September Newsletter Posted

Below is a link to the September 2012 Newsletter. Thanks to Larry for beating the deadline by a couple of days. It includes information on a Drought Seminar that Deer Creek Conservation District is holding on September 5th and the regretful demise of the Oklahoma Envirothon efforts.

September 2012 Newsletter

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2012 Member Survey Results

Check out the results of our 2012 Member Survey by clicking on the link below!

Member Survey 2012 Results

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August 2012 Newsletter Highlights International Conference

In this month’s newsletter, Larry has photos and highlights from the 2012 International Conference held in Fort Worth.

August 2012 Newsletter

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July 2012 Newsletter

Here’s the July 2012 Newsletter for your reading pleasure.

July 2012 Newsletter

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June 2012 Newsletter and Updated Annual Conference Agenda

Wes Watkins Conference Center

Hey Hey!

The annual conference begins tomorrow and Jason has prepard a wonderful agenda beginning at with registration at 8:00 am at the Wes Watkins Conference Center on Hall of Fame and Washington. Below is the final agenda. Look forward to seeing you there.

2012 OKSWCS Annual Meeting Agenda

Also Larry has published the June 2012 newsletter which you can find here also.

2012 June newsletter

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May 2012 Newlsetter and Annual Conference Information

The May 2012 newsletter is out with information on the Annual Conference to be held June 6-7 in Stillwater. I’m also posting a copy of the draft agenda and registration form for information. Please plan on trying to attend.


2012 Annual Meeting Draft Agenda

Annual Meeting Registration Form

Newsletter May 2012

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April 2012 Newsletter

Newsletter April 2012

Larry has the April 2012 Newsletter off the presses. It includes stories about past and future workshops and conferences, including the recently completed Communicating with New Producers workshop. Check it out.

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Conservation Reserve Program Worshop – April 19-20, 2012

Dr. Thomas M. Bass, MT-Chapter SWCS President, is seeking our assistance to promote a 2-day CRP workshop serving eastern CO and OK panhandle. Information regarding who is eligible to attend, what, when, where, and how much, is provided in the message below. I encourage as many of you who are eligible to attend and spread the information to others.


The National Conservation Professionals Training Program (at U of Wisconsin), MSU Extension and local partners present: the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Readiness Initiative.

The CRP Readiness Initiative is a program sponsored by NRCS, nationally, to train additional conservation and agricultural professionals at a local/state level to provide services associated with CRP planning, implementation, and management. Colorado and Oklahoma were identified as a CRP priority states with a predicted high workload. Agricultural and conservation professionals interested in working with CRP, as contractors, are invited to attend this two-day training. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to work directly with a project mentor, participate in online forums and webinars, and sign up for free supplemental training courses as needed.

Upon course completion, participants will be familiar with the processes and procedures necessary to develop conservation plans for CRP, as well as CRP background procedures and administration by the USDA-Farm Service Agency. The steps to becoming officially registered/qualified as a TSP or other contractor will be covered (participating in this program does not guarantee you will be contracted by USDA, partner organization, or a landowner). CEUs are under review for Certified Crop Advisors, Certified Range Management Consultants, and Certified Foresters; please let us know if we may facilitate applying for additional or alternate CEUs, on your behalf.

WHO: crop advisors, conservation consultants, conservation NGOs, retired conservation agency staff, and other professionally qualified persons

WHAT: 2-Day Conservation Reserve Program Workshop

WHEN: April 18-19, 2012

WHERE: Hampton Inn, La Junta, CO (use name “CRP Readiness” for blocked rooms, 27800 US Hwy 50, La Junta, Colorado, USA 81050, Tel: 1-719-384-4444)

HOW MUCH: Course is free and lunches are provided. Attendees are responsible for their lodging and other travel expenses.

WHY: Become qualified to work on behalf of USDA-NRCS as a Technical Service Provider (TSP), or other contracted consultant, with the Conservation Reserve Program. Receive CEUs for your professional registrations (Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs), Certified Range Management Consultants (CRMCs w/ SRM), and Society of American Foresters have been submitted for review and determination; we will facilitate getting alternate CEUs for soil, water and environmental topics)

Visit:, for more information or to register.

Promotion assistance provided by Soil and Water Conservation Society chapters; oversight and planning assistance provided by USDA-NRCS and USDA-FSA offices in CO and OK.

Thomas M. “Tommy” Bass
Livestock Environment Associate Specialist
Montana State University Extension
223 Animal Bioscience Building
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
phone: 406.994.5733
fax: 406.994.5589

CRP Readiness FAQ

CRP Readiness Overview

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March Newsletter

The March 2012 Newsletter is available which contains information on the Communicating with New Producers Worshop and the 2012 Oklahoma Envirothon.

Newsletter March 2012

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Communicating with New Producers Worshop March 20, 2012

The Communicating with New Producers Workshop will be held on March 20, 2012 at the OSU-OKC Agriculture Resource Center in Oklahoma City.

Here’s a brochure for the meeting with all of the information.

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