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Permalink Southern Indiana Grazing Conference

March 8, 2017
Odon, Indiana

The theme is "Grazing Management—important to large and small family farms." Featured speakers will be Teddy Gentry, Joshua Dukart, and Darin Williams.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NW Minnesota Farmers Market Gathering

March 8, 2017
Crookston, Minnesota

Hosted by the University of Minnesota's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Program in collaboration with the Minnesota Farmers' Market Association, this free gathering will cover farmers' market issues at both the market and vendor level. Social media, SNAP and Market Bucks, special events, and simplified Cottage Foods info will all be discussed.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern New York Grazing Schools

March 3, 4, or 9, 2017
Burrville, Brushton, or Westport, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension presents an educational program to improve grazing practices for all pasture-based dairies and livestock farms: organic and conventional. Pasture management, cover crops, herding dogs, and water development for livestock are on the agenda. For Burrville, register by March 1 with Ron Kuck rak76@cornell.edu 315-788-8450 (office) 315-704-8810 (Cell) or Tatum Langworthy. For Brushton, register by March 1 with Diane Dumont drd9@cornell.edu or Betsy Hodge at bmf9@cornell.edu. For Westport, register by Friday March 3 with Sara Bull at SLK95@cornell.edu or Linda Gillilland at LLG46@cornell.edu.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Appalachian Grazing Conference

March 9-11, 2017
Morgantown, West Virginia

The Appalachian Grazing Conference is held every two years and offers informative presentations and demonstrations to farmers with cattle, goats, and sheep. Participants hear from America's leading speakers on strategies designed to increase their profits. The 2017 conference will feature about 25 breakout sessions for attendees, in addition to a livestock demonstration and vendor show. This year's theme is "Growing Grass to New Heights: Does Your Grass Measure Up?"

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Do Your Bees Have PMS (Parasitic Mite Syndrome)

March 9, 2017
Online

University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series features practical, lunch-hour presentations on small farm enterprises and strategies. Log in every Thursday at noon for the free, one-hour webinars. The series runs through March 30. This session features Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink Introductory Food Safety and Wholesale Marketing Workshops for Produce Growers

March 9, 2017
Chico, California

Join the CCOF Foundation and FamilyFarmed for a one-day, hands-on workshop that will outline on-farm food safety requirements and get you on your way to creating an individualized food- safety plan for your farm. These workshops are ideal for both organic and non-organic, small to midsized produce growers who market directly to consumers, restaurants, and local retail outlets. For growers interested in learning more about selling produce to the wholesale market, join the North Valley Food Hub for a Wholesale Success Workshop the day after the Chico Food Safety Workshop.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Cover Crop Workshops

March 8 or 9, 2017
Sioux Center or Eldora, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is hosting free cover crop workshops open to the public. At the beginning of the workshop, facilitators will invite questions and concerns from the participants. For the remainder of the workshop, Matt Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Mark Licht, assistant professor of agronomy, will address the topics and questions raised by the participating farmers and landowners. They will also be prepared to discuss herbicide recommendations for termination and establishment, planter settings to handle higher amounts of biomass, cover crop seed selection, impacts on crop yields and soil health, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Soil Revolution

March 9, 2017
Longmont, Colorado

CSU Extension, NRCS, Boulder County POS, and City of Boulder OSMP present "The Soil Revolution--It's more than just dirt" for farmers and ranchers of all scales and production systems. Learn about the current science, indicators, and benefits of soil health. Featured speakers include Rudy Garcia, State Agronomist for New Mexico NRCS, and Meaghan Schipanski, Assist. Prof in the Dept of Soil and Crop Sciences, CSU. Content includes soil health demonstrations, presentations from scientists and farmers, and networking with participants and exhibitors.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink North Carolina Forage and Grassland Council Winter Conference Series

March 7, 8, or 9, 2017
Greenville, Wilkesboro, or Canton, North Carolina

This event, held in three different locations, will feature a trade show, presentations on "Capturing the Benefits of Productive Pastures" and "Matching Forages to Livestock Life Stages," and a producer panel on "Using Forages to Meet Animal Needs."

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Berry Production and Marketing Conference

March 9, 2017
Petersburg, Virginia

This ninth annual conference at Virginia State University features presentations on berry health, organic and conventional weed control, and production and marketing for raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course

March 9-10, 2017
Keysville, Virginia

Designed especially for limited-resource and veteran farmers, the six-part Agribusiness Production & Financial Management course will allow you to meet the mandatory USDA/FSA financial and production management borrower training requirements, help you find resources to help boost farm profitability and income for farm families and local communities, and offer hands-on training and assist you in developing valuable skills in financial management and crop production. 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—all designed to help you grow and sustain a successful farm business.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink GAP On-Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

March 2-3, 6-7, or 9-10, 2017
Billings, Corvallis, or Kalispell, Montana

This GAP Planning Workshop will guide vegetable, fruit, and nut growers through the food safety plan writing process. This workshop is designed for fresh produce growers, especially those who are exempt from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Rule. However, the workshop will be useful to all fresh produce growers, as well as buyers of fresh produce, and educators working with growers of fresh produce. Farmer participants will leave the workshop with a draft Food Safety Plan for your farm.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Regional Workshops

March 2, 7, or 9, 2017
Ankeny, Creston, or Centerville, Iowa

This is a free opportunity to learn more about the Iowa Agricultural Development Division's Beginning Farmer Programs, including low-interest loans for the purchase of land, buildings and equipment; Iowa tax credits for landowners who lease to beginning farmers; and Iowa tax credits for farmers to hire a beginning farmer for custom work. The half-day workshop is being held in various locations throughout Iowa.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Raising at Real Food Farm

