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March 2021

San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit

March 20 - April 16

March 20 - April 16, 2021 Online The 9th annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit offers four weeks of inspiration, education, and community for farmers, producers, and all those involved in the local and regional food system. Events will be offered over a period of four weeks in March and April and will include discussion panels, multi-week study groups, a roundtable talk, keynote addresses, and a movie screening, covering a range of topics at the intersection of social justice and agriculture.

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April 2021

California Organic Seed Entrepreneurship Intensive

April 1 - April 10

April 1-10, 2021 Online Organic Seed Alliance is partnering with William Rosenzweig, co-chair of the Sustainable Food Initiative at Berkeley Haas School of Business, to present the Organic Seed Entrepreneurship Intensive for California-based producers. This intensive is intended to provide tools, training, expertise, and individualized support to qualified candidates. It will be conducted virtually and culminate with a strategic planning session where individuals will have an opportunity to workshop their business plans with a skilled entrepreneurship educator. Accepted candidates can expect entrepreneurial insight, individualized support, expertise, and industry navigation. Participants must be based in California.

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Northeast Farm to Institution Summit

April 1 - April 15

April 1, 8, and 15, 2021 Online The Northeast Farm to Institution Summit strengthens the regional food system by celebrating and supporting the role of institutions as anchors in the region. More than 500 participants typically attend, including food service operators, producers, supply chain businesses, advocates, public officials, and others dedicated to this work. This year organizers are intentionally working to welcome Black, Indigenous and people of color, middle of the supply chain actors, and neighbors in New York. The event takes place in three full-day sessions.

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Free Range Conversations Film Series with American Farmland Trust

April 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 11, 2021 Online American Farmland Trust (AFT) is launching its 2021 Free Range Conversations Film Series with a free online screening of The Biggest Little Farm. This visually stunning film follows the journey of a California farm to rebuild regeneratively, from the soil up. The screening is followed by Q&A with John Chester, the farmer and filmmaker, moderated by Kara Heckert, AFT's California Regional Director. Learn what's been happening on the farm since the film came out.

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Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grant

April 12

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers available through the Small Business Advantage Grant program. Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimums; however, the projects must be able to quantify sediment and nutrient reductions into nearby waterways. Businesses can apply for 50% matching funds…

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Labor Management Series: Supporting LGBTQ+ Employees and Apprentices

April 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

April 12, 2021 Online Join Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and collaborating organizations for a free, three-part labor management series this spring designed to help you support a strong, safe, and equitable farming season with employees. In this second session, Equality Maine and a panel of queer farmers to learn and discuss some of the best ways to support LGBTQ+ employees and apprentices on your farm. Beginning with an introductory and interactive training, farmers will learn basics such as the differences between gender and sexuality and the importance of respecting pronouns. The second half will feature a panel…

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Northeast SARE Partnership Grant Program

April 13

Northeast SARE's Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators, and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for projects such as the following: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm-management and community-development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes. Partnership Grants are capped at $30,000 and typically run for one to two years. Proposals are due by April 13, 2021.

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FSMA Preventive Controls Rule Supplier Verification for Food Hubs and Farms

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

April 13, 2021 Online Join the CCOF Foundation and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) for a webinar that will help food hubs and other local food buyers (including farms in some cases!) understand what they need to do to verify their farm suppliers under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This webinar we will break down the complex supplier verification requirement of FSMA's Preventive Controls Rule and provide an overview of a new guide that CAFF, Farm Commons, and UC Extension created to help food hubs and other facilities understand how they can verify the farms they buy…

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Farm to Grocery Workshop Series

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

April 13, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension is presenting a free series of three virtual Farm to Grocery workshops designed to equip rural grocers and farmers with the tools necessary to make meaningful business relationships. Each interactive session will cover a specific topic related to selling/buying local foods at a grocery market level, with guest speakers. This third and final session focuses on marketing, merchandising, and product handling.

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Financing Food-Centered Redevelopment

April 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

April 13, 2021 Online This installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series will explore how investing in food-centered redevelopment can restore local food systems infrastructure, catalyze additional neighborhood development, and protect healthy, sustainable communities.

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Dr. Fred Provenza: Creating Locally Adapted Herbivores

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

April 13, 2021 Online In his final webinar in a free, three-part series from Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), guest presenter Dr. Fred Provenza will discuss how we can help livestock prosper by using foods and habitats available locally while minimizing inputs from fossil fuels.

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Developing a Drought Management Plan for the Ranch

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - April 22 @ 9:00 pm

April 13, 15, 20, and 22, 2021 Online Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a four-part webinar series, "Developing a Drought Management Plan for the Ranch," to help producers manage through and recover from the current drought, while also preparing for the next one. Topics covered will be Drought Risk Management Programs, Nutrition and Management Strategies for Drought Resilience, Drought's Impact on Rangeland Plant Communities and Wildfire Checklist/Recovery, and Economic Management Strategies to Minimize Drought Impact. The webinar series will also include a unique setting for discussion among the faculty presenters and program attendees.

