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August 2020

Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch

August 17 - November 8

August 17 - November 8, 2020 Online Generation Next: Our Turn to Ranch is a 12-week online course offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for new landowners, whether they are inheriting or purchasing land. Participants will work towards developing a business plan with plenty of support from professionals who specialize in each field and topic. Participants will be introduced to land management tools and techniques and will also learn about starting a new agriculture business or enterprise, including tax implications, insurance needs, developing grazing or wildlife leases, finance management, direct-marketing, and goal-setting. Through this course, participants will have…

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September 2020

Positioning Your Livestock Business for Financial Success: A Financial Management Workshop for Livestock Producers

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - November 18 @ 9:00 pm

September 30 - November 18, 2020 Online Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program, is offering a seven-week workshop series on farm financial management for livestock producers. This workshop series will help you better understand the financial position of your livestock business so that you can make your business thrive. Each Wednesday evening, CAAHP CCE educators will host a webinar covering a specific topic, featuring guest speakers with firsthand experience. Participants will be able to ask any questions they may have.

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October 2020

All About the GRAS*

October 23 - November 13

October 23 and 30, and November 6 and 13, 2020 Online Western Sustainability Exchange and producer Steve Kenyon are offering a four-part webinar series called "All About the GRAS*" that covers soil building, water management, grazing plans, bale grazing, and economic viability. Steve will give new graziers a sound foundation for a successful operation. In addition, long-time graziers will enjoy a fresh look at the finance and economic sections. Registering gives you full access to the complete series through December so you can watch or listen at your own pace.

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Minnesota Safe on the Farm Direct Marketing Cost Share Program

October 31

The Safe on the Farm Direct Marketing Cost Share Program provides financial assistance to Minnesota U-Pick Operations, On-Farm Markets, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms to purchase supplies and equipment to prepare for safe sales on their farms and pick-up sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota Department of Agriculture encourages pick-your-own berry farms, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, CSA farms, and on-site farm stands to apply. To be eligible, you must be a current or new Minnesota Grown member. With this program, you may purchase equipment or supplies that will help you follow the Guidance for Minnesota U-Pick…

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Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Grant Program

October 31

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Livestock Management Facilities Grant Program, which consists of three financial assistance programs: Swine Depopulation Program, Agriculture Business Interruption Program, and Meat and Poultry Capacity Program. These three programs are intended to support the economic health of livestock owners and producers who experienced market disruptions due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and expand capacity for small meat and poultry processing and/or slaughter facilities. The application period closes October 31, 2020.

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November 2020

Vermont Capital Equipment Assistance Program

November 1

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting applications for up to $1 million in funding through the Capital Equipment Assistance Program. Financial assistance is available for new or innovative equipment that will aid in the reduction of surface runoff of agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality of state waters, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce costs to farmers when they apply manure or implement a Nutrient Management Plan (NMP). Eligible recipients include farms, custom applicators, non-profit organizations, and other related businesses. Applications are due by November 1,…

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Annie’s Grants for Gardens

November 2

Public and private schools and nonprofit organizations can apply for school garden grants for edible gardens at schools in the United States. Schools can purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Applications are due by November 2, 2020.

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Northern New York Agricultural Development Program

November 2

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) is accepting applications for its small grants program for 2021-2022. Funds will support projects that focus on research, education, and technical assistance in support of the agricultural production sectors in the six-county Northern New York Region (Lewis, Jefferson, St.Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties). Eligible projects must focus their activities at the Cornell E.V. Baker Research Farm, the W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, other agriculture research farm facilities, and/or other operating farms across the NNY region. Approximately $300,000 in funding for the small grants program will be provided through a contract with…

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Rural Energy for America Program

November 2

The Rural Energy for America Program administered by USDA Rural Development provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable-energy systems or to make energy-efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers with at least 50% of their gross income coming from agricultural operations may apply. Grants are available for up to 25% of total eligible project costs, and combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs. Applications for grants of $20,000 or less and loan/grant combo applications of $20,000 or less are due by November 2, 2020

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Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

November 2 - November 16

November 2-16, 2020 Online Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering this online beekeeping course designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony. Participants will be introduced to bee biology and management. Participants will also learn how to assemble hives, open and examine colonies, and see how honey and beeswax are harvested. Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 14-15 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open.

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Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program: Farm to School

November 2

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is accepting applications for $100,000 in Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program funding for Farm to School programs. The application is open to schools and licensed or registered child care providers. Eligible applicants can apply for a maximum of $10,000. Applications are due by November 2, 2020.

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Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant

November 2

The Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research & Education grant program involves agricultural producers (main applicants) and technical advisor(s) implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. With the support and guidance of the technical advisor, producers must integrate research and education to conduct on-site/on-farm experiments to improve production, marketing, and the environment. It is expected that outcomes of funded projects will result in quantifiable benefits for producers, increase the preservation of the natural and social resources upon which agriculture relies, and be shared with other producers. Proposals are due by November 2, 2020.

