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Permalink Great Plains Growers Conference

January 10-12, 2019
St. Joseph, Missouri

Great Plains Growers Conference is a three-day conference featuring presentations by knowledgeable speakers from throughout the nation. The conference showcases educational information from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska along with vegetable specialists and growers from those states. The trade show consists of more than 50 exhibitors with the latest seeds, supplies, equipment, and grower information. There will be ample opportunities to visit with other growers, exhibitors, and speakers. Full-day workshops are offered the first day, with tracks on organic, drought, tree fruit, season extension, and more offered during the second and third days.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Minnesota Organic Conference

January 10-11, 2019
St. Cloud, Minnesota

Each year, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture hosts this conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. Attend for two days of networking, learning, and great food. Featured speakers this year are Chef Sean Sherman and Mary Jo Forbord.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Virginia Biological Farming Conference

January 11-13, 2019
Richmond, Virginia

Virginia's premier organic and sustainable agricultural conference is presented by Virginia Association for Biological Farming and Virginia State University. The 20th annual conference offers two full days of educational workshops and presentations, panel discussions, interesting and knowledgeable exhibitors, regionally sourced meals, book signings, Silent Auction, Taste of Virginia Expo, and lots of networking opportunities.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Wisconsin School For Beginning Market Growers

January 11-13, 2019
Madison, Wisconsin

This intensive three-day course aims to give students a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful small-scale produce operation—including capital, management, labor, and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, crop production, plant health and pest management, cover crops, equipment needs and labor considerations at different scales of operation, and marketing and economics. Three grower-instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by University of Wisconsin faculty and other specialists. Grower-instructors' farms vary in scale, cropping mix, marketing strategies, and growing methods.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Welding Basics for Agriculture

January 12, 2019
Dayville, Connecticut

This day-long course is offered as part of the Solid Ground Farmer Trainings series from University of Connecticut Extension.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink NOFA Massachusetts Winter Conference

January 12, 2019
Worcester, Massachusetts

This year's NOFA/Mass Winter Conference explores the theme "Food As Medicine" in terms of plant nutrition, personal health, and soil restoration. The agenda offers three all-day intensives, more than 60 workshops, and 70 experienced and knowledgeable exhibitors. The keynote speaker is founder of Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) and host of the Regenerative Agriculture podcast, John Kempf.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Intensives

January 12, 2019
East Lansing, Michigan

Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance offers a one-day, in-depth learning experience in one of four topic areas: Healthy Organic Livestock, Organic Mushroom Cultivation, Technology in Organic Field Crops, or Advanced Organic Soil Management. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Predator Protection of Livestock

January 14, 2019

In this free, one-hour webinar from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), learn how to keep your cattle, goats, and sheep safe from predators such as coyotes, roaming dogs, and birds of prey. This webinar will help you identify threats through tracks, scat, and the damage they leave behind. The presenter is Jan Dohner, author of The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators. Register online.

In: Online


Permalink Identifying Financial Benchmarks for Vegetable Farms

January 10 or 15, 2019
Elizabethtown or Richland Township, Pennsylvania

This workshop offered in two locations by PASA will help vegetable farmers chart a course for improving profits by participating in the Diversified Vegetable Financial Benchmark Study. This study is helping vegetable farmers improve their bottom lines by plugging into a nationwide research project, coordinated by the University of Wisconsin, to determine financial benchmarks for diversified vegetable farmers. During the workshop farmers will complete a detailed survey about their farm business finances. The reported information will provide attendees with personalized information about how their finances compare to farms across Pennsylvania and the country. Participants are eligible for a $100 stipend for completing the study. To qualify, participants must register by January 3, 2019, and prepare basic financial records from 2017 before the workshop.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Coop Design, Regulations, Economics, & Marketing

January 15, 2019
Davis, California, and online

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program's Pastured / Free-Range Poultry Project presents this three-hour workshop as part of a five-part series that is offered live and online. This session focuses on design and material considerations for coops, as well as regulations for free-range and pastured poultry, and it will feature round-table discussion among farmer speakers who will shed some light on what the economics of pastured poultry farming as well as some marketing techniques that have worked well.

