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Permalink Business of Farming Conference

February 24, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

ASAP's annual Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to share resources, tools, and information to build more viable farm businesses. At the conference, farmers learn about marketing, business planning, storytelling, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. The conference offers workshops for beginning and established farmers, grower-buyer meetings, one-on-one business consulting, and an exhibit hall.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Eco Farm Days

February 24-25, 2018
Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa-St Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter presents an annual organic-oriented farm conference tackling subjects of field crop management, livestock health, soil management and more. 2018 Keynote speakers are Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grains. Additional speakers include dairy vet and grazier Dr. Hubert Karreman of Reverence Farms, Zach Loeks, author of Permaculture Market Garden, and more.

In: Canada


Permalink Pruning Fruit Trees in Montana

February 24, 2018
Hamilton, Montana

The MSU Western Agricultural Research Center, in partnership with Missoula and Ravalli County Extension offices, is hosting a free four-part series on beginning and managing an apple orchard in Montana. This third session will feature certified arborists and Extension professionals in a hands-on outdoor pruning workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various techniques for pruning trees in different stages of development and conditions.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Grazing for Change

February 24, 2018
Chico, California

Jefferson Center for Holistic Management and CSU Chico Regenerative Agriculture Initiative present the third Western Regional Grazing Conference. Producers, graziers, and innovative agriculturalists can gain valuable knowledge about viable market opportunities and production techniques that are not based on consolidation and commoditization. Learn from speaker presentations, a discussion panel, and networking opportunities with regional and national producers, as well as leaders in regenerative agriculture.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Business and Legal Considerations for Your Farm

February 24, 2018
Princess Anne, Maryland

The primary goal of this half-day training from the IFARMS Project and the Agriculture Law Education Initiative is to equip farmers with the understanding of business and legal principles associated with managing a farm operation while complying with the complex network of laws and policies protecting the integrity of the Maryland's food system and environment. In the morning plenary session, attendees will learn about the protections that different business structures can provide farming businesses, the liability risks that accompany farming and strategies for managing those risks. A robust offering of mid-morning breakout sessions will follow, with topics such as lending or financing, labor and employment issues, taxes, and farm liability.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Hop Conference

February 24, 2018
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Extension presents the 9th Annual Hop Conference, held at Lazy Monk Brewery. Topics will include post-harvest management, disease and pest management, and fertilizer management, as well as a presentation on the brewery.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Quickbooks Basics for the Small Farm

February 24, 2018
Fallon, Nevada

The Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute presents this workshop designed for small farm agricultural producers that provides an introduction on how to use the QuickBooks accounting system.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Farm Law Workshops

February 24-25, 2018
Missoula, Montana

The Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and Farm Link Montana are bringing Farm Commons back for Sustainable Farm Law Workshops. Sustainable Farm Law 101 covers the legal issues that work their way into every aspect of the sustainable farm: Hiring Workers, Leasing or Buying Land, Implementing Food Safety Measures, Negotiating Sales, Forming an LLC, Filing Taxes, Buying Insurance, and more. Advanced Farm Law, for established sustainable farmers and ranchers, will be a deeper dive into employment law and understanding and utilizing insurance on the farm.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Oregon Small Farms Conference

February 24, 2018
Corvallis, Oregon

The Oregon Small Farms Conference is a daylong event geared toward farmers, agricultural professionals, food policy advocates, students, and managers of farmers markets. Twenty-seven educational sessions are offered on a variety of topics relevant to the Oregon small farmers, including a track in Spanish. Speakers include farmers, OSU Extension faculty, agribusiness, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Flowering Together: the ins and outs of growing and designing local flowers

February 24, 2018
Warren, Rhode Island

Young Farmer Network offers a full-day workshop featuring the innovative partnership between Anna Jane Kocon (grower, Little State Flower Company) and Jill Rizzo (designer, Studio Choo East). Learn from Anna Jane the nitty gritty of flower farming in the morning session, break for lunch together, and then hear from Jill and Anna how they have set up their successful collaboration.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks

February 25, 2018
Brunswick, Maine

This full-day workshop offered by MOFGA is designed to help both established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience. Basic Accounting, Quick Books, and Enterprise Analysis are on the agenda.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Agriculture and Food Conference

February 25, 2018
Dighton, Massachusetts

SEMAP's 11th annual Agriculture and Food Conference includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety Training for Fresh Produce Growers

February 20 or 26, 2018
Pardeeville or Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is offering several day-long trainings that satisfy Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. The course will cover use of manure as soil amendments; contact with domesticated and wild animals; worker training, health and hygiene; equipment, tools and buildings; water; and food safety plans.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grass-fed Beef School

February 26-27, 2018
Tustin, Michigan

Michigan State University Extension is offering a two-day Grass-fed Beef School featuring a number of speakers addressing the type of cattle, the soil improvement methods, the type of hay, and the management practices required to produce quality, grass-fed beef. Experts will also speak on the meat characteristics of grass-fed beef, harvest timing, pricing, and the results of consumer taste-test panels that MSU researchers have conducted. In addition, experienced grass-fed beef producers will offer their experiences on marketing grass-fed beef.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Central US Hemp Growers Conference and Expo

February 26-27, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin

Learn more about the future of hemp in the Midwest, in terms of growing, production, and economics. This first annual conference will also explore products made from hemp, medical benefits of hemp, what is currently legal in Wisconsin, and what the new proposed bills are hoping to accomplish.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink InTents Conference: Grow Your Farmers Market Business