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Organic Certification Cost Share Program

November 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for federal funds to assist with expenses paid between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020, for receiving and maintaining organic certification. Due to expected participation levels and the limited funds available, FSA revised the reimbursement amount available through fiscal year 2023. Certified producers and handlers are now eligible to receive reimbursement for a maximum of 50% of the certified organic operation's eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500. The changes to the payment calculation and maximum payment amount…

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Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November 2, 2020 Online The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This first part has two sessions: "Pivoting in a Pandemic: Risk Management During COVID-19 from the Perspective of Maryland's Dairy Farms" and "A Fresh Look at Clean Air: Maryland Ambient Air Quality Study Roundtable." This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland.

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Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 2 @ 2:30 pm - November 6 @ 4:00 pm

November 2, 4, and 6, 2020 Online MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. This year's conference goes virtual, bringing together presentations, panels, and breakout groups mixed with farmer-led discussion groups and one-on-one farmer connection opportunities. The conference will be run through a platform that will allow you to engage with other participants in private or group chats, creating your own discussion topics or meetings throughout the conference week. The event includes keynote speaker Laura Lengnick and pre-recorded farm tours available throughout the conference.

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Why Trees Die in Silvopasture

November 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 2, 2020 Online Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering part 2 of its three-part silvopasture webinar series with presenter Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York. This session looks at why trees die in silvopasture and how you can help save them.

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Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network Grain Workshop Session Three

November 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

November 2, 2020 Online The Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network is presenting a series of three workshops regarding the growing and production of grain crops in the Northeast. The training program will be a series of three intensive 75-minute online short courses with video field days/workshops that will largely be taught by farmers and northeast grain experts and located on farms and/or at processing venues. Session three is on processing (dehulling) and marketing.

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Small Farm School: Vegetable Weed Management

November 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

November 3, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. This evening course will discuss effective, efficient strategies for managing weeds on your farm. From tractor cultivation to custom-designed, scale-appropriate hand tools, and everything in-between. This presentation and discussion comes from many years of experience and experiments.

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Minnesota Livestock Investment Grant

November 4

Minnesota livestock farmers and ranchers seeking to improve their livestock operation are encouraged to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant program. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $789,000 using a competitive review process. Livestock Improvement Grants encourage long-term industry development through investment in facilities, infrastructure, and equipment. Applicants may apply for up to 10% of their project's total cost. Grant awards can range in size from $400 to $25,000. Each livestock operation is eligible to receive a lifetime maximum of $50,000 from this grant program. Proposals must be received by…

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Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 4 - November 8

November 4-8, 2020 Online The 35th Sustainable Agriculture Conference is a virtual event featuring more than 50 live-streamed workshops, 155 speakers, interactive networking opportunities, product demos, an exhibit hall, and ask-the-expert breaks. Fun events and prizes are also offered. The agenda includes a wide range of sessions on how to adapt your marketing, distribution, production, and food safety practices to the current crisis, and build a more resilient operation in the process.

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Western SARE Professional Plus Producer Grants

November 4

Western SARE is accepting proposals for its Professional + Producer Research and Education Grants for 2021. In this program, an agricultural professional and five producers work together to conduct both research and outreach on a sustainable agriculture topic. The goal of this program is to achieve results that can be communicated to producers and professionals; sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends; improve the profitability of farmers/ranchers and associated agricultural businesses; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ranchers in local communities. Proposals are due by November 4, 2020.

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Essential Aspects of Monarch Habitat in the Southeast

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

November 4, 2020 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. In this second webinar in a three-part series focused on monarchs in the southeast, NRCS planners and community conservationists will learn about specific habitat needs of larvae and adults. Presenters will highlight monarch ecology in terms of the habitats that best support them in the region, and the host plants and nectar plants that they prefer to use. The webinar will also discuss resources to help you select and find plant materials for restoring monarch habitat.

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National FIELD School

November 4 @ 4:00 pm - November 8 @ 5:00 pm

November 4-8, 2020 Online The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network NIFTI & AgALN Field School, now known as the National FIELD School, will be held virtually, in partnership with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The National FIELD School "Track" features eight to 10 incubator and apprenticeship training program-focused workshops throughout the multi-day conference, "meetups" or facilitated discussion sessions, virtual farm tours, and a virtual "trade show" table.

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Forest Farming: Ginseng

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

November 4, 2020 Online During this webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Eric Burkhart from Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will discuss one of Pennsylvania's most valuable woodland crops: ginseng. Basic horticultural aspects of the crop will be discussed, as will economic considerations for the crop.

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Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program

November 5

USDA is accepting applications from non-federal, not-for-profit partners for projects to help agricultural producers and private landowners trap and control feral swine as part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $12 million available and will accept applications during its second round of project funding to carry out activities as part of the identified pilot projects in select areas of Alabama, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Projects can be one to three years in duration. Applications are due by November 5, 2020.

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South Dakota Local Foods Conference

November 5 - November 7

November 5-7, 2020 Online The South Dakota Local Foods Conference provides classes and networking for producers, chefs, and anyone with an interest in local foods. The event will be held online, and features keynote speakers David Montgomery and Charlotte Smith. The agenda also includes chef demos, breakout sessions, and livestream classes, tours, and interactive events.

