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July 2021

Sustainable Agronomy Conference Virtual Event & Conservation in Action Tour Series

July 20 @ 11:00 am - August 24 @ 1:00 pm

July 20 - August 24, 2021 Online American Society of Agronomy announced that the Sustainable Agronomy Conference will be free in six online sessions of two hours each this year. The Sustainable Agronomy Conference will provide Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs), Agri-Sales Professionals, and growers with the opportunity to more fully understand and implement sustainable agronomy in the field. Learn the drivers, economics, agronomics, environmental benefits, and implementation techniques of sustainable crop production. Economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainable agronomy will be considered. This year's Sustainable Agronomy Conference includes a four-part virtual Conservation in Action Tour by the Conservation Technology…

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Landowner Boot Camp

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - August 20 @ 1:30 pm

July 20 - August 20, 2021 Online Join Des Moines Water Works, Heartland Cooperative, Peoples Company, and Practical Farmers of Iowa for a four-part virtual boot camp for landowners, designed to share the why, what, when and how of successful and intentional farmland management. In four Friday sessions, learn from landowners, farmers, and conservation professionals about successful strategies for implementing conservation and stewardship practices on rented farmland, and hear why responsible landownership is so important to building a better agriculture in Iowa and across the Midwest.

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Kentucky AgVets Field Day

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

July 25, 2021 Shepherdsville, Kentucky Kentucky AgVets will host the inaugural Kentucky AgVets Field Day at Cedar Creek Beef Company. If you are a veteran in the state of Kentucky and are either actively farming or have an interest in becoming more involved in agriculture, you may attend this meeting with a free meal to learn about resources available to start, develop, or expand an agriculture business. NCAT program specialist Mike Lewis will attend.

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Explore Farming

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

July 25, 2021 West Point, Nebraska This free, one-hour bilingual workshop from the Center for Rural Affairs offers information that will help attendees start their own farm businesses. Learn where to start in the process, how to develop skills for farming, what resources may help, and much more.

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Soil and Water Conservation Society International Annual Conference

July 26 - July 28

July 26-28, 2021 Online The Soil and Water Conservation Society is presenting its Annual Conference, "One World, Connected through Conservation," online. Professionals advancing conservation solutions through research and practice in public and private sectors will present their work, including the latest in soil health, water resources, conservation management, climate change adaptation, social science, and more. Workshops, symposia sessions, and posters will showcase ideas, technologies, and practices, and foster a dialogue around their adoption.

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Kneading Conference

July 26 - July 30

July 26-30, 2021 Online The Kneading Conference brings together grainiacs and bread buffs from all over the country. Farmers, professional and home bakers, brewers, chefs, cooks, grain researchers, maltsters, food entrepreneurs, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts gather to educate one another about the art and science of growing and milling grains, baking artisan breads, and brewing delicious beer. This year's virtual conference features more than 25 workshops, demos, panels, and discussions led by grain leaders from around the world. Attendees may watch live or view the class later (workshop recordings will be available for six months).

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Rotational Grazing Workshop

July 26 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

July 26, 2021 Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering a half-day Rotational Grazing Workshop with Widdershins LLC's Wendy Russell. Learn from an experienced farmer. Space is limited.

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Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers

July 26 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

July 26, 2021 Online Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust partnered with Agrarian Trust to co-host "Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers," an online Equitable Land Access (ELA) Co-Learning and Training opportunity for 100 participants interested in advancing equitable farmland access opportunities in their communities. The second session is "The Land Tenure Power Structure in America." This training is meant to be for residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine and also meant to be for agricultural service providers who help guide farmland owners and/or farmland seekers about different options available to them, but anyone interested may register…

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Farmer-Farmland Match & Market Maker

July 27 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

July 27, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program is presenting this virtual event.

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Whole Farm Planning

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

July 27, 2021 Petersburg, Pennsylvania Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this mid-day workshop at Randolph Farm. Registration is limited.

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Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

July 27 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

July 27 - August 24, 2021 Online The National AgrAbility Project is presenting Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture on five consecutive Tuesdays, beginning July 27, 2021. All sessions are free. The first session includes a conference introduction by Cindy Chastain, National AgrAbility Project, and Jeanette Lombardo, Farmer Veteran Coalition, plus "One Veteran's Journey from PTSD to Farmer" by Sarah Creech, Blue Yonder Organic Farm and Indiana Farmer Veteran Coalition.

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Purdue Student Farm Small Farm Education Field Day

July 29

July 29, 2021 West Lafayette, Indiana The Purdue Student Farm and Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture invite farmers and produce growers to attend the Small Farm Education Field Day. The in-person field day will occur at the student farm. Purdue experts will share demonstrations about weed identification, soil health, vegetable diseases and pests, and good agricultural practices for postharvest operations. Specific crop demonstrations will include hemp, onion, sweet pepper, eggplant, pepper, and tomato in various production systems.

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Increasing Profits through Value Added Products

July 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 29, 2021 White Stone, Virginia Virginia Cooperative Extension Small Farm Outreach Program is offering this morning workshop at Georgiatown Farm. Enrollment is limited.

