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Permalink A Workshop Developed for Direct Farm Marketers and Agritourism Entrepreneurs

January 10, 11, 17, or 18, 2018
Jackson, Murfreesboro, Greenville, or Harriman, Tennessee

Direct farm marketers, agritourism operators and key team members for these businesses are invited to learn how to improve communication and create positive, rewarding personal and professional relationships at four upcoming workshops presented by the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture. Participants will explore the different ways people communicate, process information and interact with others using the Real Colors© temperament assessment tool. This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program requirement in the Agritourism, Fruits and Vegetables, and Value-Added diversification sectors.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Estimating System Production

January 18, 2018

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. This session will consider how site-specific factors can influence the amount of electricity produced by a photovoltaic installation.

In: Online


Permalink Growing Your Farm Business: Visioning and Scaling Up Workshops

January 18-19, 2018
Salida, Colorado

Valley Roots Food Hub, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Tourism Office and Guidestone Colorado are offering this opportunity to aspiring farmers and ranchers or current producers who are exploring the possibility of starting or expanding an agricultural business. Similar workshops are being held in other regions in the state.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Less-Common Fruit-Bearing Plants

January 18, 2018

University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This free webinar series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This session will cover 24 of the lesser-known fruiting plants, including their care, which are hardy for outdoor planting and which taste good straight off the plant or require processing to bring out their full flavor profile.

In: Online


Permalink Upper Midwest Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show

January 18-19, 2018
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, University of Minnesota Extension Service, and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture present this annual conference. Topics include vegetable production, small fruit production, marketing, and much more. Each year's program offers a variety of topics designed to be of interest to large and small growers. The trade show features a variety of vendors showcasing the latest in equipment, seed, tools, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink GAPs Certification Training Workshop

January 18, 2018
Olathe, Kansas

K-State Research & Extension will provide GAPs certification training and food safety plan development assistance in this one-day workshop. This training should help your farm successfully complete a USDA Harmonized GAPs audit and will assist you in creating a food safety plan. The morning session will review the GAP audit process (costs, who to contact, what to expect), with the remainder of the day spent creating your food safety plan.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink New and Small Farm College Butler County

January 18 - March 8, 2018
Hamilton, Ohio

This eight-week course evening course from The Ohio State University is filled with practical knowledge on a variety of topics including getting started, appropriate land use, sources of assistance, business issues, natural resources, recordkeeping, marketing and more. Learn to make the most of a few acres.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 18-20, 2018
Ames, Iowa

With this conference, Practical Farmers of Iowa has a vision of Revival for rural communities, soils, water, and opportunities for the next generation. From pre-conference short courses that run the day before and morning of the conference to in-depth workshops, roundtables, breakfast meetings, and a rich array of sessions in several core tracks, those who attend are sure to come away with valuable working knowledge to improve their farms and enrich their lives.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink The Potential of Diversified Cropping Systems as a Pathway to Sustainability in California Agriculture

January 19, 2018, 2:00 pm PST

This webinar is presented by Sonja Brodt, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, and Amelie Gaudin, Assistant Professor of Agroecology at UC Davis. It will present results from a small-scale exploratory survey of California agroforestry systems conducted by Sonja Brodt and Nina Fontana in 2016-17, and inform you of new research initiatives at SAREP and Amelie Gaudin's lab. The webinar will also share information about agroforestry practices in other Mediterranean contexts, including France and Italy, and discuss research and outreach needs, potential for networking, and next steps. Please RSVP to Sonja at

In: Online


Permalink Alliance of Sustainable Farms Field Day: Small Farm Training Center

January 19, 2018
Carriere, Mississippi

The Alliance of Sustainable Farms presents this free mid-day field day at Small Farm Training Center. Major topics will include multiple uses of floating row cover for frost damage, shade protection and insect invasion, as well as a demonstration of tools and techniques for growing healthy spring transplants. Pre-registration is required! To register, send e-mail to

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Bringing Livestock Back Workshop

January 19, 2018
Glenwood, Minnesota

Join the Land Stewardship Project and the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota to learn how livestock can help to increase your farm's profitability and resilience, make it possible for a family member to join your operation, increase your farm's revenue without buying more land, and take your farm's soil health and nutrient cycling to the next level. A panel of farmers who have integrated livestock into their operations will speak, and there will be presentations by Kent Solberg and Bryan Simon on the economics and soil-building potential of livestock in row-crops.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Missouri Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

January 19-20, 2018
Jefferson City, Missouri

This event features tours, special guest Jen Cheek, Executive Director of Farmers Market Coalition, and presentations on policy, regulations, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink NOFA New York Winter Conference

January 19-21, 2018
Saratoga Springs, New York

NOFA-NY will hold its 36th Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference. The theme is "Healthy People, Healthy Planet­." The event features 12 workshop tracks and keynote speakers David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé. Farmers of the Year, Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens, will share their experiences of opening and running Roxbury Farm, a community supported organic farm, as well as Courtens' work at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. Additional speakers will provide everyone with well-rounded information on living a healthy life in a sustainable style.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

January 19-20, 2018
Fairlee, Vermont

Join more than 350 farmers and agricultural resource providers from six Northeast states at this perennial winter conference for a cross-section of the region's livestock production. The weekend highlights local, grass-fed and organic foods, livestock farmers and supporters from more than six states, and plenty of new ideas to take home and ruminate on as you plan for 2018.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farmers Market Manager Networking Retreat

