OKLAHOMA, Muscogee (Creek) Nation CD — The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts was established to aid farmers and ranchers by educating them about various USDA programs, loans and grants. There are 85 area conservation districts around Oklahoma that work directly with farmers and ranchers in their communities.
CARE stands for Conservation and Agriculture Reach Everyone, and the project’s mission is ‘to provide information, training, funding opportunities and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.’ The CARE Project specifically targets areas with a high population of minority farmers.
The CARE Project is focusing on four target areas with a heavy population of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers: Okmulgee County through the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Conservation District and Muskogee/Wagoner, Caddo and Okfuskee Counties’ conservation districts.
Patricia Killian, MCN Conservation District administrative officer, said their work is mostly with restricted landowners and trust landowners, but CARE will help others as well.
“(CARE) is helping us get the word out there of what’s out there for people,” she said.