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Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act: Implications for Farmers

March 31, 2015
Online

In this Practical Farmers of Iowa "Farminar," hear from Sophia Kruszewski, a policy expert at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, about what the Food Safety Modernization Act is and what its implementation will mean for farmers. Organic farmer and farm consultant Chris Blanchard will discuss details about who it will impact and how to comply with the new rules and regulations. These interactive webinars are led by farmers, are open to everyone and allow participants to ask questions of presenters in real-time.

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Permalink Indoor Ag-Con

March 31 - April 1, 2015
Las Vegas, Nevada

Indoor Ag-Con hosts events about indoor agriculture; growing produce and raising fish in greenhouses, warehouses and containers using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic technologies. The 3rd Annual Indoor Agriculture Conference will feature two full days of enlightening presentations and discussions from industry leading speakers, vendor booths located throughout the conference hall, and plentiful networking.

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Permalink Waste To Worth

March 31 - April 3, 2015
Seattle, Washington

The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center is bringing together the nation's best science with innovative outreach on animal agriculture and the environment. The event is designed for those who make or influence environmental management decisions on livestock and poultry farms, including ag and environmental organizations, consultants, cooperative extension agents and specialists, equipment manufacturing and sales reps, farmers/growers, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff, regulatory and policy staff, and researchers.

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Permalink On-Farm Food Safety Trainings

April 1, 2015
Helena, Montana

IOIA and Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center will sponsor an On-Farm Food Safety Training in two locations during March and another in April. Training is free for fruit and vegetable farmers or individuals whom have a direct working connection to those producers and reside in Montana, Idaho, North and South Dakota or Wyoming. The workshops are designed for, but not limited to, produce farmers, county sanitarians, Cooperative Extension agents and other agricultural educators, farmers market managers, food safety auditors, organic inspectors, food retailers, restaurant owners, farm workers and interns, farm-to-institution staff, and agricultural service providers. Each of the trainings is a six-hour course, limited to 20 participants per course.

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Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

March 31 or April 1, 2015
Alexandria or Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

NCAT's Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS), is continuing the 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.

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Permalink Florida Farm to School Regional Workshop

April 1-2, 2015
Lutz, Florida

Want to know more about buying local, school gardens, nutrition education and Florida agriculture for your classroom or school? Register for the second Florida Farm to School Regional workshop to see successful school gardens, tour M&B's farm, and learn more. The workshop is free and open to school administrators, school food service personnel, and teachers from schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

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Permalink All About Berries: Blueberries and Cane Berries in the Home Garden and Small Farm

April 4, 2015
Santa Cruz, California

Learn the basics of selecting, planting, and caring for blueberries and cane berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc.) in the home garden and small farm from Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers. This workshop takes place at the UCSC Farm.

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Permalink Raising Livestock on a Few Acres

April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2015
Ocala, Florida

This program series from University of Florida IFAS Extension will present options on how to raise livestock on a few acres. Learn in four different sessions about raising sheep and goats, rabbits and chickens, horses, and freezer beef.

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Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Workshop

April 6, 2015
Council Bluffs, Iowa

This is one of three planned workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action and provide resources tailored to Iowa. Topics will include connecting school gardens to the lunchroom, classroom, and community; working with farmers and food hubs to bring local fresh food to school cafeterias; increasing knowledge of food safety guidelines; and cultivating a strong network of stakeholders in farm to school activities. Space is limited and registration is required.

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Permalink New England Farm to Institution Summit

April 7-9, 2015
Amherst, Massachusetts

The 2015 Farm to Institution Summit will bring together leaders from New England who are working to increase use of regionally grown food by schools, colleges and health care facilities. The event will convene representatives from institutional facilities, along with their food supply chain partners and farm to institution advocates, to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The conference will feature three sector-specific forums for farm to school, farm to college and farm to health care, plus a full day of cross-sector workshops, sessions, speakers, activities and more.

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Permalink Farminar: Attract Customers through Fiber & Education

April 7, 2015
Online

Farminars are a virtual field day from Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network. PA-WAgN 2015 Specialty Mentor Terri Kinka of Golden Glen Alpacas will discuss methods to break into the niche market of alpacas. She will review the fiber qualities and value-added aspects of this unique animal and review the characteristics of several breeds. Terri will discuss how she builds knowledge and attracts customers to her farm through educational tours to the community.

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Permalink National Extension Energy Summit

April 7-10, 2015
Seattle, Washington

The National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2015 is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy areas.

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Permalink Reduced Tillage in Organic Specialty Crop Systems

April 7, 2015
Online

Participate to learn about research aimed at methods to improve soil health by minimizing tillage in organic vegetable systems. In the Understanding Organic Agriculture series, this webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. The presenter will describe current research at Washington State University that is exploring methods to address a significant soil health challenge in vegetable production - tillage. The discussion of methods to reduce tillage in organic specialty crop systems will include cover strip tillage, the use of a roller crimper, and the role of cover crops. Research findings compare the impacts of different techniques in terms of compaction, water infiltration, soil respiration, and other factors.

