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Permalink Hop Production for the Wisconsin Craft Brew Industry

February 25, 2017
Amherst, Wisconsin

This 8th annual seminar from University of Wisconsin Extension features presentations on hop quality, breeding, disease management, and more. An optional brewery and distillery tour is offered in the afternoon of February 24.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grow Your Farm

February 25 - April 22, 2017
Rolla, Missouri

University of Missouri Extension, through a grant from the USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach to help veterans, Latinos, and socially disadvantaged persons who want to farm, offers this program to increase agribusinesses and enterprise development. Participants attend a set of practical seminars and field days to learn from MU Extension specialists, farmers and agribusiness operators. Three-hour sessions take place each Saturday, and there will also be farm tours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Farm and Food Agriculture Education Series

February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017
Campti, Louisiana

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presents this free series of day-long workshops in partnership with Campti Field of Dreams and the Natchitoches Parish Library – Northeast Branch. Workshops run from 10-3, and focus on plants, animals, value-added production, and agribusiness, respectively. Morning session are at the library and afternoon sessions are in the field at a sustainable agriculture demonstration farm. Lunch is provided. For more information, contact Donna Isaacs, 318-573-7552,

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink ASAP's Business of Farming Conference

February 25, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Business of Farming Conference is a day of learning and networking for beginning and experienced farmers, as well as those seriously considering farming as a profession. The conference features business and marketing workshops led by regional farmers and professionals on topics ranging from record keeping to social media to farm business planning. The conference also offers networking options.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms

February 5 or 26, 2017
Warsaw or Montour Falls, New York

The Cornell Small Farms Program will offer a one-day workshop, "Log-Grown Shiitake: Viability for Small Farms," in five counties around New York State. Anyone who is growing commercially, starting up, or considering commercial production is welcome to attend. The workshop content will cover all the aspects of production from harvest to market. On the day following the workshop current and prospective farmers can schedule free one-on-one consultations with extension educators to review their farm goals, resources, and discuss challenges and opportunities for their own production.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Agriculture and Food Conference

February 26, 2017
Dighton, Massachusetts

The 10th Annual Agriculture and Food Conference of Southeast Massachusetts includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. Sessions address marketing and business planning, production, livestock, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Introductory Food Safety Workshop for Produce Growers

February 27, 2017
Sacramento, California

Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will outline on-farm food safety requirements and get you on your way to creating an individualized food- safety plan for your farm. These workshops are ideal for both organic and non-organic, small to midsized produce growers who market directly to consumers, restaurants, and local retail outlets.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Managing Land, Wealth and People for Success: A Holistic Management Introductory Class

February 27 - March 1, 2017
Mandan, North Dakota

Certified instructor Joshua Dukart and his wife, Tara, teach this intensive management course sponsored by the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition. Three days of classes cover the holistic decision-making process, which leads to the optimal balance of work and play, effective profit generation, and sustainable land management. Class size is limited to 30 participants. Register early by contacting Sue Balcom, or phone 701-527-5169.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cooperative Summit: Engaging in the Cooperative Economy

February 27 - March 1, 2017
Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana

This event offers national speakers, training workshops, and concurrent tracks on food and agriculture, housing, consumer services, and community investment. Topics for the Food and Agriculture track include cooperative farms addressing the land access barrier for beginning farmers, strategies for food hub collaboration, and ways to meet new food safety regulations. Dan Hobbs, a cooperative development specialist with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center who also owns and operates a 30-acre organic seed and vegetable farm with his family in Pueblo County, Colorado, is the headline speaker for the Food & Ag Track.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Beginning Farmer Regional Workshops

February 14, 16, 22, 23, or 28, 2017
Calmar, Waterloo, Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge, or Mason City, Iowa

This is a free opportunity to learn more about the Iowa Agricultural Development Division's Beginning Farmer Programs, including low-interest loans for the purchase of land, buildings and equipment; Iowa tax credits for landowners who lease to beginning farmers; and Iowa tax credits for farmers to hire a beginning farmer for custom work. The half-day workshop is being held in various locations throughout Iowa.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink California Climate and Agriculture Summit

February 28 - March 1, 2017
Davis, California

The California Climate & Agriculture Summit begins with a day of workshops and poster presentations at UC Davis. On March 1st, participants will tour three innovative Yolo County farms using integrated farming practices to improve soil health, increase biodiversity, and provide climate benefits. Learn about the latest science, policy, and practice of climate-friendly farming in California and network with a diverse group including growers, researchers, policymakers, agricultural professionals, and advocates.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sprinkler Irrigation - History and Basics

February 28, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Throughout the years, many technological advancements in irrigation systems have been introduced to enhance performance, ease management, and reduce energy use, or to meet other specific needs. Recent advances include enhanced system operation and management made possible via readily available GPS and affordable remote communications and real-time data availability. Participate to become familiar with a brief history of irrigation, focusing on a historical presentation of sprinkler irrigation systems dating back to the late 1800s to present-day era center pivot systems.

In: Online


Permalink Agritourism Summit for Marion and Polk Counties

February 28, 2017
Silverton, Oregon

Oregon Extension presents an education and networking event for farm direct marketers and other agritourism operators. It is designed for all sizes and types of farms, woodlands, nurseries, wineries, food processors, and botanical gardens. The Summit will feature training in Farm Direct Marketing and Other Agritourism practices. Dr. Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension and author of Food, Farms and Community: Exploring Food Systems is keynote speaker.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink On-farm Pollinator Benefits for Watermelon Pollination

February 28, 2017

This free webinar is part of eXtension's 2017 series of bee health webinars, Ensuring Crop Pollination in U.S. Specialty Crops. This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Registration is required.

