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Ohio Soil Health Symposium

March 26, 2019
Shelby, Ohio
The Third Annual Ohio Soil Health Symposium will feature presentations by farmers, conservation folks, researchers, and other agriculture industry experts. Discussion Rooms will provide space for small groups to discuss solutions "For Farmers," "For Advisors," and "From Industry" relating to herbicides, nutrient management, manure, on-farm research, small grains, planting equipment, and weather events. Attendees can choose throughout the day which sessions will be most valuable. The symposium will feature special guests Sarah Carlson, Paul Hepperly, and Dave Brandt.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Agronomy Training Series

March 26-27, 2019
Bismarck, North Dakota
Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) is a two-day intensive workshop on the basics of transition to certified organic crop production designed for Certified Crop Advisers and other agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers. The agenda includes introductions to key principles of organic transition, certification, marketing, and agronomy. This OATS workshop is focused on agronomic crop production in the Northern Great Plains and will emphasize large-scale wheat, other small grain, pulse crop, corn, and soybean production.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

High Tunnel Construction Field Day

March 26, 2019
Denmark, South Carolina
This free field day from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will discuss the process of installing a high tunnel and offer hands-on construction experience. It will also discuss site selection, purchasing, and common pitfalls of high tunnel installation.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm & Ranch Management Workshop

March 26-27, 2019
Chester, Montana
Montana State University Extension is offering free, two-day farm management workshops in eight communities. Workshops will cover the following topics: financial analysis and enterprise budgeting, risk management, crop and livestock production, agricultural leases, agricultural policy issues and business succession. Participation in these workshops will satisfy the requirements for Farm Service Agency production and financial management training.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Colorful Harvest: From Feeding to Nourishing a Growing World

March 26-27, 2019
Washington, DC
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture presents this two-day Horticulture Research for Development Conference that gathers the latest innovations and top researchers in the growing field of horticulture for development. Fruits and vegetables offer farmers promising returns even on small plots of land, while providing needed micronutrients to their families, communities and regions. But successfully growing and selling high-value horticultural crops requires local research capacity, knowledgeable producers, and technological innovation that can hurdle rural infrastructure challenges. This conference is invitation-only, but an application to attend is available online.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Mastering The Art of Marketing

March 26, 2019
LaGrange, Kentucky
This half-day Organic Association of Kentucky workshop is tailored to marketing organic products, yet applicable and open to all producers. Join Brett Wolff, from University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification, as he blends presentation and discussion to dive deeper into the art of knowing your product, understanding your market and customers, and promoting your business. Topics will include social media messaging, basic marketing principles, pricing strategies, persuasive messaging, and finding new markets for your products.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Online Marketing Webinar Series: An Introduction to Instagram and Twitter

March 26, 2019
Online
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's monthly Online Webinar Series continues with this session by consultant Jason Elkins.
In: Online

 

Planting Vegetable and Fruit Crops

March 26, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
This afternoon event from Noble Research Institute will showcase the various tools and techniques used in seeding and transplanting vegetable crops. You will also see a demonstration of the proper way to plant small fruit and tree fruit. This course is intended for backyard and commercial-scale plantings.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Southern Minnesota Organic Crops Day

March 26, 2019
Owatonna, Minnesota
This Organic Crops Day program from University of Minnesota Extension aims to provide current, transitioning, and future organic crop producers with additional tools and knowledge to help their operations succeed. The event offers a broad range of topics applicable to organic row-crop production.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Increase Microbial Activity, Organic Matter, N-P-K, and Trace Minerals with One Simple Ingredient ~ Compost

March 26, 2019
Online
This free evening webinar is offered by NOFA Massachusetts. Presenter Adam Jankauskas of City Compost will explore the unique benefit of compost over chemical/mineralized fertilizers, how it introduces biology (making nutrients more available), and promotes the symbiotic relationship of microbes and root systems. Compost lab results will be reviewed to show what nutrients are provided beyond organic matter, and how this translates into pounds per acre recommendations.
In: Online

