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Farmer Brain Trust and Food Security Roundtable

December 10, 2019
Holt, Michigan
In the morning, MSU Student Organic Farm Farmer Field School presenters, participants, and advocates will meet to plan the next Farmer Field School year and other ways to collaborate. In the afternoon, join a group discussion about how to make sure that a portion of the good food you are growing is getting to lower income people in your community.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

A Practical Guide to Organic Crop Insurance

December 10, 2019
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for a free webinar that provides a practical introduction to Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option for diversified organic farms and ranches. In this webinar you will learn what information you need to apply for WFRP, assess if this crop insurance product is right for your farming operation, and learn how the documentation you keep for organic certification can support your application.
In: Online

 

Humane Farming Mentorship Info Session

December 10, 2019
Online
Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) for a free, online information session on its Humane Farming Mentorship Program. Hear from several current mentors and mentees about their experience, some of the program perks, and how you can get involved.
In: Online

 

Managing Taxes for Agricultural Producers

December 10, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Noble Research Institute is offering this free workshop for anyone who has agricultural income and/or expenses. Learn about recent tax-law changes related to agriculture. Topics will include how to report certain types of income and expenses, how to manage taxable income, and the new tax law's impacts on agricultural operations.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Using Soil Health Practices to Improve Water Quality

December 10, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. Join to learn how modern agriculture practices can contribute to water quality issues and how soil health management systems can help alleviate water quality concerns.
In: Online

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

December 10, 2019
Cherokee, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa is offering several evening farm transfer and succession workshops with Mike Downey of Next Gen Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. Mike will discuss the why and how of farmland transition, including farm leasing trends and how to communicate with family about your farmland transition. All workshops will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Women Managing Agricultural Land Conference

December 11, 2019
Lincoln, Nebraska
The Women Managing Agricultural Land Conference will allow women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops, and gain valuable knowledge. Three keynote speakers and 12 workshops will focus on helping Nebraska farmland owners and tenants navigate the challenges they face.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Designing and Growing an Agroforest

December 11-12, 2019
Waimanalo, Hawaii
This workshop is part of a November-December 2019 workshop series presented in Guam, Saipan, Pohnpei, Marshall Islands, and Hawaii by a team of experienced Hawaii-based agroforestry professionals. Workshop participants will learn the latest strategies for reaching their goals in agroforestry. Hands-on activities during the workshop will give participants experience in the planning process from open land to managing an agroforest at any scale.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Discovery Farms Conference

December 11, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The 8th Annual Discovery Farms Conference focuses on the state of Wisconsin's water quality from the perspectives of farmers, policy makers, and researchers. This water-quality focused day will leave you with practical solutions to address concerns at the farm level as well as update you on the multiple facets of research and political activity happening in Wisconsin.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Meals on Wheels: Food Trucks, Pop-up Markets, Home Delivery

December 11, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's Weekly Webinar series continues with this session on convenience in food marketing. How do the new models for marketing work? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these types of marketing outlets? Are any of these marketing models really profitable? This free, one-hour webinar looks at examples of the options to help you discover possible variations that might work with your marketing.
In: Online

 

Organic Management Options for Allium Leafminer Pest in Onion

December 11, 2019
Online
In this webinar from Rodale Institute, Dr. Gladis Zinati, Director of Rodale Institute's Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), will share information on which organic management options are most successful for managing the allium leafminer, a pest that attacks onion and other allium crops including garlic, leeks and chives.
In: Online

 

Resilient Farms Conference

December 12, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and livestreamed to Normal, Illinois; Mankato, Minnesota; and Oshkosh, Medford, Menomonie, Viroqua and Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Compeer Financial and the University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension present this day-long event featuring keynote Tom Arnold, 20-minute breakout sessions from peers and experts on ideas and best practices in creating resiliency, and 50-minute intensive sessions. Topics include value-added dairy, income from woodlands, cash crops, legal issues, grant opportunities, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Crop Insurance and Hemp: The Whole-Farm Approach

December 12, 2019
Online
In this free webinar, Jeff Schahczenski, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), will give an introduction to insuring hemp in 2020 with a federally subsidized Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) policy.
In: Online

 

