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Permalink Chestnut Genetics for Your Farm

January 30, 2018

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

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 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

January 30 - February 1, 2018
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

The 26th annual grazing conference theme is "Covering All Ground." Tracks include dairy, above-ground, below-ground, beginners, and business. Speakers include Kit Pharo, Greg Gunthorp, Hue Karreman, Suzanne Nelson Karreman, and Joe Tomandl.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention

January 30 - February 1, 2018
Hershey, Pennsylvania

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities, all designed to enable fruit, vegetable, and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable, and berry growers, direct marketers, and allied industry personnel.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Foods Summit

January 30-31, 2018
San Francisco, California

The eighth North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit focuses on organic and eco-labels, sustainable ingredients, and health impacts. For the first time, the executive summit will discuss the future of organic products and health foods in a high-level forum.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink SEMAP Winter Networking Meetings

January 22, 23, or 31, 2018
New Bedford, Brockton, or Plymouth, Massachusetts

SEMAP is hitting the road to bring Winter Networking Meetings to cities and towns across Massachusetts. At these free, evening meetings, join other local growers and food buyers to meet new faces, build relationships, and discuss all things agriculture and food. Talk about your business, find new business mentors and partners, and learn best practices to help grow your farm business or food establishment.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farmers Market Boot Camp

January 30 or 31, 2018
Clarksville or Martin, Tennessee

Specialists from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will present six Farmers Market Boot Camps across Tennessee in January and February. The same training will be conducted in each location. The full-day workshop is designed for farmers who want to direct market food at farmers markets, roadside stands, CSAs, and you-pick operations. The workshop will help producers understand the elements of a commercial kitchen, as well as the costs and regulations associated with food manufacturing. Other topics to be addressed include the unique production challenges and marketing opportunities for selected fruit and nut crops, trends in online food marketing, and the basics of revenue insurance.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Winter Forage Conferences

January 29, 30, 31, or February 1, 2018
Wytheville, Chatham, Madison, or Weyers Cave, Virginia

The Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (VFGC) and Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) winter forage conference is a daylong event that will be repeated at four locations. This year's conference highlights the realities of grassland farming and what it takes to adapt to the changing circumstances. The keynote speaker is Dr. Dennis Hancock from the University of Georgia. Participants will also hear from Keith Tuck, who currently farms in the Moneta community in southern Bedford County. Local livestock producers will speak to the afternoon theme of "Solutions for your farm and future."

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Mid-America Organic Association Conference

January 31 - February 2, 2018
Independence, Missouri

At the 10th annual MOA conference, learn about organic, sustainable, and alternative agricultural crops and systems. This event is for farmers, gardeners, retailers, distributors, consumers, and more. Areas of interest include Organic and Non-GMO Grain and Vegetable Production, Sustainable Livestock Production, and Health and Wellness Living. Speakers include Edwin Blosser, Dr. Don Huber, Mark Shepard, Gabe Brown, YouTube sensation Off Grid with Doug and Stacy, and many more. There will be educational workshops and daily Boot Camps with networking opportunities for organic, resilient, and alternative agricultural crops and systems.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Cut-Flower Growers Conference

January 31 - February 1, 2018

This special conference will serve growers who are interested in beginning or improving cut-flower businesses. Speakers will provide valuable education, demonstrations, and helpful advice for industry practices. The event will feature Keynote Addresses from Lisa Ziegler and Mimo Davis Dschack, and will cover organic growing, growing in high tunnels, and marketing, as well as production for bulbs, lavender, orchids, and more.

In: Southern SARE Region


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

January 31, 2018

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 Produce Safety Alliance Training

February 1, 2018
Ottumwa, 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 Farmers Inspired

February 1-7, 2018
Los Angeles, California

The North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association presents an annual convention with three days of bus tours. Each tour has an individualized focus so that attendees can choose topics important to them. There will also be two days of sessions and workshops by peer members and industry leaders.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink The Food Project's Winter Institute

February 1–3, 2018
Boston, Massachusetts

The Food Project invites you to participate in hands-on learning about its models in conversation with Food Project youth and staff. The learning and actions are dynamic and "real-time" at hunger-relief organizations, farmers markets, greenhouses, workshops, and powerful feedback sessions with peers and supervisors. Learn the foundations of youth leader development in the context of farming, social justice, and food access initiatives, as well as summer-season planning and youth crew design.

