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Oklahoma Conservation Commission Press Release

Time – whether you keep it on your watch, your phone or the dash of your pickup – is a very important resource for you as an agricultural producer. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC) realize and appreciate that.

That’s why our NRCS and OTCAC FREE virtual webinar scheduled for 1 p.m., Feb. 24 is a perfect solution for getting the answers to your conservation questions and receiving new conservation information. The Feral Swine Eradication Project will be featured along with topics such as Locally-Led and the NRCS Application Process and USDA Program Updates.

You don’t have to leave the house, the field or the barn, we will bring it to you through a Zoom Meeting (Please see registration information below).

During this webinar on Feb. 24, you will receive information and have the opportunity to ask questions about conservation and how it pertains to your operation. NRCS State Conservationist Gary O’Neill will share NRCS Updates and Trey Lam, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, will present information on the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. Several other topics will be highlighted as well.

The NRCS Team 13, which covers the counties of Comanche and Cotton, is the host for this particular webinar. However, we have found that producers from not only throughout Oklahoma, but throughout the region and the nation have joined our webinars to gather very important information. This certainly includes information about feral swine.

Feral hogs are a major problem for the agricultural community, as well as some urban communities, causing about $2 million in damage to U.S. land and crops each year. Feral hogs pose disease risks to livestock, pets and humans. This pilot project in this area is in Cotton County.

Lam said, “Feral hog damage to crops and natural resources has climbed to the top of local priority issues raised by local Conservation Districts.  Assessing hog damage and identifying landowners needing feral hog control is a job ideally suited to the locally led Conservation Districts.  OCC looks forward to working closely with Districts to deploy many electronic traps for State Trappers to use in this battle.”

Working together is a key aspect in every way.

“This webinar will offer producers and landowner information on USDA programs and in particular information about the Feral Hog Pilot Program which NRCS is funding through EQIP and the local conservation district,” said Jeff Davis, District Conservationist in Team 13.

“With some of the restrictions we are dealing with from COVID-19 it is more important than ever that USDA and partners identify ways to continue to communicate and provide information to farmers and ranchers,” said USDA NRCS Oklahoma State Conservationist Gary O’Neill.  “These webinars are a way that information can be passed along to farmers and ranchers virtually and serve as a way to address their questions and concerns regarding available assistance and any upcoming new opportunities. I encourage landowners and operators to utilize these webinars as a way to learn of assistance opportunities and to see firsthand how this format can be an effective way of communication and the passing along of critical information.”

The webinar is open to the public. To attend participants will need to register in advance via the link below and follow the link in the email generated after registration to attend. It is that easy! If reasonable accommodation is needed, please notify Dr. Carol Crouch, NRCS, .

Who: Open to the Public

When: 1 p.m., Feb. 24

Registration: Register for the Zoom Webinar at

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tB2k3-15To6P7g6nzfSTjw

While visitors are not currently allowed in USDA Service Centers in Oklahoma, our program delivery staff will be in the office, and they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools. More information can be found at http://www.farmers.gov/coronavirus" data-auth="NotApplicable">farmers.gov/coronavirus. 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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