Grant program open to Oklahoma farmers

The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture is again soliciting grant proposals from agricultural producers across Oklahoma interested in conducting research or demonstration projects.

Grants can be funded for up to $3,500 for a two-year project and up to $7,500 for a three-year project.

This is the 10th year of the program. The goal is to advance the use of sustainable farming/ranching practices by Oklahoma producers.

To apply for this grant, a farmer/rancher should request an information packet by calling (918) 647-9123 or by downloading it from

Pre-proposals must be received at the Kerr Center by Oct. 31.

Beauty Brands sponsors “It Takes Guts” campaign

Beauty Brands Salon Spa Superstores will join Redken, a global leader in professional hair care products, in leading the “It Takes Guts” campaign to raise awareness and funding for Reduce Abuse, a program that provides support to local domestic violence shelters.

From Oct. 1-28, Beauty Brands will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of every Redken Guts volume-boosting spray foam to YWCA Oklahoma City. The Guts product will be sold for a special price of $6.98.

This year will mark the seventh anniversary of the Reduce Abuse program, which has raised more than $275,000 nationwide to date.

Local Beauty Brands stores are at 13820 N. Pennsylvania Ave. and at 9417 N. Council in Oklahoma City.

Foundation for Excellence to sponsor mentoring workshop

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence will present a workshop called “How to Establish a Corporate Mentoring Program” from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 1 at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center’s Raymond A. Young Conference Center, 3300 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

A registration form may be downloaded at Registration is $15.

For more information, visit or call Jennifer Green at 410-1523.

Oklahoma to receive nearly $2 million fromDepartment of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor recently released $44.1 million to assist states in providing career training, job search and relocation assistance to U.S. workers who lose their jobs for reasons related to trade.

Oklahoma will receive a total of almost $2 million.

The funds were drawn from remaining fiscal year 2007 resources, which have been maintained in a reserve account set up in fiscal year 2004 by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. The department is releasing the $44 million remaining to 15 states that have the highest TAA-related expenditures.

Funds will be distributed immediately along with initial payments for fiscal year 2008, which begins Oct. 1.

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