 

Farm & Ranch Management Workshop

March 27-28, 2019
Fort Belknap, Montana
Montana State University Extension is offering free, two-day farm management workshops in eight communities. Workshops will cover the following topics: financial analysis and enterprise budgeting, risk management, crop and livestock production, agricultural leases, agricultural policy issues and business succession. Participation in these workshops will satisfy the requirements for Farm Service Agency production and financial management training.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Farm Workplace Safety Workshop: Caring for Your Body While Caring for the Land

March 27, 2019
Atlanta, Illinois
This workshop from The Land Connection will cover proper lifting techniques, nutrition, recovery, breathing drills (hands-on), body mechanics, yoga for farmers (hands-on), OSHA for farmers, packhouse hazards (scavenger hunt), and assessing risk on your farm (self-assessment) and discuss how corrective actions can be built into your employee manual and safety plan. The workshop is going to be packed with a ton of great information, tips and tricks, and some easy routines and procedures to implement on your farm to ensure that you and your employees are all operating safely.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Resilience for Land and Livestock Conference

March 27-28, 2019
Pendleton, Oregon
Roots of Resilience presents this conference with keynote speakers Temple Grandin and Gabe Brown. The program will include sessions with the keynote speakers, a panel discussion with producers and scientists, a low-stress animal-handling demonstration, and other presentations from ag professionals.
In: Western SARE Region

 

FSMA Basics for Small and Medium-Sized Produce Farms Webinar

March 27, 2019
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and the Farmers Guild for a free webinar that explains the compliance categories for produce farms under FSMA and highlights the recordkeeping requirements for each category. Presenter Kali Feiereisel will share recordkeeping templates for farms that qualify for FSMA exemptions. Know what records to have ready if your farm is selected for a FSMA inspection by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
In: Online

 

Breeding New Cultivars for Soil-enhancing Organic Cropping Systems in the Western Region

March 27, 2019
Online
This free, 90-minute webinar is the fifth in the Organic Farming and Soil Health in the Western U.S. Webinar Series presented by Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic. This webinar will summarize plant breeding endeavors toward improved vegetable, specialty grain, and other crop cultivars for organic producers in the Western Region, and practical resources to help organic producers obtain the best available seed varieties for their needs.

 

Soils and Salts: From Fertilizer to Tidewater

March 27, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's biweekly Wednesday Webinars series continues with this free, one-hour webinar. Fertilizer placement, irrigation water, and flooding in the low lying areas of the Mid-Atlantic can all have detrimental effects on plants by depositing salt. This webinar will discuss how to read salt sources, understand fertilizer placement, and implement remediation for gardens and row crops.

 

Demonstrating Soil Health Principles and Practices

March 27, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Join Noble Research Institute for a free afternoon discussion of soil health indicators and principles and how you can use them to make timely management decisions that improve soil health.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Poultry Farmer Workshop: Disease Prevention & Pastured Poultry Welfare

March 27, 2019
Davis, California, and online
University of California Cooperative Extension and other partners including NCAT present the next in a series of pastured poultry workshops for beginning farmers. A webinar version of the course is offered for those unable to attend in person. Dr. Maurice Pitesky will focus on methods of mitigating risk in free-range and pastured poultry production with a focus on biosecurity, vaccination, and husbandry. Dr. Richard Blatchford will speak on the welfare considerations of raising poultry on pasture or free-ranged systems.
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

March 28, 2019
Duncan, South Carolina
Clemson Extension in partnership with South Carolina Farm Bureau, USDA-NIFA, and Southern Extension Risk Management Education will be holding workshops across South Carolina to help you with your farm transition/succession plan. The full-day workshop offers tips on how to resolve family conflicts, explains ways to avoid unnecessary taxes, discusses how to navigate legal agreements, and tells you which professionals you need on your transfer team.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Growing Hops as a Specialty Crop

