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Permalink Movable & Fixed Fencing for Livestock

August 17, 2017
La Crescent, Minnesota

Harry and Jackie Hoch and their crew use organic and biodynamic practices to produce a variety of fruit and vegetables, along with rotationally grazed hogs, chickens, geese, ducks, and sheep. They are in the midst of a three-year demonstration grant trialing livestock fencing to maintain pastured pigs in their orchards. At this MOSES Organic Field Day, Harry and Hoch orchard staff will share their experiences and some of the data collected for the project. Hugh Kraemer from K Fence will share his knowledge of fence materials and construction. The University of Minnesota Extension will also be on hand to answer questions. This event is intended for anyone who is considering rotational grazing, whether on a small hobby farm or a several-hundred-acre operation.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms

August 18, 2017
Adell, Wisconsin

Join the Xerces Society and Monarch Joint Venture for an afternoon of hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grazing Heritage Cattle & Sheep on Converted Crop Ground and Prairie

August 21, 2017
Bedford, Iowa

Russ Wischover at Windswept Acres hosts this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day. Hear about the process of seeding former crop fields to pasture species and how grazing former Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land has helped bring native prairie species back. Topics are grazing pasture and prairie, heritage-breed livestock, prairie plant identification, and low-input infrastructure.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Vegetable Seed Production & Varietal Selection Workshop

August 22, 2017
West Lafayette, Indiana

Join partners from the Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture (CIOA) and Tomato Organic Management and Improvement (TOMI) projects for a one-day classroom and field based workshop on organic varietal development and seed production. Join nationally renowned experts for this workshop intended for farmers, educators, and agricultural students. Learn the fundamentals needed to grow organic vegetable seed, including seed biology, harvesting, storage, and how to conduct variety trials. In addition to a classroom intensive, participants will tour The Student Farm and taste carrots and tomatoes from current trials.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Grass-Fed Livestock Farm Tour

August 22, 2017
Hillsboro, Ohio

This morning event is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Grassroots Farm is a 380-acre grass-based farm raising Red Devon cattle, Katahdin lamb, Cornish Cross chickens, and Berkshire hogs. They lease subparcels of their land to independent dairy producers and are seeking to transition the farm to someone who will assume business ownership in steps. Join this tour for a wagon ride to learn about the farm's wetland mitigation efforts, raising grass-fed beef and pastured meat and poultry, and unique land-access opportunities.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control: Conservation Biocontrol Short Course

August 22, 2017
Minot, North Dakota

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Join Eric Mader, Pollinator program Co-Director for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Know Your Buyer, Know Your Supplier Procurement Training Series

August 8, 14, 15, 17, or 22, 2017
Viroqua, Footeville, De Pere, Eagle River, or Wausau, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farm to School Steering Committee is coordinating five free farm to school and farm to early care trainings across Wisconsin. The goal of these trainings is: 1) to provide in-depth local food procurement training to Wisconsin’s food service professionals; and 2) better connect Wisconsin's farmers, processors, distributors, and supply chain partners with institutional buyers like schools, early childhood sites, hospitals, and universities. All food service staff are encouraged to attend, and there will be breakout sessions for K-12 and ECE environments.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Kansas Range Schools

August 8-10 or 22-24, 2017
Scott County or Elmdale, Kansas

Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition offers these two regional events. The theme for both schools this year is "Building Community Resilience and Strength for Successful Ranching." There will be rancher and expert panels that will talk about how to build the communities you depend on to be a successful rancher, including the community of vegetation found on your grasslands, the community of neighbors and friends that help with operations and ideas, as well as specialized communities such as Prescribed Burn Associations or No Till groups that help you manage your resources both economically and ecologically. Besides learning plant identification, how to figure stocking rates, how to monitor vegetation response and the rest of basics needed to manage your rangeland, there will be ranchers and natural resource professionals talking with you about how to plan ahead for whatever nature or market forces bring to your ranching enterprise and how to respond to keep your rangeland health high and your livestock productive.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Adding Organic to Large-Scale Farms

August 24, 2017
Grand Marsh, Wisconsin

This day-long MOSA event visits 3,200-acre Wallendal Farms, which is in the process of transitioning one third of their crop ground to organic production, adding additional complexity, diversity, and resilience to their operation. Learn what it takes to transition part of a large-scale conventional farm to organic.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Multiple Benefits of Prairie Buffers Field Day

August 24, 2017
La Farge, Wisconsin

This free, afternoon field day visits a working organic farm that has a recently established prairie buffer. This field day will cover establishment of prairie strips with emphasis on preparation, seeding, and first-year maintenance.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink In Her Boots: Market Farming in Suburbs

August 24, 2017
Libertyville, Illinois

The In Her Boots format encourages women farmers to learn from each other by sharing their ideas and experiences. These day-long, on-farm workshops include a formal education session, a detailed farm tour, lunch and networking opportunities. This session visits Radical Root Organic Farm, where farmer Alison Parker and her husband, Alex Needham, raise diversified vegetables for a CSA, farmers market and farm stand on a 10-acre certified organic farm. Learn how Alison creatively connects resources and learning opportunities to access the education and land the operation needs to grow into a successful farm business in a unique urban/suburban setting.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Variety Trials Field Day

August 24, 2017
Verona, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin West Madison Agricultural Research Station offers an afternoon opportunity to see the beautiful vegetable trials, season-extending technology, and cover crops under a certified organic system.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Central Lakes College Agriculture and Energy Center Field Day

August 25, 2017
Staples, Minnesota

Join CLC researchers at this free event as they highlight the many different aspects of research and community/industry partners connected with the center. Planned are demonstrations on water quality and agronomic research, irrigation, local foods integration, children's programming, drone demonstration, tractor rides, forage and pasture tours, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Growing Chestnuts and Other Michigan Nut Crops

