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Livestock Guardian Dog Tour and Meeting

June 26, 2021
San Angelo, Texas
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo will host a livestock guardian dog (LGD) tour and meeting. Reid Redden, Ph.D., center director and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sheep and goat specialist, and Bill Costanzo, Texas A&M AgriLife Research livestock guardian dog specialist, are the featured speakers. There will be a presentation on the AgriLife Research LGD Bonding Project, the overall program and a tour of the LGD bonding pens. The Texas LGD Association will also hold its first official meeting, which is open to all LGD owners and breeders.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

North American Agroforestry Conference

June 28 - July 2, 2021
Online
The 2021 North American Agroforestry Conference will bring together farmers, landowners, researchers, climate scientists, investors, philanthropists, policymakers, and global leaders on climate change, carbon drawdown, and agroforestry. Together, participants will tackle the major barriers to scaling agroforestry, focusing on solutions and action. The conference features more than 50 speakers over five days.
In: Online

 

Emerging Issues in Agritourism

June 28, 2021
Online
This webinar concludes Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." These webinars feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures.
In: Online

 

OEFFA 'Conference Bite'

June 29, 2021
Online
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is offering access to presentations from its 2021 online conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, via OEFFA's YouTube channel. Videos will be loaded in three "bites" and will be free for viewing at anytime thereafter. This first bite presents sessions on "Reflecting on 2020 and Finding Opportunity in Crisis."

 

Compost Application for Degraded Rangeland

June 29, 2021
Online
Faculty and staff from Swanton Pacific Ranch's CDFA Healthy Soils Program project will be hosting a Virtual Ranch Workshop on compost application rates for degraded rangelands. Researchers are exploring whether compost from landfill waste can help to improve productivity of rangelands, while sequestering carbon. The free workshop is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.
In: Online

 

Intro to Organic Transition

June 29, 2021
Peconic, New York
This NOFA New York field day offers a tour of Sang Lee Farms. Learn about this farm's transition from a conventional farm selling strictly to terminal markets, wholesale distributors, and some restaurants, to becoming certified organic and selling direct-to-consumers through their highly successful CSA, farmers markets, and farm stand.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Hispanic Field Day

June 30, 2021
Mechanicsville, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this half-day field day at Rosa's Garden. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Vegetable Farming 101: Irrigation

June 30, 2021
Germanville, Pennsylvania
In this Pasa Sustainable Agriculture workshop at The Good Farm, see an irrigation system in action while you learn about the water needs of different crops, soils, terrains, and scales.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farm Visit to Fair Produce

July 1, 2021
Lawrenceville, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Program is hosting a morning visit to Fair Produce. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

COMET Tools—An Overview of the Climate Smart Toolset

July 1, 2021
Online
This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It introduces use of COMET-Farm, a tool that estimates the 'carbon footprint' for all or part of your farm/ranch operation and allows you to evaluate different options, which you select, for reducing GHG emissions and sequestering more carbon.
In: Online

 

Montana Organic Association 4M Farm Tour

July 6, 2021
Malta, Montana
Montana Organic Association is presenting this tour at 4M Farms hosted by Cliff and Anna Merriman. The free tour is broken into a morning segment at the farm where the nuts and bolts of organic farming will be discussed including rotations, cover crops, livestock integration, and soil health. The afternoon segment is at the Milk River Pavilion. Learn more about livestock handling from Bill Pelton, Montana State Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Basics of Strawberry Production

July 6, 2021
Halifax, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is presenting this afternoon workshop. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Hilling Sweet Potatoes

July 7, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this evening workshop on hilling sweet potatoes at Randolph Farm in Petersburg, Virginia.
In: Online

 

Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day

July 8 or 9, 2021
Jonesboro, Maine
University of Maine Extension is offering a free field day at Blueberry Hill Farm as part of its Summer Field Day series. Both mornings will have identical content. Choose your own adventure through a rotation of three to six sessions each day.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Kernza Field Day: A-Frame Farm

