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Permalink Iowa Small Farms Conference

February 13, 2016
Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Small Farms Conference is an event for people excited to learn more about opportunities with small acreage and ways they can make income on their land or improve their rural lifestyle. The conference kicks off with a keynote address from Daniel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia. Experts will lead sessions in three relevant tracks throughout the day on a wide variety of topics including orchard establishment, monarch consortium, ancient grains, small-scale machinery sharing, taking your recipe to market, and much more. A trade show will allow attendees to network with companies.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink OEFFA Conference

February 13-14, 2016
Granville, Ohio

Ohio's largest sustainable food and farm conference has the theme "Growing Right by Nature" this year. Keynote speakers are Lindsey Lusher Shute and John Ikerd. Nearly 100 workshops will address organic farming, livestock, gardening, marketing, business management, food and farm policy, sustainable living, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA Vermont Winter Conference

February 13-15, 2016
Burlington, Vermont

The conference theme, “Our Soil, Our Health,” was developed in recognition of how the quality of our soil affects the quality of our food and its fundamental ability to nourish us. This theme will be addressed throughout the conference. The conference will have 87 workshops for commercial organic producers, localvores, homesteaders, and gardeners. There are three featured workshop tracks: a community and school garden series, in collaboration with the Vermont Community Garden Network; a Food Systems Solutions track, in partnership with UVM’s Food Systems Initiative; and a Direct Marketing track with leadership from organic farmers who direct-market their farm products.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farming Association Annual Conference

February 13, 2016
St. Joseph, Minnesota

"Cultivating the Wisdom of the Community" is the conference theme for Minnesota's farmer networking showcase. Using an online voting system, SFA members chose session topics. Also, SFA members and supporters can submit talks on subjects relating to sustainable farming and food systems by January 20, which will be filmed for presentation at the conference and online.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink SEMAP Farmer & Chef Networking Series

February 1, 8, or 15, 2016
Canton, Dover, or Hingham, Massachusetts

Join SEMAP, WhatsGood, and the Trustees of Reservations for a free networking event where farmers and chefs can meet, gather, and learn new ways to sell and purchase local goods, including using mobile technology.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink A Novel Nutritional Approach to Rearing Organic Pastured Broiler Chickens, Part 2

February 16, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar on pastured poultry by Michael Lilburn and Larry Phelan of the Ohio State University at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. This webinar will include updated findings from the NIFA OREI project "A whole farm approach incorporating pasture raised organic poultry and a novel cereal grain (Naked Oats) into an organic rotation." It includes results from experiments in which pastured organic broilers have been fed diets containing 75% naked oats.

In: Online

 

Permalink East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference

February 16, 2016
Nacogdoches, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is organizing this conference that will cover topics of interest to conventional and organic growers. Production of tomatoes, grapes, olives, and pumpkins will be addressed, as will irrigation, pest control, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Effectively Engaging Producers in Conservation Conversations

February 16, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Science and Technology National Technology Support Centers. Participate to learn what social scientists are discovering about how farmers are thinking about conservation practices and practical strategies for engaging them. Emphasis of this webinar will include findings on farmer uncertainty about conservation practices, farmer identities as feedback loops to adaptation, using social norms to leverage practices that address off field/off farm nutrient losses at the watershed level, and how the language of conservation can influence social learning and behavior change. The presenter is Dr. Lois Wright Morton of Iowa State University.

In: Online

 

Permalink Midwest Soil Health Summit

February 17-18, 2016
Alexandria, Minnesota

The Sustainable Farming Association’s innovative Midwest Soil Health Summit features soil-health experts and farm leaders for two days of education and farmer networking--all geared at improving soil health for all farmers. Speakers include Jay Fuhrer, NRCS Soil Health Specialist in Bismarck, North Dakota; Dr. Allen Williams, a leader in cutting-edge grazing methodology; Kent Solberg, SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist; Grant Breitkreutz, a producer from Redwood Falls, Minnesota; Todd McPeak, a producer from Burleigh County, North Dakota; Dr. Michael Lehman, South Dakota State Research Microbiologist; Dr. Shannon Osbourne, Research Agronomist; and John Mesko, SFA Executive Director. New this year is a special event for agriculture service professionals, "Building Soil Health Experts: Advanced Training for Professionals" which will provide expert soil health education for NRCS and SWCD soil specialists, Extension staff, crop consultants, agronomists, grazing and livestock specialists, and advisers who work directly with farmers and other ag advisers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farming Evolution 2016