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Restore Native Habitat

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

July 29, 2021 Online This online event is part of Wisconsin Women in Conservation's Conservation Summer Camp Series. In this one-hour webinar, learn how to safely battle invasive species and nurture a healthy ecosystem. Connect with conservation experts, meet other inspiring Wisconsin women that share your love of the land, and learn about NRCS resources to support your conservation goals.

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Farm Tour: Fort Baptist Farm

July 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

July 29, 2021 Ithaca, New York Groundswell and NOFA New York present this evening tour of Fort Baptist Farm, a Black owned, family-run CSA farm. Registration is required. Space is limited.

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Scouting & Forecasting: Proactive Pest Prevention in Vegetables

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

July 29, 2021 Braddock, Pennsylvania This on-farm IPM workshop from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture takes place at Braddock Farms. Learn how to identify pests early in their life cycle, track regional population trends, and understand the environmental indicators that can lead to infestation so you can take a proactive approach to protecting your fields.

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Creative Land Access and No-Till Vegetable Research

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July 31, 2021 Decorah, Iowa At this free MOSES Organic Field Day, 2021 Changemaker Hannah Breckbill and her farm partner, Emily Fagan, highlight the community-centered land access story and cooperative business model behind Humble Hands Harvest, a diversified organic vegetable, livestock, and tree crop farm. Hear about their no-till organic vegetable system as well as their plans for perennializing their 22 acres.

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August 2021

Northern Nut Growers Association Virtual Annual Conference

August 1 - August 3

August 1-3, 2021 Online The Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Conference will be virtual this year. The organization focuses on growing and research of temperate zone nut trees. The keynote speaker is Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger.

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Benefits of Companion Planting & Value-Added Enterprises at Walker Homestead

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 1, 2021 Iowa City, Iowa This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Kristy and Bob Walker at Walker Homestead. They will walk participants through their on-farm research project investigating the benefits of companion planting alongside their vineyards as a solution for pest management. Learn about their various enterprises and how they integrate agritourism at the homestead.

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Small Farm Education Webinar Series

August 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

August 2, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm kicks off its August Small Farm Education Webinar Series with this live, online education seminar. Topics will include Food Safety Overviews and Sanitation Standard Operation Procedures, Value-adding Business Food Safety and Cottage Food Law, and Fresh Produce Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices for Small Farms.

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Crop Production Workshop: Fall Harvest

August 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

August 3 - August 31, 2021 Online and Beverly, Massachusetts New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is offering its third 5-week Crop Production Workshop, taking place virtually with optional opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm. The online portion of the workshop takes place every Tuesday evening. Participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring how to harvest, wash, and pack vegetables for a variety of local market outlets. Participants have the option to work with the New Entry Food Hub to explore aggregation and distribution of local produce, in addition to…

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Exploring Agritourism for Your Farm

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

August 3, 10, 17, and 27, 2021 Online Farmers interested in adding value to their farm resources through agritourism are invited to join University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee Department of Agriculture specialists for a free online workshop in four two-hour sessions. If you are interested in inviting the public to the farm to purchase farm products, participate in educational activities, and enjoy farm fun or other agritourism opportunities, this workshop is for you. It will help farmers understand what it takes to evaluate, develop, and market an agritourism operation. Topics discussed will include an introduction to agritourism and industry…

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Beef to Institution: How one hospital is investing in local ranchers in California

August 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

August 3, 2021 Online The Ecological Farming Association's free Dirt First webinar series continues with this session. Hear how hospitals in California are buying locally produced and organic foods, featuring the ins and outs of the relationship between a California regenerative grass fed beef rancher and UC Davis Medical Center. Join the speakers for a live Q&A following the presentation. This is the first installment of EcoFarm's three-part webinar series on farm to institution.

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Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

August 3, 2021 Online The National AgrAbility Project is presenting Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture on five consecutive Tuesdays in July and August. All sessions are free. This second session is on "Celebrating Veteran Total Farmer Health" by Linda Emanuel and Shay Foulk of the AgriSafe Network.

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Organic Dairy Pasture Walk

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 4, 2021 St. Mary's, Ohio This event at Settlage & Settlage is part of the OEFFA Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. Settlage & Settlage is a certified organic dairy milking 120 cows for Organic Valley on more than 300 acres of perennial and annual pasture. Join Jordan Settlage to tour this sixth generation livestock operation to see how he manages pasture, moves and waters cows in a high rotation system, and serves as a master grazier in the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program. Pre-registration is required.

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Legacy Planning for Landowners

August 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

August 4, 2021 Online This free webinar explains how the Generation NEXT Program developed by the Virginia Department of Forestry and Virginia Cooperative Extension helps landowners with the legacy planning process. Legacy planning is a way for landowners to determine the destiny of their woodlands and can help ensure they are passed on intact, in forest, and in family. Legacy planning involves landowners sharing with their heirs all that they treasure about their land and, ideally, including them in management and planning activities.

