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Permalink American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference

January 22-25, 2017
Roanoke, Virginia

This year's conference is hosted by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council. The theme is "Turning Grass into CA$H: Opportunities in Grassland Agriculture." Workshops on cattle and sheep production, marketing, soil health, and grazing techniques feature panels of university scientists and producers. There will also be poster presentations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 22-24, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This large conference offers sessions for apple, berry, grape, fresh vegetable growers, wineries, and farmers markets.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Annual Meeting and Cover Crop Conference

January 23-24, 2017
Fairlee, Vermont

The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers present these two events. Presentations by experts and a trade show are included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Wholesale Success Workshop

January 23-24, 2017
Jefferson, Maryland

Community FARE will host the "Wholesale Success" workshop developed and led by FamilyFarmed's Atina Diffley. Topics include marketing, sorting and packing, crop planning, and post-harvest handling. There will also be a buyer panel and grower-buyer meetings.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Record Keeping for Higher Profits

January 23, 2017
Brighton Michigan

This farmer-led workshop from MSU Student Organic Farm (Farmer Field School) will focus on record keeping practices for running an efficient, informed, and profitable farm. Look at what kinds of records to keep, methods for keeping them, and strategies for implementation. The workshop will explore how to use records to inform price setting, make critical decisions, and identify costly problem areas and profit centers on the farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference

January 24-25, 2017
Salina, Kansas

"Securing Our Future With Soil Health" offers a lineup of more than 37 continuous no-till experts and top-line producers, 55 breakout sessions, a special Q&A session with speakers, and new one-day beginner's session preceding the conference.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Specialized Loans: Youth loans, Microloans, and Fractionated Land Loan Programs

January 24, 2017
Online

USDA and the University of Arkansas School of Law Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative are hosting a series of webinars extending through January 31 that will cover Farm Service Agency (FSA) programs and loans that will assist Native American farmers and ranchers. This session will discuss Farm Service Agency youth loans, microloans, and fractionated land loan programs. These tools are especially essential for beginning farmers and ranchers to build your operations and build your credit. The session will focus on program requirements for accessing and debt repayment under these programs and will discuss the key concerns when planning your business around these loan opportunities. Producers nationwide are invited to participate in the free webinar series.

In: Online

 

Permalink The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive

January 24-25, 2017
Pacific Grove, 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. The course is open to beginning and aspiring farmers growing specialty crops (vegetables, ​fruits, nuts, etc.) as well as seasoned farmers looking to polish up their business skills.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Regional Herbicide Resistance Listening Session

January 24, 2017
Pasco, Washington

This regional listening session is one of seven being held across the country to discuss herbicide resistance management (HRM) – the challenges, new ideas, and ways to help communities collaborate to more effectively to control resistance. This half-day listening session is jointly sponsored by the USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Weed Science Society of America, Far West Agribusiness Association, and the United Soybean Board.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Training Program: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market

January 24 - March 28, 2017
Harrisburg, Illinois

If you are interested in producing fruits and vegetables commercially but haven't been sure how to get started, join Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg for its 10-week Beginning Farmer Training Program: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market. This program meets on Tuesday evenings and will cover the basics of commercial fruit and vegetable production from seed to farm stand and beyond. The goal of this program is to give participants the information they need to understand the basic concepts of production, including soils, pests, and general crop management. Graduates will have the skills needed to produce for local farmers markets, roadside stands, restaurants, and stores. In addition to the weekly classroom sessions, the program will also offer a full day of farm tours scheduled with local growers to highlight a variety of established operations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Baskets to Pallets

January 24 and 31, 2017
Cooperstown, New York

Join Cornell Small Farms Program for a comprehensive two day introduction to selling wholesale. The course is designed for farmers of all enterprises and will cover building relationships with buyers, customer management and record keeping, pricing, grading and packaging, uniformity and consistency, and food safety, among many other topics. This fun course includes plenty of hands-on activities and opportunities for peer learning and small group discussion. The course includes one breakout session for livestock and produce farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Designing Habitat for Multiple Benefits: Wildlife, Soil, Water and Carbon

January 24, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Using a farm case study, participants will learn strategies to design habitat restoration projects that address multiple resource concerns simultaneously. For this webinar, the case study will be a native grassland / meadow (conservation cover) restoration project adjacent to an almond orchard in California’s Central Valley. Speakers will highlight how the project was designed to improve soil health, prevent run-off into waterways, be attractive to pollinators and other beneficial insects, and sequester carbon.

In: Online

 

Permalink A Morning of Cut-Flower Farming with Lisa Mason Ziegler

January 25, 2017
Petersburg, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program presents this free morning workshop with cut-flower grower and author Lisa Mason Ziegler. The topic will be Spring Cash Crops: Field Grown Hardy Annuals, and there will be question and answer time, as well.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Considerations for Beginning Farmers

January 25, 2017
Clarksville, Tennessee

Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, "Considerations for Beginning Farmers" will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator. The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires, and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink EcoFarm Conference

January 25-28, 2017
Pacific Grove, California

The 37th EcoFarm Conference will engage you in some of the most cutting-edge topics. Featuring nearly 70 workshops, four pre-conference events, an exhibitor marketplace, annual seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and delicious organic meals, EcoFarm will inspire and frame the shared mission to grow and shape a healthy, safe, and just food and farming system. Producers, retailers, distributors, and others spill the beans on what works...and what doesn't, when it comes to the business of ecological farming.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Northeast Iowa Woodland Owners Workshop

