2023 Southern SARE PDP Model State Program for Oklahoma

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2023: $22,000.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2024
Grant Recipient: Oklahoma State University
Region: Southern
State: Oklahoma
State Coordinator:
Jason Warren
Oklahoma State University


  • Agronomic: annual ryegrass, barley, buckwheat, canola, clovers, corn, grass (misc. annual), grass (misc. perennial), hay, medics/alfalfa, oats, peas (field, cowpeas), radish (oilseed, daikon, forage), rapeseed, rye, sorghum (milo), sorghum sudangrass, soybeans, wheat
  • Fruits: apples, apricots, berries (blueberries), berries (brambles), berries (strawberries), cherries, figs, grapes, melons, peaches, pears, persimmon, plums
  • Nuts: hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts
  • Vegetables: asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), greens (lettuces), lentils, okra, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, radishes (culinary), sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: ginger, herbs, native plants
  • Animals: bees, bovine, 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 - continuous, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational, heritage breeds, housing, livestock breeding, manure management, meat processing, meat product quality/safety, parasite control, pasture fertility, preventive practices, processing regulations, range improvement, rangeland/pasture management, stocking rate, stockpiled forages, vaccines, watering systems, winter forage
  • Crop Production: application rate management, alley cropping, beekeeping, biological inoculants, catch crops, conservation tillage, continuous cropping, contour farming, cover crops, cropping systems, crop rotation, double cropping, drought tolerance, fallow, fertigation, fertilizers, foliar feeding, food processing, food processing facilities/community kitchens, food product quality/safety, greenhouses, high tunnels or hoop houses, intercropping, irrigation, low tunnels, multiple cropping, no-till, nutrient cycling, nutrient management, organic fertilizers, plant breeding and genetics, pollination, pollinator habitat, pollinator health, postharvest treatment, row covers (for season extension), season extension, seed saving, shade cloth, strip tillage, varieties and cultivars, water management, windbreaks
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, networking, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research, technical assistance, workshop
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency
  • Farm Business Management: agricultural finance, agritourism, budgets/cost and returns, business planning, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, farm-to-restaurant, farmers' markets/farm stands, feasibility study, financial management, grant making, land access, new enterprise development, risk management, value added, whole farm planning
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, carbon sequestration, soil stabilization, strip cropping, wildlife
  • Pest Management: allelopathy, biofumigation, biological control, botanical pesticides, chemical control, competition, compost extracts, cultivation, cultural control, disease vectors, economic threshold, eradication, field monitoring/scouting, genetic resistance, integrated pest management, mulches - general, mulching - vegetative, mulching - plastic, physical control, precision herbicide use, prevention, row covers (for pests), soil solarization, trap crops
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems, dryland farming, integrated crop and livestock systems, organic agriculture, organic certification, permaculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: composting, earthworms, green manures, nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil analysis, soil chemistry, soil microbiology, soil physics, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: community development, ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, food hubs, infrastructure analysis, leadership development, local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, partnerships, quality of life, social capital, social networks, sustainability measures, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, values-based supply chains

    Proposal abstract:

    The OkSARE PDP continues to provide support and guidance on behalf of Langston and Oklahoma State University to enhance the sustainability of Oklahoma agriculture by promoting the adoption of sound economic management, responsible environmental and resource utilization and the recognition of socially responsible behaviors in Oklahoma agriculture. The 2023 Plan of Work builds upon and extends prior programming efforts wherever possible. The goal of the program is to integrate and increase sustainable agricultural practices in historically mainstream agricultural endeavors as well as the emerging significant urban/suburban interface 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 latest concepts and best management practices as well as disseminating information regarding sustainable agriculture through various outlets. We recognize that the fundamentals of our focus do not greatly change over time. They include Crop Production, Small Acreage Programming, Vegetable Production, Local Food Systems, Livestock Production, Farm and Ranch Management, Drought, Weather, and Water Issues. These issues will be addressed through local, area, regional and national workshops, trainings, demonstrations, tours, research presentations, online and small group in-service trainings. Evaluation will be conducted on an on-going basis and feedback on the effectiveness of these various trainings and programs will be tracked and reported.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    These Outreach/Training objective topics have been identified through input from our Extension Teams which advise and assist OkSARE in developing strategies to encourage integrating regenerative and sustainable practices into Oklahoma agricultural operations.  Please note:  The general topics do not vary greatly from year to year, instead the greatest changes are seen in the specific programs used to pursue these topics.

    1.) Concepts such as cover cropping, no-till/minimum tillage, crop rotations and rotational grazing will be included in
    trainings offered to one hundred agricultural educators. a) The trainees should then be able to encourage
    their local audiences in promoting biodiversity. Cover crops, crop rotation and decreased tillage are basic principles
    of sustainable agriculture that lead to greater biodiversity.
    2.) Information and education on certified organic as well as conventional fruit and vegetable production and the
    marketing of agricultural products will be provided. a.) Professionals should be able to demonstrate the
    principles of organic and conventional production of fruits, vegetables and small grains, the safe handling and
    development of agricultural products and the marketing of said products to increase the economic viability of the
    3.) 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) Trainees will be trained to deliver the
    latest in best management practices in soil regeneration, water conservation and protecting air quality.
    4.) 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)
    Educators and mentor farmers will be able to demonstrate the ability to participate in variety trials, replicated
    research and grantsmanship.
    5.) Professionals will be trained in sustainable and regenerative livestock practices to include beef, poultry and goat
    production for both large and small scale producers. a) Participants will be able to use regenerative grazing
    management for livestock while integrating them into their cropping system

    It is of import to note that many of our outreach efforts will offer the attendees the option of attending in-person or participating online.  This enables many of these programs to reach wider audiences and therefore have larger footprints in terms of demographics.

    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.