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Permalink Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) Workshops

July 17, 20, 22, or 28, 2015
Salinas, Fresno, Santa Maria, or Riverside, California

These workshops will assist producers in understanding available buy-up options and will provide an overview of the use of a web-based decision tool to determine NAP crop eligibility and estimate NAP fees, premiums, and payments.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Managing Invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs in Organic Agriculture

July 28, 2015
West Virginia

This free event at Redbud Farm will feature demonstrations of the latest technologies and growing techniques devised to manage the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and other stink bug pests. Organic Farmer Haroun Hallack, local Extension Specialists, and Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech will be on hand to answer questions and present their latest findings. The agenda includes farm tours showcasing field research plots, BMSB and natural predator identification, trap crop systems, and flower strips for attracting natural enemies.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink MSU Viticulture Field Day

July 29, 2015
Benton Harbor, Michigan

The Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center will host the 26th annual MSU Viticulture Field Day. The event will feature workshops related to the task of rebuilding Michigan's winter-damaged vineyards, as well as presentations on day-to-day vineyard management and demonstrations of vineyard equipment. The day will begin with a trade show at 9 a.m. followed by a series of morning workshops from MSU researchers. The afternoon begins at 1:15 p.m. with equipment demonstrations, followed by a second series of workshops.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing Certified Organic Cut Flowers

July 29, 2015
Natick, Massachusetts

During this NOFA-Massachusetts workshop, Lynda Simkins, Executive Director of Natick Community Organic Farm and long-time organic flower grower, will welcome participants to the farm to learn about all aspects of organic flower production. The workshop will explore harvest and post-harvest of certified organic cut flowers, weed management, marketing and selling, and strategies for season extension.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Dairy Environmental Systems & Climate Adaptation Conference

July 29-31, 2015
Ithaca, New York

This two-day regional conference will feature a unique opportunity to learn about emerging dairy housing and manure management systems in conjunction with regional climate trends and national and international drivers, along with adaptation strategies for the Northeast and upper mid-west United States. The conference will feature an optional day of tours on July 31, featuring multiple options that showcase on-farm integrated waste handling/treatment systems, on-farm climate adaptation strategies, unique agricultural enterprises, artisanal cheese makers and much more. Target audiences for the conference include leading dairy farmers and their key advisors, government officials, policy makers, extension educators, lenders, agri-business, and agri-service professionals

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Managing Organic Farms for Drought and Weeds

July 29, 2015
Saunderstown, Rhode Island

This free, evening workshop is part of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training workshop series. Farm Manager Lindie Markovich will describe Casey Farm’s updated irrigation system and how it helps protect the farm against the growing threat of seasonal droughts. The farm crew is testing new cultivation techniques this season and will share their results. This event will be co-hosted by the Young Farmer Network (YFN). A potluck supper will follow the workshop and farm tour.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Montana State University Horticulture Farm Field Day

July 30, 2015
Bozeman, Montana

Farmers and other interested individuals who are interested in touring the Horticulture Farm at MSU and learning about its 10 high tunnels are invited to a public field day. The day will include farm tours, high tunnel research tours, taste testing and informational talks on a variety of research projects.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Tennessee Small Farm Expo

July 30, 2015
Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee State University is holding its annual Small Farm Expo and Small Farmer Recognition. The free event will feature sessions on beekeeping, organic vegetable production, land trusts, fencing, and grant programs.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small Ruminant Conference

July 30 - August 1, 2015
Knoxville, Tennessee

The 2015 Small Ruminant Conference sponsored by UT Extension and Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension will include a tour of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, portable fencing demonstration, and trade show. Featured speakers include UT Extension specialists, staff from the Center for Profitable Agriculture, and small ruminant specialist Dr. An Peischel.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 30 - August 1, 2015
Skowhegan, Maine

The Kneading Conference is an intimate convening of passionate bakers, millers, grain growers, and wood-fired oven builders, coming together to share ideas and expertise in growing grains and baking artisan breads. The conference is followed by The Maine Artisan Bread Fair, dedicated solely to Real Bread and everything associated with this most ancient and central staple.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Choosing the Right Breed for Grass-Fed Beef Production: Highland Cattle

July 31, 2015
Glen Rock, Pennsylvania

PASA’s Farm-Based Education series presents this event at Lisa Mansperger's M&M Farm, a 72-acre farm that focuses its efforts on pasture-raised Scottish Highland and Scottish Highland Cross cattle. The Field Day will include Lisa’s experience with raising this breed, a chance to see her herd and rotational grazing system and explanations and demonstrations on the value-added products that can be produced from the unique hide and bones. Dwight Eisenhower of Bull Run Farm will speak as to why this particular breed is well suited to for a grass-based system and help you to better understand their behavior, temperament, nutritional requirements and benefits of choosing Highland cattle.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Diversification 101: CSAs, Cover Crops, Currants and More

July 31, 2015
Browntown, Wisconsin

This "In Her Boots Workshop" is presented by MOSES. Tour the highly diversified Christensen Farm with over 80 varieties of vegetables, along with raspberries, strawberries, currants, rhubarb, eggs, and honey. Katy Dickson will take participants through the growing fields, cover crops, hoophouses, and packing systems, explaining how she manages her CSA operation.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Sisters

July 31 - August 2, 2015
Monroe and Brodhead, Wisconsin

For three days and with five unique components and involving more than twenty farms, this jam-packed culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life. Events include farm tours, workshops, and meals featuring local cuisine.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Winegrowing Field Day

