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Permalink Food Safety for Poultry and Rabbit Producers

June 9, 2017
Moultonborough, New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire Extension offers this day-long workshop. New Hampshire producers can sell poultry and rabbits (up to 20,000 poultry and 1,000 rabbits per calendar year) directly to New Hampshire restaurants without USDA inspection. This program fulfills the education requirement specified in the rules and will help producers develop a working plan for providing safe meat products for this market.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Women in Farming Workshop & Farm Tour

June 10, 2017
Palmer, Kansas

The Kansas Rural Center invites women farmers or want-to-be-farmers, women landowners, and women interested in sustainable farming, food production and local food initiatives to attend a Women in Farming Workshop. This all-day, women-only workshop and farm tour will provide useful tools and information for women farmers who are interested in increasing local food production and opportunities; raising grass-fed beef; adding or attracting pollinators to their farm operations; and growing specialty crops with high tunnels.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

June 10-11, 2017
Burlington, Vermont

This event features dozens of practical workshops from the leading authorities on Modern Homesteading, Animal Husbandry, Organic Gardening, Green Building, Natural Health, Renewable Energy, Real Food, and more. Keynote speakers include Howard Garrett, Dan Chiras, and Jean-Martin Fortier. Dozens of regional and national vendors will feature sustainable-lifestyle products and services.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Vendors Webinar: Modern Marketing & Merchandising Essentials

June 11, 2017

University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Farmers Market Association present this webinar with Andrew Larson, University of Illinois Extension Educator. Learn about setup, signage, and customer service techniques that will make your booth stand out. Discov­er how packaging, pricing, and display tactics will make your products sell better. Find out what social media marketing strategies will help you reach your customers and improve sales.

In: Online


Permalink Changing Lands, Changing Hands

June 13-15, 2017
Denver, Colorado

Land for Good and USDA host this national conference on farm and ranch land access, tenure, and transfer. This conference is a forum to share and discuss best and emerging practices, policies, and programs, and advance workable strategies for equitable land access, secure and sustainable tenure, and successful transfer of our farms and ranches.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Improving Soil Health on Urban Farms

June 13, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Soil Health Division. The webinar will illustrate how the principles of a Soil Health Management System are implemented on a 3.5 acre urban farm growing mixed vegetables, and it will emphasize practices that enhance the microbial life in the soil. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to use biological practices such as compost, compost tea, biological inoculants, and biologically based pesticides. The presenter is Minor Morgan, of North Valley Organics in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In: Online


Permalink Farm Energy Fair

June 13, 2017
Calmar, Iowa

The Winneshiek Energy District and partners invite all farmers to attend a day-long 2017 Farm Energy Fair and Workshop. Learn about energy efficiency measures for swine, dairy, and grain operations, REAP, EQIP, and on-site renewable power generation. Visit with agricultural suppliers and contractors that specialize in solar, lighting, building, and more during the Contractor Fair times.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Principles Review Field Day

June 13, 2017
Bozeman, Montana

The Organic Advisory and Research Council (OAEC), Montana State University Extension, Montana Farmers Union, and the Montana Organic Association present this event. In the morning, presentations by MSU faculty and staff will provide updates on research at the Fort Ellis Research Station into organic ways to control weeds, increase yields, improve rotations, and integrate livestock into cropping systems. Afternoon presentations on the MSU campus will cover an overview of the following: five-year rotation using contrasting systems; crop yield and quality; weed management, including bindweed research; beneficial insects; soil quality and greenhouse gas emissions; assessing climate change impacts; and integrating livestock into cropping systems. In addition presenters will share an economic overview of the systems and discuss ongoing and future organic research initiatives including what the future may hold for food and organic production. The tour is free and open to the public. Pre-register by June 6 at: (Preferred), or with Fabian Menalled 406-994-4783.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Conservation Biological Control Short Course

