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Permalink Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market Expo and Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo

December 8-10, 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This major event includes a farm market bus tour, more than 75 education sessions and workshops, and 450 exhibitors in an expanded trade show including a new area for farm market exhibitors. Fruit, vegetable, farm marketing, organic, farmers markets, and greenhouse sessions are offered.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Acres USA Conference and Eco-Ag U

December 8-11, 2015
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Eco-Ag U offers optional, intensive courses by eco-farming's top consultants, practitioners, and thinkers for advanced learning. The conference features presentations by some of the world's leading authorities and practitioners of ecological agriculture, including successful large-scale farmers, leading consultants, and cutting-edge scientists. Special rooms are dedicated to eco-consultants and staffed throughout the day by some of the leading advisors in eco-agriculture. For more than 40 years this annual conference has changed lives, improved farming practices, and served up a lot of fun.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Alabama Forage and Grassland Conference

December 9-10, 2015
Eufaula, Alabama

"Forward Thinking with Forage Systems" is the conference theme. Speaker presentation sessions will address many aspects of forage management. Breakout sessions will cover using legumes in the Deep South and wintering the cow herd with quality forage.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink An Integrated Approach to Managing Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle in Crucifer Crops

December 9, 2015

Join eOrganic at 2 pm Eastern Time for a free, one-hour webinar on an integrated approach to managing Yellomargined Leaf Beetle (YMLB) in Crucifer Crops on organic farms. This webinar will provide advanced IPM information related to trap crops, attractants, and biorational insecticides. It will conclude with a detailed discussion of organic integrated pest management strategies suitable for multiple pest problems in organic and conventional crucifer production systems.

In: Online


Permalink Livestock and Wildlife Interactions—Using targeted grazing to develop wildlife habitat

December 10, 2015

This free webinar is part of the Targeted Grazing On-The-Ground series presented by the Targeted Grazing Committee of the Society for Range Management. This session is presented by Dr. John Hendrickson, ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory.

In: Online


Permalink Making the Most of Your High Tunnel Workshops

December 9 or 10, 2015
Carthage or Westport, New York

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program and Cornell University Cooperative Extension invite new, experienced, and prospective high tunnel growers to learn about choosing and growing profitable crops using structures that allow for nearly year round production. Results of the most recent high tunnel research funded by the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program will be shared at the workshops.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Stanislaus County Agritourism Intensive

December 10, 2015, and January 21 and February 11, 2016
Modesto, California

The UC Small Farm Program, UC Cooperative Extension Stanislaus County and other local partners invite Stanislaus County and surrounding region farmers and ranchers to participate in a three-session agritourism planning class.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day

December 11, 2015
Goodman, Mississippi

This final field day in the 2015 monthly series from Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production will address crop selection, seed acquisition, equipment maintenance, spring field preparations, and winter fruit crop activities. Pre-registration is required. Contact Keith Benson at 601-988-4999 or

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Kansas Beginning Farmer Bus Tour

December 12, 2015
Topeka, Kansas

Farmers of all experience levels are invited to hop on the bus and gain a better grasp of the opportunities and challenges of our local food systems, following the Kansas Farmers Union convention. This tour makes six stops, including a dairy bottling and retailing enterprise, Lawrence Farmers Market, a diversified operation with pastured livestock and row crops, GMO-free grain FeedHub, and two livestock producers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink National Conference on Grazing Lands

December 13-16, 2015
Grapevine, Texas

National Grazing Lands Coalition will host a 6th National Conference on Grazing Lands, including a special Grazing Land Soil Health tour of Texas. Sessions during the three-day event will address cover crops, soil health, grazing and forage management, business management, grazing weeds, water quality, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Animal Behavior Impacts on Grazing Management Decisions

December 15, 2015

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the Science and Technology Deputy Area of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

In: Online


Permalink New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference

December 15-17, 2015
Manchester, New Hampshire

This event will include more than 25 educational sessions covering major vegetable, berry, and tree-fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors. This conference is special because it is put together with close collaboration between growers and Extension from across the region. Almost every session includes both farmers and research or extension personnel, so you are getting the "best of both worlds."

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms Winter Conference

December 15-16, 2015
Hershey, Pennsylvania

This second annual event provides opportunities for learning from experts in organic farming and networking with farmers, trade partners, and professionals to take organic agriculture to the next level. Educational sessions will cover dairy and livestock, vegetables and fruits, poultry, and field crop production.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Nitrogen Management in Organic Strawberries: Challenges and approaches

December 16, 2015

Join eOrganic for a webinar on nitrogen management in organic strawberries, by Carol Shennan and Joji Muramoto of the University of California, Santa Cruz and Mark Gaskell of the University of California Cooperative Extension. The free webinar begins at 2 pm Eastern and advance registration is required. This webinar will address the challenges of nitrogen management in strawberries, pattern of nitrogen uptake over plant growth cycle, and synchronizing N supply, pre-plant amendments, and leaching losses, as well as issues with fertigation efficiency.

