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February 2015

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Permalink Western Regional Grazing Conference: Grazing for Change

February 27-28, 2015
Chico, California

Meet leading holistic management practitioners, scientists and agricultural “solutionaries” and learn how these leaders are using livestock to improve soil, decrease dependence on water, grow more grass and improve profits. Gain access to their methods through small breakout workshops and hands on learning opportunities. This is a practical, results-oriented event. Dig into the principles and practices of holistic management in hands-on workshops taught by accredited holistic management educators. Spend an extra day on a ranch tour led by Chico State professors and innovative holistic management practitioners. Grazing for Change is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising costs of production, and pasture availability. Grazing for Change is hosted by Chico State University College of Agriculture, the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and the Savory Institute.

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Permalink Pierce County Farm Forum: Growing Opportunities

February 27, 2015
Puyallup, Washington

This event presents engaging and dynamic discussions as local farmers and agribusiness representatives share their strategies and experiences for forging new markets. This is an exciting opportunity to interact with your peers, network, and broaden the conversation on how to keep farmers farming, by capturing the growing trend of agritourism and direct market sales. The event will include a Farm-to-Purchaser Networking Session and a Farm-to-Technical Networking Session.

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Permalink Arkansas Grazing Lands Conference

February 27, 2015
Russelville, Arkansas

This is a conference for producers and landowners who want to have more profitable and resource-rich operations. Learn, from fellow producers, how to graze more and feed less hay. Speakers include Greg Judy and several South Central and Southeast producers.

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Permalink San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit

February 27-28, 2015
Lopez Island, Washington

Join island farmers, farm and food advocates, chefs, entrepreneurs, elected officials and others for two days of inspiration, lively discussion and learning opportunities. February 27 offers a chance for in-depth, half-day workshops with national and regional experts. Saturday February 28 offers a full day of sessions, and thought-provoking keynote presentations.

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Permalink Oregon Small Farms Conference

February 28, 2015
Corvallis, Oregon

This daylong event is geared toward farmers, agriculture professionals, food policy advocates, students and managers of farmers markets. Twenty-four sessions will be offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers. This year there will be a session track in Spanish. Speakers will include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.

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Permalink Kansas Farmers Market Conference

February 28 - March 1, 2015
Manhattan, Kansas

The From the Land of Kansas program, within the Kansas Department of Agriculture, has teamed up with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to host the second annual state conference. The conference will consist of a variety of workshops and sessions and is structured to promote success for farmers market managers, vendors, and community stakeholders.

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Permalink Agriculture & Food Conference

March 1, 2015
Dighton, Massachusetts

The lineup for this annual conference includes workshops for the general public, as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels and workshops specific to organic methods. Workshop sessions will include grain growing, tomatoes, seed treatment, pest and disease management, and choosing equipment.

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Permalink Iowa On-Farm Food Safety GAP Workshops

March 2 and 24, 2015
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Iowa State University On Farm Food Safety Team will be hosting full-day Level 1 and Level 2 Good Agricultural Practices workshops in locations across the state. This is the final set of workshops in the 2014-2015 series.

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Permalink Getting Farm Work Done Legally With Interns, Apprentices, And Volunteers

March 2, 2015

This Farm Commons webinar is an advanced follow-up to the Farm Commons basic farm employment law webinar. Using interns, apprentices, and volunteers is legally complicated and farms have gotten steep fines for doing it wrong. Get out ahead of the curve and build a legally compliant intern or volunteer program for your farm. In this webinar, farmers will gain a better idea of the role education programming and signed agreements play in building legal legitimacy. The webinar will also delve into the complicated world of in-kind wages: farm products or lodging offered to workers as wages.

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Permalink Using Participatory Variety Trials to Assess Response to Environment in Organic Vegetable Crops

March 3, 2015

The Northern Organic Vegetable Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) has been conducting participatory vegetable variety trials on a network of organic farms across the northern U.S. since 2010. In this free, eOrganic webinar, Alexandra Lyon, a PhD student who has been working for NOVIC since 2010, will discuss a straightforward, graphical approach that uses the NOVIC variety trial data to assess the stability of variety performance across variable environments. This webinar is meant for an audience of researchers, farmers, and other professionals interested in farmer collaboration and participatory research. Advance registration is required.