In: Western SARE Region, Online


Permalink Empire State Producers Expo

January 15-17, 2019
Syracuse, New York

The Empire State Producers Expo offers sessions on food safety; fruit, vegetable, and Christmas tree production; marketing and business; and soil health. It includes more than 45 educational sessions and an agricultural trade show.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink How to Use Prescribed Fire for Wildlife and Livestock

January 15, 2019
Marietta, Oklahoma

Noble Research Institute offers this one-day workshop at the Coffey Ranch. Prescribed fire is a natural process in the Southern Great Plains, where the landscape evolved under fire and grazing. Fire can improve wildlife habitat, reduce woody plants, remove thatch, and improve forage quality and quantity for livestock.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Summit

January 15-16, 2019
St. Louis, Missouri

The Soil Health Partnership's Soil Health Summit fosters making soil health research relevant to operational success and facilitates discussion on the adoption of data-driven practices such as cover crops, reduced tillage, and nutrient management on farms. Open to the public for the first time in 2019, the Summit provides a place to learn the latest in data surrounding adaptive management practices, engage in deep-dive education, and for farmers to connect with others in vital peer-to-peer networking and learning.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Planning For On-Farm Success Workshop Series

January 16 - March 6, 2019
Missoula, Bozeman, Hamilton, or Lewistown, Montana

Geared toward beginning farmers and ranchers, this seven-part series on Wednesday evenings will equip participants with the tools and the support network needed to manage a profitable business and turn a passion into a career. Community Food and Agriculture Coalition and county Extension agents are partnering to offer workshops held in multiple communities simultaneously. All locations will receive the same high-quality content delivered via Adobe Connect broadcast, and each class will feature in-person insight from local farmers, ranchers, and service providers. Topics will include business planning, financing, marketing, and more.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Sustainable Foods Summit

January 16-17, 2019
San Francisco, California

Organized by Ecovia Intelligence (formerly Organic Monitor), the Sustainable Foods Summit is an international series of summits that focuses on the leading issues the food industry faces concerning sustainability and eco-labels, such as Organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, etc. The North American edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature sustainable ingredients, plant-based foods, and green marketing.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Growing Our Future Harvest: 20th Anniversary Conference

January 17-19, 2019
College Park, Maryland

Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture presents its 20th annual conference, with three days of deep-dive workshops, farm-fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and farmer and foodpreneur learning and networking. The agenda includes presentations by Karen Washington, Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk, and Dr. Ray Weil.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 17-19, 2019
Ames, Iowa

Practical Farmers of Iowa's 2019 annual conference, "Cultivating Connections," draws attention to the many connections, both large and small, that are vital for farms, communities, rural economies and natural ecosystems to thrive--from individuals connecting to share knowledge, to the microscopic links between plants and soil organisms that have visible effects on crop and landscape health. Attendees will hear practical insights from their farming peers and other experts about everything from using cover crops to control weeds in field crops to niche pork production, biodynamic farming to profitably marketing meat, growing winter small grains to farm transition, eggplant production to adding prairie habitat, cultivating civility to organic dairying, rural mental health to regenerative grazing--and much more. The keynote address is by farmer and author Michael Phillips, and there are 60 sessions and two pre-conference short courses scheduled.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Maine Farmers Market Convention

January 17, 2019
Augusta, Maine

Network with friends and neighbors, learn about business-strengthening innovations and connect with industry leaders at this dynamic, full-day event. Features include workshops and break-out sessions tailored to the needs of market farmers; tracks for beginners and experienced farmers market participants; DACF scale testing; a help desk for those interested in accepting SNAP; and an exhibit hall packed with resources.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Western Montana Grazing and Agriculture Conference

January 17-18, 2019
Missoula, Montana

Livestock and crop producers, as well as natural resource professionals and educators, from across Montana will converge for a two-day event hosted by Lake County Conservation District. The focus of the conference is to continue the conversation about improved on-farm practices.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Upper Midwest Regional Fruit, Vegetable & Farmer's Market Conference and Trade Show

