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Permalink Managing Cover Crops and No-till to Reduce Pest Problems

March 13, 2018
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is offered by the NRCS Soil Health Division. The webinar is the second in a series to help producers and conservationists determine what can be done to manage the habitat of potential pests. Timing of cover crop termination, use of "rotary hoes," and other simple tips that can help discourage pest like voles, slugs, and army worms will be covered.

In: Online

 

Permalink New York Certified Organic Winter Meeting

March 13, 2018
Geneva, New York

There is no cost or need to register to attend the meetings in this monthly series. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. The New York Crop Insurance Education Team and Cornell Cooperative Extension provide support for these meetings. At this session, topics will include how to put hogs on pasture in a diversified dairy or field-crop farm and how a young person can get started in the capital-intensive industry of farming.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Goat Herding Basics

March 14, 2018
Online

FACT offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to humane animal production. In this free, one-hour webinar, Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station in Ohio will share how to get started in goat herding and some great naturally based strategies for keeping goats healthy and happy.

In: Online

 

Permalink Integrated Pest Management in Montana Apple Orchards

March 14, 2018
Corvallis, Montana

The MSU Western Agricultural Research Center, in partnership with Missoula and Ravalli County Extension offices, is hosting a free four-part series on beginning and managing an apple orchard in Montana. At this final session, participants will learn how to manage common apple pests using integrated pest management techniques. Topics will include sustainable management of fire blight, identifying and controlling common Montana apple insect pests and new insects, as well as controlling unwanted vegetation in apple orchards.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Raising a Successful Livestock Guardian Dog

March 15, 2018
San Angelo, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center offers a one-day workshop on bonding and starting livestock guardian dogs. Workshop topics will include the following: Bonding Your Livestock Guardian Dog with Livestock; Feeding Your Livestock Guardian Dog; What Breed and How Many Livestock Guardian Dogs Do I Need?; Veterinary Care; Monitoring and Insurance Options; and Overview of Livestock Guardian Dog Research at the Martin Ranch in Menard. The program will end with a panel discussion featuring ranchers involved with a recent livestock guardian dog demonstration project.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Rule Training

March 15, 2018
Ve​vay, Indiana

Purdue Extension presents this day-long training with six modules based on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, plus help developing a written farm-food-safety plan.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Louisiana Small Farmer Conference

March 15-17, 2018
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"Transforming and Elevating Louisiana Small Family Farms" is the theme for this conference that will highlight educational opportunities, USDA programs and services, and other resources that will help small farmers stay in business. The conference begins with a free grant writing session. The event is designed for new and beginning farmers, small and urban farmers, and others.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agricultural Solutions Fair

March 15, 2018
Cobleskill, New York

SUNY Cobleskill's Institute of Rural Vitality, in conjunction with National Grid and NYSERDA, hosts the first annual Agricultural Solutions Fair. This event will bring together under one roof a number of agencies and organizations that serve New York's farm and food business sector with grants, business development assistance, loans, and technical assistance.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink ASAP's CSA Fair

March 15, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

The CSA Fair is an opportunity to meet area farmers face-to-face and learn about their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs and products.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Record Keeping for Successful Value-Added Enterprises

March 13, 14, or 15, 2018
Memphis, Franklin, or Knoxille, Tennessee

University of Tennessee Extension will present a seven-hour workshop designed to help farmers learn to keep better financial records. Participants will be introduced to QuickBooks accounting software and learn about setting up a chart of accounts, items, customers and vendors, entering sales and recording deposits, paying bills and writing checks and creating reports. The workshop is designed for producers who sell fresh and processed farm products at direct marketing outlets such as farmers markets, on-farm stands, pick-your-own and agritourism operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Small Acres Pastured Poultry

March 15, 2018
Online

This webinar is part of the University of Illinois Extension's free, weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics to advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. In this session, James Theuri, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator, will describe best breeds; housing; stocking density; pasture advantage; seasonal pastured system; food safety; wildlife control.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference

March 16-17, 2018
Liverpool, New York

NOFA-New York welcomes veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and farmers interested in sustainable and organic management to this one-day event. NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC staff will be presenting on Transitioning to Organic Dairy and Grass-fed Management and will be available to answer questions at their tradeshow booth. The keynote speaker is John Bobbe, Executive Director of OFARM, Inc. Enjoy a day of learning, networking, and information exchange.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

March 16-17, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

The Annual Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference is designed to advance the opportunities and address the barriers involved in cultivating a resilient and thriving Urban Farming sector. The event is comprised of interactive panels, demonstration workshops, expert discussions on diverse and relevant topics with distinguished Conversation Leaders, and fantastic networking opportunities.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

March 16-18, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin offers this three-day course that gives you 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.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink On-Farm Poultry Processing Workshop

March 17, 2018
Story City, Iowa

Iowa Organic Association offers an opportunity to learn about safe and efficient poultry processing for on-farm exempt processing (fewer than 1,000 birds), from the farm to the freezer. In this afternoon workshop, Ty and Bobbie Gustafson of Story City Locker will review safe, small-scale butchering procedures you can implement on your farm. Then, meet with local organic farmers to see a great processing set-up.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Tank Summit Seattle

March 17, 2018
Seattle, Washington and live-streamed

Food Tank presents more than 30 speakers in interactive panels moderated by top food journalists. The topic for this summit is "Growing Food Policy." Full and partial scholarships are available.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink NOFA New Hampshire Winter Conference

