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Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Chapter of SWCS

Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Chapter of SWCS

SWCS Tour participants  observe genetic plant trials in Noble Foundation’s “acre under glass” greenhouse.
SWCS Tour participants observe genetic plant trials in Noble Foundation’s “acre under glass” greenhouse.

Meeting attendees toured the Noble Foundation’s switchgrass field trials. 2007 planting is in the foreground and members are standing in recent 2008 planting.
Meeting attendees toured the Noble Foundation’s switchgrass field trials. 2007 planting is in the foreground and members are standing in recent 2008 planting.

The Oklahoma Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society conducted their 2008 annual chapter meeting June 19th and 20th in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation hosted members, touring the plant biology division and forage improvement divisions. The Noble Foundation focuses on education, and encouraging area farmers and rancher to be mindful of land stewardship and resource conservation. The Foundation continues influencing agriculture by exploring and improving production agriculture techniques and advancing plant science through research and discovery.

The chapter members where introduced to researchers in plant biology labs and experienced techniques they use daily to study plant genetics and chemistry. The group toured field demonstrations looking at livestock performance with differing feed stuffs and Switchgrass trials for bio-energy research. For family night members and guests enjoyed bar-b-que and entertainment at the Gene Autry Singing Cowboy Museum.

The Oklahoma SWCS Chapter installed new council members during the business meeting and reviewed accomplishments for 2007- 2008. The Chapter gave two $1000 scholarships to individuals who are studying agriculture or natural resources in college. Throughout the year the chapter has sponsored events such as a No-till conference, FFA Natural Resource proficiency award, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts State meeting, and the National Land and Range Judging Contest. The primary fund raiser for the Chapter is selling t-shirts and hats, etc. at the National Land and Range Judging Contest.

The Oklahoma SWCS Chapter is made up of individuals from all aspects of conservation and agriculture including employees of the USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service and Agriculture Research Service; University researchers, professors, and staff; private firms such as Noble Foundation; Conservation Commission and districts; and others. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Oklahoma Chapter of SWCS.

By Dee Ann Littlefield, public affairs specialist, Waurika, OK
NRCS June 2008

Last Modified: 06/24/2008

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