Webinar: America's Diverse Family Farms, 2019 Edition

December 12, 2019
Online
In this free, one-hour webinar, USDA Economic Research Service Economist Christine Whitt presents findings from America's Diverse Family Farms, 2019 Edition, a brochure that describes in detail the different types of farms in the United States.
In: Online

 

Beginning Farmer Retreat

December 13-14, 2019
Ames, Iowa
If you are starting or thinking about starting a farm, you should plan to attend Practical Farmers of Iowa's annual Beginning Farmer Retreat. In addition to networking with other farmers, attendees will set goals and create action plans for achieving them. Programming will be offered for both aspiring and beginning farmers, with experts and peers facilitating the sessions and assisting with work time.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Alliance of Sustainable Farms Field Day

December 13, 2019
Jackson, Mississippi
The Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents a free field day hosted by Mynelle Gardens. The Alliance, with support from Southern SARE PDP, USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service, Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce Produce Safety Division, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station is offering this produce safety training for AG professionals, Educators, Service Providers, Farmer Group Leaders, and fruit and vegetable growers. Participants will learn about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Topics will include Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training; Agricultural, Production, and Postharvest Water; Postharvest Handling and Sanitation; Soil Amendments; How to Develop a Food Safety Plan; and much more. Pre-registration is required by e-mailing AllianceofSustainableFarms@gmail.com
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management

December 14, 2019
Orange City and Elkader, Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a pair of simultaneous Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management meetings as part of the annual Dairy Directions program. The programs will focus on managing forages, utilizing health strategies, improving milk quality, implementing business practices and dealing with the challenges of managing dairy goats. There will also be a producer panel at both events. All dairy goat producers are welcome.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Orchard Planting and Maintenance Field Day

December 14, 2019
Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park hosts a free hands-on orchard planting and first year care workshop by horticulturalist Guy Ames of the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Guy will introduce you to the history of apples and the varieties in Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park's Borden Orchard, instruct you in proper planting, and teach you helpful techniques for first year care that can help establish your very own fruit trees! The event will cover planting, compost and fertilizing, watering, and protecting new trees from deer and borers.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Wholesaling to Institutions Training Series

December 16-17, 2019
Scranton, Pennsylvania
This workshop, co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Farm to School Network and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is designed to help small- to mid-sized farm operations learn how to sell to institutional markets. Participants will learn how to determine if farm-to-school wholesale is a good fit for their businesses, and how to make it a reality. Attendees will be able to build relationships with potential wholesale buyers and learn from experienced wholesale-to-institution suppliers. The workshop will also help farmers assess their finances and discuss marketing strategies for selling to schools and other institutions. The workshop is free to PA Preferredģ members.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Helping Farmers Weather the Storm of Emotions + Economics: NY Farmnet

December 16, 2019
Online
This free webinar from AgriSafe highlights NY FarmNet, a Cornell University program that helps farmers in New York state navigate the waters of growth, change, and crisis. Since 1986, NY FarmNet has provided free, confidential on farm consulting to thousands of farmers and their families. This webinar will discuss the impact of NY FarmNet's work, as well as some best practices for working with and engaging farmers.
In: Online

 

Illinois Hemp Summit

December 17, 2019
Springfield, Illinois
The Illinois Department of Agriculture invites you to join Department staff, NGOs, growers, and processors at the Illinois Hemp Summit to discuss the 2019 growing season, best practices, lessons learned, and the future hemp industry in Illinois.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Solutions for the Striped Cucumber Beetle

December 17, 2019
Online
In this free Rodale Institute webinar, Dr. Gladis Zinati, director of Rodale Institute's Vegetable Systems Trial, will join the IPM Institute of North America's Organic & IPM Working group to present on the use of flowering insectary plants as a biological control for the striped cucumber beetle pest. The webinar will discuss topics such as the pest life cycle, important beneficial insects, planting insectary plants, and research results.
In: Online

 

Introduction to Beekeeping

December 17, 2019
Online
This free Introduction to Beekeeping webinar is part of the Small Farm and Ranch Webinar Series offered by Cultivating Success. In this introductory webinar catered towards backyard beekeepers and small farmers, participants will learn about bee anatomy and biology, how to choose bees, set up a hive, and choose appropriate gear and equipment.
In: Online

