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Permalink Sustainable Vegetable Producer Training

March 3 and 4, 2015
Lafayette, Louisiana

The LSU and Southern University AgCenters are joining with the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program to host free, one-day beginning farmer and one-day advanced farmer training sessions for ag professionals interested in sustainable vegetable production. The sessions will be led by Alex Hitt. Beginning farmer training on March 3 will include topics ranging from soil management to record keeping. Advanced farmer training on March 4 will provide more in-depth information on three or four specific topics, such as crop planning and labor.

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Permalink Greenhouse Tomato Short Course

March 3-4, 2015
Raymond, Mississippi

The 25th annual Mississippi Greenhouse Tomato Short Course is for growers of greenhouse tomatoes or anyone with an interest in growing this crop. Special topics this year will be components of the greenhouse system, greenhouse design and engineering, alternative heating options, marketing, budget for greenhouse growers, updates on the latest research, plant nutrition, alternative crops, water sanitation, and a the pest management workshop, which will include physiological disorders, diagnosing plant problems, plant disease identification and control, and pest management.

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Permalink Organic Production and Certification in High Tunnels

March 3, 2015
Online

This is the third webinar in a weekly series of high tunnel webinars from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Center for Crop Diversification. Adam Watson, organic marketing representative from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will introduce organic certification and how it relates to high tunnel production. Other topics will include economics and marketing of high tunnel crops throughout the year.

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Permalink Local Foods College: Farm to Bottle

March 3, 2015
Online

The final online session of the University of Minnesota Local Foods College is Farm to Bottle. Hear the story of three innovative farm to bottle businesses from around Minnesota, and how they are adding value to locally grown grain, herbs and fruit through the process of fermentation. Local Foods College is free, but registration is required to provide you access to the Moodle classroom.

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Permalink Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference

March 3-5, 2015
Fairbanks, Alaska

This 11th annual conference offers three days of workshops and seminars related to increasing the sustainability of your agricultural pursuits in Alaska. This conference brings together farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and members of the agriculture support industry to learn from one another and to find ways to improve the agriculture industry in Alaska. Pre-conference workshops are offered on holistic management and hydroponic vegetable production.

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Permalink Non-Antibiotic Control of Fire Blight: What Works As We Head Into a New Era

March 17, 2015
Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar on non-antibiotic control of fire blight. In 2015, apples and pears produced organically under the USDA National Organic Program standard must utilize non-antibiotic materials in spray programs for fire blight suppression. Effective non-antibiotic control programs will be presented with particular emphasis on integrated sequencing of materials. Interactions among non-antibiotic materials and their potential to cause russeting on developing fruits will be addressed. The webinar is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

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Permalink Meet the Buyers

March 3, 2015
St. Louis, Missouri

Farmers throughout Missouri and Illinois are invited to attend a Meet the Buyers event to meet local and regional food buyers. Extension representatives will present introductory information about two programs, MarketReady and Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs). Representatives from a foodservice distributor, grocery retailer and school foodservice management company also will be on hand to share information on how those specific industries work and how farmers can tap into them. Due to limited seating registration is first come, first served. Registration must be completed by February 25.

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Permalink Southeast Regional Vegetable & Small Fruit Day

March 4, 2015
Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Join fruit and vegetable growers from across Southeastern Pennsylvania for an important opportunity to network with growers in the region. Receive updates on varieties, recent pest and disease problems, innovative cultural methods, new invasive pests, pollinators and more.

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Permalink Using Sanitizers in Wash Water

March 4, 2015
Online

This event is part of the Winter Wednesday Lunch Series of vegetable and small fruit production webinars from Penn State and Cornell University. This series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and surrounding states. Each webinar is $10.

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Permalink Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference

March 4, 2015
Liverpool, New York

NOFA - New York presents this 4th annual day-long conference with information exchange, learning, and networking. Veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in transitioning to organic management are invited.

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Permalink Winery Development Pre-Conference

March 4, 2015
East Lansing, Michigan

To assist potential entrepreneurs in understanding the elements of a successful winery business launch, a one-day winery development pre-conference will be held in association with the 2015 Michigan Grape & Wine Conference. Pre-conference sponsors, Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, and Michigan State University Extension, will provide basic information about starting a winery in Michigan. Topics include wine grape suitability, industry trends, business planning, marketing, licensing requirements, local zoning considerations, owner experiences and resources.

