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Permalink MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Fruit and Vegetable Technologies

June 28, 2018
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Michigan State University (MSU) will host its third annual Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Fruit and Vegetable Technologies at the MSU Southwest Research and Extension Center. Experts will share how new technologies in spray, water, high tunnels and drones, and new strategies for pollinators and disease and insect management will change the shape of the industry, exceed consumer expectations, and improve growers' bottom line. The event is free and includes lunch.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Farm to School Conference

June 28-30, 2018
Ankeny, Iowa

The goal of the conference is to support and inspire those interested in or already implementing farm to school and farm to early care and education all around the state by covering a variety of topics. The conference includes keynote speaker Andrea Northup of the USDA and an optional field trip day with a school garden tour on June 30.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grazing Fundamentals and Grazing Charts

June 28, 2018
Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center offers this workshop with "The Grass Whisperer," Troy Bishopp. Topics covered include: Starting the grazing season and managing the flush of grass, how to graze taller grasses and plan for time off, and preparing for stockpiling. Come learn how Troy creates a flexible strategy for his own farm. Then walk the pastures with Troy and Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere in the afternoon to observe the grazing plan at work.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Twilight Tour at Durham Horticulture Farm

June 28, 2018
Watkinsville, Georgia

The Organic Twilight Tour at Durham Horticulture Farm provides the northeast Georgia farming community with a chance to stroll UGA's 90-acre organic research and horticulture farm and learn about the latest information about organic growing methods. Faculty and researchers will be at their plots to talk about their research and best practices for small- and medium-vegetable and fruit producers. Topics covered will include natural pest and disease control, viticulture, no-till vegetable production, organic watermelon production, pollinator protection and bee keeping, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Adapting Grazing Management for Future Needs

June 28-29, 2018
Shawnee, Oklahoma

Great Plains Grazing will host this free conference for beef cattle producers, tailored specifically to help producers manage their operations more effectively. Participants can also expect to hear information on topics ranging from grazing cover crops in the Southern Great Plains, matching cows to forage resources, rotational grazing, sensor-based nitrogen management, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Summer Fling Pasture Walk

June 28, 2018
Canton, Minnesota

The public is invited to a Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Summer Fling Pasture Walk at Haugen's Springside Farm. The main focus will be on pasture production to improve farm economics. Before lunch, speakers will briefly discuss current dairy farming pressures and share results from an ongoing study looking at financial performance of dairy grazing farms in four states. The afternoon discussion will include a tour and review of Haugen's pasture. Summer slump and plans to increase grazing days will be addressed. The four-state ongoing grazing dairy farm financial project is sponsored by Green Lands Blue Waters and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, with funding support from the USDA Risk Management Agency.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Temporary Fencing With Kent Solberg

June 29, 2018
Faribault, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension--Rice County is hosting a free, half-day Temporary Fencing Workshop. Led by Sustainable Farming Association Livestock and Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, this event is geared for livestock producers interested in grazing their animals and crop producers interested in building soil health by incorporating livestock into their operations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Horse Progress Days

June 29-30, 2018
Clare, Michigan

This is the showcase event for newly manufactured and modified horse-drawn equipment. The event features field demonstrations, educational seminars, a parade of breeds, and something for everyone in the horse industry.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Battleground to Breaking Ground

June 29-30, 2018
San Antonio, Texas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the agency's Texas AgrAbility program will present a free farm tour and agriculture business workshop in collaboration with Mesquite Field Farm. The June 29 farm tour at Mesquite Field Farm will address intensive rotational grazing, benefits of rotational grazing, direct-to-consumer marketing, grazing planning, soil health and grass-fed beef health. The June 30 program will be the Battleground to Breaking Ground agricultural workshop. Workshop sessions will address agricultural business startup, business plan development, possibilities for farming or ranching with a disability, financial funding sources for farming/ranching, marketing resources and how to access resources that support agricultural business operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Black Sheep Gathering

