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Permalink Arkansas Farm to School Summit

March 9, 2018
Conway, Arkansas

The Arkansas Agriculture Department, in coordination with the Arkansas Farm to School Team and Food Corps, will host a dual Farm to School Training & Annual Farm to School Summit with an additional "Local Conversations Event." The morning will serve as Farm to School value chian training, relevant to Arkansas producers/farmers, and others with a vested interest in Farm to School efforts. The afternoon will function more like a vendor tradeshow, open to the public, and will bring in partners for a "Local Conversation" that showcases the health benefits of specialty crops.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Training

March 10, 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Desert Farming Initiative is offering day-long trainings that satisfy the FSMA training requirement and give instruction on how to meet the full set of regulations.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink OrganiConn: CT NOFA Winter Conference

March 10, 2018
Danbury, Connecticut

Connecticut NOFA's 36th annual winter conference offers a wide array of workshops, great gift and farm goods shopping, a delicious lunch, and keynote speaker Dave Chapman, a farmer and activist who is a leader in the fight to protect the integrity of organic food and ways.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Animal Safety and Management Training

March 12, 2018
Alfred, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County is offering aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers a one-day training focused on understanding how to work with livestock. With classroom and hands-on workshops covering safe handling and restraint, safe moving and transporting, routine animal care, producers will enhance knowledge and skill to work safely with livestock. If you are an Active or Retired Military Veteran you may apply for a stipend to cover registration, housing, and travel.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety Training for Fresh Produce Growers

March 13, 2018
Cashton, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is offering several day-long trainings that satisfy Food Safety Modernization Act requirements. The course will cover use of manure as soil amendments; contact with domesticated and wild animals; worker training, health and hygiene; equipment, tools and buildings; water; and food safety plans.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting

March 13-14, 2018
Fargo, North Dakota

This event includes state and partner updates, keynote speakers, and a wide range of breakout sessions on cover crop research, production, grazing, and economics.

In: North Central SARE Region


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

March 13, 2018

This free, one-hour webinar is offered by the NRCS Soil Health Division.

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

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 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

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

March 20 and April 11, 2018

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

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

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 Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Small Acres Pastured Poultry

March 22, 2018

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




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