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June 2021

The Edible Schoolyard Project Summer Training at Home 2021

June 14 - June 25

June 14-25, 2021 Online The Edible Schoolyard Project is offering a free, virtual training on Zoom over the course of two weeks. This exciting series of workshops, webinars, and skill shares brings together edible educators from around the world. Choose which events to attend based on your interest and availability. Participants must complete a registration for each session they wish to attend, and some events have a limited number of spaces and may fill up.

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Groundwork: Exploring a Regenerative and Relational Agriculture

June 14 @ 10:30 am - June 25 @ 12:00 pm

June 14-25, 2021 Online Paicines Ranch Learning Center and #NoRegrets Initiative present Groundwork: Exploring a Regenerative and Relational Agriculture, a free, online, two-week intensive course featuring educational presentations and interactive discussions on the fundamentals of regenerative and relational agriculture. The agenda will cover a range of ecologically, economically, and socially based topics including principles, practices, monitoring, research, economics, integrated capital, policy, nutrition, health, and social, personal and community dynamics. Participants will be asked to actively engage for 90 minutes daily during the two weeks, as well engage in additional study prior to each day's topic.

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Fencing and Grazing Clinic

June 17

June 17, 2021 Ames, Iowa This free, one-day Fencing and Grazing Clinic is presented by Iowa Beef Center, Department of Animal Science, and ISU Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University. Learn about considerations for a grazing plan, tour the ISU Beef Teaching Farm, and participate in a fencing demonstration led by Gallagher on permanent and temporary fencing. Fencing laws, ISU research updates, and interaction with an experienced grazier producer panel also are on the agenda.

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Conservation Innovation Grants in Virginia

June 18

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is seeking Conservation Innovation Grant proposals focused on research, demonstrations, outreach and educational initiatives to advance adoption of soil health management practices in Virginia. Projects should reflect a clear understanding of and alignment with state soil health issues and ultimately lead to greater implementation of one or more of these soil health principles: keep soil covered, minimize soil disturbance, maximize living roots and energize with diversity. Preferred projects will focus on agronomic assessment of soil health/dynamic soil properties, integrated conservation agronomy (systems-level assimilation of soil health with one or more conservation-related disciplines) or both. Grants…

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Nourishing Life Conference

June 18 - June 19

June 18-19, 2021 Online The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions presents this conference addressing the interwoven threads of soil health, nutrition, and community health. Nourishing Life will inspire and inform healthcare providers, curious farmers, and concerned community members with action steps for their personal and professional lives, their communities, and our world.

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Thirsty California: Water, Agribusiness, and the Future of Food

June 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

June 18, 2021 Online This free event is part of the Roots of Resilience in An Age of Crisis series presented by The New School at Commonweal and Real Food Media. Join Anna Lappe with award-winning journalist, Tom Philpott, and Janaki Jagannath, of the Community Alliance for Agroecology and the 11th Hour Project, to talk about the state of water in California. As record wildfires and drought plague the state, what are advocates for farmers and farmworkers advocating for? What threats do we face and how do we take them on?

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Converting to Organic and Regenerative Fruit Production

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

June 19, 2021 Antigo, Wisconsin Organic Fruit Growers Association is offering a free opportunity to learn from Lisa Rettinger of Grandview Orchard and Nursery about her experience moving to organic fruit production. Lisa will share her expertise and experiences with understory management, sap analysis, and disease management, as well as marketing logistics for on-farm sales.

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On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials

June 21

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials that feature collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. Incentive payments are provided to producers to offset the risk of implementing innovative approaches. NRCS is seeking proposals that address at least one of the following four On-Farm Trial priorities: climate-smart agricultural solutions, soil health demonstration trial, irrigation water management, or management technologies and strategies. NRCS will invest up to $25 million on On-Farm Trials in 2021. This total includes up to $10 million for the Soil Health Demonstration…

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Conservation Innovation Grants in South Dakota

June 21

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) funding available to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of South Dakota. A total of up to $150,000 is available for the South Dakota CIG competition in FY 2021. All non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award is $75,000. Applications are due by June 21, 2021.

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Farmers Market Promotion Program

June 21

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) administered by USDA Agricultural Marketing Service funds projects that develop, coordinate, and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Supported activities may include developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant, and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities. A 10% or a 25% match is required. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofits, agricultural businesses and cooperatives, and others. Approximately $38.5…

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Shell Egg Academy

June 21 - June 25

June 21-25, 2021 Online Purdue University is offering Shell Egg Academy virtually this year. It includes two classes: Live Hen Production (June 21-23) and Egg Processing and Food Safety (June 21-23). Shell Egg Academy is a learning experience and education opportunity for the egg production and processing industries. Through a combination of interactive Zoom classroom experiences taught by expert speakers, and hands-on learning, participants are provided the latest information on egg quality and egg safety.

