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January 2021

Real Organic Symposium

January 3 - January 31

January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2021 Online Real Organic Project presents a virtual series of talks and panels with more than 50 prominent organic farmers, scientists, and climate activists, taking place over five Sundays in January. One ticket provides access to all five sessions. Session topics are "What is the Real Organic Project," "What is Soil Health," "Farming and Climate," "Health and Nutrition," and "What Can We Do." The event includes speakers, breakout discussion groups, and question and answer sessions.

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Kentucky Fruit & Vegetable Conference

January 5 @ 9:00 am - January 26 @ 3:00 pm

January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2021 Online The 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Virtual Conference includes more than 40 speakers presenting virtually over the four Tuesdays in January. Webinars will take place from 9 am - 3 pm each Tuesday over Zoom with a one-hour lunch break. Session topics will include protected agriculture production technologies, organic production, vegetable production (beginner and advanced), fruit production (beginner and advanced), and business management.

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NOFA NY’s Virtual Winter Conference

January 16 - January 23

January 16-23, 2021 Online Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York's virtual winter conference, "Rooted in Resilience," features more than 90 workshops and events over the course of eight days. It is held in conjunction with the Northeast Organic Seed Conference and includes a special, two-day Organic Dairy Track, as well as sessions on business and marketing, fruit, hemp, livestock, policy, soil health, urban farming, value-added, and more. Content will be available online for a month following the conference.

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PASA Sustainable Agriculture Conference

January 19 - February 5

January 19 - February 5, 2021 Online PASA's Sustainable Agriculture Conference is one of the largest gatherings of sustainable farmers, food system professionals, and changemakers in the nation. The 2021 conference features more than 90 sessions and more than 100 speakers. The keynote speaker is Robin Wall Kimmerer. The pre-conference over the course of two weeks includes more than 30 live sessions on production-focused topics.The main conference includes 50 live and on-demand sessions, social and networking events, and virtual exhibits.

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EcoFarm Conference

January 20 - January 23

January 20-23, 2021 Online The 41st EcoFarm Conference, "ReImagining Our Future," will feature inspiring keynotes, educational workshops, skill-building pre-conferences, extensive networking, a virtual trade show, and more. The event will be presented on a virtual platform called Hopin, which emulates an in-person conference experience that allows attendees to "hop in" to events throughout each day.

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Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society Winter Conference

January 21 - January 23

January 21-23, 2021 Online "Building Success Through Partnerships" is the theme this year. NPSAS Annual Winter Conference is your opportunity to nurture your network of friends among other farmers who share your goals. Keynote speakers are Walter Goldstein, Dan Barber, and Daryl Ritchison. The agenda includes pre-conference workshops, breakout sessions, and a virtual exhibit hall.

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Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference

January 21 - January 23

January 21-23, 2021 Online Gather on Practical Farmers of Iowa's (PFI) virtual conference platform to engage with old friends and new, invited speakers and exhibitors. The "Coming Home" Annual Conference brings you practical, farmer-led sessions, roundtables, and moderated panels on the issues that matter to you and your farms. There will also be new offerings, including youth sessions, lightning talks, farmer-to-farmer conversations, a night of storytelling and PFI's first feature-length film, "Livestock on the Land." There's even a virtual potluck.

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Kentucky Farmers Market Short Course

January 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

January 24, 2021 Online This virtual short course is a free event that is part of the 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Learn how to grow your market and grow your individual sales. Sessions will include updates from the KY Department of Ag, informative sessions, and an open round table where you can ask questions and learn from others.

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Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

January 25

January 25, 2021 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and online The Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference is holding in-person event that will be completely streamed online live. The agenda includes educational programming for fresh produce growers: apples, berries, grapes, and vegetables, as well as agri-tourism and winery operators. Three different tracks will run concurrently.

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Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Conference

January 26 - January 30

January 26-30, 2021 Online Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) will hold its 2021 Annual Conference, "Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms: Reshaping Kentucky with Organics," virtually. Conference sessions cover an array of production topics, regenerative organic agriculture, livestock management, marketing, systems thinking, and food systems change-making. Hear from experienced farmers and national speakers in live sessions and keynotes, and join in the conversation via live Q&A and Farmer Roundtables. A Virtual Trade Show is also included. Speakers include Leah Penniman, Jean-Martin Fortier, Will Harris, and Dr. Daphne Miller, as well as NCAT Program Specialist Justin Duncan.

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Produce Safety Grower Training Course

January 26

January 26, 2021 Online Michigan State University Extension is hosting remote delivery of the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training remotely via the Internet. The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course is a standardized curriculum that covers a wide range of information on produce safety, including a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule requirements. It is recognized by FDA as one way to satisfy the training requirement of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule. The training is offered at no cost to growers.

