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Permalink Understanding Organic Labeling Requirements and Label Claims

July 7, 2015
Online

This webinar from Oregon Tilth and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will address labeling requirements under the National Organic Program as well as other labeling claims such as non-GMO, natural, and more. Join OTCO staff and other guest speakers in this free, one-hour webinar to learn about the intricacies of various label claims and how to ensure that your labels are compliant. The webinar begins at noon PDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Missouri Dairy Grazing Conference

July 7-8, 2015
Springfield, Missouri

Farm tours will be held to local pasture-based dairy operations on day one of the conference. Presentations will be given by university faculty, industry, and dairy producers on the latest information related to dairy grazing systems on day two. A trade show is planned. This conference is a great opportunity for dairy producers and industry professionals to learn about the latest in grazing systems and network with other producers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Learning Together: Evaluating a Cover Crop Terminator

July 7, 2015
Hampton, Iowa

Doug Alert and Margaret Smith at Ash Grove Farm have used cover crops in their organic crop rotation for years. At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, you will view the results of using a modified rolling cornstalk chopper to crimp and terminate hairy vetch before corn and cereal rye before soybeans. You'll get to evaluate this method and weigh in on whether it is worthy of broader adoption.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Revisiting Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: Definitions and Regulatory Requirements

July 7, 2015
Online

American Society of Agronomy is offering this 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 Grassroots Grazing

July 8, 2015
Monticello, Iowa

Grassroots Grazing is a new grazing systems education and networking program intended for young and beginning farmers and hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. This second session takes place at the Dave Lubben farm, where Lubben uses a controlled strip grazing system to increase forage utilization for his beef cattle. There is no fee to attend, but preregistration is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops: What, How and When?

July 8, 2015
Reinbeck, Iowa

Lifetime Practical Farmers members Jack and Marion Boyer invite those interested in learning more about cover crops in corn-soybean systems to visit their farm. Attendees will learn about N-WATCH, a soil-testing program to track nitrogen in the soil, launched by Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. Equipment to seed covers into standing crops will also be on display.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Forage Management for Livestock Production

July 8, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Central National Technology Support Center. This webinar is a refresher course on the basics of conservation planning on pastureland. Participants will learn how to balance forage supply with animal demand.

In: Online

 

Permalink Crop Quality Control on Small Scale Organic Farms & High Tunnels

July 8, 2015
Eden, New York

At this NOFA-NY afternoon field day, learn about quality control and small-scale organic farming in Western New York at Falkimmer Farms. Beginning farmers Lisa and Bryan Falkowski grow Certified Organic vegetables, and have recently constructed a high tunnel to improve their production and extend the growing season for high-value crops like tomatoes. Tour several acres of cultivated fields for the full picture of how they produce quality organic produce (as well as maintain some sheep and laying hens), and how they market it through direct-to-consumer opportunities.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cornell's Willsboro Research Farm to Reber Rock Farm's Draft-Powered Foodscapes

July 8, 2015
Willsboro, New York

At this NOFA-NY field day, journey to an Essex County agricultural Renaissance farm, Reber Rock Farm, where they use draft horsepower to produce grains, meats, and vegetables. Also, join Cornell researcher Mike Davis, and Dr. Heather Darby of UVM in a tour of the vast variety trials and innovative research projects at Willsboro Farm, encompassing cereal grains, fruits, forages, and greenhouses at the farm's annual open house.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Certification through the Texas Department of Agriculture

July 9, 2015
Online

In this hour-long webinar from the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Mary Ellen Holliman, Coordinator for Organic Certification with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will explain TDA's new fee structure for organic certification, demonstrate tools on TDA website that applicants may use to calculate fees, provide an overview of the National Organic Program Cost-share Program, and answer your questions. Whether you are just exploring certification as an option, transitioning to organic production, or already certified, this webinar will be packed with practical advice. The webinar begins at 11 am MDT.

