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The Oka’ Institute strives to provide technical assistance to landowners in watershed areas who want to enhance soil health, control undesirable vegetation, and improve forage and crop quality and production. This is achieved through site visits, communication of recommended best management practices, grazing management assistance, and coordination of prescribed burns.


The Oka' Institute collaborates with the Chickasaw Nation, Noble Research Institute, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, Oklahoma Prescribed Burn Association, Local Landowners, and Oaks and Prairies Joint Venture to achieve this objective.

If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact Alan Peoples at (405) 590-2581.   

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Soil Health

Rapidly Rebuild Your Soil Health Part 1: How Healthy Soil Works

Rapidly Rebuild Your Soil Health Part 1: How Healthy Soil Works

For farmers and individuals alike to rapidly rebuild your soil health, you first need to know how healthy soil works. Learn from the pros! ✅ EXTENDED SALE! Sign up today and get 45% off our Soil Regeneration Classes 👉 In this webinar, we’ll be looking at the biology that nourishes and protects your plants and crops. We’ll be exploring some of the many benefits that healthy soils offer, like: increased yields, protection against pests and diseases and resistance to drought and flood. You’ll learn about the interactions between soil microorganisms and plants, and you’ll be introduced to some of the amazing ways in which the natural world functions in the soil beneath our feet. Let’s learn how to rapidly rebuild your soil health! Panelists: Brian came from a background in IT and now runs a successful consultancy (Sprouting Soils) in California. Dr. Adam Cobb's passion for agriculture emerged during his several months of volunteer work on organic farms in New Zealand. His time in graduate school cultivated a broad vision for the restoration of living soils, as well as the power of research and community engagement to address global food production challenges. He joined the Soil Food Web School in 2021, following his dream to help regenerate soils, improve human nutrition, and heal our planet. Dr. Ingham has advanced our knowledge about the soil food web for over 4 decades. Widely recognized as the world’s foremost soil biologist, she’s passionate about empowering ordinary people to bring the soils in their community back to life Follow the Soil Food Web Blog: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Facebook: ---------- The Soil Food Web School’s mission is to empower individuals and organizations to regenerate the soils in their communities. The Soil Food Web Approach can dramatically accelerate soil regeneration projects by focussing on the soil biome. This can boost the productivity of farms, provide super-nutritious foods, protect and purify waterways, and reduce the effects of Climate Change. No background in farming or biology is required for our Foundation Courses. Classes are online & self-paced, and students are supported by highly-trained Soil Food Web School mentors. Over the last four decades, Dr. Elaine Ingham has advanced our knowledge of the Soil Food Web. An internationally-recognized leader in soil microbiology, Dr. Ingham has collaborated with other scientists and with farmers around the world to further our understanding of how soil organisms work together and with plants. Dr. Ingham is an author of the USDA's Soil Biology Primer and a founder of the Soil Food Web School. 00:00 Introductions to Series & Panelists 07:17 The Four Key Groups of Microorganisms in Healthy Soil 31:31 Thriving Benefits of a Thriving Soil Ecosystem 45:50 Q&A With the Panelists #SoilHealth #HealthySoil #SoilRegeneration

Soil health and water sustainability are interconnected. Soil health is increasingly becoming a topic of discussion for landowners in Oklahoma. Due to this growing awareness, farmers and ranchers are implementing no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, and land management by prescribed burning and other practices. 

Watershed Associations

Watershed associations play a crucial role in protecting Oklahoma's water resources. These organizations bring together community members, landowners, government agencies, and industry representatives to address issues such as water quality, water quantity, and soil health. By collaborating with these watershed associations, the Oka' Institute can develop and implement strategies to improve the health of local streams, rivers, and lakes.

This not only benefits the environment, but also supports economic development by ensuring a reliable source of clean water for agriculture, industry, and recreation. Overall, the work of watershed associations is vital to preserving Oklahoma's natural resources for generations to come.

Lake Texoma Watershed Alliance engages a diverse group in the Lake Texoma Watershed to develop a plan consisting of prioritized, phased strategies focused on the basin-wide implementation of soil health practices and related measures to improve and protect the Lake Texoma Watershed.

Lake of the Arbuckles Watershed Association facilitates the collaboration between landowners and other stakeholders on land management practices that benefit the watershed and restore the Lake of the Arbuckle's Quality. 

To learn more about these associations, click the button below. 

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