March 28, 2019
Martin, Tennessee
To help producers understand the potential for hops as a crop in Tennessee, experts from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will present informational workshops on the production and marketing of hops. The number of participants at each location is limited, so register early to reserve your space.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Iowa Community Food Systems Program Event

March 29, 2019
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa's Community Food Systems Program is a joint effort of the ISU Extension and Outreach Local Foods and Community and Economic Development programs. This fourth annual Community Food Systems Program event provides an opportunity for anyone engaged in local food systems development to network and learn from national voices. Workshop topics range from developing farmer feasibility training to mapping and technology, food donation and gleaning. The event also includes information on the new certification programs offered by the Community Food Systems Program to develop professional skills for local food leaders.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

New and Small Farm Conference and Trade Show

March 29-30, 2019
Piketon, Ohio
This conference from Ohio State University Extension is designed for small farm owners wanting to learn more about how to make their farms work better for them. Many topics will be offered to help landowners expand their operations. Landowners can attend workshops and seminars taught by Extension professionals and industry leaders on a wide variety of agricultural enterprises. There will be a full-day Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) training Friday and a hops workshop on Friday evening, with a full-day conference and tradeshow on Saturday.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Sustainable Livestock Production Workshop

April 29, 2019
Enfield, Connecticut
The University of Connecticut Extension's 2019 workshop series on pasture management and infrastructure and the nutritional needs of livestock raised on pasture continues with this morning session on nutritional management of pasture-raised animals. Topics include pasturing versus confinement systems, nutritional challenges of raising animals on pasture, multi-species grazing, and forage quality.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Off-Season High Tunnel Production Field Day

March 29, 2019
Clarksville, Arkansas
University of Arkansas Extension offers this free afternoon field day at the Fruit Research Station. It's an opportunity to look and learn about irrigation, pest management, and production in high tunnels.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Finding Farmland: A Workshop for Beginning & Aspiring Farmers

March 30, 2019
Northfield, Minnesota
This free, day-long workshop from the Land Stewardship Project will help you approach your land access journey with confidence. Participants will engage in participatory goal-setting and financial planning exercises using the LSP "Farmland Access Financial Decision-Making Tool," and hear directly from farmers about the creative land access methods they have used. Additional resources and programs to help plan for, find, and afford farmland will be introduced.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Small Ruminant Workshop

March 30, 2019
Canton, North Carolina
This day-long workshop covers nutrition, lambing and kidding, pricing and marketing, and carcass cutting. There is also a producer panel.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Backyard and Small Flock Poultry Workshop

March 30, 2019
Gaylord, Minnesota
Join UMN experts to review some of the challenges and solutions for small-scale and backyard poultry. Backyard bird keepers and small flock poultry producers will learn about poultry bird predators, pests and diseases that can greatly impact small flocks. These workshops are designed for beginning chicken keepers in urban and rural settings, and for those with interest in learning more about caring for chickens. Experienced bird keepers will find the workshops helpful as well.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Finance Boot Camp

March 30, 2019
Caledonia, Illinois
Angelic Organics Learning Center hosts this afternoon workshop. Farm Finance Boot Camp will give you the tools to learn the basic farm financial statements and learn how to understand your farm business through these statements.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Raising Meat: A New Food Economy Summit

March 31 - April 1, 2019
College Station, Texas
The New Food Economy visits Texas A&M, where experts will discuss the most pressing issues, practices, and priorities that affect the meat production sector, from markets and genetics to emerging technologies and how meat is being talked about in the media. This event will expand the conversation about what it means to produce and to eat meat in America today--and what it may mean tomorrow.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Women Caring for the Land

April 2, 2019
Toledo, Iowa
Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 2-4, 2019
Amherst, Massachusetts
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed for food service operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, farm to corrections, and farm to health care, as well as cross-sector themes.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Growing Edible Mushrooms

April 2, 2019
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Join staff members from NCAT, Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center, and Gregory Ormsby Mori of University of Missouri Agroforestry Center for a one-day, hands-on workshop, Growing Edible Mushrooms. It will provide an introduction to fungi and cover growing shiitake, oyster, and winecap mushrooms.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

