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Permalink Upper Susquehanna Coalition Pasture Management Schools

May 2 or 3, 2018
Addison or Guilford, New York

These hands-on day-long pasture walks will focus on improving marginal pastures, how to plan out your rotations, early season grazing approaches, determining the best time to graze plants, fertility management, animal impact grazing techniques, weather related management strategies and in-field farmer training exercises to hone your grazier's eye. Pasture consultant Sarah Flack will be on the farms leading in-depth pasture management and monitoring skills and teaching solutions in growing more forage to lower feed costs.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Vineyard Soil Health Workshop

May 3, 2018
Yountville, California

Napa RCD, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, CDFA, and DWR present this half-day workshop for vineyard managers. Learn the basics of soil health and what that means for vineyard productivity, sustainability, and resiliency to climate change.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink High Tunnel Workshop

May 3, 2018
Lonoke, Arkansas

This day-long workshop sponsored by University of Arkansas Extension and the National Center for Appropriate Technology addresses fruit and vegetable production in high tunnels, pest control, high-tunnel economics, NRCS cost-shares, and an afternoon tour of a high-tunnel farm. NCAT's Luke Freeman will present on vegetable production in high tunnels and on NCAT resources.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Urban Ag Sacramento Area Workshop: Food Safety Basics for Urban Farmers

May 4, 2018
Rancho Cordova, California

UC ANR Urban Agriculture presents this special one-day workshop designed to guide urban farmers through common food safety principles and challenges. Participants will learn California laws related to community food producers and food safety; how to develop a Food Safety Plan; how to assess and minimize risk of contamination on the farm, including discussion of water sources, rainwater catchment, animal husbandry, wildlife intrusion, and use of manure and compost; sanitation and post-harvest handling; and worker health and hygiene.

In: Western SARE Region

 

Permalink Texas Wine Industry Workshop

May 4, 2018
College Station, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a workshop for new and prospective wine professionals. Topics will include legal and permitting requirements, equipment selection, winery design, varietal selections, marketing tips and lessons learned.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Pastured Hogs

May 5, 2018
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute is currently conducting research and educational outreach for farmers interested in including organic, heritage pastured pork in their farm operations. Ross Duffield, Rodale Institute Farm Manager, will discuss pasture rotations and animal management. The afternoon class is an opportunity for interested farmers to learn first-hand how to integrate a pastured hog operation into their farms.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil Festival

May 5, 2018
Atlanta, Georgia

Food Well Alliance presents the fourth annual Soil Festival, a free event for all ages that raises awareness of the benefits of using compost to improve and maintain high quality soil and to grow healthy food. Soil Festival 2018 will be held at Truly Living Well's Collegetown Farm and includes a host of exciting opportunities for school gardeners, community gardeners, backyard gardeners, urban farmers, educators, beginning gardeners, and children.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Training for Small and Mid-Sized Tractors and Their Implements

May 5-6, 2018
Lambertville, New Jersey

NOFA New Jersey offers this weekend course taught by Shane LaBrake at North Slope Farm. This two-day, hands-on workshop demystifies tractors and empowers their users to operate and maintain their machines more safely and with greater skill and confidence. The course will cover both four-wheel tractors and two-wheel tractors and common implements. Course registration is capped at 12 participants.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring High Tunnel Vegetable Production Field Day

May 5, 2018
Afton, Minnesota

This free organic field day presented by MOSES offers an afternoon visit 10th Street Farm & Market, an intensive half-acre farm owned and operated by Hallie Anderson and her mom, Lisa Talbott. Learn about movable high tunnels for extended-season production and the farm's strong crop rotation plan. Hallie and Lisa will discuss their three-season CSA and on-farm market.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Improving Dairy Profitability through Managed Grazing

May 7, 2018
Abbotsford, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Farmers Union is partnering with regional RC&Ds and their grazing networks this spring to hold a series of workshops for dairy farmers who want to learn about the financial and managerial benefits grazing can provide. The sessions are targeted at both farmers who are not presently using managed grazing and current dairy grazers who want to improve their management skills and share ideas. Each meeting will also have a separate track for area farm agency and conservation staff to learn effective ways to promote grazing to farmers.

