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Permalink Minority, Women & Small Farmers' Conference

April 7-8, 2017
Wilberforce, Ohio

Central State University Extension hosts the second annual Minority, Women & Small Farmers' Conference. Through workshops, exhibits, and presentations, gather techniques and resources to help improve your small farm operations. Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals, and take home new ideas to help ensure you not only survive, but thrive in today's economy.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farming Academy

April 7-8, 2017
Placer County, California

This is an intensive introduction to starting a small commercial farm or ranch, sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension Placer/Nevada. Learn about assessing your resources and choosing products, the basics of market-driven farming, and economic tools. You will finish with an action plan for jump-starting your operation. This workshop does not address production practices at all. It is focused on marketing, business, and economic planning for profitable small farms. Local expert farmers and ranchers and UCCE Farm Advisors will help you refine your plans for your farm or ranch. The class is limited to 15 prospective producers.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Orcharding Workshop Series: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 1 or 8, 2017
Bar Harbor or Unity, Maine

At this half-day, hands-on MOFGA workshop, participants will learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrate Whip & Tongue and T-Budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Maryland Farmers Market Conference

April 10, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

The 2017 Maryland Farmers Market Conference will take place at the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Conference sessions will include marketing tips for farmers markets, updates on current regulations guiding the 2017 season, food safety, and much more. Training and certification sessions will be available for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), the Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP), and the Fruit and Vegetable Check (FVC) program.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm to Table Trade Meeting

April 10, 2017
Reno, Nevada

The NevadaGrown Farm to Table Trade Meeting connects regional farmers, ranchers, chefs, grocery buyers, food artisans, processors, and distributors to create new business opportunities for farm to table. Join in for a day of networking, problem solving, and connections to build a stronger local food system and make Northern Nevada a food destination.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: CRP

April 11, 2017
Oskaloosa, Iowa

Women Caring for the Land SM is a free discussion focused on the Conservation Reserve Program, (CRP), sponsored by the FSA, Mahaska SWCD, NRCS, and Women, Food and Agriculture Network. Lunch is provided, and interactive activities and discussion will focus on the various types of CRP and how they differ. The workshop will help you consider the benefits of CRP to your farming operation and watershed. A field tour in the afternoon will highlight area CRP practices. Space is limited; RSVP is required.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Use of High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops

April 11, 2017
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on using high glucosinolate mustard as an organic biofumigant in vegetable crops. This webinar will address the use of mustard cover crops that have been bred specifically to have high glucosinolate concentrations and act as a biofumigant in crops like potatoes, peppers, carrots, black beans, and strawberries. Webinar presenters include Heather Darby and Abha Gupta, University of Vermont Extension; and Katie Campbell-Nelson, University of Massachusetts. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink National Farmworker Conference

April 11-14, 2017
San Antonio, Texas

The MAFO National Farmworker Conference focuses on building stronger rural communities. Conference tracks include workforce solutions, health, rural community issues, rural asset building, education, and housing. NCAT's Robert Maggiani will speak April 12 on "How will the new food safety regulations--the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011- affect farm workers and other ag industry workers?"

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Principles of Aquaponics for the Small Producer

April 11, 2017
Online

Texas State Small Producers Initiative presents this free webinar with Adam Harwood of Lily Pad Farms.

In: Online

 

Permalink Cover Crop Caravan

April 4, 6, or 11, 2017
Hancock, Leighton and Pella, or Lake City, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa has planned a series of spring field days focused on cover crop issues in grazing and row crop systems. Farmers and community members are invited to see cover crops in action on a farm, and learn about cover crop basics as well as practices used to maximize the financial return from cover crops. The afternoon field days are free. The April 11 event focuses on integrating cover crops and livestock, while April 4 and 6 will explore the fundamentals of working with cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health for Non-Operator Land Owners

April 11, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division will focus on educating non-operator land owners on how improving soil health can increase the value of their land, and that it takes a solid working relationship between the landowner and farmer (often requiring changes in leasing structures) to obtain changes in soil health. This webinar will discuss efforts that American Farmland Trust is using to encourage non-operator owners to improve soil health through long-term leasing, innovative soil health evaluation methods, and placing value on the aesthetics of many soil-health activities.

In: Online

 

Permalink Berry Growing in Cold Climates

April 11-12, 2017
Randolph Center, Vermont

This two-day course from Vermont Technical College will look at growing small fruits in cold regions and how to be successful, from the homestead level to a full-fledged commercial operation. The course emphasizes sustainable and systems wide approaches. Species will include blueberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberry, brambles, grapes, and a host of others like aronia, elderberry, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Wednesday Webinars: Season Extension

April 12, 2017
Online

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension kick off their free webinar series on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month with this session on season extension. This webinar will cover season extension techniques and how they can be used to reduce the risk of climate variability and expand market access by expanding the growing season and enabling specialty crop production.