July 8, 2021
Madison, Minnesota
This free field tour sponsored by the University of Minnesota is an opportunity for growers, processors, businesses, and others to learn more about Kernzaģ and its environmental benefits and economic opportunities. Carmen Fernholz of A-Frame Farm, has been growing Kernza since 2011. A-Frame Farm manager, Luke Peterson, started growing and marketing Kernza in 2018, and now manages 30+ acres of the UMN variety, MN-Clearwater. In 2020, Carmen, Luke, and Kernza growers across Minnesota formed a co-op called Perennial Promise Growers Co-op (PPGC). Carmen, Luke, and others from PPGC will share the vision for the co-op and how they are working with industry and researchers to grow, market, and champion Kernza.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Risk Management in a Vegetable Processing Facility: Part 2

July 8, 2021
Online
Join NCAT's Felicia Bell and Alcorn State University's Interim Farm Manager John Coleman for Part 2 of a discussion about food safety and risk management at Alcorn's Vegetable Processing Facility. Processing vegetables, whether washing and bagging fresh greens, or shelling and packaging peas, is an excellent way to add value to a crop, but it comes with its own set of risks that need to be considered in order to ensure food safety. Join them for an in-depth discussion of how Mr. Coleman reduces risk in this type of facility. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
In: Online

 

Building Blocks for Healthy Herds and Flocks

July 8, 2021
Online
Join NCAT Livestock Specialists Margo Hale and Linda Coffey for a free, virtual workshop on small ruminant health. In this workshop, these experienced producers will share their strategies for selecting and managing healthy, profitable animals. They also will explain the impact internal parasites have on sheep and goats. Participants will leave the workshop understanding how to recognize and support healthy stock by smart buying, thoughtful pasture management, and careful monitoring. There will be plenty of time for questions, and interaction via chat is encouraged. Pre-registration is required.
In: Online

 

Tools for Minimal-Till Market Farming and Diversified Vegetables

July 9, 2021
Online
This free virtual field day from Organic Association of Kentucky visits Anna Raines and the crew at Rains and Sun, a 13-acre Certified Organic diversified vegetable farm. This virtual event (via Zoom) will focus on season extension / protected production (high tunnels, caterpillar tunnels, row cover); bed prep (walk-behind tractor and implements, broadfork); seeding and planting (jang and earthway seeders, dibbler for transplanting); weeding and cultivating (landscape fabric, hand tools); irrigation (drip tape, overhead sprinklers); infrastructure (greenhouse, packshed), and consumable products (seeds, amendments, potting media).
In: Online

 

Elderberry & Elder Flower Field Day

July 9, 2021
Clayton, Wisconsin
The Savanna Institute is offering a free tour of Regeneration Acres to learn about elderberry varieties, best management practices, and potential market possibilities for this blossoming crop. Regeneration Acres is a specialty berry farm located in Northwest Wisconsin and run by Natasha Simeon and her family. The farmís focus is on perennial berry crops, especially elderberries, producing nursery cuttings and plants, as well as berries and berry products.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Black Currant Field Day

July 11, 2021
Herbster and Bayfield, Wisconsin
The Savanna Institute is presenting a day-long visit to two farms to learn about black currants in Wisconsin. This event is great for people who are thinking about growing currants and what cultivars would suit them best. Participants can attend the morning or afternoon session, or both. The morning features a visit to Elsewhere Farm to learn more about managing an integrated food forest system that includes a pear overstory and understory of elderberry, aronia, and highbush cranberry, and how the farmer incorporates grazing pigs. The tour will highlight the several varieties of currants grown her. In the afternoon, tour Highland Valley Farm to learn about their red and black currant operation: varieties to harvest.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Food & Ag Policy Summit West

