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Permalink Iowa Small Farms Conference

February 11, 2017
Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Small Farms Conference is an event for people excited to learn more about opportunities with small acreage and ways they can make income on their land or improve their rural lifestyle.The conference opens with a keynote address followed by three concurrent sessions with nine workshops on a wide variety of topics. A trade show will allow attendees to network with companies and organizations supporting small farms.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farm Business Planning

February 11, 2017
East Troy, Wisconsin

This workshop is part of the Whole Farm Workshop Series from Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. This morning workshop with Paul Dietmann of Badgerland Financial will focus on beginning farmers. lt will touch on many of same the topics as the Farm Finances workshop but at a more basic level. It will also discuss setting up a recordkeeping system, preparing enterprise budgets, cash flow planning, calculating family living costs, and other topics that are more critical for a beginner.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Intensive

February 11-12, 2017
Humboldt, 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.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink West Virginia Small Farm Conference

February 12-14, 2017
Charleston, West Virginia

This conference seeks to unlock the potential of West Virginia small farms to produce food profitably and to help small farms transition from commodity production to food production for community and local consumption. Another conference goal is to support and further develop West Virginia's food system and local communities by encouraging local production, processing, wholesale & retail marketing, and consumption.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

February 13, 2017
Marianna, Florida

UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department and the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center are sponsoring the seven-hour Produce Safety Alliance's Grower Training Course for 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. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference

February 13, 2017
Rockford, Illinois

University of Illinois Extension presents the 21st Annual Stateline Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference. This conference addresses common issues facing fruit and vegetable growers, with the hopes of providing the most up-to-date information to ensure a successful growing season and business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Management Practices for Small Ruminants

February 14, 2017
Callao, Virginia

Join the Virginia State University Small Farm Outreach Program agents for a half-day discussion of management practices for sheet and goats including feeding and grazing, health and other issues of interest to farmers who raise small ruminants.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Seed Production Course

February 14-16, 2017
Davis, California

University of California Seed Biotechnology Center offers a three-day course designed to enhance participants' knowledge of the underlying biology of seed production and the key roles of bees and other insect pollinators, how to manage seed crops from agronomic, quality control, and genetic integrity standpoints, and how to meet new challenges through seed-production research. Targeted participants include seed production professionals and others who would benefit by knowing more about how to grow, manage, and process crops for seed and to attain and enhance seed quality.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Cover Crop Management for the Southeast

February 14, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division will discuss management decisions for cover crops grown in the Southeast and describe how those management decisions enhance soil health and benefits for the subsequent cash crop. This webinar will describe aspects that growers should consider to manage a cover crop for maximum biomass production and relate the associated soil and crop benefits to cover crop management.

In: Online

 

Permalink New York Certified Organic February Winter Meeting

February 14, 2017
Geneva, New York

The February installment of New York Certified Organic's monthly series will focus on the challenge of providing energy in high forage diets for dairy cows and other ruminants, and the opportunity to diversify a farm business with organic poultry. Speakers include Jeff Mattocks, Dr. Jarra Jagne, and Mark Bruland. There is no cost or need to register to attend the meetings, which begin promptly at 10:00am. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass for a potluck lunch.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Winter Forage Management Workshop

February 14, 2017
Deep Run, North Carolina

Amazing Grazing, a pasture-based livestock education program, presents this afternoon workshop at Second Chance Farms Inc. Topics to be addressed include forage management, mineral supplementation, renovating winter feeding areas, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Washington State Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is accepting proposals for innovative projects to support the state’s fruit, vegetable, and nursery industry through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. WSDA has more than $4 million in grant funding available to support Washington's specialty crop industry. WSDA manages the grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Private and non-profit organizations, commodity commissions, and other public entities may request funds for projects ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 that benefit the competitiveness of fruit, vegetable, tree nut, and nursery crop producers.
Concept proposals are due by February 15, 2017.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Financial Decision-Making

February 15, 2017
Missoula, Corvallis, Columbus, Conrad, Joliet, Butte, or Bozeman, Montana

Farm Link Montana is offering Planning For On-Farm Success, a weekly series of seven evening workshops in seven locations across the state. Presenter Marguerite Thordarson will return to talk about financial ratios that are used to assess the state of your business and how to use partial budgets to project the profitability of a new enterprise. This workshop is eligible for FSA financial management borrower training credit and will include information on using your financials to make financial and production decisions as well as how to describe your business goals, changes required to attain those goals, and how those changes will occur using present and projected budgets.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Workshop

February 15, 2017
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The seven-hour course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. 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. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Integrated Clubroot Management Strategies for Brassica Crops

February 15, 2017
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on clubroot management with Aaron Heinrich and Alex Stone of Oregon State University. This webinar will explore the life-cycle of clubroot, environmental factors influence disease incidence and severity, prevention measures to minimize between field and in-field spread, and management strategies to reduce crop damage. Particular attention will be focused on soil pH management using lime.