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Cover Crops, Herbs, and Cut Flowers for Pollination and Pest Management

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

January 26, 2021 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Presenter Alina Harris and coordinator Nancy Lee Adamson will discuss which cover crops, herbs, and cut flowers best support pollinators, predators, parasitoids, and have extra value for culinary or ornamental use.

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Grazing to Avoid Trouble

January 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

January 26, 2021 Online This webinar featuring NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Linda Coffey is part of Food Animals Concerns Trust's free webinar series. Sheep and goat producer Linda Coffey will discuss some of the problems farmers might encounter while grazing their livestock, such as bloat, toxic plants, fescue toxicity, predator control, parasite management, and more.

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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

January 26, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Farm Tours: Urban Farming.

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Beginning Farmer Class: Recordkeeping Systems

January 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 26, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Recordkeeping Systems: Production & Business.

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Munch on This

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - February 18 @ 8:30 pm

January 26 - February 18, 2021 Online North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition is offering "Munch on This," a twice-weekly virtual series on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It will feature 45-minute presentations from NDGLC mentors and stakeholders on holistic management practices and ways to support these practices, followed by a discussion. Sessions include partner and lender panels, producer experiences, and business management.

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Specialty Crops Risk Management Webinar Series

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

January 27, 2021 Online The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sponsoring a series of free webinars for specialty crop producers. They will feature new tools and resources on how to manage risk. The webinars will take place on consecutive Wednesdays over the noon hour. This session is on risk management for perennial crops.

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LegenDAIRY Planning: Protecting the Family Farm

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

January 27, 2020 Online Hooper Law Office is presenting this free educational seminar. Many Farmers fear that the costs of long-term care will drain their assets, forcing them to sell the family farm. This session will cover how to protect your farm, even when you need to pay for nursing home costs. It will also address how to distribute assets among those who will continue the farm's operations and those who will not, how to minimize, or eliminate, estate and capital gains taxes upon death and how to protect your children's inheritance.

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Soil Health in Organic High Tunnels

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

January 27, 2021 Online This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. It's the final episode in a three-part series focused on organic management of high tunnels, and this session will discuss soil health. Speakers will describe the state of soils in high tunnels and some issues of concern. Participants will learn about soil health measures, the effects of soil disturbance and interactions between nutrient management and cover crops.

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Pasture Progress: A Closer Look at NRCS Programs for Livestock Farmers

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

January 27, 2021 Online In this online event from Georgia Organics, learn how you can access National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for your livestock operation from farmers with experience. Hear from farmers Bryan Hager of Crager Hager Farms and Ricky Dollison of Dollison Farms on their experince accessing NRSC programs and learn how you too can take advantage of offerings for your livestock operations. Topics include infrastructure cost-shares through EQIP, technical assistance from NRCS agents, and the benefits of drafting a conservation plan.

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Agroforestry Symposium

January 28 @ 9:00 am - January 30 @ 12:30 pm

January 28-30, 2021 Online The University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry is offering its 12th annual Agroforestry Symposium free online. From healthy, accessible food that supports disease-resistant bodies, to innovative strategies for strong local economies, and community engagement for improved equity and awareness, the 2021 Agroforestry Symposium will highlight inspiring efforts and leaders who are paving a way to comprehensive community wellness. Major themes to be addressed at the Symposium are relevant to farmers, value-added producers, health professionals, community organizers, and engaged citizens. Themes include apecialty crops for healthy people and a healthy environment, innovative community development and advocacy, and…

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Winter Meat-ings #3—Creative Cooperative & Community Solutions

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

January 28, 2021 Online Wisconsin Farmers Union is holding a "Winter Meat-ings" series on solutions to meat processing struggles in the state. Six total sessions will look at challenges and opportunities for Wisconsin meat supply chains and family farms. This session focuses on Creative Cooperative & Community Solutions.

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Augmentative Biological Control in Protected Culture and Greenhouses

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

January 28, 2021 Online This free webinar is part of the Small Farms Winter Webinar Series, a weekly educational series for the small farm community from University of Illinois Extension. In this session, learn about research so far into natural enemy releases in high tunnels and greenhouses and an upcoming project next summer.

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Minnesota Organic Conference

January 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

January 28, 2021 Online The Minnesota Organic Conference is going virtual, with afternoon sessions on four Thursdays in January. The fourth and final session is on "Soil Health on Organic Farms."

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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

January 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

January 28, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topic on this date is Go Big or Go Homestead: Financial Realities of Pasture-based Livestock Production Systems.

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Beginning Farmer Class: Farm Finances

January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

January 28, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Farm Finances: Bookkeeping/Income & Expense Tracking/Cash Flow.