January 20, 2018
Missoula, Montana

Join CFAC, AERO - Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Montana Department of Agriculture, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology for this one-day networking retreat for farmers market managers. Topics include consumer outreach strategies, record-keeping and vendor recruitment, SNAP sign-up assistance, farmers market nutrition programs, and the new Montana Department of Ag Farmers Market web portal.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Regional Sheep & Goat Producer Training

January 20, 2018
Greensboro, North Carolina

NC Cooperative Extension presents this one-day event with sessions on animal health and predator control.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Northeast Ohio Small Farm Workshop

January 20, 2018
Jefferson, Ohio

Ashtabula County Extension offers this workshop to help landowners increase profits from their small acreage. This program is open to all new or aspiring farmers, new rural landowners, small farmers, and farm families looking for new ideas. During this workshop, participants will learn more about the current opportunities in small-scale farming; how to identify the strengths & weaknesses of your farm; how to keep records and develop budgets; and how to effectively price and market your products to consumers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm Business Planning

January 20 and 27, 2018
Cumming, Georgia

This two-day training from UGA Extension represents the first part of a three-part Journeyman Farmer certification program. This comprehensive, three-part certification program is designed for people considering beginning or operating small farms. Part one focuses on business planning.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink NCAP Organic Farming Conference

January 20, 2018
Boise, Idaho

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) and USDA present this conference, addressing the Farm Bill, organic certification, risk management, record keeping, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Reinventing CSAs for the 21st Century Consumer

January 20, 2018
Carson City, Nevada

Join Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute for a day of brainstorming, networking and education to discover new CSA models and online ordering systems. Collaborate with other producers to develop and market farm box subscription programs for the region. Meet local producers who will highlight their CSA programs. From traditional CSA boxes to flexible, online ordering systems, these producers offer a variety of CSA programs to meet the needs of their customers.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Southeastern Soil Summit

January 21-22, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia

Join UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department and the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center for an engaging 1.5 day Soil Summit including presentations and breakout discussion about the benefits and challenges of raw manure use relative to the safety of fresh fruit and vegetable production. Key goals for the summit include identifying barriers to using/producing compost while identifying management strategies, resources, and additional support necessary to support growers in minimizing food safety risks on the farm, especially when using raw manure. Additionally, produce growers, educators, and researchers will gain a better understanding of current FDA research and risk assessment efforts and the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 21-23, 2018
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Fresh Market Vegetable Growers Association.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Biological Farming Conference

January 22-24, 2018
Hot Springs, Virginia

The 19th annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Virginia’s premier gathering of organic farmers, gardeners and supporters, is a collaboration by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University, and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Whether you're an experienced grower or just starting out, you'll find plenty to interest you. The event offers practical learning and insights from more than 30 speakers, an exhibit hall packed with useful tools and services, delicious locally sourced meals, and the very best in networking.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink How do I need to comply with FSMA?--A webinar for produce growers

January 22, 2018

Join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a webinar that will clarify the basic Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for organic produce growers. FSMA compliance dates for some farms start in January 2018, so it is important for organic produce growers to understand how these new food safety regulations will impact their farms. In this webinar, Kali Feiereisel from CAFF will clarify the new federal food safety requirements for produce farms. Hear the details on the different FSMA compliance categories for farms, as well as the timeline for when farms need to comply. Feiereisel will discuss how organic farms may already address some FSMA requirements through the records they keep for their Organic System Plan (OSP). She will also highlight FSMA topics that fall outside the OSP, including worker health and hygiene.

In: Online


Permalink Growing Food Businesses Workshops

January 10, 11 or 23, 2018
Havre, Glasgow, or Helena, Montana

AERO and Lake County Community Development Corp are presenting a series of one-day workshops across Montana to answer your questions about taking advantage of changes to Montana's food laws in order to grow your business and the local food economy. These workshops are for food entrepreneurs and business owners, direct market farmers, state and local health officials, business and economic development resource people, local food non-profits, and folks with cottage food business ideas.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Winter Workshop--Relevant Tillage and Crop Management

January 23, 2018
Albert Lea, Minnesota

The Freeborn Area Soil Health Team will be having a Winter Workshop soil health event with keynote speaker Jodi DeJong-Hughes and a local farmer panel.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Harness the Power of Holistic Management

January 24 - May 16, 2018
Hurley, New York

Classroom learning complements on-the-land exercises in HMI's Beginning Farmer Program in New York, open to new and seasoned farmers/ranchers/land managers who want to learn how to holistically manage their business. Program graduates will walk away with the network, skills, and confidence needed to build successful, sustainable agricultural enterprises, as well as a Certificate of successful completion. The Holistic Management curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop-farming practices.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink EcoFarm Conference

January 24-27, 2018
Pacific Grove, California

The 38th annual Eco-Farm Conference, "Sow Good," is a gathering for inspiration, renewal, and celebration. The agenda includes pre-conference events, keynotes, a wide range of workshops, and special events. Topics include production, policy, case studies, research, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health U and Trade Show

January 24-25, 2018
Salina, Kansas

High Plains Journal presents a two-day event providing high-quality instruction to teach High Plains farmers and ranchers how to sustainably maximize profit from every acre of land. This event reflects land as a resource that, when treated with care, can continue to provide for farmers and ranchers even when times are tough. The event features more than 20 speakers, including farmer panels, and offers 20 breakout sessions.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Understanding the ABCs of USDA Programs

January 24, 2018
Eldon, Missouri

University of Missouri Extension sponsors a free, full-day workshop to help beginning farmers and ranchers, including military veterans, learn about resources offered by state and federal agencies. Representatives of Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, MU Extension and the Missouri AgrAbility Project will provide information on how to access their services.

In: North Central SARE Region




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