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Understanding and Managing Soil Biology for Soil Health and Crop Production

May 22, 2019
Online
This free webinar in the Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic's Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar Series will examine the functions of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Research-based guidance on organic practices and NOP-approved inputs for improved soil food web function will be discussed.
In: Online

 

Innovative Hand Tool Workshop

May 22, 2019
Pfafftown, North Carolina
Join Small Farm Unit staff Leeanna Bunch and Matt Ball, NC Cooperative Extension agent Mary Jac Brennan, and Fair Share Farm owners Emma Hendel and Elliot Seldner at Fair Share Farm for a morning workshop using innovative hand tools in the field. Small-scale mixed annual vegetable producers will have a chance to view these tools and try them out in person.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Conservation Resources Workshop

May 22, 2019
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Through this free workshop, participants will learn about many conservation practices and how local organizations can assist in the implementation on-farm. This workshop is being conducted in cooperation between CFSA, NC Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Pitt County SWCD.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Thought Leadership and Branding on Social Media

May 22, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's free bi-weekly Wednesday Webinar series continues with this session on success on social media, measured by engaged conversations, reaching out beyond our comfort zone and cultivating your personal and professional brand into a trusted Thought Leader.
In: Online

 

Selling to School Districts

May 23, 2019
Conyers, Georgia
Georgia Organics is offering a free half-day workshop for farmers interested in selling to school systems. The workshop will address food safety requirements, the bid process and record keeping. There will be an opportunity to network with nutrition directors.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Small-Scale Egg Producers' Meeting

May 23, 2019
Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop for small-scale egg producers, addressing breed selection, forages, initial care, selection using egg production, and North Carolina egg laws.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Begin a Farmstead Micro-Creamery

May 23, 2019
Clear Lake, Wisconsin
This free, mid-day MOSES Organic Field Day visits Cosmic Wheel Creamery located at Turnip Rock Farm, a micro-dairy that processes the milk from 20 grass-fed cows on the farm into artisan cheese that is direct-marketed via CSA and farmers markets.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Sheep Production

May 23, 2019
Crestwood, Kentucky
This Organic Association of Kentucky (OAK) afternoon field day visits Rootbound Farm, where Bree Pearsall and Ben Abell will share Rootbound's strategies for parasites and intestinal worms, feeding schedules, pasture management, benefits and challenges of certified organic lamb production, integration of sheep with vegetable production, and their direct marketing experiences. In addition, Kelley Yates, Executive Director of the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, will share important considerations of adding sheep to your farm, an industry overview and statewide perspective, and resources available to Kentucky's sheep (and goat) producers.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Weathering the Storm in Agriculture

May 23, 2019
Lemmon, Mitchell, Watertown, and Winner, South Dakota
South Dakota State University Extension is offering a free evening meal and 60-minute workshop on Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset. The primary audience for this workshop is farmers and farm families. This workshop is designed to help farmers and their families understand the signs and symptoms of chronic stress, and how to handle stress for a more productive mindset on the farm.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Create Professional Videos with Your iPhone

May 28, 2019
Online
This free webinar is part of the monthly Online Marketing Webinar Series presented by the University of Tennessee Center for Profitable Agriculture.
In: Online

 

Re-Carbonizing Row Crop Ag Lands

May 28, 2019
Online
Re-Carbonizing Row Crop Ag Lands: Evidence-based management strategies to increase soil carbon and promote financial resilience for farmers is presented by the USDA NRCS Soil Health Division. Join Justin Mount for this one-hour free webinar to improve your understanding of why annual row crop farmer soil resource resiliency can be somewhat determined by modeling their cropping system and observing the foundational soil metric Soil Condition Index (SCI). This webinar will briefly discuss observed and predicted rainfall variations across the country, define the functions of a healthy soil, explain what Soil Condition Index (SCI) is and why SCI is a foundational soil resource metric for annual row crop farmers, plus explain how a cropping system can be model using the Integrated Erosion Tool (IET) to include IET outputs plus actions farmers can avoid or implement in order to increase financial resiliency.
In: Online

 

Why Pollinator Habitat Makes Sense on Your Land: Maximizing the Potential of Working Acres

May 28, 2019
Online
This webinar is part of the 2019 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series, hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture and the USFWS National Conservation Training Center.
In: Online

 

Judith Basin Conservation District Range School

May 29-30, 2019
Hobson, Montana
Judith Basin Conservation District Range School presents "Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle Together," Livestock Genetic Management and grazing with Johann Zietsman. Zietsman, a world-renowned speaker, will present a two-day seminar on livestock management and grazing. He will be sharing proven concepts for selecting and utilizing the best adapted genetics with ultra high density grazing, resulting in much higher profitability per acre while greatly improving the land.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Silvopasture in Wisconsin: Goals, Challenges, and other Fodder for Thought

May 29, 2019
Online
This free webinar is part of the Agroforestry in Action webinar series from the Center for Agroforestry. The presenter is Diane Mayerfeld, Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator for UW-Extension at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). Registration is limited.
In: Online

 

Conservation Innovation Grants - On Farm Trials

May 29, 2019
Online
This free, one-hour webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Participants will learn about a new opportunity included in the 2018 Farm Bill that lets eligible entities apply to collaborate with NRCS to implement innovative on-farm conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. On-Farm Trials are open to private entities whose primary business is related to agriculture, non-governmental organizations with experience working with agricultural producers, and non-Federal government agencies.
In: Online

 

