In 2010, hogs and pigs ranked number 3 of all
Oklahoma agricultural commodities, with a value of $654 million.
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October 8 is Columbus
Columbus Day is significant to American pork producers
because swine came to the New World with Columbus on his second
voyage. In his narrative of that voyage, Michele de Cuneo reported
that pigs, in particular, "grew over there to a superlative
In addition to pigs, Columbus loaded his fleet
of 17 ships with horses, cows, oxen, sheep, goats, hens, dogs
and cats. He brought wheat seed and plants, barley, radishes,
onions, peas, melon, sugar cane, broad beans, lettuce, leeks
and parsley "to try out the ground."
Writing Prompt: Students write and perform skits
about the animals on Columbus' second voyage.
Every Oklahoman should have access to high quality, healthy, affordable food, and Oklahoma farmers are our best resource. Read
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October is the last month to buy fresh local produce
from many local farmer's
markets across the state.
Check the Oklahoma
Crop Calendar to see what other Oklahoma crops are harvested
"The nation that destroys
its soil destroys itself." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Barbed Wire was invented October 27, 1873
Farmer Joseph F. Glidden applied for a patent on
barbed wire on October 27, 1873. Learn more with Don't
Fence Me In
Writing Prompt: Students use online or library
sources to research the impact of the invention of barbed wire
on the American frontier.
The leaves are falling. It's time to start your sheet-composted planting
Writing Prompt: Students keep journals describing
the trees in the schoolyard or in their own yards as the leaves
begin to change colors.