April 2, 2019
Columbia, South Carolina
Clemson Extension, in partnership with South Carolina Farm Bureau, USDA-NIFA, and Southern Extension Risk Management Education, is holding workshops across South Carolina to help you with your farm transition/succession plan. The full-day workshop offers tips on how to resolve family conflicts, explains ways to avoid unnecessary taxes, discusses how to navigate legal agreements, and tells you which professionals you need on your transfer team.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Systems-level Crop Management for the Organic Transition and Beyond

April 2, 2019
Online
This free webinar is offered by the American Society of Agronomy as part of its five-webinar series, "Managing Through the Organic Transition in Grain Crop Production." This series provides the agronomic guidance advisers need to help their grower clients succeed during and after the organic transition period. This series also highlights the business challenges and opportunities both growers and their advisers will have during this time. Each webinar will be accompanied by a podcast which further explores that webinar's key concepts and audience questions.
In: Online

 

Benefits of Intercropping in Organic Systems

April 2, 2019
Online
In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join the free, one-hour webinar to learn how intercropping can be successfully utilized in organic cropping systems. This webinar will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with intercropping in organic production. The two presenters will discuss their research findings and experiences from work in the eastern and western United States.
In: Online

 

The Grassfed Exchange

April 3-5, 2019
Santa Rosa, California
The Grassfed Exchange 2019 conference, "Regeneration Rising," is a gathering of regenerative ranchers, dairymen, and sustainable food supporters from across the world who come together to network and exchange ideas to help producers and consumers grow in the knowledge of the grassfed industry. The agenda includes farm tours, speakers, a trade show, and educational sessions.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Women Caring for the Land

April 3, 2019
Dallas Center, Iowa
Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward

April 3, 2019
South Range, Wisconsin
The UW-Extension Program "Your Farm Future: A blueprint to move your farm forward" is intended for farmers interested in planning and preparing for the future of their farm business in the context of current challenging economic conditions. The world of agriculture is always shifting, and developing a plan will help farmers navigate the future and regain a sense of control of their future. This program offers an opportunity for farmers interested to further develop and/or re-evaluate their plans and goals for their farm with consideration for family business dynamics and current economic conditions.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Illinois Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

April 4, 2019
Monticello, Illinois
This full-day conference will be packed with informative and inspiring speakers, three educational tracks (Market Managers, Market Vendors, and Market Presentations), targeted break-out sessions at all experience levels, networking opportunities, and a winter market and vendor fair.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

April 4, 2019
Aiken, South Carolina
Clemson Extension, in partnership with South Carolina Farm Bureau, USDA-NIFA, and Southern Extension Risk Management Education, is holding workshops across South Carolina to help you with your farm transition/succession plan. The full-day workshop offers tips on how to resolve family conflicts, explains ways to avoid unnecessary taxes, discusses how to navigate legal agreements, and tells you which professionals you need on your transfer team.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Demonstrating Pecan Orchard Floor Management

April 4, 2019
Ardmore and Madill, Oklahoma
The Noble Research Institute offers this full-day workshop on how orchard-floor vegetative ground cover can be managed by mechanical, biological, cultural, and chemical methods. The event includes field demonstrations on how to manage your pecan orchard floor.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Tractor Safety on the Farm

April 5, 2019
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Join PASA and Penn State Extension Ag Safety and Health at this one-day workshop on tractor safety for farmers and farm managers.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Planning for Transition Workshop: Ensure Smooth Succession or Transfer of Your Farm

April 6, 2019
Springfield, Ohio
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and others present a full-day workshop on options and resources to assist you in the transition, succession, or transfer of your land. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to better assess your situation, articulate goals for the future of your land, and develop a transition plan.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Ohio Valley Small Farm and Garden Conference