Meeting Weather Challenges in the Western U.S.: Organic Practices to Mitigate and Prepare for Climate Change

May 29, 2019
Online
This webinar is part of the organic farming and soil health in the Western United States webinar series presented by Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic. This free, 90-minute webinar will explore the capacity of sustainable organic systems to sequester soil carbon, minimize agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, and help organic cropping and livestock operations withstand the impacts of climate disruptions already underway. The presentation will include a summary of recent research findings and practical implications for the Western Region.
In: Online

 

Food For Thought: Access, Affordability, Equity in the Food System in SF

May 29, 2019
San Francisco, California
Join Mother Jones and Food Tank for an extraordinary evening of conversation about access, affordability, and equity in the food system. The event will convene some of today's top leaders in food, from chefs and restaurateurs to local officials and advocates who are changing what's on our plates.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Missouri Tomato School

May 30-31, 2019
Jefferson City, Missouri
Missouri Tomato School is sponsored by USDA, Webb City Farmers Market, Lincoln Univeristy, and University of Missourui Extension. The event brings together national experts with Missouri experts and successful local tomato farmers to teach growers and serious hobbyists how to better grow Missouri's top-selling vegetable. Thursday will be a full day of presentations at George Washington Carver Farm. Friday morning consists of farm tours and on-site education at area farms.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farmer to Farmer Field Day: Riverhill Farm

May 30, 2019
Nevada City, California
This Wild Farm Alliance Field Day visits Riverhill Farm, where Alan Haight and Jo McProud transformed a dry grassland with a couple of ponds into a profitable farm and an oasis for birds and other wildlife. They have sculpted the farm using crops, native vegetation, and permeable fencing to allow for water and beneficial wildlife to flow right through, while holding the soil in place and reaping some pest control along the way.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Spring Kentucky Fencing School-Russellville

May 30, 2019
Russellville, Kentucky
This day-long workshop is organized and sponsored by the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council, UK Cooperative Extension Service, and the Master Grazer Program. It is designed to help producers learn the newest fencing methods and sound fencing construction with classroom and hands-on learning.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Slow Poultry Seminar

May 30, 2019
Moravia, New York
This eight-hour seminar from the Sustainable Poultry Network provides an overview and strategy for developing sustainable poultry production. Learn how to start effectively breeding, growing, and marketing poultry products that are both sustainable and profitable.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Selling to School Districts

May 30, 2019
Carrolton, Georgia
Georgia Organics is offering a free evening workshop for farmers interested in selling to school systems. The workshop will address food safety requirements, the bid process and record keeping. There will be an opportunity to network with nutrition directors.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Open Gate: Full Heart Farm Day

May 31, 2019
Ledyard, Connecticut
At HMI's Full Heart Farm Day, learn how Holistic Management enables producers to clearly identify and meet their goals, make better decisions, and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture. Meet Allyson Angelini and learn how she has applied Holistic Management and how it has influenced her farming and financial strategies. Take part in a hands-on exercise to learn about the health of the soil and tour Full Heart Farm to learn about cropping strategies and biological monitoring.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Summer Field Days: Pasture Management, Livestock Integration & Agroforestry Systems

June 1-2, 2019
Bristol, Vermont
Grass farmers, homesteaders, and growers are invited to join Wild Roots Farm Vermont, Jennifer Colby from Howling Wolf Farm, and Mark Krawczyk from Valley Clayplain Forest Farm, for an in-depth look at pastures, soil, and agroforestry systems. This gathering is intended to inform community members about various methods for building a robust soil network that supports grazing livestock, food production, and biodiversity. There will be time spent in a classroom setting as well as in the field, observing and interacting with living systems.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Mother Earth News Fair

June 1-2, 2019
Frederick, Maryland
This event features speakers, workshops, and products for homesteading, natural building, natural health, organic gardening, and more. Topics will include elderberries, goats, rainwater harvesting, legal issues on the farm, and many more.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Summer Fruit Tree Care: Irrigation, Feeding, Pruning, and More

June 1, 2019
Santa Cruz, California
Learn about summer fruit tree care from Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz, in this morning workshop at the UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Field Day: Biodynamic Spring Prep

June 1, 2019
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
This is a free open House for Upper Midwest CRAFT members, those interested in joining, or those interested in attending this field day. Zinniker Family Farm was established in 1943 and is the longest-running Biodynamic farm in the United States. Attendees will tour the farm, unearth the Biodynamic preparations that were buried last fall, and prepare new ones for the summer months.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Specialty Crop Production at Whitton Farms

June 2, 2019
Tyronza, Arkansas
Join Heifer USA and New South Produce Cooperative for this farm training event at Whitton Farms with owners and operators, Jill and Keith Forrester. Participants will enjoy a private tour of their lovely farm with 20 acres in specialty crop production, learn from their successes (and failures!), engage in question answer sessions, and learn how their relationship with New South Produce Cooperative has benefited their farm.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

How Plants and Animals Respond to Grazing

June 4, 2019
Ardmore, Oklahoma
This free morning workshop at the Noble Research Institute is for producers interested in applying the basic concepts of grazing management. Learn about plant and animal interactions, terminology and concepts, and plant and animal responses to grazing. Visit grazing paddocks at the Noble Research Institute and discuss the effects of grazing and applied grazing management with consultants in the field.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Conservation Innovation Grants Program - Water Management

June 4, 2019
Online
This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Join to learn about the highlights of innovations in water management from Conservation Innovation Grantees. Since 2004, Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) have supported the development of innovative approaches and technologies on agricultural lands. In this webinar, learn from four different grantees about the cutting edge approaches to water management generated through CIG projects.
In: Online