June 13, 2017
Bloomfield, Connecticut

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course from the Xerces Society. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Presenters will 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 The Below Ground Livestock Soil Health Tour

June 13-14, 2017
Conrad, Montana

A soil health tour will feature Dr. Ray Ward, owner and founder of Ward Laboratories of Kearny, Nebraska, and Marlon Winger, NRCS Soil Health Specialist for Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. Ray will be present both days to explain the Phospholipid Fatty Acid (PLFA) Soil Microbial Analysis and the Soil Health Nutrient tool (Haney Test) and to talk about nutrient cycling. Participants will be able to ask specific questions related to using soil test results and how to incorporate the information into daily decisions. "A Range Ramble," a range and weed workshop sponsored by the Blackfeet Natural Resources Conservation District (BNRCD) and the Blackfeet Tribe will be held at the Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana, on June 15-16, 2017.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Midwest Farm Energy Conference

June 13-14, 2017
Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center hosts a conference that will highlight energy efficient systems for Midwest dairies (on June 13), as well as for swine production systems (on June 14). The event will address practical information for agricultural producers regarding energy technologies for Midwest farms, energy-optimized systems for dairy production, energy conservation and generation in swine facilities, renewable energy tours, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink How to Create Social Media Memes, and Other Photo Apps

June 14, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture presents this one-hour webinar as part of its every-other-Wednesday webinar series. Learn how to create memes and learn what photo apps help turn photos into dynamite digital messages that capture attention.

In: Online


Permalink Matador Ranch Science & Land Management Symposium

June 14, 2017
Dodson, Montana

The Nature Conservancy's Matador Ranch demonstrates how conservation and ranching can work hand in hand.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink North Carolina A&T Small Farms Field Day

June 15, 2017
Greensboro, North Carolina

This free field day will include demonstrations of insect screening and trellising for high-tunnel organics, high tunnel ginger production, small-scale organic pecan production, converting agricultural and food wastes into energy, artificial insemination of beef cattle, and pasture pork production and management, as well as displays and posters on other topics.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Energy Strategies for Farm Resilience in the Northeast

June 15, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is sponsored by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Participants will learn how energy-oriented design and operation can impact the resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from challenges) and long term success of farm operations, as well as identify common energy strategies for farm viability and resilience. This webinar will discuss the changing farm energy context, and give examples of strategies that can be used to improve a farm's energy resilience, including production of energy, strategies for field operations, and strategies for farm structures.

In: Online


Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Clay Bottom Farm

June 15, 2017
Goshen, Indiana

This event is part of a 10-tour summer series organized by Purdue Extension as part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program. Clay Bottom Farm uses intensive growing methods to support a CSA program on less than an acre of land. Learn about their "lean farm" approach to support a CSA, supply restaurants, and sell at farmers markets.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit

June 15, 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Summit provides opportunities for those interested in nutrient management and stewardship to learn more about the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program and hear how stakeholders across the country are implementing the 4R principles.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Regional Agri-tourism Workshop

June 15-16, 2017
Stuart, Florida

Join UF/IFAS Extension for a Regional Agri-tourism workshop, including a farm tour and informational presentations, for farmers considering or already pursuing agri-tourism, policy-makers, and consumers interested in learning about agri-tourism. The first day, participants will visit agri-tourism operations in Martin and St. Lucie Counties and hear directly from the farmers about their challenges and successes. On the second day, presentations will be offered to assist new and existing agri-tourism operations with navigating regulations, business planning, marketing your agri-business, awareness of consumer preferences, and resources available to fund your operation. There will also be a panel discussion focused on regulations and insurance needs specific to agri-tourism businesses.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Hoop Houses: Structures & Season Extension Workshop

June 16, 2017
Reno, Nevada

In this one-day workshop from Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute, learn about options and new technologies for hoop house structures and season extension practices. The workshop will include a tour of the new movable hoop house at the UNR Main Station Farm. Diane Green of Greentree Naturals Certified Organic Farm in Sandpoint, Idaho, will be the featured speaker.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Field Day: Alcorn State University