April 6, 2019
Evansville, Indiana
Purdue Extension offers the Ohio Valley Small Farm and Garden Conference to help current, beginning, and prospective small farmers in the Tri-State area improve and diversify their farm operations. The day-long conference includes presentations on hemp production, strawberry production, soil fertility, beekeeping, backyard poultry, pastured pork, organic pest control, grape production, urban soil health, fruit tree grafting, sheep and goat parasite control, and rainscaping. Conference participants will receive information on production methods and processes from a variety of experts to plan for new ventures, improve profitability, and diversify current operations.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Beginning Apple Grower Spring Field Day

April 6, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin
This special event is part of the Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers, sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin. The day will include stops at two orchards, as well as a short classroom session and lunch. The day will emphasize critical business startup issues such as assessing market opportunities, orchard design, vital decisions about root stocks and apple varieties, and financial planning tools.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

CSA & Farm Boxes--Sales & Marketing

April 6, 2019
Fallon, Nevada
Join the Specialty Crop Institute at Western Nevada College for a day of education and networking to learn about recent survey findings, new models and trends, and best practices. Brainstorm with other producers to develop ideas to compete with home delivery services.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Utilizing Annuals to Finish High Quality Meats

April 6, 2019
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
At this half-day workshop from Future Harvest CASA, join Michael Heller, Farm Manager at Clagett Farm, Jeff Semler of Maryland Extension, and Brian Campell of NRCS for a hands-on look at how to incorporate annuals into pasture for high quality meats. This event will include an evaluation of the use of winter, fall, and summer annuals in one of Clagett's annual pasture fields, followed by a walk-through pasture scoring demonstration.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farm Dreams Workshop

April 7, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Land Stewardship Project is offering Farm Dreams, a four-hour workshop designed to help people clarify what motivates them to farm, get their vision on paper, inventory their strengths and training needs, and get perspective from an experienced farmer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Biological Controls for Better Integrated Pest Management

April 9, 2019
Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
This full-day intensive offered by PASA will help you harness the power of natural systems to better control pests and disease on your farm. Learn to identify pests and beneficial insects, control common insect pests, manage disease on leaves and roots, and safely and effectively use biological products.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Spring Kentucky Fencing School

April 9, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
This one-day course helps producers learn the newest fencing methods and sound fencing construction with classroom and hands-on learning. The event is organized and sponsored by the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, UK Cooperative Extension Service, and the Master Grazer Program.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Vegetable IPM Workshop

April 9, 2019
Dubuque, Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is holding a free, one-day workshop to help growers, local foods coordinators, extension staff, county horticulturists, and industry representatives learn about managing common insects, diseases, and weeds in vegetable production systems. Topics to be covered include insect, disease, and weed management, and crop rotation in vegetable crops. Pre-registration is required by March 31, 2019.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Aligning Soil and Human Health

April 9, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. In this webinar, Daphne Miller, MD, will discuss the four interconnected pathways that link practices in the field to our own health and explore the existing evidence and information gaps. The webinar will review soil management practices that can significantly protect or improve human health and address obstacles and opportunities for implementing these changes.
In: Online

 

Poultry Farmer Workshop: Layer Hens

April 10, 2019
Healdsburg, California
This workshop from UC Davis and partners including NCAT is geared towards prospective, beginning, or intermediate farmers interested in raising layer hen flocks free-ranged or on pasture. During this day-long workshop, participants will get familiarized with several aspects of pastured-poultry production. The workshop's teaching approach is focused on participatory learning and will alternate between presentations, case/scenario discussion, and Q & A sessions. The day will also include networking opportunities with other beginning farmers.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Women Caring for the Land

April 10, 2019
Story City, Iowa
Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Estate and Transition Planning Success

April 10, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's bi-weekly Wednesday Webinars series continues with this free, one-hour episode that offers real-life examples of how to develop a plan to transition the farm to the next generation successfully and some plans that have failed to handle those stresses.
In: Online

 