 

Organic Specialty Fertilizers

June 4, 2019
Online
This free webinar is presented by Oregon Tilth and the NRCS Science and Technology Training Library as part of the organic agriculture webinar series. Explore the different organic specialty fertilizer materials (feather meal, guano, blood meal, etc.) and discuss sustainability of the different choices. This session will focus on the specialty products.
In: Online

 

Cover Crop Field Day

June 4, 2019
La Porte City, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa Cover Crop Field Day visits Terry Ward. Terry plants diverse crop rotations that include cereal rye, which he harvests to use in several ways. He'll share his experience making ryelage, rye hay and rye straw. Hear from Terry's dairy farming neighbors who feed this ryelage to their dairy cattle. The event starts in the field to view some cover crops before moving indoors for further discussion and a meal.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Producing Heirloom Tomatoes and Nurturing a Food Forest

June 4, 2019
Missouri Valley, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Matt and Terra Hall at Rhizosphere Farm. It offers a tour of their high tunnels, tomato arbor, and young food forest. On the vegetable side, they will discuss the heirloom varieties they have tried and like (or don't like!), and their practices for other vegetables. Walking through the food forest, Matthew and Terra will share which trees and shrubs are performing best on their farm through the early years of establishment, and how their designs on paper are playing out on the land.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

USDA Program Updates and Hemp Production Questions Answered

June 5, 2019
Monroeville, Alabama
Join USDA offices in Alabama, Alabama Cooperative Extension, and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries at this free producer workshop to hear detailed information from the experts on USDA programs offered to producers. Topics of discussion will include conservation, financial and technical assistance, disaster programs, organic production, hemp production, and crop insurance/risk management tools. This same event will be held/replicated in four locations around the state.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Seven Habits for Effective Farmers Webinar Series

June 5, 2019
Online
The Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture is offering a monthly series of free webinars on effective farm business management, marketing, and planning. The second webinar in the series is on Budgeting.
In: Online

 

Specialty Mushroom Webinar

June 5, 2019
Online
Cornell University's Mushroom Project presents this webinar as part of its free, monthly webinar series highlighting the latest research and stories from experienced growers around the region.
In: Online

 

Livestock Parasites 101: Prevention, Identification, Treatment

June 5, 2019
Ames, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa offers an opportunity to learn the essentials of livestock parasites from Iowa State University veterinary pathologist Matt Brewer in this hands-on workshop. It will start with an overview of different livestock parasites, placing special emphasis on those that are transmissible to humans. After the discussion, participants will have a chance to practice performing fecal egg counts on manure samples. The workshop will also give farmers a chance to ask questions and share their experiences with veterinarians. Registration is limited.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Food For Thought: Access, Affordability, and Equity in the Food System

June 5, 2019
Los Angeles, California
Join Mother Jones and Food Tank for an extraordinary evening of conversation about access, affordability, and equity in the food system. The event will convene some of today's top leaders in food, from chefs and restaurateurs to local officials and advocates who are changing what's on our plates.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Soil Health and Adaptive Grazing Management Workshop

June 6, 2019
Holton, Kansas
Jackson County Conservation District presents an event with soil health expert Shane New. He will discuss the five principles of soil health and adaptive grazing management practices. The morning workshop session will begin with a rainfall simulator demonstration. In the afternoon, travel to the Shane New Farms for a field tour and demonstrations.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

USDA Program Updates and Hemp Production Questions Answered

June 6, 2019
New Brockton, Alabama
Join USDA offices in Alabama, Alabama Cooperative Extension, and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries at this free producer workshop to hear detailed information from the experts on USDA programs offered to producers. Topics of discussion will include conservation, financial and technical assistance, disaster programs, organic production, hemp production, and crop insurance/risk management tools. This same event will be held/replicated in four locations around the state.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Compost Bootcamp: Biostimulant Strategies for Regenerative Ag

June 6 or 7, 2019
Paicines, California
The Paicines Ranch Learning Center is offering this one-day workshop focused on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings. Topics include quorum sensing, replacing nitrogen fertilizers, transitioning to a microbial approach, and the application of auto-inducers to seeds to enable a reduction of inputs and costs in order to regenerate soils. Presenters are Dr. Christine Jones and Gerry Gillespie. The same workshop is offered on both days; registration is limited.
In: Western SARE Region

 

North Carolina A&T Small Farms Field Day

June 6, 2019
Greensboro, North Carolina
Hosted by Cooperative Extension at North Carolina A&T State University, Small Farms Field Day is an annual free event that showcases ongoing agricultural research and demonstration projects. The projects focus on sustainable agricultural practices that help small- and limited-resource farmers make more profits.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Impact of Cover Crops on Water Quality and Soil Health

June 6, 2019
Kewanee, Illinois
At this Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day, learn how cover crops can positively impact water quality from a diverse mix of perspectives. Hear from a farmer, a soil health expert and an ag retailer's perspective, and view a rainfall simulator demonstration. The farmer, Brian Corkill, will share his playbook for managing soybeans following a cereal rye cover crop, as well as some of the on-farm research projects he's involved in.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Putting Your Land To Work