March 10-11, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland

This intensive workshop will give you the skills and confidence to purchase and build your own high tunnel, as well as knowledge about tool and site selection, and the basics of growing crops in high tunnels. Participants will also have a chance to examine existing high tunnels at Real Food Farm. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. This workshop is part of the Cultivate Baltimore workshop series, held by Future Harvest CASA in partnership with Real Food Farm, University of Maryland Extension, and the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Sustainable Farm Law 101

March 10-11, 2017
Missoula, Montana

Not just a boring lecture filled with legal lingo, this workshop will be co-facilitated by an attorney and farmers. User-friendly legal education will be integrated with practical, on the ground experience, including input from participants. Topics for the first day include lease writing, purchasing land, and building your legal team. Topicis for the second day include business organization, employee law, insurance, and liability.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Growers School Spring Conference

March 10-12, 2017
Asheville, North Carolina

The 24th annual Spring Conference offers practical, regionally appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, urban farming, and rural living, plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions are offered per day in themed tracks.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

March 10-12, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

This intensive, three-day course gives a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful orchard operation—including capital, management, labor and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, pest management, business planning, risk management, recordkeeping, marketing and economics. Grower-instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty and other specialists. Grower-instructors’ farms vary in scale, marketing strategies and growing methods.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Transition Workshops

March 3, 10, or 11,
Fairfield, Storm Lake, or Cedar Falls, Iowa

Iowa Organic Association will hold three winter workshops for farmers considering a transition to organic production. Join them to learn more about the economics of organic transition, weed management on organic farms, and crop insurance options for transitioning and certified organic crops.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Bee Keeping

March 11, 2017
East Troy, Wisconsin

In this half-day class from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper Dan O'Leary, of Honey Valley Apiaries, will tell you how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey and also how to overwinter your hive.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Orcharding Workshop Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

March 11, 2017
Cumberland and Mount Desert, Maine

MOFGA presents this workshop as part of its Organic Orcharding series. It is designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set, and quality fruit yield. Scionwood collection and storage will also be covered.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink CT NOFA Winter Conference

March 11-12, 2017
Danbury, Connecticut

CT NOFA's Annual Winter Conference is the premier event where farmers, landscapers, foodies, gardeners, and community leaders convene to learn innovative practices, share ideas, and network with others. It features nearly 100 farm, food, and sustainable-service exhibitors, 45 workshops, and keynote speaker Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Agriculture and Natural Resources Week

March 4-11 2017
East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources hosts more than 50 programs and annual association meetings during the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources Week. Events of particular interest include the Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, Crowdfunding for Beginning Farmers, Michigan Farmers Market Conference, Winter Grower Produce Safety Course, Herbruck's Organic Seminar, Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA) Organic Intensives, Powering Michigan Agriculture Conference, Organic Reporting Session, and Sheep and Goats for Small Farms.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Just Food Conference

March 12-13, 2017
New York, New York

This year's theme is "A Call to Collaboration." Just Food presents this year's conference in partnership with the Tisch Food Center and Farm School NYC. Just Food conferences educate and engage the public in local food, farm, and social justice issues. A pioneer in food justice and sustainable agriculture, Just Food emphasizes the role of community leadership and ownership of food projects, particularly in low-income communities.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Maine Grain Conference

March 13, 2017
Littleton, Maine

This year's conference will focus on alternative crops and precision, guided cultivation systems. Speakers will include organic farmers Willie Hughes of Janesville, Wisconsin, and Jeremiah Evans of Merced, Manitoba.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink New York Certified Organic March Winter Meeting

March 13, 2017
Geneva, New York

There is no cost or need to register to attend the meeting, which begins promptly at 10:00am. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass for a potluck lunch. There will be speakers on Nutrient Balancing, Crop Production, and Alternative Forage Production, as well as a brief description of how Crop Insurance can benefit organic farmers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

March 13, 2017
Arcadia, Florida

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this seven hours of instruction time. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each of seven instructional modules.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Economics: A Farmer's Perspective

March 14, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar from NRCS Soil Health Division will present the economic benefits of soil health based on implementing a soil health management system that includes continuous no-till, cover crops, nutrient management, and subsurface drainage. In this webinar, Rodney Rulon, who farms 5,800 acres of corn and soybeans in central Indiana, will present both economic and soil health data from his on-farm studies as he as implemented his system. He will discuss how increasing soil organic matter by over 1.5% has resulted in a yield increase of 12.8 bu/A of corn.

In: Online

 

Permalink Midwest Cover Crop Council Annual Meeting

March 14-15, 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan

This meeting will draw farmers, researchers, agribusiness, and government agencies from across the Midwest. This year's event will features three concurrent tracks, vegetables, row crops, and forage. Researchers and farmers will team up to present new ideas and practical application of cover crops. Participants will learn the value of covers in a production system, their role in protecting resources and their contribution to soil health. The first day is a business meeting, and the second day's theme is "Making Cover Crops Work--Experiences from the Field.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Arkansas Farm to School Summit: Growing Together

March 15, 2017
Van Buren, Arkansas

The National Center for Appropriate Technology and FoodCorps Arkansas, with support from Van Buren Public Schools, are hosting "Arkansas Farm to School Summit: Growing Together." With a focus on program sustainability, this event will feature practical sessions on implementing farm to school activities that have staying power, such as designing integrated garden lessons, using school gardens as outdoor classrooms, procuring local foods, cooking with kids, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agricultural Biodiversity on Western Farms

March 15, 2017
Troutdale, Oregon

Oregon State University, Western SARE, and Oregon State University's Integrated Plant Protection Center present this conference on practices that conserve agricultural biodiversity and their benefits in western farming systems for conservationists, farmers and other agricultural professionals. Learn about farmer-preferred practices, best methods and plants for habitat installation, and beneficial insects and native bees attracted to habitats.

In: Western SARE Region

 


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