January 25-26, 2017
Edgewood, Iowa

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry Bureau is offering a free workshop titled "Social Marketing Strategies for Engaging Landowners." The workshop is geared towards natural resource professionals and organizations that work with private landowners. It will cover social marketing and communication strategies along with the most recent social science data on private landowners from the National Woodland Owners Survey.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms

January 25-28, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's Annual Conference offers outstanding "field-tested" presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display and a trade show. Pre-conference events include one-and-a-half day intensive short courses, the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), and several half-day field trips and mini courses. The general conference line-up includes 56 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in the region, and another 16 information exchange sessions. Session topics include organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, food hubs, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, farm to cafeteria, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Southwest Pennsylvania Soil Health and No Till Conference

January 25, 2017
Latrobe, Pennsylvania

"Economics of Soil Health: Why Living Roots Make Sense" is the conference theme. Featured speakers are soil health educator Jim Hoorman and Russ Wilson of Wilson Land and Cattle Co.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Researching Your Market

January 25, 2017
Missoula, Corvallis, Columbus, Conrad, Joliet, Butte, or Bozeman, Montana

Farm Link Montana is offering Planning For On-Farm Success, a weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state. This is the second session of the series. Learn how to evaluate new markets, track financial information and use it to make decisions, access the right financing for your business, and manage the risks in your operation. Participants will receive expert instruction by presenters from the Montana university system as well as networking and Q&A with experienced producers, lenders, and ag professionals in your community.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Digital: Video Content Creation and Marketing

January 5, 6, 11, 12, 19, or 26, 2017
Milan, Clarksville, White Pine, Athens, McMinnville, or Spring Hill, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA) is presenting a series of workshops designed to help farmers and farmers market representatives take their online marketing efforts to the next level. The final workshop in the series will be held six times in January 2017. Video Content Creation and Marketing will explore shooting, editing and promoting videos to market farm products and services. Participants will practice techniques using an I-Pad and the iMovie app.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Symposium

January 26, 2017
Columbia, Missouri

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri is hosting the 8th annual Agroforestry Symposium, "Enhancing Health, Conservation and Livelihoods: Medicinal Plants in Agroforestry." The agenda includes presentations by university researchers and other experts, as well as a panel discussion with medicinal plant growers and entrepreneurs. The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing Conference

January 26-27, 2017
Mt. Hope, Ohio

Small Farm Institute presents this conference, featuring Jim Gerrish, Hue Karreman, and numerous dairy graziers and organic dairy graziers as speakers. Pasture management and animal health sessions are on the agenda.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery into Your Agriculture Operation

January 26, 2017
Salina, Kansas

Following the No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference, stay for the Agriculture's Innovative Mind’s Symposium, with the focus Building Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery into Your Agriculture Operation. Farms and ranches experience continual changes in weather patterns, disease pressure, pest invasion, and market fluctuations. Managing for these changing conditions is a challenge for any producer. Speakers will share their knowledge, experiences and management techniques to build resistance, resiliency, and recovery into a healthy production system.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Freeborn Area Soil Health Team Winter Workshop

January 26, 2017
Albert Lea, Minnesota

The Freeborn Area Soil Health Team is putting on the 3rd annual Soil Health Winter Workshop. This event will be held at Wedgewood Cove from 9:30am – 2:30pm. There will be a $20 fee due at the door. There will be 3.5 CEU credits available for Soil and Water Management. The agenda includes a presentation on how utilizing cover crops improves the health of soils and producer experiences with cover crops. If you would like to attend this event please RSVP by January 18 to Lindsey Zeitler at 507-373-5607 Ext. 116 or by e-mail lindsey.zeitler@mn.nacdnet.net.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NPSAS Winter Conference

January 26-28, 2017
Aberdeen, South Dakota

The 38th Annual Winter Conference of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society features keynote speakers Sheri Salatin and Dr. Thierry Vrain. There will be a day of pre-conference, half-day workshops, followed by a range of conference sessions and workshops and more than 50 exhibitors. There is also a youth program, and registration for youth up to age 18 is free.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Understanding and Implementing Energy Audits

January 26, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Learn key performance parameters for poultry ventilation systems to meet airflow and energy performance targets; and, understand the steps to evaluate, design, and install equipment so that producers can protect flock health and control energy costs. The cases for this webinar are from NRCS-funded projects through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Project: Improving Energy Efficiency in South Carolina Animal Facilities and Greenhouses: A Partnership for Education, Outreach, and Technology Adoption.

In: Online

 

Permalink Think Inside the Box: Containerized Meat Processing Solutions

January 26, 2017
Online

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network presents this free, one-hour webinar on smaller-scale, modular meat processing infrastructure. In this webinar participants will hear about two shipping-container meat-plant models, one for red meat and the other for poultry. Dr. Michele Pfannestiel will discuss her Locker model and David Schafer will share his Plant in the Box unit. Hear about the design, equipment, site requirements, costs, and economics.

In: Online

 

Permalink Iowa Fuit and Vegetble Growers Conference

January 26-27, 2017
Ankeny, Iowa

This annual event presented by Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association features presentations by industry experts and expert growers, as well as a large tradeshow featuring exhibitors with the latest seeds, supplies, equipment, and grower information.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mid-America Organic Association Conference

January 26-28, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

Join Mid-America Organic Association for "WOW - Worldwide Organic Winners!" featuring informative educational sessions, hands-on workshops, special events including the MOA Chef Gala, and, of course, great food. The agenda includes nationally and internationally known speakers Gary Zimmer, Eliot Coleman, Joseph Simcox, and Zen Honeycutt.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Buying Hay: Quality vs. Cost

January 26, 2017
Online

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. This is the second in the series, which runs through March 30.

In: Online

 


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