Officials with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and NRCS soil scientists will host a free soil health workshop and lunch, along with members of The Quapaw Nation on Monday, May 13 in Miami.

The workshop is designed to cover the benefits and steps to healthy soil.

The workshop is set for 11 a.m. at the Inter-Tribal Council Conference Room located at 21 N 8 Tribe Trail, in Miami. Pre-registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

Topics will include grazing management steps for healthy soil to increase forage, and a Quapaw Nation Soil Health project update, as well as many others subjects.

Soils are often neglected, but there are some soils, some microbes and some grazing systems that will help our soils by investing in some simple soil health practices.

The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to learn simple steps to improve an operations’ sustainability.

"This workshop will provide a great opportunity for landowners to learn about different alternatives to consider in management of their grazing lands," said Phillip Martin, NRCS Resource Conservationist.

NRCS partners for the workshop include, the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council (OTCAC), other USDA agencies and conservation groups.

The Ottawa Conservation District is the district partner for the workshop.

Farm Service Agency, National Agriculture Statistics Service, NRCS, OCC and others will lead conservation program discussions.

Attendees may pre-register by May 10 by calling Michael Ramming, NRCS, at 918-253-4513, ext. 108; Michell Albright, Quapaw Nation, 918-238-3099, ext. 4051, or Dr. Carol Crouch carol.crouch@usda.gov or 405-612-9331.

The workshop is open to the public. For additional information, persons interested may email nrcsinfo@ok.usda.gov.