In: Online


Permalink Iowa Cover Crop Workshops

February 22, 23, or 28, 2017
Nashua, Central City, or Knoxville, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is hosting a series of free cover crop workshops this winter. At the beginning of the workshop, facilitators will invite questions and concerns from the participants. For the remainder of the workshop, Matt Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, will address the topics and questions raised by the participating farmers and landowners. They will also be prepared to discuss herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, impacts on crop yields and soil health, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing Berries Under Cover Workshop

February 28, 2017
Portland, New York

NYS Berry Growers Association is hosting day-long workshops with Cornell researchers, Extension educators from PSU and Cornell Cooperative Extension, and experienced berry growers to address advances in growing under cover. Topics to be addressed include day-neutral strawberry cultivars for low tunnels, choosing and recycling tunnel plastic, using technological tools to predict weather events, disease and insect management, growing raspberries in high tunnels, and using exclusion netting. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference

February 28, 2017
Springfield, Missouri

The 33rd Annual Southwest Missouri Spring Forage Conference offers a day filled with education and information about agriculture and grazing-related topics. Allen Williams is the keynote speaker. Four breakout sessions are offered for each time slot, packed with presenters who have experience, talent, and are eager to share their innovative knowledge to improve the efficiency of your forage production. The event includes a trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Managing On-Farm Risks

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

This is the concluding event in Farming for Success, a weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state by Farm Link Montana. Identify the risks and liabilities in your operation and make a plan to mitigate them and be prepared if something goes wrong. Presenter Eric Belasco will talk about business risk that impacts farmers and ranchers and share his research on the value of USDA-RMA Whole Farm Revenue Protection for small farms.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Great Lakes Forage & Grazing Conference

March 1, 2017
St. Johns, Michigan

The theme of this 2017 conference sponsored by the Michigan Forage Council and MSUE is "Forages for Optimum Performance and Profit." There will be tracks on grazing management and on hay and silage management. Topics will include grazing cover crops, grass-fed beef, and dairy grazing.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Marketing Your Produce

March 2, 2017
Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program hosts a presentation by Dr. Theresa Nartea, Extension Specialist in Agribusiness & Marketing on best practices for marketing, including Identifying your Market Strength, Fitting your Market "Thumb Print" to the Best Market Type for You, Finding Potential Market Outlets, and Pricing for Profit.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm to Market: Strategies for Success

March 2, 2017
Louisa, Virginia

Virginia State University's Small Farm Outreach Program hosts this event at Hill Farm. Videos, demonstrations and a tour of Hill Farm will help participants learn the art of marketing their crops. Participation is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Ohio Farmers Market Conference

March 2-3, 2017
Dublin, Ohio

Join market managers, vendors, and experts from around Ohio to share best practices and network. Topics will include state regulations, social media advertising, and keynote speaker and farmers market expert Vance Corum.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Conference and Meeting

March 2-3, 2017
Hagerstown, Maryland

The NEPC meeting is happening concurrently with the Maryland Cattlemen's Assocation's Hay and Pasture Conference. The conference theme is "From Pasture to Table – Grass-Fed Livestock Production of Meat and Milk and Its Preparation – Their Effects on Fatty Acid Composition and Human Health."

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink New Mexico Fruit Growers Workshop

March 2, 2017
Alcalde, New Mexico

New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service will host this day-long workshop. Presentations will address organic production, soil biology, integrated pest management, and food safety. The afternoon session will feature fruit tree pruning demonstrations.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Indiana Small Farm Conference

March 2-4, 2017
Danville, Indiana

The conference begins with four, full-day workshop options. On Friday and Saturday, the conference features concurrent sessions on topics ranging from vegetable and livestock production to farm management and marketing. There is also a trade show. Keynote speakers are Eliot Coleman and Blaine Hitzfield.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Alaska State Farmers Market Organizers Conference

March 2-4, 2017
Homer, Alaska

Homer Farmers Market is convening a statewide conference, gathering farmers market organizers from across the state to come together and share resources and information. A variety of special guests and sessions are planned. Travel scholarships are available.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Farm Law 101

March 2, 2017
Post Falls, Idaho

Farm Commons and Cultivating Success™ are partnering to offer Sustainable Farm Law 101. This workshop will empower direct to consumer farmers to move forward on legal issues of greatest importance to their operation. Topics will include business organization, workers, food safety, land matters, sales and contracts, and insurance. Not just a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by an attorney and farmers.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Connecting with Institutional Markets: Strategies and Programs for MT Producers

March 2, 2017

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will host a webinar for farmers and ranchers about selling to schools, hospitals, and other institutions. We want to open our toolkit for successful relationships with institutional buyers to all those that attend this webinar. The subjects of importance that will be covered include developing partnerships, direct marketing, wholesaling, forward contracting, utilizing MOU’s, and briefly, food safety. Join us for this hour-long webinar and hear from other producers who have developed successful relationships with institutional buyers.

In: Online


Permalink Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference

March 2, 2017
Callaway, Minnesota

The 14th Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference is hosted by the White Earth Land Recovery Project. More than 25 Native herbalists, gardeners, horticulturists, community leaders, professors, students, and farmers from all four directions will share their knowledge. Come learn how Native people are restoring traditional foods, implementing sustainable practices, and collaborating with neighboring Native nations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing Your Hobby Farm into a Business

March 2, 2017

University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Andy Larson, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online




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