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Permalink Graze River Country Pasture Walk

October 28, 2017
Colfax, Wisconsin

The Graze River Country Pasture Walk series concludes with a visit to Brad and Melissa Larson, focusing on fall cover crops and how they fit in with a grazing operation.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Freedom Valley Farm

October 28, 2017
Freedom, Indiana

This tour is part of a series of farm tours sponsored by Purdue Extension and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. It takes place at Freedom Valley Farm, an organically managed vegetable farm. During the morning session, you will learn from Dr. Maria Marshall about developing farm business plans. After lunch, participants will tour the farm.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Beginning Farmer East Regional Workshop.

October 28, 2017
Winchester, Indiana

Purdue Extension offers a day-long workshop addressing business planning, pasture management, fruit and vegetable pest management, pastured poultry, greenhouse and high tunnel management, and marketing products. The event offers networking, information, resources, and community.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Driftless Ahrensfeld/Rush Creek Watershed Tour

October 28, 2017
Rushford, Minnesota

Sustainable Farming Association Driftless Chapter is hosting a free, half-day guided bus tour of the Ahrensfeld/Rush Creek Watershed. The event is open to all. Speakers Dr. Dylan Blumentritt of Winona State and Jake Overgaard of U. of M. Extension will discuss topics like karst geology, disappearing streams, watershed basics, land use and healthy water systems. RSVP by October 21, 2017, to driftless@sfa-mn.org.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farmer Cooperatives Conference

November 1-3, 2017
St. Paul, Minnesota

The 20th Annual Farmer Cooperatives Conference will bring together farmer cooperative leaders for education and networking. Attendees will spend two days with top agricultural cooperative leadership as they address today’s most pressing competitive challenges. Cooperative experts will present their latest research and cooperative leaders will leave with new strategies and techniques to improve their farmer-owned cooperative.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Joint Network Action Meeting: Michigan Farm to Institution Network and Michigan Food Hub Network

November 2, 2017
Lansing, Michigan

Through open space sessions and innovation stations, you can contribute your expertise to help identify and initiate steps to address the policy and practice challenges of getting more local foods to and through food hubs to serve institutional markets.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Women, Food & Agriculture Network Annual Conference

November 2-4, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Celebrate 20 years of engaging women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power. Pre-conference intensives and tours are on Thursday, and workshops and other events are Friday and Saturday, with locally grown food and networking. The keynote speaker will be food justice activist LaDonna Redmond.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa State University Greenhouse Short Course

November 3, 2017
Ames, Iowa

This one-day course provides the latest and cutting-edge information about greenhouse crop production. This event is for any and all greenhouse growers, including the commercial, research, and public sectors. Topics will include beneficial insects and implementing a biocontrol program, energy-efficient bedding plant production, greenhouse irrigation water quality, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Grow More Vegetables, Make More Money Workshop

November 3-4, 2017
London, Ohio

This two-day intensive retreat from OEFFA will help seasoned vegetable farmers advance their earning potential and enhance their management plans to boost soil fertility and yield. Led by long-time organic farming expert Linda Halley, session topics for larger scale sustainable farms will include: growing transplants efficiently; planting from transplants and direct seeding; weed control; meeting demands of distributors, institutions, stores, restaurants, and cooperatives; and picking, washing, packing, cooling, storing, and delivering your products to maximize efficiency and freshness.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Hand Tool and Implements for Small Vegetable Farms

November 5, 2017
Iowa City, Iowa

At this free, afternoon Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, try out various hand tools and small implements, including wheel hoes, stirrup hoes, a BCS tiller and more. The event is hosted by Grow Johnson County. Jason Grimm will show how he sharpens tools and adjusts the raised bed maker, and will discuss how they manage irrigation water pressure from a city hydrant. You can also check out the farm's cold storage.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Indiana Beginning Farmer Southwest Regional Workshop

November 5, 2017
Martinsville, Indiana

Those new to farming or thinking about the idea of starting and sustaining a compact farm are invited to attend the Beginning Farmer Southwest Regional Workshop. Josh Volk of Slow Hand Farm in Oregon, an author and produce market consultant, will be presenting. Additional presentations will focus on how to build and maintain fertility on compact farms.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Illinois Farm Bureau Local Regional Food Conference

November 6-7, 2017
Bloomington, Illinois

Are you a local farmer, processor, distributer, or retailer? Do you own a small business? Give back to your community while bringing fresh food and local businesses together. Know your impact and what buying and selling local can bring your local economy. Learn about marketing, funding, and diversifying your business.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds and Grains at the Crossroads

November 6-7, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri

This event covers both the practical and business end of the organic, non-GMO, and conventional supply-chain issues and addresses the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector. Swine, poultry, cattle, dairy, and aquaculture livestock producers and oilseed, grain, and vegetable-oil processors are among those encouraged to attend.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Indiana Beginning Farmer Southeast Regional Workshop

November 7, 2017
Columbus, Indiana

This farm viability workshop offers farmer-to-farmer training and business tools to chart a path to profitability. The presenter is Nathan Boone, Specialty Crop Farmer and Farm Business Consultant. This workshop is part of a series by Purdue Extension and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program, who invite anyone who is just starting to farm or interested in learning more about farming to attend.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Transition for Commercial-Scale Farms

