The OKlahoma Israel Exchange in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of
Agriculture Food & Forestry, is happy to bring Israeli horticulture expert, Itzik
Esquira, back to Oklahoma as the keynote speaker for the 8th Annual Plasticulture
Conference. Israel is on the cutting-edge in agricultural technologies and Mr.
Esquira will be sharing many of these advancements at the conference.
Extreme drought, persistent high temperatures and wind have a significant impact on
agriculture. Oklahoma’s growing seasons can be plagued by these challenges.
Appropriately so, the theme for this year’s workshop is “Extreme Gardening”. Featured
speaker and Israeli Horticultural Specialist Itzhak Esquira will offer solutions for
navigating these challenges and producing a successful crop.
Participants are invited to a pre-conference visit to Deep Valley Farm, weather
permitting. Morgan County Seed will be demonstrating their newly invented Plasticulture
Machine. The machine is more affordable, can be pulled by a smaller tractor and is built
specifically for smaller vegetable growers. Esquira will also be on hand to offer his
thoughts and recommendations for the operation. Deep Valley Farm is located at 1305
E. Eufaula, Okmulgee, Okla., 74447.
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, ODAFF
Plasticulture Program Coordinator, will give an overview of the state’s plasticulture
program including grants available to farmers.
The Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center is on the OSU Institute of Technology
campus which is located at 1801 East 4th St. in Okmulgee. The workshop registration
fee includes lunch and is $10 before Feb. 3. Late and at the door registration is $15. For
more information and to RSVP contact Janet Burns at (405) 522-5509.