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Permalink How do I need to comply with FSMA?--A webinar for produce growers

January 22, 2018
Online

Join the CCOF Foundation and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a webinar that will clarify the basic Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements for organic produce growers. FSMA compliance dates for some farms start in January 2018, so it is important for organic produce growers to understand how these new food safety regulations will impact their farms. In this webinar, Kali Feiereisel from CAFF will clarify the new federal food safety requirements for produce farms. Hear the details on the different FSMA compliance categories for farms, as well as the timeline for when farms need to comply. Feiereisel will discuss how organic farms may already address some FSMA requirements through the records they keep for their Organic System Plan (OSP). She will also highlight FSMA topics that fall outside the OSP, including worker health and hygiene.

In: Online

 

Permalink Toolkit for Local Regulation of Agriculture

January 25, 2018
Online

New Hampshire Food Alliance has created a Toolkit for farmers and municipal decision-makers to guide development of local farm friendly regulatory environments in which agricultural enterprises can operate successfully. In this one-hour webinar, Amy Manzelli, Lawyer with BCM Environmental Land Law, and Theresa Walker, Farmer and member of the Durham Agriculture Commission, talk about the new Toolkit for Local Regulation of Agriculture.

In: Online

 

Permalink The Latest on the CarbOn Management and Evaluation Tool (COMET) Suite of Ecosystem Services Quantification Tools

January 25, 2018
Online

NRCS's CarbOn Management and Evaluation Tool (COMET) has undergone a number of changes in recent years and webinar participants will learn about these changes and how they impact NRCS and external users. Participants will also hear about plans to integrate a version of COMET into Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (CDSI), and also about the ongoing development of an integrated greenhouse gas and water quality tool. This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology.

In: Online

 

Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Assessing System Cost

January 25, 2018
Online

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel (Al) S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. This session focuses on assessing system cost. From initial costs to incentives to ongoing insurance expense, the present and expected costs dominate the decision to install a photovoltaic system.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Updated High Tunnel Concepts

January 25, 2018
Online

University of Illinois Extension presents a weekly educational series for the small farm community. This free webinar series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This webinar will bring you up to speed on the latest trends, tips, and techniques in high tunnel production.

In: Online

 

Permalink Chestnut Genetics for Your Farm

January 30, 2018
Online

The Savanna Institute is offering a series of "Nutshells," free, live online discussions with experts in agroforestry and perennial agriculture. In this evening session, Casey Dahl from Feral Farm will address how to sift through the options and determine what is the best chestnut for your farm.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Tomato Seed Production Webinar

January 30, 2018
Online

Join eOrganic for a free webinar on organic tomato seed production from members of a NIFA OREI funded project entitled Tomato Organic Management and Improvement. This webinar will provide an overview of practices needed to successfully produce quality organic tomato seed. Key topics will include varietal considerations, isolation and management practices, and fermentation, storage and treatment practices that will maintain seed integrity and help reduce pathogen transmission. Advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Melon Medley: Organic Production Practices, Microbial Safety and Consumer Preferences of various Melon Varieties

January 31, 2018
Online

Join eOrganic for a webinar on organic melon production: best practices, microbial safety and consumer preferences, by Shirley Micallef and Kathryne Everts of the University of Maryland. This webinar will present results and discuss successes and challenges experienced throughout a three-year study funded by USDA NIFA through the Organic Transitions Program. Registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Forecasting the Value of Electricity

February 1, 2018
Online

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel (Al) S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. This session will describe how utilities charge customers for the electricity they use and define net metering.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Introduction to Certified Organic Production

February 1, 2018
Online

University of Illinois Extension presents a free weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. This session will provide an introduction to organic certification, discuss alternative marketing strategies to organics, and help participants understanding how to get started in seeking certification.

In: Online

 

Permalink Innovative Organic Weed Control

February 6, 2018
Online

This free, one-hour webinar is presented by the NRCS Organic Conservation Specialists. This webinar will explore the use of "air-propelled abrasive grit" (crushed walnuts, corncobs, olive pits, pelletized organic fertilizers, etc.) for selective weed control. This innovative method has the potential to add a non-tillage weed management option to the organic producer's tool box. The presenter is Frank Forcella, Research Agronomist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Morris, Minnesota.

