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August 2020

Vermont Open Farm Week

August 10 - August 16

August 10-16, 2020 Vermont During the 2020 Vermont Open Farm Week, you can meet (virtually, or in person) the farmers, plants, and animals that bring your favorite high-quality Vermont products to your plate. This year's offerings will focus on events appropriate for the current pandemic-related guidelines: tours, picnics, farm trails, virtual/online events (workshops, guided tastings, etc.), social media posts/stories, and perhaps some other creative ideas. The activities will vary from farm to farm. Some farms might have demonstrations and tours. Others may have pick-your-own crops, produce for purchase, or animals that you can meet.

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UMASH Expo: A 20/20 Look at Ag Health, Safety, and Wellness

August 11 - August 13

August 11-13, 2020 Online The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) is hosting the Online Expo, a free, multi-day event designed to keep the Upper Midwest agricultural community informed, connected, and safe. Attendees can drop in and visit virtual exhibitor booths, watch live safety demos, and participate in talks on a range of farm safety and health issues. There are activities for the whole family, including Jeopardy for kids and a webinar on cultivating resiliency for women in agriculture.

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Pasture-Finished Beef

August 11 @ 7:00 pm - August 13 @ 9:00 pm

August 11-13, 2020 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension and partners present three consecutive nights of free educational workshops on pasture-finished beef. This workshop on forage finishing features expertise from Greg Halich (UKY ag economics) and Ed Rayburn (WVU forage specialist), long-time producers and marketers of forage finished beef. In addition to these guests, a producer panel will offer insights from the full-time producers' perspective.

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Wheat: A Gateway Crop to Soil Health, Resilience and More

August 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

August 13, 2020 Online This virtual event from Practical Farmers of Iowa, Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture, and Indiana Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative will explore the farm-management and economic implications of wheat and all its opportunities. Adding wheat (or other small grains) into crop rotations opens the door to possibility. Not only do these crops invite you to plant a diverse cover crop and graze it, adding a small-grain crop can lay the foundation for a transition to organic. Managed properly, these possibilities can result in net profit.

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Swine Breeding Stock Care—Nutrition

August 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

August 13, 2020 Online This webinar is one in a five-part series in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension, Penn State Cooperative Extension, and UVM Extension. The material presented in these sessions is intended for swine producers interested in starting their own breeding program or improving their existing program. This session, Swine Breeding Stock Care—Nutrition with Dr. Elizabeth Hines of Penn State, will review basic dietary recommendations for boars and sows, and how to make the most of feedstuffs available to you.

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Lean & Clean (Applying Lean Farming Principles to Produce Safety)

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

August 13, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.

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Texas Sheep and Goat Expo

August 14 - August 15

August 14-15, 2020 San Angelo, Texas, and online This unique sheep and goat event provides producers and other interested persons the opportunity to attend educational presentations and participate in hands-on demonstrations. The speakers are experts in the industry. This program meets the needs of a very diverse sheep and goat industry. The field day on the morning of August 14 is free. The Expo on the afternoon of August 14 will be held both live and online, and the August 15 events take place online. The expo will cover many different segments of the industry and address the concerns and…

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Jefferson Center Virtual Ranch Field Day

August 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

August 14, 2020 Online The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management will offer preliminary results from its three-year study on healthy soils. In this virtual field day, learn about the experiment, which includes compost application, interseeding using a NoTill Drill, and Holistic Planned Grazing.

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Virtual Bee College

August 15 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

August 15, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers.

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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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International Quinoa Research Symposium

August 17 - August 19

August 17-19, 2020 Online This free, online International Quinoa Research Symposium will include live keynotes, recorded field walks, interactive poster sessions, and online discussion forums. It is produced by the Washington State University Sustainable Seed Systems Lab in collaboration with the WSU Food Systems Program and the support of many partnering organizations.

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National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Focus Group

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

August 17, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.

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Hemp Field Day—Managing Marketing Risks

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

August 17, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's free Hemp Field Day—Managing Marketing Risks is a virtual field session that will discuss marketing tactics to reduce your risk in an ever-changing business environment. Ben Davies, owner of Wild Fox Farm, will provide insight and a virtual tour of his diversified hemp farm in Barto, Pennsylvania.