August 26, 2017
Traverse City, Michigan

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology offers a morning class with Bill Nash of Nash Nurseries and Dr. Dennis Fulbright to talk nut crops. This course will feature a good mixture of lecture, hands on work, and sampling interesting nut varieties. It will begin with the history of nut crops in Northern Michigan and go through different types of walnuts, hazelnuts, heart-nuts, butternuts, pecans, hickory nuts and chestnuts.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Purdue's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Tour: Goat Milk Stuff

August 26, 2017
Scottsburg, Indiana

As part of Purdue's Indiana Beginning Farmers program, Purdue Extension offers tours across the state that offer beginning farmers the opportunity to learn from experts and to network with fellow farmers at a variety of farming operations. Goat Milk Stuff is a dairy goat farm that produces soaps, candies, and cheeses. The tour will include information on agricultural tourism and value-added products.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Women Who Farm Field Day

August 27, 2017
Champaign, Illinois

The Land Connection's summer field day monthly series celebrates Illinois' local women ag pioneers. Each event will explore the skill or niche that the host farmer does best, and then dive into topics relevant to all women farmers, no matter their production type. This session, Champaign Cut Flower Tour, visits three growers.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Exclusive Gabe Brown Workshop: Putting the Farm Back in Farming

August 28, 2017
Elkhart, Indiana

Holistic Management International is offering this limited-registration event. Spend the day learning about soil health and profitable farming from Gabe Brown. The event begins with a tour of Kaesebier Farm that features cover crop test plots and a soil pit dig. The afternoon sessions taught by Gabe Brown focus on soil health practices that increase profitability.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink A Look at Soil Regneration with Jill Clapperton

August 29, 2017
Shenandoah, Iowa

At this Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day, Chris and Janenne Teachout welcome internationally renowned soil scientist Jill Clapperton to their farm to talk about soil regeneration and soil health. Chris will also discuss advanced cover cropping techniques he has tried over the past few years.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Starts Beginning Organic Grain Farmers Workshop

August 30, 2017
Hiawatha, Kansas

FarmStarts is providing training for beginning farmers who have been in the business for less than 10 years. Conventional and organic producers are welcome to attend this free, day-long training. Topics include organic farming operations, organic grain marketing, organic crop insurance, soil health, organic certification, financial management, and an introduction to OFARM.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Fertility in Organic Grain Production

August 30, 2017
Pendleton, Indiana

John Paul Franks has been gradually transitioning his 140-acre grain farm to organic production since 2010, certifying his first acreage in 2013. At this free afternoon field day presented by MOSES, he shares the hows and whys of his farm's transition, focusing on managing risk during the switch. He and John Martin, a longtime organic farmer from Williamsburg, also cover soil health and maximizing available organic nitrogen sources.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Testing Field Day

August 31, 2017
Bowling Green, Ohio

This event is presented by The Ohio State University Extension Sustainable Agriculture Team and is part of the 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. The free field day will address soil health field measurements with chemical, physical, biological tests; active carbon; infiltration and compaction; Solvita 360 Soilscan nitrogen; and cover crop plantings.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day

August 31, 2017
Fairfield, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach present this evening field day hosted by John Peck.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink University of Wisconsin Organic Field Day

August 31, 2017
Arlington, Wisconsin

This annual organic agriculture field day takes place at Arlington Research Station. Production practices to build soil resilience will be a key focus. The event will feature presentations on research linking various crop production practices—including cover cropping—to specific soil health indicators. Researchers will also give updates on organic soil quality from the long-term Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial; organic no-till corn and soybeans using a variety of cover crop and planting options; organic wheat breeding efforts; and Kernza (perennial wheat).

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Profitability of Farming Prairie Potholes

August 31, 2017
Jefferson, Iowa

This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is hosted by Jerry Peckumn. Research from Team Pothole at ISU shines light on what farmers can do with these low areas that do not yield much during wet years. Learn about farm conservation techniques that benefit the soil, as well as the value of pollinator insects. RSVP is required for lunch.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Conservation in Action Tour

September 5-6, 2017
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Conservation Technology Information Center hosts this annual tour highlighting soil health and nutrient and water management. The tour topic is "Building Bridges: Indiana's Past, Present and Future in Conservation Agriculture," and it visits four locations.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Monarch Conservation Field Day

September 7, 2017
Bussey, Iowa

Iowa Learning Farms, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium present this field day at Logan Abandoned Mile Land.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Oat, Hay, and Feed Production and Direct-Marketing

September 7, 2017
Dunkerton, Iowa

This free afternoon field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa visits Canfield Family Farm. The Canfield family has spent the last two years relearning how to grow small grains in Iowa. They have researched machinery, production strategies, and varieties, in addition to seeking potential market streams. One opportunity is to direct-market small grains to small-scale livestock owners as either whole grains or as part of complete mixed feeds.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Planning, Managing, and Growing Your Forest Farming Business

September 8-10, 2017
South Bloomingville, Ohio

This multi-day intensive training is presented by Rural Action and the Appalachian Beginning Forest Farmer Coalition.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Graze River Country Pasture Walk

September 8, 2017
Mason, Wisconsin

This afternoon event in the pasture walk series visits Joe and Kristy Lulich for a North Shore look at the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and pasture layout improvements.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Agroforestry and Long-Term Leases

September 8, 2017
Jefferson, Wisconsin

This afternoon Savanna Institute field day takes place at Feral Farm, which grows a diversity of tree crops in polyculture rows with hay alley crops in between. This is made possible through a unique long-term land-access arrangement with Brattsett Family Farm, a grass-fed beef farm.

In: North Central SARE Region




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