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Emerging Farmers Conference

January 29 - January 30

January 29-30, 2021 Online The annual Emerging Farmers Conference serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses. This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of farmers of color and immigrant farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. The 16th annual conference will be virtual and free to farmers, with the theme "Reclaiming our Voices: For Farmers, by Farmers, with Farmers."

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Organic Sunflower Production

January 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

January 29, 2021 Online OGRAIN is hosting a weekly series of workshops online, on topics related to organic grain production. Brief presentations will be followed by open discussion. Participation is free, but pre-registration will be required for each session. This session is on organic sunflower production, with Wisconsin organic farmer Josh Engel.

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Acting on Your Values: Women Renting it Out Right

January 29 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

January 29, 2021 Online The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is putting on a free winter series of virtual workshops designed to help farmland owners and retiring farmers act on their conservation and social values. LSP has introductory workshops for retiring farmers and non-operating landowners, as well as shorter webinars that are deeper dives into specific subjects such as financial and legal considerations, farmland programs to support conservation, and basic soil health. This women-only session is "Women Renting it Out Right—Introduction to Conservation Leases and Resources."

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NOFA New Jersey Annual Winter Conference

January 30 - January 31

January 30-31, 2021 Online Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) New Jersey will host its annual winter conference online. The conference will explore the present and future of NJ agriculture through the eyes of the state's, country's, and the world's vision of what agriculture is becoming. Speakers will discuss climate change, social and food justice, new agricultural practices, and innovations to make the NJ food system more sustainable environmentally and economically.

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Farm Dreams

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

January 30, 2021 Online Organic Growers School offers an entry-level Farm Dreams workshop that provides practical, common-sense information on sustainable farming and how to move forward with starting your own farm. The half-day workshop is virtual, but focused on Western North Carolina.

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Kiss the Ground Screening and Q&A

January 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

January 28 and 30, 2021 Online The City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability presents a screening of Kiss the Ground starting on January 28, followed on January 30 by a live Q&A with City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability, co-owner, Operations Manager and CFO for the Bedner Family of Companies, Marie Bedner, and NCAT's Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, Nina Prater.

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February 2021

Women in Livestock Business: Marketing for Profit

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - February 4 @ 3:00 pm

February 2-4, 2021 Online At this free, online, three-afternoon conference from University of New Hampshire Extension, learn, network, and share ideas with regional specialists and fellow women livestock farmers. This conference is intended for New England women livestock producers of all experience levels.

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Farm Transitions and Renting It Out Right Workshop Series: Goal Setting for Life & Land

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

February 2, 2021 Online Land Stewardship Project is offering a Farm Transition Planning series of workshops that include the topics of goal setting, financial planning, legal aspects, long-term care considerations, introduction to soil health, and planning for conservation. In this session, Goal Setting for Life & Land with Cree Bradley, take a deeper dive into getting started on your journey to planning for the long-term legacy you want for your land.

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TOFGA Virtual Conference Session

February 2 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

February 2, 2021 Online Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (TOFGA) is holding a virtual conference this year, with live sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evening in January and February. The agenda includes virtual farm tours, workshops, and roundtables. The topics on this date are mob-tilling with swine and anti-racist action in the food movement.

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Beginning Farmer Class: Sustainable Crop Production II

February 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

February 2, 2021 Online The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food is offering a series of virtual Beginning Farmer Classes throughout January and February. Each session is independent, so participants can register for the ones they choose. This session is on Managing Insects, Weeds, and Disease Pests.

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Risk Management in Vegetable Crops

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

February 3, 2021 Online This session is part of the free Specialty Crops Risk Management Webinar Series from the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach FEED Small Farms Team. This evening webinar features Ajay Nair, Extension Vegetable Specialist.

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Biological Control Options in Vegetable Production

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

February 3, 2021 Online This free webinar from eOrganic will introduce the audience to biological control strategies commonly employed in vegetable production against insects and mites. Topics to be discussed include biopesticides available for vegetable production and their target pests, the benefits and shortcomings of biological control agent releases, companion planting for attracting natural enemies, and careful selection of insecticides or miticides that have minimal negative impacts on biological control agents.

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Indiana Hort Conference & Expo

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - February 24 @ 3:00 pm

February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2021 Online Purdue University presents this year's Indiana Hort Conference in the form of four afternoon webinars on Wednesdays in February. Topics include production, marketing, pest management, high tunnels, and more.

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Farm-Proven Strategies for Employee Management and Retention

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

February 3, 2021 Online In this online event, Georgia Organics offers the opportunity to learn farm-proven employee management and retention practices from Paul and Lindsey Sorah of Hearts of Harvest Farm. Topics include cultivating employees, workflows, management strategies, planning for payroll, and hiring.

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