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Iowa Organic Conference

November 24-25, 2019
Iowa City, Iowa
The Iowa State University Organic Agriculture Program's 18th Annual Organic Conference is "Diversity = Stability: Elements of Diversity in Optimizing Organic Profitability." The conference's keynote speaker is Alex Heilman of Mercaris, Inc. speaking on "Profitability of Organic Ag: Now and Into the Future." Sessions address transitioning into organic farming, weed management, organic livestock production, and alternative crops such as hops and hemp.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

December 3, 2019
Decorah, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa is offering several evening farm transfer and succession workshops with Mike Downey of Next Gen Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. Mike will discuss the why and how of farmland transition, including farm leasing trends and how to communicate with family about your farmland transition. All workshops will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Value Added Dairy Workshop

December 5, 2019
Saint Charles, Minnesota
University of Minnesota Extension will hold a workshop for dairy farms that will provide ideas and tips on value added options. Jennifer Wagner-Lahr of Ag Utilization Research Institute (AURI) will share results of value added dairy research and direct-to-consumer projects AURI has carried out. Brad Heins, UMN Extension, will discuss the unique milk quality characteristics of grass-fed and organic dairy management systems and marketing opportunities. Finally, CannonBelles Cheese of Cannon Falls will share how they started and developed into a successful company.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Perennial Farm Gathering

December 6-7, 2019
Dubuque, Iowa
The Savanna Institute's Perennial Farm Gathering features speakers, panels and workshops with Midwest agroforestry experts, perennial food and beverage tastings, and five-minute Nutshell Show & Tell talks, open to all attendees. Session topics include chestnut, hazelnut, and elderberry production, silvopasture, financing perennial agriculture, land access and land tenure agreements, online marketing, beneficial insects, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Missouri Livestock Symposium

December 6-7, 2019
Kirksville, Missouri
Missouri Livestock Symposium is a free educational event for livestock producers. The keynote speaker is Dr. Temple Grandin. In addition to the trade show, the event offers educational sessions on eight different topics every hour, featuring 48 top-notch speakers on 48 different topics, including beef, sheep, meat goats, forages, horses, farm management, stock dogs, healthy habits, horticulture, and women in agriculture.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Be the Change: A Leadership Training for Farmers and Farm Advocates

December 6, 2019
Columbus, Ohio
OEFFA has partnered with the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) to offer a special leadership training for OEFFA members. Participants will learn about OEFFA's structure, policy priorities, and avenues for engagement, while learning effective advocacy strategies and broadly applicable leadership skills that will benefit you in your own work, business, or volunteer efforts.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Acres USA Eco-Ag U

December 9-10, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Preceding the Acres USA Eco-Ag conference, Eco-Ag U offers two days of all-day advanced learning classes for the dedicated eco-farmer. Topics include Mineral Nutrition & Plant Disease with Dr. Don Huber, Water Management Strategies with Mark Shepard, Raising Animals Organically with Dr. Paul Dettloff, and several more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Dakota Innovation, Research and Technology (DIRT) Workshop

December 9-11, 2019
Fargo, North Dakota
This workshop is designed to bring the latest science-based and practical information to farmers, industry, educators, researchers, and anyone else who is interested in soil health. Using breakouts, demonstrations, panels, and small discussion groups modeled after the NDSU Café Talk program, this event encourages discussion to custom tailor information and applications to your farm, business, or programs.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Acres U.S.A. Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show

December 9-12, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The annual Eco-Ag Conference is an educational experience and trade show that unites farmers, ranchers, and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. Beginning and generational farmers running sustainable farms, as well as those in transition from conventional to organic, will walk away with useful, practical information that they can apply to their operations right away.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Great Lakes EXPO

December 10-12, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Great Lakes EXPO and Michigan Greenhouse Growers EXPO is touted as the premiere show for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers, and farm marketers. Over three days, the program includes sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets, and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Acres USA Eco-Ag Conference and Trade Show

December 10-12, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The annual Eco-Ag Conference unites farmers, ranchers, and ag professionals from every facet of eco-farming to share their experience and expertise. Beginning and generational farmers running sustainable farms—as well as those in transition from conventional to organic—will walk away with useful, practical information that they can apply to their operations right away.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farmer Brain Trust and Food Security Roundtable

December 10, 2019
Holt, Michigan
In the morning, MSU Student Organic Farm Farmer Field School presenters, participants, and advocates will meet to plan the next Farmer Field School year and other ways to collaborate. In the afternoon, join a group discussion about how to make sure that a portion of the good food you are growing is getting to lower income people in your community.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

