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Permalink Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture Annual Symposium

December 3, 2016
Boise, Idaho

The Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) will bring together farmers, dairy operators, gardeners, government officials, and advocacy groups from around the United States to educate, network, and discuss a regenerative and sustainable agriculture future in Idaho. The keynote speaker is Blaine Hitzfeld.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Field School: Strategic Business Planning & Management

December 3 and 10, 2016
Holt, Michigan

This two-part, two full-day financial workshop from the Farmer Field School together will focus on planning, running, monitoring, and revising your farm business for profit. Presenters will cover business planning/re-planning including: Values and Vision/Re-vision for your farm business; Your goals and objectives and sound strategies for getting there; business structures, taxes, market/marketing analysis, as well as a look at the future and planning for your retirement/exit strategy. The workshop will also cover Financial Management: understanding, calculating and utilizing key financial tools (cash flow, balance sheet, partial budget analysis, enterprise budgets, Return on Investment etc) and a look at computer/web tools for financial management and record keeping.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New England Vegetable & Berry Growers' Association & New England Extension 592nd Meeting

December 3, 2016
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This event will feature sessions on crop insurance, wildlife management in crop fields, nutrient management recordkeeping for small fruit, irrigation during drought, pumpkin varieties, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Assessing Pasture Soil Fertility and Forage Quality

December 4, 2016
West Brookfield, Massachusetts

In this NOFA Massachusetts afternoon workshop, organic grass-based cattle farmer Matt Koziol will teach participants how to read pastures and the quality of feed hay. Matt will walk attendees through how to take, interpret, and implement pasture soil tests to ensure we are making wise economic and ecological choices for our pastures. He’ll cover a variety of pasture improvement strategies and discuss how different organic amendments can be used to fortify the pasture biology.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic No-Till and Intensive Vegetable Production: Tools and Techniques

December 4, 2016
Narragansett, Rhode Island

NOFA Rhode Island presents this Advanced Grower Seminar. Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using organic no-till practices on a commercial scale from Bryan O’Hara, owner and farmer at Tobacco Road Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut. During this day-long workshop Bryan will take participants through his whole production system which has been profitable and sustainable for over 20 years.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil & Nutrition Conference

December 4-6, 2016
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The Bionutient Food Association's 6th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference explores how the intersection of farm and human ecosystems holds the key to environmental sustainability, quality food, and overall well-being. Bringing together the collective knowledge of the food movement from the perspectives of successful farmers, cutting-edge researchers, enlightening health practitioners, and pioneers of food quality, this conference is a nexus of information and networking for all interested in delving deeper into the connections and importance of soil and nutrition.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

December 4-6, 2016
Tuskegee, Alabama

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. This year's theme is "Cultivating a Culture of Success Through Innovation in Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resources." Special topics will include veterans in agriculture, urban farming, and many more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Hard Cider Producers Only Tour

December 5, 2016
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

If you own a hard cider operation, produce hard cider commercially, or are considering opening a cider business, this tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most popular hard cider operations in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Participants will be given an exclusive tour by cider maker and cidery owners of each operation to discuss everything from orchard production to cider making to marketing. On the bus, University experts will teach rolling classroom segments on in-depth topics such as East Coast consumer hard-cider trends and research-backed specifics on planting and maintaining your cider orchard.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmland Access Conference

December 5, 2016
Augusta, Maine

Join Maine Farmland Trust and others for a day of discussions and dialog grappling with the challenges of how to provide for a farm's future when a farmer is ready to step back from the work, and how next-generation farmers can position themselves to take on the stewardship of farmlands in transition and make their mark on the future of Maine and New England's food system.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing for the Future

December 5-8, 2016
Online

National Farmers Union presents this online virtual conference for beginning farmers and ranchers. The conference is completely online during evenings, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center, and free giveaways. It focuses on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more.

In: Online

 

Permalink Hard Cider in the North Central Region: Industry Survey Findings and Opportunities for Rural Development

December 6, 2016
Online

As part of an North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) seed grant, researchers at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems surveyed hard cider makers across the North Central Region to better understand this growing industry. Questions focused on recent and projected industry trends, sourcing of apples, marketing and distribution approaches, constraints and opportunities within the industry, and research and outreach preferences of cider makers. During this free webinar, CIAS will share and discuss survey results.

In: Online

 

Permalink Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Workshop Series

December 6-7, 2016
Lillington, North Carolina

North Carolina State University, North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Harnett County Center), Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems – NC Growing Together Project (CEFS/NCGT) are offering a two-part workshop aimed at providing farmers with the tools to identify hazards on their farm; to prepare a food safety hazard assessment; and to create and implement a custom food safety plan that integrates the farm's practices while meeting market requirements for GAP certification. Taking this course will not result in GAPs Certification; rather attendees can leave these workshops with a well-developed working draft of their specific food safety plan, which becomes the framework for a GAP certification audit and can be used to demonstrate an individual farm's risk-reduction program.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Change Beyond the Plate

December 6-8, 2016
Braselton, Georgia

Change Beyond the Plate convenes more than 250 school food leaders, institutional purchasers, government allies, industry changemakers, and food-system thought leaders. Now in its 6th year, this National Gathering is a unique space for attendees to share innovative procurement strategies, connect with supply chain leaders, and strengthen the school food movement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

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

December 6, 2016
Online

In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join this webinar to learn about challenges and opportunities in tillage, residue, and weed-management practices on organic farms in western states.