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Permalink CSA Workshops: Membership Agreements & Labor Issues

February 26 or March 3, 2015
Frederick or Annapolis, Maryland

Community Supported Farm (CSA) operators or those thinking about starting a CSA are invited to attend a workshop focused on drafting better membership agreements and addressing common labor issues. The workshops are free but registration is required. The workshops are sponsored by MDA, the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC), the Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI), the Maryland Farm Bureau, and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service grant.

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Permalink Sustainable Vegetable Producer Training

March 3 and 4, 2015
Lafayette, Louisiana

The LSU and Southern University AgCenters are joining with the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program to host free, one-day beginning farmer and one-day advanced farmer training sessions for ag professionals interested in sustainable vegetable production. The sessions will be led by Alex Hitt. Beginning farmer training on March 3 will include topics ranging from soil management to record keeping. Advanced farmer training on March 4 will provide more in-depth information on three or four specific topics, such as crop planning and labor.

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Permalink Greenhouse Tomato Short Course

March 3-4, 2015
Raymond, Mississippi

The 25th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course is for growers of greenhouse tomatoes or anyone with an interest in growing this crop. Special topics this year will be components of the greenhouse system, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budget for greenhouse growers, updates on the latest research, plant nutrition, alternative crops, water sanitation, and a the pest management workshop, which will include physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management.

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Permalink Organic Production and Certification in High Tunnels

March 3, 2015

This is the third webinar in a weekly series of high tunnel webinars from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Center for Crop Diversification. Adam Watson, organic marketing representative from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will introduce organic certification and how it relates to high tunnel production. Other topics will include economics and marketing of high tunnel crops throughout the year.

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Permalink Local Foods College: Farm to Bottle

March 3, 2015

The final online session of the University of Minnesota Local Foods College is Farm to Bottle. Hear the story of three innovative farm to bottle businesses from around Minnesota, and how they are adding value to locally grown grain, herbs and fruit through the process of fermentation. Local Foods College is free, but registration is required to provide you access to the Moodle classroom.

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Permalink Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference

March 3-5, 2015
Fairbanks, Alaska

This 11th annual conference offers three days of workshops and seminars related to increasing the sustainability of your agricultural pursuits in Alaska. This conference brings together farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and members of the agriculture support industry to learn from one another and to find ways to improve the agriculture industry in Alaska. Pre-conference workshops are offered on holistic management and hydroponic vegetable production.

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Permalink Non-Antibiotic Control of Fire Blight: What Works As We Head Into a New Era

March 17, 2015

Join eOrganic for a webinar on non-antibiotic control of fire blight. In 2015, apples and pears produced organically under the USDA National Organic Program standard must utilize non-antibiotic materials in spray programs for fire blight suppression. Effective non-antibiotic control programs will be presented with particular emphasis on integrated sequencing of materials. Interactions among non-antibiotic materials and their potential to cause russeting on developing fruits will be addressed. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

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Permalink Meet the Buyers

March 3, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri

Farmers throughout Missouri and Illinois are invited to attend a Meet the Buyers event to meet local and regional food buyers. Extension representatives will present introductory information about two programs, MarketReady and Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs). Representatives from a foodservice distributor, grocery retailer and school foodservice management company also will be on hand to share information on how those specific industries work and how farmers can tap into them. Due to limited seating registration is first come, first served. Registration must be completed by February 25.

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Permalink Southeast Regional Vegetable & Small Fruit Day

March 4, 2015
Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Join fruit and vegetable growers from across Southeastern Pennsylvania for an important opportunity to network with growers in the region. Receive updates on varieties, recent pest and disease problems, innovative cultural methods, new invasive pests, pollinators and more.

