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Incorporating Biological Control of Spider Mites into Tomato Pest Management Programs

March 1, 2021
Online
Join eOrganic for a free webinar about biological control of spider mites on tomatoes, and how to raise your own beneficial mites. The webinar will be presented by Tom Bilbo and Jim Walgenbach of North Carolina State University who are part of a team of researchers on a NIFA OREI project about biological control. In this webinar you will learn about how to manage spider mites in tomatoes and other vegetables using biological control, with an emphasis on the predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis. Presenters will review the various natural enemies attacking spider mites and factors impacting their efficacy.
In: Online

 

Wisconsin Spring into Conservation Kickoff

March 2 and April 6, 2021
, or March 3 and April 7, 2021 Online
Wisconsin Farmers Union is holding regional virtual events as the kickoff for Wisconsin Women in Conservation, a multi-year program offering local network building, resource connections, workshops/learning circles, field days, and other opportunities. Wisconsin woman farmers or landowners can join these free virtual events to learn more about implementing conservation practices on your land.
In: Online

 

Mid-America Organic Conference

March 2-3, 2021
Online
The 2021 Mid-America Organic Conference consists of two days filled with national speakers, educational workshops, and networking opportunities to connect farmers across the state. The goal of the conference is to help educate farmers and producers on the value and importance of learning organic principles of production for specialty crops that preserve natural resources and add value to their farming operations. It also strives to educate beginning and existing farmers on successful business practices, including methods of direct marketing, wholesale marketing, and value-added marketing of organic and sustainably grown specialty crops. Farmers and growers of all experience levels are invited.
In: North Central SARE Region, Online

 

Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase

March 2, 2021
Online
The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Soil Health in a Cotton and Peanut Rotation: Spotlight on Georgia."
In: Online

 

Agritourism Intensive 2021 Mendocino

March 3 - April 7, 2021
Online
The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP), UC Cooperative Extension Mendocino County, the UC Hopland REC, and other local partners invite Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma County, California, farmers, ranchers, and others involved in agritourism to participate in a series of six Zoom meetings, taking place every Wednesday for two hours. Local agritourism operators will share their own experiences and will be part of a supportive network of advisors as class participants plan and start new enterprises. Participants will learn from experts in business planning, regulatory compliance, risk management, hospitality and cost-effective marketing, including social media.
In: Online

 

Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course

March 3, 10, and 17, 2021
Online
The University of Arizona's Controlled Environment Agriculture Center is presenting the 20th annual Greenhouse Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course online via Zoom over three days. Get your questions answered and increase your knowledge in Controlled Environment Agriculture and hydroponic growing through lectures presented by leaders in academia and in the CEA industry.
In: Online

 

Farm Finance

March 3, 2021
Online
This free webinar is part of a series on risk management for specialty crop producers, offered by the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Small Farms Team at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This session on Farm Finance is presented by Craig Chase, Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program Manager for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
In: Online

 

The 2020 Grazing Season & Hello 2021!

March 3, 2021
Online
The fifth installment of Granite State Graziers' Winter Learning Series features Rick Kersbergen and Gabe Clark discussing the 2020 Grazing season and management options heading into 2021.
In: Online

 

Northeast Cover Crops Council Virtual Conference

March 4, 2021
Online
The Northeast Cover Crops Council annual conference is an opportunity for farmers, researchers, and the general public to connect and exchange information and inspiration. Join your fellow cover crop enthusiasts for a day of interactive online presentations, posters, panels, and training sessions.
In: Online

 

Indiana Small Farm Conference

March 4-6, 2021
Online
The ninth Indiana Small Farm Conference will be held online, with keynote, breakout, and networking sessions (and more) held on the Microsoft Teams platform. The Indiana Small Farm Conference serves as the annual educational and farmer-to-farmer networking event for the Indiana small and diversified farm community.
In: Online

 

Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference

March 4-6, 2021
Online
The free, virtual Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference is hosted by Linda Meschke (Rural Advantage) with support from UMN Forever Green Initiative and UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Three half-day sessions address Getting Started with Hazelnuts; Hazelnut Research; and Markets, Processing, and Finances. Daily registration is required. Each day will end with a 30-minute Nursery Grower Spotlight featuring a regional nursery working with hybrid hazelnuts.