Cherokee County Greens Production Workshop for Direct Market

April 10, 2019
Murphy, North Carolina
This afternoon workshop from North Carolina Cooperative Extension will train new growers considering establishing a direct market channel for growing various greens on the farm such as a "pick-your-own" operation, on farm sales as well as other direct market channels such as the tailgate market. Topics include cultivar selection, site establishment (soil conditions and planting), fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting, and resources for pest control. The workshop includes a lecture followed by a hands-on activity such as insect and disease scouting or pruning.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Integrating Crops and Livestock

April 10, 2019
Online
In collaboration with Iowa State and with funding from the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative, Rodale Institute has been studying the most effective ways to integrate livestock and crops using regenerative organic methods. In a free, one-hour webinar, Dr. Andrew Smith, Chief Scientist at Rodale Institute, will present the results of the study, which looks specifically at grazing cattle on small grains followed by organic no-till corn or soybeans. Dr. Smith will also address common barriers farmers face when trying to integrate livestock with crops and how to overcome those challenges.
In: Online

 

Growing Edible Mushrooms

April 11, 2019
Salem, Missouri
The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry presents this day-long workshop with an introduction to fungi, information on growing shiitake, oyster mushrooms, and winecap mushrooms, and instructions for getting started.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Spring Kentucky Fencing School

April 11, 2019
Burkesville, Kentucky
This one-day course helps producers learn the newest fencing methods and sound fencing construction with classroom and hands-on learning. The event is organized and sponsored by the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, UK Cooperative Extension Service, and the Master Grazer Program.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Identifying and Appreciating the Native and Naturalized Grasses of California

April 12, 2019
Santa Barbara, California
California Native Grasslands Association presents this day-long workshop focused on giving botanists, resource and range professionals, ecologists, as well as interested landscape professionals and home gardeners, the confidence and skills to key an unfamiliar grass and recognize key characteristics and groupings.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day

April 12, 2019
Menard, Texas
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day including speakers, a producer panel, and two ranch tours to view the dogs at work and in bonding pens. The field day will include numerous presenters on best management practices for rearing and caring for LGDs. The field day will also highlight new technology Texas AgriLife Research and Extension is investigating to better track and feed LGDs.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Irrigation Systems: Considerations and Installation

April 12, 2019
Lexington, Kentucky
In this afternoon Field Day from the Organic Association of Kentucky, join Rachel Rudolph, UK Extension Vegetable Specialist, and Brent Rowell, UK Extension Professor in Sustainable Agriculture, as they explain and simplify the considerations, pros and cons, and realities of irrigation systems in small- to mid-scale crop production. This OAK Field Day is intended for beginning and limited-experience farmers and is open to all producers.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Backyard and Small Flock Poultry Workshop

April 13, 2019
Elko New Market, Minnesota
Join UMN experts at this one-day workshop to review some of the challenges and solutions for small-scale and backyard poultry. This workshop for beginning chicken keepers in urban and rural settings, and for anyone interested in learning more about caring for chickens.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Slow Poultry School

April 13, 2019
Ripley, West Virginia
This eight-hour seminar by the Sustainable Poultry Network provides an overview and strategy for developing sustainable poultry production. Learn how to start effectively breeding, growing, and marketing poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

The Family Cow

April 14, 2019
Randolph, Vermont
This afternoon workshop at Earthwise Farm and Forest is designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for a family cow and calf. This may also be an entry point for you to get into selling raw milk from the farm, or having a beef animal. Class participants will have an opportunity for some hands-on learning and a handout will provide you with basic need-to-know information.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Preparing for Drought: The Role of Soil Health in Water Management in Organic Production

April 17, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is part of the organic farming and soil health webinar series from the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic that focuses on the Western United States. This webinar will explore the role of best organic soil health management in water conservation and water quality, with emphasis on practical research outcomes for the Western Region.
In: Online

 

