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Permalink National Good Food Network Webinar: Hidden Implications of Food Hub Business Growth

July 28, 2016
Online

In this free, one-hour webinar, Tera Johnson, founder of the Food Finance Institute at University of Wisconsin, will take you on a journey through three archetypal hub business decision points, and advise how to manage for success. Drawing from her own experience, as well as premier industry data, Tera will present a big picture view of: adding a frozen product line, adding a new distribution channel, and taking on a very large customer.

In: Online

 

Permalink Alternative Crops and Organics Research Tour and Biodynamic Workshop

July 28, 2016
Waynesville, North Carolina

Join the NC Alternative Crops and Organics Program and the Mountain Research Station for their annual tour of organic and specialty crop research. Hear from the researchers about current projects and see the results of the studies designed to help farmers and gardeners in the region. You will have the chance to interact one-on-one with the scientists and their research assistants. Then, you can stay for lunch and a unique opportunity to learn about Biodynamic Agriculture from researchers, Extension personnel, and local Biodynamic farmers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day

July 28, 2016
Milan, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host an event that offers 40 research-based presentations led by academic experts. Sessions will cover optimum management strategies for no-till crop production, including nutrient enhancement, water use, new technologies in pest control and advancements in plant breeding. Visitors to the Milan No-Till Field Day can hear presentations on research involving every major row crop grown in Tennessee. Other topics of interest include weed, insect, and disease-management research, nutrient loss reduction strategies, cover crop management and new research findings involving pollinator health.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Healthy Soil Whirlwind Expo

July 28, 2016
Leedey, Oklahoma

No-Till on the Plains, Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and Texas A&M Agrilife offer the opportunity to see how continuous no-till production helps boost soil health and what it means for your bottom line. Get equipment setup tips, hear how to integrate livestock onto your no-till operation, view a soil pit and rainfall simulator, and learn from no-till experts.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Risk in Organic Grain Production

July 28, 2016
Pana, Illinois

Learn how to manage risk while transitioning to organic. This event is sponsored by MOSES, OGRAIN, and The Land Connection. This workshop will be held at Goldmine Farms with Jack Erisman. Jack's extensive experience and wisdom will infuse the workshop with the importance of the farmer's relationship with the land, the importance of diversity in organic systems, and how those culminate in the creation of an organic systems plan and intensive rotations in organic production systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Science of Industrial Hemp Conference

July 28-29, 2016
Denver, Colorado

The Crop Science Society of America presents this opportunity to build a cohesive discussion, define the coming agenda, and develop forward momentum around the science and science needs in the emerging area of industrial hemp production. Attendees will hear from speakers who are at the forefront of the scientific and production-based issues of industrial hemp. They will gain knowledge and information from a wide spectrum of scientific areas pertaining to industrial hemp as well as the production issues and challenges in starting up research in this legally challenging area. An industrial hemp tour will be held July 27.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Conference: Living Roots 24/7/365

July 28-29, 2016
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

PASA's 2nd Annual Soil Health Summer Conference will explore techniques to grow soil health by increasing the periods of the year that farm fields are populated by living roots. This event will feature leading no-till farmer and cover crop-innovator Steve Groff (Cover Crop Coaching), as well as a team of soil health experts and knowledgeable sponsors. The conference will offer practical soil health insights for both experienced and beginning farmers, with particular relevance for diversified vegetable and dairy farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Kneading Conference

July 28-29, 2016
Skowhegan, Maine

Maine Grain Alliance's event provides opportunities to learn and share how best to grow and use grains, using a combination of traditional and innovative, sustainable techniques. The Kneading Conference brings farmers, millers, and bakers together for two days of educational workshops and hands-on learning to preserve and promote grain traditions, from earth to hearth. An Artisan Bread Fair follows on July 30.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Eggert Family Organic Farm Field Day

July 28, 2016
Pullman, Washington

Washington State University's Eggert Family Organic Farm will hold a field day where student presenters will share experiences from their on-farm and summer research projects. Also part of the day is a walking tour of the farm, including the new harvest shed, rebuilt greenhouses and new high-density apple orchard. Admission is free.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strip-Tillage and Cover Crop Field Day

