Oklahoma State University Training Grant- MSP22

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2022: $22,000.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2023
Grant Recipient: Oklahoma State University
Region: Southern
State: Oklahoma
State Coordinator:
Jason Warren
Oklahoma State University


  • Agronomic: annual ryegrass, canola, grass (misc. annual), grass (misc. perennial), hay, medics/alfalfa, potatoes, radish (oilseed, daikon, forage), rapeseed, rye, sorghum (milo), sorghum sudangrass, soybeans, triticale, vetches, wheat
  • Fruits: apples, berries (blueberries), berries (brambles), berries (strawberries), melons, plums
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), greens (lettuces), okra, onions, peas (culinary), peppers, radishes (culinary), sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: ginger, herbs, native plants
  • Animals: bees, bovine, fish, goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine
  • Animal Products: dairy, eggs, fiber, fur, leather, honey, meat


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, feed/forage, feed management, free-range, genetics, grazing management, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, heritage breeds, manure management, meat product quality/safety, mineral supplements, parasite control, pasture fertility, preventive practices, range improvement, rangeland/pasture management, stocking rate, stockpiled forages, Artifical Insemination
  • Crop Production: application rate management, alley cropping, beekeeping, catch crops, conservation tillage, continuous cropping, contour farming, crop improvement and selection, cropping systems, crop rotation, double cropping, drought tolerance, fallow, fertigation, fertilizers, foliar feeding, food processing, food processing facilities/community kitchens, greenhouses, high tunnels or hoop houses, intercropping, irrigation, low tunnels, no-till, nutrient cycling, nutrient management, organic fertilizers, pollinator habitat, pollinator health, postharvest treatment, row covers (for season extension), season extension, seed saving, strip tillage, tissue analysis, varieties and cultivars, water management, windbreaks, winter storage, zone till
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, networking, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: agritourism, business planning, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, e-commerce, farm-to-restaurant, farmers' markets/farm stands, financial management, marketing management, new enterprise development, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biofumigation, biological control, botanical pesticides, chemical control, compost extracts, cultivation, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, mulches - general, mulches - living, mulching - vegetative, mulching - plastic, precision herbicide use, prevention, row covers (for pests), smother crops, trap crops, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, dryland farming, integrated crop and livestock systems, organic agriculture, permaculture
  • Soil Management: composting, organic matter, soil analysis, soil chemistry, soil microbiology, soil physics, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: community development, community planning, ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, food hubs, local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, quality of life, sustainability measures, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration

    Proposal abstract:

    The Oklahoma SARE PDP engages in an active cooperative commitment between Langston University, Oklahoma State University and the College of the Muscogee Nation to encourage and further the sustainability of Oklahoma agriculture by promoting the economic viability, sound environmental practices and natural resource management along with bringing awareness and recognition of social responsibility to Oklahoma. This Plan of Work will be proactive in promoting prior programming efforts. The goal of the program is to integrate and increase sustainable and regenerative practices in both mainstream and alternative agricultural endeavors of our state while enhancing the quality of our natural resources and the rural way of life. Objectives remain to train agricultural professionals (Land Grant, federal/state agencies, and NGOs) and mentor farmers in the concepts and best management practices of regenerative and sustainable agriculture as well as disseminating educational materials through various outlets. Our program initiatives focus on: integrating sustainable practices into daily agricultural operations; management and enhancement of soil and water quality; integrated resource management for large and small scale livestock, horticulture and agronomic enterprises; production and marketing of organic crops; and production/marketing for community-based organizations. Training will be provided through attendance at national, regional and local workshops and trainings, demonstrations, tours, research presentations, online and small group in-service trainings. Evaluation will be accomplished through feedback on the effectiveness of these various trainings and programs using the OkSARE Logic Model. The results will be discussed in the OkSARE Annual Report.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1.) Concepts such as cover cropping, no-till/minimum tillage, crop rotations and rotational grazing will be included in training made available to one hundred agricultural educators. a) In 2022, the training provided to these educators will be offered through the OSU Winter Crop School, the Red River Farming Conference and regional/county workshops to be held in various locations around Oklahoma.
    2.) Twenty agriculture professionals will be able to provide information and education on organic certified production and marketing of agricultural products. a.) In 2022, this will be accomplished through attendance at the Oklahoma Market Garden School and the Horticulture Industry Show. There will be a continuance of the monthly in-service meetings which encourage the establishment of honey bee colonies to support pollinators and provide new and alternative products for producers in our state. The Organic Cover Crop project down at Lane, OK which was established to investigate the possibility of honeybee management on organic farms will be entering it's third and final year in 2022.
    3.) Forty educators would receive training on community-based markets for fruit and vegetable production. a) In 2022, this will be accomplished through the Market Garden Training, a Tribal initiative training, Educator attendance at the Horticulture Industry Show and the Langston University Small Farms Conference.
    4.) Eighty agricultural professionals will be able to provide the latest information with respect to the environmentally sound management of natural resources - especially water, soil and air. a) In 2022, this will be achieved through the OSU Winter Crop School, the Panhandle Crops Clinic, the Red River Crop School, and the Oklahoma Master Irrigation Conference.
    5.) Twenty stakeholders would be better prepared to assist and provide technical direction for producer driven research and on-farm demonstration activities through producer program granting opportunities such as the USDA and SARE. a) In 2022, this will continue to be encouraged through the distribution of Educator Kits containing information with respect to the SARE, ODAFF and USDA granting programs.
    7.) Fifty professional will be trained in sustainable and regenerative livestock practices to include beef, poultry and goat production for both large and small scale producers.
    a) In 2022, this will continue to be addressed through the Oklahoma State University Meat Goat Boot Camp and the Langston University Goat Conference programs as well as rotational grazing presentations at the Red River Crop School the OSU Winter Crop School. OkSARE will continue to be available to work with the NIFA Sustainable Ag systems Grant entitled “ Enhancing livestock production from rangelands in the great plains” to facilitate training on multi-species patch burn grazing strategies.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.