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

December 17, 2019
Oxford, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa is offering several evening farm transfer and succession workshops with Mike Downey of Next Gen Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. Mike will discuss the why and how of farmland transition, including farm leasing trends and how to communicate with family about your farmland transition. All workshops will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Nutshell Online Discussion: Greg Judy

December 17, 2019
Online
The Savanna Institute's series of online, evening Nutshell discussions continues with a session featuring Greg Judy, of Green Pastures Farm.
In: Online

 

Northeast Specialty Crop Water Symposium

December 18-19, 2019
Burlington, Vermont
This symposium, which will be co-hosted by the University of Vermont and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, will be targeted towards researchers, agricultural advisors (e.g., Extension, agency, and private), and industry representatives who work in northeastern specialty crops. The symposium has three overarching goals: Increase shared understanding and knowledge about how climate change will affect irrigated/rain-fed specialty crops in the Northeast, and how water-use efficiency practices can be improved; create opportunities for researchers, Extension, and technical service providers working in different specialty crop sectors to learn from one another; and create opportunities for participants in the Northeast to learn from practitioners from other parts of the United States.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Produce Safety Alliance: Food Safety Training

December 18, 2019
Sligo, Pennsylvania
This seven-hour Food Safety Training course will be facilitated by trainers certified by the Produce Safety Alliance and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Farmers Union and Penn State Extension. This training will review Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and Produce Safety Rule requirements. Participants will also learn how to develop a farm food safety plan.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Western New York Soil Health Alliance Annual Meeting

December 18, 2019
Batavia, New York
The 2019 Western New York Soil Health Alliance Soil Health Workshop and Annual Meeting will feature Steve Groff, Farmer and founder of Cover Crop Solutions, and Maria Harrison, Professor from the Boyce Thompson Institute. Other topics will include using precision agriculture to facilitate soil health management and the potential to increase in your bottom line from soil health management.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Holistic Resource Management Roadshow

December 18, 2019
Belle Fouche, South Dakota
This day-long event is being offered by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition in five different locations. Holistic Management educator Joshua Dukart will cover converting a ranch from crisis management to holistic management, creating a profitable ranch business using holistic principles, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series

December 18, 2019
Online
The Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series continues with a session titled "The Appalachian Harvest Herb Hub: Empowering Plant Conservation through Profitable Cultivation," with Katie Commender.
In: Online

 

Taking A Closer Look at Value-Added Dairy Opportunities Workshop

December 19, 2019
Loudon, Tennessee
This free, day-long workshop is offered by the Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee. The workshop is designed for dairy cow, goat, and sheep producers who want to add value through processing and manufacturing dairy products. Topics include costs, marketing, lessons learned, regulations, and grant opportunities.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Soil Revolution

December 19, 2019
Boulder, Colorado
The fourth annual Soil Revolution Conference invites farmers of all scales and production systems. It includes speakers, demonstrations, and panels on soil health, restoration, and resilience.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Holistic Resource Management Roadshow

December 19, 2019
Hot Springs, South Dakota
This day-long event is being offered by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition in five different locations. Holistic Management educator Joshua Dukart will cover converting a ranch from crisis management to holistic management, creating a profitable ranch business using holistic principles, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Holistic Resource Management Roadshow

December 20, 2019
Faith, South Dakota
This day-long event is being offered by the South Dakota Grassland Coalition in five different locations. Holistic Management educator Joshua Dukart will cover converting a ranch from crisis management to holistic management, creating a profitable ranch business using holistic principles, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 5-7, 2020
Lexington, Kentucky
The Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference is presented jointly by Kentucky State Horticultural Society, Kentucky Vegetable Growers Association, Organic Association of Kentucky, and Kentucky Wineries Association. The two-day meeting with pre-conference events is devoted completely to fruit, vegetable, and wine production, handling, harvesting, marketing, storage, and related topics.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

American Forage & Grasslands Council Annual Conference

January 6-8, 2020
Greenville, South Carolina
The annual conference of American Forage & Grasslands Council, "The More You Know, The More You Grow," features numerous workshops, poster presentations, and competitions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free Range Poultry Workshop

January 6, 2020
Davis, California, and Online
University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a weekly series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this first workshop is "Husbandry, Pasture Management, and Rotational Systems."
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Colorado Food Summit

