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