June 6, 2019
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Cobblestone Farm will host an evening workshop on what you can do with your farm property and what to look for in a farmland purchase. National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) staff members Luke Freeman, Nina Prater, Guy Ames, and Margo Hale will present on assessing your soil quality and site needs for vegetables and cut flowers, fruit trees and berries, and livestock and poultry. The workshop will include presentations and a field walk discussing farm site attributes and site needs for various farm enterprises. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and farm-appropriate shoes.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Strolling of the Heifers

June 7-9, 2019
Brattleboro, Vermont
This year's Strolling of the Heifers theme is "Farmers Are Our Heroes." The weekend includes the annual parade, a Slow Living Expo and farmers market, the Farmers Breakfast featuring local food, the Tour de Heifer bike tour, and guided farm tours.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Chestnut Growers of America Annual Meeting

June 7-9, 2019
Hickory Corners, Michigan
The Chestnut Growers of America Annual Meeting includes presentations on research, management, marketing, and policy, followed by field tours on the second day.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit

June 7-8, 2019
Macon, Georgia
The Seventh Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit is presented by Georgia Farm to School Alliance and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education and hosted by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and Georgia Organics. This year's Summit welcomes early-care providers and staff, teachers, school nutrition staff, students, parents, farmers, distributors, and others interested in learning more about Georgia's farm to ECE and farm to school community.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Low-Stress Livestock Handling Clinic

June 8-9, 2019
Socorro, New Mexico
HMI presents a two-day workshop filled with interactive, hand-on sessions including the basic principles of Low-Stress Livestock Handling and an introduction to Holistic Planned Grazing principles and practices. Topics will include sorting techniques for alleys and pens, techniques for handling calves, and techniques for moving and gathering cow/calf pairs. Registration is limited.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Ginseng and Medicinal Herb Forest Tour and Workshop

June 8, 2019
Thayer, Missouri
This free morning event at Ozark Mountain Ginseng is presented by University of Missouri Extension and The Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. It is designed for beginning and prospective growers of ginseng and other native medicinal herbs. The agenda includes forest farming fundamentals, harvesting and processing, and value-added opportunities. Pre-registration is required; contact Jamie Gundel at Oregon County Extension at 417-778-7490 or email: gundelj@Missouri.edu.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Orcharding Workshop--Summer Orchard Care

June 8, 2019
Unity, Maine
This MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshop will be led by MOFGA's organic orchard educator C.J. Walke. Learn about caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Livestock Field Day: Chickens and Sheep

June 9, 2019
Brodhead, Wisconsin
This free Upper Midwest CRAFT field day visits Riemer Farm, a family-owned and operated diversified livestock operation. Learn how to begin incorporating other livestock species into your operation and how to decide which animals are the best fit for you, your land, and your market. Afterward, there will be an optional pasture walk with Gene Schriefer from UW-Extension, who will lead a discussion about grazing.

 

Armed to Farm

June 10-14, 2019
Craftsbury Common, Vermont
NCAT's week-long Armed to Farm training allows veterans and their spouses to experience sustainable, profitable, small-scale farming enterprises and explore agriculture as a viable career. ATF's engaging blend of farm tours, hands-on experience, and interactive classroom instruction gives participants a strong foundation in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. Participants learn about business planning, budgeting, recordkeeping, marketing, livestock production, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Applications to participate are due by May 3, 2019. All military veterans, as well as their spouses or farm partners, are welcome to apply. However, selection priority will be given to residents of the Northeast region.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Perennial and Annual Forages for Organic Dairy Cattle

June 11, 2019
Bloomfield, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Samuel Maibach, who along with his brother, Daniel, and father, Tim, raises a herd of 90 organic, pasture-raised dairy cows. Their milk is marketed through Organic Valley. This presentation will discuss breeding and ration balancing for higher butterfat and milk components; timely haymaking; grazing high-quality forage; and keeping cows comfortable and full during the summer heat. Samuel will share his experience planting, grazing and baling forage oats and summer annual forages, and the flexibility needed when dealing with wet and dry weather. The Maibachs' veterinarian, Dr. Guy Jodarski, will speak about natural cow care and dairy health issues.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Under the Hood of Your Soils

June 11, 2019
Whitehall, Montana
Join agriculture experts from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Montana State University Extension, One Montana and Carbon 180 for a free afternoon of training on regenerative grazing. There will be classroom instruction and a tour of Montana Highland Lamb farm in Whitehall, owned and operated by NCAT specialist Dave Scott. Learn how regenerative grazing can increase soil health and reduce the need for fertilizer and irrigation. Information on USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs will also be provided.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Benefits of Using Native Warm-Season Grasses in a Grazing System

June 11, 2019
Lewisburg, Tennessee
At this evening training session, participants will learn the latest research supported methods for reliable native forage establishment and grazing management to maintain grass vigor and animal performance through the summer. This training is being hosted by the Center for Native Grasslands Management, Dairy AgResearch and Education Center, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Quail Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UT Extension.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

South Texas GAP and Wholesale Readiness Training

June 12, July 10-11, and August 7, 2019
Harlingen, Texas
Join agriculture specialists from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and The Common Market Texas for four days of in-depth training in successfully entering the wholesale market. Producers must commit to attending all four training days. Geared to fruit and vegetable growers who seek to enter the wholesale market, these trainings will cover a range of topics to help open new business opportunities for farmers. Topics include wholesale readiness, sustainable agriculture production, food safety and GAP certification, and production and financial planning.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop

June 12, 2019
Escondido, California
University of California Cooperative Extension and partners including NCAT present a one-day opportunity to connect with other beginning farmers and learn from expert speakers about poultry disease, poultry nutrition, and regulations, and have a discussion with an experienced poultry producer. NCAT's Ann Baier is one of the speakers.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Russell Ranch Field Day

