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Permalink Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives

January 11–13, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

Wholesome Wave presents this summit. From national policy makers to community-based organizations engaged in incentive programs and local and regional food supply chains, attendees will take away practical and innovative tactics to improve access to healthy food. This event is for problem solvers interested in advancing practical solutions to affordable access to healthy food, which is inextricably linked to individual health, disease prevention, food security, and community and economic health.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink California Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Course

January 13-14, 27-28, and February 5-6, 2016
Willits, California

This in-depth course is being offered in California as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series. It is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn business skills, and participants will develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans. Scholarships are available. Space is limited.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Transitioning to Organic Grains

January 13, 2015
Woodstock, Illinois

The Land Connection offers an all-day seminar where participants will learn from the experience of other farmers who have transitioned to organic and non-GMO crops. Experts will teach you how to select ideal alternative grain crop choices for your farm and markets, plan for soil fertility and pest management with fewer synthetic inputs, navigate the organic transition and certification, and find out how to get the best price for your premium product. Farm service providers, farm managers, and farmland owners will also benefit.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin Local Food Summit: Digging Into Local Food

January 14-15, 2016
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

The 10th anniversary of the Wisconsin Local Food Summit offers the opportunity to celebrate and learn about the components of Local Food System Development with more than two days of breakout sessions and workshops, leading presentations, Sheboygan-based farm and facility tours, and more. Attendees can expect to gather with a diverse group of local food advocates to exchange information, strengthen regional alliances, and gain practical strategies and best practices that address issues within local food system development.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink North Carolina Agritourism Networking Association Annual Conference

January 14-15, 2016
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

This event will include a farm bus tour and the 10th annual conference.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Lean Farming

January 14, 2016

The University of Illinois Extension kicks off its free, weekly educational series for the small farm community with this one-hour webinar. Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, will address Cutting Waste and Maximizing Efficiency on Small Farms.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed

January 14-16, 2016
Hyattsville, Maryland

Future Harvest CASA's 17th annual conference offers 10 pre-conference workshops, seven conference tracks, and three keynote speakers, as well as local food tasting, interest gatherings, and more. Tracks include beginning farming, value-added, fruit and vegetable production, health and food, grass-fed, business of farming, and policy.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Upper Midwest Regional Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference & Trade Show

January 14-15, 2016
St. Cloud, Minnesota

The Upper Midwest Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Trade Show is held each winter with the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, University of Minnesota Extension Service, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and USDA - Risk Management Agency. Topics at the annual conference include vegetable production, small fruit production, marketing and much more. Each year's program offers a variety of topics designed to be of interest to large and small growers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink GrassWorks Grazing Conference

January 14-16, 2015
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

"Pastoralism in the Pastures" is the theme of this 24th annual conference. It offers a dairy track and a silvopasture track, among a wide variety of general conference sessions. Speakers include Steve Kenyon, Francis Thicke, and Jerry Apps. There will also be a poster session and trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grain School

January 15-17, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance will conduct an educational course at the University of Colorado to train and empower people to once again grow, mill, and steward heritage grains. The innovative curriculum will cover a range of topics including the history of land-race grains, crop breeding, nutritional and health issues, baking and fermentation, and small-scale production techniques. RMSA's Bill McDorman will serve as lead facilitator for the course alongside UCCS faculty Nanna Meyer and Sean Svette. Special guests include local and visiting experts in local grain farming, milling, and baking.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Oklahoma Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Course

January 15-16, February 5-6, and February 26-27, 2016
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This in-depth course is being offered in Oklahoma as part of HMI’s Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning Series and is designed to help both new and experienced farmers and ranchers learn business skills. Participants will develop a draft business plan, a whole farm/ranch goal, as well as both financial and marketing plans. The six-day course is taught in two-day increments, allowing plenty of time to start applying what you have learned while you're still enrolled in the course. There will also be time to network with other ranchers and get feedback on your coursework.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

January 15-16, 2016
Fairlee, Vermont

The conference is coordinated by the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program and hosted by Vermont Grass Farmers Association and Vermont Beef Producers Association. It features keynote speaker Jim Gerrish and the theme is "Celebrating 20 Years of Farming Vitality."

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink NOFA Massachusetts Winter Conference

January 16, 2016
Worcester, Massachusetts

Join NOFA Massachusetts for its annual one-day conference, which features 70 workshops and exhibitors; keynote speeches with Ben Burkett, family farmer and coordinator of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives; children’s conference; and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Michigan Family Farms Conference

January 16, 2016
Marshall, Michigan

"Adventures in Agriculture--Embracing the Many Cultures of Innovative Farming" is the theme of the 13th annual Michigan Family Farms Conference.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Kansas Graziers Association Winter Conference

January 16, 2016
Salina, Kansas

"Grass, Soil, and Hope" is the theme for this conference featuring speaker Courtney White, author and Quivira Coalition co-founder.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association Congress

January 18-20, 2016
Sandusky, Ohio

The OPGMA Congress 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 Indiana Horticultural Congress

January 19-21, 2016
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indiana Horticultural Congress is an educational meeting designed to meet the needs of fruit, vegetable, wine, organics, and specialty crop growers and marketers in Indiana and surrounding states. The three-day meeting is designed to meet the needs of growers, with information on production practices, pest and disease control, processing, marketing, agritourism, food safety and legislative/regulatory concerns. The event includes a trade show.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Empire State Producers Expo

