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Permalink Agricultural Diversification Research Tour

August 17, 2017
Wooster, Ohio

This free tour at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's Mellinger Research Farm will show farmers how they can maintain their farm size, but still increase profitability. Topics of discussion during the tour include Scales of Diversification and Markets; Ecosystem Services in Diverse Systems – pest control, soil improvement and fertility, pollinator support and biomass production; Ecosystem Pressures (like deer and rabbits) on a Small, Diverse System and Imbalances in the Landscape; Diverse Vegetable Production; Pastured Poultry Using Chicken Tractors (movable coops); Oilseed as an Alternative Crop in Rotations; Hull-Less “Naked” Oats Culture; Pasture Establishment and Management for a Diversified System; and Value-Added Products.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Urban Conversations about Conservation

August 17, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

MOSES partners with the Women Food & Ag Network to run a unique Women Caring for the Land workshop for women who live in the city and own land in the country. The free workshop will teach women landowners about soil health and conservation principles as well as federal and local programs that can fund conservation projects.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing for the Future Conference

August 17-18, 2017
Madison, Indiana

Jefferson and Ripley County Soil & Water Conservation Districts and Historic Hoosier Hills present this two-day event. Livestock producers and experts will come together to look at the principles and practices of a holistic managment approach to grazing and livestock operations. Emphasis will be placed on tools and methods to combat new diseases, cope with drought, deal with rising production costs, and creating a sustainable livestock farm for the future. Topics include pasture, soil, and animal health.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Global Greens Field School Day

August 17, 2017
West Des Moines, Iowa

Join Lutheran Services in Iowa for a day of networking, workshops, and sharing amongst incubator farm projects across Iowa. The Global Greens Urban Agriculture Program works to provide a spectrum of ways for individuals who have come to the United States as refugees to reconnect to the land, be it through a community garden or starting their own farm business and transitioning off onto their own land. The evening field day is a public event, where farmers and anyone who is interested to learn more about Global Greens come together for a potluck meal, hear from farmers, and enjoy activities out at the farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day

August 17, 2017
Spooner, Wisconsin

The 8th annual Wisconsin Hazelnut Field Day at Spooner Ag Research Station will introduce attendees to the emerging new crop of bush-type hazelnuts and the Wisconsin Hazelnut Production Trial. Hazelnut growers, current or prospective, are encouraged to attend. The field day is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Goats: From Pasture to Market

August 17, 2017
Walker, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa's morning field day takes place at Cheryl and Mike Hopkins' Frog Hollow Farm. The Hopkins will discuss their pasture management practices including fencing, watering and pasture mixes. Staff from the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field office will talk about the Hopkins' conservation plan and funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Third Thursday Thing

August 17, 2017
Frankfort, Kentucky

The Third Thursday Thing from Kentucky State University continues its monthly series of presentations on sustainable agriculture.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Rotationally Raised: Making Small Grains Work

August 17, 2017
Ames, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa will host a day-long conference that covers the basics you need to add small grains to the rotation on your farm. The day will feature four 50-minute sessions led by farmers, researchers, and industry representatives on topics ranging from small grains production and markets to extended rotations, green manure, and nitrogen synchronization.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Starting wtih Heifers: Growing Into an Organic Dairy

August 17, 2017
Pulaski, New York

At this NOFA New York evening field day at Vision-Hope Dairy, participate in a farm tour, hear alternative ideas from seasoned inspector and Dairy Transitions Project leader Robert Perry, and learn about Tom Bonoski's strategy based on a slow systems approach, not expecting transition incentives.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Federation of Southern Cooperatives 50th Anniversary

August 17-19, 2017
Birmingham and Epes, Alabama

This event includes the Estelle Witherspoon Award Dinner and the 50th Annual Meeting. The meeting includes agricultural exhibits, keynote speakers, USDA panels, and workshops on cooperatives, agroforestry, farm credit, and agritours.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Movable & Fixed Fencing for Livestock

August 17, 2017
La Crescent, Minnesota

Harry and Jackie Hoch and their crew use organic and biodynamic practices to produce a variety of fruit and vegetables, along with rotationally grazed hogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and sheep. They are in the midst of a three-year demonstration grant trialing livestock fencing to maintain pastured pigs in their orchards. At this MOSES Organic Field Day, Harry and Hoch orchard staff will share their experiences and some of the data collected for the project. Hugh Kraemer from K Fence will share his knowledge of fence materials and construction. The University of Minnesota Extension will also be on hand to answer questions. This event is intended for anyone who is considering rotational grazing, whether on a small hobby farm or a several-hundred-acre operation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Exploring Innovations in Community Food Systems Webinar

August 17, 2017
Online

This #CommunityFood webinar will highlight themes in innovation emerging among community-based organizations across Indian Country, rural communities, and cities across America. Hear from the Oneida Community Integrated Food Systems (OCIFS) and La Semilla Food Center: two organizations who exemplify this evolution in food systems change-making.

In: Online

 

Permalink Grass-fed Beef Intensive: Optimizing Productivity & Profitability with Jim Gerrish

August 17, 2017
East Hardwick, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont day-long workshop, focus on the basics of grass-fed beef production, from pasture management to marketing your product. Tour the pastures at Snug Valley Farm (they raise grass-finished Holstein steers) with Jim discussing management intensive grazing from stocking rate to rest periods. Then, move to Shat Acres Farm in Greensboro (they raise grass-finished Highland Cattle) and take a look with Jim at how they manage their pastures.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms

August 18, 2017
Adell, Wisconsin

Join the Xerces Society and Monarch Joint Venture for an afternoon of hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Peppers & Trials Workshop

August 18, 2017
Nevada

This workshop is presented by the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Texas Sheep and Goat Expo

August 18-19, 2017
San Angelo, Texas

The statewide Texas A&M AgriLife event is one of the largest sheep and goat programs in the world. It begins with a field day that touts topical information stemming from work done at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center. The expo features an educational program as well as new features this year: a session on Angora goats, a major youth component and sheep performance data instruction, as well as a sale of performance-tested rams.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health and Biodiversity & Biodynamics

August 19, 2017
Hector, New York

This orchard class from Know Your Roots will be held at Apostrophe Orchard. This workshop will discuss the basics of your soil so you can better understand what's going on right under your feet, the mineral connection, and what you can do to improve the soil's health and overall vitality to grow better fruit. In part two, discuss practical aspects of how you can build a stronger, more resilient farm and orchard with biodynamics.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Medicinal Herb Production

August 21, 2017
La Center, Washington

Join Tilth Producers for a farm walk at Sego Herb Farm, a 55-acre certified organic farm that specializes in selling wholesale quantities of herbs used as plant-based medicines. Currently, the farm grows ginkgo leaves, ginseng, and goldenseal. The farm washes and dries all of their herbs on-site in their new custom-designed drying facility.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground and Prairie

August 21, 2017
Bedford, Iowa

Russ Wischover at Windswept Acres hosts this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day. Hear about the process of seeding former crop fields to pasture species and how grazing former Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land has helped bring native prairie species back. Topics are grazing pasture and prairie, heritage-breed livestock, prairie plant identification, and low-input infrastructure.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Webinar

August 22, 2017
Online

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
Online

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

 

Permalink Pollinator Conservation Short Course

August 23, 2017
Big Flats, New York

This full-day workshop from The Xerces Society focuses on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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