June 12, 2019
Davis, California
The Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility at UC Davis hosts an annual field day to share research findings related to pressing topics in California agriculture. Field days feature tours of Russell Ranch, in-field presentations of research projects, panel discussions with growers, and a poster session to learn about the variety of research and outreach on the year's topic. This year's topic is "Beyond Yield: Getting More Out of Our Agroecosystems."
In: Western SARE Region

 

Emotional Well-Being: Warning Signs and Resources

June 12, 2019
Online
This free, hour-long webinar is part of Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's bi-weekly Wednesday Webinar Series. This session will share warning signs and resources available to deal with emotional stress. Some topics covered include financial stress, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.
In: Online

 

Soil Biology for the Western Region: Organic Practices to Recruit and Nurture Beneficial Biota in the Soil

June 12, 2019
Online
This free webinar is part of the series on organic farming and soil health in the Western United States presented by Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic. This concluding webinar in the series will examine the roles of the soil food web and key components thereof in promoting soil health and fertility and sustainable organic crop production. Recent research conducted in organically managed soils in the Western Region will provide the basis for practical guidelines for best soil food web management in organic farming and ranching systems.
In: Online

 

Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop

June 13-15, 2019
Jefferson City, Missouri
Since 2009, the Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour has been held in central Missouri. Terry Durham gathers the best new knowledge and delivers it during this workshop. Learn from expert researchers and successful growers. At the end of each workshop, Durham teaches the highly detailed handling techniques mandated at harvest so growers can sell their berries. New growers will want to attend the separate afternoon workshop on June 13, 2019, designed especially for them. Learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, and how to propagate.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Rabbit Processing

June 13, 2019
Unity, Maine
MOFGA presents this half-day workshop on Rabbit Processing at the Common Ground Education Center.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

No-till and Cover Crop Management with Grazing

June 13, 2019
Paso Robles, California
Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project presents this free morning demonstration field day at Tablas Creek Vineyard. As a participating vineyard in the Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project, Tablas Creek is serving as a demonstration site to investigate the links between soil-building practices such as no-till and grazing of cover crops, and measures of soil carbon, water holding capacity, and greenhouse gas emissions. During this event, Tablas Creek vineyard managers will discuss their unique soil management strategy, Cal Poly researchers will discuss the preliminary findings of their field trials, and additional guest speakers will discuss approaches to soil management, as well as its implications for grape quality.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Hybrid Rye: Managing, Marketing, and Feeding Livestock

June 13, 2019
West Union, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day is hosted by Loran Steinlage. Learn all about the basics of growing hybrid rye, finding markets and feeding livestock with small grains. Loran will also share his experiences with various rye varieties, growing malt barley and relay cropping.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Conservation on My Land, Where Can I Find Help?

June 14, 2019
Gordonsville, Virginia
American Farmland Trust is offering a women-dedicated learning circle for Virginia women farmland or forest land owners located in Spotsylvania, Orange, Culpeper, and Louisa counties. Learning Circles provide women the opportunity to meet other landowners, share their farm successes and challenges, discuss their goals for their land, and access advice and technical assistance to help them implement conservation practices on their land.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Farm Fundamentals

June 14, 2019
McClain, Mississippi
This workshop is the third in a series sponsored by Alcorn University, NCAT, and other partners. The free, day-long event covers production, financial, marketing, food safety, and food policy topics.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Matching Forage Quality to Performance

June 14, 2019
Marietta, Oklahoma
This day-long workshop for cow-calf producers from the Noble Research Institute is designed to help you learn how to manage the relationship between native forage and livestock, enabling you to improve the health and productivity of your native pasture while benefiting your cow-calf operation. At this workshop, you will learn firsthand how to estimate native forage quality and quantity and how to use this to best meet your herd's nutritional needs. Presenters will also explain and demonstrate the benefits of tools, such as grazing exclosures, prescribed fire, and forage testing.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Ginseng Cultivation & Stewardship

June 14, 2019
Petersburg, Pennsylvania
Join PASA and Shaver's Creek Environmental Center to learn about American Ginseng, a native high-value medicinal crop that can be grown on your farm's woodlands. Shaver's Creek Plant Science Program Director Eric Burkhart will be sharing his extensive knowledge of ginseng and his research into cultivation and stewardship of wild populations. Topics will include identification and biology, forest based approaches to cultivation, marketing and profitability, and stewardship of existing crops or wild populations. The day will be divided between indoor slide presentations and outdoor field excursions to nearby forest.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Managing Pig Health in a Pasture-Based System

June 14, 2019
Elliot, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Ron Mardesen of A Frame Acres to learn about a pasture-based farrow-to-finish pig operation. Drew White, a veterinarian for Niman Ranch, will speak about managing vaccine protocols, record-keeping and preventive health measures to conduct for your swine herd. Learn how the Mardesens pasture-farrow, and incorporate livestock into their field crop rotations.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Greg Judy at Heifer Ranch

June 15-16, 2019
Perryville, Arkansas
Join Heifer USA and special guest, Greg Judy, at Heifer Ranch for a workshop focused on regenerative livestock management techniques. The first day of the workshop covers setting up a profitable grazing operation from scratch and grass-finished livestock. The option to attend both days includes overnight lodging and dinner, and the second day's workshop on multispecies grazing advantages.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Protecting Pollinators: Creating Habitats Big and Small