July 12, 2021
Sacramento, California, and Online
Agri-Pulse is presenting the Food & Ag Policy Summit West: How Can California Agriculture Remain Competitive? The event will offer a full day of speeches and panel discussions, with both in-person and virtual attendance options. The event will feature engaging conversations with Karen Ross, Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture; Assemblymember Robert Rivas, Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee and Vice-Chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus; Dr. Lynn Hamilton, professor, agribusiness at Cal Poly State University; Mike Way, managing partner, Prime Time International; Walt Duflock, vice president of agtech innovation at Western Growers; Jenny Maloney, Global-Americas strategic accounts manager at Bayer Crop Science Vegetable Seeds, Clay Mitchell, co-founder and managing director of Fall Line Capital, and others. In addition, Agri-Pulse will host panel discussions with a group of beginning farmers as well as the CEOs of some of the leading California agriculture associations.
In: Western SARE Region, Online

 

Farming for the Future: Ecosystem Market Summer Series

July 13, 2021
Online
Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This session examines market opportunities through the lens of Consumer Packaged Goods (Cargill, General Mills, and PepsiCo).
In: Online

 

Financing Food Systems Through FinTech

July 13, 2021
Online
This event is part of the Council of Development Finance Agencies Food Systems Finance Webinar Series. In this session, explore how tech innovations are increasing access to financing for food-related businesses and projects, and how finance is supporting the integration of new technology in local food systems.
In: Online

 

Eastern Viticulture and Enology Forum

July 13, 2021
Online
Viticulture and enology extension programs at numerous institutions are collaborating with regional viticulture and enology specialists to present a Grower and Winemaker Town Hall virtual meeting series to give seasonal updates and answer pre-submitted and live questions from grape and wine industry stakeholders.
In: Online

 

Small Sustainable Diversified Farm Tour

July 14, 2021
King William County, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program offers this afternoon farm tour. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm Training Project: Making Food Accessible

July 14, 2021
Online
MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. Join this online session for a virtual tour of Pine Root Farm and Seek-No-Further Farmstead, two farms with dedicated models to ensure their fresh produce is accessible to Mainers of all incomes. Sliding scale CSA models, EBT processing and Senior FarmShare will be discussed.
In: Online

 

Focusing on Forages Summer Grazing Series

July 14, 2021
Greenfield, Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is presenting a four-part grazing series on different farms, offering information and resources for producers to improve management practices and capitalize on alternative forage resources to extend the grazing season. Sessions will touch on a variety of topics including watering and grazing comparisons, grazing CRP acres, and pasture lease and custom care arrangements. This session takes place at ISU Neely-Kinyon Research Farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Aquaponics

July 15, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this virtual aquaponics event featuring Randolph Farm.
In: Online

 

Saline Seeps, Bale Grazing and Cheatgrass

July 15, 2021
Conrad, Montana
This event is part of Northern Plains Resource Council's Soil Crawls series. Rancher Lisa Schmidt will tell participants the story of her land and take them through her cattle and sheep operation. Lisa will showcase her bale grazing practices and management of saline seeps.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Farming for the Future: Ecosystem Market Summer Series

July 15, 2021
Online
Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This final session highlights water quality markets and additional potential revenue streams for ecosystem services.
In: Online

 

USDA/DCR/NRCS/FSA/RMA Information Session— Hispanic

July 16, 2021
Rapidan, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this afternoon information session on federal programs. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Dryland Grains and Vegetables

July 17, 2021
Big Sandy, Montana
This event is part of the Northern Plains Resource Council's Soil Crawls series. Self-described regenerative organic farmer Bob Quinn will walk participants through his diversified farm, specifically focusing on his highly successful dryland grains. Bob will also take attendees through his experimental dryland vegetable plots and share how he's successfully farmed in the arid climate.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Grain Place Foundation Field Day

July 17, 2021
Online
The annual Grain Place Foundation Field Day is virtual this year. The event gives you an opportunity to tour the farm and grain processing plant and to hear David R. Montgomery in conversation with experienced local organic farmers about what's new in regenerative, organic agriculture. The two-hour Field Day tours and keynote presentation will be followed by interactive breakout sessions.
In: Online

 

Season Extension I

July 18, 2021
Online
Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a two-session Season Extension course online. This first session covers High Tunnel Production & Seasion Extension. The second session takes place on October 17, 2021. Network with other new farmers and discover resources available to help you succeed.
In: Online

 