January 7, 2020
Denver, Colorado
CSU Food Systems Initiative and Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment invite anyone connected to Colorado's food system to join some of the main players in the state to spotlight its robust agricultural economy and build linkages with growing Denver food markets. The Colorado Food Summit works to build linkages that meet diverse urban food goals while creating viable market opportunities that builds wealth for Colorado farmers and ranchers and rural communities.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Farming in the New Normal

January 7, 2020
Vacaville, California
This workshop for growers on agriculture and climate will explore how your operation can adapt and thrive in a new climate reality. Get the latest information from California researchers, government agency leaders, agriculture industry professionals and innovative farmers to help you understand how climate change will affect your farming operations. Presenters will provide practical strategies for agriculture to thrive in a new climate reality and explore opportunities and resources for implementing climate strategies on farms.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Discovery Farms Summit

January 7-8, 2020
Bloomington, Minnesota
Attend the first-ever Discovery Farms Summit, co-hosted by the Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota to celebrate almost two decades of Discovery Farms research. Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Washington have a combined 250+ site years of data to share from edge-of-field surface runoff and tile monitoring on agricultural fields of all varieties. Attendees will come away with practical on-farm management solutions developed from credible research that protect our water resources.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Tri-State Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management Workshop

January 7, 2020
Manchester, Maine
These University of Vermont Extension workshops are for growers with greenhouses or high tunnels, extension specialists, and professional pest managers. Growers of all experience levels and from any state are welcome to attend any of the three locations. This year's workshop program on greenhouse and high tunnel IPM is multi-faceted, with presentations on biological control, disease management, and sprayer calibration.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Illinois Specialty Crop Conference and Trade Show

January 8-10, 2020
Springfield, Illinois
This conference addresses fruit, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, organic, and agritourism farming. The event includes pre-conference workshops on produce safety, cut flowers, pumpkins, hemp, and protected culture. Educational session tracks include fruit, vegetables, herbs, beginning farmers, agritourism, and business development.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Tri-State Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management Workshop

January 8, 2020
Durham, New Hampshire
These University of Vermont Extension workshops are for growers with greenhouses or high tunnels, extension specialists, and professional pest managers. Growers of all experience levels and from any state are welcome to attend any of the three locations. This year's workshop program on greenhouse and high tunnel IPM is multi-faceted, with presentations on biological control, disease management, and sprayer calibration.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Great Plains Growers Conference

January 9-11, 2020
St. Joseph, Missouri
Great Plains Growers Conference for commercial fruit, vegetable, cut flower, and honey bee producers from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and other Midwest states provides research-based information, from both vegetable research specialists and local growers, to help your farms grow and thrive. The keynote is Charlotte Smith, speaking on Three Steps to a Profitable Farm, and other session topics include food safety, industrial hemp, cut flower production, legal resilience, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Minnesota Organic Conference

January 9-10, 2020
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Each year, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture hosts this conference and tradeshow for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. It offers two days of networking, learning, and great food. Keynote speakers are Charlie Johnson and Judith D. Schwartz.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Tri-State Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management Workshop

January 9, 2020
Burlington, Vermont
These University of Vermont Extension workshops are for growers with greenhouses or high tunnels, extension specialists, and professional pest managers. Growers of all experience levels and from any state are welcome to attend any of the three locations. This year's workshop program on greenhouse and high tunnel IPM is multi-faceted, with presentations on biological control, disease management, and sprayer calibration.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Estate Planning for Agricultural Producers

January 9, 2020
Ardmore, Oklahoma
This workshop from Noble Research Institute provides information on the need to plan for estate transfer, as well as laws governing estate transfer and the tools available to use in estate planning.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Benchmark Your Vegetable Farm Finances

January 9, 2020
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
PASA's Diversified Vegetable Financial Benchmark Study is helping vegetable farmers improve their bottom line. For-profit diversified vegetable operations can participate in the study. During this free workshop, you'll complete a detailed financial survey about your vegetable farm that will take approximately 90Ė120 minutes. PASA will share highlights and lessons learned from this multi-year study and will later provide you with personalized information about how your business finances compare to farms across Pennsylvania and across the country.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Horticulture Industries Show

January 10-11, 2020
Owasso, Oklahoma
The theme for the 2020 Horticulture Industries Show is "PROTECTED AG: Adapting to Challenging Environments." You are invited to join with other specialty group growers, industry representatives, and educators to explore the use of technology and advanced growing practices to manage production-related risks.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Winter Maple Institute & Maple Trade Show

