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Permalink Iowa Organic Conference

November 19–20, 2017
Iowa City, Iowa

The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program's 17th Annual Organic Conference features roundtable discussions and an organic luncheon, as well as information from keynote speaker Jeff Moyer. Workshop tracks include crop production, livestock production, local foods, policy, and beginning farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Rotational Intensification and Diversification

November 27, 2017
Online

This webinar is part of a series on Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in the region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming.

In: Online

 

Permalink Southeast Vegetable and Fruit Expo

November 27-29, 2017
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This 32nd annual event has the theme "Together We Learn." The agenda includes produce safety training, specialty-crop-production sessions, pest- and disease-management sessions, speakers, exhibitors, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

November 28-29, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) is a regional consortium of Mississippi River watershed partners working to improve soil and water quality by increasing continuous living cover on the agricultural landscape. The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Southern Soil Health Conference

November 28-29, 2017
Wichita Falls, Texas

The Fourth Annual Southern Soil Health Conference presented by Green Cover Seed and The Noble Research Institute is a unique educational opportunity for producers, landowners, and others interested in soil health and sustainable farming and ranching. Keynote speakers will include; Paul Jasa, (UNL) Dr. Richard Teague (Texas A&M), Doug Peterson (National NRCS), Willie Durham (National NRCS), Keith Berns and Dale Strickler (Green Cover Seed), Jim Johnson (Noble Research) and more. Llocal Texas and Oklahoma producers will share their individual experiences with Soil Health and how it has affected their farming operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Perennial Farm Gathering

November 29-30, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Savanna Institute presents the 5th annual Perennial Farm Gathering. Farmers, scientists, and people with a general interest in perennial crops and pastured livestock all find it valuable to learn what other farmers are doing—what's working well and what needs more work. A joint keynote address is shared with the Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) annual conference, as are the events on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Thursday offers in-depth agroforestry tracks.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NY Veterans in Agriculture Conference

November 29, 2017
Syracuse, New York

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program for the NY Veterans in Agriculture conference, where participants will have an opportunity to network and learn. The day will include opening remarks from Commissioner Ball, a special announcement from the Farmer Veteran Coalition of New York, and networking and training sessions for both veterans and service providers. There will also be a formal announcement about the official formation of the New York Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Biological Control Short Course

November 30, 2017
Unity, Maine

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course from the Xerces Society and MOFGA. Join Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Voluntary Third Party Audits for Meat Processors: Organic Certification and Animal Welfare Approved

November 30, 2017
Online

This free webinar from the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN) features three speakers on what you can expect about the process, costs, and benefits of organic and Animal Welfare Approved certification for processors. Could going through the process of organic certification or passing an animal welfare review open up new customer segments for you? Is it worth it? What kind of changes to your infrastructure, equipment, or SOPs might be needed? Will the benefits outweigh the potential costs?

In: Online

 

Permalink Dairy Sheep Symposium

November 30-December 2, 2017
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

The DSANA Dairy Sheep Symposium is a major event of the dairy sheep industry in North America. For the 23rd year, more than 100 producers, specialists, and stakeholders from Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the United States will participate in the Symposium. The conference includes speakers, panels, question-and-answer sessions, a visit to two dairy sheep farms, and a cheese factory class.

In: Canada

 

Permalink Legal Issues in Tribal Food Safety

November 30, 2017
Online

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has developed a series of food safety webinars designed to help Native American farmers, ranchers, and food producers to begin to understand the importance of food safety and what is necessary to reach compliance under the FSMA. This one-hour webinar will discuss very specific legal issues pertaining to farms that grow produce (fruits and vegetables) in Indian Country and will provide key discussion points to ensure differences in jurisdiction and authority are identified. Presenters will also assist the Tribal producer or those producing food on Indian Country lands in identifying and spotting key issues that face us as unique producers.

In: Online

 

Permalink SF Organic Wholesale Market Tour

November 30, 2017
San Francisco, California

Join the CCOF Foundation for a tour of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market and learn what you need to deal in wholesale. This tour will address key factors in wholesale, including requirements for packing, shipping, and labeling. You'll walk away with an understanding of how to maintain organic integrity and food safety standards throughout the supply chain.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Second Annual Cut-Flower and Herb Conference

December 1, 2017
Renssalaerville, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension presents this day-long conference, with sessions on weed management, high tunnel nutrient management, dahlia production, and more, as well as a farmer panel geared toward beginners.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Grains: Production Tips & Opportunities in Southern Illinois

December 1, 2017
Ava, Illinois

At this Southern Illinois Farming Alliance field day, Matthew Currier will talk about transitioning the family farm to organic grain crops, what equipment and implements he's worked with, and tips about growing different grains and varieties. Scratch Brewery will discuss how they plan to incorporate local grains in their brewing process and for milling flours for baked goods.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Feast! Local Foods Marketplace

December 1-2, 2017
Rochester, Minnesota

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace is co-hosted by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Renewing the Countryside. More than 100 jury-selected exhibitors show, sample and sell their artisan food products to wholesale buyers during the Friday tradeshow and to consumers during the Saturday festival. Businesses selected to attend and exhibit are operating at a distributor-ready scale and utilizing locally grown ingredients in their supply chains.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Equipment Field Day