In: Online

 

Permalink Livestock Winter Pasture/Stocker Seminar

July 9, 2015
Ardmore, Oklahoma

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation presents this free, afternoon seminar. This ​seminar ​will ​cover ​cool-season ​forage ​variety ​selection, ​grasshopper ​and ​armyworm ​control, ​careful ​use ​of ​antibiotics ​including ​the ​most ​recent ​information ​on ​veterinary ​feed ​directives, ​economic ​projections ​for ​the ​cattle ​market, ​and ​value ​of ​gain ​this ​fall. ​Current ​and ​upcoming ​Noble ​Foundation ​research ​will ​also ​be ​presented.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable-Organic Production on the Coast

July 9, 2015
Oxnard, California

The all-day seminar presented by the California Association of Pest Control Advisers and others will focus on sustainable and organic production of local crops. Topics will include an update by the Ventura County Ag Commissioner, soil health, IPM, nutrition and plant health, micronutrients and disease control, insect control, biochar use, mycorrhizal inoculants, and biostimulant use. A panel of local growers will discuss challenges of fertility and pest control in sustainable and organic systems. Exhibits will include firms providing products acceptable for sustainable and certified organic production.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Management and Pasture Forage Quality

July 9, 2015
Howard Lake, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service are teaming up with SFA to sponsor a free pasture field day at Living Song Farm. Jerry Ford, who has been rotationally grazing since 2006, will be the host. Other speakers include Tom Gervais, NRCS grazing specialist; Julie Reberg, NRCS District Conservationist; and Rod Greder, Wright County Extension Educator. This field day will present management strategies to help improve your bottom line from pastures while also enhancing soil health and protecting water quality.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Adaptive High Stock Density Grazing

July 10, 2015
Online

This free webinar is part of a monthly series for grazing specialists, land managers, or grazing educators, hosted by Green Lands Blue Waters and The Pasture Project. The series presents topics important to grazing, with perspectives from scientists, experts, and producers.
The webinar begins at 9 a.m. Central Time.

In: Online

 

Permalink Holistic Management Workshop

July 11, 2015
Mendocino County, California

Invest one day out of your busy schedule to gain an understanding of the processes and practices of Holistic Management in this Jefferson Center workshop. Each of the Holistic Management modules--grazing planning, financial planning, land planning and biological monitoring-- are covered as well as the foundations of Holistic Management. Expect to spend some time in a classroom setting and the rest out in the field on pasture walks to observe ecosystem processes.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Grain Field Day at Spence Farm

July 11, 2015
Fairbury, Illinois

Spence Farm is a leader in the local-food movement in central Illinois. Marty, Kris, and Will Travis grow 40 acres of diverse grains as well as fruits, vegetables, and livestock. The tour will focus on all aspects of growing and milling (equipment, cultivation, soil fertility, and challenges with each crop) and marketing grain directly to consumers. Marty Travis will discuss how he helped create Stewards of the Land, a farmer cooperative that helped to increase the diversity of products that can be sold into the Chicago market.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women in Farming Risk Management Education Workshop

July 11, 2015
Emporia, Kansas

This is the final workshop in a four-part series. This workshop will focus on building soil health, utilizing cover crops, integrating crops and livestock into the operation; organic farming practices; and high tunnel production of specialty crop options. The morning portion of the workshop will take place at the Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia and an afternoon farm tour will be held at Gail Fuller’s farm. The farm tour will also include a visit to a native prairie with plant identification and pollinator discussion.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink VegScout School

July 11, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

This workshop is part of a three-part series presented by Women's Environmental Institute. This workshop focuses on Insect Identification & Management. All three workshops in the series will be taught by Dr. Loretta Ortiz- Ribbing. Workshops will have a lecture component, and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID, and will involve using dissecting scopes or hand lens to view distinct diagnostic features of pests, followed by hands-on and in-field activities to test knowledge and problem solve.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Water & Livestock Workshop: Ranch Watering Systems and Stream and Pond Conservation