January 17-18, 2019
St. Cloud, Minnesota

This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association and the Farmer's Market Association, in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Sessions address berry production, organic, marketing, cottage foods, specialty crops, tree fruit, high tunnels, and more.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink No Till Event: Integrating Livestock, Building Soil

January 17, 2019
Wall, South Dakota

South Dakota State University Extension, South Dakota No-Till Association, and USDA-NRCS present this free, day-long event on integrating livestock and building soil. Presenters will cover grazing synergy, livestock integration, soil sampling, and profitability.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Workshops

January 14, 15, 16, 17, or 18, 2019
Great Falls, Three Forks, Billings, Forsyth, or Sidney, Montana

Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana, Montana NRCS, and local conservation districts are joining to present this series of Soil Health Workshops across Montana, featuring leaders in the soil health movement. Race King, Derek Axten, and Keith Berns will be sharing techniques and lessons learned that will help you improve your soil health.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Exploring New Local Sales Opportunities: Workshop

January 18, 2019
Petaluma, California

This afternoon workshop is part of a three-part series on new local sales opportunities for North Bay farmers. Meet regional produce buyers who care about sourcing locally and build new sales relationships with local grocers, food hubs, food processors, and more. At this workshop, learn from experienced small- and mid-scale farmers and wholesale buyers how to market and sell what you grow successfully.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink Cascadia Grains Conference

January 18-19, 2019
Olympia, Washington

The 7th annual Cascadia Grains Conference brings together more than 400 participants, convening and connecting growers, processors, brokers, investors, and policymakers across the grains value chain to answer the question, "How do we make a local grain economy work?" The agenda includes six different hands-on Friday Field Trips.

In: Western SARE Region


Permalink NOFA New York Winter Conference

January 18-20, 2019
Saratoga Springs, New York

"Climate of Change" is the theme for NOFA New York's 37th annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference. The keynote speaker is Leah Penniman. The conference will also host the Second Biennial Northeast Organic Seed Conference, featuring 12 in-depth seed saving and plant breeding workshops for beginners and experts. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the Cornell Small Farms Program are hosting a farmer veteran meet-up at 4:00 pm on January 18, 2019.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Alcona Regional Farm Conference

January 19, 2019
Lincoln, Michigan

This conference presented by Farm to Fork Alcona offers informative and entertaining speakers, time to talk with other participants, and lunch and dinner. Vendors will be on site as well.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink Permaculture Design Course

January 19 - June 16, 2019
Blanco, Texas

Earth Repair Corps is offering a six-weekend intensive Permaculture Design Course that will introduce participants to the ethics, principles, and methods of Permaculture while learning how to design, create, and maintain agriculturally productive ecosystems and sustainable human settlements. The class meets one weekend each month for six months at Texastopia Farm.

In: Southern SARE Region


Permalink Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies

January 19, 2019
Simsbury, Connecticut

This one-day course is offered as part of the Solid Ground Farmer Trainings series from University of Connecticut Extension. This course will help attendees increase their knowledge about the impacts to agriculture from climate change, and help them develop potential strategies for adaptation and mitigation. Current examples and techniques being used will be discussed, including soil management practices, cropping plans, and the use of technology. Participants will have also have the opportunity to share their own experiences, to do a self assessment of their risk, and learn about State and Federal programs that can help succeed in a changing and unpredictable climate. Opportunities that will develop from these changes will also be explored.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Heart of America Grazing Conference

January 22-23, 2019
Ferdinand, Indiana

Indiana Forage Council is hosting the Heart of America Grazing Conference, featuring a managed grazing refresher seminar and presentations on pasture and animal health.

In: North Central SARE Region


Permalink South Dakota Soil Health Coalition Annual Meeting and Conference

January 22-23, 2019
Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota Soil Health Coalition presents this event featuring keynote speakers Dwayne Beck, Allen Williams, and Keith Berns. Educational sessions and networking opportunities are planned.

In: North Central SARE Region




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