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Conservation Innovation Grants in Maine

June 21

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) available to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Maine. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in Fiscal Year 2021 will be up to $250,000, with a per-award maximum of $75,000. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, or individuals, for competitive consideration of grant awards. Projects will be between one and three years in duration. For Fiscal Year 2021, NRCS will consider offering CIGs in the following areas: Forestry; Aquatic Organism Conservation; Soil Health; Pollinator Conservation;…

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Local Food Promotion Program

June 21

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) requests applications for the fiscal year 2021 Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). LFPP supports the development, coordination, and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Approximately $38.5 million will be available. Planning projects range from $25,000 to $200,000, and implementation projects range from $100,000 to $750,000. AMS welcomes applications that meet LAMP goals to support the development, coordination, and expansion of direct producer-to-consumer marketing, local and regional food markets and enterprises, and value-added agricultural products and thereby support pandemic recovery in…

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Agritourism and Value-Added Processing

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

June 21, 2021 Online This webinar is part of Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." Webinars will feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures.

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Dual-Use Solar in Wild Blueberry

June 22 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

June 22, 2021 Rockport, Maine University of Maine Extension's Summer Field Day series includes this free opportunity to join Dr. Calderwood, grower Paul Sweetland, and BlueWave Solar for a tour and discussion.

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Farming for the Future: Ecosystem Market Summer Series

June 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

June 22, 2021 Online Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This first session features programs available from input providers (Bayer, Corteva, and Nutrien).

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Solar Farm Apiaries Webinar: Opportunities for Bees and Beekeepers

June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

June 22, 2021 Online This online event will offer a virtual tour showing successful projects to introduce beekeepers to the increasingly common land use of large-scale solar farms. It will also present a model contract created by the Food and Beverage Law Clinic at Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law, for beekeepers exploring solar farm apiary agreements. The free webinar is hosted by Fresh Energy and presented in partnership with American Beekeeping Federation, American Solar Grazing Association, and Pace University's Food and Beverage Law Clinic.

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Crop Production Workshop Series: Summer Management

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

June 22 - July 20, 2021 Online and Beverly, Massachusetts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering this 5-week online course on Tuesday evenings, with opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts, each week. In this Summer Management session, participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring the management of pests and disease, nutrients, and weeds in an organic farming operation.

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Organic Climate Resilience

June 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

June 23, 2021 Stockton Springs, Maine This free event is part of University of Maine Extension's Summer Field Day series. It's a combined pest and crop management field meeting in Waldo County with grower Josh Dixon. Dr. Calderwood's UMaine team has a mulch research study at this location, which will be featured. Maine NRCS will be present to share information about mulch and irrigation programs.

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Farming for the Future: Ecosystem Market Summer Series

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

June 24, 2021 Online Join the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and organizations from Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin for a free four-part webinar series exploring new management options and financial opportunities for Midwest farmers. The series will provide farmers and their advisors with practical and straightforward information on innovative incentives. This second session explores innovative markets and data platforms available from CIBO, Farmers Business Network, and Land O'Lakes.

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Carbon Markets for U.S. Row Crop Producers: Opportunities and Challenges

June 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

June 24, 2021 Online Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a free webinar regarding the status of carbon markets and implications and possibilities for agricultural producers. The webinar will specifically focus on opportunities and challenges of the carbon markets in U.S. agriculture for row crop producers.

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North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition Summer Tour

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

June 24, 2021 Ellendale, North Dakota North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition presents its summer tour at Brad Sand's ranch. Topics will include fencing, grazing management, grazing rotations, dung beetles, water development, and cover crops.

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North American Agroforestry Conference

June 28 - July 2

June 28 - July 2, 2021 Online The 2021 North American Agroforestry Conference will bring together farmers, landowners, researchers, climate scientists, investors, philanthropists, policymakers, and global leaders on climate change, carbon drawdown, and agroforestry. Together, participants will tackle the major barriers to scaling agroforestry, focusing on solutions and action. The conference features more than 50 speakers over five days.

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Emerging Issues in Agritourism

June 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

June 28, 2021 Online This webinar concludes Michigan State University Extension's four-part webinar series "Cultivating Local Farm Economies: Planning, Zoning and Emerging Issues in Agritourism." These webinars feature speakers from MSU Extension's Land Use and Community Food Systems Teams as well as testimonials from farmers who have successfully navigated the local planning and zoning environment to ensure successful agritourism ventures.

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OEFFA ‘Conference Bite’

June 29

June 29, 2021 Online Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association is offering access to presentations from its 2021 online conference, Our Time: Essential Links for a Strong Food Chain, via OEFFA's YouTube channel. Videos will be loaded in three "bites" and will be free for viewing at anytime thereafter. This first bite presents sessions on "Reflecting on 2020 and Finding Opportunity in Crisis."

