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Permalink High Tunnel Vegetable Production Workshop

April 25 or 26, 2017
Fort Dodge or Ottumwa, Iowa

Iowa State University Extension will be holding workshops in different locations to help extension staff, county horticulturists, local food coordinators, industry representatives, and growers learn to manage common challenges in high tunnels while also discussing new advances in high tunnel production. Topics to be covered include soil management, tomato grafting, insect management and environmental control. A visit to a working high tunnel is also part of the workshop. Ajay Nair, assistant professor of horticulture and extension vegetable production specialist will lead the free, day-long workshops along with Joe Hannan, commercial horticulture specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach; Donald Lewis, professor and extension entomologist; and Kristine Neu, graduate assistant in horticulture.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wednesday Webinars: Preparing for the Transition: What to Consider When Developing your Farm Transition Plan or Estate Plan

April 26, 2017
Online

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension continue their free webinar series on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month with this session on transition planning. This presentation will help you get started in developing your transition or estate plans to better prepare the next generation to taking over the family farm.

In: Online

 

Permalink Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

April 27-28, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio

This annual conference features three keynote presentations, more than 30 concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and an optional pre-conference seminar. Public- and private-sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Propagation Practices for the Diversified Vegetable Farm

April 26, 2017
Horsham, Pennsylvania

This PASA Farmer-to-Farmer exchange event takes place at Pennypack Farm & Education Center. During this afternoon, the farmers at Pennypack will be giving a tour of their farm's propagation operation, including their greenhouses and crop planning process in preparation for their 2017 summer CSA. Discussion about their soil mix, which Pennypack makes on-site, and considerations in germination and hardening off of seedlings will be included. This is a good opportunity for farmers interested in talking with another farm about their propagation practices, as well as those interested in greenhouse work, to deepen and expand their knowledge set. The event is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink National Hmong American Farmers Conference

April 27, 2017
Fresno, California

The 8th Annual National Farm Conference will bring the history of small farming together and highlight the success of minority farming. The keynote speaker is Peter Vang of Hmong Veteran Farmers, Inc.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Tractor Safety and Maintenance Workshop

April 27-28, 2017
Canton, New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting a workshop on the basics of tractor operation, safety, and routine maintenance. This two-day, intensive workshop will be led by Shane LaBrake. The class is designed to de-mystify tractors and equipment, empower and inspire, and inform "scale-appropriate" equipment choices and purchase decisions.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink MarketReady Producer Training Program

April 27, 2017
Winnsboro, Louisiana

LSU Ag Center is offering these trainings across Louisiana. The MarketReady Producer Training Program is for those interested in selling products to restaurants, grocers/wholesalers/retailers, and schools/institutions. MarketReady provides professional marketing education to improve sales relationships and get you up to speed with the latest local food programs and resources.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Veterinary Training Sessions

April 26 or 27, 2017
Eau Claire or Madison, Wisconsin

Veterinarians interested in learning more about organic livestock practices and regulations are invited to attend an Organic Veterinary Training Session co-hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and Organic Valley. The sessions will be taught by veterinarians Guy Jodarski and Hubert Karreman. Space is limited to 50 participants in each class. Nine CEU credits will be awarded to participants who complete the full-day session, with certificates provided at the end of the training.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Efficacy, Non-target Effects, and Best Management Practices

April 27, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. In this webinar, participants will learn about the efficacy of insecticidal seed treatments and the potential routes of exposure for non-target organisms. Presenters will also offer guidance regarding management practices that should be considered to minimize adverse impacts on pollinators and other nontarget organisms.

In: Online

 

Permalink Feeding Southwest Kansas Summits

April 26 or 27, 2017
Liberal or Dodge City, Kansas

Kansas Rural Center hosts two Feeding Southwest Kansas summits. KRC invites Southwest Kansas farmers, community development and service leaders, food and farm advocates, local and state policy makers, extension, institutional food leaders, food business leaders, health leaders, and ag and health organizations. The purpose of each summit is to learn and share information about current challenges and opportunities around farming, food access in Southwest Kansas, and public action or policy supports needed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Prairie View A&M University Agricultural Field Day

April 28-29, ,2017
Prairie View, Texas

The Agricultural Field Day is a family-friendly celebration of the programs and innovative research in the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences. It raises awareness about the College's farm activities and allows the community to attend informative workshops intended for local farmers and producers. Workshop topics include livestock and forage, small ruminants, horticulture, and home and commercial vegetable production.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink MarketReady Producer Training Program

April 28, 2017
Monroe, Louisiana

LSU Ag Center is offering these trainings across Louisiana. The MarketReady Producer Training Program is for those interested in selling products to restaurants, grocers/wholesalers/retailers, and schools/institutions. MarketReady provides professional marketing education to improve sales relationships and get you up to speed with the latest local food programs and resources.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink West Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference

April 28-29, 2017
Charleston, West Virginia

This conference will feature day-long, hands-on workshops for home gardeners, urban homesteaders, and urban farmers. Learn about garden basics, marketing farm products, home preserving, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Cider Symposium

April 28, 2017
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

This full day workshop from Penn State Extension will provide information and up to date research on sensory analysis, tannins, cider apple varieties, and help to hone your own senses to make you a better quality control check point at your own cidery. Participants will hear from researchers, educators, and professionals in the cider-production and marketing fields.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New England Meat Conference

April 28-29, 2017
Manchester, New Hampshire

The New England Meat Conference features more than 30 educational sessions (including a three-hour intensive workshop), live demonstrations, networking, industry trade show, and more. Farmers, processors, butchers, value-added producers and chefs will explore how to continue growing the New England meat economies, continue developing robust infrastructure and foster business relationships.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land

April 28-29, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 35th National Pesticide Forum will focus on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment, and organic land and building management strategies. The Forum, with its broad range of speakers and collaborators, will provide an opportunity for grassroots advocates, students, scientists, and policy makers to share efforts in building local, state and national strategies for strength and growth.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to Early Care and Education Webinar

April 28, 2017
Online

This webinar is being offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Project PA. The one-hour webinar will provide an overview and examples of farm to early care and education, and present a mini-grant opportunity. Presenters will include representatives from the Food Trust and STEP Head Start of Lycoming–Clinton County.