In: North Central SARE Region

 

Permalink Managing Your Native Pecan Grove Effectively

May 7, 2018
Ardmore, Oklahoma

To provide landowners with updated information on native pecan grove management, the Noble Research Institute will host a morning seminar. The program will socus on native pecan thinning. Agricultural producers who want to balance pecan and livestock production will have the opportunity to gain information needed to manage both as one system. Management methods will focus on land stewardship, increased productivity, and economic efficiency.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Using Adaptive Nutrient Management to Answer "How Much Fertilizer Do You Really Need?"

May 8, 2018
Online

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

In: Online

 

Permalink Texas Soil Health Symposium

May 9-10, 2018
Palestine, Texas

The Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts presents a two-day workshop designed to provide information regarding best land- management practices for the implementation of soil health. This practical-application knowledge will benefit landowners of all levels and a diverse range of operations.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Building Organic Matter for Healthy Soils: An Overview

May 9, 2018
Online

This webinar is the first in a nine-part series on Soil Health and Organic Farming, presented by the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic. The webinars will provide practical guidelines for growers, in-depth analysis of research outcomes, and an opportunity to get your questions answered. This session will discuss the attributes of healthy soil, the central role of organic matter, and how to monitor and enhance soil health in organic production. The presentation will outline key organic practices for building soil organic matter and optimizing soil functions in relation to fertility, crop yield, and resource conservation.

In: Online

 

Permalink Organic Farming: Principles and Practices: Crops

May 9, 2018
Unity, Maine

This one-day immersion course is designed for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming. The day will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. MOFGA’s Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist, and Dave Colson, Agricultural Services Director, will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils, and cover plant families. An afternoon farm tour is included.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink How to Avoid the Probate Process

May 9, 2018
Online

This episode in the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture bi-weekly webinar series discusses the process of probating a will and some of the negative impacts of probate, and then provides examples of other farm-succession and estate-planning legal tools that can help farmers avoid the probate process if that is the best option for their operation.

In: Online

 

Permalink AgSTAR Webinar: Federal Financing Resources for Anaerobic Digesters

May 9, 2018
Online

This webinar will focus on federal funding opportunities and support services available to anaerobic digestion projects. The webinar will cover EPA AgSTAR anaerobic digestion operations and highlights of AgSTAR tools and resources, USDA Rural Development financial assistance, and NRCS technical services available.

In: Online

 

Permalink The Soil Health Test

May 10, 2018
Pocantico Hills, New York

This event is part of Stone Barns Center's Growing Farmers Initiative. Join Founder of Woods End Lab and the Solvita Soil Health Test, Will Brinton, as he explains the history and science behind the soil health movement, where the roots, microbes, and soil biology play just as important a role in crop and grass production as limestone and fertilizer.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Growing Nutrient-Dense Vegetables

May 10, 2018
Online

This free one-hour webinar from the Rodale Institute will present updates to Rodale Institute’s Vegetable Systems Trial, a side-by-side comparison of organic versus conventional vegetable production. Led by Dr. Andrew Smith, the lead researcher on the project, the webinar will compare methods for growing produce, as well as begin to examine how we can produce more nutrient-dense food, raised not only for yields, but for human and environmental health.

In: Online

 

Permalink NC Leadership & Women's Cattle Handling Workshop

May 10-11, 2018
Bahama, North Carolina

The Women's Cattle Handling program is designed to promote self-confidence for women in the cattle industry by giving them hands-on educational opportunities and cattle handling skills implementing Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) methods and promoting farm safety. The workshops will provide hands-on learning in the subject areas of BQA, Low Stress Animal Handling, Reproduction & Calving Management, Truck & Trailer Assessment and Driving, and Tractor Safety. The workshop is two full days and registration is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Irrigation Scheduling Tools for Improved Water Management & Water Use Efficiency

May 10, 2018
Online

A Climate Learning Network/ANREP Climate Science Initiative collaboration in partnership with the Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project, this webinar will introduce a series of tools for scheduling irrigation for improved water management and water use efficiency. This webinar will provide information on three irrigation scheduling tools: the WISE Irrigation scheduler, KanSched3, and the Dashboard for Irrigation Efficiency Management (DIEM). These tools were developed to help support water use decision making by producers located in the High Plains and other regions with limited precipitation and water resources. Overviews and demonstrations of each tool will be provided, as well as information related to field research, modeling efforts and other work currently underway to develop these tools further and to improve their user-friendliness.