In: Online


Permalink GroupGAP: USDA's New Cooperative Approach to Farmer Food Safety Certification

December 17, 2015

GroupGAP is a new service (available Spring 2016) from USDA to audit farmers to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). In GroupGAP, a food hub, support organization, or central business entity collaborates with producers to establish site-specific best practices for complying with a food safety standard. The group develops and implements a quality management system (QMS) built to an international standard that can be measured, analyzed, reviewed, and continually improved. In this free webinar from the National Good Food Network, hear the experience of a few of the trailblazers: groups who have already received GroupGAP certification.

In: Online


Permalink Northeast Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference

January 3-7, 2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference is organized in cooperation with the Northeastern Weed Science Society, the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, the Northeastern Division of the American Phytopathological Society, the Northeast Branch of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Horticultural Science-Northeast Region. The goal of this meeting is provide a venue to bring together people with interests in entomology, plant pathology, weeds, horticulture, agriculture, agronomy, and soil science for the purpose of sharing of ideas and the presentation of the results of scientific studies and outreach programs.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 4-5, 2016
Lexington, Kentucky

The 2016 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference will have something for everyone interested in fruit and vegetable production. The conference is jointly sponsored by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky State University and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Highlights include sessions on Farmers Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Greenhouse and High Tunnel Production, Small Fruit Production, Organic Production, the Grape and Wine Short Course, Direct and Wholesale Marketing, Food Safety, and Non Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium

January 5, 2015
Schererville, Indiana

This symposium, sponsored by Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, offers commercial vegetable growers and market farmers opportunities to learn more about best management, production practices, variety selection, and marketing; to visit with other vendors; and to network with other growers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference

January 6-8, 2016
Springfield, Illinois

This major event offers pre-conference workshops on pumpkins and ornamental vegetables; small fruits; legal issues for small farmers; or social media boot camp. Numerous sessions are offered in conference tracks that include agritourism, fruits, vegetables, herbs, organic, and emerging issues.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Shasta County Agritourism Intensive

January 6, February 10, and March 16, 2016
Redding, California

The UC Small Farm Program, UC Cooperative Extension Shasta County and other local partners invite Shasta County and surrounding region farmers and ranchers to participate in a three-session agritourism planning class.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning

January 6-7, February 4-5, and March 2-3, 2016
Henrietta, Texas

HMI's Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning program gives both new and experienced farmers and ranchers the knowledge and tools they need to create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise. This in-depth course is being offered in Texas as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series and is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn business skills. Participants will develop a whole farm/ranch goal, time management plan, draft business plan, financial plan, and marketing plan. The six-day course is taught in two-day increments.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Management School

January 7, 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 2016
Greenville, Ohio

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University presents Farm Management School, a five-session workshop series that will focus on the financial education that goes along with operating a successful farming operation. The goal of the program is to help young and beginning farmers learn how to become financially savvy and how to make their agricultural operations successful. Each evening session runs for two hours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 7-10, 2015
Savannah, Georgia

The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference is the largest educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors, and suppliers. Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited to be a part of this event. More than 80 hours of educational sessions will address food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Nevada County's Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

January 8-10, 2016
Grass Valley, California

This conference will bring together a diverse panel of speakers, farming-related businesses, and organizations for a weekend of informative lectures, a food and farming exposition, and numerous workshops for all levels of farming and ranching. Keynote speakers are Paul Stamets, Gabe Brown, and Jean-Martin Fortier.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin School For Beginning Market Growers

January 8-10, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin

This intensive three-day course demonstrates what it takes to set up and run a successful market garden or small farm. The unique program combines knowledge from experienced growers and UW faculty. Topics include soil fertility, crop production, plant health and pest management, cover crops, equipment needs and labor considerations at different scales of operation, and marketing and economics.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Minnesota Organic Conference

January 8-9, 2016
St. Cloud, Minnesota

This annual, farmer-focused conference offers educational sessions on field crop and vegetable production, soils, livestock health and nutrition, business, and marketing.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Horticulture Industries Conference and Show

January 8-9, 2016
Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Horticulture Industries Show has consistently provided growers and the public with the latest information on vegetables, fruit, Christmas trees, farmers market crops, and public gardening issues. The public and growers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and surrounding states are welcome to attend. Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute is the featured keynote speaker for both days.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference

January 10-13, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"Foraging for Profit" is the theme for this conference hosted by the Louisiana Forage & Grassland Council. It includes a farm tour, poster presentations, workshops, and the National Forage Bowl playoff.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives

January 11–13, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

Wholesome Wave presents this summit. From national policy makers to community-based organizations engaged in incentive programs and local and regional food supply chains, attendees will take away practical and innovative tactics to improve access to healthy food. This event is for problem solvers interested in advancing practical solutions to affordable access to healthy food, which is inextricably linked to individual health, disease prevention, food security, and community and economic health.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink California Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Course

January 13-14, 27-28, and February 5-6, 2016
Willits, California

This in-depth course is being offered in California as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series. It is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn business skills, and participants will develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans. Scholarships are available. Space is limited.

In: Western SARE Region




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