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Permalink Sustainable Foods Summit

January 18-20, 2017
San Francisco, California

Sustainable food systems, food ingredients, traceability and authenticity, and waste impacts are focal themes of the North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit. Since 2009, the Sustainable Foods Summit has been discussing leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and others.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Heart of America Grazing Conference

January 18-19, 2017
Quincy, Illinois

This is an annual regional conference focusing on promoting and utilizing forages for livestock and a sustainable and economically viable manor. Discussions focus on crop management, grazing management, environmental stewardship, economics, and marketing. Green Hills Farm Project will host the event.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink North Dakota Grazing Lands Winter Conference

January 18, 2017
Jamestown, North Dakota

"Ranching in Dynamic Times" will be the topic at the 2017 North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition annual winter conference. Keynoting this year's one-day event in Jamestown will be Johann Zietsman, renowned grazier and livestock breeder from Zimbabwe, South Africa.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Making Energy Work for your Small Business or Agricultural Operation

January 18, 2017
Missoula, Montana

This free, day-long workshop focuses on energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities, and how to apply for REAP grants and other financing. RSVP to Heather Handeland at USDA Rural Development with names of all attendees via phone (406-829-3395 x106) or email at

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Planning For On-Farm Success Workshops

January 18 - March 1, 2017
Missoula, Corvallis, Columbus, Conrad, Joliet, Butte, or Bozeman, Montana

Farm Link Montana is offering this weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state. Learn how to evaluate new markets, track financial information and use it to make decisions, access the right financing for your business, and manage the risks in your operation. Participants will receive expert instruction by presenters from the Montana university system as well as networking and Q&A with experienced producers, lenders, and ag professionals in your community. They will receive a copy of the Planning for On-Farm Success workbook and get hands-on support working on their own plans during the course.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink New and Small Farm College

January 19 - March 9, 2017
Lima, Ohio

Are you interested in learning how to make the most of a few acres? If so, this eight-week course from Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Programs is just for you. The class meets once per week, in the evening.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Workshops

January 17, 18, or 19, 2017
Great Falls, Billings, or Sidney, Montana

Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, NRCS, and Soil & Water Conservation Society present these one-day workshops with Dr. Dwayne Beck and farmer Dan Forgey. The sessions will focus on profitable and successful no-till production with diversified rotations, cover crops, and integrated livestock.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Profitable Meat Marketing Workshops

January 11, 12, or 19, 2017
Hudson, Hudson Falls, or Auburn, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in several counties are hosting free Profitable Meat Marketing workshops this winter. The workshops are geared toward livestock producers wishing to learn more about marketing and product pricing. The workshop will focus on helping farmers learn effective marketing strategies in order to increase profit. The Meat Price Calculator will also be introduced. Contact county Extension offices for more information.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Top 10 Considerations to Navigate a Struggling Farm Economy

January 18 or 19, 2017
Salina or Topeka, Kansas

This day-long program from Kansas State University Research & Extension will focus on a host of different topics to start thinking critically about how the farm operation might withstand these hard times. Each topic will provide the decision framework of how to evaluate what viable options or opportunities exist to become more efficient and to strengthen the farm business. The program is being held in locations across the state during January and February.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: ABCs of Strawberry Plasticulture Production

January 19, 2017

University of Illinois Extension will once again be hosting the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series featuring practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. This is the first in the series, which runs through March 30.

In: Online


Permalink Farm$en$e

January 19 and 26, and February 2 and 9, 2017
State College, Pennsylvania

Farm$en$e is a four session workshop from Penn State Extension that teaches farmers how to understand financial statements such as the cash flow statement, the balance sheet, and the income statement. Course participants will learn how to organize and use financial records to make informed financial and production decisions. Pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Finances & Farm Service Agency Assistance Programs

January 19, 2017
Cleveland, Mississippi

Join presenters from the USDA's Farm Service Agency and the National Center for Appropriate Technology for a free, day-long workshop focused on farm finances and farm service agency programs. No registration is required. All are welcome; military veterans, limited resource farmers, beginning farmers, women, and minorities are encouraged to attend. For information, contact Rockiell Woods, 479-575-1385 or

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink South Carolina Agritourism 2017 Conference

January 19-20, 2017
Clinton, South Carolina

Thursday will be an educational bus tour to four different area operations. Friday’s conference theme is "Thinking Outside the Crate, Taking Care of the Details." In addition to a keynote speaker, the conference will include planned time to network with other attendees and vendors as well as featuring a panel discussion with agritourism farmers sharing their experiences both good and bad.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Third Thursday Thing: Grapes

January 19, 2017
Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentucky State University presents this monthly sustainable agriculture workshop targeting small farmers, beginning farmers and agricultural professionals. The topic for this month is grapes.

In: Southern SARE Region


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

January 19-20, 2017
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Topics at the annual conference 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.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Iowa Forage and Grassland Council Conference

January 19-10, 2017
Ames, Iowa

The annual Iowa Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC) Conference will precede the Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) conference. IFGC is partnering with PFI to offer a full slate of producer and industry expert speakers on a variety of topics at the conference. Topics include multispecies grazing, the impact of grazing on soil health, new technologies in grazing, a new genetic test to identify fescue tolerance of beef cattle, pasture renovation strategies, and managing the nutritional needs of beef and sheep. The conference will also feature two producer panels (on extended grazing and grazing management experiences) and break out presentations on beef and sheep forage nutrition and mineral nutrition.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day