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Permalink Using Sanitizers in Wash Water

March 4, 2015

This event is part of the Winter Wednesday Lunch Series of vegetable and small fruit production webinars from Penn State and Cornell University. This series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and surrounding states. Each webinar is $10.

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Permalink Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference

March 4, 2015
Liverpool, New York

NOFA - New York presents this 4th annual day-long conference with information exchange, learning, and networking. Veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management are invited.

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Permalink Winery Development Pre-Conference

March 4, 2015
East Lansing, Michigan

To assist potential entrepreneurs in understanding the elements of a successful winery business launch, a one-day winery development pre-conference will be held in association with the 2015 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference. Pre-conference sponsors, Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, and Michigan State University Extension, will provide basic information about starting a winery in Michigan. Topics include wine grape suitability, industry trends, business planning, marketing, licensing requirements, local zoning considerations, owner experiences and resources.

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Permalink Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers: Pasture health problems

March 4, 2015

The University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program will host a winter webinar series on consecutive Wednesday evenings in February and March 2015. The focus of the webinar series is Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers. This final, one-hour episode in the series focuses on pasture health problems.

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Permalink Restoring Health to Agricultural Ecosystems: Principles and Practices From Soil to Communities

March 4-6, 2015
Paicines, California

This practical and dynamic workshop will explore principles and practices for creating healthy agricultural ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of soil carbon and the interconnectedness of soil health to water quality and quantity and the health of all life. The event features Australian soil ecologist and soil restoration expert Dr. Christine Jones and special guests Dr. Cynthia Daley and Dr. Eric Brennan. This will be a unique opportunity for interactive learning from an exceptional group of presenters and participants.

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Permalink Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference

March 5-7, 2015
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

The OAK 2015 conference gathers some of the country's most respected farmers and practitioners who will share their wisdom and experience about no-till on a small scale, managing diversified livestock, cash crop/cover crop sequencing, effective record keeping for maximum profits, cash register technology for the farmers market, high value crops in high tunnels, managing dairy animals in an organic system, low-tunnel winter growing and much, much more. There will also be a vendor fair and lots of networking opportunities.

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Permalink Modern Wood Heating for Healthcare Facilities

March 5, 2015

This interactive webinar will provide an introduction to how modern wood biomass energy systems can benefit your healthcare facility—saving you money in operations while investing in your local community. This webinar is co-sponsored by Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Wood Energy Team, Idaho Statewide Wood to Energy Team, and USDA Forest Service. Healthcare facility administrators, operation and maintenance managers, and staff in Montana and Idaho are the target audience, but all are welcome. Contact with any questions.

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Permalink Ohio Farm to School Conference

March 5, 2015
Columbus, Ohio

The theme of the 2015 statewide conference is "Local Foods Across the School Meal Tray". All producers, parents, and food service professionals are invited. Join others for a day of connecting and learning from state and national speakers how to source healthy local foods to improve school food environments.

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Permalink Indiana Small Farm Conference

March 5-7, 2015
Danville, Indiana

With numerous networking activities, this conference provides small farmers with many opportunities to learn and interact with other farmers, producers, extension educators, researchers, and students. The keynote speaker is Dr. John Ikerd. Pre-conference workshops and a value-added tour are offered. Sessions will address beekeeping, pastured poultry, livestock, energy, production, and more.

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Permalink Small Farm Webinar Series: Hydroponics

March 5, 2015

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. In this session, Professor Samuel Wortman will discuss the basics of Hydroponics and summarize research results from ongoing studies on hydroponic production of strawberries, basil, kale, tomato, and pepper.

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Permalink Conflict on the Team: Effective Leadership & Communication with Farm Employees

March 5 or 6, 2015
Randolph or Williston, Vermont

NOFA Vermont is offering a series of workshops on Labor Management and Human Resources for Farmers. This third and final workshop in the series offers an opportunity to become a better manager by learning how to navigate different personalities and developing your leadership style. Workshop attendees will gain awareness and practical skills in clear communication, creating a positive work environment, and managing a diverse team.

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