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Permalink Beef Cattle Handling Seminar

February 6, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana

Purdue University's Integrated Resource Management program sponsors this seminar for Indiana beef producers and veterinarians. Lynn Locatelli, veterinarian and cattle-handling expert, will lead the seminar based on the Cattlexpressions Low-Stress Cattle Handling program. The workshop focuses on how human interactions with livestock affect animal health, performance and handling. Locatelli will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil and Nutrition Conference

February 8-9, 2016
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

The 5th Annual 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference will gather farmers, researchers, nutritionists and food system advocates for a multidisciplinary conversation exploring the potential to improve food quality through regenerative agriculture that builds soil, crop and ecosystem health. This event will explore how soil health and crop quality are interrelated, and how a renewed focus on the food qualities that industrial agriculture forgot--flavor and nutrition--can help drive transformation with important societal benefits.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Wholesale Success Workshop

February 8, 2016
Great Falls, Montana

This full-day program gives farmers the resources and tools they need to make sure their produce is of the highest quality, to manage food safety and other risks, and to nurture the relationships with customers that they need to be successful. It is designed to help small and mid-acreage fruit and vegetable farmers grow their businesses.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink From The Ground Up: Creating a Plan to Grow Your Farm Business

February 8 - March 28, 2016
Urbandale, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, through a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, will offer an eight-week program geared toward helping participants plan, market and manage their farm. The course meets on Monday evenings. Every attendee will complete a written three-to five-year business plan which shows a clear path to growth and profit, receive both peer and professional reviews of the plan, and learn how to present that plan to family members and lenders.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Tomato Grafting & Production

February 8-9, 2016
Randolph Center, Vermont

In this short course from Vermont Technical College, students will learn the techniques used for side grafting and top grafting of tomato plants. The course will focus on the science behind a graft, how to grow tomatoes properly for grafting, caring for them during the healing process and proper planting of grafted tomatoes. The second part of the course will look at Tomato Hoop House design, maintenance and management, yields and income.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Gateway Fruit and Vegetable Conference

February 9-10, 2016
O'Fallon, Illinois

University of Illinois Extension presents this conference.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sales 1: Availability, Invoicing and Dispute Resolution with Food Buyers

February 9, 2016
Online

In this free Farm Commons webinar, learn how to build a strong relationship with your buyers to ensure that they become life-long customers and advocates of your farm. Attend to learn how you can use the documents and ordering system you likely already use to develop clear communication with your buyers. Learn how to make sure you get paid, and what to do if things go wrong.

In: Online

 

Permalink Seed School Online

February 9 - March 29, 2016
Online

This course from Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is comprised of seven weekly webinars with primary instructor Bill McDorman of 1.5 hours each. Lessons will be held on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. MST.

In: Online

 

Permalink The Science Supporting Changes in Soil Health

February 9, 2016
Online

This NRCS webinar is presented by the Soil Health Division. It is a free, one-hour webinar. This webinar will explore the science that supports the critical role soil health plays in efficient crop production systems; variations in production caused by short-term stresses; and the large economic impact of degraded soils across the country in terms of yield and efficiency of input use. The presenter is Jerry L. Hatfield, Ph.D., USDA Agricultural Research Service.

In: Online

 

Permalink New York Certified Organic Winter Program

February 9, 2016
Geneva, New York

New York Certified Organic has announced its series of winter programs. There is no cost or need to register for the meetings; participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. This event features four sessions on managing soil health with crop rotations and forage production. Sessions will cover Putting Soil Health Knowledge and Crop Rotations into Practice, Alternative Forage Rotations to Protect Soil on Marginal Land, and Reducing Pasture Compaction with Daikon Radish. A farmer panel will discuss How to Decide Whether to Sell Forages to Dairy Farmers or Plow Them In for Green Manure.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Dairy Nutrient Recovery Technologies within an Anaerobic Digestion Bio-Refinery

February 10, 2016
Online

Join Washington State University for the first in a series of five free webinars where Washington State University researchers and their collaborators share their findings as they strive to quantify the climate, air, water, nutrient, and economic impacts of integrating emerging, next-generation technologies within anaerobic digestion systems on U.S. dairies. Webinars begin at 10 a.m. PST.