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Permalink Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers: Pasture health problems

March 4, 2015
Online

The University of Maryland Small Ruminant Extension Program will host a winter webinar series on consecutive Wednesday evenings in February and March 2015. The focus of the webinar series is Pasture Management for Small Ruminant Producers. This final, one-hour episode in the series focuses on pasture health problems.

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Permalink Restoring Health to Agricultural Ecosystems: Principles and Practices From Soil to Communities

March 4-6, 2015
Paicines, California

This practical and dynamic workshop will explore principles and practices for creating healthy agricultural ecosystems. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of soil carbon and the interconnectedness of soil health to water quality and quantity and the health of all life. The event features Australian soil ecologist and soil restoration expert Dr. Christine Jones and special guests Dr. Cynthia Daley and Dr. Eric Brennan. This will be a unique opportunity for interactive learning from an exceptional group of presenters and participants.

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Permalink Family Farm and Ranch Transition Workshops

March 3, 4, or 5, 2015
Missoula, Bozeman, or Havre, Montana

The Montana Farmers Union is sponsoring three free workshops on family farm and ranch transition. Presenting will be Mark Andrew Junkin, author of Farming with Family Ain’t Always Easy, whose presentation on ‘Going Home’ will highlight ways to improve how families make decisions together and create success as they work together.

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Permalink Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference

March 5-7, 2015
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

The OAK 2015 conference gathers some of the country's most respected farmers and practitioners who will share their wisdom and experience about no-till on a small scale, managing diversified livestock, cash crop/cover crop sequencing, effective record keeping for maximum profits, cash register technology for the farmers market, high value crops in high tunnels, managing dairy animals in an organic system, low-tunnel winter growing and much, much more. There will also be a vendor fair and lots of networking opportunities.

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Permalink Modern Wood Heating for Healthcare Facilities

March 5, 2015
Online

This interactive webinar will provide an introduction to how modern wood biomass energy systems can benefit your healthcare facility—saving you money in operations while investing in your local community. This webinar is co-sponsored by Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Montana Wood Energy Team, Idaho Statewide Wood to Energy Team, and USDA Forest Service. Healthcare facility administrators, operation and maintenance managers, and staff in Montana and Idaho are the target audience, but all are welcome. Contact jkies@mt.gov with any questions.

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Permalink Ohio Farm to School Conference

March 5, 2015
Columbus, Ohio

The theme of the 2015 statewide conference is "Local Foods Across the School Meal Tray". All producers, parents, and food service professionals are invited. Join others for a day of connecting and learning from state and national speakers how to source healthy local foods to improve school food environments.

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Permalink Indiana Small Farm Conference

March 5-7, 2015
Danville, Indiana

With numerous networking activities, this conference provides small farmers with many opportunities to learn and interact with other farmers, producers, extension educators, researchers, and students. The keynote speaker is Dr. John Ikerd. Pre-conference workshops and a value-added tour are offered. Sessions will address beekeeping, pastured poultry, livestock, energy, production, and more.

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Permalink Small Farm Webinar Series: Hydroponics

March 5, 2015
Online

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. In this session, Professor Samuel Wortman will discuss the basics of Hydroponics and summarize research results from ongoing studies on hydroponic production of strawberries, basil, kale, tomato, and pepper.

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Permalink Conflict on the Team: Effective Leadership & Communication with Farm Employees

March 5 or 6, 2015
Randolph or Williston, Vermont

NOFA Vermont is offering a series of workshops on Labor Management and Human Resources for Farmers. This third and final workshop in the series offers an opportunity to become a better manager by learning how to navigate different personalities and developing your leadership style. Workshop attendees will gain awareness and practical skills in clear communication, creating a positive work environment, and managing a diverse team.

