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Permalink American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference

January 22-25, 2017
Roanoke, Virginia

This year's conference is hosted by the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council. The theme is "Turning Grass into CA$H: Opportunities in Grassland Agriculture." Workshops on cattle and sheep production, marketing, soil health, and grazing techniques feature panels of university scientists and producers. There will also be poster presentations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 22-24, 2017
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

This large conference offers sessions for apple, berry, grape, fresh vegetable growers, wineries, and farmers markets.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Annual Meeting and Cover Crop Conference

January 23-24, 2017
Fairlee, Vermont

The Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers present these two events. Presentations by experts and a trade show are included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference

January 24-25, 2017
Salina, Kansas

"Securing Our Future With Soil Health" offers a lineup of more than 37 continuous no-till experts and top-line producers, 55 breakout sessions, a special Q&A session with speakers, and new one-day beginner's session preceding the conference.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive

January 24-25, 2017
Pacific Grove, California

This two-day series of interactive workshops will provide new and aspiring farmers with a solid introduction to the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed: a valuable supplement to on-farm experience. Taught by a variety of educators, business experts, and experienced local farmers, this affordable program will provide upstart agrarians with the basic business tools to prepare you for a career in agriculture, as well as the peer-to-peer community support to keep you inspired and on track. The course is open to beginning and aspiring farmers growing specialty crops (vegetables, ​fruits, nuts, etc.) as well as seasoned farmers looking to polish up their business skills.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Regional Herbicide Resistance Listening Session

January 24, 2017
Pasco, Washington

This regional listening session is one of seven being held across the country to discuss herbicide resistance management (HRM) – the challenges, new ideas, and ways to help communities collaborate to more effectively to control resistance. This half-day listening session is jointly sponsored by the USDA – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Weed Science Society of America, Far West Agribusiness Association, and the United Soybean Board.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer Training Program: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market

January 24 - March 28, 2017
Harrisburg, Illinois

If you are interested in producing fruits and vegetables commercially but haven't been sure how to get started, join Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg for its 10-week Beginning Farmer Training Program: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market. This program meets on Tuesday evenings and will cover the basics of commercial fruit and vegetable production from seed to farm stand and beyond. The goal of this program is to give participants the information they need to understand the basic concepts of production, including soils, pests, and general crop management. Graduates will have the skills needed to produce for local farmers markets, roadside stands, restaurants, and stores. In addition to the weekly classroom sessions, the program will also offer a full day of farm tours scheduled with local growers to highlight a variety of established operations.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Considerations for Beginning Farmers

January 25, 2017
Clarksville, Tennessee

Co-sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development and UT-Tennessee State University Extension, "Considerations for Beginning Farmers" will be offered to anyone interested in becoming a farm owner-operator. The full-day workshop is designed for those with little or no farming background. Program topics include the language of agriculture; a self-assessment of goals, desires, and commitment; basic crop and livestock needs; evaluating land suitability; equipment and tools; potential risks; and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink EcoFarm Conference

January 25-28, 2017
Pacific Grove, California

The 37th EcoFarm Conference will engage you in some of the most cutting-edge topics. Featuring nearly 70 workshops, four pre-conference events, an exhibitor marketplace, annual seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and delicious organic meals, EcoFarm will inspire and frame the shared mission to grow and shape a healthy, safe, and just food and farming system. Producers, retailers, distributors, and others spill the beans on what works...and what doesn't, when it comes to the business of ecological farming.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms

January 25-28, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's Annual Conference offers outstanding "field-tested" presenters, a full slate of hot-topic conference sessions and pre-conference courses, several field trips, a poster display and a trade show. Pre-conference events include one-and-a-half day intensive short courses, the Organic Agriculture Research Symposium (OARS), and several half-day field trips and mini courses. The general conference line-up includes 56 educational sessions, plus a state networking session for each of the 13 states in the region, and another 16 information exchange sessions. Session topics include organic and sustainable vegetable in fields and in high tunnels, grazing and sustainable livestock management, specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, food hubs, scaling up, increasing profits, business and finance management, beginning farming, farm to cafeteria, community food systems work, federal farm programs, agriculture policy developments, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Southwest Pennsylvania Soil Health and No Till Conference

January 25, 2017
Latrobe, Pennsylvania

"Economics of Soil Health: Why Living Roots Make Sense" is the conference theme. Featured speakers are soil health educator Jim Hoorman and Russ Wilson of Wilson Land and Cattle Co.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Digital: Video Content Creation and Marketing

January 5, 6, 11, 12, 19, or 26, 2017
Milan, Clarksville, White Pine, Athens, McMinnville, or Spring Hill, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA) is presenting a series of workshops designed to help farmers and farmers market representatives take their online marketing efforts to the next level. The final workshop in the series will be held six times in January 2017. Video Content Creation and Marketing will explore shooting, editing and promoting videos to market farm products and services. Participants will practice techniques using an I-Pad and the iMovie app.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agroforestry Symposium

January 26, 2017
Columbia, Missouri

The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri is hosting the 8th annual Agroforestry Symposium, "Enhancing Health, Conservation and Livelihoods: Medicinal Plants in Agroforestry." The agenda includes presentations by university researchers and other experts, as well as a panel discussion with medicinal plant growers and entrepreneurs. The symposium is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink North Central Ohio Dairy Grazing Conference

January 26-27, 2017
Mt. Hope, Ohio

Small Farm Institute presents this conference, featuring Jim Gerrish, Hue Karreman, and numerous dairy graziers and organic dairy graziers as speakers. Pasture management and animal health sessions are on the agenda.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery into Your Agriculture Operation

