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Permalink Open Gate: T.O. Cattle Co. Day

April 19, 2017
Watsonville, California

T.O. Cattle Co. Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. See how a successful rancher improves soil health, increases water infiltration, and achieves better productivity. Learn more about grazing planning, water management, and infrastructure needs, and discuss organic certification.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Strawberry Production Field Day

April 19, 2017
Laurel, Maryland

Join Future Harvest CASA for this afternoon workshop at Gorman Produce Farm to learn how to start or scale up a strawberry enterprise. Farm owner and operator Dave Liker will lead participants through his sustainable strawberry-growing practices from transplanting to running a pick-your-own operation.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink NOSB Spring 2017 Meeting

April 19-21, 2017
Denver, Colorado

During meetings, the National Organic Standards Board listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information including agendas, locations, recommendations, and how to submit public comments is posted online.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program Listening Session: Coffee

April 19, 2017

USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) is currently evaluating the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Pilot Crop Insurance Program. This evaluation is to determine whether the pilot crop insurance program for banana, papaya, and coffee fruits should be converted to permanent program, modified and continued as pilot, or terminated. The purpose of this listening session is to receive feedback from growers, insurance company staff, agents, and other interested parties on how the pilot crop insurance program has performed and how it can be improved. The coffee session runs from 9am - 10am Hawaii Standard Time. The conference call number is 888-844-9904 and Access Code 8604877.

In: Online


Permalink Women Caring for the Land: Conservation Discussion

April 20, 2017
Murray, Kentucky

Women Caring for the Land presents this free discussion focused on conservation. Lunch is provided. During an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby farm to observe soil characteristics and conservation practices. Space is limited; RSVP is required.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Agribusiness Production & Financial Management Course

April 20-21, 2017
Melfa, Virginia

Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach presents a two-day course designed especially for limited-resource and veteran farmers. 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. Enrollment is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Pastured Pork and Poultry Walk, Demonstration, and Intensive for Beginning Farmers

April 20, 2017
Swannanoa, North Carolina

This interactive workshop is taught by leading, farmers, educators, and researchers. It provides comprehensive niche meat training from pasture to sale for beginning and transitioning farmers. Producers will learn about pasture management techniques including rotational grazing, mobile units, and paddock demos for pork and poultry, nutrition and feeding guidelines including when to use alternative feeds, how to determine markets and scale, and liability requirements and coverage.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Production Program

April 20, 2017
Harrison Arkansas

Join Boone County Extension for a one-day program on the basics of high tunnel fruit and vegetable production. Pre-register by April 13 for lunch. Presenters include Dr. Amanda McWhirt and Dr. Jackie Lee from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. For more information or to register, contact the Boone County Extension Office at 870-741-6168.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Lamb Cutting and Cooking 2.0

April 21, 2017
Cobleskill, New York

SUNY Cobleskill and Harvest New York are offering a series of workshops for meat producers. Classes include meat safety, cutting, identification, pricing and marketing. The workshops will be held at SUNY Cobleskill's modern, USDA certified, meat facility within the new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Healthy Foodwebs, Healthy Soils

April 21, 2017
Morro Bay, California

Cal Poly Center for Sustainability hosts this day-long workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham, the world's most renowned investigator of soil foodweb dynamics. Workshop topics will include soil foodweb principles, soil organism identification, how to make aerobic compost/humus to enhance soil life, making and applying biological extracts and teas, and case studies in improving soil ecosystems. Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition and promotes agricultural health.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Piedmont Farm Tour

April 22-23, 2017
Alamance, Chatham, Orange, and Person counties, North Carolina

Purchasing a button allows you to visit any of the 35 locations on the tour during the two afternoons that they are open. The tour is self-guided, so participants plan their own route in the Triangle Region, typically visiting three or four farms per day.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Putting Small Acres to Work

April 22, 2017
Kankakee, Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms team is sponsoring a series of workshops to help people who have a few acres learn ways that they can put them to use for small-scale agriculture and food production.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Raising Livestock

April 22, 2017
Glen Aubrey, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will be hosting a workshop on learning the fundamentals of raising small livestock such as pigs and sheep. This workshop will be a fast paced all-inclusive presentation given at McRey Farm. Topics that will be covered include: breeds best suited for our climate, systems for raising and finishing the animals, and marketing. The afternoon will feature an on-farm hands-on component including a tour of the farm and discussion of their wholesale and farmers market operation. Priority for spots will be given to veterans in the Southern Tier, but others are welcome to attend as space permits.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Strategies For Minimizing Tillage: Occultation, Permanent beds, and Strip Tillage

April 24, 2017
Hamilton, Massachuetts

During this NOFA Massachusetts afternoon in-field workshop, Mike Raymond at First Light Farm will discuss his nine years of experience working to enhance soil biology on his seven acres of sandy soils. Mike will discuss how and why he now uses occultation, a technique that uses black tarps to kill and quickly decompose plant matter, to prepare his beds after cover or cash crops. All participants will also get to participate in an occultation demo. Mike will also discuss which cover crop mixes he uses in his crop rotation and which implements have been most successful in his effort to minimize soil disturbance.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Summer Grazing Workshop: Integrating Cover Crops into Grazing Systems

April 25, 2017
Marietta, Oklahoma

Integrating cover crops into a grazing system is one area producers are increasingly interested in for soil health, extended grazing season, and diversified forage options. Noble Foundation consultants will discuss and demonstrate how the Foundation is investigating cover crops. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with researchers, consultants, and fellow producers.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Diversified Farming Enterprises: Livestock, High Tunnels, and Marketing

