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Farm & Food Leadership Conference

October 26-27, 2020
Online
This virtual version of the annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference is presented by the Small Producers Initiative, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, and the Council for Healthy Food Systems. It will feature keynote speakers Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) discussing the federal-level focus on small farmers and sustainable agriculture, as well as two days of timely sessions on crop and livestock production, ag policy, farm business and marketing, and other special topics like cooperatives and racial justice in agriculture.
In: Online

 

Beginning Farmer Program Webinar

October 26, 2020
Online
The Alabama Beginning Farmers Project offers a free monthly webinar from the Commercial Horticulture Team at Alabama Extension. This session focuses on diseases of ornamentals and a diagnostic lab update.
In: Online

 

Practical Training of Nitrogen Planning and Management in Organic Production of Annual Crops

October 26, November 9, and November 23, 2020
Online
UCANR is offering this free, three-part series on nitrogen management for Central Valley organic growers. Participants must enroll in all three sessions. Participants will learn how to estimate nitrogen release from diverse organic sources and translate that knowledge to nitrogen fertilization plans and regulatory reporting requirements. The three sessions will cover all of the most common sources of nitrogen and complete a full nitrogen budget. Sessions will have group instruction followed by small-group breakouts to allow participants the opportunity to utilize information from their own farm in the nitrogen budget worksheet.
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Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network Grain Workshop Session Two

October 26, 2020
Online
The Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network is presenting a series of three workshops regarding the growing and production of grain crops. The training program will be a series of three intensive 75-minute online short courses with video field days/workshops that will largely be taught by farmers and NE Grain Experts and located on farms and/or at processing venues. Session Two is on cleaning and storing.
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Holistic Perspectives in Farm-Scale Fire Preparedness & Recovery

October 27, 2020
Online
The Ecological Farming Association is offering this Dirt First! Conversation Series webinar that will explore both "good" fire and approaches for recovery. Hear perspectives from members of prescribed-burn associations on the application of prescribed burning on private land, farmers dealing with fire-borne toxins and utilizing mycoremediation to aid in recovery, and Native Californians on fire ecology and their long-standing relationship with using fire to tend to the land.
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Dairy Business Innovation Alliance "Let's Get Started" Series

October 27, 2020
Online
The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance is presenting a free webinar series designed to support dairy farmers and dairy product producers who are interested in diversifying, creating new value-added products or exporting by helping them identify the local and state resources available to assist them in these endeavors. The second event in the series is "Getting Set Up as a Business".
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Raising Sheep for Wool: Sheep Facilities

October 27, 2020
Online
This free virtual field day from Practical Farmers of Iowa is part of a series on Raising Sheep for Wool. It features Regina Frahm of Esther Purl Fibers, who will talk about how she and her family have adapted the infrastructure of their farm to fit their needs.
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Pollinator Habitat Restoration: Planning and Contracting

October 27, 2020
Online
This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. In this second part of a two-part series on pollinator habitat design and planning, learn what to consider in planning and contracting to help ensure the success of habitat plantings. In this webinar, planners will learn how to plan and contract pollinator habitat plantings. Guidance will help planners improve the success of habitat restoration plantings with adequate site preparation, implementation, and periodic maintenance during the plant establishment period. We also will discuss how to assemble a suite of practices to make the process easier for landowners.
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Kentucky Grazing Conference

October 27-29, 2020
Online
This year's Kentucky Grazing Conference will be held virtually in three evening sessions. The theme is Adapting to Change: Designing Resilient Forage-Livestock Systems. Topics include managing soil fertility, forages, livestock, and risk.
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The Business of Targeted Grazing

October 27, 2020
Online
This webinar is the fifth in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. In this session, join Dan Macon and a panel of targeted grazing contractors to learn about the ins and outs of building a targeted grazing business.
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Small Farm School: Running a CSA