March 18, 2018
Concord, New Hampshire

This full-day conference features keynote Dr. Daphne Miller, a Green Market Fair, and a wide range of workshops for advanced and beginning farmers, on topics including livestock, agricultural business, carbon and soils, school gardens, health and nutrition, and social justice.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Novel Tall Fescue Renovation School

March 6, 8, 13, 14, or 15, 2018
Mount Vernon, Missouri; Lexington, Kentucky; Pendleton, South Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; or Raphine, Virginia

The Alliance for Grassland Renewal and partners provide day-long educational schools to assist producers with successfully converting Kentucky 31 tall fescue to novel endophyte varieties. Schools begin with understanding fescue toxicosis, then walk producers through the conversion process. Conversion topics include establishment practices, fertility needs, smother crops, weed control, stand maintenance, and variety selection. Schools provide hands on training for drill calibration in addition to pasture walks to observe different novel endophyte varieties.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Living on the Land: Stewardship for Small Acreages

March 19 - May 14, 2018
Kendallville, Indiana

Purdue Extension is offering a nine-week series of educational programs focusing on land stewardship for small-acre farms. Courses take place each Monday evening. The series is designed for new farmers or anyone considering small-acreage farming. Topics include goal-setting, soil, organic certification, farm equipment, livestock, and pest control. The series concludes with a farm tour.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink AgrAbility National Training Workshop

March 19-22, 2018
Portland, Maine

The AgrAbility National Training Workshop (NTW) is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture. The mission of the NTW is to empower professionals and consumers to fulfill AgrAbility's main priority areas: education, networking, assistance, and marketing. Audiences for the event include AgrAbility staff members, AgrAbility customers and their families, stakeholders, and product suppliers.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink International IPM Symposium

March 19-22, 2018
Baltimore, Maryland

The International IPM Symposium, "IPM: Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability," is the premier global event for sharing your expertise, networking with colleagues and leading scientists, and learning the latest technologies for effectively managing pests. The event includes mini-symposia featuring experts addressing hot topics in the IPM field, as well as more than 40 concurrent sessions designed for practitioners, growers, educators, consultants, researchers, industry professionals, students, and employees of non-governmental organizations.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training

March 14, 15, or 19, 2018
Buffalo, Missouri; Colby, Kansas; or Rich Hill, Missouri

Kansas State University and University of Missouri are offering this day-long training at locations across both states.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Kentucky Fencing Schools

March 20 or 22, 2018
Princeton or Versailles, Kentucky

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council present a day-long training to help producers learn about the newest fencing methods and sound fence construction. Participants will learn about the state’s fence laws, fencing economics, construction basics, and electric-fencing basics. They will also have hands-on fence-building opportunities with industry experts.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Conducting On-Farm Variety Trials to Manage Risk for Organic and Specialty Crop Producers

March 20 and April 11, 2018
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, two-part webinar on how to conduct on-farm variety trials to reduce risk on organic and specialty crop farms. The goal of this webinar series is to provide horticultural crop and small grain growers with the skills and information necessary to conduct effective on-farm trials, and manage risk in crop variety and seed sourcing decisions. These webinars include new perspectives from organic certifiers, updated methods for conducting simple and effective on-farm trials, and an introduction to new user-friendly online data analysis tools. This webinar series is open to all, but most appropriate for growers with at least two seasons of production experience.

In: Online

 

Permalink Developing and Selling Food Products That are Safe and Tasty

March 21, 2018
Online

This webinar is part of the Field to Fork webinar series presented each Wednesday by North Dakota State University Extension. The one-hour webinars are free and designed to educate growers on food safety in growing, transporting, processing, and preserving fruits and vegetables.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Tomato Foliar Pathogen IPM Webinar

March 21, 2018
Online

Join eOrganic for a free webinar on how to manage foliar pathogens organically. This webinar will provide an overview of practices that can help synergistically address this challenge. Topics will include starting with a strong foundation by building and maintaining soil health, selecting the right varieties, cultural practices that make the environment less favorable for pathogens, disease identification and management using organic fungicides. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Livestock Guardian Dogs 101

March 21, 2018
Online

FACT offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to humane animal production. In this one-hour evening webinar, Angela Johnson of Lucky George Farm in Iowa will discuss what you need to know to choose the right livestock guardian dog for your farm, your animals, and your family's needs.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Small Acres Pastured Poultry

March 22, 2018
Online

This webinar is part of the University of Illinois Extension's free, weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series provides practical knowledge on emerging topics to advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Chris Enroth will share his experience growing tropical crops like ginger, turmeric, and other unique vegetables in the Midwest.

In: Online

 

Permalink Agritourism Destination Safety and Health Best Practices Workshop

March 22, 2018
Altoona, Iowa

This is one of three free Safety and Health Best Practices Workshops that Visit Iowa Farms Program will be putting on across the state. Hear from Iowa State University experts about best practice techniques to implement on your farm. Topics include food safety, legal risks, biosecurity, emergency preparedness, and stipends for agritourism safety improvements.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Good Food EXPO

March 23-24, 2018
Chicago, Illinois

On Friday, farmers, producers, buyers, schools, and industry stakeholders meet to share knowledge and discuss policy developments. The Good Food Trade Show will feature more than 100 sustainable food exhibitors. Saturday is a public day for good food. Discover new artisanal goods from more than 150 exhibitors, learn from workshops and chef demos, and explore family-friendly programming!

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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