In: Online

 

Permalink Managing Cucurbit Downy Mildew in Organic Systems in the Northeast

December 6, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on managing downy mildew in cucumber, pumpkin, and other cucurbits. This presentation will discuss what happens when the pathogen first arrives in an area and how the pathogen spreads. Additionally, methods for controlling cucurbit downy mildew will be discussed including resistant varieties and cultural controls. Results from studies on the use and effectiveness of organically approved commercially available products for controlling downy mildew will also be presented. This webinar was organized by members of the NIFA-OREI funded Eastern Sustainable Cucurbit Project, a collaboration of growers, researchers, and extension agents working to find solutions for the many challenges facing organic cucurbit producers.

In: Online

 

Permalink PA-WAgN Symposium: Sharing Idea Seeds Across the Rural/Urban Divide

December 6, 2016
State College, Pennsylvania

This year's PA-WAgN Symposium will focus around the art and science of communication. Keynote speaker Lisa Kivirist will share her own experience and that of other women farmers from her new book, "Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers." The symposium will bring together speakers on the topics of soils, value-added products, marketing, and communication.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market EXPO and Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

December 6-8, 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This event includes a pre-conference farm marketing bus tour and the North American Berry Conference. The main event encompasses a trade show with 450 exhibitors and more than 70 educational sessions addressing fruit and vegetable production, farm marketing, and organic production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Transition to Organic Workshop

December 5, 6, or 7, 2016
Lamberton, St. Cloud, or Rochester, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension will be hosting a series of Transitioning to Organic Workshops.These free, one-day workshops will build on the information presented in the first series of workshops hosted last year. Strategically located throughout Minnesota, the Transitioning to Organic workshops have been developed both for producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and for farmers who are currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. These workshops will be primarily directed to field crop producers, but all are welcome.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Young Farmers Conference

December 7-9, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

Every December, hundreds of beginning farmers from across the United States gather at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in to learn from agricultural luminaries, peers, and advocacy organizations. The conference includes inspiring keynotes and unique workshops that address soil science, technical skills, agricultural policy, farm business management, conservation, and more. Registration for the conference was by lottery.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day

December 9, 2016
Winona, Mississippi

The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production presents this free on-farm field day at Roberts' Farm. Topics will include winter fruit crop activities, the farm's eco-agroforestry and fruit trees, and crop selection and seed acquisition. To register, e-mail keithmdp@yahoo.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Digital: E-Commerce Workshops

December 7, 8, or 9, 2016
Milan, Nashville, or Knoxville, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA) is presenting a series of workshops designed to help farmers and farmers market representatives take their online marketing efforts to the next level. The e-commerce workshop will be repeated three times. It is designed to help participants determine if e-commerce is right for their farm. Instructors will compare available software options, describe benefits and challenges of selling products online and share considerations for adopting e-commerce as a direct marketing strategy. A panel of operators experienced in selling their products using e-commerce will also share their perspectives.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

December 9, 2016
Homestead, Florida

Produce Safety Alliance trainers spend approximately seven hours of instruction time in this course for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. This PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule Training

December 9, 2016
Winchester, Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension will be holding an FDA approved FSMA Produce Safety Rule Training. Space is limited for this training geared towards operations that are covered by the FDA FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink From Pig To Prosciutto: Rediscovering the Craft of Charcuterie

December 10, 2016
Lanesborough, Massachusetts

This NOFA Massachusetts class, taught by Jake Levin, the "Roving Butcher," will take you step-by-step from a live pig that was raised organically by Red Shirt Farm all the way to the delicious brined, smoked, cured, and stuffed end products that many know and love. Along the way, you'll learn how to properly and humanely dispatch, break down, and butcher a whole animal and how to use all of those odd bits to make amazing value-added products that will impress your friends and family.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Season Extension with High and Low Tunnels--Maximizing Use & Producing Profits

December 12, 2016
Jackson Springs, North Carolina

North Carolina Growing Together offers this full-day, hands-on workshop for producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion. Session topics include microclimate characteristics, ideal planting dates for cool and warm season vegetable crops, labor and material costs, and best management practices for pests and fertility. Presenters will also discuss various high tunnel equipment vendors, noting the features important to include for extended season growing in the Sandhills region. The presentation will include regional marketing strategies and federal funding opportunities for high tunnel construction. The day will conclude with a high tunnel farm tour.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Webinar: Grassroots Solutions for a Just and Sustainable Food System

December 13, 2016
Online

Leah Penniman, activist-farmer at Soul Fire Farm, has worked with farmers in Haiti, Mexico, and Ghana to exchange ideas and mutual aid. What can we learn from those on the frontlines of the global food sovereignty movement? Join NOFA Massachusetts in this free, one-hour webinar for a conversation that explores agricultural best practices and policy priorities to move us toward a more just and sustainable food system.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms

December 13-14, 2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This conference provides in-depth education and updates about organic agricultural practices. The keynote speaker is Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg. Sessions will address dairy, field crops, fruit, and vegetable production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink From the Ground Up: Connecting Agriculture and Health

December 13, 2016
Waco, Texas

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to engaging sessions that are all applicable to the practice of healthcare professionals. Topics will include the domestic and global issue of hunger, food waste, food labeling, and the New Dietary Guidelines. The conference will also include a Path to the Plate presentation which focuses on information that all Texans can use to make informed decisions about the food they eat based on truthful, relevant, and accurate information. The conference will close with a culinary segment

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands

December 13 or 14, 2016
Eureka or Susanville, California

This series of workshops being held across California during November and December features presentations on a variety of management strategies, highlighting the need for invasive species management approaches that maximize cost effectiveness of reduced-risk practices while promoting biodiversity. It explores biology of problem weeds, presents management strategies such as adaptive grazing and reseeding, and features case studies.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

December 14, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will learn about the importance of amphibians and reptiles, Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's (PARC) efforts to address conservation threats, and actions that can be taken to benefit this group of animals. The objective of this webinar is to improve awareness of herps and provide training that will allow participants to more effectively plan and implement conservation measures to benefit them.

In: Online

 


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