In: Online

 

Permalink Is Specialty Crop Production for You?

May 10, 2018
Ardmore, Oklahoma

In this free evening course from Noble Research Institute, participants will learn about the many factors involved in the enterprise decision-making process, including farm resource requirements, family resource and skill requirements, crop specific production and marketing requirements, and goal setting. At the end of the program, attendees will have an understanding of the basic requirements for growing and marketing a wide range of fruit and vegetable crops, including pecans, in the Southern Great Plains, and if specialty crop production is something they can realistically pursue.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Vegetable Spring Field Day

May 11, 2018
Uvalde, Texas

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde will present its annual Vegetable Spring Field Day. Topics will include tomato grafting, olive production, cover crops, hydroponics, high tunnel production, organic systems, vegetable breeding and nitrogen-use efficiency. The free event includes breakfast and lunch.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Spring Forage and Hair Sheep Program

May 11, 2018
Marlin, Texas

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a program that includes an introduction to hair sheep and their nutrition and parasite management, as well as sessions on hay production, predator prevention, and marketing.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Soil, Compost, and GAP Readiness Workshop

May 11, 2018
Stockbridge, Georgia

Mayflor Farm, Extension, GFVGA, Global Growers, USDA-NRCS, Cooper Ag, and Georgia Organics host this free one-day workshop. Each participant will receive templates and instructions on how to document for GAP/FSMA, participate in a food safety walk and talk around the farm, free lunch, and one-on-one and group consultation from Extension, USDA-NRCS and GFVGA. Topics include Soil Testing and Compost 101, as well as GAP readiness. Registration is limited.

In: Southern SARE Region

 

Permalink Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm

May 12, 2018
Randolph, Vermont

This day-long class at Earthwise Farm & Forest will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing and water system designs, and movable structures for hogs, poultry, and small ruminants, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs of various types of livestock.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Slow Poultry Seminar

May 12, 2018
Emmitsburg, Maryland

This eight-hour seminar with Jim Adkins, Founder and President of SPN-USA, provides an overview and strategy for developing sustainable poultry production. Learn how to start effectively breeding, growing and marketing poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable. Registration is limited.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Learn to Manage Parasite Resistance on Your Farm

May 12, 2018
Indiana, Pennsylvania

Equine gastrointestinal parasites, and their increasing resistance to available de-wormers, are a major concern in the equine industry. Taking a whole-farm approach to managing parasites can decrease the frequency of deworming, eliminate the use of products that are no longer effective on your farm, help you learn which horses have natural resistance and which ones are "shedders," and help decrease the development of resistance to de-wormers. This program from Penn State Extension will discuss new strategies to manage parasites and reduce the use of dewormers and will share the results of a Penn State research project.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Top Grafting Fruit Trees

May 12, 2018
Thorndike, Bethel, or East Waterboro, Maine

In this day-long class offered by MOFGA simultaneously in three locations, learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. In this workshop you will see how a professional topgrafts and will be able to try it on your own. This workshop is part of MOFGA's organic orcharding series.

In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Permalink Know Your Bugs: Integrated Pest Management for Small Farms

May 14, 2018
Carbondale, Illinois

Southern Illinois Farming Alliance offers this opportunity for small farmers, homesteaders, and home gardeners to network and learn from their fellow food growers. This evening event includes a panel discussion with experts and a farm tour. Share your best bug and pest strategies to ensure a good harvest and get some new ideas for dealing with bugs, mildew, and fungus.

In: North Central SARE Region

 


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