February 17-18, 2016
Holyoke, Colorado

If you have questions about no-till or the recent changes in farming practices, plan to attend the 2016 Farming Evolution. The keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Clapperton, is a well-known lecturer and advocate for soil health, and no-till producers will be on hand to share their experiences. The Haxtun, Sedgwick, West Greeley, and Yuma County Conservation Districts, the Upper Republican Natural Resource District, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are sponsoring this event.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Farmers Market Association Annual Farmers Market Conference

February 17, 2016
Cook, Illinois

This day-long conference will feature keynote speakers, vendor fair, winter market, networking and idea sharing events in addition to four education tracks led by professionals in farmers market management, marketing and local food systems; (1) The Market Basics Track will offer information for new and beginning market managers, vendors, volunteers; (2) The Market Vendor Track for new and experienced vendors offers new ideas for improving their businesses; (3) the Market Manager Track will offer a wide variety of topics to help new and existing markets, and (4) Market Manager Presentations Track will offer a diverse selection of short presentations from the inaugural class of Illinois’ Certified Farmers Market Managers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crops for Ag Professionals Webinar Series

February 4, 11, and 18, 2016
Online

This free, three-part webinar series from the American Society of Agronomy is sponsored by North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), with additional support provided by Practical Farmers of Iowa. Cover crops In the Midwest Corn Belt may be used to accomplish several goals, including erosion control, limiting nutrient movement off-site, enhancing nutrient cycling, and breaking pest cycles, among others. Precipitation amounts, temperature and growing degree days, and soils differ greatly throughout the 12 state region. In this series, researchers, CCAs, and producers will present principles and applications of how cover crops have been incorporated into some agricultural management systems across the Midwest.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Webinar: Mineral and vitamin nutrition

February 18, 2016
Online

The third installment in the University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program's winter webinar series is by Dr. Dan Morrical, Iowa State University. Pre-registration is not required for these weekly, evening webinars, but participation is limited to the first 100 people who log on.

In: Online

 

Permalink Southern Wisconsin Vegetable Production Workshops

February 10 or 18, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin

These afternoon workshops from University of Wisconsin Extension of Dane County provide detailed production information on specific vegetable crops and farm systems. Farmer presenters represent a variety of scales and techniques and focus on unique and successful aspects of their own operations. Extension specialists also share current research on the crops. Though these workshops are not exclusively organic, there is a focus on organic practices. The February 10 workshop covers Brussels Sprouts and weeds. The February 18 workshop addresses melons and sweet potatoes.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink On-Farm Food Safety GAP Workshop: Guiding you through the plan writing process

February 18-19, 2016
Ronan, Montana

This free workshop is one of three being offered in Montana in February. This GAP Planning Workshop will guide vegetable, fruit and nut growers through the food safety plan writing process. The workshop is for fresh produce growers, especially those who are exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule. However, the workshop will be useful to all fresh produce growers, as well as buyers of fresh produce, and educators working with growers of fresh produce. Farmer participants will leave the workshop with the following: • A draft Food Safety Plan for your farm • Insight into the food safety risks on your farm and ways to mitigate them • The ability to implement new food safety measures and assure your buyers that food safety is a priority on your farm • Understanding of the relationship between FSMA and USDA-GAP Others who will benefit from this on-farm food safety training: • Produce Buyers: Learn what food safety measures to expect of your grower suppliers. • Educators: Understand potential on-farm food safety risks so you can help produce growers identify and address them.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink The Emerging Local Grain Economy in Illinois

February 18, 2016
Online

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. Webinars are held from noon - 1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Bill Davison, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink South Dakota's Soil Health Challenge

February 18, 2016
Mitchell, South Dakota

This is the third in a series of three soil health workshops to be held across South Dakota this winter. The speaker line-up includes soil health specialists from NRCS, SDSU Extension and private industry. There will also be a producer panel. This free event is produced by The South Dakota No-Till Association, the USDA-NRCS, and SDSU Extension.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NGFN Webinar: Group GAP

February 18, 2016
Online

This National Good Food Network webinar is on Group GAP, in which a food hub, support organization, or central business entity collaborates with producers to establish site-specific best practices for complying with a food safety standard. In this free, one-hour webinar, hear the experience of a few of the trailblazers--groups who have already received GroupGAP certification.

