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Permalink A Grazing Plan that Stores More Water

November 4, 2016
Blanco, Texas

This free, full-day workshop from NCAT's Soil for Water project features a morning presentation by Dr. Tim Steffens, AgriLife Extension Specialist in Rangeland Management. Part of the afternoon will be spent out on Ryan Ranch discussing grazing practices. Free boxed lunch if you RSVP by October 28 to

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 4-6, 2016
Northport, Maine

This conference is based on the idea that farmers learn best from their peers and other practitioners. It features prominent and accessible university faculty, extension educators, and other agricultural professionals in a three-hour session format that includes a presentation followed by a round table discussion intended to solicit and capitalize on the accumulated knowledge of all the farmers in attendance. The keynote speaker is Vern Grubinger on The Legacy of Organic Agriculture.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference

November 4-5, 2016
Nebraska City, Nebraska

"Women and Permaculture: Making a Living in Harmony with the Land" is the conference theme. Keynote speaker Karryn Olson-Ramanujan, workshops, and field tours will focus on trees and permaculture, as well as women's leadership, small-scale diversified agriculture, conservation for women landowners, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 4-6, 2016
Durham, North Carolina

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's Sustainable Agriculture Conference will convene over 1,200 beginning and experienced farmers, agripreneurs and ag-tivists, health advocates and gardeners, consumers, and homesteaders for workshops, hands-on intensives, farm tours, demonstrations, good food, great conversations, and community-building. The conference is a once-a-year opportunity to celebrate, champion and build a vibrant, sustainable food system that is good for consumers, good for farmers and farmworkers, and good for the land.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Organic Farming in the Sierra

November 5, 2016
Fallon, Nevada

In this one-day workshop from the Specialty Crop Institute, third-generation organic farmer Gary Romano shares his knowledge and insights into organic farming in the Sierra. Gary Romano is owner and operator of Sierra Valley Farms, a certified organic farm nestled in Sierra Valley, California. The farm’s diverse operation includes cool-season vegetables, fruits, micro greens, herbs, native plants, value-added condiments, on-farm farmers market, and a summer series of concerts and "Dinners in the Barn." Gary has been farming for more than 50 years and is the author of July & Winter: Growing Food in the Sierra.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Southern New England Livestock Conference

November 5, 2016
Dighton, Massachusetts

The goal of this first annual conference is to provide a platform to share information on best practices for humanely raising livestock, humane processing, and marketing of meat products. The program will cover topics including animal nutrition, soil management for pastures, grazing and pasture management, exploring the rules and regulations for livestock farmers, health care and humane treatment of farm animals, adding value to your meat products, and much more. There will be more than 20 different seminars including talks for all levels from those interested in getting animals for the first time to established livestock farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm & Food Expo

November 5, 2016
Spokane, Washington

Spokane Conservation District presents a full day of classes and speakers providing great insights that every small acreage farmer, garden enthusiast, and foodie will want to know. The conference classes will be followed by an evening keynote event featuring Joel Salatin. There is also a Joel Salatin all-day track (Salatin School) with limited registration.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Scaling Up (or Maybe Down): Finding and Getting to the Right Scale for Your Farm

November 6, 2016
Ann Arbor, Michigan

In this full-day MSU Farmer Field School, a group of experienced farmers will explore such ideas as such as "What is the best scale for your farm business to maximize success?" This workshop will examine potential critical thresholds for sales, relative to these factors based on observed patterns in successful farms and the first hand experiences of these farmer presenters. This workshop examines Return on Investment (ROI) for a number of potential capital and equipment investments/purchases a farmer might make, and some priorities and rules of thumb regarding infrastructure, equipment, management time, and staffing/labor at small-medium-large farm scales. This workshop is designed to help farmers identify and think critically and strategically about how to grow or right-size their operation for maximum success.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers National Conference

November 6-8, 2016
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This event features two days of sessions on varieties, production, disease management, and marketing for cut-flower businesses, followed by a day of tours.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting

November 6-9, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America will hold their joint annual meeting, "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance." This major event includes tours, workshops, business and committee meetings, and exhibits.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Cover Crop Management in Vegetable Systems

November 8, 2016

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. In this session with Eero Ruuttila, Research Farm Manager for Johnny's Selected Seeds, participants will look at windows of opportunity for fitting cover crops into vegetable crop rotations, while minimizing tillage and the use of plastic mulches. The webinar will highlight the biological characteristics of Northeastern cover crop species with suggested seeding rates, equipment for establishing and maintaining good cover crop stands, and suggestions on when to incorporate cover crops to benefit later cash crops. Focus will be placed on using the right cover crops prior to the planned vegetable crop to be planted and use of cover crops during the traditional summer fallow period.