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Farm Leasing 101 Practical Legal Advice for Illinois Farmers & Landowners

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

November 5, 2020 Online This online workshop from Liberty Prairie Foundation for farmers and landowners will help you understand in an in-depth way what a lease should include and how to negotiate good terms without souring the relationship. You will come away with a wide variety of resources and knowledge, including Illinois state laws you need to know and when to go right to an attorney. Rachel Armstrong, an attorney and the Director of Farm Commons, will lead this program. She will also discuss ways to integrate sustainability provision into leases as well as specific sample provisions. There will be…

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Growing Your Farm and Food Business: Writing Grants

November 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

November 5, 2020 Online The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is hosting a series of five "Growing Your Farm and Food Business" webinars to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with understanding business fundamentals, identifying grant opportunities, and developing a strategy to seek funding. The webinar series will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan and marketing plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky.

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CCSI-SARE Advanced Cover Crops

November 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

November 5, 2020 Online This virtual training from the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and SARE provides opportunities to build cover crop knowledge and skills. The 2020 event will feature updates to the MCCC Decision Tool specific to Indiana.

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Lunch with Forages

November 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

November 5, 2020 Online Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with professor Derrick Moot, who will share how defining alfalfa grazing management rules increases its use on rainfed properties in summer dry regions of New Zealand, including legumes and arables.

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Vegetable Nutrient Quality and Soil Health in the Vegetable Systems Trial, 4th Season Updates

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

November 5, 2020 Online Join Dr. Gladis Zinati, Director of Rodale Institute's Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), in this free webinar to learn about the recent research findings related to the impact of management practices on vegetable nutrient quality and soil health in the long-term, side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional cropping practices in the Vegetable Systems Trial.

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Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November 5, 2020 Online New Mexico State University Extension is hosting a free, six-part online series on sustainable agriculture topics. This session, Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm, is presented by Brad Tonnessen, NMSU Extension senior program vegetable specialist.

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Small Farm School: White Farmers and Food System Members Forming an Anti-Racist Affinity Group: Experiences from a Portland Farmer Development Group

November 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

November 5, 2020 Online Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. This session is part of the Racial and Food Justice Series in partnership with Friends of Family Farmers. The focus of this session will be on how white farmers and food system members can create learning caucuses.

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Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program: Farmers Market

November 6

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) is accepting applications for the Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program for farmers markets. Up to $140,000 available in grants to farmers markets with less than $10,000 in annual gross sales. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $2,000. Applications are due by November 6, 2020.

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Women, Food, and Agriculture Network Annual Conference

November 6 - November 7

November 6-7, 2020 Online Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) is holding its 2020 Annual Conference online. The theme is "Cultivating (Bio)diversity: Seeding Our stories, Growing Our power." Participants will gather with the web platform Whova in a space designed to foster connection and community. The agenda offers 17 different workshops, affinity groups, a movie night, yoga sessions, and more. The conference provides a platform to advocate and agitate for social transformation in our lives, communities, and shared work.

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Tilth Conference

November 9 - November 10

November 9-10, 2020 Online Over the course of two days, farmers, food system professionals, researchers and educators have the opportunity at this virtual Tilth Conference to learn from one another and share best practices, catch up with old friends, and make new connections. Knowledgeable presenters will speak on topics such as crop and livestock production, pest and weed management, marketing, certifications, land access and opportunities and challenges in sustainable and organic agriculture, covering a range of scales, experience levels, and interests. An industry trade show takes place both days, along with keynote speeches and social events providing attendees with numerous…

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Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference

November 9 @ 9:00 am - November 10 @ 3:00 pm

November 9-10, 2020 Online The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference is a joint effort between Farm Foundation and USDA's Economic Research Service to bring cutting-edge research on issues facing beginning farmers and ranchers to the forefront of discussion in agriculture. Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to take part in the sessions, which will feature paper presentations from leading scholars in the field. Research topics such as credit and access to capital, land access, innovation, alternative markets and more will be discussed by highlighting successful programs, innovative ideas and future…

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New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference

November 9 @ 12:30 pm - November 16 @ 2:00 pm

November 9 and 16, 2020 Online The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food announce the 12th New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference: Marketing Your Agriculture Business in the New Normal. The conference will be held, free of charge, virtually via a Zoom meeting over two sessions. It will bring together a breadth of speakers addressing issues around the themes of innovation, trust, communication, and hope.

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Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

November 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

November 9, 2020 Online The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This second part has two sessions: "The Conowingo Dam Settlement—Litigation, Opposition and Re-Licensing" and "The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, et. al. v. EPA—A Case to Require a Watershed Wide Effort to Reach 2025 Bay Restoration Goals." This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland.

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Choosing the Right Animal, for the Right Place, at the Right Time

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 9, 2020 Online This is the final part of a free, three-part silvopasture webinar series from Food Animal Concerns Trust. The presenter is Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York. Learn some of the differences is livestock and when to leverage different types for different uses.

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