 

Livestock Safety

March 4, 2021
Online
University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension are offering a series of free Farm Safety Webinars. For this session the topic is Livestock Safety. UMN Extension Cattle Production Extension Educator Joe Armstrong, DVM will discuss and demonstrate proper animal handling in both confinement and pasture systems.
In: Online

 

Building Habitat on Working Landscapes

March 4, 2021
Online
In this webinar from the Xerces Society, Mace Vaughan, Xerces Pollinator Program Co-Director, will share whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat on farms, ranches, and working forests. Specifically, he will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements 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 conservation practices.
In: Online

 

Small Farms Webinar: Grower/Business Spotlight on Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains

March 4, 2021
Online
This event is part of the free, weekly Small Farms Winter Webinar Series from University of Illinois Extension. Farmers Katie Funk, Jeff Hake, and Jonathan Funk have developed a value-added product line using fruits and grains from their own farm just south of Bloomington. The farm is just a few years old, but is built off the tradition and resources of the family's long-standing business, Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup. Jeff Hake will discuss those efforts and the next plans for the farm, including how they tie into opportunities and issues created by policy, regulations, larger markets, the COVID-19 pandemic, and climate change.
In: Online

 

Virtual Field Day: Water Quality and Quantity Improvements in the Clear Creek Watershed

March 4, 2021
Online
Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day featuring the efforts in the Clear Creek Watershed to improve water quality and quantity issues. The event features a live discussion with John Rathbun, Clear Creek Watershed Coordinator, and Johnson County landowners Pat and Burne Sippy. One unique project in the watershed being highlighted during the virtual field day is the construction of a fringe wetland along the edges of a revitalized pond owned by the Sippy family.
In: Online

 

Benefits and Costs of Natural Climate Solutions in Maine—Part 1: Agriculture

March 4, 2021
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Participate to better understand the economic and environmental benefits, costs, and mitigation potential of implementing various agricultural natural climate solutions. Researchers from the University of Maine will explain how to quantify the benefits and costs of different natural climate solutions for the agriculture sector, opportunities and barriers to implementation, and how it could help achieve state-level climate change mitigation goals.
In: Online

 

Organic Farm TEAM Summit

March 5-6, 2021
Platte, South Dakota
The Organic Farm TEAM Summit & Equipment Showcase will feature a diverse program focused on industry updates and innovative practices. Organic growers at all experience levels are invited to learn about the latest farm practices to produce valuable organic crops. The summit will assist growers to connect and stay ahead of changing federal policies, management protocols, market demands, and insurance coverage for organic and Non-GMO crops.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Management Fridays: Building a Positive Farm Business Culture

March 5, 2021
Online
This event is part of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Extension's free ongoing Farm Management Fridays series. "Building a Positive Farm Business Culture, with employee safety & health" will explore how farms can become positive places to work during covid19, which will help attract and retain good employees. Join Extension Specialist John Shutske, UW Center for Agriculture Safety & Health and Extension educators Jim Versweyveld, Walworth County Extension, Maria Jose Fuenzalida, Dane County Extension, and Liz Binversie, Brown County Extension, with a panel of experts in exploring ways to create a culture on your farm that promotes safety and health to achieve top performance, enhance teamwork, and help you empower your team for long-term success.
In: Online

 

OGRAIN Learning Opportunity: Intercropping Grain Systems

March 5, 2021
Online
OGRAIN is presenting free, weekly, online learning opportunities that include brief presentations followed by open discussion. This session focuses on adapting intercropping grain systems for organic systems.
In: Online

 

Benefits and Costs of Natural Climate Solutions in Maine—Part 2: Forestry

March 5, 2021
Online
This free one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Researchers from the University of Maine will explain how to quantify the benefits and costs of different natural climate solutions that can be applied to forestry in the northeast, the opportunities and barriers to implementation, and how forests could help achieve Maine's climate change mitigation goals.
In: Online

 

Soil Health Innovations Conference

March 8-9, 2021
Online
NCAT's inaugural Soil Health Innovations conference will offer live, interactive presentations, networking opportunities, and a chance to immerse yourself in learning about cutting edge soil-health practices and technology. The Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country, including on-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture's sustainable future. Limited scholarships are available for beginning and limited-resource farmers and ranchers, and university students will be granted free access with student ID.
In: Online

 

Produce Safety Grower Training Course

March 9, 2021
Online
Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Food and Drug Administration-defined FSMA Produce Safety Grower Training course online. Those interested in learning about Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's), produce safety, co-management, and the FDA FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule are invited to participate in the seven-module, day-long course.
In: Online