In: Online

 

Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Understanding Incentives

February 8, 2018
Online

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel (Al) S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. In this session, learn how federal, state, and local incentives can greatly affect the financial viability of a photovoltaic installation.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Christmas Tree Production and Business Considerations

February 8, 2018
Online

University of Illinois Extension presents a free weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Small farm owners looking for another way to diversify, may see Christmas trees as the perfect winter crop. However production of the winter crop requires labor and chemical inputs throughout the year. This webinar will present production requirements, as well as, business management considerations in Christmas Tree operations.

In: Online

 

Permalink Discovering How Cover Crops Impact Cropland Habitat for Pests: Voles, Slugs, and Other Pests

February 13, 2018
Online

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

In: Online

 

Permalink Pastured Pork Production Webinar

February 14, 2018
Online

In this free, one-hour webinar, Ross Duffield, Rodale Institute's Farm Manager, will discuss pasture rotations and animal management. The webinar presents an opportunity for interested farmers to learn how to integrate a pastured hog operation into their farm and ask questions. In this presentation focused on nutrition and forage management, serious farmers will gain the knowledge they need to begin setting the foundations of a successful organic hog operation.

In: Online

 

Permalink Field to Fork Webinar Series: Great Seeds and Where to Buy Them in 2018

February 14, 2018
Online

This is the first session of a webinar series from North Dakota State University Extension. The free, one-hour webinars take place each Wednesday. The series is designed to educate growers on food safety in growing, transporting, processing, and preserving fruits and vegetables.

In: Online

 

Permalink Seed Economics Intensive at the 2018 Organic Seed Growers Conference

February 14, 2018
Online

Join eOrganic at the 2018 Organic Seed Growers Conference for a live broadcast of the Seed Economics Intensive. You can attend the entire day, or come and go as you wish from wherever you are. The webinar is free, but advance registration is required.

In: Online

 

Permalink Farm Bill 101 for Livestock Farmers & Ranchers

February 14, 2018
Online

FACT offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to humane animal production. In this webinar, Alyssa Charney, Policy Specialist with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), will discuss issues being considered as part of the 2018 Farm Bill that will impact livestock and poultry producers for the next four to five years. Join in to learn about federal farm policy--and how you can advocate for legislation that benefits sustainable farmers.

In: Online

 

Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Conducting a Financial Analysis

February 15, 2018
Online

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel (Al) S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. In this session, learn to accurately evaluate the viability of a photovoltaic system.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: An Update on the Grand Prairie Grain Guild

February 15, 2018
Online

University of Illinois Extension presents a free weekly educational series for the small farm community. This series will provide practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. These online presentations will give small farm producers a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. This webinar will cover lessons learned from two years of trialing diverse varieties of grains and beans, as well as providing an update on a new $2 million USDA-grant-funded project that will support a regional team in breeding corn for organic farms over the next four years.

In: Online

 

Permalink Regenerating Soils with Adaptive, High-Stock Density Grazing

February 20, 2018
Online

FACT offers free webinars on a variety of topics relevant to humane animal production. In this webinar, Justin Morris, the Upper Midwest Regional Soil Health Specialist with the USDA-NRCS Soil Health Division, explains that the foundation of healthy, productive pastures is healthy soil. Join in to learn grazing management principles that will regenerate your soils.

In: Online

 

Permalink Field to Fork Webinar Series: Tomatoes, Peppers and Cucumbers

February 21, 2018
Online

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.This session will provide a snapshot of NDSU’s High-tunnel Research Project.

In: Online

 

Permalink Cost Effectiveness in Conservation Programs: Return on Investment for Conservation Practices and Systems

February 21, 2018
Online

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

In: Online

 

Permalink Agricultural Solar Electric Investment Analysis Webinar: Photovoltaic Solar Example

February 22, 2018
Online

This six-part webinar series will provide practical guidance to farmers who are considering investing in a solar electric system so they are able to make fully informed investment decisions. Each webinar will be taught by Eric Romich (Ohio State University Extension) and John Hay (University of Nebraska Extension). Charles Gould and Aluel (Al) S. Go (Michigan State University Extension) will be session moderators. Using the System Advisory Model (SAM) and a hypothetical situation provided by the instructors or one of your own choosing, compare how various production, policy, and cost assumptions influence the financial performance of a project.

In: Online

 

Permalink Small Farms Winter Webinar Series: Creating Community Food Production Systems

February 22, 2018
Online

University of Illinois Extension presents a 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, join University of Illinois Extension Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Laurie George to learn about the steps needed to get going in establishing community food projects like community gardens, school gardens, and food pantry gardens.

In: Online

 


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