January 19-21, 2016
Syracuse, New York

This show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for the fruit and vegetable growers of the state, as well as the surrounding states and Eastern Canada.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Growers' Academy

January 19 - March 1, 2016
Christiansburg, Virginia

In partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Coalition, the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is offering the 2016 Growers' Academy on Tuesday evenings. The course is designed to help new and transitioning agricultural businesses succeed. The series focuses on whole farm business planning and low-input crop production. Instructors include resource professionals and farm business owners.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink EcoFarm Conference

January 20-23, 2016
Pacific Grove, California

"Regenerating Our Lands and Water" offers pre-conference events, workshops, plenaries. From technical discussions on biological methods, to sessions and office hours dealing with the business of farming, the conference is a roll-up-your sleeves affair that supports individual and organizational efforts. The conference has an expanded emphasis on discussion groups and peer-to-peer sharing forums. Working meetings and strategy sessions provide an opportunity to reflect on achievements and plot the course of action for the coming year.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

January 20, 2016
Pacific Grove, California

the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS) will be held as a pre-conference to the EcoFarm Conference. The purpose of the OARS is to bring together researchers, farmers, and other beneficiaries of organic agriculture and farming systems research and to create lasting relationships among the participants. The symposium will provide the latest results of research to farmers, ranchers, extension agents, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in organic agriculture. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center of the University of California are hosting the symposium.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink IOIA Webinar: Maple Syrup Inspection

January 21, 2016

This International Organic Inspectors Association webinar will prepare inspectors and certifiers to understand the requirements of the standards being used in Canada and the United States for organic maple syrup (and birch syrup) production. It will provide tools for use by inspectors in the woods and sugar camps, as well as in more industrial maple syrup-processing situations. IOIA Maple Syrup Inspection Webinar is an advanced 300-level course. This webinar will be presented in one, three-hour session.

In: Online


Permalink NPSAS Winter Conference

January 21-23, 2016
Aberdeen, South Dakota

The 37th winter conference of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is titled "Growing for the Future." Keynote speakers are Organic Valley Veterinarian Dr. Paul Detloff and Founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch Wenonah Hauter. The schedule includes half-day workshops and a variety of conference sessions on soil, production, livestock, and business topics.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 22-23, 2016
Ames, Iowa

"Farmers Teaching Farmers" celebrates the farmer-led approach to learning, teaching, and sharing information that has been Practical Farmers' hallmark for 30 years. Attendees will learn from their farming peers about land and soil stewardship; building community; creating viable farms, farmers and food systems; farm transfer; and more. The keynote address will be by John Kempf, farmer and founder of Advancing Eco- Agriculture. Thirty-one in-depth workshops and two pre-conference short courses will be offered.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink NOFA New York Winter Conference

January 22-24, 2016
Saratoga Springs, New York

The conference theme is "Good Hard Work: Ecosystems, Economics, Energy & Equity." The keynote speaker is Rosalinda Guillen.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum

January 22-23, 2016
Montrose, Colorado

This event is working to improve the sustainable production, marketing, and consumption of local foods. The conference has a wide array of breakout sessions which convey vital, regionally specific agricultural information in areas including maximizing crop and livestock production, innovative agricultural marketing and management strategies, and specialty crops. The conference is for anyone with an interest in the future of agriculture, including ranchers, farmers, gardeners, students, and ag professionals.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Appalachia Grows: Small Farms Conference

January 22-23, 2016
Cumberland, Maryland

Anyone interested in farming, producing food or farm products, currently farming and want to expand or diversify, or just wanting to learn from experts should attend this event. Friday's program is exclusively focused on Small Farm Marketing topics. Saturday's program is for everyone, whether farming or not.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Market Manager Certificate Program

January 23, February 6, and February 20, plus webinars beginning January 25, 2016
Jackson and Chatham, Michigan, and St. Charles, Mt. Vernon, and Springfield, Illinois, and online

The MIFMA Market Manager Certificate Program (MMCP) is a voluntary program designed to encourage farmers market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management. The full program will include three in-person sessions and seven webinars, totaling more than 35 hours of instruction. The program will begin with in-person sessions hosted in Michigan and Illinois. The Michigan sessions will be held in Jackson and Chatham and the Illinois sessions will be held in St. Charles, Mt. Vernon, and Springfield. The in-person sessions will be held on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, Saturday, February 6 from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST, and Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST. The webinars will start on Monday, January 25 and be held Mondays and Wednesdays through Monday, February 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Flower Farming

January 23, 2016
East Troy, Wisconsin

This half-day workshop from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers. Learn from experienced growers, Andrea Clemens and Emily Watson, about cut-flower variety selection, seed starting, planting schedules, harvest and post-harvest handling and marketing.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing Farmers Workshop Series

January 23 - April 9, 2016
Lincoln, Nebraska

This series of twelve Saturday workshops from Community Crops is designed to give you a solid foundation from which you can build your own successful small farm business. Workshops are taught by experienced small-scale growers, Extension Educators, and business experts and cover sustainable vegetable production, along with small livestock. In addition, graduates who need land are eligible to farm at the Prairie Pines Incubator Farm located east of Lincoln. Scholarships are available for all who need them. Sessions will also be offered virtually to registered participants. Classes are also available in Spanish.

In: North Central SARE Region




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