October 27, 2020
Online
Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. In this session, learn tips and tricks about how to manage a successful CSA program, including crop planning, member outreach and retention, setting up shares, determining pricing and payment, current CSA trends, and much more.
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How to Build a Professional and Personal Landlord-Tenant Relationship

October 28, 2020
Online
MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture's free, biweekly Wednesday Webinar series continues with this session. Landlords and tenants both benefit from having a great landlord-tenant relationship and it all begins with communication. Learn the many means of communication, resources for contracts, budgets, grain marketing, and much more.
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Strategies for Regenerating a Healthy Sugarbush

October 28, 2020
Online
This live discussion session is part of the six-part Virtual Fall Maple Workshop Series offered by Cornell Maple Program. Each course features a selection of self-guided materials including narrated presentations, videos, and articles, followed by a live question-and-answer session. Learn at your own pace from the safety of home, then dial in for the discussion with Cornell experts and fellow sugar makers. Upon registering, you will be directed to a website for downloading course materials.
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Growing Your Farm and Food Business: Funding Programs (Federal)

October 29, 2020
Online
The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is hosting a series of five "Growing Your Farm and Food Business" webinars to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with understanding business fundamentals, identifying grant opportunities, and developing a strategy to seek funding. The webinar series will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan and marketing plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky.
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Integrating Livestock and Crops

October 29, 2020
Online
Join NCAT for this free webinar and learn how integrated crop-livestock systems may provide sustainable alternatives to terminate cover crops, reduce fertilizer, and improve the water cycle. It features thought-provoking research by MSU's Devon Ragen and Trestin Benson concerning integrating sheep on dryland cropping systems and vegetable specialty crops and their novel Feedlot on Fields livestock integration system. No sheep? Cows will work, too.
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Lunch with Forages

October 29, 2020
Online
Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with Daniel Olsen. Discussion will center on the concepts of planting warm and cool-season forages together to reduce seeding costs, ways to improve feed efficiency, and some thoughts on annual versus perennial forages.
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Beef Cattle Nutrition

October 29, 2020
Online
This free webinar is the last in a six-part October webinar series from Ranching in the Sierra Foothills on cattle production and targeted grazing. Learn basic information about beef cattle nutrition, from grazing to ration formulation.
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Small Farm School: Farm to Vase: Growing and Designing Specialty Cut Flowers

October 29, 2020
Online
Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. In this session, hear from flower farmers and designers Leah Rodgers at Indigo Gardens and Lindsay Goldberg at Fawn Lily Farm about the benefits and challenges of adding floral design work to your farming; the trends in colors, varieties, etc; and how to fit weddings and special events into your business plan.
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American Small Farm Webinar Series: Value-Added Production

October 29, 2020
Online
The free, three-part American Small Farm Webinar Series is brought to you by the Ozark Farmers Agricultural Cooperative, University of Missouri Extension, and Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture. This final session will address Value Added Opportunities for Fruit Crops and offer a virtual tour of Three Oaks Farm Certified Kitchen.
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Listening Session: Meat Processing

October 30, 2020
Online
Pasa Sustainable Agriculture is hosting a free online discussion exploring some of the persistent obstacles small meat farmers are facing in getting their products to market. Pasa is inviting meat processors, farmers, and agency and nonprofit staff to share your experiences and suggested solutions for alleviating problems in the current supply chain.
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Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

November 2-16, 2020
Online
Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering this online beekeeping course designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony. Participants will be introduced to bee biology and management. Participants will also learn how to assemble hives, open and examine colonies, and see how honey and beeswax are harvested. Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 14-15 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open.
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Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

November 2, 2020
Online
The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This first part has two sessions: "Pivoting in a Pandemic: Risk Management During COVID-19 from the Perspective of Maryland's Dairy Farms" and "A Fresh Look at Clean Air: Maryland Ambient Air Quality Study Roundtable." This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland.
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Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 2, 4, and 6, 2020
Online
MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference is known for its intimacy, in-depth treatment of topics, and amazing discussions. This year's conference goes virtual, bringing together presentations, panels, and breakout groups mixed with farmer-led discussion groups and one-on-one farmer connection opportunities. The conference will be run through a platform that will allow you to engage with other participants in private or group chats, creating your own discussion topics or meetings throughout the conference week. The event includes keynote speaker Laura Lengnick and pre-recorded farm tours available throughout the conference.
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Why Trees Die in Silvopasture

