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Permalink High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 21, 2017
Cheyenne, Wyoming

University of Wyoming presents this fourth annual event. Day one features an organic certification workshop. A series of speakers will give talks on NOP regulations, electronic tools for organic farmers, as well as financial and technical assistance. On day two there will be speakers, researcher talks, and a poster session. A range of topics within the themes of organic livestock, organic crop, and organic forage production will be presented by selected growers, researchers, and NOP experts.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Developing a Food Safety Plan for Your Fresh Produce Operation

February 21-22, 2017
Athens, Georgia

The Produce Safety Alliance Growers Training Course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management information, requirements of the Produce Safety Rule, and how to develop a farm food safety plan. Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Whole Farm Planning Workshop

February 21, 2017
Franklin, Virginia

This introductory workshop from Virginia State University's Small Farm Outreach Program is designed for beginning farmers and ranchers to establish and sustain viable agricultural operations through whole-farm planning programs. The Introduction to Whole Farm Planning workshop is free and open to the public. Class size is limited, and participants must RSVP.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Sacramento Strawberry Meeting

February 21, 2017
Sacramento, California

This half-day meeting for Mien strawberry growers, put on by UC Cooperative Extension, covers topics such as managing weeds, food safety, biological control, improving plant health with compost, and on-farm record keeping. For information, contact Contact Margaret Lloyd, mglloyd@ucanr.edu, 530-564-8642.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Conference

February 21, 2017
Denver, Colorado

This event precedes the Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture at the same venue. This event is for commercial fruit and vegetable growers throughout Colorado of all scales, marketing channels, and production practices. It offers a full day of educational and networking sessions.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Principles of Fruit & Nut Tree Growth, Cropping & Management

February 21 - March 2, 2017
Davis, California

University of California, Davis, offers this course that incorporates lecture, lab exercises, and field demonstrations to provide information on all aspects of basic plant biology and the relationship between plant biology and nuts and fruit orchard management. The first five days will be held on the UC Davis campus and include lecture, laboratory exercises, and field demonstrations. The following week, participants embark upon a four-day field trip throughout fruit and nut tree growing regions of Northern and Central California.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Cherry Pruning Workshop

February 22, 2017
Corvallis, Oregon

In this Oregon State University Extension workshop, you will learn the basics of tree fruit pruning, special details for organic orchards, sanitation, pruner safety, and specific considerations for cherry pruning. Practical demonstration and field practice will be available.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Financing Your Farm

February 22, 2017
Missoula, Corvallis, Columbus, Conrad, Joliet, Butte, or Bozeman, Montana

Farm Link Montana is offering Planning For On-Farm Success, a weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state. Marguerite Thordarson and Aimee Roberts will describe the phases of farm and ranch business startup and the best ways to access capital at each step of the way. Local agents will talk about federal and state programs that have been most beneficial to farmers and ranchers in your community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act–Produce Rule Training & Plan Writing for Beginners

February 22-23, 2017
Trenton, New Jersey

The Produce Safety Alliance offers this training for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Making Energy Work for your Small Business or Agricultural Operation

February 22, 2017
Helena, Montana

This free workshop introduces the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), showcases successful projects, and discusses the application process for REAP and other incentive programs. NCAT's Vicki Lynne will be participating in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy 101 presentation. RSVP to Donna Wyatt at USDA Rural Development with names of all attendees via phone 406-585-2545 or email donna.wyatt@mt.usda.gov.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Successful Buffer Restoration: Initial Establishment Methods and Post-Planting Care

February 22, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. This webinar focuses on riparian forested buffer restoration in the context of Pennsylvania’s rural landscape, particularly the agricultural context. Participants will learn proven successful methods for establishing riparian forest buffers at a landscape scale and the critical post-planting care details needed for success.

In: Online

 

Permalink Texas Soil Health Short Course

February 22-23, 2017
Wichita Falls, Texas

The course is a collaboration between the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The Texas Soil Health Short Course is designed to provide participants with research in dynamic soil properties and technical information about practical approaches to implementing a system to improve soil health. Learn about soil management strategies from farmers and researchers from across the country at the first annual Texas Soil Health Short Course.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Fruit Growers Association Winter Growers Retreat

February 22-23, 2017
Fountain City, Wisconsin

Join fellow growers for a day and a half of community, reflection, sharing, and learning. This is a great opportunity to gather for some open discussion, sharing insight about what's working on our farms and challenges we faced last season, and looking to the future. The retreat will offer a panel discussion on marketing and a presentation from Thaddeus McCamant of Central Lakes College on emerging pests, as well as time to explore topics on the minds of those present.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing for Profit

February 23, 2017
Kingston, Tennessee

Roane Soil Conservation District hosts their annual Tennessee Grazing Conference. Headline Speakers will be Dennis Hancock and Jim Green.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grand Forks County Soil Health Workshop

February 23, 2017
Grand Forks, North Dakota

NRCS and others present this one-day workshop featuring Jim Hoorman, USDA-NRCS Soil Health Specialist, and Nick Vinje, no-till farmer, as well as a panel discussion.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Western Slope Soil Health Conference

February 23-24, 2017
Delta, Colorado

This conference is designed to educate producers, government officials, and the broad community about ways to increase organic matter in and the health of our soils through cover crops, green manure, grazing, compost, entomology, and other sustainable practices. The conference will provide cutting-edge information on how to put practices to work on local farms, orchards, and smaller homesteads/gardens.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Needs for Midwest Produce Growers

February 23, 2017
Online

University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Angela Shaw, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Food Safety Specialist.