January 10-11, 2020
Marshfield, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association presents this event with speakers and workshops on production, marketing, and business topics. There will be workshops for beginners, as well as a trade show.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate our Food Production Systems

January 10-11, 2020
Fredericksburg, Texas
In partnership with NCAT, Soil for Water, and the Hill Country Alliance, ROAM Ranch is hosting a two-day workshop with Nicole Masters, agroecologist, soil expert, and Director at Integrity Soils. This workshop is geared towards land managers, ranchers, farmers, gardeners, environmentalists, and anyone else interested in improving the health of Texas soil and making lands more resilient to the dynamic and sometimes unforgiving climates of Texas.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic Intensives

January 11, 2020
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance presents a one-day, in-depth learning experience. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners. Topics for 2020 are Successful Biological Orcharding with Michael Phillips, Organic No-Till Farming with Andrew Mefferd, and Local Organic Herbs for Health.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Virginia Biological Farming Conference

January 11-13, 2020
Roanoke, Virginia
The 21st annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference is Virginia's premier organic and sustainable agricultural conference. The Conference brings together farmers, gardeners, eaters, educators, and advocates of biological and organic agriculture. The three-day conference includes full and half-day pre-conference intensive workshops, 44 sessions, presentations and panel discussions, 50 trade show exhibitors, locally sourced farm meals, and book signings.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

NOFA Massachusetts Winter Conference

January 11, 2020
Worcester, Massachusetts
The 33rd Northeast Organic Farming Association NOFA/Mass Winter Conference features journalist Carey Gillam as keynote speaker and workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced producers. Topics include crop and livestock production, agroforestry, seaweed production, food safety, hemp, and climate resilience.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

January 13, 2020
Cookeville, Tennessee
This day-long workshop from the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

South Carolina Association of Farmers Markets

January 14, 2020
West Columbia, South Carolina
The South Carolina Association of Farmers Markets annual conference will include information about specialty crops, grants, FMNP, cottage food law, special market activities, marketing your market, funding and partnerships, paperwork, and compliance. An additional SNAP overview will be presented for those interested.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Empire State Producers Expo

January 14-16, 2020
Syracuse, New York
Session topics at the Empire State Producers Expo include specialty-crop production, organic production, energy efficiency, food safety, and more. The event is presented by the New York State Vegetable Growers Association.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

January 14, 2020
Blountville, Tennessee
This day-long workshop from the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free Range Poultry Workshop

January 14, 2020
Davis, California, and Online
University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a weekly series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this second workshop is "Pastured Poultry Farm Economics and Marketing."
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Future of Food Forum

January 15, 2020
Gainesville, Florida and livestreamed
The Future of Food Forum will be an intensive and exciting one-day event at the University of Florida. It will bring together leading experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators to take a look at the future of food with an eye toward 2050. At the forum you will hear some of the world's changemakers give their perspective on the future of food systems and what we should be doing now to embrace the innovations and challenges of the future of food.
In: Southern SARE Region, Online

 

Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture 2020 Conference

January 16-18, 2020
East Hyattsville, Maryland
Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture presents the 21st annual conference, "Farming for Our Soil, Livelihood, and Community." The event offers a full day of how-to, in-depth farming and food pre-conference intensives, as well as 42 sessions and seven tracks for beginning to advanced farmers, foodpreneurs, and educators.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Northern Growers & Marketers Conference

January 16-17, 2020
St. Cloud, Minnesota
This event is hosted by the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association, the Minnesota Apple Growers Association, and Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association. Educational sessions in five tracks address fruit and vegetable varieties and production, soil health, farmers markets, pest management, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 16-18, 2020
Ames, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2020 conference, "Reclaiming Resilience," will examine the current state of our farms and our food systems: what's working well and why, as well as what needs to change. You will leave this conference armed with ideas about how to strengthen resiliency on your farm, and how to build an agricultural system that benefits farmers, rural communities, and our natural resources.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

January 17-18, 2020
Fairlee, Vermont
Join more than 350 farmers and agricultural resource providers from six Northeast states at the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference for a cross section of the region's livestock production. The theme is "Finding the Balance in Times of Change," and Jason Rowntree will be the keynote speaker. This event follows the 2020 Northeast Pasture Consortium annual meeting held January 15-16, 2020, at the same location.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