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A Virtual Field Workshop: Silvopasturing at UMass

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

August 18, 2020 Online This free virtual event is a webinar offered by Tri-State SARE, featuring a tour of the silvopasture work at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center in Amherst. Participants will have an online tour of UMass Extension silvopasture with Nikki Burton. This silvopasture includes sheep within a chestnut grove. The tour will be followed with questions and discussion.

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She’s Got Your Back: Tap into a Support Network

August 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

August 18, 2020 Online MOSES continues its In Her Boots Resilience Boot Camp with this webinar. What's the key ingredient that fuels our growing organic women farmer movement? The support of other women farmers! Join a conversation with pioneering organic farmer Denise O'Brien and harvest ideas for your resilience toolkit. This webinar will talk about the movement and how it's changing to bring in a diversity of women's voices and share ideas to help you build your own legacy in sustainable agriculture.

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Inventory and Design Opportunities for Pollinator Habitat on Working Lands

August 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

August 18, 2020 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is the first in a two-part series presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Planners will learn about inventory tools and whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat. Presenters will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements and tools available to help planners evaluate current conditions, and then discuss a variety of opportunities for incorporating habitat for pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects (natural enemies of crop pests) into a wide range of landscapes and practices.

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Wholesale Readiness Webinar Series

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 18, 2020 Online In the concluding episode of the three-part Wholesale Readiness Webinar Series, Ellen Polishuk addresses "Equipment and Infrastructure Upgrading: When will it Pay Off?"

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Growing Resilience with Farm and Garden Seed Stewardship

August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 18, 2020 Online In this NOFA New York virtual field day, the farmers and storytellers at Hudson Valley Seed Company invite you to tour Four Fold Farm, where they grow open pollinated seed and preserve crop diversity by selecting unique, hard-to-find varieties and sharing the stories that come with those seeds. Learn how a seed farm is different from (and similar to) other farms and why seed keeping is crucial now more than ever. This field day will cover organic seed production and includes seed saving demonstrations with Farmer Katie Wong and Field Manager Steven Crist.

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Fundamentals of IPM: In the Field

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

August 18, 2020 Online Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is offering a free series of webinars that address the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), providing you with the information you need to start or enhance your IPM practices today. The speaker is Abby Seaman, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell University, who promotes and supports the adoption and use of IPM practices among conventional and organic vegetable farmers through a combination of applied research, demonstration projects, educational programs, and networking.

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Exploring Elderberry Benefits

August 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

August 19, 2020 Online This Savanna Institute webinar features Terry Durham and Chris Patton of the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative, discussing elderberry history, medicinal uses, nutrition benefits, and ecological benefits of incorporating elderberries on your farm.

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Recordkeeping for Postharvest Activities

August 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

August 20, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.

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Food Safety Fridays Webinar Series: Manage Wildlife

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

August 21, 2020 Online This monthly webinar series, hosted by the Maryland Food Safety Network, will focus on how to comply with key provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule (PSR). The webinars will include experts demonstrating how to perform risk assessments, implement practices, and keep records to comply with the PSR. This series is recommended for operators who have attended a Produce Safety Rule Grower Training and want more information on how to apply what they learned and what records they need to keep to be in compliance with the PSR.

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Virtual Bee College

August 22 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

August 22, 2020 Online University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is offering its Bee College for 2020 online in five Saturday sessions during August. Register for sessions individually or as a package. Three different tracks are offered for each session, including one for beginning beekeepers.

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Hemp Webinar Series: Planning for CBD Harvest

August 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

August 24, 2020 Online Penn State Extension's Hemp Webinar Series: Planning for CBD Harvest live webinar will demonstrate how to plan for this year's CBD harvest and get your questions answered. The free Hemp Webinar Series features Penn State Extension experts discussing timely hemp production and harvesting issues on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month during the growing season.

