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Permalink Biological Pest Control for Greenhouse Growers

March 27, 2015
University Park, Pennsylvania

The Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences and The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will offer a day long greenhouse biological pest control workshop in the University Park greenhouse facility. This workshop targets greenhouse growers and educators who are interested in learning more about the use of predators, parasites, and pathogens to combat pests in the greenhouse environment in the context of an integrated pest management program. The hands-on workshop will include an overview of biocontrol strategies, detailed descriptions of biocontrol methods for common greenhouse pests, laboratory and greenhouse observation of biocontrol organisms and systems. Sourcing biocontrol organisms, planning, and biocontrol release strategies will also be discussed and the economics of a biocontrol program will be addressed.

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Permalink Farm to Table Pittsburgh Annual Local Food Conference

March 27-28, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The conference provides consumers with two days of networking and educational opportunities. Hands-on cooking demonstrations, gardening information, and information about nutrition and health are available. The conference provides consumers with ideas and information about where their food comes from and where to find businesses and organizations who can provide them with healthy food and healthy lifestyle choices.

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Permalink Mitigating Drought with Holistic Management

March 27-28, April 24-25, and May 29-30, 2015
Hunt, Texas

This workshop series is part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management program. It’s designed to educate participants about how nature functions and how producers can improve agricultural practices to increase their land’s productivity and resilience in good times and bad. It will be held at Kerr Wildlife Management Area. The three, two-day workshops cover Introduction to Holistic Management and Ecosystem Function, Holistic Grazing Planning, and Holistic Land Planning.

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Permalink Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food System

March 28-29, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Just Food? will explore the legal, policy, health, and environmental aspects of modern domestic and international food systems, with a focus on the intersection of social justice and food. The conference will bring together scholars, activists, practitioners, and other authorities to discuss the growing concerns that our methods of production, marketing, processing, distributing, and consuming food are not equitable, just, healthy, or sustainable for our communities.

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Permalink Small Farms Conference: Living Your Small Farm Dream

March 28, 2015
Wooster, Ohio

Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences presents this conference and trade show that will offer landowners and producers tips, techniques, and methods to help make their small farm operations more successful, profitable, and sustainable. Researchers and educators with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, as well as industry experts, will conduct more than 25 workshops.

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Permalink Women in Farming Risk Management Education Workshop

March 28, 2015
Bird City, Kansas

The second workshop in KRC’s “Women in Farming” series will focus on specialty crop topics including high tunnels, season extension, food safety, organic certification, pest management, cooperative marketing, and specialty crop insurance. The morning portion of this workshop will take place at the Bird City Senior Center, followed by a farm tour of Y-Knot Farm and Ranch, which includes 960 acres of certified organic wheat, forage, and pasture, and whose products include free-range eggs, grass-fed and grass-finished Belted Galloway beef, and produce from their gardens and high tunnel.

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Permalink Northeast Contract Grazing Summit

March 28, 2015
Morrisville, New York

Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District Grazing Program and Central New York Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council, Inc. present a day of learning led by current contract graziers, grazing clients, local grass-fed meat and dairy companies, land aggregators, and Ag business professionals. Sessions will delve into the matrix of decisions for considering a contract grazing business arrangement.

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Permalink Southeastern Sustainable Livestock Conference

March 28, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

This annual southeast conference to promote sustainably produced meat from livestock raised under high animal welfare standards will feature Temple Grandin and Mary Berry as speakers, as well as a farm tour of White Oak Pastures. Sessions are organized into consumer, producer, and business tracks.

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Permalink Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 28, 2015
Worcester, Massachusetts

The annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The UFC is a multi-sector stakeholder forum designed to share information regarding what is currently happening in Massachusetts. The 3rd Annual Massachusetts UFC is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders and a networking reception.

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Permalink NOFA Rhode Island Winter Conference

March 29, 2015
Warren, Rhode Island

"Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy Ecosystems" is the theme for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island's Winter Conference. Numerous speakers and workshops are planned, as well as a trade show and the NOFA-RI annual meeting.

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Permalink Eat Local & Organic Expo

March 29, 2015
Overland Park, Kansas

Join Kansas City Food Circle at their 17th annual exhibition of farmers. This is the first of two dates for the event. Meet and buy directly from some of the best local, organic, and free-range farmers in the area. There will also be workshops and CSA information.

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Permalink On-Farm Food Safety Trainings

March 26 or 30, 2015
Chico Hot Springs or Great Falls, Montana

IOIA and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center will sponsor an On-Farm Food Safety Training in two locations during March and another in April. Training is free for fruit and vegetable farmers or individuals whom have a direct working connection to those producers and reside in Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota or Wyoming. The workshops are designed for, but not limited to, produce farmers, county sanitarians, Cooperative Extension agents and other agricultural educators, farmers market managers, food safety auditors, organic inspectors, food retailers, restaurant owners, farm workers and interns, farm-to-institution staff, and agricultural service providers. Each of the trainings is a six-hour course, limited to 20 participants per course.

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Permalink Ohio Good Agricultural Practices Classes

March 3, 2015 ~ Licking County, Ohio
March 3, 2015 ~ Lancaster, Ohio
March 5, 2015 ~ Dublin, Ohio
March 12, 2015 ~ Knox County, Ohio
March 17, 2015 ~ Zanesville, Ohio
March 30, 2015 ~ Wooster, Ohio

Ohio State University’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program is hosting training sessions on Good Agricultural Practices for Ohio’s fruit and vegetable producers. New this year is information on the Proposed Supplemental Rule in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

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Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act: Implications for Farmers

March 31, 2015
Online

In this Practical Farmers of Iowa "Farminar," hear from Sophia Kruszewski, a policy expert at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, about what the Food Safety Modernization Act is and what its implementation will mean for farmers. Organic farmer and farm consultant Chris Blanchard will discuss details about who it will impact and how to comply with the new rules and regulations. These interactive webinars are led by farmers, are open to everyone and allow participants to ask questions of presenters in real-time.

