A native of Laos, Pooh Vongkhamdy, Assistant State Conservationist for
Field Operations, helped translate the information for Asian poultry
These two beginning producers took notes during the meeting to help them
understand the programs available to help them in their operation.
Fifty two beginning producers and Asians attended the meeting hosted by
LeFlore and Haskell County Conservation Districts.
The LeFlore and Haskell County Conservation Districts hosted an outreach
meeting for Asian and Beginning Poultry Producers on July 15th at the
Choctaw Community Center near Spiro. Fifty-two (52) participants
attended the meeting. Pooh Vongkhamdy, Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS), was moderator and interpreter for the meeting. The
topics were designed to cover the basics for a poultry operation to be
in compliance with Oklahoma Department of Agriculture regulations and
use environmentally sound best management practices, according to
Kenneth Risenhoover, NRCS, District Conservationist.
The topics presented were: Recognizing Common Poultry Diseases and
Possible Solutions by Dr. Jim Britton, OK Farms; Animal Mortality and
Disposal and USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs by Kenneth
Risenhoover, NRCS; Soil and Litter Testing and Interpretations, Brian
Freking, OSU Extension Service; Poultry Regulations and Paperwork by
Foster Johnson, ODA Inspector; and FSA Loans and Programs by Monte
Anderson and Holly Austin, Farm Services Agency.
The meeting focused on helping Asian and beginning poultry producers
become acquainted with USDA and ODA programs that affect the every day
operations of their farms. Other sponsors for the meeting were Farm
Service Agency, OSU Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation
Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and OK Farms.