Acres U.S.A. On-Farm Intensive with Zimmer Ag

July 19-20, 2021
Lone Rock, Wisconsin
Acres U.S.A. is offering on-farm instructional events on active, working farms. Instructors Gary Zimmer and Leilani Zimmer-Durand will demonstrate best practices for cover crops, soil testing, field preparation, equipment/tillage, weed and pest management, fertilizer programs, livestock integration, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farmers Market—USDA SNAP and EBT

July 19, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this online session on SNAP and EBT at farmers markets.
In: Online

 

OEFFA Conference Bites: Skill Building for Farmers and Foragers

July 20, 2021
Online
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is offering access to presentations from its 2021 online conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, via OEFFA's YouTube channel. Videos will be loaded in three "bites" and will be free for viewing at anytime thereafter. This second bite focuses on Skill Building for Farmers and Foragers.
In: Online

 

Charlotte County Farm Tour

July 20, 2021
Charlotte County, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this day-long farm tour in Charlotte County. Registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Manure Composting Workshop

July 21, 2021
Carrington, North Dakota
North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota are offering Manure Composting Workshops in each state. At this free, in-person workshop, learn about manure composting through educational sessions, demonstrations, hands-on activities and discussions with an expert panel. Topics include site selection, process, turning and temperature, analysis, economics, regulations, and land application.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Pest Management for Bee Hives

July 21, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this virtual meeting from Randolph Farm on Sample and Control of Varroa Mite and Small Hive Beetle.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Veteran Bus Tour—Agricultural Marketing

July 22, 2021
Petersburg, Virginia
Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program is offering a bus tour for veterans to Raleigh State Farmers Market. The full-day event is focused on Agricultural Marketing, and registration is limited.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Organic Row Crops Plus Prairie Restoration

July 22, 2021
Madison, South Dakota
This MOSES Organic Field Day is hosted by Johnson Farms. At this free half-day event, see what it takes to grow large-acreage row crops in an organic system. Also, learn about South Dakota State University's organic oat trials on the farm, as well as the project to restore South Dakota grassland to its native prairie state.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Rodale Institute Organic Field Day

July 23, 2021
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Join Rodale Institute's researchers and expert staff at this annual Organic Field Day to learn the latest results of farming trials and visit nearly 20 demonstration stations on the 333-acre experimental farm. Participants will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with Rodale Institute experts and learn about a wide variety of research and demonstration projects, all focused on organic agriculture.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Kneading Conference

July 26-30, 2021
Online
The Kneading Conference brings together grainiacs and bread buffs from all over the country. Farmers, professional and home bakers, brewers, chefs, cooks, grain researchers, maltsters, food entrepreneurs, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts gather to educate one another about the art and science of growing and milling grains, baking artisan breads, and brewing delicious beer. This year's virtual conference features more than 25 workshops, demos, panels, and discussions led by grain leaders from around the world. Attendees may watch live or view the class later (workshop recordings will be available for six months).
In: Online

 

Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference

July 26-28, 2021
Online
The Soil and Water Conservation Society is presenting its Annual Conference, "One World, Connected through Conservation," online. Professionals advancing conservation solutions through research and practice in public and private sectors will present their work, including the latest in soil health, water resources, conservation management, climate change adaptation, social science, and more. Workshops, symposia sessions, and posters will showcase ideas, technologies, and practices, and foster a dialogue around their adoption.
In: Online

 

Rotational Grazing Workshop

July 26, 2021
Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a half-day Rotational Grazing Workshop with Widdershins LLC's Wendy Russell. Learn from an experienced farmer. Space is limited.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Farmer-Farmland Match & Market Maker

July 27, 2021
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program is presenting this virtual event.
In: Online

 

Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

July 27 - August 24, 2021
Online
The National AgrAbility Project is presenting Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture on five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning July 27, 2021. All sessions are free. The first session includes a conference introduction by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project, and Jeanette Lombardo, Farmer Veteran Coalition, plus "One Veteran's Journey from PTSD to Farmer" by Sarah Creech, Blue Yonder Organic Farm and Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition.
In: Online

 

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