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Permalink A Matter of Balance: Feeding our Crops and Protecting our Water in a Changing Climate

March 6, 2015
East Lansing, Michigan

This conference will examine the linkage between cropping practices and nutrient enrichment of runoff and drainage water, and offer practical solutions for capturing and cycling nitrogen, phosphorus and other potential contaminants in the root zone. This seminar is presented by the Michigan Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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Permalink Better Soil Ecology for Better Farming

March 6, 2015
Mills River, North Carolina

Spend the afternoon with world-renowned soil biologist Elaine Ingham who will address salient, real-life examples of soil dynamism and instructions on how to fine tune soil nutrients for specific crops. Ingham will speak and tour Living Web Farms’ forced-air compost bins and compost tea operations in addition to the intensively cropped, no-till vegetable operation. Participants will hear stories about farmers who are suppressing weeds with proper soil biology as well as those using compost tea and microbe-rich methods to increase yields and suppress diseases.

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Permalink Beyond the Backyard: Raising Poultry in a Sustainable Way

March 6, 2015
Leicester, North Carolina

Jim Adkins, Steve Pope, and Nathan Freeman with the Sustainable Poultry Network are the presenters for this opportunity to learn to raise your own poultry flock. The afternoon event takes place at Franny’s Farm, where the entire process happens: breeding, hatching, growing, butchering and marketing. The class will cover everything you need to know: identify the poultry breed that best suits your farm; learn how to brood, properly feed and grow poultry, basic husbandry, disease control, and also the basics of processing and cooking.

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Permalink New Beginning Farm/Rancher Development Workshop/Conference

March 7, 2015
Jacksonville, Florida

Veterans Farm presents an opportunity to learn about grants, scholarships, and funding available for new beginning veteran farmers and ranchers. Guest speakers from the USDA, FSA, Florida Organic Growers association, Farm Credit, Wealth Watchers, Rush University and the University of Florida and more will be providing information and resources available to veterans, active-duty military, and military spouses. Local experienced farmers and ranchers interested in becoming a Veterans Farm host site will have the opportunity to meet with experts from the Veterans Farm to learn about the benefits of mentoring and training veterans at your farm.

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Permalink MOFGA Spring Growth Conference

March 7, 2015
Unity, Maine

At this year's Spring Growth Conference, "Farming in the Face of Climate Change," participants will hear about historical trends impacting Maine's weather patterns and the theoretical opportunities for closing the loop. Keynote speaker, John Aber, from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of New Hampshire, will set the stage for the conference by discussing future climate and land use scenarios in the context of the wildlands and woodlands and Food Solutions New England vision. In the afternoon MOFGA's Organic Crop Specialist, Eric Sideman will facilitate a Farmer Panel discussion of practices on the farm.

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Permalink Connecticut NOFA Winter Conference

March 7, 2015
Danbury, Connecticut

CT NOFA's Winter Conference is Connecticut's largest food, agriculture and sustainability conference. Discuss the future of sustainable farming, celebrate local food, and much more. The keynote speaker is Dr. Kristine Nichols, Rodale Institute Chief Scientist.

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Permalink California Small Farm Conference

March 7-10, 2015
San Diego, California

Providing a venue for small farmers and their supporters to come together to network, learn, discuss and grow, the California Small Farm Conference is an educational conference on topics relevant to family farming, direct marketing, and issues related to agricultural sustainability. It features keynote speakers, workshops, social events, and field courses.

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Permalink Beyond CSA Online Marketing and Sales Workshop

March 7, 2015
Fallon, Nevada

Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute offers this day-long workshop on increasing sales and retaining customers by creatively marketing your CSA online.

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Permalink TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat

March 7, 2015
Manhattan, New York and online

With an exciting roster of experts and innovators, TEDxManhattan raises public awareness about critical issues facing the food system while fostering collaboration within the food movement. This independently organized TEDx event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections, and collaborations across disciplines. TEDxManhattan also invites communities, organizations, and individuals to organize viewing parties worldwide for the live webcast of this one-day TEDx event.

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Permalink Organic Growers School Spring Conference

March 7-8, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

The 22nd annual Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day are offered, in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms, and Food Resilience. As the largest grassroots conferences of its kind in the region, The Organic Growers School has served to reinforce Western North Carolina’s role as a regional leader in sustainable food and farming.

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