June 18, 2019
Online
This free, educational webinar focuses on protecting pollinating bees, wasps, bats, and birds on various scales, for anyone seeking to learn more about pollinating species and ways to keep them safe. Panelists are Andrea Amaya-Delong, Director of Horticulture at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Jodi Helmer, journalist and author of the new book Protecting Pollinators: How to Save the Creatures that Feed Our World.
In: Online

 

Organic and Food Safety Recordkeeping for Produce Growers

June 18, 2019
Online
Join the CCOF Foundation, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and the Farmers Guild for a free webinar that highlights ways to streamline food-safety and organic recordkeeping for produce farms that must fully comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. This webinar clearly explains what records are required for produce farms that must fully comply with FSMA and how those records align with USDA National Organic Program recordkeeping requirements.
In: Online

 

On-Farm Habitat Management for Wildlife and Water Quality

June 18, 2019
Lewis, Iowa
At this Practical Farmers of Iowa field day, join Bob Zimmerman and biologists from Pheasants Forever as they discuss habitat restoration and management activities at the South Place farm. Topics will include prairie restoration; habitat management using prescribed fire and other techniques; landowner-tenant relations and conservation; and the dual benefits of habitat for wildlife and water quality. Information on cost-share programs for conservation will also be available.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Grazing Pasture Walk

June 18, 2019
Jefferson, New Hampshire
Join UNH Cooperative Extension and Granite State Graziers at Otokahe Farm for an informal, educational evening to discuss grazing management practices to achieve the production goals you desire in your livestock. Topics are how to manage your rotation for good gains and forage production, nutritional value and types of forage species, and other factors in management that impact meat quality. This event is for those interested in or currently grazing looking to learn more and network with fellow graziers.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

Lincoln County Farm to Forest Tour

June 19, 2019
Newport, Oregon
Gain new insights into the agriculture, aquaculture, and forestry sectors of Lincoln County through this free Farm to Forest Tour. This tour showcases the diversity of local farming and forestry operations, including their history, management philosophies, and role in the community. This will be an excellent opportunity to speak directly with local natural resources professionals who make their living through the lands and waters of Lincoln County. The tour theme is Resiliency through Diversity. Registration is required.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Central Texas GAP and Wholesale Readiness Training

June 19, July 17-18, and August 21, 2019
Elgin, Texas
Join agriculture specialists from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and The Common Market Texas for four days of in-depth training in successfully entering the wholesale market. Producers must commit to attending all four training days. Geared to fruit and vegetable growers who seek to enter the wholesale market, these trainings will cover a range of topics to help open new business opportunities for farmers. Topics include wholesale readiness, sustainable agriculture production, food safety and GAP certification, and production and financial planning.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Grazing Native Perennials in the Little Sioux Watershed

June 19, 2019
Peterson, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa mid-day field day visits John Rock and Aaron Nelson, cousins who farm and raise cattle in the Little Sioux watershed and lease ground owned by The Nature Conservancy. John and Aaron will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with grazing native perennials. Amy Crouch, an ecologist and Little Sioux project manager for The Nature Conservancy, will highlight the ecological benefits of managed grazing. With John and Aaron, she will also discuss conservation leasing issues associated with grazing conservancy-owned lands.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Multi-disciplinary Field Day

June 20, 2019
Frankfort, Kentucky
This event is part of Kentucky State University's Third Thursday Thing series, targeting small farmers, beginning farmers, and agricultural professionals.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Greenhouse Hydroponics, Succulents and Houseplants

June 20, 2019
Boone, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Mike Salama at Salama Greenhouse and Floral. Join Mike on a tour of his greenhouse to learn about growing hydroponic tomatoes and greens, and tips on harvest and packaging. Mike will also discuss their various potted plant offerings, including propagation, preferred media for different plants and container choices. The Salama family has also recently installed photovoltaic panels, and Mike will share information about the financing and installation process.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Diversified Crop Rotations and Cover Crops

June 20, 2019
Keota, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa evening field day visits Tim Sieren at Green Iron Farms. This event will showcase a diversified farm with crop rotations, cover crops and livestock. Tim will speak about his crop rotation consisting of corn, soybeans and rye or wheat. Learn how this rotation presents opportunities for diverse cover crops (namely, legumes) and how Tim incorporates a small cattle herd and hog manure. Also, view a couple of on-farm research trials investigating cereal rye cover crops for improving weed control in soybeans.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Grazing 102

June 21-22, 2019
Dubois, Indiana
Purdue Extension presents Grazing 102, a program designed to help producers understand important concepts needed to make a management-intensive grazing program work for their own operations. Topics will include Understanding Plant Growth and Development, Fencing Systems, Soil Fertility, Forage Identification and Use, Watering Systems, Forage Economics, Extending the Grazing Season, and Determining Forage Needs. There will also be hands-on activities, pasture walks, and field tours
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Using Native Warm-Season Grasses in a Grazing System

June 21, 2019
Dubois, Indiana
At this morning training session, participants will learn the latest research supported methods for reliable native forage establishment and grazing management to maintain grass vigor and animal performance through the summer. This training is being hosted by the Center for Native Grasslands Management, Dairy AgResearch and Education Center, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, Quail Forever, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and UT Extension.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Pumpkins and Produce in One Multi-Purpose Space