November 8, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri

This full-day workshop from MOSES will teach you how organic systems work and give you an outlook on the organic marketplace. Whether you're considering a switch to an organic system, want to create a split operation, or are already in transition, this workshop will help you make sound decisions to ensure your success.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Fearless Farm Finances Workshop

November 10, 2017
Montour, Iowa

This one-day training is based on the book Fearless Farm Finances, by Jody Padgham, MOSES, Dr. Craig Chase, Iowa State University, and Paul Dietmann, Compeer Financial. You'll learn basic farm financial management.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink New Farmer U

November 10-12, 2017
Montour, Iowa

MOSES and Renewing the Countryside partner with Practical Farmers of Iowa to bring New Farmer U to Iowa! New Farmer U kicks off Friday night with beginning farmer networking opportunities, and goes through Sunday. The weekend training includes your choice of 90-minute hands-on workshops and round table discussions, as well as local and organic food, dorm-style lodging, and social networking fun. New Farmer U events also include an exhibit hall of helpful folks with resources and relevant information for beginning farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Food Safety Workshop

November 10, 2017
Montour, Iowa

At this MOSES workshop, you'll learn everything you need to know to meet the new rules laid out in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), especially the Produce Safety and Preventive Controls for Human Food rules.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Organic Farming Conference

November 10-11, 2017
Mt. Hope, Ohio

This conference has a mission to care about humans and humus; encourage working the land for future generations; and support community life that is prosperous and enduring. This event, "Our Organic Community," features speakers, workshops, demonstrations, and farmer panels.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Greenhorn Grazing Workshop

November 14, 2017
Winterset, Iowa

This is the concluding event in a five-part series on how to optimize forage and livestock production while conserving natural resources. The workshops combine a classroom session with an on-farm session.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Viability Workshop for Beginning Farmers

November 16, 2017
Reynolds, Indiana

This workshop is part of a series by Purdue Extension and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program, who invite anyone who is just starting to farm or interested in learning more about farming to attend. Nathan Boone, Specialty Crop Farmer and Farm Business Consultant, will present farmer-to-farmer training and business tools to chart a path to profitability.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training

November 2, 9, or 16, 2017
Fort Dodge, Harlan, or Sioux City, Iowa

The PSA courses are designed for growers of fruits and vegetables. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.' The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in seven modules.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Farm Transfer Events

November 12-16, 2017
Bloomington, Indianapolis, Greenfield, and West Lafayette, Indiana

A series of events for farm owners and the professionals who advise them will explore transitions of land and farm operations to the next generation. These include performances of Map of My Kingdom, a play about farm transition from one generation to the next, Legacy Letter workshops for farm owners, and a meeting of Indiana's stakeholders in non-family farm transfers. Indiana and Purdue universities and the Kansas Rural Center have been working together to learn from programs around the United States that aim to assist farm owners who lack a family successor with transferring a farm business, land, or other assets to a non-family successor.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Edible Startup Summit

November 17-18, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Ag and Food Center and Dane County UW-Extension, the two-day summit offers a comprehensive and interactive education on what it takes to develop a local food business. Local and regional experts will provide information on a wide range of topics, including: how to raise money to start or grow a food business; how to create a unique brand; current market trends; food safety requirements; how to get a product onto the grocery shelf; how to do a demo; how to work with a distributor; and business concept planning. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry veterans, network with other entrepreneurs, and attend a field trip to food business incubators.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference

November 17-18, 2017
Manhattan, Kansas

Kansas Rural Center's annual conference will feature 12 to 15 workshops each day providing practical information for diversifying your farm or ranch's enterprises, building and supporting local and regional food systems, and communicating effectively in order to improve on-farm, community, and public policy decisions. The conference aims to include education and dialogue that appeals to a diverse audience at different levels of farming, community organizing, and activism.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Iowa Organic Conference

November 19–20, 2017
Iowa City, Iowa

The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program's 17th Annual Organic Conference features roundtable discussions and an organic luncheon, as well as information from keynote speaker Jeff Moyer. Workshop tracks include crop production, livestock production, local foods, policy, and beginning farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

November 28-29, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) is a regional consortium of Mississippi River watershed partners working to improve soil and water quality by increasing continuous living cover on the agricultural landscape. The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Perennial Farm Gathering

November 29-30, 2017
Madison, Wisconsin

Savanna Institute presents the 5th annual Perennial Farm Gathering. Farmers, scientists, and people with a general interest in perennial crops and pastured livestock all find it valuable to learn what other farmers are doing—what's working well and what needs more work. A joint keynote address is shared with the Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) annual conference, as are the events on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Thursday offers in-depth agroforestry tracks.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Beginning Farmer Retreat

December 1-2, 2017
Indianola, Iowa

This event is presented by Practical Farmers of Iowa. The 2017 Beginning Farmer Retreat is intended for aspiring and beginning farmers who are motivated to improve their financial and business knowledge for their existing or future farm. The weekend will feature plenty of social time, small group discussions, group activities led by an expert, and individual work time. Beginning farmers from all enterprises are encouraged to attend. Attendance is very limited.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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