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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

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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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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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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Research Update—Reducing Tillage in Organic Grain Systems

April 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

April 14, 2021 Online In this free webinar from Rodale Institute, Dr. Yichao Rui, Lead Scientist of the USDA NRCS funded Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) project "Innovations in Cover Crop-Based Organic No-till Systems" will discuss the challenges and opportunities in reducing tillage intensity and frequency in organic grain production systems. This webinar will also discuss the efficacy of innovative tools in terminating cover crops, controlling weeds, supporting yields, and maintaining soil health.

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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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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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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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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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Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters, and How We Can All Be a Vital Part of the Solution

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

April 22, 2021 Online Join Xerces Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, for this webinar where he explains the latest science on insect declines and how everyone can incorporate invertebrate conservation into their lives. If we hope to stem the losses of insect diversity and the services they provide, society must take steps at all levels to protect, restore and enhance native plant habitat across landscapes, from wildlands to farmlands to urban cores.

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Lunch with Forages: Reed Anderson

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

April 22, 2021 Online Oregon Forage & Grassland Council's monthly Lunch with Forages series continues with this session featuring Reed Anderson, the well-known owner of Anderson Ranches—a 5th generation grass-based operation in the Willamette Valley. He'll discuss the current market situations affected by the pandemic, sustainable ways of raising sheep and cattle on pasture, and marketing grass-fed animals.

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Building Your Permaculture Property

April 23 - April 25

April 23-25, 2021 Online This free, live, online global summit is sponsored by New Society Publishers and hosted by Building Your Permaculture Property co-authors Rob and Michelle Avis, founders of Verge Permaculture, and Takota Coen of Coen Farm. Michelle, Rob, and Takota will be offering an inspiring, information-packed keynote on their five-step process to design and build a thriving permaculture property. Afterward, they'll interview nearly 20 world-renowned permaculture pioneers about their own early beginnings, painful lessons, hard-won victories, and inspiring case studies.

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Stolen Land: The Struggle for Rematriation

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

April 23, 2021 Online The New School at Commonweal presents this virtual event as part of the Roots of Resilience in An Age of Crisis series co-presented with Real Food Media. UCSF Associate Professor of Medicine Dr. Rupa Marya and A-dae Romero-Briones of the First Nations Development Institute discuss efforts around the country to take on the aftermath of centuries of government-sanctioned and led land dispossession and cultural decimation. Together with TNS Host and Author Anna Lappé, Rupa and A-dae will share strategies toward a vision to protect and uplift Native agro-ecological traditions, including efforts to rematriate thousands of acres…

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Farm Management Fridays: FARMing for Health

April 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

April 23, 2021 Online In this free webinar from University of Wisconsin Extension, Extension Specialist John Shutske and Vernon County Extension Educator Ashley Olson will discuss FARMing tools for healthy farm businesses. The FARM tool helps producers focus their actions and resources in ways that provide a maximum ROI. Tools and techniques that support focused planning with other team members along with simple powerful ways to practice gratitude and "being present" help producers and family members insure that their most precious resources are FARMED effectively.

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Orcharding 101: A Three-Part Workshop with Michael Phillips

April 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

April 25, May 2, and May 9, 2021 Online MOFGA is offering this three-part workshop with Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower and The Holistic Orchard. He will lead a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make it possible for organic growers grow top-notch fruit and address disease and insect challenges. The workshop is free for MOFGA Journeyperson program participants, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), and veterans.

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Nobel Prize Summit: Our Planet, Our Future

April 26 - April 28

April 26-28, 2021 Online The first Nobel Prize Summit brings together Nobel Prize laureates, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and youth leaders to explore the question: What can be achieved in this decade to put the world on a path to a more sustainable, more prosperous future for all of humanity? Across three days, the virtual event will combine keynotes and lively discussion with live performance and theater. Speakers will explore solutions to some of humanity's greatest challenges: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing inequality, and technological innovation in support of societal goals.

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Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment on Small Farms

April 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

April 26, 2021 Online This is the concluding session in MOFGA's three-part series on labor management. Designed for farmers, this training will feature Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine providing definitions, examples, and strategies for responding to as well as preventing sexual harassment in a variety of settings. They will discuss Maine and Federal laws, but cannot give legal advice. After the presentation, SASSMM will highlight farms who have current sexual harassment policies, and SASSMM staff will facilitate a question-and-answer session for farmers hoping to implement their own policies.

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Bale Grazing: An Alternative Strategy for Overwintering Beef Cattle

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

April 27, 2021 Online This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Attend this webinar to learn about bale grazing, how to properly implement this winter feed strategy even in states with mild/wet winters while minimizing surface pasture disturbance, maximizing hay nutrient distribution and targeting the buildup of low fertility soils. See the first hand results of a local farm bale grazing demonstration where this producer fed nearly 400 bales to overwinter his herd using this strategy during the long, wet winter of 2020/2021.

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The Evolution of the Meat Goat Industry

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

April 29, 2021 Online University of Minnesota Extension presents an interactive goat marketing discussion with Dr. Frank Pinkerton. This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the true experts in the field and bring your questions for Dr. Pinkerton.

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May 2021

Grains Week

May 3 - May 7

May 3-7, 2021 Online Cascadia Grains is offering Grains Week, an interactive online celebration of value-added small grains for farmers, bakers, brewers, distillers, millers, maltsters, and consumers. Programming will focus on Brewing & Distilling, Baking & Culinary Uses, Integrated Systems, Agronomic Research, and Grain Systems Around the World. This event aims to make networking, education, and accessibility as easy and straightforward as possible. Grains Week will bring research, information, and community to farmers, bakers, scholars, and industry professionals who are interested in the sustainability and health of regional grain economies.

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Vegetable Farming 101: Irrigation

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

May 3, 2021 Braddock, Pennsylvania This Pasa Sustainable Agriculture workshop at Braddock Farms offers an opportunity to see an irrigation system in action while you learn about the water needs of different crops, soils, terrains, and scales.

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The Compost Conundrum: Selecting the Right Amendment

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

May 4, 2021 Online Eco-Farm's Dirt First! Conversation Series continues with this session, "The Compost Conundrum: Selecting the Right Amendment." In addition to giving you the information you need to make an informed compost purchase decision, this session will cover basics such as why compost receives greenhouse gas credit in the Healthy Soils Program and future carbon credit programs, and generally how to build your soil health.

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