NOFA-New York Annual Winter Conference

January 17-19, 2020
Syracuse, New York
NOFA-NY's 38th Annual Winter Conference, "Extending the Table," is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with sustainability-minded farmers, gardeners, and consumers. The conference is one of the largest in the region with more than 100 educational workshops and an approximate 80 trade show vendors. This year, NOFA-NY is combining the Winter Conference and the 9th Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference into one weekend.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Cascadia Grains Conference

January 17-18, 2020
Olympia, Washington
The annual Cascadia Grains Conference focuses on revitalizing the local grain economy in the Cascadia Region. Connect, learn and grow with educational and hands-on sessions, field trips, panels, local grain meals and more. The event features Keynote Speaker Mel Darbyshire of Grand Central Bakery and the work of many regional grain luminaries across the country.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Grain School 2020

January 17-19, 2020
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Grain School at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will, for one last time, bring experts in the science and practical applications of heritage and ancient grains to campus. From farming to baking and cooking, fermenting, malting, and milling, Grain School ignites curiosity and fires the imagination to reintroduce whole and heritage grains at home, in institutions, and the community. Grain School participants learn from artisans, scientists, and indigenous people.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Benchmark Your Vegetable Farm Finances

January 17, 2020
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
This event is an opportunity to join in PASA's Diversified Vegetable Financial Benchmark Study. During this workshop, you'll complete a detailed financial survey about your vegetable farm that will take approximately 90-120 minutes. PASA will share highlights and lessons learned from this multi-year study, and will later provide participants with personalized information about how your business finances compare to farms across Pennsylvania and the United States.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Ohio Produce Network

January 21-23, 2019
Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio Produce Network is the annual gathering for the fresh produce industry, including markets, in Ohio. The two-day event includes numerous educational programs, a trade show, and ample opportunities to network with your peers. Programs often cover production techniques, disease/pest mitigation, management, marketing, and retailing strategies, food safety, and emerging technologies.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Virginia Winter Forage Conferences

January 21, 2020
Wytheville, Virginia
The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Using New Technology in Grazing Systems

January 21, 2020
Canton, North Carolina
North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Diversifying the Dairy: From Silvopasture to Market

January 21, 2020
Quaryville, Pennsylvania
During this midi-day PASA workshop, explore how Fiddle Creek Dairy—a pastured livestock farm that produces 100-percent grass-fed milk, yogurt, and cheese—has been working with Austin Unruh from Crow and Berry Land Management to develop silvopasture areas within their grazing paddocks. In addition to the environmental benefits, these tree plantings will offer more shade for the grazing herd, potentially produce more forage per acre, and eventually provide new potential products for Fiddle Creek to market. Learn how, since its beginning, Fiddle Creek has been working to diversify its dairy product line in response to the available market and demand.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Eco-Farm Conference

January 22-25, 2020
Pacific Grove, California
The 40th annual Eco-Farm Conference is an essential networking and educational hub for ecologically-minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in growing a healthy food system and world. The conference features more than 70 workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, tastings, seed swaps, mentorships, and organic culinary fare.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

January 22-25, 2020
Little Rock, Arkansas
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's annual Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference features "field-tested" presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display, and a trade show. This year's special topic is "Agricultural Resilience in a Changing Climate."
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Virginia Winter Forage Conferences

January 22, 2020
Chatham, Virginia
The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free Range Poultry Workshop

January 22, 2020
Davis, California, and Online
University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this third workshop is "Alternative Poultry Species and Animal Welfare Considerations."
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Using New Technology in Grazing Systems

January 22, 2020
Statesville, North Carolina
North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society Food & Farming Conference

January 23-26, 2020
Fargo, North Dakota
The NPSAS Winter Conference features pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, workshops, and a trade show. Topics include weed control, unusual crops, deep winter greenhouses, farmland transition, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

GrassWorks Grazing Conference

January 23-25, 2020
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
"Regenerating our Grass Roots" is the theme for the 2020 GrassWorks Grazing Conference. Featured speakers include Fred Provenza, Peter Ballerstedt, and Jasmine Dillon. There will be a trade show and concurrent sessions on a wide variety of pasture-health, production, and business topics.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Iowa Specialty Producers Conference