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Permalink Farming in the City: Land, Laws, and Community

April 8, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

This evening workshop is part of the three-session Cultivate Baltimore urban agriculture series. This session features Abby Cocke of the Baltimore City Office of Sustainability, Becky Witt of the Community Law Center, and Gail Taylor of Three Part Harmony Farm.

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Permalink California Agritourism Summit

April 8, 2015
Woodland, California

This one-day Agritourism Summit will connect agritourism operators, organizers, regulators, educators, and tourism professionals throughout California with each other. Participants will learn from each other and together plan the future for California agritourism.

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Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Diet Selection Basics

April 9, 2015
Online

This workshop is part of a series of online presentations and discussions led by experts on the topic of targeted grazing and made possible by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session is presented by Dr. Karen Launchbaugh, University of Idaho.

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Permalink Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Annual Conference

April 9-11, 2015
Casper, Wyoming

The Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association, University of Wyoming Extension, Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops, and University of Nebraska Extension are presenting a two-day GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) workshop, followed by the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association Annual Conference and Business meeting. The WFMA conference will include a keynote speaker followed by two sessions of one-hour topics.

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Permalink Texas Drought and Disaster Assistance Programs Webinar

April 9, 2015
Online

This webinar features experts from the Farm Service Agency, Farmers Legal Action Group, and Rural Advancement Foundation International. Farmers and ranchers, ag trade associations, ag lenders, equipment dealers, AgriLife Extension agents, educators, nonprofits, agency staff, and policymakers should attend to learn more about drought and disaster programs available to assist farmers. Webinar sponsors are Farm Aid, NCAT, and Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association.

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Permalink Farmer Strategies for Working Together

April 9 or 10, 2015
Plattsburgh, Canton and Burrville, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop in three locations to help farmers develop formal partnerships, cooperatives, and corporations. The workshop agenda features Bobbie Severson of the Cooperative Enterprise Program of the Cornell Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as panels of three farmers explaining their experiences with working together and the pro and cons of their particular systems.

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Permalink Woody Agriculture: Theory and Hazelnut Practices

April 10-13, 2015
Lanesboro, Minnesota

Badgersett Research Corporation offers its annual short course on woody agriculture, including two days of classes followed by an on-farm class/tour. The newest research results will be presented.

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Permalink Beginning Farming Academy

April 10-11, 2015
Auburn, California

UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada offers a two-day intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming and basic economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for jump-starting your operation. This workshop does not address production practices, but focuses on market, business, and economic planning for small farms.

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Permalink Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

April 10-11, 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan

The conference will feature separate basic and advanced sessions for hop growers as well as a barley session and malting tour. It is designed for both growers and brewers. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss market outlook, horticultural practices, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, and much more.

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Permalink Agroforestry Workshop

April 11, 2015
Gravois Mill, Missouri

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri presents this day-long agroforestry workshop. It will address mushroom culture, pine straw production, tree nut production, timber stand improvement, grass management, wildlife habitat, alley cropping, and forest farming practices.

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Permalink Eat Local & Organic Expo

April 11, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

Join Kansas City Food Circle at their 17th annual exhibition of farmers. This is the second of two dates for the event. Meet and buy directly from some of the best local, organic, and free-range farmers in the area. There will also be workshops and CSA information.

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Permalink Growing Your Community Food System "From the Ground Up" Workshop

April 11-12, 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power's "From the Ground Up" Workshops are intensive, hands-on trainings offering diverse groups the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. Project participants leave the workshop with improved skills that they can take back into their communities and pass on to others. These workshops are for both rural and urban projects.

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Permalink Building and Managing Healthy Soils

April 11, 2015
Olathe, Kansas

This event is part of the Growing Growers monthly workshop series that seeks to help new and existing growers increase production of local food.

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Permalink Orchard Crops Establishment and Management

April 11, 2015
Iowa City, Iowa

Are you a farmer looking to diversify your production and break into the lucrative orchard crop market? Backyard Abundance will delve deep into the principles of edible agroforestry and examine how to manage a landscape of any size or setting so it yields fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs. The morning consists of an engaging classroom session with expert presenters. In the afternoon, the class will move outdoors for some hands-on instruction at the newly established edible forest in Wetherby Park.

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Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

April 11-12, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

This event will feature more than 150 practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops, as well as hundreds of regional and national vendors that feature sustainable lifestyle products and services. Topic areas include modern homesteading, real food, and animal husbandry. Notable speakers include Joel Salatin, cheesemaker Claudia Lucero, market gardener Pam Dawling, and renewable energy expert Richard Freudenberger.

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Permalink Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11, 2015
Unity or Mount Desert, Maine

This event is part of MOFGA's Organic Orcharding series. Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties through grafting.

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Permalink Philly Farm & Food Fest

April 12, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Fair Food Philly and PASA teamed up to create this new annual marketplace for farmers and local food producers. Fest is a one-day event that promises to inspire and connect consumers, farmers, and food artisans in the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste hundreds of delicious samples of local food and find new ways to buy, cook, grow and share local food every day!

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