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Permalink Louisiana SARE Farm Tour

April 19, 2015
Pride, Slaughter, Zachary, and Gurley, Louisiana

The Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is hosting the Sustainable Agriculture Farm Tour to serve as an outreach activity for local sustainable farmers to meet citizens of the area. This will be a 1 day tour starting in the morning and ending in the early evening with participants driving themselves.

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Permalink Small Farms: New Markets

April 20, 2015
Online

Northeast SARE and the Cornell Small Farms Program present a free, three-part webinar series open to the public. The webinars feature dairy, livestock, and mushroom farmers that have all transitioned successfully to one or more new wholesale markets. Farmers will reflect on their decision making process, benefits and challenges, costs, and infrastructure needed to get their products to bigger markets. Each webinar also features one of the farmer's 'wholesale' buyers who will describe how they establish productive relationships with smaller farms, and outline their business models and buying requirements. This webinar is titled "Mushrooms to Dining Rooms: Meet the People Behind the Food Chain." It features mushroom grower Alan Kaufman and Natural Gourmet Institute CEO Anthony Fassio.

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Permalink IOIA Course: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Assessment on Organic Farms

April 21, 2015
Online

The IOIA Natural Resource Assessment on Organic Farms is an intermediate 200-level webinar training course. The course is geared to prepare those who are currently organic inspectors or file reviewers to evaluate Natural Resource requirements as described in the NOP/COR. The course is also highly recommended for organic producers, consultants, educators, extension, and certification agency staff. The course includes pre-course reading and assignment, three hours of in-class instruction via distance presenter, and a post-webinar exam.

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Permalink MN Come and Get It: Resources, Training and Assistance for On-Farm Food Service in Minnesota

April 21, 2015
Online

This free, Farm Commons webinar offers an introduction to the key issues involved with on-farm food service. From navigating your state's regulation to marketing and logistics, this webinar is the first-step, condensed overview to get you started. Attendees are welcome from any states and various topics covered will be universal to on-farm food service in any state – such as advertising – but please note they will only be covering Minnesota regulations in this seminar.

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Permalink National Food Policy Conference

April 21-22, 2015
Washington, DC

For 38 years, the National Food Policy Conference has been a Washington institution and a unique collaboration between consumer advocates, the food industry and government. The conference is organized by the Consumer Federation of America and is a key national gathering for those interested in agriculture, food and nutrition policy.

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Permalink Conservation Activity Plan Policies and Procedures

April 21, 2015
Online

In this USDA NRCS Science and Technology webinar, participants will learn about the history, purpose, regulation, and policy associated with Conservation Activity Plans (CAP). The presentation will include a discussion of the responsibilities of Technical Service Providers (TSPs), producers, and NRCS staff. Presenters will describe how CAPs are incorporated into the planning process and define the programmatic requirements that must be met to offer financial assistance for the development of a CAP.

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Permalink WI Come and Get It: Resources, Training and Assistance for On-Farm Food Service in Wisconsin

April 22, 2015
Online

This free, Farm Commons webinar offers an introduction to the key issues involved with on-farm food service. From navigating your state's regulation to marketing and logistics, this webinar is the first-step, condensed overview to get you started. Attendees are welcome from any states and various topics covered will be universal to on-farm food service in any state – such as advertising – but please note they will only be covering Wisconsin regulations in this seminar.

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Permalink Land Stewardship Conference: Keys to Hill Country Living

April 23-24, 2015
Kerrville, Texas

The Bennett Trust presents this conference. Experts in their respective fields discuss estate planning, elder law issues, 1-D-1 Open Space Land tax valuation, all things water in the Edwards Plateau, juniper impacts and management, and choosing the right animal species combinations for your ranch. Plus, there will be a choice of day-long field tours including a working legacy ranch, wildlife tour, or agritourism tour.

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Permalink Ohio Good Agricultural Practices Classes

April 7, 2015 ~ Mt. Hope, Ohio
April 20, 2015 ~ Cleveland, Ohio
April 21, 2015 ~ Barnesville, Ohio
April 21, 2015 ~ Old Washington, Ohio
April 23, 2015 ~ Athens, Ohio

Ohio State University's Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program is hosting training sessions on Good Agricultural Practices for Ohio's fruit and vegetable producers. New this year is information on the Proposed Supplemental Rule in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.

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Permalink California Grazing Academy

April 24-25, 2015
Browns Valley, California

The California Grazing Academy emphasizes practical application of controlled grazing principles to improve the environment and increase ranch profit. This challenging course consists of a minimum of lecture and a maximum of hands-on experience. It will cover principles of controlled grazing, pasture and range ecology, working with temporary electric fencing, cell design, range nutrition and supplementation, feed budgeting, grazing planning, and monitoring. This year, there will be added presentations and activities related to drought planning.

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Permalink Long Island Food Conference

April 25, 2015
Hempstead, New York

The 2015 Long Island Food Conference will bring together hundreds of key stakeholders and members of communities from across Long Island and the tri-state area to learn, discuss, and network about the importance of growing and promoting a sustainable local food system.

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Permalink Cultivate Baltimore Hands-On Urban Agriculture Workshop

April 25, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

This hands-on workshop at Real Food Farm will cover container gardening, flower farming, keeping produce fresh after harvest, gardening with youth, from seed to transplant, and enriching your soil with compost.

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Permalink Piedmont Farm Tour

April 25-26, 2015
Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties, North Carolina

Come learn about the Triangle's local and organic farm and food scene. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the oldest and largest farm tour of its kind, meet local farmers, and tour their farms. This self-guided tour offers the opportunity to visit any of 40 participating stops over the course of two afternoons.