December 10, 2019
Cherokee, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa is offering several evening farm transfer and succession workshops with Mike Downey of Next Gen Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. Mike will discuss the why and how of farmland transition, including farm leasing trends and how to communicate with family about your farmland transition. All workshops will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Women Managing Agricultural Land Conference

December 11, 2019
Lincoln, Nebraska
The Women Managing Agricultural Land Conference will allow women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops, and gain valuable knowledge. Three keynote speakers and 12 workshops will focus on helping Nebraska farmland owners and tenants navigate the challenges they face.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Discovery Farms Conference

December 11, 2019
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
The 8th Annual Discovery Farms Conference focuses on the state of Wisconsin's water quality from the perspectives of farmers, policy makers, and researchers. This water-quality focused day will leave you with practical solutions to address concerns at the farm level as well as update you on the multiple facets of research and political activity happening in Wisconsin.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Beginning Farmer Retreat

December 13-14, 2019
Ames, Iowa
If you are starting or thinking about starting a farm, you should plan to attend Practical Farmers of Iowa's annual Beginning Farmer Retreat. In addition to networking with other farmers, attendees will set goals and create action plans for achieving them. Programming will be offered for both aspiring and beginning farmers, with experts and peers facilitating the sessions and assisting with work time.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management

December 14, 2019
Orange City and Elkader, Iowa
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host a pair of simultaneous Fine-Tuning Your Dairy Goat Management meetings as part of the annual Dairy Directions program. The programs will focus on managing forages, utilizing health strategies, improving milk quality, implementing business practices and dealing with the challenges of managing dairy goats. There will also be a producer panel at both events. All dairy goat producers are welcome.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Illinois Hemp Summit

December 17, 2019
Springfield, Illinois
The Illinois Department of Agriculture invites you to join Department staff, NGOs, growers, and processors at the Illinois Hemp Summit to discuss the 2019 growing season, best practices, lessons learned, and the future hemp industry in Illinois.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Farm Transfer Workshop

December 17, 2019
Oxford, Iowa
Practical Farmers of Iowa is offering several evening farm transfer and succession workshops with Mike Downey of Next Gen Ag Advocates and Farm Financial Strategies, Inc. Mike will discuss the why and how of farmland transition, including farm leasing trends and how to communicate with family about your farmland transition. All workshops will include a meal and networking time and will conclude with some possible strategies and next steps for farm transfer.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Discovery Farms Summit

January 7-8, 2020
Bloomington, Minnesota
Attend the first-ever Discovery Farms Summit, co-hosted by the Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota to celebrate almost two decades of Discovery Farms research. Discovery Farms Programs in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Washington have a combined 250+ site years of data to share from edge-of-field surface runoff and tile monitoring on agricultural fields of all varieties. Attendees will come away with practical on-farm management solutions developed from credible research that protect our water resources.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Illinois Specialty Crop Conference and Trade Show

January 8-10, 2020
Springfield, Illinois
This conference addresses fruit, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, organic, and agritourism farming. The event includes pre-conference workshops on produce safety, cut flowers, pumpkins, hemp, and protected culture. Educational session tracks include fruit, vegetables, herbs, beginning farmers, agritourism, and business development.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Great Plains Growers Conference

January 9-11, 2020
St. Joseph, Missouri
Great Plains Growers Conference for commercial fruit, vegetable, cut flower and honey bee producers from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and other Midwest states provides research-based information, from both vegetable research specialists and local growers, to help your farms grow and thrive. The keynote is Charlotte Smith, speaking on Three Steps to a Profitable Farm, and other session topics include food safety, industrial hemp, cut flower production, legal resilience, and more.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Minnesota Organic Conference

January 9-10, 2020
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Each year, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture hosts this conference and tradeshow for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. It offers two days of networking, learning, and great food. Keynote speakers are Charlie Johnson and Judith D. Schwartz.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Winter Maple Institute & Maple Trade Show

January 10-11, 2020
Marshfield, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association presents this event with speakers and workshops on production, marketing, and business topics. There will be workshops for beginners, as well as a trade show.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

Organic Intensives

January 11, 2020
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance presents a one-day, in-depth learning experience. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners. Topics for 2020 are Successful Biological Orcharding with Michael Phillips, Organic No-Till Farming with Andrew Mefferd, and Local Organic Herbs for Health.
In: North Central SARE Region

 

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