July 28, 2016
Badger, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms and farmer partner Mark Thompson will host a free strip-tillage and cover crop field day. Attendees will hear from Thompson about his farming practices and receive advice on how to effectively strip-till and manage cover crops. Also speaking at the field day is Matt Helmers, professor and extension specialist in ag and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University. He will highlight practices and ongoing research efforts to meet the goals of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Mark Hanna, extension agricultural engineer, will share tips on adjusting planter settings for strip-till and no-till systems as well as equipment considerations for strip-tillage systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Education Association 7th National Conference

July 29-31, 2016
Santa Cruz, California

"The Ecology of Food Systems" invites participants from across the agriculture and food system who are engaged in adult education: students, teachers, and independent scholars; farmers, cooks, and community organizers; professionals health, business, the arts, law, and the media. Participants will represent colleges, universities, farmer training organizations, and a range of professional and civil society organizations. The format will be highly participant-driven, featuring Open Space sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and diverse presentations.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Silvopasture Workshop

July 29-30, 2016
Luck, Wisconsin

UW-Extension, UMN-Extension, and the Savanna Institute will jointly host a silvopasture workshop. The event includes presentations on silvopasture establishment and management and visits to two farms practicing silvopasture.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Veteran Workshop

July 30, 2016
West Lafayette, Indiana

Military veterans, active duty members and their families can learn more about how to start or operate a farm during a daylong program sponsored by Purdue University's Indiana Beginning Farmer program. Sessions will cover both the business and production sides of agriculture. Topics will include small fruit and vegetable production, livestock management, business planning, equipment for small farms, beekeeping, forestry, and marketing and regulatory requirements for meat and food sales.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture & Grazing Management Workshop

July 30, 2016
Rockport, Maine

Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District presents this day-long workshop at Aldemere Farm. The free workshop is to help farmers--aspiring, beginning (farming for fewer than 10 years), and those who may be transitioning to new products or practices--learn about conservation practices and how to make them happen. Beginning farmer and beef basics tracks will be offered.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink PFI Field Day: Working Together

July 30, 2016
Atlantic, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, learn about the benefits of mentorship from the perspective of both mentee and mentor, and the differences in this relationship compared to an internship or employment. You’ll also learn about the benefits of a collaborative CSA, such as diversifying crop risks and responsibilities, and how to make sure this relationship is fair for both parties. Learn how one farm family (Fork Tail Farm) manages production on less than an acre with very limited time, and how the other farm family (Rolling Acres) uses a moveable high tunnel and greenhouse, along with organic certification.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink FAMACHA and Integrated Parasite Management

July 30, 2016
Whitehall, Montana

Don't miss this workshop if you are a Montana sheep or goat producer. NCAT's Dave Scott and MSU Sheep Extension Specialist Dr. Whit Stewart will teach you about combating Barber Pole Worm, FAMACHA eye scoring, creating refugias, and grazing methods that help control parasites.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Creating an Edible Forest Garden

July 30, 2016
Wellesley Island, New York

Over the past three seasons, Dani Baker, co-owner of Cross Island Farms, has developed one acre of her certified organic farm as a multi-functional edible forest garden incorporating numerous permaculture principles and practices. Join her in this afternoon NOFA New York event for a walk-through and introduction to over 300 perennial cultivars of fruits, nuts, berries, and other edibles in seven permaculture layers with a variety of supportive plants integrated into the landscape.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Tractor Safety for Women

July 31, 2016
West Greenwich, Rhode Island

NOFA/RI and RI Farm Bureau are offering this free CRAFT workshop limited to 20 participants. Greg Breene, agricultural teacher, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor and Breene Acres Farm, will discuss safe operation and basic maintenance requirements of gas or diesel-powered farm tractors and implements. Training will include tractor parts and tools identification. Participants will learn to safely attach and use common tractor implements including a seeder, harrow, tine weeder, or manure spreader. This workshop has been designed specifically for women.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Conference