December 1, 2017
Reno, Nevada

The second annual Small Farm Equipment Day is a collaboration of WNC Specialty Crop Institute, UNR Desert Farming Initiative, commercial suppliers, and local farmers. 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. Bring your favorite tools or pictures of equipment and share them with fellow producers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Beginning Farmer Retreat

December 1-2, 2017
Indianola, Iowa

This event is presented by Practical Farmers of Iowa. The 2017 Beginning Farmer Retreat is intended for aspiring and beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. The weekend will feature plenty of social time, small group discussions, group activities led by an expert, and individual work time. Beginning farmers from all enterprises are encouraged to attend. Attendance is very limited.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Dreams Workshop

December 2, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

Farm Dreams is an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. Presented by Organic Growers School, this is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

December 3-5, 2017
Tuskegee, Alabama

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The 2017 theme is "Building Bridges to a Productive, Just and Sustainable Future." The agenda includes tours, conference speakers and sessions, and a poster contest. Topics include urban farming, agriculture in the classroom, innovations in animal science, and social and economic justice in agriculture and rural communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Maine Farmland Access Conference

December 4, 2017
Augusta, Maine

Join co-hosts Land For Good & Maine Farmland Trust, fellow farmers, and colleagues from around New England for a day of discussion and practical information on the challenges of farmland access, transfer, and succession, and ways to address those challenges together.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing for the Future: Beginning Farmer and Rancher Online Virtual Conference

December 4-7, 2017
Online

National Farmers Union is hosting Growing for the Future, a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, women and veterans in farming, conservation, and much more. The conference is free. This nationally focused online conference provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire the skills they need to run a successful operation. The conference will highlight leaders in the field of agriculture and focus on building a network for beginning farmers and ranchers throughout the country.

In: Online

 

Permalink Community Food Systems Conference 2017

December 5-7, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project's Community Food Systems Conference will address common underlying themes between food security, social justice and sustainable agriculture including obstacles in urban and rural environments and fostering community empowerment to create and sustain resilient local food systems. The conference will bring together leaders in, and advocates of, food security, sustainable agriculture and social justice movements to discuss their range of perspectives, how these areas overlap, and how to support one another’s work.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference & Trade Show

December 5-8, 2017
Columbus, Ohio

Hear presentations by some of the world's leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture--successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants, and cutting-edge scientists. Ask them questions specific to your needs, your farm. Other events on the agenda include Eco-Ag University Advanced Learning, eco-consultants' halls, and a trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Opportunities in Organics Buyer/Grower Networking Event

December 5, 2017
Canby and Silverton, Oregon

Join Koch Family Farm, Oregon Tilth, and other growers for a two-hour farm tour addressing Commingling and Contamination Prevention for Split Organic/Conventional Operations. In the afternoon there will be a Wholesale Organic Buyer/Grower Networking Event. The event will kick off with lunch and a presentation by Organic Produce Network (OPN) co-founders Tonya Antle (previously of Earthbound Farm) and Matt Seeley (previously of Nunes Company). Tonya and Matt will share their experiences growing organic specialty crops and discuss opportunities for farmers to participate in the growing organic space. Buyers and growers will then have the opportunity to interact face to face and discuss production, pricing, and purchasing details during a facilitated "speed-dating" round.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO and Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

December 5-7, 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Over three days, the program includes sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor. The EXPO offers many special events, receptions, and other networking opportunities, as well as a trade show with more than 450 exhibitors.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

December 6, 2017
Forrest City, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, Row Covers, Field Production, and Appropriate Technologies

December 5 or 6, 2017
Beaumont or Greenwood, Mississippi

The Alliance, with support from Southern SARE PDP and in collaboration with Mississippi NRCS, Mississippi State University Extension Service, and Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station, will offer two training sessions on consecutive days. These events are designed for AG professionals, Educators, Service Providers, and Farmer Group Leaders who support farmers who are practicing or interested in these topics/issues. Farmers who serve as trainers or mentors to other farmers are also eligible to attend the free event. Registration is required. To register, send e-mail to keithmdp@yahoo.com

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Frontiers in Alley Cropping: Leveraging Multiple Species and Tree Crops

December 6, 2017
Online

This presentation by Kevin J. Wolz, PhD, is part of the Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series presented by the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. Advance registration is required for this free webinar.

In: Online

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance - Grower Training

December 6, 2017
Great Falls, Montana

The Montana Department of Agriculture is hosting statewide Grower Trainings, offering the approved course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance. This one-day training will cover an introduction to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, worker training, soil amendments, post-harvest handling, and more. For farms that will be covered by the new Produce Safety Rule, this training also satisfies the requirement that one person from your farm must attend an approved grower training course.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue Extension Beginning Farmer Workshop - Central Region

December 6, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

Presented by Farm Commons, a nonprofit organization providing legal education to sustainable farmers to build resilient and healthy food systems, this Sustainable Farm Law 101 workshop is a fun, six-hour interactive workshop co-facilitated by an attorney and two farmers who say developing a strong, legally resilient farm business can be easier than you may think.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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