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Permalink Agriculture and Food Conference

February 28, 2016
Dighton, Massachusetts

For this 9th annual conference, the lineup includes workshops for the general public as well as info-packed sessions for farmers and gardeners of all experience levels. The conference offers a track for growers, one on livestock, and one on farm business planning and marketing. The event is produced in partnership between SEMAP and the Bristol County Conservation District.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Mid-Missouri Soil Health Seminar

March 1-2, 2016
Boonville, Missouri

The Mid-Missouri Soil Health effort is dedicated to working with Missouri producers to improve the health and condition of Missouri soils. The Day 1 agenda focuses on how to improve soil health on row crop operations with a combination of techniques. Day 2 looks at how to improve soil health on livestock operations with a combination of techniques.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Design and Management of Organic Strawberry/Vegetable Rotations

March 2, 2016
Online

Join eOrganic for a free, one-hour webinar on the design and management of organic strawberry/vegetable rotations for soilborne disease control, fertility management and crop production, presented by Carol Shennan and Joji Muramoto of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Findings from a four-year rotation study and on-farm trials will be discussed. The study compared two and four year rotations with either broccoli or lettuce as the primary vegetables grown between strawberry crops. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Southern Indiana Grazing Conference

March 2, 2016
Odon, Indiana

This full-day conference will feature outstanding speakers Allan Nation, Doug Peterson, and Wesley Tucker. The event is planned by conservation partnership personnel from southern Indiana: Indiana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, Indiana Forage Council, Daviess County Soil & Water Conservation District, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Topics to be covered include "Creating, Managing, and Profiting from Quality Pasture," "High Density Grazing and Soil Health," "Expanding the Beef Operation," "Making Money with Contract Grazing," and "Lowering the Risk of Stocker Cattle."

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink PASA Webinar: Using the Internet to Drive Farm Sales

March 2, 2016
Online

This 90-minute webinar from PASA will provide an overview of the importance, trends, potential and strategies associated for farm internet marketing. Participants will be given basic instruction on how to setup and use email lists, Facebook and Twitter. Participants will come out of the webinar with a framework to develop and distribute content across a variety of platforms on a weekly basis during the busy harvest season. The presenter is Simon Huntley from Small Farm Central. Registration is free, but the session is limited to 100 participants.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farmers Market Boot Camp Workshops

March 2 or 3, 2016
Trenton or Centerville, Tennessee

Farmers planning to sell products at farmers markets can learn simple marketing methods that can make them money at the last two of six Farmers Market Boot Camps in 2016, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Association of Farmers Markets. In addition to five marketing methods, other topics to be addressed at the workshops include basics of marketing by social media and email, sources of grants and microloans, recordkeeping for good business management, requirements for basic types of foods that may be manufactured and sold at farmers markets and an overview of new food safety regulations. These workshops are open to all farmers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Getting Your Beehives Ready for Spring

March 3, 2016
Online

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. Webinars will be held from noon -1:00 pm on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Doug Gucker, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

In: Online

 

Permalink Empowering Women Veterans Conference

March 3-4, 2016
Pocantico Hills, New York

The Farmer Veteran Coalition cordially invites all women veterans, active duty, and women farming with veterans to participate in the Empowering Women Veterans Conference. This event will focus on equipping women veterans with the business and farming tools they need to begin and achieve their entrepreneurial goals. Over 100 women will be brought together from around the country to make new friends and form community.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Oklahoma 2016

March 3-4, 2016
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This annual sustainable and organic production conference is designed for both beginning and advanced growers. This year's program topics include hands-on growing techniques, season extension, varietal selections, and farm management practices. In addition, there will be tours of a farmers' market, green houses, and high tunnel facilities, as well as opportunities to visit with product suppliers, educational exhibitors, and industry-related vendors. Featured speakers include national and state recognized specialists and experienced local growers.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Webinar: Internal parasite control

March 3, 2016
Online

The fifth installment in the University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program's winter webinar series is by Dr. Gareth Bath, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Pre-registration is not required for these weekly, evening webinars, but participation is limited to the first 100 people who log on.

In: Online

 

Permalink Indiana Small Farm Conference

March 4-5, 2016
Danville, Indiana

Join the Purdue Small Farm & Sustainable Agriculture Team for the 4th Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference with pre-conference workshops offered on March 3. With numerous networking activities, this conference provides attendees with many opportunities to learn and interact with other farmers, local food entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, students, businesses, and more. The keynote speaker is Mary Berry. Tracks include restoration agriculture, vegetable production, livestock production, farm financing, on-farm energy, and farm management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference

March 4-5, 2016
Shepherdsville, Kentucky

This is OAK's 6th annual conference. 2016 conference tracks include livestock, dairy, produce, and soil. Seminars include information for new and beginning farmers, no-till organic methods, using forage to increase profits, growing organic blueberries, homesteading, health and wellness, and accessing organic markets. Keynote Speakers for 2016 include Jeff Moyer, the Executive Director of the Rodale Institute, and grass-fed beef producer Jim Munsch.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink MOFGA Spring Growth Conference

