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Permalink From Pig To Prosciutto: Rediscovering the Craft of Charcuterie

December 10, 2016
Lanesborough, Massachusetts

This NOFA Massachusetts class, taught by Jake Levin, the "Roving Butcher," will take you step-by-step from a live pig that was raised organically by Red Shirt Farm all the way to the delicious brined, smoked, cured, and stuffed end products that many know and love. Along the way, you'll learn how to properly and humanely dispatch, break down, and butcher a whole animal and how to use all of those odd bits to make amazing value-added products that will impress your friends and family.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Season Extension with High and Low Tunnels--Maximizing Use & Producing Profits

December 12, 2016
Jackson Springs, North Carolina

North Carolina Growing Together offers this full-day, hands-on workshop for producers selling into wholesale markets, as well as Extension Agents who are assisting growers with wholesale market expansion. Session topics include microclimate characteristics, ideal planting dates for cool and warm season vegetable crops, labor and material costs, and best management practices for pests and fertility. Presenters will also discuss various high tunnel equipment vendors, noting the features important to include for extended season growing in the Sandhills region. The presentation will include regional marketing strategies and federal funding opportunities for high tunnel construction. The day will conclude with a high tunnel farm tour.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Webinar: Grassroots Solutions for a Just and Sustainable Food System

December 13, 2016
Online

Leah Penniman, activist-farmer at Soul Fire Farm, has worked with farmers in Haiti, Mexico, and Ghana to exchange ideas and mutual aid. What can we learn from those on the frontlines of the global food sovereignty movement? Join NOFA Massachusetts in this free, one-hour webinar for a conversation that explores agricultural best practices and policy priorities to move us toward a more just and sustainable food system.

In: Online

 

Permalink Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms

December 13-14, 2016
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This conference provides in-depth education and updates about organic agricultural practices. The keynote speaker is Gary Zimmer of Midwestern BioAg. Sessions will address dairy, field crops, fruit, and vegetable production.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink From the Ground Up: Connecting Agriculture and Health

December 13, 2016
Waco, Texas

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to engaging sessions that are all applicable to the practice of healthcare professionals. Topics will include the domestic and global issue of hunger, food waste, food labeling, and the New Dietary Guidelines. The conference will also include a Path to the Plate presentation which focuses on information that all Texans can use to make informed decisions about the food they eat based on truthful, relevant, and accurate information. The conference will close with a culinary segment

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands

December 13 or 14, 2016
Eureka or Susanville, California

This series of workshops being held across California during November and December features presentations on a variety of management strategies, highlighting the need for invasive species management approaches that maximize cost effectiveness of reduced-risk practices while promoting biodiversity. It explores biology of problem weeds, presents management strategies such as adaptive grazing and reseeding, and features case studies.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management

December 14, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will learn about the importance of amphibians and reptiles, Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's (PARC) efforts to address conservation threats, and actions that can be taken to benefit this group of animals. The objective of this webinar is to improve awareness of herps and provide training that will allow participants to more effectively plan and implement conservation measures to benefit them.

In: Online

 

Permalink Disease Management in Organic Crops Webinar

December 14, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar will look at some cultural and non-chemical options that organic growers have for foliar and soilborne disease management. University of Illinois Local Food Systems/Small Farms Extension Educators Laurie George and James Theuri discuss Disease Management in Organic Crops. Pre-registration is required by December 12, 2016, to receive webinar access information.

In: Online

 

Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act--Produce Rule Training & Plan Writing for Beginners

December 14-15, 2016
Rosenhayn, New Jersey

This course from the Produce Safety Alliance is offered by New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Rutgers Extension for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), co-management, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course is accepted by the Food & Drug Administration to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Agrarian Elders and the Next Generation: Planning for Succession

December 14, 2016
Ukiah, California

California FarmLink invites farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, or non-family successors, to join one of three farm succession conferences. Each conference will offer insight on estate and tax planning, transfers of farm businesses and land, and goal-setting and communication strategies for families.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Whole Farm Revenue Protection for Livestock Producers

December 14, 2016
Online

The Center for Rural Affairs is holding a series of free webinars on Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP), a crop insurance option that requires crop diversity in order to qualify. This session offers a one-hour webinar for producers, followed by a one-hour webinar for insurance agents. WFRP will insure up to $1 million in annual revenue from animals and animal products. Learn how to apply.