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Conservation Innovation Grants in Vermont

June 29

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Vermont has up to $465,000 available for Conservation Innovation Grants. Non-federal entities are eligible to apply. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2021 is $175,000. Priorities for the Vermont call for proposals include the following: Water Quality, Soil Health, and Forestry and Wildlife Habitat Management. Proposals are due by June 29, 2021.

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Compost Application for Degraded Rangeland

June 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

June 29, 2021 Online Faculty and staff from Swanton Pacific Ranch's CDFA Healthy Soils Program project will be hosting a Virtual Ranch Workshop on compost application rates for degraded rangelands. Researchers are exploring whether compost from landfill waste can help to improve productivity of rangelands, while sequestering carbon. The free workshop is open to the public and no pre-registration is required.

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Intro to Organic Transition

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

June 29, 2021 Peconic, New York This NOFA New York field day offers a tour of Sang Lee Farms. Learn about this farm's transition from a conventional farm selling strictly to terminal markets, wholesale distributors, and some restaurants, to becoming certified organic and selling direct-to-consumers through their highly successful CSA, farmers markets, and farm stand.

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California Conservation Agreements

June 30

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California is accepting applications for Conservation Agreements from $30,000 to $75,000 to address specific conservation objectives. Emphasis will be placed on projects that provide technical assistance to NRCS staff in the implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs. NRCS anticipates 10 agreements. NRCS seeks collaboration with conservation partners and outside entities to perform conservation planning on private lands and complete conservation plans under NRCS conservation planning policy. Applications are due by June 30, 2021.

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Hispanic Field Day

June 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

June 30, 2021 Mechanicsville, Virginia Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this half-day field day at Rosa's Garden. Registration is limited.

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Vegetable Farming 101: Irrigation

June 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

June 30, 2021 Germanville, Pennsylvania In this Pasa Sustainable Agriculture workshop at The Good Farm, see an irrigation system in action while you learn about the water needs of different crops, soils, terrains, and scales.

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July 2021

South Carolina Market Development Trade Show and Educational Conference Cost Share Program

July 1

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Market Development Trade Show and Educational Conference Cost Share Program, which offers partial funding for specialty crop producers to attend certain pre-approved trade shows and conferences. A list of qualifying events is available online. The program is a project of the South Carolina Specialty Crop Growers Association and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and is supported by USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 project year is July 1, 2021.

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Farm Visit to Fair Produce

July 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 1, 2021 Lawrenceville, Virginia Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Program is hosting a morning visit to Fair Produce. Registration is limited.

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Organic Industry Human Capital Capacity Building

July 2

The organic industry faces a shortage in well-qualified organic inspectors and reviewers. Given this issue, the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) is implementing an "Organic Industry Human Capital Capacity Building" initiative. The goal is to improve the oversight capacity of the organic industry by supporting and expanding the pool of qualified inspectors and reviewers. The initiative will support projects across the human capital pipeline, from initial workforce development to creating resources for existing professionals. USDA issued a Request for Applications that invites proposals for projects aimed at organic inspector and reviewer workforce development, recruitment, and retention. NOP intends to fund…

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New Mexico Healthy Soils Program Grants

July 2

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for its Healthy Soil Program. Grant funding may be used for agricultural projects in New Mexico that focus on one or more of five basic soil health principles: keeping the soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and integrating animals into land management. Eligible applicants include nations, tribes, and pueblos; land grants; acequias; soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs); and New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. Farmers and ranchers may also apply, provided they have secured project support from an SWCD or a…

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Regional Food System Partnerships

July 6

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service requests applications for the fiscal year 2021 Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) grant program. Approximately $15.3 million will be available. The RFSP supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. The RFSP focuses on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience, and this includes pandemic response and recovery. Applicants will work with their partners to catalyze the development of local or regional food systems. Applicants will coordinate efforts within the partnership to set priorities, connect resources and services, and measure progress towards common…

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Montana Organic Association 4M Farm Tour

July 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

July 6, 2021 Malta, Montana Montana Organic Association is presenting this tour at 4M Farms hosted by Cliff and Anna Merriman.

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Basics of Strawberry Production

July 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 6, 2021 Halifax, Virginia Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program is presenting this afternoon workshop. Registration is limited.

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Hilling Sweet Potatoes

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

July 7, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this evening workshop on hilling sweet potatoes at Randolph Farm in Petersburg, Virginia.

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Blueberry Hill Farm Field Day

July 8 @ 9:00 am - July 9 @ 12:00 pm

July 8 or 9, 2021 Jonesboro, Maine University of Maine Extension is offering a free field day at Blueberry Hill Farm as part of its Summer Field Day series. Both mornings will have identical content. Choose your own adventure through a rotation of three to six sessions each day.

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