April 25, 2017
Saluda, South Carolina

This one-day workshop from Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will discuss some farming practices and marketing techniques for farms producing a variety of products. Topics include specialty crop production in high tunnels, beef production with rotational grazing on limited acreage, and marketing strategies for a small diversified farm. Professionals from Clemson Cooperative Extension and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will also provide information on resources available for you and your farm. The workshop takes place at Sylvan Farm, which features pasture raised cattle, pigs, and poultry, a large market garden, and high tunnels for specialty crop production.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Modern and Sustainable Marketing Tools: How to Reach and Keep Customers Engaged

April 18 or 25, 2017
Athens or Griffin, Georgia

Business planning, marketing essentials, and engaging customers through social media are on the agenda for this workshop.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Kentucky Grazing School

April 25-26, 2017
Princeton, Kentucky

This school, presented by the University of Kentucky, Kentucky Forage & Grassland Council, and others, includes both classroom and field sessions. Topics include animal nutrition and health, grazing planning, fencing, and more. There are hands-on and individualized planning sessions.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Forage and Grassland Council Grazing School

April 25-26, 2017
Raphine, Virginia

Designed with beginning and experienced producers in mind, this two-day, intensive course will teach you everything you need to know to better manage grazing on your farm. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to work with grazing tools, try out fencing materials, and practice allocating pasture to livestock. Space is limited to 25.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Wednesday Webinars: Preparing for the Transition: What to Consider When Developing your Farm Transition Plan or Estate Plan

April 26, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension continue their free webinar series on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month with this session on transition planning. This presentation will help you get started in developing your transition or estate plans to better prepare the next generation to taking over the family farm.

In: Online


Permalink Extension Risk Management Education National Conference

April 27-28, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio

This annual conference features three keynote presentations, more than 30 concurrent session presentations, a networking reception which includes a poster session, and an optional pre-conference seminar. Public- and private-sector educators, crop insurance agents, lenders, and other agricultural professionals share ongoing and emerging successful risk management education efforts that target agricultural producers and their families.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Propagation Practices for the Diversified Vegetable Farm

April 26, 2017
Horsham, Pennsylvania

This PASA Farmer-to-Farmer exchange event takes place at Pennypack Farm & Education Center. During this afternoon, the farmers at Pennypack will be giving a tour of their farm's propagation operation, including their greenhouses and crop planning process in preparation for their 2017 summer CSA. Discussion about their soil mix, which Pennypack makes on-site, and considerations in germination and hardening off of seedlings will be included. This is a good opportunity for farmers interested in talking with another farm about their propagation practices, as well as those interested in greenhouse work, to deepen and expand their knowledge set. The event is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink High Tunnel Systems

April 26, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. This webinar will present techniques that can be used in high tunnels to address salinity, pest management, and nutrient management issues in high value crops. Different cropping systems that can be used in high tunnels will be discussed. Nutrient management and irrigation water management will be presented as techniques that can address salinity issues. Another technique is temperature management to control pest outbreaks and improve crop growth within the high tunnel.

In: Online


Permalink National Hmong American Farmers Conference

April 27, 2017
Fresno, California

The 8th Annual National Farm Conference will bring the history of small farming together and highlight the success of minority farming. The keynote speaker is Peter Vang of Hmong Veteran Farmers, Inc.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Organic Veterinary Training Sessions

April 26 or 27, 2017
Eau Claire or Madison, Wisconsin

Veterinarians interested in learning more about organic livestock practices and regulations are invited to attend an Organic Veterinary Training Session co-hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and Organic Valley. The sessions will be taught by veterinarians Guy Jodarski and Hubert Karreman. Space is limited to 50 participants in each class. Nine CEU credits will be awarded to participants who complete the full-day session, with certificates provided at the end of the training.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Neonicotinoid Insecticides: Efficacy, Non-target Effects, and Best Management Practices

April 27, 2017

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. In this webinar, participants will learn about the efficacy of insecticidal seed treatments and the potential routes of exposure for non-target organisms. Presenters will also offer guidance regarding management practices that should be considered to minimize adverse impacts on pollinators and other nontarget organisms.

In: Online


Permalink Prairie View A&M University Agricultural Field Day

April 28-29, ,2017
Prairie View, Texas

The Agricultural Field Day is a family-friendly celebration of the programs and innovative research in the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences. It raises awareness about the College's farm activities and allows the community to attend informative workshops intended for local farmers and producers. Workshop topics include livestock and forage, small ruminants, horticulture, and home and commercial vegetable production.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Cider Symposium

April 28, 2017
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

This full day workshop from Penn State Extension will provide information and up to date research on sensory analysis, tannins, cider apple varieties, and help to hone your own senses to make you a better quality control check point at your own cidery. Participants will hear from researchers, educators, and professionals in the cider-production and marketing fields.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Healthy Hives, Healthy Lives, Healthy Land

April 28-29, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The 35th National Pesticide Forum will focus on the adoption of policies to protect human health and the environment, and organic land and building management strategies. The Forum, with its broad range of speakers and collaborators, will provide an opportunity for grassroots advocates, students, scientists, and policy makers to share efforts in building local, state and national strategies for strength and growth.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Neighborhood Farms – For the Good of the All

April 29, 2017
Austin, Texas

Green Gate Farms Day is part of HMI's Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer, action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers. See what neighborhood organic farmers are doing to maintain land health and profitability while offering healthy, local food all can afford, and learn about the Holistic Management goal setting and decision-making process.

In: Southern SARE Region




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