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Integrating Cover Crops on a Vegetable and Poultry Farm—Covers for Poultry

August 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

August 24, 2020 Online This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is the third in a three-part series on Integrating Cover Crops on a Vegetable and Poultry Farm at Genuine Faux Farm. Join Rob to learn about the different ways he integrates cover crops throughout his vegetable and poultry farm. From spring-seeded and fall-seeded cover crops to interseeded, quick-turnaround covers in the summer and fallow beds for running poultry, Rob has tried almost everything and will show a good mix (and single-species stand!) during these virtual field days.

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Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan Using the Young Farmers Guidebook

August 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

August 24, 2020 Online This event is a National Young Farmers Coalition Food Safety Farmer Focus Group. Participants will be chosen based on whether or not they have relevant experience to the topic of the focus group, have some knowledge about produce safety risks and practices, and are part of the decision-making process on-farm.

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Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit

August 25 - August 26

August 25-26, 2020 Online The 2020 Acres U.S.A. Healthy Soil Summit will gather growers for intensive learning on strategies to create overall farm resilience, starting from the soil up. Instructors are real farmers who practice what they teach, such as tactics to build soil resilience, increase water storage capacity, and decrease costly inputs and programs. Online event attendees will have unique opportunities to meet fellow attendees through networking, breakout discussions, and Soil Innovation Hours. Plus, the keynote address and session speakers will be even more accessible to answer your individual questions via this online event format.

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South Dakota Grazing School

August 25 - August 27

August 25-27, 2020 Wall, South Dakota South Dakota Grassland Coalition will host the West River/South Dakota grazing school, designed for producers and anyone with an interest in learning how to best manage grasslands to benefit livestock. The agenda features presenters from state and federal agencies, and universities. Area producers share their expertise about various topics related to grazing techniques and grassland management. Participants will hear presentations in the classroom and gain experience with hands-on activities in the field with a pasture allocation activities with cattle at the Guptill Ranch. Space is limited.

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Best Management Practices for Monarchs and Other Pollinators on Rangelands

August 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

August 25, 2020 Online Xerces specialists Ray Moranz (Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist) and Stephanie McKnight (Endangered Species Conservation Biologist) present a free webinar that's part of the Monarch Conservation Webinar Series sponsored by Monarch Joint Venture and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center. Stephanie will speak on managing rangelands west of the Rockies, whereas Ray will focus on the rangelands in central North America.

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International Conference on Agro Ecology and Organic Farming

August 26 - August 27

August 26-27, 2020 Online Conference Series LLC Ltd. is presenting this online event focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on food and agriculture. The conference offers keynote presentations, oral talks, poster presentations, delegate views, board talks, workshops, and exhibitions. Presentations from scholars from around the world are organized into 13 tracks.

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Chestnut Lunch Webinar Series

August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

August 26, 2020 Online Michigan State University's monthly Chestnut Lunch Webinar Series continues with this free webinar. Dan Guyer, Michigan State University, will provide a chestnut heat treatment update and Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University Extension, will offer a chestnut IPM update.

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MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture: Emotional Well-Being Warning Signs and Resources

August 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

August 26, 2020 Online MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture's biweekly Wednesday Webinar Series continues with this session on Emotional Well-Being: Warning Signs and Resources. Some topics covered include financial stress, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.

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NRCS Conservation Practices that Support Monarchs

August 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

August 26, 2020 Online Join Jessa Kay-Cruz, Senior Pollinator Ecologist for the Xerces Society and NRCS Partner Biologist, as she reviews the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation practice standards that can be adapted to support the conservation of monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

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Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

August 26, 2020 Online In this event in the MOFGA Farm Training Project series, Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds, who operates Seven Tree Farm, will address Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well.

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“Question, Persuade, Refer” Virtual Training Session

August 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

August 27, 2020 Online The Wisconsin Farm Center is hosting a series of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) virtual training sessions for agriculture service providers, farmers, and the agricultural community. QPR is an intervention method designed to help trainees identify and interrupt mental health crisis situations and direct individuals to proper care.

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November 2020

AgrAbility National Training Workshop

November 30 - December 3

November 30 - December 3, 2020 Madison, Wisconsin The 2020 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is the premier training event addressing issues of disability in agriculture. Professionals and consumers from all over the country will participate in four days of plenary sessions, breakouts, tours, networking, and special events.

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