In: Online

 

Permalink Tennessee Grazing Conference: Grazing for Profit

February 18, 2016
Harriman, Tennessee

Roane Soil Conservation District presents this event. Greg Judy is the featured speaker.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Minority Landowner Magazine's 10th Anniversary Conference

February 18-20, 2016
San Antonio, Texas

"Celebrating Longevity of Family Farms" is the theme for this event that involves a pre-conference tour, general sessions, and breakout sessions on connecting youth to agriculture, succession plans for farm longevity, webinar technology, and a USDA StrikeForce workshop.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink New Mexico Organic Farming Conference

February 19-20, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Organized annually through a collaboration between Farm to Table, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's Organic Program, and the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, the Conference provides producers and researchers from around the Southwest an opportunity to share their experiences and expertise. The goal of the Conference is to provide a place to bring organic growers in the region together to explore and learn the unique aspects of the Southwest. The 2016 conference Keynote Session will feature four (of many) pioneers in certified organic agriculture: Ramon Alvarez, La Union; Gary Gundersen, Mr. G's Organic Produce, Jacona; Sally Harper, Del Valle Organic Pecans, Mesilla Park; and, Antonio Manzanares, Shepherd's Lamb, Tierra Amarilla.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole Farm and Ranch Business Planning

February 19-20, March 4-5, and March 18-19, 2016
Montrose, Colorado

This HMI program gives both new and experienced farmers and ranchers the knowledge and tools they need to create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise. Participants will develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans. This six-day course is taught over approximately six weeks in two-day increments, allowing plenty of time to start applying what you have learned while you're still enrolled in the course.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Vegetables and Fruit without Irrigation in Northern California and the Maritime Pacific Northwest

February 19, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a free webinar about dry farming at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. This session will cover site selection, dry farming tools and techniques for orchard and row crops, soil hydrological principles, and the power of seed-saving in dry farmed systems. Learn about the OSU Small Farms Dry Farming Demonstration and Participatory Research Project led by Amy Garrett (OSU Small Farms Instructor). Jacques Neukom (Neukom Family Farm), known for his dry-farmed peaches and melons in Northern California, will share his experience producing a variety of crops using dry farming techniques all season long in a climate with long, dry, hot summers. Steve Peters (Seed Revolution Now & Organic Seed Alliance) will tell the story of the 'Dark Star' Zucchini developed with Dr. John Navazio and Bill Reynolds for dry-farmed systems and how seed-saving can be a powerful tool for dry farmers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Indiana Farmers Market Forum

February 19, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana Farmers Market Forum was formerly Farmers Market Boot Camp. Sessions include marketing your farmers market, maintaining positive manager-vendor relationships, meeting Indiana’s food safety and health regulations, increasing local food access via nutrition programs, market gleaning models, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Business of Farming Conference

February 20, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina

ASAP's annual Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for farmers and those seriously considering farming as a profession. The conference offers business and marketing workshops, networking opportunities, and resources to help farmers grow and diversify their businesses. It also features meetings with wholesale buyers, professional consulting opportunities, business and agricultural exhibits, and a locally sourced lunch.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Granite State Graziers 2016 Conference

February 20, 2016
Concord, New Hampshire

"The Dollars and Cents of Grazing" offers a day of ideas and inspiration you can take back to your farm and put to use. Vermont-based farm business expert Richard Wiswall will walk you through some fundamental exercises that will help you get a better handle on your farm business. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack, another Vermonter, will provide workshops on basic principles of pasture management and a more detailed look at infrastructure for more advanced grazing operations. Rounding out the program will be talks on pasture renovation, regulations governing sales of meat, a high-tech cattle location, and much more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Land Productivity with Holistic Management

February 20-21, March 5-6, and March 16-17, 2016
Willits, California

This workshop series is part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management program. It's designed to educate participants in how nature functions and how producers can improve agricultural practices to increase their land's productivity and resilience in good times and bad. At the completion of the course, you’ll have a personalized Holistic Goal, a Biological Monitoring Plan, a Grazing Plan, and a Land Plan.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association Winter Meeting

February 20, 2016
Annapolis, Maryland

At this public meeting, you can join farmers, consumers, advocates, and researchers to learn how Maryland producers are going back to the roots of organic agriculture, and beyond organic into the future. Add your voice to discussions about nutrition and agriculture, climate change, soil and sustainable organic farming and gardening. Network with some of the pioneers of the organic food movement. Find a local CSA, Farmer’s Market, or organic food resource.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

February 20-21, 2016
Belton, Texas

This hands-on, sustainable life-style event comes to Texas, with more than 150 workshops, informative demonstrations, and lectures. Topics include Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Oregon Small Farms Conference

February 20, 2016
Corvallis, Oregon

This conference from Oregon State University is a day-long event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students, and managers of farmers markets. Thirty educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers and include a track in Spanish. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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