July 31, 2015
Forestville, California

The Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation presents an event that focuses on viticultural issues and sustainable practices useful to winegrowers. There is no charge to attend for growers, vintners and industry personnel. Speakers will address diseases, weed control, IPM, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Shop Talk and Field Day

August 1, 2015
Elkhart, Iowa

This free field day is co-sponsored by NCAT, the Iowa Farmers Union and New Family Farm, with support from the USDA Risk Management Agency. This field day will begin with a presentation of the new Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance program by Jeff Schahczenski, agriculture policy and funding research director with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). Diversified producer Tony Thompson will then lead a tour of his farm.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Controlling Worms in Sheep and Goats: Hands-On FAMACHA Instruction and Pasture Walk

August 1, 2015
Whitehall, Montana

Learn how to increase your dewormer's efficiency by creating refugias with the FAMACHA system. Better yet, learn how to reduce your dependence on dewormers by grazing to control parasites.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Farm Equipment 101 and Demonstration

August 2, 2015
Van Horne, Iowa

Eric and Ann Franzenburg use a diverse set of farm equipment – both large and small – to manage Pheasant Run farm. Join them at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day as they demonstrate how to use machinery, implements and tools, and discuss how each is employed within the farm enterprises. Participants will be able to try out tools in the field. Eric and Ann will also provide an overview of tractor safety for beginners.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Fertility, Compost, and Organic Farming

August 3, 2015
Pullman, Washington

Tilth Producers of Washington presents an all-day workshop to learn about biologically improving soil. It will be held at WSU Eggert Organic Farm and the WSU Composting Facility.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Introduction to Cut Flowers

August 3, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This evening workshop is part of the Growing Growers workshop series, featuring instruction and farm tours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Bus Trip to Gabe Brown's Ranch in North Dakota

August 3-6, 2015
Bismarck, North Dakota

Practical Farmers of Iowa members can join in a bus trip to Burleigh County, North Dakota, where they will spend two days learning about soil health, cover crops, and grazing with a full-day tour of Gabe Brown’s ranch followed by a hands-on workshop and tour with Jay Fuhrer at the Menoken farm. Buses depart from Ames and Clear Lake, Iowa.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Dry Farming Field Day

August 3, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

OSU Extension Small Farms will host a free, afternoon field day at the dry farming plots at Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture. Taste dry-farmed vs. irrigated tomatoes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Open Farm Week

August 3-9, 2015

For Open Farm Week, farms across Vermont will open their doors, giving you the opportunity to meet farmers, try new foods, and get your hards dirty. Farm stands, CSA farms and farmers markets are participating, and more than 50 farms across the state will participate. Specific locations, activities, and events are listed online.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Nutrient Sources

August 4, 2015

American Society of Agronomy is offering a monthly series of webinars that will examine several issues associated with organic production and management. Cost for each individual webinar is $25 for members and certified professionals and $40 for non-members. Cost for the series is $113 for members and certified professionals and $180 for non-members.

In: Online


Permalink Opportunities for Conservation in Organic Livestock Systems

August 4, 2015

Join this webinar to learn about the wide range of opportunities for NRCS support in organically-managed livestock operations. The presenters will discuss opportunities for conservation in organic livestock systems from both the NRCS and producer perspectives. They will present common organic management practices and National Organic Program (NOP) regulations relevant to livestock, including pasture and outdoor access, feed management, and pasture management. The presentation will highlight NRCS practices that can fit well in organic systems, such as rotational grazing, fencing, and pasture management.

In: Online


Permalink Spotted Wing Drosophila Workshop: Team Approach From Around the World

August 4, 2015
Eugene, Oregon

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides is offering this workshop that soft fruit growers should attend. Develop your farm's management plan, using a range of sanitation and cultural tactics from around the world. The agenda will focus on understanding SWD biology, behavior, and seasonal needs. The workshop is presented by Amy J. Dreves, Oregon State University, Beverly Gerdeman, Washington State University, and Emilio Guerrieri & Massimo Giorgini, Institute for Plant Protection at the National Research Council of Italy. There will also be a presentation on whole-farm revenue insurance.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grazing Lands Field Day and Tour

August 4, 2015
Forbes, North Dakota

North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, in partnership with the North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, is hosting its annual grazing lands field day and tour from 1 to 5:30 pm at the Sand Ranch. RSVP by July 30 is required to attend the evening meal and can be made by contacting Sue Balcom at or 701-527-5169.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cornell Soil Health Train the Trainer Workshop

August 5, 2015
Ithaca, New York

This intensive training workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural or urban soil management issues. This workshop will include a mix of in-depth classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experiences, and opportunities to work with national and international colleagues. There will be an optional field trip to discuss soil health practices, field assessment of soil health status, and appropriate management options. Participants will learn about soil health principles, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and management from experts.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Retail Farm Market School: Rohrbach's Farm Market

August 5, 2015
Catawissa, Pennsylvania

Enhance your retail farm marketing skills with this free at-market workshop on a diverse, multi-generation farm. This evening gathering will be focused on retail marketing and agritourism activities of this diverse, multi-generation farm. Conversations will center on meeting the ever-changing demands of customers, as well as common methods of pricing and price strategies.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Stigge & Sons Ag Day

August 5, 2015
Washington, Kansas

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event focuses on Integrating Livestock & Cover Cropping for Profit.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Dairy Farm Tour

August 5, 2015
Hillsboro, Ohio

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. Join Landis Weaver and tour co-sponsor the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council for a pasture walk and tour, filled with spirited conversation about the finer points of organic, grass-based dairying.

In: North Central SARE Region




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