January 26, 2017
Salina, Kansas

Following the No-Till on the Plains Winter Conference, stay for the Agriculture's Innovative Mind’s Symposium, with the focus Building Resistance, Resilience, and Recovery into Your Agriculture Operation. Farms and ranches experience continual changes in weather patterns, disease pressure, pest invasion, and market fluctuations. Managing for these changing conditions is a challenge for any producer. Speakers will share their knowledge, experiences and management techniques to build resistance, resiliency, and recovery into a healthy production system.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink NPSAS Winter Conference

January 26-28, 2017
Aberdeen, South Dakota

The 38th Annual Winter Conference of the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society features keynote speakers Sheri Salatin and Dr. Thierry Vrain. There will be a day of pre-conference, half-day workshops, followed by a range of conference sessions and workshops and more than 50 exhibitors. There is also a youth program, and registration for youth up to age 18 is free.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Understanding and Implementing Energy Audits

January 26, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Learn key performance parameters for poultry ventilation systems to meet airflow and energy performance targets; and, understand the steps to evaluate, design, and install equipment so that producers can protect flock health and control energy costs. The cases for this webinar are from NRCS-funded projects through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Project: Improving Energy Efficiency in South Carolina Animal Facilities and Greenhouses: A Partnership for Education, Outreach, and Technology Adoption.

In: Online

 

Permalink Think Inside the Box: Containerized Meat Processing Solutions

January 26, 2017
Online

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network presents this free, one-hour webinar on smaller-scale, modular meat processing infrastructure. In this webinar participants will hear about two shipping-container meat-plant models, one for red meat and the other for poultry. Dr. Michele Pfannestiel will discuss her Locker model and David Schafer will share his Plant in the Box unit. Hear about the design, equipment, site requirements, costs, and economics.

In: Online

 

Permalink Iowa Fuit and Vegetble Growers Conference

January 26-27, 2017
Ankeny, Iowa

This annual event presented by Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association features presentations by industry experts and expert growers, as well as a large tradeshow featuring exhibitors with the latest seeds, supplies, equipment, and grower information.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Mid-America Organic Association Conference

January 26-28, 2017
Kansas City, Missouri

Join Mid-America Organic Association for "WOW - Worldwide Organic Winners!" featuring informative educational sessions, hands-on workshops, special events including the MOA Chef Gala, and, of course, great food. The agenda includes nationally and internationally known speakers Gary Zimmer, Eliot Coleman, Joseph Simcox, and Zen Honeycutt.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference

January 27-28, 2017
Acme, Michigan

The NMSFC serves as a vehicle to promote and build a local vibrant agriculture community, to equip the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and to be a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. Farm School on January 27 provides higher-level sessions for farmers looking for more in-depth education in the topics of season extension, grazing, and fruit production. Regional and national experts conduct these one-day intensives.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Healthy Farms Conference

January 27-28, 2017
Columbus, Nebraska

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society presents this annual conference, featuring dynamic keynotes John Ikerd and Greg Gunthorp. Breakout sessions include Sustainable Vegetable Production for Beginners, Increasing Farm Productivity, Farm Accounting, Purchasing a Small Farm, Cover Crops for Vegetable Production, Permaculture, Fence Building, Advanced Sustainable Vegetable Production, Raising Sheep and Goats, Holistic Management and more. There is also a full program for youth activities and the entire family is encouraged to attend.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Deepening Roots, Growing Success

January 28 - March 20, 2017
Roxbury, Massachusetts

The Carrot Project is launching Deepening Roots, Growing Success, a business training program for urban farmers and food processors. The training program kicks off with a Saturday Intensive Crash Introduction to the world of growing, sourcing, and processing local foods. Local experts and business leaders will present on panel discussions to help introduce you to the local food landscape. Then, eight weeks of Monday evening sessions will provide participants with in-depth business expertise to help launch and develop their business models, also presented by local experts and business leaders. Register to attend either the Saturday Intensive Crash Introduction and/or the eight Monday evening sessions separately or together as a whole. 

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA-NH Winter Conference: Grow Well, Eat Well

January 28, 2017
Concord, New Hampshire

Joel Salatin, renowned farmer and author, will be the keynote speaker as well as presenter of several farmer technical workshops at this annual conference. The Winter Conference is the premier gathering of New Hampshire's organic and sustainable food and agriculture community: farmers, gardeners, localvores, educators, and consumers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Society for Range Mangement Annual Meeting

January 29 - February 2, 2017
St. George, Utah

"Red Rock and Rangelands" is the theme for the 70th annual meeting of the Society for Range Management. The meeting includes technical trainings, a trade show, workshops/symposiums, social events, a job fair, field tours, etc. Topics will address all major subjects/issues to rangelands including fire, grazing, restoration, wildlife, hydrology, soils, invasive/encroaching species, policy decisions, collaborative management, and many more

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Food Safety Workshop

January 30-31, 2017
East Aurora, New York

Cornell Vegetable Program and Harvest New York present this training that will provide growers with the information needed to begin implementing food safety into their practices. Day 1 will cover all aspects of what farm food safety is and why it is important for anyone involved in growing fresh produce. Day 2 will help those who want to write a draft food safety implementation plan for their own farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Market Boot Camps

January 24, 25, 26, or 31, 2017
Dickson, Dyersburg, Bolivar, or Cookeville, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Extension announces a new round of Farmers Market Boot Camps for producers planning to grow fruits, vegetables, or nuts for direct marketing. Farmers will have the opportunity to learn about selecting crops and varieties that may give them an advantage with customers at the market. Six day-long workshops, each covering the same training, are scheduled across Tennessee in January and February.

In: Southern SARE Region

 


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