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About the Kerr Center

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture?
The Kerr Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational foundation established in 1985. The home office, farm, and ranch are located near Poteau in southeastern Oklahoma.

What is its mission statement?
The mission of the Kerr Center is to assist in developing sustainable food and farming systems by:

Supporting farms that provide a perpetual stream of economic goods and ecological/environmental benefits, and which enhance the quality of life of farm families, rural residents and society as a whole;

Promoting markets made up of independently owned and operated farms and firms of a scale appropriate to offer a wide variety of product choices for consumers and economic opportunities for existing and beginning farmers;

Encouraging communities to protect the land from misuse, exploitation, and unfettered urban development, to ensure inclusion and equality of opportunity for all; to promote community food security; and support to economic development from within;

Proclaiming the need for a culture that respects the earth and all of its diversity of life, and recognizes the physical, social and spiritual connections between people within a higher order of things.

How is the Kerr Center supported?
The Kerr Center operates on the earnings from its own endowment, grants, and donations. Individuals may donate through the Friends of the Kerr Center program.

How was the Kerr Center created?
The Kerr Foundation was established in 1965 from the estate of Senator Robert S. Kerr. The agricultural division of that entity served farmers and ranchers until 1985. In that year, the Kerr Foundation was separated into four new foundations. The "ag division" became the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, continuing and expanding upon its primary work of educational outreach to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.

What are the Kerr Center programs?
Current programs are:  education, horticulture, livestock, and natural resources management.

Who is on staff?
The staff has expertise in agricultural economics, agronomy, animal science, biology/environmental science, communication, community foods, education, horticulture, organic policy, natural resource conservation, public policy, and veterinary medicine. 

What does the Kerr Center have to offer?
The Kerr Center works for and with rural people and communities in Oklahoma and across the nation. Our focus is on education. The center holds educational events each year.  In addition, center staff members conduct research and demonstration projects on the farm/ranch near Poteau.

The center also offers a variety of publications and web resources for use by farmers, ranchers, agriculture professionals, and leaders on the local and state level, including Field Notes, a free newsletter. The center is open to the public on the second Tuesday of each month (other visits must be arranged in advance).

What are the values by which it is governed?
The Kerr Center believes that sustainable agriculture must be socially equitable, profitable for producers and ecologically sound. The Kerr Center values and supports the family farm structure of agriculture, a fair playing field for independent farmers and ranchers, public research for the public domain, the enhancement and protection of natural resources, respect for nature, local food systems and better communities.
Expanded statement of core values.

How do I contact the Kerr Center?
Contact the Kerr Center at P.O. Box 588, Poteau, OK 74953. Our phone number is 918.647.9123, our fax is 918.647.8712. Or e-mail us at mailbox@kerrcenter.com.

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24456 Kerr Road
Poteau, OK 74953-8163
Phone: 918-647-9123
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