Great Plains RC&D is a non-profit organization ran by a council of volunteers with a heart to help assist local people by providing tools and technical support to stabilize and grow their own communities while protecting and developing natural resources.
We provide direction, organization and planning for the implementation of projects to aid the fine people of southwestern Oklahoma in these areas.
The Mission of the council is to increase public awareness of environmental concerns and accelerate the development and protection of human, financial and natural resources, thereby improving the quality of life in southwestern Oklahoma.
The main goals of the Great Plains RC&D Council are:
1. To develop community facilities and services to insure safety and a high standard of living.
2. To improve and promote the utilization of areas rangelands, woodlands, mineral resources and wildlife habitats with minimal effects on environment.
Council Officers 2011 Alfred Miller - Chairman, Larry Wright - Vice Chairman, Alveta Taylor - Secretary
Area/Region we cover: 8 counties in southwestern Oklahoma: Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita.
Great Plains RC&D
300 S. Broadway
Weatherford, OK 73096
Project Spotlight: Stone Stack Mill, Hydro, Oklahoma
Milling equipment bought with the Rural Business the help of Great Plains RC&D.
100% Whole wheat flour milled in Stone Stack Flour Mill, Hydro, Oklahoma, is now sold in area grocery stores.
Stone Stack Mill,
The Stone Stack Mill in Hydro, Oklahoma is a flour mill that is milling 100% whole wheat flour produced by farmers growing wheat locally in western Oklahoma. Loren Liebscher, owner of Stone Stack Mill, knows the importance of agriculture in our area. The flour produced in one of the red barns located on P-Bar farms, was milled from wheat grown only by farmers practicing no-till farming. Great Plains Resource Conservation and Development Association applied for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant that purchased the mill equipment.
Great Plains realized the impact this project could have in adding value to the crop already grown in this area. This endeavor perfectly fit the mission and goals of Great Plains RC&D. Also, included in this project is the Southern Plains Agricultural Resources Coalition (SPARC) who is made up of a group of producers and partners who are committed to growing a sustainable, no-till wheat crop and providing the mill with grain that will eventually be sold as flour. A win-win for all involved.
At this time the mill is able to produce 700 pounds of flour per hour. The 2 and 5-lb. sacks of freshly milled 100% whole wheat flour is now sold in area United grocery stores, the Sunflower Farmers Market and the new Whole Foods Market in Oklahoma City.
Great Plains RC&D has been proud to have a hand in this wonderful project.