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Arizona Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

April 14

Arizona Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for approximately $2.88 million in funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. State and/or local organizations, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply. SCBGP grant funds will be awarded for projects of up to two years duration. Applications for grant funds should show how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual. The maximum grant request is $250,000. Applications are due by April 14, 2021.

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Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund

April 14

The Open Space Institute (OSI) has launched the Appalachian Landscapes Protection Fund, an $18 million effort that will provide capital grants to protect 50,000 acres in key focus areas along the Appalachian Range. The Fund awards capital grants for land protection in portions of (1) the Cradle of Southern Appalachia (Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama), (2) the Middle Atlantic (New Jersey and Pennsylvania), and (3) the Northern Appalachians (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). Eligible land conservation projects must lie wholly or partly in one of the Fund's focus areas, have strong climate resilience attributes, and be managed to enhance forest carbon.…

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Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience: Management

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

April 14, 2021 Online Granite State Graziers continues its four-part series, Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience, with this session on Management. Topics will include how animal management can affect grass growth and nutrition, clipping in spring, grass management outside of grazing, nutrient management, management pinch points, and meeting energy needs of animals.

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Dairy Grazing Strategies for Optimal Nutrition

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 14, 2021 Online This free webinar from PASA Sustainable Agriculture offers a veterinarian's perspective on the nutritional needs of dairy cows. Dr. Greg Brickner from the Organic Valley veterinary team will discuss the nutritional needs of the dairy cow and the grazing practices that can produce high quality forage to meet these needs. This session will cover strategies for increasing butterfat, controlling MUN levels, pasture management, and supplementing pasture as needed.

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IPM Hour

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 14, 2021 Online The Western IPM Center's monthly IPM hour seminar series features presenters on two topics in April. First is "Flowable Formulations of Pheromones for Integrated Pest Management," by Greg Montez of Suterra USA. That presentation is followed by Brent Warneke, of Oregon State University, on "Grape Powdery Mildew Management Using an Intelligent Sprayer and Sulfur." Join the Zoom meeting at noon Pacific Time.

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Free Range Conversations: Teletownhall

April 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

April 14, 2021 Call-in In this teletownhall, American Farmland Trust President and CEO John Piotti and special guest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will discuss the benefits for farmers and ranchers provided by the American Rescue Plan. They will also look ahead to where the Department of Agriculture is headed, with a focus on regenerative practices and the importance of agriculture in the fight against climate change, the need to recruit a diverse next generation of farmers, and farmland protection.

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Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

April 15

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. This program supports delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building, and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises. Approximately $16.5 million is expected to be available. Applications may only be submitted by a collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally based network or partnership of qualified public and/or private entities. The application deadline has been extended until April 15, 2021.

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Ohio Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

April 15

Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program projects that will advance the long-term economic viability of the state's specialty crop industry, while increasing the marketability of specialty crops. Grants range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $150,000. In addition, all applicants must provide a minimum match of 25% of the requested grant amount. Food and agricultural non-profit organizations, associations or commodity groups, universities, and research institutions are eligible. Applications are due by April 15, 2021.

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Acres for America

April 15

In 2005, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Walmart teamed up to establish the Acres for America program to conserve lands of national significance, protect critical fish and wildlife habitat, and benefit people and local economies. Acres for America provides urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions. Applications are due by April 15, 2021.

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Ohio Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

April 15

Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for funding provided by USDA through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000. Applicants must provide a minimum match of 25% of the requested grant amount. Projects should advance the long-term economic viability of the state's specialty crop industry, while increasing the marketability of specialty crops. Higher rankings will be given to projects that demonstrate profit potential for growers and that could boost employment opportunities in the specialty crop industry. Food and agricultural nonprofit organizations, associations or commodity groups, universities, and research institutions are eligible to apply. Applications…

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North Jersey RC&D’s AgAssist

April 15

North Jersey RC&D, with the support of a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Water Quality Restoration Grant, is providing funding to assist farmers in the Neshanic River, Back Brook, Holland Brook, and Pleasant Run watersheds. Farmers are eligible for opportunities to receive up to $15,000 in funding through North Jersey RC&D's AgAssist program. The funding is aimed to assist farmers in improving water quality and soil health on their farms through their projects or practices. The AgAssist Program offers a reimbursement (50-90% depending on practice) toward equipment, supplies, and expenses required to implement a variety of soil health…

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Why Is There a Chicken in the Vineyard?

April 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

April 15, 2021 Online California Wines is celebrating "Down to Earth Month" in April with a series of free livestream events hosted by Napa Valley sommelier Amanda McCrossin, of SommVivant, and Aida Mollenkamp, Food Network personality and founder of Salt & Wind Travel. In this session, learn how chickens, sheep, and goats in the vineyards are helping California vintners in their sustainable farming efforts.

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Exploring the Impact of Cover Crops on Water Quality

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

April 15, 2021 Online Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Conservation Learning Group (CLG), is hosting a free virtual field day discussing spring cover crop management tips and the impact of cover crops on water quality as part of the Conservation Learning Labs project.

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Munch on This: The Struggle is Real—Navigating the Tough Stuff

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 15, 2021 Online North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition is presenting a virtual Munch on This series on three evenings in April. The third session features Joshua and Tara Dukart on the topic The Struggle is Real: Navigating the Tough Stuff. The event begins at 7 pm Mountain.