July 11, 2015
Poteau, Oklahoma

Kerr Center livestock staff will present this Saturday afternoon and evening workshop, covering riparian area management, stabilized stream crossings, and livestock watering systems. The earlier, afternoon portion of the workshop will consist of indoor presentations, followed by a tour of the Kerr Center watering systems in the evening.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Festival of Farms

July 11-12, 2015
Across Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association’s Festival of Farms™ is an opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture, network within the community, and have fun at various farms across the state. The Festival is unique to each chapter, but the goal is the same—to build a unified sense of SFA’s presence in communities across Minnesota and tighten connections within the local food community. Events will include a Garlic Growers Field Day & Gathering, farm tours, speakers, local foods, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cut Flowers for Market Growers Field Day

July 12, 2015
Northfield, Minnesota

This Land Stewardship Project Farm Beginnings Field Day takes place in the afternoon at Humble Pie Farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Markegard Family Grass-Fed Day

July 12, 2015
Pescadero, California

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 Grass-Fed Beef on Conservation Lands.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Field Day and Farmer Training

July 12, 2015
Gilroy, California

Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) will host a field day and training for farmers at Welten Farms to share progress in their Northern California organic variety trials, which include over 30 varieties of cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. Participants will also learn simple techniques to conduct useful, accurate variety trials on their own farms.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Small Fruit: Raspberries, Blueberries, Currants and Goumis

July 12, 2015
Harvard, Massachusetts

This NOFA Massachusetts workshop will join Linda Hoffman and Charlotte Trim for an afternoon of berry talk. Meet at Old Frog Pond Farm where Linda grows fall raspberries for her pick your own operation and blueberries for their farm stand. Charlotte grows berries, goumis, and currants at her home in Lincoln and sells her crop to local restaurants. Talk about remineralizing the soil, foliar sprays, and getting your raspberries healthy enough to ward off the the Asian fruit fly.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Optimizing the Herd Through Grass-Fed Genetics

July 13, 2015
Oxford, Iowa

Doug Darrow at Rapid Creek Ranch has transitioned his conventional row crop farm into pasture that supports mob-grazed, grass-fed beef cattle. Doug will discuss his recent purchase of two Pharo bulls and his breeding plan for optimizing grass-based genetics in his Angus herd. Pat Wall, beef specialist from ISU Extension, will share his expertise on genetic selection and carcass quality. Justin Wade, Doug’s son, will also discuss the broiler and layer operation, and how the poultry flock is incorporated into the grazing system.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm-to-Resort: Agritourism with a Certified Organic Garden

July 13, 2015
Leavenworth, Washington

This Tilth Producers farm walk visits Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort Garden. This certified organic two-acre garden provides much of the produce and herbs used in Sleeping Lady's restaurants as well as fresh flowers. Learn about sustainable gardening, agritourism, marketing, and farm-to-table at this beautiful mountain resort's garden.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Equipment Maintenance

July 13, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

This evening event is part of the Growing Growers workshop series.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cut Flower Field Days

July 8 or 14, 2015
Nokesville or Fredericksburg, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program invites you to join them for two on-site tours with area cut-flower growers. Register for one or both of these educational field days to learn from program agents and network with local producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Certified Organic Agriculture; Planning your Organic Dairy Farm Transition

July 14, 2015
Alfred, New York

If Organic Certification is part of your Farm Plan this Field Day is for you. Join Alfred State Organic Dairy Farm Manager, Virginia Chamberlain, and the NOFA-NY certification team to learn from the ground up what organic dairy certification is all about. You can "Hit the Ground Running" after this in-depth look at the organic transition process, applying for certification, record keeping and field requirements for your farm. A farm tour and pasture walk will be included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Pasture-Based Cheese Open House

July 14, 2015
Hickory Corners, Michigan

Kellogg Biological Station will host a pasture-based cheese open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the cheese-making process and sample KBS dairy's pasture-based cheese along with other cheeses from the MSU Dairy Store.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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