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Permalink MAFO National Farmworker Conference & Convention

April 26-30, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The conference theme is "Building Stronger Rural Communities." Conference tracks include rural health care, rural asset building, community issues, workforce solutions, and more.

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Permalink IOIA Basic Crop and Processing Inspection Trainings

April 26 - May 8, 2015
Flat Rock, North Carolina

IOIA will sponsor Crop Inspection Training on April 26 - May 1, followed by Processing Inspection Training on May 4-8. IOIA Basic Organic Inspection Training courses are recommended for inspector trainees, certification agency staff, regulatory agency staff, farmers, and Ag service providers who want to better understand the organic inspection and certification process. The basic courses include four days of instruction including a field trip to a certified organic crop or processing operation, plus a half day for testing.

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Permalink Organic, Efficient, and Profitable: Sassafras Creek Farm Tour

April 27, 2015
Leonardtown, Maryland

Sassafras Creek Farm is a certified organic vegetable operation located in Saint Mary's County, Maryland. David and Jennifer Paulk are second career farmers starting their fifth growing season. They cultivate approximately six acres, including two high tunnels and strawberries. David will give an in-depth farm tour, focusing on their learning process as new farmers and how they are actively improving their efficiency and profitability while meeting organic standards.

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Permalink Multi-Species Rotational Grazing at a Family Farmstead

April 27, 2015
Ellensburg, Washington

This Tilth Producers of Washington Farm Walk takes place at Green Bow Farm, a family farmstead that focuses on multi-species rotational grazing to produce nutrient dense eggs and grass-fed meats. Farmers Christina Miller and Matthew Cox will share their process for maintaining a sustainable livestock rotation that promotes the health of their land, animals, family, and community.

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Permalink Management-Intensive Grazing Schools

April 21, 24, 25, 28, and May 1, 2015 or April 28, 29, and 30, 2015
Halfway or Mount Vernon, Missouri

MiG is also known as rotational grazing management. Producers manage for both the benefit of livestock and forage, reducing feed costs and increasing production. These schools include a field day.

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Permalink Sound and Sensible Organics, Part II

April 28, 2015
Homestead, Florida

NCAT’s Gulf States office, in partnership with Quality Certification Services (QCS) of Gainesville, Florida, is continuing its 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 half-day 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 Agriculture Innovation Forum Series: Fruit Trees

April 28, 2015
Minden, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is offering free presentations, the last Tuesday of each month through May, on topics important to agricultural producers and small-acreage owners in northern Nevada. The evening presentations are free, and no registration is required.

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Permalink Water Rights Flexibility and Drought Planning

April 13, 15, 22, or 29, 2015
Gardnerville, Lovelock, Yerington, or Fallon, Nevada

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presents these drought classes for agricultural producers. The same course is offered in four different locations.

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Permalink Resources for Organic Producers Selling Local Foods

April 29, 2015
Online

The USDA Organic Working Group will host a webinar highlighting USDA's resources for organic producers marketing local foods. Learn about organic certification, labeling, and online directories of local markets. Learn about more resources for local and regional food programs through the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative. Pre-registration is not required for these webinar sessions. To participate, dial in by phone: 866-740-1260 with access code 7206000. Also access the Web: http://www.readytalk.com
On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code 7206000.

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Permalink Grazing Workshop with Ian Mitchell-Innes

April 29, 2015
Nunnelly, Tennessee

Ian Mitchell-Innes, Holistic Management Educator Specializing in High Density (mob) grazing, will be teaching the 5th annual workshop at Pinewood Farms in a three-day class with pasture tours. Piney River Cattle Company hosts the event.

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Permalink Targeted Grazing Online Workshops: Choosing and Developing the Animal for the Job

April 30, 2015
Online

Learn the principles of targeted grazing to manage landscape with online workshops from the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session features Dr. Rachel Frost, Missouri River Conservation Districts Council.

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Permalink National Hmong American Farmers Annual National Farm Conference

April 30, 2015
Fresno, California

Coming Together in the Asian American Pacific Islander Farming Community is the theme for this conference. In partnership with Lideres Campesinasm, the NHAF has invited Latino and Latina Farmers, beginning farmers, and farm workers to join in this 6th National event. National Hmong American Farmers, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to helping and improving the social and economic development services of small, minority farmers who traditionally have limited access to farm services and programs

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Permalink Growing Farm to School in Iowa Through Partnerships

May 1, 2015
Altoona, Iowa

This is the second of three Iowa workshops that will highlight practical examples of farm to school in action, with discussion of benefits, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will receive a digital toolkit of farm to school resources compiled to address the challenges and opportunities unique to Iowa. These farm to school workshops are being coordinated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology's Midwest Office and FoodCorps Iowa, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Iowa Nutrition Network.

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Permalink Farm Dreams?

May 2, 2015
Asheville, North Carolina

Farm Dreams? is an entry level, five-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether sustainable farming is the next step for them, and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of getting started farming.

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

May 2-3, 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 Creating the Cooperative Farm: Designing for Diversity

May 2, 2015
Hudson, New York

Letterbox Farm Collective is a growing collective of farmers, producing specialty vegetables, herbs, pork, pastured poultry, eggs and value added products. In this NOFA New York Field Day, learn how Letterbox has developed their team, systems, markets, skills, and security in their first two years, and delve into the structural components (member agreements, business planning, and more) that make their business work.

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Permalink California Farm to School Conference

May 4-6, 2015
Pacific Grove, California

The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels, and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators. The pre-conference day on Monday offers optional activities and field trips (most for an additional fee) and opportunities to see programs in action. Five tracks will be offered at the Conference: Education in the Cafeteria and Classroom; Programs on the Farm and in the Garden; Making The Case; Local Procurement; and The Big Picture.

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