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The 2014 Organic Producer Survey

USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2014 Organic Producer Survey. Participation in the survey is mandatory, and the data are crucial to developing agriculture-related programs that directly affect the life and communities of growers. Responses are due by April 3, 2015. So there is still time to respond!.
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CSP 2015

The Deadline for 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Funding Applications is March 13, 2015 - ATTRA Can Help!

Depending on your desire to maintain and make new conservation efforts, this program can provide up to $200,000 in support over five years.

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Armed to Farm 2015

"Armed To Farm" is Sustainable Agriculture Training For Military Veterans

NCAT has partnered with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Farmer Veteran Coalition, University of Arkansas, Growing Warriors, and other sustainable agriculture organizations to train veterans interested in sustainable agriculture careers.

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Upcoming Workshops

Conference: School Gardens 101
NCAT is cosponsoring this workshop.
Location: Butte, Montana
Date: 2015-04-15
Registration Info: This is a five-week evening course to help you gain the skills needed to maintain an organic garden, ideas to jumpstart your school's garden, and ways to tie garden learning to the classroom and cafeteria.
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Posted: 2015-02-25 07:07:49
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Conference: CEP Horticulture Conference
Topic: Organic Insect Management
Presenter: Justin Duncan
Location: Texarkana, Texas
Date: 2015-03-26
Registration Info: CEP Annual Horticulture Conference is a joint program between University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension. The event is free. For information, contact Bowie County Ext. Office: 903-628-6702 or University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: 870-774-0446.
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Posted: 2015-02-24 12:47:29
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Conference: Connect Soils to Profits: No-till, Cover Crops, Soil Health, Grazing & Healthy Streams
Topic: Mommy Bloggers affecting YOUR markets! Can you benefit?
Presenter: Norm Conrad
Location: Wysox, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-03-19
Registration Info: This workshop features Nationally renowned speaker Gabe Brown, a local producer panel, and NCAT & Extension Specialists.
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Posted: 2015-02-27 20:18:13
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Conference: Sustainable Small Farm Online Summit
Topic: Goal Setting
NCAT is cosponsoring this event. Tammy Howard will be a presenter.
Location: Online
Date: 2015-03-19
Registration Info: This online event featuring nationally known speakers is dedicated to new farmers starting their first farm; WWOOFers & apprentices transitioning to become Farm Managers; visionaries contemplating changing their career to farming; and families of farmers who want to understand the business more.
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Posted: 2015-02-25 17:55:10
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Conference: Connecting Soils and Profits: No-till, Cover Crops, Soil Health, and Grazing
Topic: Growing Markets for Non-GMO Grains
Presenter: Norm Conrad
Location: Danville, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-03-18
Registration Info: This workshop features Nationally renowned speaker Gabe Brown, a local producer panel, and NCAT & Extension Specialists.
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Posted: 2015-02-27 20:16:51
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Conference: Planning for On-Farm Success Bozeman
Topic: Managing Your Risks and Assets
Presenter: Jeff Schahczenski and Tammy Howard
Location: Belgrade, Montana
Date: 2015-03-18
Registration Info: Between February and March 2015, business planning, financing, marketing, record-keeping and risk management will be covered in a workshop series offered by MSU Extension, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Prospera Business Network, Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and others.
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Posted: 2015-01-21 12:48:00
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Conference: Connecting Soils and Profits: Tools to Improve Soil Health
Topic: Growing Markets for Non-GMO Grains
Presenter: Norm Conrad
Location: Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-03-17
Registration Info: This workshop features Nationally renowned speaker Gabe Brown, a local producer panel, and NCAT & Extension Specialists.
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Posted: 2015-02-27 20:16:00
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Conference: Making Energy Work for Your Rural Business
Topic: Putting It All Together, REAP Partners
Presenter: Vicki Lynne
Location: Havre, Montana
Date: 2015-03-11
Registration Info: This workshop is designed to help businesses and farms learn more about the Rural Energy for America (REAP) funding opportunity and how to apply. Due to limited seating, advanced registration is required. RSVP via Lea McGiboney at or by phone at 406-727-7580 extension 4.
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Posted: 2015-02-27 20:24:51
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Conference: California Small Farm Conference
Topic: Innovations in Conserving Water Resources and Conserving Farms
Presenter: Rex Dufour and Thea Rittenhouse
Location: San Diego, California
Date: 2015-03-08
Registration Info: In this field course, you will hear from farmers who are using innovative practices to conserve water and other natural resources while farming and making a profit, even during a challenging drought and ever-increasing water prices.
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Posted: 2015-02-16 12:13:26
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Conference: Dig In! Food and Farming Festival
Topic: Goats 101
Presenter: Linda Coffey
Location: Springdale, Arkansas
Date: 2015-03-07
Registration Info: The festival celebrates local food, farms, and gardens with films, classes, discussions, a keynote speaker, local food, opening reception, information and vendor fair, seed and tool exchange, and children’s workshops.
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Posted: 2015-02-23 11:49:13
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Conference: Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference
Topic: Weed Management Strategies
Presenter: Norm Conrad
Location: Liverpool, New York
Date: 2015-03-04
Registration Info: NOFA - New York presents this 4th annual day-long conference with information exchange, learning, and networking. Veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management are invited.
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Posted: 2015-01-08 20:55:55
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Conference: Oregon Small Farms Conference
Topic: Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production
Presenter: Guy Ames
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Date: 2015-02-28
Registration Info: This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets. Twenty-four sessions will be offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers.
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Posted: 2015-01-23 15:49:54
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