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Vermont Open Farm Week

August 10-16, 2020
Vermont
During the 2020 Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet (virtually, or in person) the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. This year's offerings will focus on events appropriate for the current pandemic-related guidelines: tours, picnics, farm trails, virtual/online events (workshops, guided tastings, etc.), social media posts/stories, and perhaps some other creative ideas. The activities will vary from farm to farm. Some farms might have demonstrations and tours. Others may have pick-your-own crops, produce for purchase, or animals that you can meet.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Starting a Food Business in Wisconsin: Keep food safety in mind

August 10, 2020
Online
This is the second webinar in a free, two-part series hosted by The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension. Barbara Ingham, Food Safety Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension, will answer basic questions about types of licenses a business may need, standards for a food production facility, and provide tips on locating rental space, developing food safety plans, and identifying resources to help small-scale food entrepreneurs acquire the appropriate licenses in Wisconsin to get their businesses up and running.
In: Online

 

Hemp Webinar Series: Mid-Season Q and A

August 10, 2020
Online
In this free episode of Penn State Extension's Hemp Webinar Series, Penn State Extension educators and specialists will host a mid-season question and answer session.
In: Online

 

Integrating Cover Crops on a Vegetable and Poultry Farm

August 10, 2020
Online
At this Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day, host Rob Faux will talk about the different ways he integrates cover crops throughout his vegetable and poultry farm. From spring-seeded and fall-seeded cover crops to interseeded, quick-turnaround covers in the summer and fallow beds for running poultry, Rob has tried almost everything and will show a good mix (and single-species stand!) during these virtual field days. This is the second session in the three-part series, focusing on interseeded and quick-turnaround covers.
In: Online

 

UMASH Expo: A 20/20 Look at Ag Health, Safety, and Wellness

August 11-13, 2020
Online
The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is hosting the Online Expo, a free, multi-day event designed to keep the Upper Midwest agricultural community informed, connected, and safe. Attendees can drop in and visit virtual exhibitor booths, watch live safety demos, and participate in talks on a range of farm safety and health issues. There are activities for the whole family, including Jeopardy for kids and a webinar on cultivating resiliency for women in agriculture.
In: Online

 

Growing High-Quality Food-Grade Oats

August 11, 2020
Online
This Practical Farmers of Iowa virtual field day visits A.J. Blair, who will share insights from two years of adding food-grade oats to a corn-soy rotation. He'll discuss variety selection and seeding; cover crops; making decisions about herbicides and fungicides; harvest and storage of grain and straw; and benefits and challenges he's experienced. A.J. will also discuss on-farm research he has conducted aimed at optimizing fertilizer rates in corn following oats and a green manure, and in oats to maximize oat yield and minimize lodging.
In: Online

 

"Question, Persuade, Refer" Virtual Training Session

August 11, 2020
Online
The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care.
In: Online

 

Produce Safety for Educational Farms

August 11, 2020
Online
This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.
In: Online

 

Restoring Rare Habitats for Wildlife and Water Quality—Long-Term Habitat Management

August 11, 2020
Online
In the final portion of Practical Farmers of Iowa's three-part series on Restoring Rare Habitats for Wildlife and Water Quality, learn more about long-term habitat management as well as land protection strategies.
In: Online

 

Silvopasture & Supply Chain Food Safety for Beginning and ESL Farmers

August 11, 2020
Online
Savanna Institute presents this free webinar with Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. Topics include how to safely incorporate livestock and tree crop production, food safety best practices and common questions for beginning and ESL farmers, and how we can work towards a justice-oriented, safer food system.
In: Online

 

Organic Field Day: Organic Corn, Soybeans & More

August 11, 2020
Online
AgriSecure presents an online Organic Field Day focused on organic corn, soybeans, and insights from the 2020 crop year. See organic and transition crops, hear about boundary-pushing new approaches, and learn how to take control of your profits with organic farming.
In: Online

 

Pasture-Finished Beef

August 11-13, 2020
Online
Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners present three consecutive nights of free educational workshops on pasture-finished beef. This workshop on forage finishing features expertise from Greg Halich (UKY ag economics) and Ed Rayburn (WVU forage specialist), long-time producers and marketers of forage finished beef. In addition to these guests, a producer panel will offer insights from the full-time producers' perspective.
In: Online

