Plasticulture workshop Feb. 7

Ponca City Now - January 23, 2015 7:17 am

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) – For the ninth straight year, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is hosting a workshop for plasticulture farmers.

The workshop provides gardeners with the latest information as well as time-tested methods for producing bountiful crops. This year’s workshop is planned Feb. 7 at the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center in Okmulgee.

Plasticulture is a farming technique that creates raised soil beds covered with plastic sheeting and equipped with irrigation drip lines laid directly under the plastic. Vegetable seedlings are planted in holes punched through the plastic.

Micah Anderson, the Agriculture Department’s plasticulture program coordinator, will give an overview of the state’s plasticulture program including grants available to farmers.

This year’s keynote speaker is Clif Slade, farmer and retired extension specialist with Virginia State University.

 

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