November 2, 2020
Online
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering part 2 of its three-part silvopasture webinar series with presenter Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York. This session looks at why trees die in silvopasture and how you can help save them.
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Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network Grain Workshop Session Three

November 2, 2020
Online
The Organic Growers' Research and Information-Sharing Network is presenting a series of three workshops regarding the growing and production of grain crops in the Northeast. The training program will be a series of three intensive 75-minute online short courses with video field days/workshops that will largely be taught by farmers and northeast grain experts and located on farms and/or at processing venues. Session three is on processing (dehulling) and marketing.
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Small Farm School: Vegetable Weed Management

November 3, 2020
Online
Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. This evening course will discuss effective, efficient strategies for managing weeds on your farm. From tractor cultivation to custom-designed, scale-appropriate hand tools, and everything in-between. This presentation and discussion comes from many years of experience and experiments.
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Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference

November 4-8, 2020
Online
The 35th Sustainable Agriculture Conference is a virtual event featuring more than 50 live-streamed workshops, 155 speakers, interactive networking opportunities, product demos, an exhibit hall, and ask-the-expert breaks. Fun events and prizes are also offered. The agenda includes a wide range of sessions on how to adapt your marketing, distribution, production, and food safety practices to the current crisis, and build a more resilient operation in the process.
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Essential Aspects of Monarch Habitat in the Southeast

November 4, 2020
Online
This free, 90-minute webinar is presented by the USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center. In this second webinar in a three-part series focused on monarchs in the southeast, NRCS planners and community conservationists will learn about specific habitat needs of larvae and adults. Presenters will highlight monarch ecology in terms of the habitats that best support them in the region, and the host plants and nectar plants that they prefer to use. The webinar will also discuss resources to help you select and find plant materials for restoring monarch habitat.
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National FIELD School

November 4-8, 2020
Online
The National Incubator Farm Training Initiative National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network NIFTI & AgALN Field School, now known as the National FIELD School, will be held virtually, in partnership with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association's annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The National FIELD School "Track" features eight to 10 incubator and apprenticeship training program-focused workshops throughout the multi-day conference, "meetups" or facilitated discussion sessions, virtual farm tours, and a virtual "trade show" table.
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Forest Farming: Ginseng

November 4, 2020
Online
During this webinar from Pasa Sustainable Agriculture, Dr. Eric Burkhart from Shaver's Creek Environmental Center will discuss one of Pennsylvania's most valuable woodland crops: ginseng. Basic horticultural aspects of the crop will be discussed, as will economic considerations for the crop.
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South Dakota Local Foods Conference

November 5-7, 2020
Online
The South Dakota Local Foods Conference provides classes and networking for producers, chefs, and anyone with an interest in local foods. The event will be held online, and features keynote speakers David Montgomery and Charlotte Smith. The agenda also includes chef demos, breakout sessions, and livestream classes, tours, and interactive events.
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Farm Leasing 101 Practical Legal Advice for Illinois Farmers & Landowners

November 5, 2020
Online
This online workshop from Liberty Prairie Foundation for farmers and landowners will help you understand in an in-depth way what a lease should include and how to negotiate good terms without souring the relationship. You will come away with a wide variety of resources and knowledge, including Illinois state laws you need to know and when to go right to an attorney. Rachel Armstrong, an attorney and the Director of Farm Commons, will lead this program. She will also discuss ways to integrate sustainability provision into leases as well as specific sample provisions. There will be written pre-work and an advance video as well as the actual virtual workshop that includes instruction, interactive exercises, discussions, and guidance on the issues
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Growing Your Farm and Food Business: Writing Grants