January 20, 2017
Brookhaven, Mississippi

Ole Brook Organics hosts the first in the Alliance's monthly series of free, on-farm field days. Topics will include "Preparing for Spring Planting and High Tunnels; Nutritional Value of Specialty Crops: Turmeric, Blueberries, and Muscadine; and Featuring the Farm's Vegetables, Melons, Turmeric, and Ginger." Experts/presenters will include Dr. William B. Evans, Associate Research Professor, Truck Crops Experiment Station with Mississippi State University; and Dr. Girish K. Panicker, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Conservation Research with Alcorn State University; and Al Buie, farm owner. Ole Brook Organics grows certified organic produce such as turmeric, ginger, squash, tomato, beets, turnips, mustard, and melons. Pre-registration is required. Contact to register.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink NOFA - New York Winter Conference

January 20-22, 2017
Saratoga Springs, New York

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of New York's 35th Annual Winter Conference will feature 17 tracks, a seed conference, a seed swap, and fun and learning for all. This event will also play host to the Northeast Organic Seed Conference: Owning Our Seed. Keynote Speaker CR Lawn of Fedco Seeds will help tie the two events together.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Missouri Farmers Market Association Annual Conference

January 20-21, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri

The conference includes a pre-conference farm tour, educational sessions, and a social event.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm Equipment Workshop

January 20, 2017
Reno, Nevada

WNC Specialty Crop Institute and UNR Desert Farming Initiative invite you to the Small Farm Equipment Workshop. The event will be hosted by local farmers and commercial suppliers who will bring equipment and tools for you to try out, see in action, and ask questions. Demonstrations will be held throughout the day, along with tours of the facilities and equipment at the university farm. It will be an opportunity to share old and new products and ideas, and favorite tools and equipment. There will also be a farm hack contest: bring your most creative farming innovation and enter to win a great prize.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Holistic Cropping Planning: Creating Resilient and Profitable Cropland

January 20 - February 24, 2017

If you are excited about Regenerative Agriculture and raise crops, HMI's Holistic Cropping Planning Course will give you the tools to grow healthy crops, healthy soil, and healthy profits. In this course with instructor Preston Sullivan, you will learn how to effectively manage your cropland and cropping practices to increase soil fertility and resilience as well as increase production and profitability from your cropping practices. Learn how to complete crop production planning all in the context of regenerative and conservation agriculture. The course meets for one hour every Friday.

In: Online


Permalink Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

January 20-21, 2017
Fairlee, Vermont

This 21st annual conference has the theme "New Rules & New Ways of Farming: Shaping the Next 20 Years." The keynote speaker is modern-day, urban shepherdess Brittany Cole Bush.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 20-21, 2017
Ames, Iowa

"Pass It On" celebrates the impact of farmer-to-farmer learning on farmers' confidence to explore new or different farming practices, and their ability improve farm profitability and land stewardship. Attendees will learn from their farming peers about different approaches to conserving money and soil; growing and marketing a range of crops; keeping good-quality financial and production records, accessing land and capital--and more. The conference features more sessions than in the past to give attendees even more learning opportunities.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Developing Personal Risk Management Plans

January 21, February 18, and March 25, 2017
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

This three-workshop series is presented by University of Maryland Extension and other partners. The objective of these workshops is to teach farmers how to understand and implement farm business planning principles for successful risk management decision making. In this workshop each producer will prepare a personal plan to deal with the risks they face. Workshops will consist of formal instruction, group discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home assignments. Local Extension Educators will help participants complete their homework assignments. Space is limited to the first 40 participants. Travel/mileage will be reimbursed, up to $30 per family, per workshop attended.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink OGRAIN Organic Grain Production and Marketing Seminar

January 21-22, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

An engaging weekend-long workshop offered by the Organic Grain Resources and Information Network (OGRAIN) and the Farm and Industry Short Course at UW-Madison will help farmers take advantage of the rapidly growing market for organic grain. The workshop will cover many agronomic aspects of organic corn, soybean, and small grain production, but participants will also learn about marketing and contracts, food-grade grain production, organic transition and certification, and the financial landscape of going organic. The days will be filled with presentations, panels, and discussions led by experienced organic farmers, researchers, agency personnel, and industry representatives. The event is available to anyone with an interest in learning more about organic grain production. However, the seminar emphasizes the needs of beginning farmers who have been farming for fewer than 10 years.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground

January 21, 2017
Overton, Texas

Texas AgrAbility offers this free, day-long workshop for veterans or active-duty military, beginning farmers and ranchers, and women interested in agri-business. The workshop focuses on agriculture business startup, business plan development, possibilities for farming or ranching with a disability, and funding for agriculture enterprises. Registration is available online.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Finances Workshop

January 21, 2017
East Troy, Wisconsin

This morning workshop is part of the Whole Farm Workshop series from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. The Farm Finances workshop with Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial is geared toward a person already farming who wants to do a better job of understanding their financial strengths and vulnerabilities. The workshop will cover the three major financial statements: balance sheet; income statement; and statement of cash flows. It will discuss how to prepare and analyze all three using the farm's Schedule F as the starting point and also discuss the difference between cash flow and profitability. Finally, it will touch on farm investment analysis.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference

January 22-25, 2017
Roanoke, Virginia

This year's conference is hosted by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council. The theme is "Turning Grass into CA$H: Opportunities in Grassland Agriculture." Workshops on cattle and sheep production, marketing, soil health, and grazing techniques feature panels of university scientists and producers. There will also be poster presentations.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 22-24, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This large conference offers sessions for apple, berry, grape, fresh vegetable growers, wineries, and farmers markets.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Annual Meeting and Cover Crop Conference

January 23-24, 2017
Fairlee, Vermont

The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers present these two events. Presentations by experts and a trade show are included.

In: Northeast SARE Region




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