In: Online

 

Permalink Crop Planning for Vegetable Growers Webinar

December 14, 2016
Online

In this free webinar, NCAT Agricultural Specialists Luke Freeman and Margo Hale introduce the topic of crop planning for vegetable growers wanting to scale up into wholesale or institutional markets. The webinar will help growers understand how to plan crops to meet production goals and wholesale contracts, how to calculate planting dates based on an anticipated date of harvest, and which key records to keep to assist with production planning in the future.

In: Online

 

Permalink New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

December 14, 2016
Portland, New York

As dramatic weather events increase, pest pressure intensifies, and local markets vitalize, New York berry growers are looking for ways to protect their crop and lengthen their season. Growers and educators are conducting trials of techniques for growing berries under cover. This day-long workshop will feature multiple short presentations, interactive activities, and words from growers discussing the newest research in tunnels and exclusion netting.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning & Small Farm Profitability Strategies

December 14, 2016
St. George, Utah

This day-long workshop from Utah State University Extension is designed to assist both beginning and experienced farmers and ranchers in refining and enhancing their business, financial management, and marketing skills to be successful in small-scale operations. Topics include business planning, record keeping, estimating market size and pricing, and loan and grant programs.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Guides Webinar: Weed Identification and Management in Pastures

December 14, 2016
Online

This webinar series covers topics that specifically relate to grazing dairy herds. Topics include technologies available to grazing herds as well as strategies for feeding, grazing and care of your animals.This free, one-hour webinar will review pasture weed identification and how to manage troublesome pasture weeds including thistles, spiny amaranth, multiflora rose, and poison hemlock. Mechanical, cultural, and chemical control methods will be discussed as part of an integrated weed management strategy.

In: Online

 

Permalink Health Care Practices for our Food Animals

December 14, 2016
Vernon, Connecticut

This half-day event is a SARE Antibiotic Stewardship workshop. It will include presentations and discussion on the FDA Veterinary Feed Directive and on the links between antibiotic use in animals and antibiotic resistance in humans.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Labor Roundtable: Getting, Managing, and Keeping Good Labor for Your Farm

December 14, 2016
Holt, Michigan

At this free event from MSU Farmer Field School, farmers and others will share and discuss a variety of successful practices and approaches to farm labor including: employment, contract work, piece rate, internships, and work trades. The workshop will explore the benefits and trade-offs of these various arrangements relating to cost, legal, management, and souring considerations. Approaches for recruiting, training, managing and retaining employees will be covered.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Profitable Meat Marketing Workshops

December 6, 8, 14, or 15, 2016
Binghamton, Penn Yan, Jamestown, or Warsaw, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension offices in several counties are hosting free Profitable Meat Marketing workshops this winter. The workshops are geared toward livestock producers wishing to learn more about marketing and product pricing. The workshop will focus on helping farmers learn effective marketing strategies in order to increase profit. The Meat Price Calculator will also be introduced. Contact county Extension offices for more information.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Adapting Farms to Weather Extremes and Climate Uncertainty

December 20, 2016
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participate in this training to learn about developing on-farm solutions for overcoming production, revenue, and stewardship challenges due to weather hazards and a changing climate. Emphasis will be placed on planning adaptive management alternatives for addressing uncertain future forecasts, outlooks, and projections. Two new USDA resources for adapting agriculture and forests will be highlighted, as well as emerging decision-support tools for producers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Fall Farminars