June 16, 2017
Lorman, Mississippi

This free field day at Alcorn State University will highlight Alcorn's demonstration farm, featuring turmeric, blueberries, and muscadine. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink How to Create Successful Markets

June 16-17, 2017
New York, New York

Project for Public Spaces offers this two-day training course where participants learn the essentials for creating a thriving public market that is economically sustainable, maximizes community benefits, and contributes to the creation of public places that attract a broad diversity of people. Participants will learn the essentials for creating an extraordinary public market during work sessions and on-site tours of New York City's thriving open-air and indoor public markets.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farming Outside the Box: Farmer Training for Veterans

June 16, 2017
Staatsburg and Poughkeepsie, New York

Farming Outside the Box is a two-day workshop from Heroic Food on innovative solutions to small-farm challenges. Day 1 will include a tour of two Poughkeepsie-area urban farms that utilize innovative marketing and technological strategies including DIY solutions. Day 2 features instruction, hands-on practice, and a tour of Walnut Grove Farm, in nearby Staatsburg. Hands on projects, farm tours, meals and semi-private lodging included. Workshop is free to veterans and their partners.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Advancing The Art and Science of Soil Health

June 17, 2017
Gallup, New Mexico

Southwest Soil Health Consortium announces a half-day workshop featuring soil demonstrations and presentations. Topics will include how to recognize and build soil health; tests to determine the degree of soil health; discussions on the five soil health guiding principles; Q and A sessions with guest speaker Clarence Chavez and Rudy Garcia, Regional Soil Health Specialist; benefits of soil health: i.e. better infiltration, less erosion, increase water holding capacity, managing salts, increase soil biota, build soil structure, increase soil organic matter; and plant / soil nutrient cycling or soil fertilizer.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Insects, Disease and Weed Management

June 17, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

This one-day Growing Growers Core Workshop includes beginning as well as advanced information for farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Midwest Commercial Sheep Production Workshop

June 17, 2017
Ames, Iowa

The day-long Midwest Commercial Sheep Production Workshop will be offered during the Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival. It will focus on the Let’s Grow goals and objectives campaign from the American Lamb Board aimed at increasing both the overall lamb crop and the quality and consumer satisfaction of the lamb that is produced. Topics will include lamb finish and grazing cover crops.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Open Gate: Bunchgrass Flat Day

June 17, 2017
Waukomis, Oklahoma

This HMI Open Gate field day focuses on how grazing helps soil health. Discover how Holistic Management Planned Grazing improves the soil and moves plant succession in the right direction and discuss key soil health indicators, how to read the land and record monitoring results.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Farm Dreams

June 19, 2017
Champaign, Illinois

The Land Connection's Farm Dreams workshops are three-hour evening workshops held on a working farm. Discover what it would really take to start your own farm business, from assessing your skills and resources, to meeting successful farmers in your region, to deciding next steps for pursuing your farm dream.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink The Produce Packaging Seminar

June 7 or 20, 2017
Visalia or Sacramento, California

This free, half day seminar, presented by a panel of industry professionals, will provide you with the latest information on packaging law and design, including intellectual property and the importance of protecting your brand, food labeling compliance and the risks of litigation, offerings in packaging materials and choosing them wisely, and design techniques that set your product apart and engage consumers.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Seed Production Webinar Series: Trials and Selection

June 20, 2017

The Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) are presenting a series of six free webinars on organic seed production. Advance registration is required. This webinar will cover the basics of conducting on-farm variety trials including sourcing germplasm, field plot design, trial evaluation, and making sense of the data. Presenters will also cover basics of field selection or roguing to improve performance of open pollinated seed crops.

In: Online


Permalink Conservation Planning: Helping Customers Understand Their Land's Needs and Opportunities

June 20, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA-NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area.

In: Online




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