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Permalink Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 8-9, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

The conference will begin with pre-conference Vegetable and Tree & Small Fruit Roundtable Discussion. The conference will feature sessions on Farmers Markets, Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Production, Small Fruit Production, Organic Production, Wholesale Marketing, Direct Marketing and Agritourism, a Produce Best Practices Training, and a Grape and Wine Short Course.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Double Up Food Bucks Regional Symposia

January 8 or 9, 2018
Grand Junction or Durango, Colorado

If you are a farmer, SNAP recipient, DUFB site manager, funder, or community partner, join in one of four regional DUFB Symposiums in Colorado. At this free event, share lessons from the past year and celebrate the successes, listen to feedback from participants and partners, network, and plan/strategize for year three of DUFB.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

January 9, 2018
Monticello, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Planning for On-Farm Success Workshops

January 9 - February 20, 2018
Havre, Plains, Troy, or Montana City, Montana

Community Food & Agriculture Coalition, Farm Link Montana, MSU Extension, Bear Paw FADC and Troy Farmers Market are offering this seven-week series of Tuesday-evening workshops or Thursday-evening workshops concurrently in several Montana communities. The workshops teach you how to start a new market farm or livestock business, identify the profit centers on your farm, assess a new enterprise, capture more of the profits from your products, and improve farm brand and marketing. Each workshop includes expert presenters as well as local networking and Q&A with experienced producers, ag service providers, and local lenders.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism, and Organic Conference and Trade Show

January 10-12, 2018
Springfield, Illinois

This conference is provided by the Illinois Specialty Growers Association, the University of Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The conference is aimed at meeting the needs of agritourism businesses, irrigation users, and producers of vegetable, herb, and fruit crops in Illinois and surrounding states. There will be a variety of pre-conference sessions and food safety training offered. Session tracks include fruits, vegetables, agritourism and marketing, herbs, organic, emerging issues, and value-added products.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Training

January 11, 2018
Indianola, Iowa

The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.' The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed Conference

January 11-13, 2018
College Park, Maryland

Join Future Harvest CASA for three days of local farm and food workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and networking opportunities. The event offers eight pre-conference skill-building workshops, six conference tracks with 30 sessions, and new Farmer-to-Farmer Chat sessions.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Minnesota Organic Conference

January 11-12, 2018
St. Cloud, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Minnesota Organic Conference (MOC) is a farmer-oriented educational event that includes a trade show. The featured speaker will be Michael Ableman.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Northeast Beginning Farmer Learning Network (BFLN) Summit

January 11, 2018
Hyattsville, Maryland

The summit brings together beginning farmer service providers from across the region to discuss best practices, policy, and emerging trends in beginning farmer training. Future Harvest CASA will host the summit in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program. Discounted tickets are also available for BFLN attendees to join Future Harvest CASA's two-day main conference being held in the same location on January 12-13, 2018.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

January 11-14, 2018
Savannah, Georgia

This is the largest educational conference and trade show in the southeastern United States that unites growers, vendors, and suppliers. Anyone with an interest in specialty crop agriculture is invited to be a part of this event. More than 80 hours of educational sessions will address food safety concerns, specific commodity issues on production practices and increased yields, and marketing strategies.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Utah Farm Conference

January 12-13, 2018
Cedar City, Utah

Connect with farmers and like-minded folks, collaborate, and find the resources needed to thrive within local food webs, stimulate stronger local economies, and sustain our natural resources. Learn from inspiring keynotes, unique speakers from far and near, interesting workshops, and all you encounter and experience while attending. Learn to utilize your local resources and return home with new connections, tools and inspiration to enhance your farm and empower your community. The keynote speaker is Eliot Coleman.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink NOFA Massachusetts Winter Conference

January 13, 2018
Worcester, Massachusetts

This year's conference will explore what the food producing and food activist community can take from agroecology, permaculture, current research, and pioneering growers like keynoter Gabe Brown. The agenda also includes day-long intensives, a youth programming track, and an exploration of how soils can be improved and degraded soils can be restored by promoting the biological function of the soil ecosystem with living plant cover, mulches, and smart farm systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference and Expo

January 14-17, 2018
Louisvile, Kentucky

"Forages: Opportunities for the Next Generation" is the conference theme. The agenda includes a day of producer workshops, poster presentations, the forage spokesperson competition, and the national forage bowl competition.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Ohio Produce Network

January 15-17, 2018
Sandusky, Ohio

The Ohio Produce Network is the annual gathering for the fresh produce industry, including markets, in Ohio. The 2.5-day event includes numerous educational programs, a trade show, and ample opportunities to network with your peers. Programs often cover production techniques, disease/pest mitigation, management, marketing, and retailing strategies, food safety, and emerging technologies.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Empire State Producers Expo

January 16-18, 2018
Syracuse, New York

This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Workshops

January 16, 17, 18, or 19, 2018
Three Forks, Great Falls, Billings, Miles City, or Sidney, Montana

Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana and NRCS present these one-day soil health workshops at locations across Montana. Speakers will include Brendon Rockey, Steve Kenyon, Wendy Taheri, and Derek Axten, sharing their own experiences in building and maintaining soil health.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety Workshops in Arkansas