In: Online

 

Permalink MOSES Organic Farming Conference

February 23-25, 2017
La Crosse, Wisconsin

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) runs this event, which is the country's largest conference about organic and sustainable agriculture, with more than 3,500 participants. Innovative farmers, experienced educators, and farming professionals will present 65 workshops offering practical information about field crops, livestock, dairy, vegetables and specialty crops. Additional workshops will focus on soil health, farming issues, and strategies to help farmers manage and grow their business. Farmers can take a deeper dive into a farming topic through an all-day Organic University course February 23. Keynote speakers for the 2017 MOSES Conference are Mas Masumoto and Liz Carlisle.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Income Tax Planning and Preparation Workshops

February 7, 16, or 23, 2017
Petersburg, Halifax, or Orange, Virginia

Virginia Small Farm Educational Outreach Program offers this day-long workshop in several locations, for anyone who will be preparing 2016 income tax returns for farmers and farm owners. Important information on farm-related tax topics will be presented by a CPA and tax expert. Stay up-to-date with new tax regulations and requirements that may impact your farm business. In addition, learn about the application process for USDA Rural Development programs including Rural Energy for America and the Value Added Producer Grant.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink AGAware Small Farm Business Training

February 24, 2017
Perry, Georgia

AgGeorgia Farm Credit and AGAware present an educational program for young, beginning, small, and minority farmers. Topics covered include an introduction to business planning, risk management, applying for financing, record keeping, and balance statements.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Texoma Cattlemen's Conference: The Future of Sustainable Beef

February 24, 2017
Ardmore, Oklahoma

Attendees at this day-long event will hear from leaders in each sector of the industry as they describe their contributions toward the future of sustainable beef. Noble Foundation researchers will provide an update on current research and technologies being implemented on the foundation's research and demonstration farms.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Grape Growers & Vintners Association Annual Conference

February 24-25, 2017
Springfield, Illinois

This event includes an afternoon session on wine marketing, a wine festival, and Saturday educational sessions on a wide range of timely enology and viticulture topics.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cool Season Crop Production Workshop

February 24, 2017
Buncombe County, North Carolina

This afternoon session will kick off a 2017 Mills River Farm School Production Intensive Series focusing on soils, disease, pests and post-harvest practices for seasonal crops.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Hop Production for the Wisconsin Craft Brew Industry

February 25, 2017
Amherst, Wisconsin

This 8th annual seminar from University of Wisconsin Extension features presentations on hop quality, breeding, disease management, and more. An optional brewery and distillery tour is offered in the afternoon of February 24.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grow Your Farm

February 25 - April 22, 2017
Rolla, Missouri

University of Missouri Extension, through a grant from the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach to help veterans, Latinos, and socially disadvantaged persons who want to farm, offers this program to increase agribusinesses and enterprise development. Participants attend a set of practical seminars and field days to learn from MU Extension specialists, farmers and agribusiness operators. Three-hour sessions take place each Saturday, and there will also be farm tours.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farm and Food Agriculture Education Series

February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
Campti, Louisiana

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presents this free series of day-long workshops in partnership with Campti Field of Dreams and the Natchitoches Parish Library – Northeast Branch. Workshops run from 10-3, and focus on plants, animals, value-added production, and agribusiness, respectively. Morning session are at the library and afternoon sessions are in the field at a sustainable agriculture demonstration farm. Lunch is provided. For more information, contact Donna Isaacs, 318-573-7552, donnalaisaacs@gmail.com.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink ASAP's Business of Farming Conference

February 25, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for beginning and experienced farmers, as well as those seriously considering farming as a profession. The conference features business and marketing workshops led by regional farmers and professionals on topics ranging from record keeping to social media to farm business planning. The conference also offers networking options.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms

February 5 or 26, 2017
Warsaw or Montour Falls, New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program will offer a one-day workshop, "Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms," in five counties around New York State. Anyone who is growing commercially, starting up, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend. The workshop content will cover all the aspects of production from harvest to market. On the day following the workshop current and prospective farmers can schedule free one-on-one consultations with extension educators to review their farm goals, resources, and discuss challenges and opportunities for their own production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture and Food Conference

February 26, 2017
Dighton, Massachusetts

The 10th Annual Agriculture and Food Conference of Southeast Massachusetts includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. Sessions address marketing and business planning, production, livestock, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Introductory Food Safety Workshop for Produce Growers

February 27, 2017
Sacramento, California

Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will outline on-farm food safety requirements and get you on your way to creating an individualized food- safety plan for your farm. These workshops are ideal for both organic and non-organic, small to midsized produce growers who market directly to consumers, restaurants, and local retail outlets.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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