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Permalink Agriculture Innovation Forum Series: Soil Health and Benefits of Compost

May 26, 2015
Minden, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers the last of four free presentations on topics important to agricultural producers and small-acreage owners in northern Nevada. This evening presentation is presented by Chris Savastio, Natural Resources Conservation Service soil scientist, and Craig Witt, Full Circle Compost owner.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Advances in Hi- and Lo-Tech Irrigation Systems

May 26, 2015
Online

This free, one-hour webinar beginning at 2:00 pm EDT is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will be provided with a summary of the major irrigation systems including recent advances and their utility. Some recent technological advancements in these systems have been introduced to enhance performance, ease management, and reduce energy use, or meet other specific needs.

In: Online

 

Permalink Introduction to Agroforestry Systems

May 27, 2015
Online

This webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. Participants will learn about the five recognized agroforestry practices: Windbreaks, Alleycropping, Silvopasture, Forest Farming and Riparian Forest Buffers. The presenter is Rich Straight, US Forest Service Lead Agroforester, USDA National Agroforestry Center.

In: Online

 

Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

May 27, 2015
Hermanville, Mississippi

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services, is continuing its free workshop series about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. This second part of the workshop series will include mock organic certification inspections. This training is designed to help farmers understand what types of records and information are required during an inspection of an organic farm, as well as the ways inspectors verify that all applicable farm activities are in compliance with the national organic standards.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Louisiana Farm to School Conference

May 27, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The LSU AgCenter will host a statewide farm-to-school conference to bring together school administrators, teachers and parents, food service managers, farmers, food distributors, and others involved with Louisiana agriculture, school gardens, and healthy school meals.The conference will center on education, gardening, and procurement and provide technical assistance in areas such as local food procurement, food and garden safety, culinary education, and incorporating curricula into existing core classes.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Oil Seed Crops & On-Farm Processing of Edible and Non-Edible Oils

May 28, 2015
Clemson, South Carolina

In this one-day workshop from Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program, join Clemson University oilseed crop researcher David Thornton and Virgin Oils Co-founder Mathew Rudolf to learn about ideal edible and high value specialty oil crops for the southern climate and lessons learned from their experience producing food- and non-food-grade oils. Clemson Extension Program food safety experts Kimberly Baker and Adair Hoover will provide information on regulatory guidelines for making and selling edible oils. This workshop will cover the following topics: crop selection, process techniques, food grade processing guidelines and potential markets. Participants will perform hands-on activities expelling and processing their own edible oils to take home.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Profiles in Small-Scale Processing: Blue Ridge Meats

May 28, 2015
Online

This is a free webinar presented by the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. On this webinar, participants will get a "behind the scenes" peek at Blue Ridge Meats, a small, USDA-inspected slaughter and processing facility in Front Royal, Virginia. Lois Aylestock, VP, will describe how they manage day to day operations, getting and keeping customers, bookkeeping, employee management, and more. She will tell us about systems they've developed, what has worked, and what she wishes she had known before they got started.

In: Online

 

Permalink Piedmont Region Come to the Table Conference

May 28, 2015
Elon, North Carolina

These full- day events bring together members of the faith community with farmers, gardeners, farm workers, educators, health professional,s and community organizations to find ways to relieve hunger and support local agriculture. The conferences include plenaries, topical breakout sessions, lunch, and networking opportunities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Conservation Agriculture and Sustaining Soils

May 28, 2015
Lawrence, Kansas

This day-long Growing Growers workshop is designed for anyone growing fruits and vegetables for sale. The workshop includes a farm tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety for Organic Growers in Texas

May 28, 2015
Online

For Texas growers who want to sell to grocery retailers and major distributors, a written farm food safety plan is mandatory. This webinar offered by the National Center for Appropriate Technology will go over the basics of a farm safety plan and how to get GAP certified. An update on revisions to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will also be covered. Presenters will be Susie Marshall, President of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) and Dr. Juan Anciso, Extension Specialist in Vegetables and Citrus, Texas A & M University.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land Workshop on Farm Transition Planning

May 28, 2015
Morris, Minnesota

The Land Stewardship Project will be holding this four-hour Women Caring for the Land workshop on Farm Transition Planning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sound and Sensible Organic Certification Workshop

May 28, 2015
Gulfport, Mississippi

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS) of Gainesville, Florida, is offering a free workshop about organic certification for producers in the Gulf States region. The workshop is intended to enlist new farmers and ranchers and help them learn how to become National Organic Program (NOP)-certified. It will provide information and expertise to farmers interested in NOP and answer questions regarding organic farm practices and NOP certification.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Grass-Fed Beef Conference

May 28-29, 2015
College Station, Texas

Grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends. 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. The following topics will be discussed: overview of the beef industry; defining natural, grass-fed and organic beef; forage-growing fundamentals; cattle types suited for grass-fed beef; forage-based nutrition for cattle; preventive herd health; handling cattle for wholesome beef; carcass fabrication; consumers and their expectations; marketing a unique product; and economics and sustainability. A live carcass fabrication demonstration will be a second-day highlight.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink HMI Open Gate Learning Day: Ranney Ranch

May 29, 2015
Corona, New Mexico

The Open Gate Learning Series from Holistic Management International consists of farm/ranch days held on the land and hosted by an experienced Holistic Management practitioner. Attendees have the opportunity to identify common challenges and discuss creative solutions in a friendly atmosphere. The goal of the day is to create a forum for sharing practices, ideas, advice, and solutions. This event at Ranney Ranch focuses on marketing and grazing practices to survive drought.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Animal Fiber Production Opportunities

May 30, 2015
Phillipsburg, Kansas

In this day-long Amazing Grazing event, Sally Brandon, Shepherd’s Mill, and Rachael Boyle, K-State Research and Extension Livestock Agent, will guide you through the world of animal fiber production, from determining which animals are right for you and your farm to selecting a mill and marketing your fiber.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Hoop House Production Workshop

May 30, 2015
Yerrington, Nevada

This workshop is sponsored by the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute. Topics will include season extension practices, mulches for hoop houses, and rotational planting. The featured speaker is Steve Moore, professor and director of AgroEcology at Elon University and founder of Harmony Essentials. He will be joined by a panel of local farmers who will share their own experiences and take questions.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink North American Agroforestry Conference

May 30 - June 3, 2015
Ames, Iowa

The conference title is "Agroforestry as a Catalyst for On-Farm Conservation and Diversification." A pre-conference agroforestry field tour on May 30 will visit a variety of agroforestry systems including riparian forest buffers, windbreaks, and specialty forest products. Up to three concurrent half-day advanced agroforestry workshops will be offered on May 31. The main conference June 1-3 features keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, tours and field demonstrations, and poster sessions.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Slow Poultry: Sustainable Poultry Production

May 30, 2015
Bozeman, Montana

This Sustainable Poultry Network workshop looks at poultry history and two aspects of sustainable production--breeding and growing. The workshop presents three different models of sustainable poultry production and considers the practical elements of facilities, feed, finances, and pasture foraging.

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Permalink VegScout School

May 30, July 11, and August 8, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Women's Environmental Institute offers this three-workshop series taught by Dr. Loretta Ortiz- Ribbing. Workshops will have a lecture component and in-class assignments using live and photo samples to ID. They will involve using dissecting scopes or hand lens to view distinct diagnostic features of pests, followed by hands-on and in-field activities to test knowledge and problem solve. Full-day workshops in May, July, and August will each build on the skills of the previous workshop.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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