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Special Research Grants Program: Potato Research

April 16

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Special Research Grants Program—Potato Research fiscal year (FY) 2021 to support breeding research that leads to the development and commercial use of superior performing potato varieties that address significant challenges to the U.S. potato industry. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2021 is approximately $2.56 million. Applications may only be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, and their research foundations. Applications are due by April 16, 2021.

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Pennsylvania Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program

April 16

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program, which provides funding in the form of a reimbursement grant to eligible applicants seeking to improve urban agriculture infrastructure in Pennsylvania. Projects must include improvements to agricultural infrastructure in urban areas and support for community development in the project service area. "Microgrants" up to $2,500 are offered for one-time projects or a single-entity applicant. "Collaboration" grants up to $50,000, not to exceed 50% of project costs, are available for projects that demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts and share resources, aggregate agricultural products or producers, promote the…

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USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

April 16

The USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Program is requesting proposals for cost-share grants for innovative projects for program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest resilience. There are two grant categories: Increasing Resiliency of Urban Forests through Reforestation and Management, and Planning Disaster Mitigation Strategies for Urban Forests. Up to $1 million in cost-share grants ranging from $100,000 - $300,000 is available. Proposals are due by April 16, 2021.

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Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems

April 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

April 16, 2021 Online Join The Organic Center for a free webinar to learn more about quantifying the carbon sequestration potential of organic soil management practices. Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, co-author of a recently-published paper that looks within organic management, will highlight the areas where organic excels at locking greenhouse gas in the soil and identify the areas that are having the biggest beneficial impact, allowing organic growers to maximize their climate change fighting power.

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Delaware Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

April 20

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of Delaware's specialty crop industry, sustain the livelihood of Delaware farmers, and strengthen Delaware's economy. Individual producers, producer groups, organizations, associations, and state and local organizations, academia, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Proposals submitted by individual producers must demonstrate that the project's potential impact will accrue to a broader group of similar producers, regions, or industry segments. Competitive grants will be awarded for projects between $5,000…

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Culinary Lens on Agritourism

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

April 20, 2021 Online International Workshop on Agritourism's series of free monthly gatherings continues with this event. Hear stories from around the world of the relationship between agritourism and culinary tourism. Focusing on food and drink tourism, panelists will describe how they foster shared experiences that embrace an authentic taste of place—and attract tourists interested in supporting localized foodways and rural livelihoods.

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In the Grain Pit: Modern Missives from Small-Scale California Grain

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

April 20, 2021 Online EcoFarm's Dirt First! Conversation Series continues with this session focusing on the small-scale grain movement in California. Hear from four endeavors around the state that will give the farming community a window into the current climate for California grain.

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Growing Organic Tomato Seed: A Virtual How-To Training

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

April 20, 2021 Online Join Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project (TOMI) partners Laurie McKenzie and Jared Zystro from Organic Seed alliance, and Plant Pathologist Dan Egel from Purdue University for a virtual training on the how-to's of organic tomato seed production. This 60-minute webinar will cover tomato biology, climatic requirements, genetic maintenance, disease management, and how to harvest, clean, and store tomato seed.

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Ranching for a Resilient Future: Virtual fencing for land, livestock and landscape health

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

April 20, 2021 Online This webinar is part of the Rural Resilience webinar series offered by Ranchers Stewardship Alliance. In this session, Leo Barthelmess, of Barthelmess Ranch, and Todd Parker, of Vence Inc., will discuss virtual fences, an exciting new technology at the forefront of future range management, and what they mean for land management, wildlife movement, and the future of ranching.

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Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience: How NRCS can help you

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

April 21, 2021 Online The final session of Granite State Graziers' series on Grazing Concepts for Better Farm Resilience focuses on how NRCS programs can help. Topics will include grazing planning, experiences with assistance providers, forage species, grazing annuals, and crop nutrient needs.

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Using Tarps to Control Weeds&Reduce Tillage

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 21, 2021 Online During this webinar from PASA Sustainable Agriculture, you'll get an overview of tarping systems at two vegetable farms, used as a way to help reduce tillage and control weeds. The farmers will share why they decided to try this production method, how they make it work for their farm operation, and the benefits as well as the drawbacks.

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Iowa Learning Farms Webinar: Kathleen Delate

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 21, 2021 Online The featured speaker for the free Iowa Learning Farms webinar series is Kathleen Delate of Iowa State University.

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Creating Community with Our Insect Neighbors

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 21, 2021 Online In this webinar, join Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson of Xerces Society to learn about common insects in our communities and how to support them. She will highlight the difference between solitary and social wasps and bees, "beneficial" insects in agriculture, and ways we can support insects in our neighborhoods and broader communities.

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Small Ruminants: Designing Your Sheep and Goat Grazing System

April 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

April 21, 2021 Online This free evening webinar is part of University of Wisconsin-Madison's Farm Ready Research series. This session will focus on setting up a grazing system for your sheep and goats, estimating carrying capacity, planning on paddock sizes, and considering fencing options and watering systems.

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