June 21, 2019
Algona, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day visits Bode's Moonlight Gardens. Beany and Joanne Bode will share their experience designing and building a new multi-purpose packhouse and prep space. They will also discuss weed management strategies they've tried in their 10-acre pumpkin patch.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 22, 2019
Unity, Maine
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) offers this free, all-day opportunity to learn all you need to know and more about living in rural Maine. More than 40 unique, participatory workshops are offered, as well as a plant swap and potluck.
In: Northeast SARE Region

 

ASAP's Farm Tour

June 22-23, 2019
Western North Carolina
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) offers an opportunity to connect with the region's farmers and get a behind-the-scenes look at local food in the Central Mountains of Western North Carolina. Enjoy guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and tastings. The two-afternoon tour is a family-friendly event and a great outing for visitors of all ages, abilities, and interests.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Community Garden Addressing Family Hunger Tour

June 22, 2019
Toledo, Ohio
This event is part of OEFFA's 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series. At the Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center (SQACC), Nana's Garden uses raised beds to grow various pesticide-free vegetables and fruits for use in their community kitchen. In 2015, a 4,080-square-foot, 51-raised-bed Broadway Urban Garden Greenspace (BUGG) was built with local business support and community involvement. For the past three years, more than 2,500 pounds of various pesticide-free produce have been provided to a local food bank.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Cut Flower Workshop at Dripping Springs Garden

June 23, 2019
Huntsville, Arkansas
Join Heifer USA for an all-day workshop with organic gardener Mark Cain at Dripping Springs Garden. Enjoy live demonstrations, a farm tour, and a farm-raised lunch. All skill levels are welcome. Participants will learn about production techniques for cut flowers, bouquet making, harvesting tips, marketing approaches, and more.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

North American Agroforestry Conference

June 24-27, 2019
Corvallis, Oregon
The Association for Temperate Agroforestry will convene for the 16th AFTA Biennial Conference, "Agroforestry for Sustainable Production and Resilient Landscapes." The agenda includes multiple tours, keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, and working group meetings.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Organic Row Crop Production Field Day

June 25, 2019
Crofton, Kentucky
This Organic Association of Kentucky morning Field Day will visit Durham Farms' fields in production to learn their systems for organic corn, soybean, and hemp production. The event is geared towards large-scale production farmers in transition or interested in the possibility.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Controlling Weeds in the Row for Organic Crops

June 25, 2019
Decorah, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day is held in partnership with University of Northern Iowa at Family Flying W Farm. Wayne and Ryan Wangsness have been flame-weeding for about 10 years, and they have used an electric weeder for the last three. They have been very pleased with both tools and invite farmers and the public to come learn from their experience. Guests will get to see two different flame-weeders, and hear how the Wangsnesses use electricity to deal with tall weeds like giant ragweed, pigweed, and shattercane. Brian Lang, the northeast Iowa extension field agronomist with Iowa State University, will discuss current diseases and pests in organic systems.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Legal Aspects of Social Media

June 25, 2019
Online
The Center for Profitable Agriculture's webinar series for direct marketers concludes with this one-and-a-half hour webinar by Nicole Cook, University of Maryland Ag Law Center.
In: Online

 

Increase Farm Profit with Soil Health Workshop

June 26, 2019
Glasgow, Montana
Valley County Conservation District presents Increase Farm Profit with Soil Health, a one-day workshop with Nicole Masters of Integrity Soils, Inc., New Zealand, biological education specialist.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Putting All Your Eggs in One Basket

June 26, 2019
Online
Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture's bi-weekly webinar series continues with this session on raising backyard poultry for egg production and sales. Topics covered include basic nutrition and problems encountered with laying hens. The presentation will also talk about handling eggs and what to do if someone wants to sell them.
In: Online

 

30 Years of Small Grains and No-Till on an Ohio Farm

June 26, 2019
Fostoria, Ohio
At this evening event, hear from David Cramer, who has been no-tilling small grains on his family farm for over 30 years, about agronomic advice and variety selection. Learn about incorporating cover crops into a small-grains operation.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour

June 27, 2019
La Grande, Oregon
Oregon State University and The FAB Work Group are collaborating with Union County Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel, and other regional experts to present the 8th Annual Biodiversity Working for Farmers Tour. This free event will provide useful information and opportunities for discussion for decision makers, political representatives, conservationists, the agricultural industry and area farmers. The tour will visit two La Grande area farms, Nilsson's Farming Inc. and The Elmer's Farm to learn about diverse operations highlighting key conservation enhancement measures and current on-farm projects, soil building techniques, and alternative crop production practices such as no-till, windbreaks and insectary plantings. Botanists, conservationists, entomologists, local farmers, extension researchers, and bird and native bee experts will be giving brief, interactive, mini-presentations throughout the day. For information, contact Gwendolyn Ellen, gwendolyn@science.oregonstate.edu.
In: Western SARE Region

 

Missouri Grape Growers Association Viticulture Field Day

June 27, 2019
Rocheport, Missouri
The fourth annual joint Missouri Grape Growers Association Viticulture Field Day and Missouri Vintners Association annual meeting presents Dr. Richard Smart as featured speaker. The event features presentations, the business meeting, and field demonstrations on grapevine trunk disease and canopy management.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic No-Till Market Farming and Summer Greens Production

June 27, 2019
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
Join the Organic Association of Kentucky for a Field Day at Rough Draft Farmstead, a certified organic, no-till vegetable farm in Anderson County specializing in summer lettuce, carrots, and beets. Jesse Frost and Hannah Crabtree will highlight the no-till systems they utilize for improved soil health, weed management, and water retention, as well as their methods for growing consistent summer lettuce including varieties, propagation, irrigation, and transplanting. This Field Day is geared toward production farmers and will feature mid-scale diversified vegetable production. Pre-registration is required.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Sheep 101 Workshop