In: Online


Permalink Farmers Market Success Stories

November 8, 2016
Urbana, Illinois

The Illinois Farmers Market Association fall workshop focuses on farmers market success stories.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Considerations for Beginning Farmers

November 9, 2016
McDonald, Tennessee

A new workshop offered by University of Tennessee Extension in several locations from 2016-2017 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 Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program: Texas

November 9, 2016 - March 9, 2017
Fruitvale, Poetry, Texas City, Adkins, and Hunt, Texas

Over the course of five two-day sessions, HMI's Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program helps participants create a Whole Farm/Ranch Plan. The objective of this program is to educate and empower beginning and existing farmers and ranchers so they are positioned to build successful and sustainable businesses. All classes are facilitated by Holistic Management Certified Educators. The course also meets on farms and ranches to include experiential exercises out on the land.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farming with Beneficial Insects: Conservation Biological Control Short Course

November 9, 2016
Olivebridge, New York

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist from the Xerces Society, and partners from the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, as they overview 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: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Food and Farming Education and Research Listening and Planning Session

November 9, 2016
Wooster, Ohio

The Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program (OFFER), part of The Ohio State University, invites organic farmers and others to attend a public listening and planning session. There will be updates on current research, time for questions and answers, and a discussion to hear participants' ideas on where the program should be going. Participation is free, but seating is limited.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Improved Grazing Management Online Course

November 9 - December 14, 2016, Wednesday evenings

Northeast Beginning Farmers Project offers this online course. As a participant, you will learn the key concepts of successful grazing operations that can be adapted and successfully implemented on your own farm. Focus will be on grazing ruminant livestock. This course is designed for livestock producers who have already initiated grazing practices on their farm, and who have at least a basic knowledge of the grazing behavior of their animals and of their pasture ecosystems.

In: Online


Permalink OUR LAND 2 Symposium: Tracing the Acequia Commons

November 9-17, 2016
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Agrarian Trust presents a series of talks, exhibits, and happenings to advance the broadening discourse on land commons and farmland futures. The symposium will take place in close association with the Quivira Coalition and Biodynamic Association annual conferences. OUR LAND 2 has a focus on the lessons of the acequia irrigation commons, a 400-year-old system that supports dryland agriculture.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grass-Fed Beef Conference

November 9, 2016
Athens, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a day-long Grass-Fed Beef Conference. The conference will include training from UT Extension specialists related to grass-fed beef production and marketing. A panel discussion featuring grass-fed beef producers and industry experts aims to give participants a well-rounded perspective of operating grass-fed beef enterprises. The conference targets cattle producers with direct marketing meat enterprises and beginning and transitioning beef cattle ranchers. Grass-fed producers of other ruminants may also benefit from attending.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink VAFMA Farmers Market Conference

November 9-10, 2016
Williamsburg, Virginia

The fourth annual farmers market conference has the theme "Sow Stories, Harvest Success." The conference offers several workshops designed around the theme of storytelling for market managers of all experience levels. Each workshop offers valuable information and training on how to tell a good story and to whom and how to maximize the impact of the story you tell. Workshops focus on using stories to build capacity in your market, marketing your market, building relationship, increasing food access, and much more.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Quivira Conference

November 9-11, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Quivira's 15th conference, "Lights, Soil, Action!" will tackle the urgent question: How can we transform our world by getting regenerative solutions implemented widely and quickly? What are the obstacles? The opportunities? What are we doing wrong? Right? Speakers will offer their answers from diverse perspectives, including agriculture, conservation, policy, science, and advocacy, emphasizing leaders who are making a difference and real-world projects that are scaling up to effective levels.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Season Creation: Pay for Your High Tunnel in Six Months Harvesting Food Through the Winter