In: Online

 

Permalink Minnesota Farmers Market Academy

February 9 or 10, 2016
Mankato or Rochester, Minnesota

Minnesota Farmers Market Association is presenting the Academy in eight locations across the state. These are the final two locations. Vendors will learn about food licensing, the 2015 Minnesota Cottage Food Law, how to price your products to be profitable, marketing strategies, spreadsheets you can take home and use, and more. Market managers will join an interactive session with seasoned and successful managers to share tactics to grow vendors and customers, raise money for special events, and get the latest on SNAP EBT.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wild Bee Monitoring, Identification, and Outreach in Organic Farming Systems Webinar

February 10, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for this free webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Te webinar will deliver basic wild bee identification and monitoring tools for organic farmers, and discuss how these tools can be implemented as part of the Organic Systems Plan. This webinar is applicable to organic farmers and the general public who would like to start monitoring bees, and researchers interested in developing outreach programs.

In: Online

 

Permalink Raising Marine Shrimp

February 10, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana

Purdue Extension and the Indiana Aquaculture Association are offering a one-day workshop on raising marine shrimp. The event is open to anyone thinking about starting a shrimp operation, as well as current producers. Topics include intensive shrimp raising practices, environmental regulation in shrimp production buildings and the economics of the shrimp industry. There will also be a question-and-answer session with the presenters.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farming: What We've Learned

February 10, 2016
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) invites the public to attend a day-long series of organic workshops. This day of workshops will be filled with information for both farmers thinking about transitioning to organic and experienced organic farmers. Meg Moynihan, Board Chair of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), will present an overview of survey results recently received detailing research and information needs of organic farmers. Bart Hall will discuss the importance of cultivating new generations of producers, consumers and agricultural leaders. There is also a mini-trade show and networking during the afternoon. A 'Certification 101' workshop will go over organic standards and frequently asked certification questions. Organic inspector Ib Hagstenwill discuss how soil health improves the health of the crop, which in turn feeds healthy people. Bart Hall will then give back-to-back workshops entitled 'Thinking Like an Owner' and 'Organic is a Marketing Decision.' And to conclude the day, Daryl Hinderman, Board Chair of OCIA Research and Education, will discuss what he's learned about managing weeds on organic farms.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Webinar: EBVs for Dummies

February 11, 2016
Online

Each year, the University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program conducts a winter webinar series. Participation is limited to the first 100 people who log on. The 2016 Winter Webinar Series will cover six different topics on consecutive Thursday evenings. Speakers will be from several different states and institutions. In this second session, Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension, speaks on EBVs for Dummies.

In: Online

 

Permalink On-Farm Food Safety GAP Workshop: Guiding you through the plan writing process

February 11-12, 2016
Bozeman, Montana

This free workshop is one of three being offered in Montana in February. This GAP Planning Workshop will guide vegetable, fruit and nut growers through the food safety plan writing process. The workshop is for fresh produce growers, especially those who are exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule. However, the workshop will be useful to all fresh produce growers, as well as buyers of fresh produce, and educators working with growers of fresh produce. Farmer participants will leave the workshop with the following: • A draft Food Safety Plan for your farm • Insight into the food safety risks on your farm and ways to mitigate them • The ability to implement new food safety measures and assure your buyers that food safety is a priority on your farm • Understanding of the relationship between FSMA and USDA-GAP Others who will benefit from this on-farm food safety training: • Produce Buyers: Learn what food safety measures to expect of your grower suppliers. • Educators: Understand potential on-farm food safety risks so you can help produce growers identify and address them.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Communicating with Administrators and Clients about Targeted Grazing

February 11, 2016
Online

This is the concluding webinar in the monthly series presented by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session, "Communicating with administrators and clients about targeted grazing—How can you make sure your message is heard?" is facilitated by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho.