March 5, 2016
Unity, Maine

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Spring Growth Conference has the theme "Soils." The keynote speaker is Ray Weil, and other speakers include David Rocque and a farmer panel who will discuss their farms' soils, the opportunities and limitations they face as a result of specific soil characteristics, and how they make management decisions with soil and crop health in mind.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink California Small Farm Conference

March 5-8, 2016
Sacramento, California

The 29th California Small Farm Conference is the state's premier gathering for small-scale farmers, ranchers, and farmers market managers. It seeks to promote the success and viability of small farming operations and certified farmers markets through short courses, tours, and workshops. The keynote speaker is Mark Bittman. The event includes networking opportunities, Sunday field courses, table talks, and an on-site short course on starting a specialty food business.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Minnesota: Make Employment Law Work for Your Farm

March 7, 2016
Online

This Minnesota-focused tutorial from Farm Commons will break down employment law concerns such as minimum wage, workers' compensation and overtime, independent contractors, and more. This tutorial can still be helpful for learning the framework of employment law and the federal regulations that apply, even if you do not operate within Minnesota. The tutorial is free.

In: Online

 

Permalink Working with Local Organic Grains

March 8, 2016
Online

eOrganic invites you to a free, one-hour webinar by bakers and pasta makers on incorporating local grains into their businesses. Four panelists will discuss why they began working with local grains, the development of their product lines and how they have dealt with such issues as sourcing local grain and flour, flour quality, pricing and marketing, and what customer reaction has been. The webinar takes place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Wisconsin: Make Employment Law Work for Your Farm

March 8, 2016
Online

This Wisconsin-specific tutorial from Farm Commons will break down employment law concerns such as minimum wage, workers’ compensation, and overtime, independent contractors, and more. This tutorial can still be helpful for learning the framework of employment law and the federal regulations that apply, even if you do not operate within Wisconsin. The free, one-hour tutorial begins at 3 p.m. Central.

In: Online

 

Permalink New York Certified Organic Winter Program: Four Sessions on Changing Markets for Organic Grain and Dairy

March 8, 2016
Geneva, New York

Sessions will cover Developing New Markets for Organic Grain, What is Transpiring in the World Market of Organic Grain, What Do You Want to Make Per Acre on Your Farm, and Flax Grain Production and Uses. There is no cost or need to register for the meetings; participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Michigan Farmers Market Conference

March 8-9, 2016
Lansing, Michigan

To help meet the needs of Michigan's farmers markets and market farmers and vendors, MIFMA hosts an annual Michigan Farmers Market Conference. The two-day conference features three tracks and a total of 15 educational sessions led by experts in farmers market management and agriculture. Tracks are offered for beginning and advanced farmers market managers, and a farmer/vendor track is designed for farmers and small businesses who direct-market through farmers markets.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Agriculture in a Changing Climate: Implications for Educators, Industry, and Producers Workshop

March 9-11, 2016
Kennewick, Washington

Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR), USDA Northwest Regional Climate Hubs, and the Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH) team invite you to participate in this free workshop. There will be dedicated mitigation and adaptation sessions, with an overlapping poster networking event. Each session will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. Registration is limited.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Detroit Food 2016: Food For Change

March 10-11, 2016
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Food Policy Council presents the annual Detroit Food Summit.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Small Ruminant Webinars: Natural parasite control

March 10, 2016
Online

This is the final episode of the University of Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program's winter webinar series. The free, evening webinar is presented by Dr. Dahlia O'Brien, Virginia State University, at 7 p.m. EST. Pre-registration is not required, but participation is limited to the first 100 people who log on.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Raising Meat Birds on Pasture

March 10, 2016
Online

The University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. Webinars are held from noon -1:00 p.m. on Thursdays and are free. This session is presented by Andy Larson, University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator.

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Permalink Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition Annual Conference

March 11, 2016
Ozark, Arkansas

This one-day conference is for producers and landowners who want to have more profitable and resource-rich operations. Learn from fellow producers how to graze more and feed less hay. The featured speaker is Jim Gerrish.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Growers School Spring Conference

March 11-13, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, children’s program, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Putting Small Acres to Work

March 12, 2016
Greenville, Illinois

The University of Illinois Extension local foods and small farms team is sponsoring a series of workshops on a variety of topics to help people who have a few acres learn ways that they can put them to use. Topics and presenters will vary at each location. Topics at some locations may include: social media; small flock poultry; asparagus; pumpkins; brambles and chain saw safety; managing wildlife; how to grow a hobby into a farm business; hops; small orchards; organic/low-input vegetable gardening; sheep; ducks; and composting for livestock producers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois: Make Employment Law Work for Your Farm

March 14, 2016
Online

This Illinois-specific tutorial from Farm Commons will break down employment law concerns such as minimum wage, workers' compensation and overtime, independent contractors, and more. This tutorial can still be helpful for learning the framework of employment law and the federal regulations that apply, even if you do not operate within Illinois. The tutorial is free and begins at 3 p.m. EDT.

In: Online

 


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