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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


Permalink Introductory Food Safety Workshop for Produce Growers

March 3, 2017
Escondido, 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 Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference

March 3-4, 2017
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

The Organic Association of Kentucky will hold its sixth annual conference focusing on organic farming and living with keynote speaker Wendell Berry. It will also feature other local and national speakers, a "creative finance" session with information about grants, low-interest loans and land, and "meet the buyers" with presentations by large and small buyers seeking certified organic products.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Mountain West Seed Summit

March 3-4, 2017
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and the McCune Foundation, presents a two-day summit and one-day field trip focused on training and inspiring seed producers across the Rocky Mountain region. The Mountain West Seed Summit will include presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities, lively discussions, seed exchanges, art, music, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink MOFGA Spring Growth Conference

March 4, 2017
Unity, Maine

Keynote speaker Will Brinton of Woods End Laboratories and a panel of farmers will focus on soil microbiology at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's annual Spring Growth Conference.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Agritourism Initiative – Potomac Highlands

March 4,14, 28, and April 11 and 22, 2017
Moorefield, West Virginia

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture and the West Virginia University Extension Service are teaming up to present a training program aimed at helping West Virginia farmers create agritourism opportunities. The five, day-long training sessions are aimed at farmers in the Potomac Highlands. Experts from agriculture, tourism and the business sector will focus on marketing, hospitality, management and business collaborations. Those who successfully complete the course will be eligible for certification as a West Virginia Agritourism Initiative Business.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Deep Roots Short Course: Wintering Livestock

March 4, 2017
Verndale, Minnesota

SFA Deep Roots Farmer Development Program is hosting its Short Course on Wintering Livestock at Seven Pines Farm. Join SFA Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg for a farm tour reviewing low-cost wintering techniques for layers, hogs and cattle. Tour hoophouse structures for layers, a deep-straw system for hogs, low-cost housing for sows, outwintering via bale grazing for cattle, windbreak options and cold weather watering systems.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Direct Marketing -- Sales, Service & Signs

March 4, 2017
Carson City, Nevada

Join Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute for this interactive workshop to learn simple, effective, inexpensive ways to increase your sales and build your customer base. Speakers are Colleen Donovan, who has spent the past seven years coordinating farmers market research and educational projects for Washington State University, and Jeffrey Benjamin of Breakthrough Training.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference

March 4, 2017
Littleton, Colorado

Join Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms for the Front Range Beginning Farmer's Conference, featuring instructional workshops from regional experts, targeted towards small scale, sustainable farming. Come share your ideas, knowledge and questions and enjoy lunch and a post-conference social hour with local experts and aspiring farmers. The conference is targeted to those who are considering starting an urban, suburban, or rural farm, those who have already been growing for a couple of years, and those who want to learn more and support the burgeoning small farm movement on the Front Range. All levels of experience and interest are welcome

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Free the Seeds!

March 4, 2017
Kalispell, Montana

Free the Seeds is a free, community-powered event for building a sustainable and resilient future through real seeds, real food, and real skills. You and your family are invited to attend one of the 20+ educational workshops, visit any of the 40+ booths with information and resources on local food and growing, participate in roundtable conversations, and exchange seeds and plant starts.

In: Western SARE Region




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