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Permalink Indoor Ag-Con

March 31 - April 1, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada

Indoor Ag-Con hosts events about indoor agriculture; growing produce and raising fish in greenhouses, warehouses and containers using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic technologies. The 3rd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference will feature two full days of enlightening presentations and discussions from industry leading speakers, vendor booths located throughout the conference hall, and plentiful networking.

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Permalink Waste To Worth

March 31 - April 3, 2015
Seattle, Washington

The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is bringing together the nation's best science with innovative outreach on animal agriculture and the environment. The event is designed for those who make or influence environmental management decisions on livestock and poultry farms, including ag and environmental organizations, consultants, cooperative extension agents and specialists, equipment manufacturing and sales reps, farmers/growers, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff, regulatory and policy staff, and researchers.

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Permalink On-Farm Food Safety Trainings

April 1, 2015
Helena, Montana

IOIA and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center will sponsor an On-Farm Food Safety Training in two locations during March and another in April. Training is free for fruit and vegetable farmers or individuals whom have a direct working connection to those producers and reside in Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota or Wyoming. The workshops are designed for, but not limited to, produce farmers, county sanitarians, Cooperative Extension agents and other agricultural educators, farmers market managers, food safety auditors, organic inspectors, food retailers, restaurant owners, farm workers and interns, farm-to-institution staff, and agricultural service providers. Each of the trainings is a six-hour course, limited to 20 participants per course.

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Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

March 31 or April 1, 2015
Alexandria or Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS), is continuing the free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

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Permalink Florida Farm to School Regional Workshop

April 1-2, 2015
Lutz, Florida

Want to know more about buying local, school gardens, nutrition education and Florida agriculture for your classroom or school? Register for the second Florida Farm to School Regional workshop to see successful school gardens, tour M&B's farm, and learn more. The workshop is free and open to school administrators, school food service personnel, and teachers from schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

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Permalink All About Berries: Blueberries and Cane Berries in the Home Garden and Small Farm

April 4, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

Learn the basics of selecting, planting, and caring for blueberries and cane berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc.) in the home garden and small farm from Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers. This workshop takes place at the UCSC Farm.

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Permalink Raising Livestock on a Few Acres

April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
Ocala, Florida

This program series from University of Florida IFAS Extension will present options on how to raise livestock on a few acres. Learn in four different sessions about raising sheep and goats, rabbits and chickens, horses, and freezer beef.

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Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Workshop

April 6, 2015
Council Bluffs, Iowa

This is one of three planned workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action and provide resources tailored to Iowa. Topics will include connecting school gardens to the lunchroom, classroom, and community; working with farmers and food hubs to bring local fresh food to school cafeterias; increasing knowledge of food safety guidelines; and cultivating a strong network of stakeholders in farm to school activities. Space is limited and registration is required.

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Permalink New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 7-9, 2015
Amherst, Massachusetts

The 2015 Farm to Institution Summit will bring together leaders from New England who are working to increase use of regionally grown food by schools, colleges and health care facilities. The event will convene representatives from institutional facilities, along with their food supply chain partners and farm to institution advocates, to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The conference will feature three sector-specific forums for farm to school, farm to college and farm to health care, plus a full day of cross-sector workshops, sessions, speakers, activities and more.

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Permalink Farminar: Attract Customers through Fiber & Education

April 7, 2015
Online

Farminars are a virtual field day from Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network. PA-WAgN 2015 Specialty Mentor Terri Kinka of Golden Glen Alpacas will discuss methods to break into the niche market of alpacas. She will review the fiber qualities and value-added aspects of this unique animal and review the characteristics of several breeds. Terri will discuss how she builds knowledge and attracts customers to her farm through educational tours to the community.

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Permalink National Extension Energy Summit

April 7-10, 2015
Seattle, Washington

The National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2015 is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy areas.

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Permalink Reduced Tillage in Organic Specialty Crop Systems

April 7, 2015
Online

Participate to learn about research aimed at methods to improve soil health by minimizing tillage in organic vegetable systems. In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presenter will describe current research at Washington State University that is exploring methods to address a significant soil health challenge in vegetable production - tillage. The discussion of methods to reduce tillage in organic specialty crop systems will include cover strip tillage, the use of a roller crimper, and the role of cover crops. Research findings compare the impacts of different techniques in terms of compaction, water infiltration, soil respiration, and other factors.

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Permalink Farming in the City: Land, Laws, and Community

April 8, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

This evening workshop is part of the three-session Cultivate Baltimore urban agriculture series. This session features Abby Cocke of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Becky Witt of the Community Law Center, and Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm.

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Permalink California Agritourism Summit

April 8, 2015
Woodland, California

This one-day Agritourism Summit will connect agritourism operators, organizers, regulators, educators, and tourism professionals throughout California with each other. Participants will learn from each other and together plan the future for California agritourism.

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Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Diet Selection Basics

April 9, 2015
Online

This workshop is part of a series of online presentations and discussions led by experts on the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session is presented by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho.

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Permalink Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Annual Conference

April 9-11, 2015
Casper, Wyoming

The Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association, University of Wyoming Extension, Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops, and University of Nebraska Extension are presenting a two-day GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) workshop, followed by the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Annual Conference and Business meeting. The WFMA conference will include a keynote speaker followed by two sessions of one-hour topics.

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