December 6, 13, or 20, 2016
Online

The 2016 fall farminar series begins November 15 and runs each Tuesday, from 7-8:30 p.m. CST, through December 20. Featured topics span a wide range of farming enterprises, and are geared toward beginning and established farmers alike. The interactive format allows attendees to listen in and ask questions using a chatbox. Topics for this month include Graze and Bale: Cover Crops as Forage, Getting More from Cover Crops, and Farm-Life Balance for CSA Farmers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Two-Week Introductory Course in Regenerative Farming

January 4-20, 2017
San Diego, California

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center presents an intensive course in regenerative farming with emphasis on growing cool-season crops. The course begins with the soil and educates students in the basic mechanics and philosophy of how to grow food ethically and ecologically using means suitable for urban and small-scale farming or gardening.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course

January 5-6, 2017
Danville, Virginia

Designed especially for limited-resource and veteran farmers, the six-part Agribusiness Production & Financial Management course will allow you to: meet the mandatory USDA/FSA financial and production management borrower training requirements, find resources to help boost farm profitability and income for farm families and local communities, and offer hands-on training to farmers and assist them in developing valuable skills in financial management and crop production. Find out what you need to know for tax planning, record-keeping and marketing as well as strategies for reducing risk and connecting to available funding through state and federal agencies—all designed to help you grow and sustain a successful farm business. This session includes a farm tour to Hudson Heritage Farm, LLC.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

January 5-8, 2017
Savannah, Georgia

This conference offers more than 80 hours of educational sessions for anyone with an interest in specialty-crop agriculture. Sessions will address food safety, specific commodity production practices, and marketing. A large trade show is included. There is a track for organic producers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium

January 5, 2017
Schererville, Indiana

Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension present this annual educational event with plenary and breakout sessions and a trade show focusing on vegetable production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Greenhouse IPM Workshop

January 4, 5, or 6, 2017
Manchester, Maine; Durham, New Hampshire; Burlington, Vermont

The Tri-State Greenhouse IPM Program presents the same workshop in three locations. The topic is "Water Worries: Woes and Foes," with sessions on moisture management and preventing water-borne diseases. There will also be a grower-to-grower session and hands-on demonstrations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Food & Farm Conference

January 6-8, 2017
Grass Valley, California

The Sustainable Food & Farm Conference draws more than 500 farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and foodies to be inspired by internationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in sustainable farming and ranching. Keynote speakers this year are Greg Judy, Elaine Ingham, and Ben Hartman. The event features farm tours, a farm expo, and workshops.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

January 6-8, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

This program serves new and beginning farmers seeking to grow and market fresh produce. The program emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Participants will learn about fertility management, greenhouse use, season extension, pest management and equipment needs, and will hear real-world perspectives on the financial and quality-of-life realities of running a small scale farm. The Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers is sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Agritourism Conference

January 9-10, 2017
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association hosts this 11th annual conference, the largest dedicated agritourism conference in the world. The 2017 conference will build on the previous conferences and include a large farm panel discussion with an attorney, insurance professional, financial advisor, and experienced agritourism farmer/owner/operator, all of whom are versed in agritourism zoning and liability and diversification. The schedule also includes workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive

January 9-10, 2017
Grass Valley, California

This two-day series of interactive workshops will provide new and aspiring farmers with a solid introduction to the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed--a valuable supplement to on-farm experience. Taught by a variety of educators, business experts and experienced local farmers, this affordable program will provide upstart agrarians with the basic business tools to prepare you for a career in agriculture, as well as the peer-to-peer community support to keep you inspired and on track.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Virginia Association for Biological Farming's Farming Conference

January 10-11, 2017
Hot Springs, Virginia

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming present this event featuring practical learning and insights from more than 30 speakers, an exhibit hall packed with useful tools and services, delicious locally sourced meals, and the very best in networking. Topics will include vegetable production, specialty crops, pollinators, soil health, livestock, and marketing and business.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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