November 5, 2020
Online
The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is hosting a series of five "Growing Your Farm and Food Business" webinars to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with understanding business fundamentals, identifying grant opportunities, and developing a strategy to seek funding. The webinar series will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan and marketing plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky.
In: Online

 

CCSI-SARE Advanced Cover Crops

November 5, 2020
Online
This virtual training from the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative and SARE provides opportunities to build cover crop knowledge and skills. The 2020 event will feature updates to the MCCC Decision Tool specific to Indiana.
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Lunch with Forages

November 5, 2020
Online
Oregon Forage and Grassland Council's Lunch with Forages series presents this event with professor Derrick Moot, who will share how defining alfalfa grazing management rules increases its use on rainfed properties in summer dry regions of New Zealand, including legumes and arables.
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Vegetable Nutrient Quality and Soil Health in the Vegetable Systems Trial, 4th Season Updates

November 5, 2020
Online
Join Dr. Gladis Zinati, Director of Rodale Institute's Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), in this free webinar to learn about the recent research findings related to the impact of management practices on vegetable nutrient quality and soil health in the long-term, side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional cropping practices in the Vegetable Systems Trial.
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Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm

November 5, 2020
Online
New Mexico State University Extension is hosting a free, six-part online series on sustainable agriculture topics. This session, Drip Irrigation on the Small Farm, is presented by Brad Tonnessen, NMSU Extension senior program vegetable specialist.
In: Online

 

Small Farm School: White Farmers and Food System Members Forming an Anti-Racist Affinity Group: Experiences from a Portland Farmer Development Group

November 5, 2020
Online
Oregon's online Small Farm School is a series of webinar sessions for beginning and intermediate small-scale farmers and rural landowners. This session is part of the Racial and Food Justice Series in partnership with Friends of Family Farmers. The focus of this session will be on how white farmers and food system members can create learning caucuses.
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Women, Food, and Agriculture Network Annual Conference

November 6-7, 2020
Online
Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) is holding its 2020 Annual Conference online. The theme is "Cultivating (Bio)diversity: Seeding Our stories, Growing Our power." Conference participants will gather with the web platform Whova in a space designed to foster connection and community. The agenda offers seventeen different workshops, affinity groups, a movie night, yoga sessions, and more. The conference provides a platform to advocate and agitate for social transformation in our lives, communities, and shared work.
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Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference

November 9-10, 2020
Online
The Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference is a joint effort between Farm Foundation and USDA's Economic Research Service to bring cutting-edge research on issues facing beginning farmers and ranchers to the forefront of discussion in agriculture. Researchers in academia and government, practitioners, policy experts, farmers and ranchers are encouraged to take part in the sessions, which will feature paper presentations from leading scholars in the field. Research topics such as credit and access to capital, land access, innovation, alternative markets and more will be discussed by highlighting successful programs, innovative ideas and future solutionsóall with a dedicated focus on economic research into the challenges and opportunities experienced by new agriculture professionals. In addition, there will be several networking opportunities for attendees to connect for collaborations to help build a sustainable future for agriculture. The conference is free.
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Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference

November 9, 2020
Online
The Agriculture Law Education Initiative is offering its annual Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference free and online this year, in three parts. This second part has two sessions: "The Conowingo Dam Settlement—Litigation, Opposition and Re-Licensing" and "The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, et. al. v. EPA—A Case to Require a Watershed Wide Effort to Reach 2025 Bay Restoration Goals." This event attracts agricultural professionals, attorneys, educators, environmentalists, farmers, policymakers, and students to discuss the complex intersection of environmental regulation and agriculture in Maryland.
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Choosing the Right Animal, for the Right Place, at the Right Time

November 9, 2020
Online
This is the final part of a free, three-part silvopasture webinar series from Food Animal Concerns Trust. The presenter is Steve Gabriel from Wellspring Forest Farm in New York. Learn some of the differences is livestock and when to leverage different types for different uses.
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