In: Online

 

Permalink Statewide Farm to Early Care and Education Network Building

April 12, 2017
Online

The National Farm to School Network's April Farm to ECE Webinar will feature Emily Jackson of the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network and Erin Croom of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition, who will share models from their states and identify keys to success in building a statewide farm to ECE network. This webinar is open to the public

In: Online

 

Permalink Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program Listening Session: Papaya

April 12, 2017
Telephone

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is currently evaluating the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program. This evaluation is to determine whether the pilot crop insurance program for banana, papaya, and coffee fruits should be converted to permanent program, modified and continued as pilot, or terminated. The purpose of this listening session is to receive feedback from growers, insurance company staff, agents, and other interested parties on how the pilot crop insurance program has performed and how it can be improved. The papaya session runs from 9am - 10am Hawaii Standard Time. The conference call number is 888-844-9904 and Access Code 8604877.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Soil Health

April 13, 2017
Stanhope, Iowa

Prairie Rivers of Iowa, in conjunction with Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, presents a day of meeting with other women in agriculture for a close-kit group discussion on soil health. Whether you know a little or a lot, you are invited to come and learn from the conservation experts, as well as other landowners.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Poultry and Rabbit Processing Certification Training

April 13, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will conduct food safety training for on-farm poultry and rabbit slaughter and processing. This one-day workshop is mandatory for producers who want to become certified to slaughter their poultry and\or rabbits for sales at farmers markets and to retailers and restaurants in Maryland. Workshop participants will learn how to recognize diseases of public health concern, basic biosecurity measures, how to write and implement basic Standard Sanitary Operating Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practices and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans, offal and waste water disposal.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Celebrating the Diversity of California's Rangelands and Ranching

April 13, 2017
Browns Valley, California

This full-day workshop at UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center will allow participants to engage in field lectures by research teams that take an in-depth exploration of current research and understanding around five knowledge areas and also allow participants to spend substantial time with researchers to discuss site specific management issues and opportunities. Key knowledge themes include microbial and environmental processes driving soil C storage; the future of niche and value-added markets in grazed systems; economic impacts and management of medusahead; genetic structure, drought impacts and function of California white oak; and oak woodland hydrology and preferential flow pathways.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Tractor & Farm Machinery Safety Workshop

April 14, 2017
Woodinville, Washington

The one-day Farm Machinery Safety Workshop developed by WSU Skagit County Extension is coming to King County. The course includes classroom and hands-on instruction. Those completing the entire course successfully will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Course instruction in Spanish will be available.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

April 15, 2017
Unity, Maine

At this day-long workshop from MOFGA, join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard, for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower, including lectures, discussions, question and answer periods inside and out. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink PASA Education Event: History & Development of High Tunnels

April 18, 2017
Valencia, Pennsylvania

Join PASA at Harvest Valley Farms for a tour of their numerous high tunnel designs and a discussion of how to best utilize the high tunnel environment. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink The Basics of Farm Transitions and Estate Planning

April 18, 2017
Leonardtown, Maryland

Leonardtown will be one of several workshop locations in a series of one-day workshops for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a successful farm transition. Sessions will cover business and personal goal-setting, financial analysis, human resources, family communications, estate planning, estate taxes and retirement planning. This workshop is hosted by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, and University of Maryland Extension.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Virginia Agritourism Conference

April 18-20, 2017
Richmond, Virginia

"Agritourism in Virginia's New Economy" is a three-day conference featuring new ideas. On Day 1, explore multiple agritourism tools including social media, event planning, labor regulations, legal issues, financial resources, marketing strategies, and agritourism's best practices. On Day 2, visit three farms and personally discover agritourism successes and challenges. Finally, on Day 3, spend the day with Jon Schallert, an internationally-recognized speaker and business expert specializing in teaching all types of businesses and communities how to turn themselves into highly desired Consumer Destinations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Waste to Worth 2017

April 18, 2017
Cary, North Carolina

The third International Conference on Livestock and Poultry Environmental Quality brings together the nation's best science with innovative outreach on animal agriculture and the environment. The conference is for those who make or influence environmental management decisions on livestock and poultry farms, including ag and environmental organizations, consultants, cooperative extension agents and specialists, equipment manufacturing and sales reps, farmers/growers, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff, regulatory and policy staff, researchers, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Open Gate: T.O. Cattle Co. Day

April 19, 2017
Watsonville, California

T.O. Cattle Co. Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. See how a successful rancher improves soil health, increases water infiltration, and achieves better productivity. Learn more about grazing planning, water management, and infrastructure needs, and discuss organic certification.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Strawberry Production Field Day

April 19, 2017
Laurel, Maryland

Join Future Harvest CASA for this afternoon workshop at Gorman Produce Farm to learn how to start or scale up a strawberry enterprise. Farm owner and operator Dave Liker will lead participants through his sustainable strawberry-growing practices from transplanting to running a pick-your-own operation.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NOSB Spring 2017 Meeting

April 19-21, 2017
Denver, Colorado

During meetings, the National Organic Standards Board listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information including agendas, locations, recommendations, and how to submit public comments is posted online.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program Listening Session: Coffee

April 19, 2017
Telephone

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is currently evaluating the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program. This evaluation is to determine whether the pilot crop insurance program for banana, papaya, and coffee fruits should be converted to permanent program, modified and continued as pilot, or terminated. The purpose of this listening session is to receive feedback from growers, insurance company staff, agents, and other interested parties on how the pilot crop insurance program has performed and how it can be improved. The coffee session runs from 9am - 10am Hawaii Standard Time. The conference call number is 888-844-9904 and Access Code 8604877.

In: Online

 

Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Conservation Discussion

April 20, 2017
Murray, Kentucky

Women Caring for the Land presents this free discussion focused on conservation. Lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe soil characteristics and conservation practices. Space is limited; RSVP is required.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course

April 20-21, 2017
Melfa, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach presents a two-day course designed especially for limited-resource and veteran farmers. Find out what you need to know for tax planning, record-keeping and marketing as well as strategies for reducing risk and connecting to available funding through state and federal agencies. Enrollment is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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