June 29 - July 1, 2018
Albany, Oregon

Take part in one of the most unique events in the country celebrating natural colored animals and their fiber. This event offers three full days of workshops and classes; fabulous fleeces for public judging and sale; fiber arts and other competitions; and sheep and Angora goat shows that emphasize the beautiful fibers these animals produce.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Minnesota Premium Garlic Project Field Day

June 30, 2018
Kenyon, Minnesota

This free afternoon field day visits Melissa Driscoll at Seven Songs Farm, where she grows herbs, fruits, vegetables, and nine cultivars of garlic on a certified organic 7-acre farm. She will talk about her value-added garlic products, wholesale sales, and her work investigating the storability of different garlic cultivars.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink How to Conduct On-Farm Variety Trials Workshop

July 1, 2018
Atlanta, Illinois

Join OSA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MOSES, and workshop hosts PrairiErth Farm for a workshop on identifying the right varieties for your farm. You'll have the opportunity to tour ongoing trials and hear details about the trial from the farmer. This trial location features yellow potatoes for early vigor and yield.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Minnesota Premium Garlic Project Field Day

July 7, 2018
Chokio, Minnesota

This free field day visits Big Stone Garlic, where the Swenson and Olson families have banded together to grow hardneck garlic with all-natural methods at two separate farms. Big Stone is one of the six Collaborating Farms in The Minnesota Premium Garlic Project, doing field trials on mulch, fertilizer, and planting times. RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Landing a Farm: Long term leases and other options

July 7, 2018
Iowa City, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa free afternoon field day takes place at Wild Woods Farm with Kate Edwards. Join Kate as she gives a tour of her farm, and learn how her unique lease works. The lease has components that allow her to build equity and gain security while fulfilling her landlord's conservation practice requirements. The discussion will also cover other land-access options.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Non-Profit Urban Educational Farm Tour: Project Aquastar

July 7, 2018
Columbus, Ohio

Central State University Extension presents this afternoon event as part of its series of urban agriculture farm tours. Project Aquastar grows more than 40 types of vegetables, fruit, and herbs on 1.2 acres for distribution through a community supported agriculture box. Join this tour to see greenhouses and market garden field plots, chickens, beehives, and aquaponics systems that utilize fish and plants in a symbiotic, closed-loop ecosystem.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Berry Production

July 9, 2018
Anna, Illinois

At this Southern Illinois Farming Alliance evening Field Day, learn about sustainable berry production with farmer Phil Mendenhall of Backacher Farm. Tour 200 high-bush blueberries and blackberry bushes that are part of this diversified vegetable, beef, and hay farm. Get tips on establishing berry bushes, including soil preparation for appropriate pH, irrigation techniques, pest management, and pruning.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink MOFGA Tree Fodder Day

July 9, 2018
Unity, Maine

This day-long MOFGA workshop focuses on enlivening soil through tree-based livestock farming. The event will feature a tree-fodder-resource sharing table, historic slide show, presentations by farmers who are feeding their livestock from trees, Q &A discussion, outdoor planning and skill practice for transition of various landscapes to fodder production, and storage discussion with samples of fodders provided and invited.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New Rancher Camp

July 9-13, 2018
Bellingham, Washington

Roots of Resilience presents New Rancher Camp, a five-day intensive course for forward-thinking people who are interested in becoming farmers or ranchers. You will learn new skills and discover a holistic approach to farming, life, and land management. The camp will be held at Matheson Farms. At New Rancher Camp you'll learn about ranching heritage and traditions from multi-generation ranchers. And you'll learn about current, science-based regenerative practices that will put your future farm or ranch business on a sustainable footing.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Trees for Bees: Pollinator Habitats in Urban Forests

July 10, 2018
Online

This webinar is part of the series, Understanding Urban and Community Forests: An Extension Webinar Series. The webinar will provide Extension Agents with information and resources to promote pollinator habitats in urban and suburban forests. The webinar will cover pollinator habitat needs and ways to promote pollinators in urban and suburban forests.