In: Online

 

Permalink Neighborhood Farms – For the Good of the All

April 29, 2017
Austin, Texas

Green Gate Farms Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer, action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. See what neighborhood organic farmers are doing to maintain land health and profitability while offering healthy, local food all can afford, and learn about the Holistic Management goal setting and decision-making process.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Workshop

April 29, 2017
Gravois Mill, Missouri

The University of Missouri presents the 3rd Annual Agroforestry Workshop at the Allen Project Site located east of Laurie. This outdoor workshop will feature growing ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, and other forest products; forest management; control of invasive species in fields and forests; birds of prey and eagle nest viewing; and glade restoration and management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Providence Farm School

April 29-30, 2017
Chillicothe, Ohio

This on-farm short course focuses on equipping both new and seasoned farmers for success in pasture-based animal agriculture. Topics include rotational, management-intensive grazing; business planning and farm finances; and branding and marketing techniques.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Pasture-Based Livestock Production and Beekeeping Field Day

April 29, 2017
Selma, Alabama

This free, on-farm field day is hosted by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension to educate and demonstrate to Extension professionals and livestock producers on developing and managing a year-round pasture system. This field day will be conducted at the farm of a goat- and beekeeper who has been involved in developing year-round pasture and managing the pasture with a rotational grazing system. Participants will be able to see and experience how the livestock production system can be improved and diversified, and how they can apply a similar system on their farms.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Conscious Beekeeping: Practical Organic Approaches for Healthy Bees and Growing Apiaries

April 29, 2017
Chestnut Ridge, New York

This full-day course at the Pfeiffer Center is presented by Bill Day. It looks at what we can do to help our bees thrive and flourish in the present-day environment, considering swarming, when to intervene, increasing your apiary naturally, alternative hive designs, and varroa control.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground

April 29, 2017
College Station, Texas

This free one-day workshop is designed for Veterans with or without disabilities, their spouses, small scale producers, and those interested in starting an ag business. The workshop provides education regarding agriculture business ideas and start-up, business plan development, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial funding sources for farming and ranching, and resources to support agricultural business operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink From Dirt to Delicious

April 29, 2017
Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago Law School's Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship presents an opportunity to learn about important legal and non legal issues affecting small food cycle businesses--including composters, farmers, food makers, and restaurateurs. Gain knowledge and relationships that will grow your business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink IOIA/IOA Basic Organic Livestock Inspection Training

May 1-5, 2017
Coralville, Iowa

IOIA and Iowa Organic Association will cosponsor Crop and Livestock Inspection Trainings in consecutive weeks. Each course includes four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic operation, plus ½ day for testing.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Principles of Postharvest Handling and Food Safety

May 1, 2017
Bonner Springs, Kansas

In this afternoon Growing Growers workshop, Dr. Eleni Pliakoni of Kansas State University will discuss the basics of produce quality as well as postharvest handling including harvesting, washing and storage, packaging, and some basic equipment considerations. Presenters will also outline the principles of food safety practices relevant for small-acreage and/or organic growers and provide some general information about Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Participants will be touring Crum's Heirloom Farm to see their post-harvest handling facilities and what farmers can do on a practical level to incorporate these produce-quality and food-safety principles in their operations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Market Sampling Certification--How to Obtain a Certificate

May 1, 2017
Online

These webinars, offered by Illinois Farmers Market Association, are free of cost and open to anyone. Choose between a daytime or evening presentation. Vendors, producers, and farmers market managers discover the steps you will need to acquire a statewide food sampling certificate, valid at any Illinois Farmers Market. Rebecca Osland, Policy Associate at the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, will guide you through the requirements needed to offer product samples safely and legally. The webinar will also preview anticipated rules that will bring greater consistency to markets statewide, and will make sure that the Food Safety Modernization Act is on your radar.

In: Online

 

Permalink Mitigating Potential Impacts of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Wetland Ecosystems

May 2, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. In this webinar, participants will learn about the agricultural uses of neonics, movement through the landscape and into aquatic systems, and demonstrated impacts on beneficial insects, aquatic organisms, and birds. The webinar will also describe measures to mitigate these impacts.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grass-Fed Beef Conference

May 2-3, 2017
College Station, Texas

Learn about grass-fed beef production from pasture to plate at this conference at Texas A&M University. The conference will cover a broad range of important topics pertaining to grass-fed beef production and is open to both beef producers and consumers. Topics include production systems, forage, herd health, carcass fabrication, and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Value-Added Meat Marketing Workshop

May 2, 2017
Dickson, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Extension is hosting a workshop for producers who are interested in marketing individual meat cuts or live animals for custom processing. Information will apply to those marketing beef, pork, lamb and goat meat, but will not be relevant to poultry producers. This workshop will address some of the regulatory considerations for producers interested in marketing meat cuts to local customers or selling live animals for custom processing. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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