Haywood County Greens Production Workshop for Direct Market

April 17, 2019
Canton, North Carolina
This afternoon workshop from North Carolina Cooperative Extension will train new growers considering establishing a direct market channel for growing various greens on the farm such as a "pick-your-own" operation, on farm sales as well as other direct market channels such as the tailgate market. Topics include cultivar selection, site establishment (soil conditions and planting), fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting, and resources for pest control. The workshop includes a lecture followed by a hands-on activity such as insect and disease scouting or pruning at the Farm Stand on the Ten Acre Garden.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Controlling Pests in Pecan Orchards

April 18, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
This free, half-day workshop from Noble Research Institute will help you learn how to identify pests and discover a variety of Integrated Pest Management practices used to prevent and treat them.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Wilkes County Greens Production Workshop for Direct Market

April 18, 2019
Millers Creek, North Carolina
This afternoon workshop from North Carolina Cooperative Extension will train new growers considering establishing a direct market channel for growing various greens on the farm such as a "pick-your-own" operation, on farm sales as well as other direct market channels such as the tailgate market. Topics include cultivar selection, site establishment (soil conditions and planting), fertilization, irrigation, pruning, harvesting, and resources for pest control. The workshop includes a lecture followed by a hands-on activity such as insect and disease scouting at the Tumbling Shoals Farm.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

'Grain by Grain' Book Signing

April 22, 2019
Butte, Montana
The National Center for Appropriate Technology proudly presents an evening book signing with Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle, authors of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short presentation, followed by a social reception and book signing.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Spring Kentucky Grazing School

April 23-24, 2019
Princeton, Kentucky
This two-day course is designed to help producers learn the newest grazing methods with classroom and hands-on learning. The agenda includes expert presentations, farm demonstrations, a producer panel, group project, and field exercise. Participation is limited to 45.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Online Marketing Webinar Series

April 23, 2019
Online
The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture's monthly online marketing webinar series continues with this session on Social Customer Service.
In: Online

 

Women Caring for the Land

April 24, 2019
Forest City, Iowa
Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free Women Caring for the Land discussions focused on soil health. Registration, coffee and resource sharing start at 8:30 a.m. Interactive activities and discussion will focus on how your local professionals can assist you with soil health and conservation planning for your operation. Free lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe simple soil tests you can use to start a conversation with your farmer about profitability and conservation.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

National Organic Standards Board Meeting

April 24-26, 2019
Seattle, Washington
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and guidance on organic policies. The meetings are open to the public, and no registration is required, except to sign up for oral comments. The agenda is available online.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Eastern Kansas Grazing School

April 24-25, 2019
Ottawa, Kansas
A two-day hands-on Management Intensive Grazing (MiG) school for producers will feature several great presenters. The Eastern Kansas Grazing School is limited to a maximum of 35 farms, on a first-serve basis.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Grazing School for Ag Professionals

April 24-25, 2019
Raphine, Virginia
This two-day, in-depth training is designed specifically for conservationists, Extension agents, and other ag professionals working at the field level. This immersion-style training is designed to provide a better understanding of assessment and management of the resources that make up a grazing system.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Predator Control for your Small Flock

April 24, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is part of the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture bi-weekly Wednesday Webinars series. This webinar will identify patterns of predation and how to keep your small poultry flock safe.
In: Online

 

Innovative Hand Tool Workshop

April 24, 2019
Goldsboro, North Carolina
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems presents an afternoon workshop on using innovative hand tools in the field. Small-scale mixed annual vegetable producers will have a chance to view these tools and try them out in person. Tools that will be showcased include silage tarps, tilther, flame weeders, quick-cut greens harvester, Jang JP-1 seeder, Terratek double wheel hoe, and paperpot transplanter. There will also be specialized long-handled tools including the zipper, half moon hoe, stirrup hoe, collinear hoe, broadfork, and CobraHead.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Third Thursday Thing

April 25, 2019
Frankfort, Kentucky
The Third Thursday Thing presented by Kentucky State University is a monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers, and agricultural professionals.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference

