traveled three counties either by bicycle or horseback to organize the Eastern Columbus Credit Union to help African American farmers save money by buying their supplies together in bulk. He was appointed director of African American extension services for the entire South for the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the late 1940s.

Best known for being a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids, and birth contr...
02/05/2021

Best known for being a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids, and birth control pills, Black chemist Percy Lavon Julian's research also helped boost the growth of the soybean industry and uncovered new uses for the chemicals found in soybeans. One protein he extracted from soybeans was used in a fire-retardant foam in fire extinguishers, which saved thousands of soldiers' lives during World War II.

02/04/2021

In addition to crop rotation, Dr. George Washington Carver promoted the practice of using compost to reintroduce nutrients and add organic matter to the soil. He showed that using compost for soil revitalization increased its productivity by a hundredfold compared with previous common methods. Using compost to build soil is a critical practice in organic farming and gardening today.

After earning his master's degree in agriculture from Iowa State College in 1896, George Washington Carver headed the ag...
02/03/2021

After earning his master's degree in agriculture from Iowa State College in 1896, George Washington Carver headed the agricultural department at Booker T. Washington's all-black Tuskegee Institute for nearly 20 years. Carver's research and educational extension programs were aimed at getting farmers to use available resources to replace expensive commodities and developing a variety of uses for crops such as cow peas, sweet potatoes and peanuts.

Ottawa County Conservation District
02/02/2021

Ottawa County Conservation District

George Washington Carver's reputation is largely based on his promotion of alternative crops to cotton -- specifically peanuts -- he was also a leader in promoting environmentalism. His innovations in the field of crop rotation are considered breakthroughs in resource conservation, by preserving soil and making farms more productive.

George Washington Carver's reputation is largely based on his promotion of alternative crops to cotton -- specifically p...
02/02/2021

George Washington Carver's reputation is largely based on his promotion of alternative crops to cotton -- specifically peanuts -- he was also a leader in promoting environmentalism. His innovations in the field of crop rotation are considered breakthroughs in resource conservation, by preserving soil and making farms more productive.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
02/01/2021

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist, inventor, and educator at Tuskegee University sought to revitalize ...
02/01/2021

George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist, inventor, and educator at Tuskegee University sought to revitalize southern soil that had been stripped by cotton, a nitrogen depleting crop. He developed a crop rotation method that alternated the cotton with legumes like peanuts that fix nitrogen and other edible crops such as corn. This method increased the soil's productive capacity and also gave southern farmers another crop to produce and sell besides cotton, thus diversifying the market.

Oklahoma Conservation Commission
01/15/2021

Oklahoma Conservation Commission

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission is taking applications for two Water Quality Monitoring Summer Internships. The two positions are based in Bristow. This is an excellent opportunity to work in Oklahoma’s streams. As for education requirements of the applicant, a minimum of 48 hours towards the completion of a major or minor in the biological or environmental sciences is preferred. The work will include the collection of water quality data using field meters; collection of water samples; collection of benthic macroinvertebrate samples; collection of fish using seines and backpack, pram and boat electrofishing gear; collection of stream habitat data. The successful applicant may also assist with equipment maintenance, data review, and data entry.
The salary is $15 per hour and the work hours are 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hours may vary and may often extend past 4:30 P.M. Weekly overtime is occasionally necessary. Weekend work is avoided but possible. Applications will close on February 19, 2021.
The Applicant must be willing to work in the field and office and be able to listen and follow instructions. Work often requires strenuous physical work in extreme weather conditions. Applicant must be willing and able to carry equipment for extended distances. Overnight travel may be necessary. Expenses (hotel) and per diem will be paid for overnight trips. Most importantly, the applicant must be reliable, have a good work ethic, and a desire to learn. No experience required but is preferred.
The start date would be on or about May 10‐17, 2021. The end date would be August 9‐30, 2021 or the start of fall semester. Both start and end dates may be negotiable.
If interested, please email a brief letter of interest, resume, and a transcript (unofficial is fine) to: Email: [email protected] .

Something is going on.....pollinator habitat project in the works!
10/09/2020

Something is going on.....pollinator habitat project in the works!

What do you see here?
10/09/2020

What do you see here?

09/17/2020

A chat with Ottawa County Conservation District Director Grant Victor!

"Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators" is the theme of the Ottawa County Conservation District poster contest.  To get...
09/04/2020

"Where Would We Bee Without Pollinators" is the theme of the Ottawa County Conservation District poster contest. To get more information call (918) 542-4576 ext. 3350. Or email [email protected]

Assisting NRCS checking out rubber tire tanks!
09/02/2020

Assisting NRCS checking out rubber tire tanks!

06/29/2020
06/26/2020
06/26/2020
An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators!
06/26/2020

An estimated 1/3 of all foods and beverages is delivered by pollinators!

Address

630 E. Steve Owens Blvd.
Miami, OK
74354

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 16:30

Telephone

(918) 542-6423

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