February 26-27, 2018
San Diego, California

Whether you're a small farmer, artisan food maker, or farmers market manager, discover smart new ways to increase your income at the 2nd Annual InTents Conference from San Diego Markets. Speakers include experienced farmers, food makers, farmers market managers, authors and experts on branding, packaging, costing and pricing, hiring and training and expanding your business to wholesale and beyond. The event also features a Resource Lounge and a Marketing 101 session for beginners.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Southwest Missouri Spring Forage & Heart of America Grazing Conference

February 26-27, 2018
Springfield, Missouri

The 2018 Spring Forage Conference is being held in partnership with the Heart of America Grazing Conference, creating a combined two-day event. The first evening will consist of two keynote speakers, an evening meal, and trade show. The second day will feature multiple breakout sessions, trade show, and a keynote luncheon speaker. Keynote speakers are Dr. Garry Lacefield, Doug Peterson, and Dave Pratt.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Agritourism Destination Safety and Health Best Practices Workshop

February 27, 2018
Storm Lake, Iowa

The Visit Iowa Farms Program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers this free Safety and Health Best Practices Workshops where you will hear from Iowa State University experts about best-practice techniques to implement on your farm. Attendees will learn safety and health best practices to keep the public and employees safe while on the farm. ISU Extension and Outreach experts will discuss food safety best practice topics such as food, farm and consumer, understanding legal risks in agritourism, public play area safety, pesticide safety for agritourism destinations, protecting animals and humans from biosecurity risks, and farm emergency preparedness and planning. Two participants will be selected at random to receive a $300 stipend to use toward an agritourism-related safety improvement.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 27-28, 2018
Cheyenne, Wyoming

The first day of the conference focuses on getting organic certification and staying certified, with panels on sources of assistance and successful producers. The second day offers tracks on dryland systems, intensive vegetable production, and livestock.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Regenerative Agriculture: Staying the Course

February 27, 2018
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This is an Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts soil health event. The agenda features Dr. Richard Teague, Gail Fuller, Jim Johnson, and more, speaking on soil health and grazing.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Grazing and Nutrient Management

February 27, 2018

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area. Gain a better understanding of nutrient management issues associated with grazing operations. Kevin Ogles and Jeff Porter address questions of nutrient uptake and return under various grazing systems.

In: Online


Permalink Measuring Farm to Institution Markets

February 27, 2018

This free, one-hour webinar from New Hampshire Food Alliance features Nessa Richman, Director of Research and Evaluation for Farm to Institution New England (FINE), discussing how they are are measuring local food programs in K-12 schools, hospitals, and institutions of higher education and across the food supply chain.

In: Online


Permalink Exploring the Small Farm Dream Course

February 27, 2018 - March 27, 2018
Amherst, Massachusetts

This five-week course is offered by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, using a workbook created by the New England Small Farm Institute. Meetings are one evening per week. This course provides guidance and resources to help make informed decisions about what's involved with owning and operating a small farm to help you decide whether or not your idea is feasible. Enrollment is limited

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference

February 27, 2018
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

This conference is geared toward helping Wisconsin farmers more successfully use cover crops on their farms. There will be something for everyone, from farmers that have never tried cover crops to veteran cover croppers. Many of the presenters will be Wisconsin grain and livestock farmers speaking from experience about what has worked and hasn't worked in their Wisconsin cropping systems. Livestock and grain-crop breakout sessions are offered.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Bill 101 for Livestock Farmers & Ranchers

February 27, 2018

FACT offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to humane animal production. In this webinar, Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), will discuss issues being considered as part of the 2018 Farm Bill that will impact livestock and poultry producers for the next four to five years. Join in to learn about federal farm policy--and how you can advocate for legislation that benefits sustainable farmers.

In: Online


Permalink Field to Fork Webinar Series: GMOs: Separating Fact From Emotion

February 28, 2018

This webinar is part of the Field to Fork webinar series presented each Wednesday by North Dakota State University Extension. The one-hour webinars are free and designed to educate growers on food safety in growing, transporting, processing, and preserving fruits and vegetables. This session is presented by Esther McGinnis, assistant professor and NDSU Extension horticulturist.

In: Online


Permalink Produce Safety Training

March 1, 2018
Danville, Indiana

Purdue Extension presents this day-long training with six modules based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, plus help developing a written farm-food-safety plan.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Heavy Metals in Soils: Identifying and acting on contamination

March 1, 2018

This webinar is part of the University of Illinois Extension's free, weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics to advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. This webinar will address an oft-suspected but sometimes under-evaluated risk to (peri)urban agriculture: soil contamination by heavy metals. The causes of heavy metals common in soils and their risks to producers via soil exposure and consumers via consumption of crops will be reviewed. Best practices, resources for identifying potential heavy metal contamination, the interpretation of test results, and management strategies to mitigate heavy-metal risks will be discussed.

In: Online


Permalink No-Till & Cover Crop Symposium

March 1, 2018
Burlington, Vermont

UVM Extension's Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team & the Northwest Crops & Soils Program invite all farmers and technical advisers to attend this event dedicated to No-Till and Cover Cropping systems for field crop growers. Discover how your neighbors are using this integrated system of cover crops and no (or less) tillage to create better soil health, increase profitability and meet water quality goals. Learn from other farmers, talk to your local ag dealers about equipment or seed, speak to NRCS about funding, listen to regional and national experts, and hear about research at UVM and in nearby states.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Middle Georgia Water Testing and Employee Training Workshop

March 1, 2018
Gordon, Georgia

This free, day-long workshop is hosted at Babe & Sage Farm with support from Extension, USDA-NRCS, and the Georgia Small Farm Food Safety Campaign. Participants will receive templates and instructions on how to document for GAP/FSMA, an opportunity for a water test cost share, free lunch, and one-on-one and group consultation from Extension and GFVGA.

In: Southern SARE Region




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