In: Online

 

Permalink Feed Management: the NRCS Practice Standard, Installation, Management and Explanation of the Conservation Activity Plan

February 15, 2017
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by NRCS Science and Technology Deputy Area.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farming Evolution

February 15-16, 2017
Holyoke, Colorado

The Haxtun, West Greeley and Yuma County Conservation Districts, the Upper Republican Natural Resource District, NRCS, and Phillips County Pheasants Forever sponsor the Farming Evolution for crop or livestock producers or property owners interested in the changing landscape of no-till and grazing management. To reap the full benefits of no-till, one must see it as system. Varied cropping rotations and livestock are key parts to no-till success. All of the presenters will speak to those considering or new to no-till as well as the long-term No-Tiller.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Top 10 Considerations to Navigate a Struggling Farm Economy

February 6, 7, 8, or 15, 2017
Hays, Dodge City, Colby, or El Dorado, Kansas

This day-long program from Kansas State University Research & Extension will focus on a host of different topics to start thinking critically about how the farm operation might withstand these hard times. Each topic will provide the decision framework of how to evaluate what viable options or opportunities exist to become more efficient and to strengthen the farm business. The program is being held in locations across the state during January and February.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Gateway Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference

February 15, 2017
O'Fallon, Illinois

Small Fruit, Vegetable and Strawberry growers will receive informative, practical, and up-to-date educational programming to address the challenges of growing fruit and vegetables commercially in Southern Illinois.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink WNY Winter Fresh Market Vegetable Meeting (Western region)

February 15, 2017
East Aurora, New York

Program topics for this one-day meeting will include an update on wildlife management, high tunnel nutrient management update, vegetable disease update including the new iPiPE Program in vegetables, new Climate Smart Farming Tools, cover crops and soil health, an update on Food Safety and Modernization Act and what you need to do for your farm, and other regional research and program updates.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University

February 15-17, 2017
Tuskegee, Alabama

The Farmers Conference at Tuskegee University is a two-day educational forum that features tours, panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, and concurrent workshops. The theme for this year's conference is "100 Years after Booker T. Washington, A Century of Agriculture and Education in the South." Sessions address emerging issues surrounding small farmers, farm families, and rural communities.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Southwest US Herbicide Resistance Listening Session

February 15, 2017
Tulare, California

As part of a national effort on developing research and regulatory priorities related to the challenging problems of herbicide-resistant weeds, the Weed Science Society of America is sponsoring a series of half-day regional workshops to discuss the issues, potential solutions, and technical and economic barriers related to resistant weeds. California, New Mexico, and Arizona are combining to hold a facilitated half-day (morning) discussion session during the World Ag Expo. Perspectives from growers, commodity leaders, ag suppliers, pest control consultants, local/state/federal land managers, right-of-way managers, etc. are sought.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Agrarian Elders and the Next Generation: Planning for Succession

February 15, 2017
Central Coast Region, California

California FarmLink invites farmers and ranchers of all generations, their off-farm heirs, or non-family successors, to join in one of three farm-succession conferences. Each conference will offer insight on estate and tax planning, transfers of farm businesses and land, and goal-setting and communication strategies for families.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Transplants: Getting a Great Head Start

February 15, 2017
Live Oak, Florida

UF/IFAS Small Farms Academy presents this one-day workshop covering seed, tray, and media selection, scheduling, seeding, maintenance, hardening, and transplanting.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Midwest Soil Health Summit

February 15-16, 2017
Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Numerous speakers, discussion tables, and a panel discussion on soil testing highlight the agenda for this event. Discussion Tables are opportunities for attendees to network with the conference presenters and learn, chat, and ask questions. An NRCS Soil Slake and Infiltration Demo and exhibitors are also part of the agenda.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Commercial Microgreen Production

February 16, 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 Zack Grant, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink Pick TN Conference

February 16-18, 2017
Franklin, Tennessee

The new Pick TN Conference gives Tennessee farmers their best opportunity to explore the latest information and access the best resources for every facet of modern farm life, all in one event. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in educational sessions, tradeshow and networking with producers from across the state. The keynote speaker is Jolene Brown.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Agribusiness Production & Financial Management

February 16-17, 2017
Emporia, Virginia

Small Farm Outreach Program at Virginia State University presents a six-part 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--all designed to help you grow and sustain a successful farm business.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Health Conference

February 16-17, 2017
Ames, Iowa

"Building Soil Health for Healthy Environment and Farm Profitability" will be a full two days with a wide range of presentations and formats that address the basic and practical aspects of soil health. The conference agenda includes speakers from academia, farmers, USDA, non-profits, and industry, presenting views concerning soil health understanding, challenges, and potential management practices. There will be a poster session highlighting current research efforts on soil health.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Exploring Value-Added Dairy

February 7 or 16, 2017
Lancaster or Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

This full-day workshop with Penn State Extension will guide producers through the considerations in order to determine whether marketing value-added dairy is right for them. It will present an overview of value-added dairy and basic considerations for products including regulations and equipment. Additionally, participants will start thinking about assessing their market and potential products, necessary resources, niche market, and production aspects.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 


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