 

The IPM Hour

August 12, 2020
Online
The IPM Hour is a monthly online seminar covering a variety of IPM-related topics and research, from the Western IPM Center. It features two 20-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion each.
In: Online

 

MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Wednesday Webinar Series

August 12, 2020
Online
MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture's biweekly webinar series continues with "Marketing Campaigns—Start Small to Grow Tall." Prioritize you marketing efforts to be most efficient and effective for where you are in your business's development. You don't have to do every marketing strategy all the time or even some of the time if it's just not something you can get done well. Consider the marketing activities that will result in recurring sales and those you can master well.
In: Online

 

Berry Grower Webinar Series: Spotted wing drosophila and prepping strawberry beds for winter

August 12, 2020
Online
UMN Extension and UW-Madison Extension present this installment in the free lunchtime Berry Grower Webinar Series. Presenters will discuss managing spotted wing drosophila and prepping strawberry beds for winter, and then have 20 to 30 minutes of open Q&A time.
In: Online

 

Weekly Wednesday Workshop: Soil Health

August 12, 2020
Online
NCAT's Weekly Wednesday Workshop series continues with a discussion with Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger on Soil Health. Effective land management is the art of capturing sunlight and water while recycling the aboveground parts of the plant through management practices such as the five soil health principles. Through application of these principles, you can lay the foundation for improved ecosystem health and store more moisture in your soil. We will walk you through applicable approaches you can put in place to improve soil microbiology and thus soil health, including how soil testing can be used to monitor soil health trends over time. Call-in: 872-240-3311, Access Code: 881-172-909
In: Online

 

MOFGA Farm Training Project (FTP) Workshop

August 12, 2020
Online
MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops are designed for apprentices, farmworkers, and beginning farmers. This session is on Farming and Marketing Cooperatively. Join in electronically to learn about New Roots Cooperative Farm, a New American-owned cooperative in practice and learn about worker co-op farms, farmland co-ops, marketing co-ops, labor co-ops, and equipment-sharing co-ops. You'll learn about cooperative economic structure, democratic decision-making, and distribution of the surplus farmers collectively generate.
In: Online

 

Wheat: A Gateway Crop to Soil Health, Resilience and More

August 13, 2020
Online
This virtual event from Practical Farmers of Iowa, Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture, and Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative will explore the farm-management and economic implications of wheat and all its opportunities. Adding wheat (or other small grains) into crop rotations opens the door to possibility. Not only do these crops invite you to plant a diverse cover crop and graze it, adding a small-grain crop can lay the foundation for a transition to organic. Managed properly, these possibilities can result in net profit.
In: Online

 

Swine Breeding Stock Care—Nutrition

August 13, 2020
Online
This webinar is one in a five-part series in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and UVM Extension. The material presented in these sessions is intended for swine producers interested in starting their own breeding program or improving their existing program. This session, Swine Breeding Stock Care—Nutrition with Dr. Elizabeth Hines of Penn State, will review basic dietary recommendations for boars and sows, and how to make the most of feedstuffs available to you.
In: Online

 

Lean & Clean (Applying Lean Farming Principles to Produce Safety)

August 13, 2020
Online
This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.
In: Online

 

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo

August 14-15, 2020
San Angelo, Texas, and online
This unique sheep and goat event provides producers and other interested persons the opportunity to attend educational presentations and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The speakers are experts in the industry. This program meets the needs of a very diverse sheep and goat industry. The field day on the morning of August 14 is free. The Expo on the afternoon of August 14 will be held both live and online, and the August 15 events take place online. The expo will cover many different segments of the industry and address the concerns and challenges facing producers today.
In: Southern SARE Region, Online

 

Jefferson Center Virtual Ranch Field Day

August 14, 2020
Online
The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management will offer preliminary results from its three-year study on healthy soils. In this virtual field day, learn about the experiment, which includes compost application, interseeding using a NoTill Drill, and Holistic Planned Grazing.
In: Online

 

Virtual Bee College

August 15, 2020
Online
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers.
In: Online

 