April 25-26, 2019
Kerrville, Texas
The sixth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers a chance for landowners in the region to learn more about addressing issues that arise when ranching and tourism combine. Presentations on the first day address prescribed burning, laws, managing unwanted plant species, and more. The second day of the conference will be dedicated to tours. Attendees will choose the Hillingdon Ranch in Kendall County, where legacy management will be discussed, or the Cimarron Ranch in Kerr County, where wildlife management will be the topic.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic Crops Field Tour

April 25, 2019
Knoxville, Tennessee
University of Tennessee AgResearch will host this Organic Crops Field Tour at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Think Globally, Plant Locally: Restoration & Local Adaptation

April 26, 2019
Winters, California
California Native Grasslands Association offers an opportunity to participate in field tours, expert talks, networking, and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms Inc. The agenda includes expert speakers, walking tours of the seed barn, native plant nursery, seed cleaning mill, production fields, and demonstration gardens, and driving tours in Hedgerow Farms' native grass and wildflower production fields and habitat areas.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Southern Seed School

April 27-28, 2019
Gainesville, Florida
The 3rd Annual Southern Seed School brings together gardeners, farmers, educators, and anyone else wanting to deepen their knowledge of seeds. The two-day, in-depth workshop is designed to inspire local growers to improve the food they grow and increase agricultural biodiversity in North Florida. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to save, breed, and trial your own seeds.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Slow Poultry Seminar

April 27, 2019
Smithville, Missouri
This eight-hour seminar from the Sustainable Poultry Network provides an overview and strategy for developing sustainable poultry production. Learn how to start effectively breeding, growing and marketing poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Pastured Providence Farm School

April 27-29, 2019
Chillicothe, Ohio
Pastured Providence Farm School offers a weekend-long opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture on the farm. The event combines academic sessions with speakers and hands-on sessions working with livestock and grazing equipment and taking a pasture walk. There are networking opportunities as well.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Mother Earth News Fair

April 27-28, 2019
Fletcher, North Carolina
The Mother Earth News Fair offers nationally-known speakers on organic gardening, homesteading, natural building, and more, as well as a wide selection of hands-on workshops and lectures by experts in the field and exhibits by regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Northern Nut Growers Association and Pennsylvania Nut Growers Association Spring Meeting

April 27, 2019
Wrightstown, New Jersey
This Nut Growers Spring Meeting will feature presentations on black walnut, pawpaw, hazelnut trees for truffles, and the spotted lantern fly, a nut-tree pest. After morning presentations, participants will visit a nut and fruit tree orchard in nearby Jobstown, New Jersey.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

New England Organic Produce Conference

May 1, 2019
Foxboro Massachusetts
The New England Produce Council and the Organic Produce Network announce the first New England Organic Produce Conference, featuring Shannon Allen as the keynote speaker. Some other highlights of this event include Neilson Report, Organics 101, and a Retailer Roundtable.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Backyard and Small Flock Poultry Workshop

May 4, 2019
Alexandria, Minnesota
Join University of Minnesota experts for this one-day workshop to review some of the challenges and solutions for small-scale and backyard poultry. Backyard bird keepers and small flock poultry producers will learn about poultry bird predators, pests and diseases that can greatly impact small flocks. These workshops are designed for beginning chicken keepers in urban and rural settings, and for those with interest in learning more about caring for chickens. Experienced bird keepers will find the workshops helpful as well.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm

May 5, 2019
Randolph, Vermont
This day-long class from Earthwise Farm and Forest will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats, and/or pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing and water system designs, and movable structures for hogs, poultry, and small ruminants, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs of various types of livestock.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Grazing School for Producers

May 7-8, 2019
Middleburg, Virginia
This two-day intensive grazing school hosted by Virginia Forage and Grassland Council is designed with both beginner and experienced producers in mind. It will cover everything you need to know regarding better pasture and grazing management on your farm. Learn from specialist how to identify key forage and weed species, timeless principles of grazing management and gain hands-on application of portable fencing components and grazing strategies known to extend the grazing season. Class size is limited to the first 25 participants.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

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