In: Online

 

Permalink Conservation in Action Tour

July 10-11, 2018
Annapolis, Maryland

The 11th annual Conservation in Action Tour, hosted by the Conservation Technology Information Center, will give attendees a front-row view of how the Chesapeake Bay area is leading the way in innovative conservation to improve water quality. The tour will also showcase the conservation practices that farmers have implemented to improve environment both at the local level and downstream.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Transitioning to Organic with a Cover Crop Champion

July 10, 2018
Mower County, Minnesota

Join Tom Cotter and the Iowa Organic Association for this field day focused on roller crimping and crumbling rye, cover crops, and organic transition. The Cotter farm is diverse, with fields of sweet corn, conventional crops, grazing acres, and experimental projects like interseeded corn, roller-crimped rye, and warm-season cover crops. This event will showcase the innovative work that Tom and his family have done to protect soil and water quality on their farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils--Hope for Farming and Climate

July 10, 2018
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Soil Health Division.

In: Online

 

Permalink Cover Crops in Western MN Workshop

July 10, 2018
Benson, Minnesota

This morning workshop is part of a series presented by the Land Stewardship in cooperation with the Chippewa River Watershed Project and local Soil and Water Conservation District offices in Swift, Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties. This workshop will feature presentations on the uses, practicalities and benefits of cover crops, followed by a farmer panel of local farmers using cover crops, and a field walk with cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Produce Summit

July 11-12, 2018
Monterey, California

The Organic Produce Summit is a two-day event specifically designed to bring together organic fresh produce growers, shippers and processors and retailer and buying organizations from across North America. More than 1,200 attendees will meet to exchange ideas, information, and insight of the organic fresh produce industry. OPS 2018 also includes a selection of field tours for retailers and buyers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Mechanical Weed Control for Organic Crop Production

July 11, 2018
Brighton, Iowa

At this free, mid-day Practical Farmers of Iowa field day hosted by Nelson Smith, attendees will learn how a tine weeder and mechanical cultivation can complement each other for effective weed control. Smith uses a Treffler tine weeder, and will discuss why he prefers this over a rotary hoe. He will also share why longer crop rotations are of utmost importance for weed control in organic crop production.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink OAEC / MSU-Ag Experiment Station/Extension Organic Principles Review

July 11, 2018
Corvallis, Montana

The Montana State University-Western Agricultural Research Center will host a day-long 2018 Organic Principles Review focusing on integrated weed management in organic farms. The event will kick off with morning tours of agriculture operations in the Bitterroot valley, followed by a lunch at the Ag Center with afternoon field tours and invited speakers. Topics will include weed management, soil health, organic production, and integration of crop-livestock systems.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Multispecies Grazing: Management Techniques & Animal Care

July 11, 2018
Mohrsville, Pennsylvania

In this free afternoon CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) event designed for aspiring and beginning farmers, learn how to manage a multi-species grazing system, including implementing succession grazing techniques and caring for each animal species from start to finish, at Deep Roots Valley.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Caneberry Field Day

July 11, 2018
Aurora, Oregon

North Willamette Research and Extension Center hosts this free afternoon event. Oregon State University researchers will present updates on their work related to raspberries, blackberries, and other caneberries.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Southwest Research and Outreach Center Organic Field Day

July 11, 2018
Lamberton, Minnesota

University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) will host its annual Organic Field Day. The event will start with a tradeshow and field tour of organic research projects at the SWROC including intermediate wheatgrass, oat fungicide and plant population trials, high tunnels, and cover crops. After lunch, presentations will discuss cropping system diversity and weed management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Stress Management on the Farm

July 11, 2018
Online

This free one-hour webinar is part of the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture bi-weekly webinar series. In this session, explore a variety of self-care tips to protect your health and sanity as a farmer. Dig into practical and empowering stress-reduction techniques to incorporate into your weekly routine during the busy growing season.

In: Online

 


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