July 31 - August 3, 2016
Nebraska City, Nebraska

The 107th Annual Meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association will be held at Lied Lodge, National Arbor Day Foundation. This conference is open to all people with an interest in nut trees. The agenda includes technical presentations and an all-day tour of nut tree orchards and processing facilities in southeastern Nebraska.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink WSU Reduced Tillage Field Day

August 1, 2016
Puyallup, Washington

WSU researchers and cooperating farmers are evaluating cover crops and equipment for use in organic reduced tillage production. This summer field day will highlight high-residue cultivation, soil moisture monitoring, irrigation planning, residue decomposition and transition to reduced tillage systems. Tour research plots, see reduced-tillage equipment, and discuss the evolution of this production system. For more information contact Doug Collins, dpcollins@wsu.edu or 253-445-4658.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Master Goat Producer Training Certification

August 1-3, 2016
Tuskegee, Alabama

In conjunction with the Tuskegee University Caprine Research and Education team, contributors from Alabama A & M University, Auburn University, Florida A & M University, Fort Valley State University, University of Georgia, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and others provide a comprehensive training program with classes on herd health, marketing, nutrition and pasture management, bio-security, bio-terrorism awareness, quality assurance, disaster preparedness, reproductive management and much, much more. The program also includes hands-on training in hoof trimming, assessing body condition scores, judging livestock, FAMACHA and microscopic fecal examinations, pasture management and more with three levels of program certification available.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Pest and Disease Management

August 2, 2016
Phelps, New York

This free Northeast SARE and NOFA New York field day at Fellenz Family Farm will start with identification of common high tunnel pests and diseases and effective organic control strategies, including spraying. Andy Fellenz, with support from NE SARE, has developed and will demonstrate a boom-style high tunnel sprayer, as well as discuss the proper use of backpack and other relatively low-pressure, low-flow, single-tip sprayers. Variety selection, rotation, cultural practices, and spraying all have a place in the overall farm strategy.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Residue and Tillage Management in Organic Farming Systems: Eastern States

August 2, 2016
Online

This free webinar in the Understanding Organic Agriculture series is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join this webinar to learn about challenges and opportunities in implementing tillage and residue management practices on organic farms in eastern states. This three-part series will feature different regions.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farm Dreams

August 3, 2016
Galesburg, Illinois

Farm Dreams is a four-hour workshop for aspiring farmers to discover what it would really take to start a farm business. From assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream, this workshop is the perfect setting for you to find out what it takes to own a successful farm business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grasstravaganza

August 4-6, 2016
Alfred, New York

The conference "Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms" will feature presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics, interactive soil health-related activities, and a trade show. The featured speaker this year is Dr. Fred Provenza.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrating Irrigation into your Grazing System

August 4, 2016
Shoreham, Vermont

This NOFA Vermont afternoon workshop will look at Elysian Fields' farm infrastructure through a farm walk. The workshop will be looking at the new irrigation system that they implemented on their farm, as well as their cropping operation.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Student Organic Seed Symposium

August 5-8, 2016
Waterville, Maine

This is an annual event organized by and for graduate students across the country who are interested in organic plant breeding and sustainable agricultural systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Bison Advantage Outreach and Education Workshop

August 5, 2016
Jamestown, North Dakota

The National Buffalo Museum and the North Dakota Buffalo Association will host a free workshop in August for local extension and other ag educators. The workshop will be a hands-on experience in which attendees will be educated on the holistic management of bison. A ranch tour is offered on August 6.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Profitable Poultry in Motion: Maximizing Performance From Your Pastured Flock

August 5, 2016
Ravenna, Ohio

At this OEFFA workshop, join Ami Gignac and Tim Fox of Breakneck Acres and Casey Rogers of Fertrell for a day-long look at profitably raising healthy layers and broilers on pasture. Ami and Casey will connect financial health and flock health during this session exploring planning and forecasting, budgeting and cost tracking, operations, nutrition and feed mixing, disease management, and financial analysis and pricing. Attendees will receive customizable spreadsheet files with profit and loss statements for broilers and layers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pork from Pasture (and Woodlot) to Plate

August 5, 2016
Knoxville, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Crooked Gap Farm, the discussion will focus broadly on pasture and woodlot pork production, from farrow-to-finish to selling the meat.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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