November 10, 2016
Evendale, Ohio

This afternoon workshop from OEFFA will focus on Green Edge Gardens' season creation model. Farmers Kip and Becky Rondy and Dan Kneier will demonstrate how utilizing their practical, real world-tested season creation techniques can bring these off-season advantages to your farm, provide you with year-round cash flow, and eliminate the need for off-farm income.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Large-Scale Pastured Poultry Workshop

November 10-11, 2016
Leicester, North Carolina

Sustainable Poultry Network offers a two-day training session prior to the National Conference. Instructors cover breeds, shelters, nutrition, marketing and processing for large-scale pastured poultry producers.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink It Takes a Region

November 10-12, 2016
Hartford, Connecticut

NESAWG's annual It Takes a Region Conference brings together farm and food systems practitioners across the 12-state Northeast region to learn, debate, collaborate, and innovate solutions to critical food systems issues. The event offers in-depth working sessions that tackle important questions about the regional food system and how to strengthen it, drawing from the collective expertise and wisdom of conference attendees. This year's conference theme is "Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems."

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Finding Your Farm Tipping Point

November 10-13, 2016
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

Mother Earth News Institute presents an intensive, multi-day retreat with Joel Salatin. The course addresses the three P's of family agri-business: pennies, plans, and people. The schedule will cover topics such as the shared risk of entrepreneurship, personal synchronicity, and intergenerational succession, as well as financial management, farmstead design, mobility, logistics, and marketing principles. All sessions are written, tailored, and presented by Joel Salatin and are limited in size to enhance interaction and personalization.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Agritourism Financial and Legal Liabilities Workshop

November 8 or 10, 2016
Rayne or Bossier City, Louisiana

LSU Ag Center offers this day-long opportunity to talk to experts and ask questions. An attorney will discuss the legal liabilities of owning and operating an agritourism business and share ways you can protect your personal assets. Louisiana Department of Ag and Forestry will discuss the Agritourism Limited Liability Law and the protection it affords those who become certified. The LSU AgCenter will discuss the steps to agritourism certification and the financial issues and liabilities related to running an agritourism business. Insurance companies will discuss their criteria and cost of insuring agritourism business.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small Farm Conference

November 11-12, 2016
Princess Anne, Maryland

The conference promises up-to-the-minute, practical information for ag-related ventures among farmers, landowners, entrepreneurs, aspiring small business owners, and supporters of agriculture. Entrepreneurship training and one-on-one business coaching, an outcome of a series of summer listening sessions, are parts of the conference highlights along with the popular food preservation classes. Friday afternoon workshops and tours are followed Saturday by a variety of speakers and well-planned workshops set to address innovative concepts concerning alternative agriculture, farm business and marketing, and beginning farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Northeast Livestock Conference

November 11-12, 2016
Watertown, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is hosting the 2016 Northeast Livestock Conference, Making Links: Producers "Meat" Consumers. This two-day conference will provide information on production quality and marketing for locally produced meats through educational workshops. This will be the first conference of its kind in Northern New York and will be the start of developing a sound foundation for a strong local protein market. If you are a meat producer that would like the opportunity to learn how to calculate costs of raising, slaughtering, and selling animals, or a consumer interested in where you can find more local meat, make sure to attend.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Tilth Conference

November 11-13, 2016
Wenatchee, Washington

Every year, the Tilth Conference brings together hundreds of farmers, producers, researchers and food system professionals to network and learn. This is a great way to meet others in your field, enjoy locally sourced meals and participate in fun events. The topic is "Change & Resiliency," and the keynote speaker is Michael Phillips. There will be more than 25 educational workshop sessions, as well as an all-day soil symposium and a farm tour.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Farm to Market Conference

November 11-12, 2016
Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops division and the University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension are hosting a Farm to Market Conference developed to help you have garden to table-safe vegetables, process vegetables safely, have a better farmers market, and even save a few of your favorite seeds along the way. On Friday attendees have a choice of full-day workshops. On Saturday there will be four tracks with multiple programs.

In: Western SARE Region




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