In: Online

 

Permalink TOFGA Organic Conference

February 11-13, 2016
Rockwall, Texas

Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners present this conference. It offers pre-conference workshops and tours, sessions for beginning and advanced farmers, regional meetings, and vendors, as well as the Texas Farm to School Roundup.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Land Stewardship Project Soil Health Meetings

February 4 or 11, 2016
Plainview or Lewiston, Minnesota

The Land Stewardship Project is bringing some of the nation's leading names in soil health and cover cropping to southeastern Minnesota. The February 4 meeting will feature Jay Fuhrer of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The February 11 meeting will feature Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crops Coordinator for Practical Farmers of Iowa, and Barry Fisher, recently named to head the NRCS's soil health initiative for the 10-state Midwest region. Both meetings will feature a roundtable discussion consisting of southeastern Minnesota farmers who are utilizing cover crops and other methods to build soil health. In addition, there will be an opportunity for farmers to provide input into what federal farm policy barriers exist when it comes to building soil health and what conservation reforms are needed in the next Farm Bill.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pick TN Conference

February 11-13, 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Pick TN Conference gives Tennessee farmers their best opportunity to explore the latest information and access the best resources for every facet of modern farm life, all in one event. Whether you grow an orchard, flowers, a corn maze, wine grapes, acres of produce, or manage a farmers market, you can leave the Pick TN Conference with a whole new bag of tricks to make 2016 your best year ever. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in educational sessions, a tradeshow, and networking with producers from across the state.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Systems and Forage Quality of Grasses for Organic Dairy Production Webinar

February 11, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a free webinar about grass forage species in grazing systems on certified organic dairy farms at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. In this webinar, Dr. Brad Heins, Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota, will describe a multi-year grazing project, funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative, aimed at enhancing in-field and landscape-level species diversity of grasses across the grazing season.

In: Online

 

Permalink Soil Water Sensors for Agriculture – Applications and Usefulness

February 11, 2016
Online

The NRCS West National Technology Support Center presents this free, one-hour webinar. This presentation will cover the types of sensors available and explanations, with examples, of how sensor type, calibration, installation and telemetry options affect the usefulness and representativeness of sensors in given soils.This webinar will provide guidance for using the four main sensor technologies: neutron thermalization, resistance blocks, capacitance sensing (frequency domain sensing), and travel time sensing (time domain reflectometry and time domain transmission modes).

In: Online

 

Permalink Southern Maryland Vegetable & Fruit Production Meeting

February 11, 2016
Gambrills, Maryland

Speakers will provide IPM updates and present on a broad range of production topics. Meeting sponsors will showcase their products and services, and state vegetable organization leaders will be present to recruit and answer your questions.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Managing Horse Pastures on Small Farms and Acreages

February 11, 2016
Online

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. Webinars are held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session is by Jamie Washburn, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink Webinar on 2016 OREI and ORG Request for Applications

February 11, 2016
Online

USDA will host a webinar from 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time to discuss the request for application to two NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) organic grant programs: Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Organic Transitions (ORG). The webinar will include a brief description of the two programs followed by a Q & A session. Pre-registration is not required for this webinar session. To participate, dial toll-free 866-740-1260, Access Code 7206000. Also access the Web at http://www.readytalk.com. On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code 7206000.

In: Online

 

Permalink Wholesale Success Workshops

February 12 or 13, 2016
Pendleton or Rockville, Indiana

The Purdue Extension Local Food Program and county Extension offices are hosting day-long workshops for vegetable farmers who want to learn about wholesale markets. The trainer is Atina Diffley, an organic farmer, public speaker, and author. Attendees will learn about getting into local and regional wholesale markets. Some of the topics include wholesale vegetable production, food safety practices, strategies for production, and customer relationships and management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern New York Agricultural Development Program Annual Meetings

February 5 or 12, 2016
Chazy or Watertown, New York

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program meetings that are free, open to the public, and feature highlighted research projects. The meetings are also an opportunity for regional farmers to provide input on current research and technical assistance projects and suggestions for future projects. Registration for the meetings is not required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference

February 12-13, 2016
Latham, New York

The Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County and Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC. Topics will include mineralization of the soil, a chef's view of buying local meat products, stress-free handling of animals, genetics of the grazing animal, and finishing an animal on grass. Speakers include Neil Dennis, Sunnybrae Farms, on grazing and holistic management; Chip Hines, Colorado Rancher, discussions on genetics, grazing and management; and Bill Roberts, 12 Stones Grassland Beef, principles of nutrient dense food production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Small Farms Conference

February 13, 2016
Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Small Farms Conference is an event for people excited to learn more about opportunities with small acreage and ways they can make income on their land or improve their rural lifestyle. The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia. Experts will lead sessions in three relevant tracks throughout the day on a wide variety of topics including orchard establishment, monarch consortium, ancient grains, small-scale machinery sharing, taking your recipe to market, and much more. A trade show will allow attendees to network with companies.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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