January 16, 2018
Hope, Arkansas

NCAT is collaborating with the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the U of A Division of Agriculture to offer a series of Produce Safety Workshops throughout the state. Each of these one-day workshops will teach you what you need to know about the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and ensure that your farm is compliant with the training requirement under the rule. You will also learn many practical strategies for reducing the food safety risks on your farm. Registration is required.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Southern SAWG Annual Conference: Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms

January 17-20, 2018
Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Southern SAWG Annual Conference is a must-attend event for those serious about sustainable and organic farming and creating more vibrant community food systems. Pre-Conference events begin on Wednesday and include a great line-up of one-and-a-half day intensive short courses and then on Thursday, several exciting half-day field trips and mini courses. The General Conference is held on Friday and Saturday with a schedule that includes nearly 60 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in the region, and another 13 information exchange sessions where you get to exchange ideas and information with those who share your interests.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Pastured & Free-Range Poultry Workshop

January 17, 2018
San Diego, California

The Beginning Farmer & Rancher Development Program project on pastured and free-range poultry is offering a one-day workshop with essential information regarding such topics as husbandry practices, housing, records maintenance, biosecurity, and more. The course will include both lecture and hands-on labs and provide farmers with the knowledge and resources to succeed in this growing industry.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink A Workshop Developed for Direct Farm Marketers and Agritourism Entrepreneurs

January 10, 11, 17, or 18, 2018
Jackson, Murfreesboro, Greenville, or Harriman, Tennessee

Direct farm marketers, agritourism operators and key team members for these businesses are invited to learn how to improve communication and create positive, rewarding personal and professional relationships at four upcoming workshops presented by the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture. Participants will explore the different ways people communicate, process information and interact with others using the Real Colors© temperament assessment tool. This workshop fulfills a Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program requirement in the Agritourism, Fruits and Vegetables, and Value-Added diversification sectors.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 18-20, 2018
Ames, Iowa

With this conference, Practical Farmers of Iowa has a vision of Revival for rural communities, soils, water, and opportunities for the next generation. From pre-conference short courses that run the day before and morning of the conference to in-depth workshops, roundtables, breakfast meetings, and a rich array of sessions in several core tracks, those who attend are sure to come away with valuable working knowledge to improve their farms and enrich their lives.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink NOFA New York Winter Conference

January 19-21, 2018
Saratoga Springs, New York

NOFA-NY will hold its 36th Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference. The theme is "Healthy People, Healthy Planet­." The event features 12 workshop tracks and keynote speakers David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé. Farmers of the Year, Jody Bolluyt and Jean-Paul Courtens, will share their experiences of opening and running Roxbury Farm, a community supported organic farm, as well as Courtens' work at the Hudson Valley Farm Hub. Additional speakers will provide everyone with well-rounded information on living a healthy life in a sustainable style.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference

January 19-20, 2018
Fairlee, Vermont

Join more than 350 farmers and agricultural resource providers from six Northeast states at this perennial winter conference for a cross-section of the region's livestock production. The weekend highlights local, grass-fed and organic foods, livestock farmers and supporters from more than six states, and plenty of new ideas to take home and ruminate on as you plan for 2018.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink NCAP Organic Farming Conference

January 20, 2018
Boise, Idaho

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) and USDA present this conference, addressing the Farm Bill, organic certification, risk management, record keeping, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Southeastern Soil Summit

January 21-22, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia

Join UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department and the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center for an engaging 1.5 day Soil Summit including presentations and breakout discussion about the benefits and challenges of raw manure use relative to the safety of fresh fruit and vegetable production. Key goals for the summit include identifying barriers to using/producing compost while identifying management strategies, resources, and additional support necessary to support growers in minimizing food safety risks on the farm, especially when using raw manure. Additionally, produce growers, educators, and researchers will gain a better understanding of current FDA research and risk assessment efforts and the final FSMA Produce Safety Rule standards included in Subpart F - Biological Soil Amendments of Animal Origin and Human Waste.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 21-23, 2018
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This conference is hosted by the Wisconsin Fresh Market Vegetable Growers Association.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Biological Farming Conference

January 22-24, 2018
Hot Springs, Virginia

The 19th annual Virginia Biological Farming Conference, Virginia’s premier gathering of organic farmers, gardeners and supporters, is a collaboration by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia State University, and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming. Whether you're an experienced grower or just starting out, you'll find plenty to interest you. The event offers practical learning and insights from more than 30 speakers, an exhibit hall packed with useful tools and services, delicious locally sourced meals, and the very best in networking.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink EcoFarm Conference

January 24-27, 2018
Pacific Grove, California

The 38th annual Eco-Farm Conference, "Sow Good," is a gathering for inspiration, renewal, and celebration. The agenda includes pre-conference events, keynotes, a wide range of workshops, and special events. Topics include production, policy, case studies, research, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference

January 25-26, 2018
Ankeny, Iowa

This event features Chris Blanchard as keynote speaker on Thursday, as well as Kyle Vesperman with Vesperman Farms on Friday. The conference will also feature successful farming operations across Iowa in its popular farm features tract. It will also have sessions on apple protection, agritourism, and digital marketing and social media. There is also a trade show with the latest seeds, supplies, high tunnel, irrigation, equipment, and grower information.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Western Montana Grazing and Agriculture Conference

January 25-26, 2018
Missoula, Montana

Livestock and crop producers as well as natural resource professionals and educators from across Montana will converge for the second annual two-day event. The focus of the conference is to continue the conversation of sustainable, profitable, and environmentally sound on-farm practices.

In: Western SARE Region




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