International Quinoa Research Symposium

August 17-19, 2020
Online
This free, online International Quinoa Research Symposium will include live keynotes, recorded field walks, interactive poster sessions, and online discussion forums. It is produced by the Washington State University Sustainable Seed Systems Lab in collaboration with the WSU Food Systems Program and the support of many partnering organizations.
In: Online

 

Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch

August 17 - November 8, 2020
Online
Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for new landowners, whether they are inheriting or purchasing land. Participants will work towards developing a business plan with plenty of support from professionals who specialize in each field and topic. Participants will be introduced to land management tools and techniques and will also learn about starting a new agriculture business or enterprise, including tax implications, insurance needs, developing grazing or wildlife leases, finance management, direct-marketing, and goal-setting. Through this course, participants will have the opportunity to develop a business plan.
In: Online

 

National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Focus Group

August 17, 2020
Online
This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.
In: Online

 

A Virtual Field Workshop: Silvopasturing at UMass

August 18, 2020
Online
This free virtual event is a webinar offered by Tri-State SARE, featuring a tour of the silvopasture work at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center in Amherst. Participants will have an online tour of UMass Extension silvopasture with Nikki Burton. This silvopasture includes sheep within a chestnut grove. The tour will be followed with questions and discussion.
In: Online

 

She's Got Your Back: Tap into a Support Network

August 18, 2020
Online
MOSES continues its In Her Boots Resilience Boot Camp with this webinar. What's the key ingredient that fuels our growing organic women farmer movement? The support of other women farmers! Join a conversation with pioneering organic farmer Denise O'Brien and harvest ideas for your resilience toolkit. This webinar will talk about the movement and how it's changing to bring in a diversity of women's voices and share ideas to help you build your own legacy in sustainable agriculture.
In: Online

 

Inventory and Design Opportunities for Pollinator Habitat on Working Lands

August 18, 2020
Online
This free, 90-minute webinar is the first in a two-part series presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Planners will learn about inventory tools and whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat. Presenters will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements and tools available to help planners evaluate current conditions, and then discuss a variety of opportunities for incorporating habitat for pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects (natural enemies of crop pests) into a wide range of landscapes and practices.
In: Online

 

Wholesale Readiness Webinar Series

August 18, 2020
Online
In the concluding episode of the three-part Wholesale Readiness Webinar Series, Ellen Polishuk addresses "Equipment and Infrastructure Upgrading: When will it Pay Off?"
In: Online

 

Growing Resilience with Farm and Garden Seed Stewardship

August 18, 2020
Online
In this NOFA New York virtual field day, the farmers and storytellers at Hudson Valley Seed Company invite you to tour Four Fold Farm, where they grow open pollinated seed and preserve crop diversity by selecting unique, hard-to-find varieties and sharing the stories that come with those seeds. Learn how a seed farm is different from (and similar to) other farms and why seed keeping is crucial now more than ever. This field day will cover organic seed production and includes seed saving demonstrations with Farmer Katie Wong and Field Manager Steven Crist.
In: Online

 

Fundamentals of IPM: In the Field

August 18, 2020
Online
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is offering a free series of webinars that address the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), providing you with the information you need to start or enhance your IPM practices today. The speaker is Abby Seaman, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University, who promotes and supports the adoption and use of IPM practices among conventional and organic vegetable farmers through a combination of applied research, demonstration projects, educational programs, and networking.
In: Online

 

Exploring Elderberry Benefits

August 19, 2020
Online
This Savanna Institute webinar features Terry Durham and Chris Patton of the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, discussing elderberry history, medicinal uses, nutrition benefits, and ecological benefits of incorporating elderberries on your farm.
In: Online

 

Recordkeeping for Postharvest Activities

August 20, 2020
Online
This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.
In: Online

 

Food Safety Fridays Webinar Series: Mange Wildlife

August 21, 2020
Online
This monthly webinar series, hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network, will focus on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Actís Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The webinars will include experts demonstrating how to perform risk assessments, implement practices, and keep records to comply with the PSR. This series is recommended for operators who have attended a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training and want more information on how to apply what they learned and what records they need to keep to be in compliance with the PSR.
In: Online

 

Virtual Bee College

August 22, 2020
Online
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers.
In: Online

 

AgrAbility National Training Workshop

November 30 - December 3, 2020
Madison, Wisconsin
The 2020 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking, and special events.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

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