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Small Farm Education Webinar Series

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

August 4, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm continues its August Small Farm Education Webinar Series with this live, online education seminar. Topics for this session include Landscape Planning: Data and Design Strategies for the Farm, Main Areas of Focus in Social Media Marketing, and Linking Markets to Production.

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From Plans to Realities on a Successful Organic Market Farm

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

August 5, 2021 Online Organic Association of Kentucky is offering this free Virtual Field Day at Sustainable Harvest Farm. Ford Waterstrat and his family began as first-generation farmers 12 years ago. Learn from Ford's initiative, creativity, and efficiencies developed along the way as he shares the production practices in place for Sustainable Harvest's 400 CSA shares, retail markets, local delivery, and wholesale customers.

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Katahdin Hair Sheep International Annual Expo and Sale

August 6 - August 7

August 6-7, 2021 Mexico, Missouri Katahdin Hair Sheep International's annual Expo includes an excellent educational program. Producers with practical knowledge, as well as sheep extension specialists and researchers, will all help participants learn how to raise and market sheep. NCAT Program Specialist Linda Coffey is one of the speakers, addressing Parasite Control & Management.

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Healthy Communities from the Ground Up Conference

August 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

August 6, 2021 Online The Kansas Rural Center's virtual Healthy Communities from the Ground Up Conference will share stories and information from across the region about SARE Farmer/Rancher research grant reports, panel discussions on health in the environment and Kansas communities, and much more.

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Small Farm Education Webinar Series

August 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

August 6, 2021 Online Purdue Student Farm's Small Farm Education Webinar Series continues with this session. Topics include "Soil Samples: Soil Testing and Results Interpretations," "Infield Soil Diagnostics and Soil Health," and "Making Cover Crop Biomass Work for You."

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Cover Crops From Start to Finish

August 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

August 6, 2021 Latimer, Iowa In this free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, join Anne and Landon Plagge as they walk through the full cycle of cover crop seed production. Look at their seed cleaner and seed mixer, see how they get cover crops in the ground, and visit a nearby soybean field, where they planted green in the spring.

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Silvopasture by Subtraction: Using Livestock & Forestry Mowing

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

August 7, 2021 Spring Grove, Minnesota At this free Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, join farmers Dayna Burtness, Bailey Lutz and Heidi Eger to talk about how innovative silvopasture systems can benefit both livestock native pollinators while helping with habitat management. Learn how Bailey, Heidi and Dayna are working to control undesirable plants in the woods and reintroduce understory diversity. Also, hear from Xerces Society biologist Karin Jokela about steps farmers can take to help pollinators adapt to climate change and thrive on the farm.

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Medicinal Herb Production

August 7 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

August 7, 2021 North Freedom, Wisconsin MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year, Jane Hawley Stevens and David Stevens, open their farm for a free tour and presentation about medicinal herb production, covering herb identification and wellness uses, planting, harvesting, drying, and cover crops.

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Southern Family Farmers and Food Systems Conference

August 8 - August 10

August 8-10, 2021 San Marcos, Texas The Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance, Council for Healthy Food Systems, and the Small Producers Initiative at Texas State University present this Southern Family Farmers and Food Systems Conference, offering educational and networking opportunities for the producers, consumers, and supporters of sustainably grown, locally sourced foods. Topics will cover livestock, crops, policies and regulations, business and marketing issues, technology for small producers, and more.

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Small Farm Orientation

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

August 9, 2021 Online Virginia Cooperative Extension's Small Farm Outreach Program presents this virtual event.

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Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers

August 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

August 9, 2021 Online Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust partnered with Agrarian Trust to co-host "Building Equitable Farmland Tenure Models for Northeast Farmers," an online Equitable Land Access (ELA) Co-Learning and Training opportunity for 100 participants interested in advancing equitable farmland access opportunities in their communities. This final session is "Land-As-Community: Equitable Farmland Tenure Models and Case Studies." This free training is meant to be for residents of Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine and also is meant to be for agricultural service providers who help guide farmland owners and/or farmland seekers about different options available to them, but anyone…

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OEFFA Conference Bites: Creating a More Equitable Food System

August 10

August 10, 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 third bite focuses on Creating a More Equitable Food System. Join Bishop Marcia Dinkins and Dr. Timothy Van Meter for an open and honest conversation about the intersections of faith, food, and race in our society.

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Heart of America Grazing Conference

August 10 - August 11

August 10-11, 2021 Mt. Vernon, Illinois This annual event gathers livestock graziers from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Missouri. The featured speaker is Greg Judy and there will be a pre-conference pasture walk on August 10 at Perry Hottes' organic grass-finished and grain-finished cattle operation. Topics for the conference will include multi-species grazing, virtual fencing, clover, and soil health.

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Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture

August 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

August 10, 2021 Online The National AgrAbility Project is presenting Veterans Harvest: A Virtual Conference for Veterans in Agriculture on five consecutive Tuesdays in July and August. All sessions are free. This session is "Programming for Veterans in Agriculture: How Maine Does It."

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