 

New York Certified Organic Meeting Series

March 9, 2021
Online
The free, monthly New York Certified Organic (NYCO) meetings feature a speaker for half the time and discussion between organic farmers in attendance for the other half.
In: Online

 

Organic Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila

March 9, 2021
Online
Join eOrganic for a new, free webinar on the latest updates on organic management of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). A multi-regional team was funded by USDA-NIFA to develop, evaluate, and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD. This webinar will provide a comprehensive update on organic management of spotted-wing drosophila. It will summarize findings of the research conducted by the project team on organically approved strategies including behavioral, cultural, biological, and chemical tactics to manage SWD.
In: Online

 

Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase

March 9, 2021
Online
The Soil Health Institute is presenting a weekly series of eight virtual meetings showcasing farmers in different states, as part of its Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project. The series features cotton producers and soil health specialists across the United States discussing the challenges and successes they have encountered on their journey to improve soil health. This episode is "Soil Health: View from the Cotton Gin" and focuses on North Carolina/Virginia.
In: Online

 

Food Forests, Foodscaping, and Edible Agroforestry

March 9, 2021
Online
This free, live webinar from the Savanna Institute will feature Sarah Lovell, director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri, and Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscaping in St. Louis, Missouri, discussing ways of incorporating edible agroforestry into neighborhoods and urban areas.
In: Online

 

Using EQIP to Improve Wildlife Habitat on Private Lands

March 9, 2021
Online
In this installment of Practical Farmers of Iowa's free Winter Farminar Series, hear from Kelsey Fleming, a private lands biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, about how programs like EQIP can provide landowners with financial assistance for wildlife conservation on their farms. Also hear about other technical and financial assistance opportunities available to farmers and landowners.
In: Online

 

Empowered Farm Financials Workshop Series

March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2021
Online
The University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management is partnering with MOSES to present a free workshop series that focuses on topics and tools developed to help farms of any size manage their financial situation and plan for the future. Session topics are Planning for the road ahead: business and transition planning, Taking charge of your finances, Negotiating land rental arrangements, and Navigating farm financial information.
In: Online

 

Federal Funding Opportunities for Livestock Farmers

March 10, 2021
Online
Join Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) and Margaret Krome, an experienced grant writer with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, to learn how to succeed at using federal programs to support your farm or sustainable agriculture initiatives. This workshop will introduce participants to designing projects; finding federal grant opportunities to support them; and basic grant-writing do's and don'ts. It's designed to maximize audience engagement and help people unfamiliar with grant-writing realize how many important skills they already have that will help them write successful grant proposals, its participants will receive clearly-written and practical handouts, including the Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture.
In: Online

 

Stress-Free Livestock Handling

March 10, 2021
Online
This online workshop presented by Elaina Enzien is part of the Granite State Graziers Winter Learning Series. How you handle your livestock has a direct impact on your production, and therefore your profit. This session will discuss the basic techniques behind low-stress livestock handling, a method used to improve the efficiency, welfare, and profitability of your livestock herd.
In: Online

 

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project CSA Fair

March 10, 2021
Online
ASAP's CSA Fair, offered virtually this year, is an opportunity to meet local farmers face-to-face and learn more about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. Attendees can sign up for a CSA during the fair or follow up with farmers later. Participating farms include traditional produce CSAs as well as meat and flowers CSAs. All farms have pickup locations in Buncombe County and the surrounding region.
In: Online

 

Farmer-to-Farmer Chat: Non-Profit Farming

March 11, 2021
Online
Future Harvest presents an opportunity to join your fellow non-profit farmers (and managers) for a collective discussion about the unique challenges and benefits to farming as a 501c3.
In: Online

 

Winter Meat-ings #5—Labor Struggles & Solutions

March 11, 2021
Online
Wisconsin Farmers Union is holding a series of "Winter Meat-ings" on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. This session focuses on labor struggles and solutions.
In: Online

 

Containerized Production: Options When Quality Native Soil Isn't An Option

March 11, 2021
Online
The University of Illinois Extension's free Small Farms Winter Webinar Series continues with this session. Many urban farmers find there may be limited options for growing in high quality native ag soils. Containerized production offers an alternative. Choice of alternative growing media and container are the key decisions for non-soil based production. This webinar with Zack Grant will look at container options, non-container options, growing media, and the economics of containerized production.
In: Online

 

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