In: Northeast SARE Region


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

February 1, 2018

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

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 Produce Safety Training

February 1, 2018
Jackson, Missouri

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement. This full-day training is for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink TOFGA Annual Conference

February 1-3, 2018
Georgetown, Texas

Hundreds of farmers, ranchers, and gardening enthusiasts are expected to attend the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's annual conference. The conference includes two days of learning sessions, plus multiple add-on pre-conference workshops and farm tours. The keynote speaker is Michael Abelman, a pioneer of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Growing Your Farm Business: Visioning and Scaling Up Workshops

February 2-3, 2018
Cortez, Colorado

Southwest Farm Fresh, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Colorado Tourism Office, and Guidestone Colorado are offering this free, two-day training opportunity to aspiring farmers and ranchers or current producers who are exploring the possibility of starting or expanding an agricultural business.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association & Local Foods Conference

February 2-3, 2018
Minot, North Dakota

Learn more about taxes, licenses, marketing, and regulations that affect your business.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink The Market Gardener 2.0 with Jean Martin Fortier

February 2-3, 2018
Craftsbury Common, Vermont

Sterling College offers this two-day course including a seminar and a roundtable. In the Friday seminar Jean Martin will show you the many tools to his success including both physical techniques and management practices that enliven his agro-ecological approach to market gardening. Saturday will be an an intimate, in-depth round-table limited to 15 attendees.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Nevada Small Farm Conference

February 2-3, 2018
Sparks, Nevada

This conference features keynote speakers and new and local speakers bringing their expertise to participants in intensive workshops and breakout sessions.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Northern Indiana Grazing Conference

February 2-3, 2018
Shipshewana, Indiana

This two-day event features keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a farmer panel. Topics include grass-based dairy, low-stress animal handling, farm business, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Organic Vegetable Production Conference

February 2-3, 2018
Madison, Wisconsin

This conference is based on farmer to farmer networking and information sharing. Extension specialists support the dialogue with research based information on diseases, pests, and fertility. Detailed handouts on the featured vegetable crops are provided to all participants. This year's conference will feature farmer panels on cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, strawberries, and niche hoophouse crops. There will also be interactive sessions on labor recruitment, equipment for every farm size, favorite varieties, and more. Interpretation is available in Hmong and Spanish.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Farm Dreams

February 3, 2018
Asheville, North Carolina

Organic Growers School presents Farm Dreams, an entry-level, day-long workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward. This is a great workshop to attend if you are in the exploratory stages of starting a farm.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Michigan Family Farms Conference

February 3, 2018
Kalamazoo, Michigan

The 15th Annual Michigan Family Farms Conference "Cultivating a Thriving Food Community… From the Soil on Up!" offers beginning, small-scale and culturally diverse farmers a chance to network, learn, and build sustainable family farms. Topics will include specialty crop production, labor laws, and how to choose a market.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show

February 6-8, 2018
Atlantic City, New Jersey

This event, also known as the New Jersey Vegetable Growers Meeting, offers sessions on organic production, high tunnels, ethnic and specialty crops, farm brewery crops, direct marketing and agritourism, IPM, food safety, and production of specific crops.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Innovative Organic Weed Control

February 6, 2018

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 California Plant & Soil Conference

February 6-7, 2018
Fresno, California

The American Society of Agronomy California Chapter presents this conference with a keynote address by California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross, a main session on the Intersection of Water & Nutrient Management, and breakout sessions on topics including nutrient management, pest management, sustainable use of water, and managing farm energy.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Energy Efficiency Workshop for Farms and Rural Businesses

February 7, 2018
New Castle, Indiana

Purdue Extension hosts this mid-day workshop where farmers and other business owners in rural areas can learn critical steps to increased energy efficiency. Topics will include energy efficiency audits for improvements on farms and rural businesses, rebate and incentive programs, and assessing the suitability of solar PV.

In: North Central SARE Region




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