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Permalink Soil Health Webinar

August 22, 2017

Join the CCOF Foundation and the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) for a free webinar on the relationship of soil health and soil organic matter in organic farming systems. This webinar will present recent research on soil health, as well as detail practical applications that organic growers can use to build healthy soils on their operations.

In: Online


Permalink Produce Safety Workshop

August 22, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia

The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), in partnership with the National Farmers Union, is offering workshops across the country to help familiarize young and beginning farmers with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). When FSMA goes into effect in 2018, all fruit and vegetable producers will be subject to Produce Safety Rule (PSR) regulations and have at least one owner or managerial staff member on site who has attended an approved FSMA PSR training such as this one.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Organic Vegetable Seed Production & Varietal Selection Workshop

August 22, 2017
West Lafayette, Indiana

Join partners from the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) and Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) projects for a one-day classroom and field based workshop on organic varietal development and seed production. Join nationally renowned experts for this workshop intended for farmers, educators, and agricultural students. Learn the fundamentals needed to grow organic vegetable seed, including seed biology, harvesting, storage, and how to conduct variety trials. In addition to a classroom intensive, participants will tour The Student Farm and taste carrots and tomatoes from current trials.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grass-Fed Livestock Farm Tour

August 22, 2017
Hillsboro, Ohio

This morning event is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Grassroots Farm is a 380-acre grass-based farm raising Red Devon cattle, Katahdin lamb, Cornish Cross chickens, and Berkshire hogs. They lease subparcels of their land to independent dairy producers and are seeking to transition the farm to someone who will assume business ownership in steps. Join this tour for a wagon ride to learn about the farm's wetland mitigation efforts, raising grass-fed beef and pastured meat and poultry, and unique land-access opportunities.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Dry Farming Collaborative Field Day

August 22, 2017
Elmira and Veneta, Oregon

Twelve Dry Farming Collaborative sites will be hosting tours in August. Learn about dry farming and see crops (tomatoes, potatoes, squash, melon, zucchini, dry beans, corn, orchard crops) grown with little or no supplemental irrigation in the field. This tour visits The Regulus Associates dry farm trial site, which has been experimenting with dry farming for five years and is growing beans and garlic. It also visits The Last Year's Rain Dry Farm trial site, which is growing squash, melon, dry beans and tomatoes.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control: Conservation Biocontrol Short Course

August 22, 2017
Minot, North Dakota

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Eric Mader, Pollinator program Co-Director for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Selection for Parasite Resistance

August 22, 2017

This evening webinar is part of the American Sheep Industry Association's Let's Grow series. It features Dr. Joan Burke, USDA Animal Research Scientist at the ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center. Because of moderate heritability, opportunities exist to improve parasite resistance through genetic selection programs. This will be discussed along with scientific background, what to expect, and limitations.

In: Online


Permalink Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier Procurement Training Series

August 8, 14, 15, 17, or 22, 2017
Viroqua, Footeville, De Pere, Eagle River, or Wausau, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farm to School Steering Committee is coordinating five free farm to school and farm to early care trainings across Wisconsin. The goal of these trainings is: 1) to provide in-depth local food procurement training to Wisconsin’s food service professionals; and 2) better connect Wisconsin's farmers, processors, distributors, and supply chain partners with institutional buyers like schools, early childhood sites, hospitals, and universities. All food service staff are encouraged to attend, and there will be breakout sessions for K-12 and ECE environments.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm-Based Food Safety Training in Montana

August 22, 2017
Kalispell, Montana

Fresh-produce farmers will be able to see and experience practical on-farm solutions to developing their food safety plans at this farm-based food safety training. The workshop is designed for fresh-produce growers who want to enter into wholesale markets that may require a food safety plan, or for producers who are curious about the food safety modernization act or will require a GAP audit. This free, one-day training will take place at Mountain View Growers.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Kansas Range Schools

August 8-10 or 22-24, 2017
Scott County or Elmdale, Kansas

Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition offers these two regional events. The theme for both schools this year is "Building Community Resilience and Strength for Successful Ranching." There will be rancher and expert panels that will talk about how to build the communities you depend on to be a successful rancher, including the community of vegetation found on your grasslands, the community of neighbors and friends that help with operations and ideas, as well as specialized communities such as Prescribed Burn Associations or No Till groups that help you manage your resources both economically and ecologically. Besides learning plant identification, how to figure stocking rates, how to monitor vegetation response and the rest of basics needed to manage your rangeland, there will be ranchers and natural resource professionals talking with you about how to plan ahead for whatever nature or market forces bring to your ranching enterprise and how to respond to keep your rangeland health high and your livestock productive.

In: North Central SARE Region



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