June 28, 2019
Seguin, Texas
BattleGround to Breaking Ground presents a free evening sheep production workshop and demonstration. Topics will include breed knowledge, predation, pasture management, nutrition, shearing and wool marketing. The demonstration portion will include basic handling, drenching, ear tagging, vaccinating, hoof trimming. Registration is limited to 30 participants.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Monitoring Workshop

June 28, 2019
Fredericksburg, Texas
NCAT will be hosting an evening Monitoring Workshop at the Roam Ranch to go over monitoring techniques and get you on your way to efficiently monitoring your land. If you are interested in attending, please call or email Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Kara Kroeger at 479-587-3479 or KaraK@NCAT.org.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

BattleGround to Breaking Ground Agriculture Business Workshop

June 29, 2019
Seguin, Texas
This is a free, one-day workshop designed for military veterans, beginning farmers and ranchers, individuals with disabilities, and anyone interested in starting an agriculture business. Workshop sessions will include rural business ideas, business planning, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, and an introduction to support resources.
In: Southern SARE Region

 

Field Day: Livestock (Cattle)

June 30, 2019
Burlington, Wisconsin
At this Upper Midwest CRAFT mid-day Field Day, Paul Maggio of Starry Nights Farm will talk about "the quest for high quality grass-fed beef". Paul will be joined by Altfrid Krusenbaum of Krusen Grass Consulting.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

From Grain to Plate Field Day

June 30, 2019
Ridgeway, Wisconsin
You are invited to join the Uplands Watershed Group and Pecatonica Pride Watershed Association at Meadowlark Organic Farm for the From Grain to Plate Field Day, a rich exploration of why small grains like wheat, barley, oats, and rye matter. Tour small grains in the field, see how different crops and field practices affect erosion and infiltration with a rainfall simulator, engage terrific speakers on a wide variety of topics, and eat a delicious (and free) lunch.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Regenerating the Family Farm Through Diversification

June 30, 2019
Castalia, Iowa
This Practical Farmers of Iowa field day visits Caite and Jim Palmer at Prairie's Edge Farm. The Palmers started farming together in 2012 and began Prairie's Edge Farm in 2015 to direct-market meat to local customers. Tour the farm and see how they are raising a cow-calf herd, and a herd of Katahdin ewes and lambs, on pasture supplemented by farm-raised grain.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Vision Workshop

June 30, 2019
Lancaster, Ohio
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association presents an afternoon workshop to help you map out your farm vision, clarify your goals and values, and assess your strengths, resources, and needs before beginning a farming enterprise. Hear from a panel of early-career farmers and receive important planning resources.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Weeds & Cultivation for Lean Farm Production

July 1, 2019
Ada, Michigan
Michigan State University's Farmer Field School events feature in-depth, practical insights from the wealth of knowledge in Michigan's farming community. At this day-long workshop, learn ways to prevent, reduce and control the weeds on your farm. See the tricks and tools in action on Green Wagon Farm, a successful organic vegetable farm.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Beginning and Aspiring Farmer Bus Tour

July 2, 2019
Iowa City, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) presents an opportunity to hop on the bus with other beginning and aspiring farmers to tour and learn from three different horticulture farms. Each is a trainer farm in PFI's Labor4Learning program, providing aspiring farmers with employment and additional training on how to run a farm business. Grow your peer network while touring three unique farms and learning about specific business management practices at each one.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Cover Crops With Purpose: Weed Suppression, Soil Health and Unexpected Benefits

July 2, 2019
Galva, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa present a field day with Sam and Danielle Bennett and family at Bennett Farms. Sam and Danielle will share their experience using cover crops as part of their weed control system. They will also discuss growing small grains, soil health and navigating crop insurance and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs. Guests will have a chance to see cereal rye and oats just before harvest, and evaluate the weed-suppressing benefits of cover crops before soybeans.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Seven Habits for Effective Farmers Webinar Series: Budgeting

July 3, 2019
Online
This free webinar is part of a monthly series presented by the Center for Profitable Agriculture at the University of Tennessee. Direct farm marketers, value-added agriculture entrepreneurs, and agritourism operators are all invited to participate in the free "lunch and learn" webinar series for discussions related to effective farm business management, marketing, and planning. Pre-registration is required.
In: Online

 

Specialty Mushrooms Webinar

July 3, 2019
Online
This free webinar is part of a monthly series from Cornell Small Farms Program's project focused on specialty mushroom farming enterprises. Webinars highlight the latest research and stories from experienced growers around the Northeast region.
In: Online

 

Midwest Farm Energy Conference

July 10-11, 2019
Morris, Minnesota
The Midwest Farm Energy Conference will highlight energy-efficient systems for Midwest dairies and cropping systems (on July 10), as well as energy conservation for swine production (on July 11). Additional topics will include solar shading for grazing cattle, bringing solar PV to your farm, and renewable energy tours.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Produce Summit

July 10-11, 2019
Monterey, California
This event is dedicated exclusively to bringing together producers and buyers of the organic fresh produce industry. The event features keynote presentations with organic consumer activist Robyn O’Brien and award-winning chef and author Dan Barber, as well as four educational sessions, a selection of field tours for retailers and buyers, and a trade show featuring 148 producers and processors of organic fresh produce.
In: Western SARE Region

 

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