January 23-24, 2020
Ankeny, Iowa
The Iowa Specialty Producers Conference is a partnership between the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association and the Iowa Wine Growers Association. The conference features keynote speaker John Stanley, a world-renowned retail consultant, speaker, and author, as well as six breakout session tracks focusing on viticulture, enology, fruits, vegetables, other specialty crops, and business/marketing.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Virginia Winter Forage Conferences

January 23, 2020
Brandy Station, Virginia
The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Using New Technology in Grazing Systems

January 23, 2020
Staley, North Carolina
North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

January 24-25, 2020
Acme, Michigan
The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference brings together farmers and gardeners from across Michigan to learn and connect. The agenda includes Farm School intensives on hemp, maple syrup, and herbs, as well as farm tours, workshops, a trade show, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

OGRAIN Winter Conference

January 24-25, 2020
Madison, Wisconsin
The fifth annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest will feature 25+ expert farmers, researchers and industry representatives sharing their knowledge, along with ample opportunity for networking and discussion. Workshops and discussion will highlight issues important to organic grain farmers.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Virginia Winter Forage Conferences

January 24, 2020
Weyers Cave, Virginia
The day-long 2020 Winter Forage Conferences will be held at various locations across Virginia. The 2020 theme is "Thinking Strategically: The Role of Hay in Today's Grazing System." Keynote speakers are Kevin Yon and Dr. Dan Undersander.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Using New Technology in Grazing Systems

January 24, 2020
Kenansville, North Carolina
North Carolina Forage & Grassland Council's Winter Conference Series takes place in four locations across the state. The schedule features speakers, local producer profiles, NCSU Extension Update, a trade show, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Rogue Food Conference

January 25, 2020
Hebron, Kentucky
Joel Salatin and Go Rogue present a conference featuring unique speakers including Joel Salatin, Congressman Thomas Massie, John Moody, Niti Bala, and more, sharing creative ways to circumvent regulation that inhibits small-scale food production.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Winter Green-Up 2020

January 25, 2020
Latham, New York
Hear talks from grazing experts, get to know other farmers, and enjoy local, grass-fed meats at the twelfth Winter Green-Up, the Capital District's original grazing conference.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference

January 26-28, 2020
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference is a three-day conference that provides educational programming for growers of fresh produce including apples, berries, grapes and vegetables; agri-tourism and winery operators; and farmers market vendors and managers. There are more than 80 educational sessions in seven different tracks.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Journal Hemp College

January 27-28, 2020
Chicago, Illinois
During Farm Journal's Hemp College, experts will discuss the best agronomic practices for hemp production and touch upon marketing, legal considerations, and policy news.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free Range Poultry Workshop

January 27, 2020
Davis, California, and Online
University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this fourth workshop is "Feed and Nutrition for Pastured Poultry."
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 28-30, 2020
Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities—all designed to enable fruit, vegetable, and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

No-Till on the Plains

January 28-29, 2020
Wichita, Kansas
The 24th annual No-till on the Plains Winter Conference features an expert lineup of soil health speakers, including Steve Groff, Dr. Daphne Miller, Lucinda Stuenkel, Doug Peterson, Brendon Rockey, and more. Topics include cover crops, soil biology, and livestock grazing, among others.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

UMCA Agroforestry Symposium

January 30, 2020
Columbia, Missouri and Online
The Univeristy of Missouri Center for Agroforestry presents the 11th Annual UMCA Agroforestry Symposium, focusing on "Value-Added Processing for Missouri Agriculture and Forestry." The symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested. Sessions are also available via livestream.
In: North Central SARE Region, Online

 

Got Farm Records...Now What?

January 30, 2020
Jackson, Tennessee
This day-long workshop from the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture is designed for existing or would-be operators of a value-added farm business. Using records developed for an example farm with value-added enterprises, presenters will teach how to export the example farm records into a spreadsheet and how to analyze and use them in making business-management decisions.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free Range Poultry Workshop

January 30, 2020
Davis, California, and Online
University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a series of five Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program Pastured/Free Range Poultry Workshops. The topic for this final workshop is "Egg Quality and Review of Useful Poultry Production Resources & Regulations."
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

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